How to settle down in the corporate world after a “happening” college life?

As you graduate from college, you’ll enter a totally new phase. Not only will you have to adapt to working full-time, you’ll also have to adapt to new environments outside of work.

Whether you're straight out of college or starting a new career path, that first job can be scary. You might think you know the ropes, but it's a lot more than just getting your work done. You'll probably need to start at the bottom of the totem pole even if you're an experienced worker, and integrating yourself into the company culture is a lot harder than you think. Keeping your expectations in check is a good place to start.

Here are a few tips I wish someone gave me before I took my first job:

  • Stay Organized and Never miss a Deadline

Your job is nothing like school or college. Being on time, getting your work done, and keeping it all together is incredibly important at a new job.

In a lot of careers, your boss isn't really going to notice you at first unless you're doing something terribly wrong. Being on time every day, keeping your desk clean, and doing your job will ensure that you won’t be singled out right away as being unproductive. You can worry about standing out later. At first you just need to get your work done as efficiently as possible.

Keeping a track of your activities on a daily basis, and formulating a weekly planner is extremely beneficial in the long run. It might seem like a minor thing, but showing you can reliably get things done goes a long way.

  • Accept Your Newbie Status and the Work that Comes with It

When you're just out of college, it's easy to get a “big head” about what you can do in the workplace. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always turn out the way you thought it would. This means you need to show off your work ethic even if you're stuck doing tasks you don't like.

  • Ask Questions

One thing you likely learned in school that carries over to the real world: asking questions is important. Your boss and your coworkers want nothing more than for you to do your job correctly the first time, and the best way to do that is to ask questions when you're starting out. Be sure you actively listen to the answers, and ask follow-up questions to avoid miscommunication. If you're still not entirely certain you're doing a project right, give your boss simple progress reports that outline where you're at. That way, your boss can steer you back on track if you get lost.

You want to ask questions when you need to, but don't overdo it. Wanting to learn is an excellent quality. If you understand the basics and what's expected of you, don't be afraid to find your own shortcuts to get the job done, and don't pester your boss for help with every small decision.

  • Keep challenging yourself

If you find yourself bored or unchallenged at work, talk to your leaders about taking on additional assignments, getting involved in professional development activities or other ways to expand your involvement with your organization. One of the most effective ways to grow as a professional is to take on projects you haven't done before or those that ensure your growth.

  • Be aware and respectful of generational differences

The company you're working for may have a lot of young employees, but this doesn't necessarily mean your office will be just like your college campus. Be conscious of the negative stigmas associated with "millennials" (lazy, entitled, poor communication skills, social media crazed), and break away from them. Not everyone you work with cares about social media, or even has social media profiles. To build rapport with co-workers from other generations, take interest in things that are important to them rather than talking about who you're following on Twitter or what happened on the latest Bollywood award show.

  • Stay true to your values and motivators

A job and a stable career growth, is always appreciated by people. But, your morals and values will remain with you at every age and with every job. You must know your motivating factors too, that ensures consistent performance at whatever you do.

  • Create and stick to a personal budget

 For most new professionals who are used to living on a student budget, seeing that huge amount on their first salaried paycheck seems like an invitation to do all the things they couldn't afford in school —take expensive trips, purchase designer clothes, etc. If you're out on your own for the first time, it's important to create a budget to figure out how much disposable income you'll really have each month after all the bills are paid. If you're paying off student-loan debt, be careful before taking on a new debt.

  • Don't think you'll get promoted right away

Of course it can and does happen, but there are many variables that contribute to getting promoted: company size, structure and upward mobility, others leaving, financial health of the company, open opportunities, etc. In some careers, it may be typical to be promoted every couple of years, but in other industries, it may take five years or longer to earn your first promotion. Rome wasn't built in a day, and your career won't be either.

You will eventually learn to establish a fine balance between maintaining consistent work ethics, being reliable, and still giving yourself the time off you need to survive. Your first job is not only about showing that you can get the job done; it's also about forming connections and learning as many tricks of the trade as possible. This won't be your last job, and the more you take away from it the better.


Charity begins at home, and we do it on the day of love: Jaro education visit an old age home

“These children have made us so happy! Valentine’s Day was never something we celebrated, but this one is extremely special.” — This is how the adorable, yet frail senior citizens at Assisi Bhavan, old age home responded after two hours of hearty celebration with the employees of Jaro Education. Twenty Five employees made it a point to spare two hours from this “day of love” and spend it with the lonely and feeble senior citizens at the old age home by playing games and singing with them. Dancing was something they were enthusiastic about, and they proved to be much better at it than the youth! Most of the elderly at the old age home had lost their respective partners. They shared their fond memories about the love of their lives with the Jaro employees. Of course, “Valentine’s Day” is of English origin and hence, wasn’t celebrated by the senior citizens ever. They believed everyday to be Valentine’s Day because, 24 hours aren’t enough to express the amount of love one has for their partner. They explained to us that “romantic love” isn’t the only kind, but love for family and friends, is important too.

