Looking for a rewarding career, collaborative team and unlimited opportunities to grow? Gartner is the right place for you. Below, Senior Research Specialist Ankita Mukhopadhyay shares how she joined our R&A team in Gurgaon and outlines 4 ways you can succeed when making a career move.
In 2018, I made the decision to pursue a career in research, as I wanted to make a difference to companies and contribute to their growth at a more substantive level. Prior to joining Gartner, I was working as a business journalist, documenting the growth of companies and covering stories on topics as varied as supplies and operations to production. My academic background also played a major role in motivating my decision to make a career switch. I hold a master’s degree in International Relations and History from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where I spent a considerable amount of time building my skills in research and pushing the boundaries of historical methods by questioning their validity and scope. When I came across an opening in Gartner, I knew that this was the role that would enable me to pursue my passion.
Below are 4 tips to follow if you’re looking to make a career move:
- Push yourself
Every job has a learning curve and saturation point. Many people fail to tackle the saturation point effectively, leading to a stall in growth, which can be detrimental if you’re looking to switch to another field in the future. To tackle saturation in your current job, try pursuing projects outside your business vertical or reading up on topics of your interest in your spare time. Making a career move is possible if you’re well-aware and grounded in the area you want to build your career in. For example, I built my understanding of quantitative analysis by pursuing a course on VBA in Excel and spending time with my colleagues in the quant teams. This helped me to explore potential collaborations. An ability to flex beyond the daily job requirement is always a handy skill, particularly when you’re looking to switch careers.
- Understand what a career in research and advisory actually means
“Research is to see what everybody else has seen and to think what nobody else has thought.” A lot of people assume research means being good at sifting out information. But a good researcher is someone who brings new insights to the table and pushes the scope of formal, conventional thinking. Start by asking the right questions in your current organization. Is this the right way of doing things? Can we do this differently? How can we do this differently? Think like an archaeologist who has dug up the right piece of information but must place it in the correct context. For me, the opportunity to understand client needs and provide new insights was a motivating factor to switch to research. What’s yours?
A career in Gartner’s research and advisory team brings with it ample opportunities to communicate with both peers and clients. To gear up for the challenge, start participating in events in the office, and use every opportunity you can to present your work or insights to the management or colleagues. If your current work doesn’t offer you opportunities to present at a formal level, then try speaking up at team meetings and interacting more with colleagues from other departments. The more you push yourself to communicate, the more you can work on speaking coherently, decisively and clearly.
4. Be receptive to feedback
A researcher should always be open to feedback in order to improve their insights and thought process. Start molding yourself by seeking feedback from your manager or peers. An open mind is always able to generate new ideas. Being receptive to feedback will open your mind to new ideas and is also a useful personal quality.
Try capitalizing on the skills you already have and build those that you don’t. Be thorough with the job requirements before you apply and always present yourself as someone who is willing to learn. Needless to say, my skill set has come in very handy at Gartner, and a truly inclusive environment here has motivated me to build and refine my skills in research.
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