Status: Read from Dec 1 to Dec 2, 2018
My rating: 3/5
Author: Sanjay Manaktala
If you’ve picked up this book, you and I are probably pretty darn similar. We grew up in humble circumstances, listened to our parents and the society, graduated and joined the IT industry.
So, why read a book that’s going to explain an industry you might already be a part of? Well, frankly to work smarter and not harder. To make sure you know what you’re getting into and what lies ahead. You want to make money and travel the world. You want to date and enjoy your twenties and thirties. Your work does not need your youth as a sacrificial offering. My goal here is to get you realize that.
Corporations can suck but they can also be awesome. Many of us make money. Many of us enjoy our lives. Few do both. Let’s try and join the latter, shall we?
This was a funny and witty read. I myself being from the IT industry, I could relate to the maximum things mentioned in the book. I loved the way the topics are segregated in the book, beginning with Freshers climbing the ladder to senior managers in IT industries, then going further to soft skills and your career. There are parts in the book where I felt bored reading it, as I see those things daily in my workplace and already know about them. But some descriptions are really hilarious.
This book does have lots of life-saving tips for them who wants to make it big and survive in the IT industry. What the book missed is the mention of office politics which is more frustrating than the workload in the IT industry.
The chapters I liked the best were Managers, Soft Skills andJob versus Career. The chapter speaks about who is a manager, things they do and things they don’t do, what are their expectations, good manager vs. bad managers and how to manage up with a manager. I was able to relate a lot to my current manager at work. And I am really thankful to have a person who is very concerned and protective towards his team and consistently questions about our aspirations and guide us to achieve the same. Soft skills are all about communication, presentation, and creativity. Other than technical knowledge, how these skills are important in the IT industry for making money. Job versus career gives a clear picture of what these both are. Why we need to focus on our career while doing our day to day job.
It’s not about what you learn in your job, it’s how you use it in your career. Start climbing.
The best part of the book is the hilarious illustrations. If you cannot read the book, still try to turn the pages and read through the illustrations. I bet you will love them.
About the author:
Sanjay Manaktala is a former IT executive -turned- standup comedian who has been instrumental in shaping India’s current comedy boom. His videos have amassed over thirty million views online and have been featured on CNN, the BBC, Huffington Post, Forbes India, BuzzFeed and a host of other major publications. Growing up in New York and Los Angeles, Sanjay moved to India in2010 where he rose up the ranks of a major IT consulting firm before switching to comedy and filmmaking. He performs comedy across the world and currently resides in Bengaluru, India.