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Many of their former professions matched with the Jaro employees, so they ended up advising them regarding their jobs too. The youth realized how modernized their approach was towards work and life, compared to the senior citizens at the old age home. In the end, the employees presented the elderly with gifts. “We are proud of Jaro for being so thoughtful and sympathetic. Our blessings will always be with them”, said Chandrakant Damle, who lived at Malad with his sons before they left to study and settle abroad. The delight and joy was clearly visible on their faces which gave great contentment to the youth. This initiative was one of the most precious ones, which brought immense joy and pleasure to the employees of Jaro. No section of society deserves to be neglected, and this is well understood by Jaro and its employees. They don’t just preach, but they practice as they preach.


I am really thankful to jaro education and UBI to provide me an opportunity to do MBA in international banking. Thanking you once again.

Mr. Alok Kumar, TCS

Learn the rules first

I was recently quoted as saying, I don’t care if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said thing.
Of course, I am trivializing what Instagram is to many people. It’s a beautifully executed app that enables the creation and enjoyment of art, as well as human connection, which is often a good thing. But my rant had very little to do with it (or with Twitter). My rant was the result of increasing frustration with the one-dimensionality that those who report on, invest in, and build consumer Internet services talk about success.
Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.


68th Republic Day Celebrations at Jaro

The Republic day of India, celebrated on 26th January every year, is one of our proudest moments as an Indian. After over 190 years of struggle against the British raj, we attained our independence on August 15, 1947. However, it wasn’t until January 26, 1950, that we tasted the true spirit of Independence, when we adopted the largest written constitution in the world. Our constitution declares India as a sovereign, democratic, and republic state. It gives us the power to govern ourselves by choosing our own government. So celebrating Republic day is not just our duty, but our birthright!

We at Jaro education left no stones unturned to celebrate the 68th Republic day of India. With patriotic fervor in our heart, we stood in attention as Our National Anthem was being played. This was a really emotional moment for us all as we stood, honored and humbled, at the remembrance of all our freedom fighters who sacrificed everything for us.

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This was followed by a very inspiring talk by Mr. Pradip Bhadgaonkar, the COO of Jaro Education. He talked about how Jaro rose from a small company to the giant it is now, purely on the basis of hard work and dedication shown by all. He shared how Dr. Sanjay Salunkhe, the CEO of Jaro Education, molded our company into the success it has now become. He also addressed the new trainees for they truly are the heart and soul of Jaro. But most importantly, he talked about how despite the different people from diverse cultural backgrounds from various branches all over the country, we stay united and strong as one Jaro.

Next on the menu was a singing session, which included songs like Lukka Chuppi, Yeh jo Desh hai mera, and Mera mulk. Each of these songs had beautiful messages behind them, but the one in common with all was that despite what we do or where we go in life, we are and will always be Indians in our heart. A special mention here to a trainee (sales), Anjali Tiwari (Goregaon branch), who gave us an impromptu performance of the song Ae mere watan ke logon. It was not just beautiful, but spot on to the occasion and to what everyone was feeling at that time. This shows how dynamic, talented, and intuitive all our newbies are.

And finally, the highlight of the evening was, of course, the sweets. All of us chomped on the delicious Malai Chom Chom to our hearts content. This is symbolic to the fact that we too are enjoying the sweet nectars of freedom that our freedom fighters had fought so hard for. We must always keep this in mind and work together to make not just our friends and family, but also our country proud!


The new brand identity

I stumbled upon the concept of margin while reading a post by Michael Hyatt, which led me to design my ideal week. Richard Swenson, M.D. (who wrote the book: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives) describes margin like this:

Margin is the space between our load and our limits. It is the amount allowed beyond that which is needed. It is something held in reserve for contingencies or unanticipated situations. Margin is the gap between rest and exhaustion, the space between breathing freely and suffocating.

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection. I wasn’t really growing my business in a sustainable way; I was just booking one client after the next. At the time this seemed like a good thing: doesn’t growing my business mean getting more clients?

A long redesign.

