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Taking A Break For Work Experience

Taking A Break For Work Experience

Many students toy with the idea of taking a break during their studies and spending a year gaining some work experience. There are both advantages and disadvantages of such a move. Before you take a decision, consider the following factors:

  1. Working, even for a short time and in an entry-level or apprentice type job, gives you a practical exposure to how working conditions will be in a particular field. Hence ensure that if you are taking up a job, it should be in the area you are considering as a career.
  2. Break is better after finishing a basic degree. A break after 10+2 may neither get you a good job, nor enough exposure for you to decide what career is most suitable to you.
  3. Ensure that you are the type who will be able to get back to studies, and not get enamored by the money and glamour of being a working person.
  4. Finalize a job before stopping studies. It may be paying very less (or in extreme cases, not at all), but the organization should give you opportunities to learn, and not just do routine work.
  5. When taking a break from regular courses, keep up your habit of studying either by taking up short term or correspondence courses, or by studying on your own the topics relevant to your work.
  6. If you are already clear about what career you are going to take, then it is better to continue uninterrupted studies and acquire higher qualifications.
  7. Then list out all your shortcomings (e.g. not good in spoken English, cannot speak in crowds, hate traveling, cannot see blood, scared of heights, etc.). Areas for improvement have been highlighted in the report.


By Ali Khwaja

 

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Should I Work While Studying?

Should I Work While Studying?

Many students have a desire to earn some money or gain experience while they are studying. Some parents encourage, while others are apprehensive that work may distract the student, bring down his grades, put him into wrong company, or take away his motivation to study further. Those who do wish to work can follow these steps to determine the right balance:

  • First settle down in the new course you have taken up, whether it is PUC, degree or post-graduate. Get thoroughly familiar with your books, classes schedules, traveling time, and how are your energy levels.
  • List out the possible careers you are going to take up eventually. Ensure that the job you take up gives you some exposure or experience in one of them. Do NOT take up a job in a field of work that you will not be pursuing, even if the money is good.
  • Join an organization where the work culture is such that people share information with you. Do not get stuck in a monotonous repetitive job where you are doing the same tasks every day.
  • Do not make a long term commitment, and avoid organizations that slowly start extending your working hours. Periodically check whether you are able to keep up your academic standards while working, and ensure that your employer gives you holidays before your exams.
  • If at any time you feel uncomfortable with your work, or you find that you are too tired to keep up with your studies, quit immediately. Do not allow your short term earning to affect your long term success.
  • While working, ask your seniors to give you frank and critical evaluation of your work, your strengths and your achievements. This in turn will help you narrow down your long term career goals.
  • By Ali Khwaja

 

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Where Will You Be In The Future

Where Will You Be In The Future
“Please tell me which is the best career”
“In which career will I make the most money?”
“Which career has the best ‘scope’?”

These are the questions I am faced with on a regular basis not only from students, but also from their parents. I wish I could answer them ….. but I am only a counselor, not an astrologer or a palm reader. I can assess a person, find out all the abilities, traits, aptitude and intelligences, and I can match them to the most suitable careers. But can I predict how much money the person is going to make? If I could do that I would not be sitting here as a counselor and would probably be minting money myself elsewhere.

In today’s era of innumerable challenging and rewarding careers it is so sad to see people following the herd mentality and losing out on very promising opportunities.

There are very nice, simple and proven methods to select the right career most suited to an individual, match it to his or her interest/ passion if any, and thus select a course and vocation that will be most successful, profitable, …. and enjoyable.

If you wish to take that path, I can assure you that you will never regret your decision, and you will be able to make your vocation into a vacation.

By Ali Khwaja

 

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Wide Choices Beyond PUC

Wide Choices Beyond PUC

PUC results are out, CET exams are over, and there is a mad rush for admissions. It will help to take a few minutes and explore that though competition has increased tremendously, opportunities have in fact increased much more. Here is a quick check-list (definitely not exhaustive, there are many more) of courses a student who has completed PUC can consider:

For those who have completed PUC / 12 th with Physics, Chemistry and Biology:

Medicine (MBBS, 5-1/2 years)
Dentistry (BDS, 5 years)
Homeopathy (BHMS), Ayurveda (BAMS), Unani (BUMS), all 5- 1/2 years, Naturopathy (BNYS) 5 years Nursing
More than 10 different paramedical courses offered through recognized 3 and 4 year degree courses
Agricultural sciences, horticulture, and many other allied courses
Pure sciences in reputed institutions like IISc, IISERs, NISERs, IITs, BITS etc.

For those who have completed PUC / 12 th with Math, Physics and Chemistry:

Engineering (30 branches offered in Karnataka alone)
NTTF type private technical diplomas
Pure sciences as mentioned above
Architecture (open to those who have studied Math with Commerce also)
Commercial pilots (only Math & Physics required)Integrated 5 year Bachelors + Masters degrees in engineering, science and management
Technical Diplomas in fields such as Sound Engineering, Cinematography etc.

For those who have completed PUC / 12 th with Commerce or Arts subjects (and of course also for science students):

Some branches of Indian Army through NDA (Air Force and Navy require science)
Art, Design, Computer gaming, web page management etc. (most design courses are now offered in regular 3-year university degrees)
Chartered Accountancy (also open to Science students) through Common Proficiency Test (CPT), while you are doing your degree in any subject. Also Chartered Management Accountants, Company Secretary etc.
3 or 4 year degrees in hotel management/ culinary arts
Bachelor of Computer applications
Bachelor of Business Management / Administration
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Commerce (also offered with tourism, computers, business process management as additional courses)
Bachelor of Music, dance, sports
5 year BA + Ll.B or BBA + Ll.B (with option to stop after getting a 3 year degree)
Mass Communication (offered in BA with 2 other subjects). Bachelors degrees in languages, translation, book publishing
Bachelor of Travel Administration
Government recognized 3 year diplomas in Library Science, Business Administration
Two year Diploma in Education (D.Ed.)
Degrees in social sciences covering psychology, sociology, economics, political science, history, and many other subjects
Employment as Airman in the Indian Air Force, with many opportunities to pursue higher studies while you get full salary.

For those who have not been able to get through PUC

Those above 18 years in age can apply directly to Open Universities for Degree courses in Arts, Commerce or Science through a simple Bachelors Preparatory Exam.
Polytechnical Diplomas in Engineering etc, with possibility of subsequently getting admission directly in 2 nd year B.E. through special CET (lateral entry)

As mentioned above, this is only an indicative list, there are many more. Explore thoroughly before you take the next step. And ensure that the course you select matches your interest, aptitude and personality.

By Ali Khwaja

 

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