Why did students turned down Rs 1 crore per annum offers? Why did they even appear for the Interview if they were not interested in the job?

This is a repost of my answer to this question on Quora.

Here are a few reasons why someone might turn down a job offer irrespective of how much they pay:

Kudos to all who were not pressurized by money and decided to follow their dreams.

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3 thoughts on “Why did students turned down Rs 1 crore per annum offers? Why did they even appear for the Interview if they were not interested in the job?

  1. I recently read some of the posts in your blog and and found it really interesting especially the way you expressed your opinion. Hence I just thought of sharing some my thoughts in this regard. First of all let me introduce myself. Right now I am pursuing doctoral studies in Max Planck Institute, Germany. Before that I worked as Software Development Engineer in Amazon, India for around 7 years. Even before that I was student of IIT Kharagpur.

    From my experience, I am of this opinion that earning money is no bad thing because money gives one confidence to lead life the way he/she wants. For example, it was my financial stability which gave me the confidence to take a break for some time from industry to pursue doctoral studies and to drive my career in a different direction. So I don’t think it is any credit or discredit of a student who turns down fat pay package. It is entirely his/her personal decision from the perspective of what their goal is. Even if someone accepts fat pay package initially with a goal to do something on his own some time down the line, be it research or some kind of entrepreneurial activity or even both, I don’t find anything wrong with this. As a matter of fact, I rather encourage all the students who are not from strong financial background to take that path as it will give them not only financial stability to some extent but also a mental maturity which will help them to take more informed and matured decision about anything at any point of time in life.

    Besides that I would like to make one more point. With due respect for all the professors of all the IITs and IISc, I would like to mention that there are some senior professors (of course not all) who believe that everything about academia is good and everything about industry is bad. I thing this is totally wrong. There are good and bad things associated with both academia and industry. If you look at US and Europe, there is a very cordial collaboration between academia and industry. People switching from academia to industry and also the other way round is a commonplace affair. If you look at the Phd students passing out from top schools in US and Europe, 50% of them join industry not because they can not make it to academia but because they like research and innovation but not regular teaching. So it is totally wrong to attach a stigma with those joining industry from academia. I don’t want to take any name but it happens in India. I know one professor in IISc who launched his own start-up company in parallel with teaching in IISc but some of the so called “senior professors” made him leave the institute as if he became untouchable after his association with industry. It is high time to change this attitude. They should look at US where Google, Yahoo, PayPal, Cadence and many other big companies originally came out of various Universities with direct help from various professors.

    All I think is the students should be educated and trained such that they can do whatever they want to do. We should not fill in their mind with some kind of unreasonable prejudices and of course to be able to do whatever one wants to do, financial stability is important.

  2. “There are good and bad things associated with both academia and industry.”
    I am very much agree with this point.


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