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What does it take?

I need some advice about career choices. If anybody reading this has any clue regarding my query, please do enlighten me. I'll be deeply indebted to you, for the rest of my life. Any jokes on this subject are really NOT invited.

What does it take to make enough money to pay off a loan of 10 lakh fairly quick, save money for further education (it can range from a PhD in sociology/linguistics to a second MBA), make music (and find good musicians to work with where ever I go) and land a job which 'lets' me travel around 3months a year in decent amount of comfort.

PS: I also wish to buy a high end camera. So basically more money for the same.


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Nov. 24th, 2011 05:18 am (UTC)
When you find out....
Please post it!
'Cause I'm in the same boat.
Nov. 24th, 2011 11:42 am (UTC)
Re: When you find out....
Haha! Well, if I figure it out in this lifetime, I will share it with you! :)
Nov. 24th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC)
We are having a little bit of contradictions here... But lets see.. Assuming you are going to be consistent in your demands come wat may

Get through a job that pays ten plus but live a monk.s life for next 1.5 yr... make sure you get a bonus year end in this period and you will b a free bird... For camera I consider you able enough to do some side consult jobs/participating in a high end maata jagran band or any other such endeavours shud get you closer to.the camera dream... Start a blog with ads on mba and other how to dos in india like creating once own music band, marketing etc now for mba abroad u will need 4-5 yrs exp afaik .. That should b enough to gather money but hard to preserve momentum... finding a job abroad within these yrs should do the trick.. Mba abroad might.give lesser travel opportunoties but thats just a small period

If you go for phd after 2 yr job it will take care of all ur dreams...various conferences all over the world ensure that

_ rahul
Nov. 24th, 2011 11:30 am (UTC)
I do not deny the contradictions, they most arise when I do not want a trade off. :)
My plans for higher education are very vague. All I know is that I need to study in a college/univ with a lot of old profs, a huge library and an institute with a history of its own.

Thanks for the insights Rahul. :)
Nov. 24th, 2011 07:39 am (UTC)
....somebody needs advice....

.....i know people who make music and travels a lot. they also earn decent money to pay a loan of 10 lakh(quick is subjective. :P). may it be enough for camera is depends upon how high end you want to go. -- so music full time is nice career choice......you will be busy making good music and get yourself famous and then you will be earning good money......

planning to join some band ? or create one ?
Nov. 24th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
Well, I need to take up a job after finishing college and the current band will be disintegrated soon. And to be honest, I take only calculated risks so I am not sure if I want to pursue music/traveling as a full-time career, unless I know it IS going to work out. :P

By quick I mean 4 years max. All of this anxiousness is coming from the fact that I'll be no longer a student in a couple of months. And, I may get stuck in a rut, lose my interests and dreams.

Otherwise, things are not that bad you know. :P
Nov. 25th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
reality is, we never choose career, career chooses us.
Nov. 26th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
You do have more "experience" literally to know so, it must be true. Not a comforting thought though.
Nov. 24th, 2011 08:14 am (UTC)
::Resists all temptations to make just one innocuous and well intentioned joke, thereby proving himself to be a conqueror of the mind::

Depends on what you mean by "fairly quickly." I have no idea about your finances, and how much disciplined you're willing to be by way of expenditure, but given the kind of job you'd likely have after an MBA, I think it would be fairly straightforward to pay it off in about four years, or even three.

As for your study and preferred job after that, in my view it's more about continuing to pursue your field of interest in different ways and keeping building your network as you go along. In short, not viewing this as an onerous situation to be handled, and thereby being open to all the good that may come :)

Hope this was helpful (though the joke would have been better!)
Nov. 24th, 2011 11:39 am (UTC)
Haha, I dunno why but I already am laughing. :P You should have laid down the joke. It's not too late yet!

Yeah, that makes sense ofcourse. I wish sometimes if i could just plan/control this part of my life. :) But not everything is achieved out of straightforward choices!

Hey, how are you? and what's new with you?
Nov. 24th, 2011 04:42 pm (UTC)
Oh I dunno, it was something to do with how stingy you'd have to be to do that, may be... I don't even remember now ::blushes::

I'm doing good, thanks. Working at Cognizant for the past 7 months, in Chennai. It's a fun job and a fun place on the whole, the searing heat notwithstanding :) I just watch people when they speak in Tamil because I don't understand them, have hilarious conversations with auto-drivers in broken English, have enrolled for yoga classes, and also classes to learn a new language - Italian!

Nov. 24th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Hahaha....see you should have told me! :)
Wow Chennai! I am sure you would understand a lot more Tamil in another couple of months. And Italian sounds fancy! It's good to hear from someone who is actually not completely upset with their post student life.
Have fun!! :)
Dec. 5th, 2011 05:19 am (UTC)
You need to write a book and market it better than SRK or Chetan Bhagat. Tats easy money.
High end camera, hmm. Get that money, seeing your camera budget , i will tell you what to pick.
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:37 pm (UTC)
The only thing is I would hate to be in the same club as Chetan Bhagat. :P
Apr. 26th, 2014 11:26 pm (UTC)
When did I write this comment. You were out of action did so long.
Dec. 21st, 2011 05:06 pm (UTC)
my advice:
Choose one of the above mentioned things. Just one.And pursue it without ever thinking about the other choices you gave up.

You can pursue only one goal at a time if excellence is what you are aiming for and not some worthy distraction and no,you cant have it all.
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
That makes, sorta learnt it the hard way I guess :)
Jan. 18th, 2012 10:35 am (UTC)
Its kind of though , but some of the management jobs do get paid high though they need experience . Better get a job phoren , that would pay off the loan . Look for career consultancies .
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
Re: though
I can't believe I posted something as silly as this on the blog. Thanks for entertaining the stupidity :D
Apr. 27th, 2014 02:54 pm (UTC)
Re: though
Glad to be of help ;) More glad to see you back !
Nov. 21st, 2013 04:14 am (UTC)
Rob a bank...But make sure it is not a cooperative bank..
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:35 pm (UTC)
Well, I wish I had done that :D Thanks for the advice ;)
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