The itch

By  via fortune.com   Article

How to approach your own career like an entrepreneur

“Nitin Julka was 31 and working like a dog in Cleveland when he got the itch. …

This struck few as a logical or even feasible next step for Julka: ‘I was changing job functions, industries, and geographies. People told me you can do one of those things—not all three at once.’ …

He drew up a spreadsheet of 60 target companies, a few of which he researched for 60 to 80 hours (he admits he ‘overinvested’). He read 10-Ks and 10-Qs and a hundred CrunchBase articles; he mined his personal and virtual connections; he enlisted a friend, a former Google programmer, to tutor him in code; and he found free online videos from which he learned UX/UI design. With his wife’s support, he gave himself five weeks in Silicon Valley—no mean feat given that he had an 18-month-old baby at home. He met with three or more people a day, prepared a 48-page set of interview notes, and rode the highs and lows of pitching himself for a job that many thought he was an odd fit for.

It ended on a high. In September 2013 he got several job offers—including one, through a contact of his business school professor, at Bizo, a startup that has since been acquired by LinkedIn LNKD -0.18% .

Julka may sound like a case study in craziness, a modern-day Ben Franklin whose entrepreneurial energy and efforts cannot be easily matched. But while he exists at one extreme, he’s the prototype for what it takes to navigate one’s career these days.

The truth is, wherever you are on the corporate ladder, whatever you do for a living, you’ve got to think like you’re launching a business from the ground up.”

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