What if instead of booking up to 100% capacity (which more often than not ends up being closer to 120%), we only booked up to an 80% capacity?
What if we left more room for growth (personal or professional) and stopped being one with “busy-ness”?
I spent nearly a year turning down every new project (and even getting rid of old ones) so that I could reduce my workload, build in more margin, and create what is now Digital Strategy School. It takes time to build margin into your schedule.Write a book. Create a program. Update your contracts and proposals (which has been on your to-do list for how long..?) Spend more time with your family. Go above and beyond for a client. Learn something new. Actually follow through on the things that have been nagging at you for a long time.

When you design your ideal week, you start to see that the time you think you have is often not in alignment with how much time you actually have.

After designing my ideal week, I had a much clearer idea of how to create a framework for my week that would empower me to feel more focused by theming days of the week, and even parts of the day. SO simple, I know. Some of you have been doing this for ages and you’re already a pro, and some of you who saw my schedule said “woah, that’s so rigid, I need more flexibility!”

Structure enables flexibility.

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. Turns out I’m consistently “in the zone” around 3pm in the afternoon; so instead of trying to tackle highly creative work first thing in the morning (when my brain is barely functioning), I handle it in the afternoon, when I know I’m at my peak!

Creating more margin has been game-changing for my business.
What would be possible for yours?


Sounds from the streets

Many years ago, I worked for my parents who own a video production company. Because it is a family business, you inevitably end up wearing many hats and being the czar of many different jobs. I mainly managed projects and worked as a video editor. On production, there were times that I was called on to work as an audio tech and was made to wear headphones on long production days. In those days, having a really good set of headphones that picked up every nuance of sound was essential to making sure the client got what they needed.

It’s safe to say that because of my unique professional experiences, I’ve tested out a lot of headphones.

First impressions.

Naturally, my first impression of these headphones is based off of the look of them. They have a classic over-the-ear style that is highlighted by a blue LED light that indicates the power for the noise canceling. The padding on the ear pieces seems adequate for extended usage periods.

They are wired headphones, but the 3.5mm stereo mini-plug cable is detachable. Something else I noticed right of the bat was the very nice carrying case that comes with them. It has a hard plastic exterior with a soft cloth interior that helps to protect the surface of the headphones from scratches. I never truly appreciated cases for headphones until I started carrying them from place-to-place. Now I can’t imagine not having a case.

A perfect fit.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

Quality.

Now that I had the headphones on my head, I was finally ready to plug and play some music. I plugged the provided cable into the jack on the headphones and then the one on my iPhone 6. Then I called up Pandora. I tend to have a very eclectic music purview and have many stations set up for different moods. From John Williams to Fallout Boy, the sound quality of these headphones was remarkable. There is an amazing depth of sound and incredible highs and lows that make listening to music a truly breathtaking experience.

In order to test how voices sounded, and the overall art of sound mixing, I pulled up Netflix on my iPad Air 2 and watched a few minutes of a movie to hear all the nuances of the film. None of them were lost. In fact, I ended up hearing sounds that I hadn’t heard before. Echoes…birds chirping…wind blowing through trees…breathing of the characters…it was very impressive what the headphones ended up bringing out for me.

I would highly recommend these to any sound mixing specialist.


Some amazing buildings

Minimalism and geometric.

When you are alone for days or weeks at a time, you eventually become drawn to people. Talking to randos is the norm. I’ll never forget the conversation with the aquarium fisherman, forest ranger, and women at the Thai market. It’s refreshing to compare notes on life with people from vastly different backgrounds.

When you meet fellow travelers, you’ll find they are also filled with a similar sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. Five days of friendship on the road is like five months of friendship at home. It’s the experiences that bond you together, not the place. A rule I followed that worked well: be the first to initiate conversation. I met some incredible people by simply being the first to talk.

Long term travel is different than a luxury vacation. The point is to see the world, not stay in a 5-star hotel. During the trip, I stayed on a strict budget. The goal was to spend no more than $33 per day on accommodations. After a year, I was able to spend only $26.15 per day by booking through HostelWorld and Airbnb. When I wanted to meet people, I’d stay in a shared room at a hostel. When I wanted to be alone, I’d book a private room with Airbnb.

Take the cost of your rent or mortgage + food per month and divide it by 30. This is how much it costs per day to live at home. You will find that it’s possible to travel the world for roughly the same amount. Or, if you live in an expensive city like San Francisco, far less.

An universal language.

I was surprised how many people spoke English (apparently 1.8 billion people worldwide). Places where English was less prevalent, I made an effort to learn a handful of words and phrases in the local language. Even though it’s passable, I do desire to learn another language fluently. You can only take the conversation so far when all you can say is: “¿Esto contiene gluten?”

It’s possible to communicate a lot without saying a word. For instance, I left my phone at a restaurant in Chile. I pointed at the table where I was sitting, put my hand to my ear like a phone, then shrugged — 2 minutes later, my phone had been retrieved.


