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Young managers quit high paying jobs to join Indian political system

Published On: 23 May 2012 | Last Updated On: 23 May 2012

Managers from top companies across the country seem to be trading their high paying jobs for a chance to serve the public. Vaibhav Lodha, a 27 year old manager with a Bangalore based analytics company, has decided to quit his job to work on a labor market strategy for a parliamentarian in Himachal Pradesh. Lodha, who is an engineer from NIT-Trichy and a management graduate from IIM, has decided to forfeit their hefty pay packages for an offbeat career option.

However, he isn’t the only one. There has been a growing trend among managers from big corporates who are quitting the rat race. Chetan Kanoongo from Deloitte, Geeta Ramakrishnan from Ernst& young and Varun Santosh from HSBC are some of the others who are giving up fancy pay packets for the good of the public.

Lodha attributes the trend to a change, which is fuelled by the fact that professionals are actually considering participating in the political system as a promising career option. Till now the public service examinations were the only known ways to do so. However, with young personalities such as Sachin Pilot, Naveen Jindal and Anurag Thakur entering the political scene, graduates and professionals are looking for more than just an ordinary job and risk their careers to do something which has an impact.

Many young professionals and graduates from IIMs and IITs have shown interest in the field. Recently, an NGO received 60 applications from such professionals, who want to work for the masses.

Most go on to work as consultants for parliamentarians with compensations less than half of what they earned. However, the fact that they are working for solutions to peoples' problems overrides the pay or a need for belief in any political party's ideologies.

The trend is definitely a very positive sign for the country's political system as the honchos bring in knowledge, innovation, strategy and management to address the problems of the country.

Source: Times of India

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