Updated: Dec 23, 2022
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In this GGI career insight, we will be sharing insights into: the circumstances and rationale behind quitting my salary worth a crore.
Some time ago, I posted on LinkedIn about my 1 crore job at the Tony Blair Institute.
I noticed that a lot of you were curious about why I left such a promising job.
This career insight will be extremely personal. I am going to share my thought process and rationale behind this decision.
1. The leap
When I left that job, I was in a very vulnerable state.
My education venture, Global Governance Initiative, was not making revenue of 1 crore.
In fact, I was responsible for paying salaries worth lakhs to my 20+ employees.
2. The reason
I have always been someone who thrives in a change of environment. Whether it be leaving my Government of India job for ISB or leaving BCG to start my own education venture.
I have always believed life is very short to be lived only with one role.
Rather, I believe in wearing the various hats of a consultant, advisor, entrepreneur, etc. Each time I left a role, I got the opportunity to grow in a new sector and learn new skills.
If you want to make it big in life, you have to leave a few places and allow yourself to enter new ones. Had I not left my Government of India job, I wouldn’t have been able to work for the Tony Blair Institute in the first place.
We human beings are nomads. Our genetic make-up is to move around and adapt to changing environments.
You may agree or disagree with me.
The larger message behind this career insight is that it took a lot of effort, critical thinking and some good luck to reach where I am today.
I started my career in 2013 as a young graduate. Now, I wish to dedicate my 30s to my education venture- something I am truly passionate about.
At Global Governance Initiative, we teach the practical problem-solving skills required to become a management consultant. Our masterclasses are hosted by leading professionals in the industry of consulting. This helps our students learn from real time experts.
Author: Shatakshi Sharma, Co-CEO Global Governance Initiative, Ex-BCG Management Consultant, Former Policy Advisor, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change
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