Darwinism is the solution for Career Dilemmas

Most of the engineers dream is to become part of a reputed IT company. It may be because of the social image that the IT Engineers are differently respected. Their pay package, onsite travels, international exposure and many more reasons.

Of late the situations are changing. As the adage says, Change is the ONLY constant thing. IT careers have become less fascinating and more challenging. Anyone who is in IT by choice or by chance, they are always been haunted by many insecurities.

  1. Layoffs
  2. No hike
  3. No promotion
  4. No onsite Travel


Most of us tend to blame many internal and external factors except self.

  1. Bad Managers
  2. Recession
  3. Automation
  4. High Packages


Few days ago, my daughter wanted me to explain a science lesson. I have recollected my school days to explain the Darwin Theory to her. Accidentally, I started connecting the dots with the IT Employee situation. What is the road ahead?

Darwinism is a theory of biological evolution developed by the English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882). Every living thing arise and develop through the natural selection of small, inherited variations that increase the individual’s ability to compete, survive, and reproduce.

It was also summarized as

  1. Struggle for the existence
  2. Survival of the fittest


“Evolve to become indispensable”. The only way to survive in the ever changing IT Industry is to change faster. Faster than the industry.

Every IT Employee must answer the THREE questions every SIX months.

  1. Why?
  2. How?
  3. What?


Just to brief the context of these three questions

  • Why are we doing what we have been doing?
  • How are we doing? Can we do different things or things differently?
  • What are we doing? Is it in line with our Why and How?


All questions must answer in accordance with the changing needs of the IT Industry. Continuous learning is the common response to all of them. The learning must be on both the areas.

  • Technology: Virtualization, Cloud Computing, IOT, AI, Automation
  • Process: Agile, ITIL, DevOps, PMP, PRINCE2, TOGAF


The technology learning ensures the lateral growth and the process learning ensures the vertical growth. In order to achieve sustainable growth the following elements are key

  • Focus
  • Openness
  • Consistency


Kalyan Mekala is an independent consultant for strategic and tactical areas of IT.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

WhatsApp chat
Register Now

Enquiry Now

Request a callback