Career Counselling Advice

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Do your career planning when there is no pressure

When you are in the beginning of the academic year, with no pressure of annual or Board exams, this is the right time to narrow down your career goals and thereby plan which course or college you would like to go to. Once you choose your career, you will be working in that field for at least 40-50 years. Hence you need to start the process of narrowing down, even if you are in 9 th or 11 th . Once you decide your career, it becomes easier to select subjects and courses to take you towards your goal.

What course you take e.g. science, commerce or arts, what degree to pursue after 12 th and even what post- graduation to take up after degree – all these should be decided based on a careful and scientific evaluation of the combination of interest + aptitude (skills) + personality traits + opportunities. Do not wait till the last moment when admissions are closing and you need to take immediate decision. Get yourself assessed at Banjara Academy. We will list out all your traits holistically and once you agree that we have analyzed you correctly, we will list out most suitable careers, and then we will work with you on what courses, colleges, subjects you need to select to take you to the right goal.

By Ali Khwaja

 

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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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