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Apr 26, 2015

Work anniversary- A ticking counter or accomplished milestone

Wow, its five years already, 60 months since I first landed a job after completing my MBA. Feels a tad unreal to imagine the kind of journey I have had. No, I don't need to pinch myself, its not that unreal.

The amount of time I've spent in my company, may raise quite a few questions in your inquisitive minds. As it is not considered normal/usual in this day and age to have the kind of stability in one's professional career.  I'm sure the word 'stability' will have different interpretations for each of you. Risk averse mentality, staying in a comfort zone or it could be the plain fact of experiencing growth while being stable in the current job.

'Growth' again has multiple dimensions to it. While it obviously means growing strong financially, there is an undeniable fact of growing as a professional. The wins, losses, associations, disassociations, appreciations and escalations, all come together in making the fibre of a professional's character.

In many cases though, professional anniversaries could prove to be that ticking counter that one needs to consider, and take the next course of action in their professional lives. For all you know it might be the next big opportunity is waiting to be unearthed.

For me though, I believe every year accomplished is a checkpoint in the journey of a professional's career, where one may want to stop, reflect and progress.

Long ago in college during a so called 'employability skill enhancing workshop' they had a question for us, which I had answered as below:

Q: How long would you be associated with our company ?

Me: As long as I am adding value to you and benefiting myself, I would surely work in your company.

While this answer might seem rather idealistic in today's world, I believe I still standby it.

So, is it your work anniversary ? If it is, how do you feel about it ?