We breathe Cricket: Jaro Education’s Cricket Tournament

The Jaro Education’s Cricket Tournament was held at famous Police Gymkhana Ground at Marine Drive, Mumbai on 9th January, 2017. The event witnessed the jaro employees from all over India.

The aim of this cricket tournament was to ignite a competitive spirit among the employees and to bring them on a common platform for a day. There were four teams, namely Badmaash Company, Rowdy Paltan, Gabru and Southern Hornets. Interestingly, the teams were formed of employees from various offices of Jaro, all over India. This cricket tournament not only promoted sportsmanship, but also cultural diversity.

It began by the CEO of Jaro Education, Dr. Sanjay Salunkhe, addressing all the employees. He made each one feel welcomed and also spoke a few words to encourage the players. The four teams were ready to give their best shot after rigorous practice sessions. All the employees were completely energized. The cool evening had a sense of euphoria in the air.  The game began with the national anthem.

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Gabru and Hornets were the first two teams to play against each other. It was followed by the other two teams, Badmaash Company and Rowdy Paltan. Dr. Salunkhe’s effective commentary raised the interest among the spectators. Some of the players were slow and steady while others were fast and furious. A number of people were seen wearing their team’s jersey to support the players. Cheers, claps and whistles filled the playground with excitement. The enthusiasm rose as the temperature fell.

Finally, Southern Hornets were declared as the winner of the tournament with 44 runs. Badmaash Company became the runner up with 43 runs. Mr. Manoj of Southern Hornets emerged as The Man of the Series. The Best Batsman and The Best Bowler were Mr. Umesh and Mr. Sankesh respectively.  Mr.Manoj (Southern Hornets), Mr.Umesh (Badmaash Company), Mr.Akash (Gabru), Mr.Krishna (Badmaash Company) Mr.Manu MJ (Southern Hornets) bagged the Man of the Match Award.

To sum up, it was a fantastic evening, full of fun and frolic. More than winning, sportsman spirit and participation play an important role. Also, it was a refreshing experience for everyone.


Awwwards best websites

I was recently quoted as saying, I don't care if Instagram has more users than Twitter. If you read the article you’ll note there’s a big “if” before my not giving of said thing.
Of course, I am trivializing what Instagram is to many people. It’s a beautifully executed app that enables the creation and enjoyment of art, as well as human connection, which is often a good thing. But my rant had very little to do with it (or with Twitter). My rant was the result of increasing frustration with the one-dimensionality that those who report on, invest in, and build consumer Internet services talk about success.

Numbers are important. Number of users is important. So are lots of other things. Different services create value in different ways. Trust your gut as much (or more) than the numbers. Figure out what matters and build something good.


Trust in your intuitions

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position.

You need to be
true to yourself

Just like every other human on the planet, I have epically awesome days and days when life just turne against me. And while I can’t stand most self-help (see: tired quotes over stock photography on Instagram), sometimes I need a little pick-me-up. And most of the time, in order to get out of a slump (because my brain leans more into math/science than anything else), I need to drop a logic bomb on my ass.

Yes, this is a long article. But here’s the thing — if you’re reading this in your inbox and are already like, “fuck this!” delete it. No hard feelings. If you’re reading this in a browser on a website, and you see how tiny the scroll-bar is because of how far you still have to scroll to get to the bottom, close this tab and go back to 140-character tidbits of advice. Still with me? Phew. Just had to weed out all the folks from points: #1, #4 and #8. Welcome friends, onward we go.

Remember to
never give up

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening. Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Like there’s a going-out-of-business sale. Find yourself — not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams— but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesn’t. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.

Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable. Once I gave the headphones a thorough once-over exam, I tried them on. As I mentioned, they have a classic over-the-ear style and just looking at them, the padding on the ear pieces seem adequate and the peak of the headband seemed to be a bit lacking, but you don’t really know comfort unless you try on the product. So, I slipped the headphones on and found them to be exquisitely comfortable.

If no one hates you, no one is paying attention. If attention is what you want for vanity, confidence, or, hell — to make a decent living — then know that it’s not instantaneous. Every single person that you’re currently paying attention to, at some point in their lives, was in your exact position. They kept at it and worked enough so that others started listening. Also know that if no one is watching, you can experience true freedom. Dance in your underwear. Write entirely for yourself. Like there’s a going-out-of-business sale. Find yourself — not in some coming-of-age hippie way involving pasta and ashrams— but in a way that helps you draw your own line in the sand for what matters and what doesn’t. Do what you want to do, just because you want to do that thing. This will build confidence that will come in handy later.