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Career Tips: Flexibility – The Mantra For Success

Some of us are very good in Math, some in languages, others in science, and some in creative work. Each of these abilities opens doors for good careers. With globalization and progress of the Indian economy, many traditional careers that did not offer sufficient returns have now become very lucrative. Teachers giving on-line tuition to students abroad are earning more than 10-15 Dollars per hour. Designers are being absorbed in large companies on six figure salaries. Writers are finding very rewarding openings in technical writing, specialized publications, web-based portals etc.

While no one can predict which career will offer higher returns in future, one safe prediction would be to say that the most successful people in this generation are going to be those who develop the flexibility and adaptability to anticipate, accept and adapt to change. With rate of change increasing exponentially, one needs to remove mental blocks and be alert to whatever new is coming on the horizon, and change oneself accordingly.

For example, do you know what is a cyborg? Prof. Kevin Warwick, the first cyber-organic human can control computers through his mind, because he cut his nerves and inserted a micro-chip. Did you believe that humans and computers will get merged into one entity? It has already happened. Now visualize how life will change due to this, and where you will fit into the new ways.


By Ali Khwaja

 

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Choosing Your Career

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Why set Goals early? Narrowing down and identifying your career goals in advance actually helps you focus more clearly in exams and get better marks. Your goal can change with time and as you learn about more careers, but having a goal helps you focus and gives you motivation. This test has shown you where your aptitude (i.e. potential to develop the necessary skills) lies, now it is up to you to match your interest and your personality traits to your aptitude, and thus select a career which gives you maximum score on interest + aptitude. Then you will not only be successful, you will also enjoy your work for years and years.

Ensure you have looked into all the different options

  1. List out all possible careers open to you. Explore, search, keep adding to your list.
  2. Group these careers in similar fields (e.g. all to do with technology, all with biology, all people-oriented, all creative fields, etc.)
  3. Find out as much as you can about each one of them, and shortlist those you are interested in. Visualize yourself working for 50-60 years in that career and ask yourself whether you will enjoy the work.
  4. Get to know about the lifestyle in that profession, and how it suits your personality. (If necessary get first hand information from those who are already in that career.
  5. Make a list of careers in order of priority, keep it handy and refer to it time and again. Add and subtract from it if you find out something new.

Match with your own strengths and qualities:

  1. Think of all the positive attributes you have (e.g. good communicator, good with figures, concentration, physical stamina, memory, ability to get along with people), and match it to what we have written in your report.
  2. 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.
  3. Start matching how these qualities will affect your work in each of the possible careers that you have listed out, and whether you can make any improvements starting now.
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Some important pointers:

  • Level of entry in each field also varies depending on your qualification, ability etc. If you are sure of a career, even if you make a very small beginning at a lower entry level, you will eventually do well and rise up to high levels.
  • It is an era of specialization. It is not enough that you will be an MBA, an IT person, or an engineer. Explore which area of management/ IT/ engineering you will work in.
  • Choices in each field are very wide. For example Karnataka itself offers more than thirty streams of engineering, there are more than twenty five medical and paramedical choices, and dozens of specializations in management alone.
  • You can combine two talents to make a specialized career, and thus you will be unique from your competitors. E.g. you are good at computers and you are also a creative person: You can take up multimedia, computer graphics, web-page design, animation, visual media, to name just a few.


By Ali Khwaja

 

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Your Future Is In Your Hands

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Everyone talks about the increase in competition in getting admissions in good institutions, or getting jobs after graduation. But few people realize that opportunities have increased much more than competition. If your are obsessed with only getting into a long-established brand name like IIT or IIM, then indeed you face very high competition compared to earlier years. But if you are open to getting a good education in engineering or management, then you have a wide variety of choice that did not exist earlier. Moreover, if you are willing to explore beyond the traditional B.Tech or MBA, then the sky is the limit when it comes to career choices.

As a person who has closely observed and guided young people through the maze of career selection for over 30 years, I am happy that today there is a problem of plenty, and anyone selecting the right career for the right reasons can be assured not only of good earnings and position, but also of an enjoyable and fulfilling work like.

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Identifying The Best Suited Career And Course

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The new Academic Year has begun, and most children have settled down to their new classes. Some of the elder ones are still struggling with entrance exams, admissions, choice of courses, and getting more confused what path to take.

Let us admit that the education system does nothing to help students choose the right field and direction. Neither is aptitude identified, nor is information on careers given, except once in a while in a sporadic manner.

Most parents want to help, but feel that they do not have enough information or expertise. Unfortunately some parents push their child into something that they feel is right (for the wrong reasons). Many are not even aware of the innumerable new careers that offer excellent prospects, and very few actually match the interest, personality traits and aptitude of their own child.

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It is the duty of every adult to provide a level playing field to the budding youngsters, provide them with inputs, help them explore, and empower them to make the best possible decision. We need not be very knowledgeable, we just have to get involved, explore with the student, and weigh pros and cons to identify the best suited career and course. It will not only ensure a good future for them, but also a safe old age for us when we are dependent on them and they are ruling the world. Let us all join hands and put in our efforts.

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