Where will your education lead you? Insights from Vijay Eswaran

As the world changes and technology advances, higher education becomes of greater importance and relevance to keep up with market demands and to increase one’s career potential.

However, does higher education mean a guaranteed job and security for lifetime? QI group executive chairman Datuk Seri Vijay Eswaran would say “it depends”.

Vijay Eswaran promotes higher learning but encourages students to focus on becoming independent and focus on creating jobs rather than seeking jobs.

At a student forum held at Universiti Malaya, he said that as the world changes, conservative thinking is strapping students into a job mindset rather than an entrepreneurial spirit. He encouraged students to weigh the pros and cons of working at a smaller start-up vs. corporate jobs.

His view is that a job should really be based on not only one’s qualifications to perform the duties but also future goals, preferences, personality and career needs.

Vijay himself worked for a startup and contrasted the difference between the environment he experienced there versus one at a corporate environment.

Commenting on the differences between start-ups and corporate work environments, he pointed out that start-ups offer a more visionary, free communication and fast paced work culture versus the routine, slow paced and methodical process oriented corporate cultures. On start-ups, he said “You come up with the idea and you see it through right till the end”. Read more: Five Minutes With Dr. Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman, QI Group of Companies

He said on his own experience, that a startup offers a greater opportunity to be a leader and a team member. He said neither is better than the other and each provides a different outlook and experience in terms of going from a small business to a large one.

These opportunities should be carefully considered based on personal preferences. So, next time you are in search of a job, think back to the words of Vijay Eswaran to aid you in your decision.

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