“Dude, quit engineering and become a wildlife photographer! Do something that you have talent for. If Lata Mangeshkar’s (singer) father told her to become a fast bowler. Or if Sachin Tendulkar’s (Cricketer) father told him to be a singer. Imagine where they’d be today. Do you understand what I’m saying? Idiot. He loves animals but he’s marrying machines!” – Rancho (From the movie 3-Idiots)
Career planning is gaining importance, particularly in this era of knowledge assimilation. Where the onus of managing one’s career is clearly shifting towards the individual. The process of career planning starts even when one is in school and continues late into one’s professional lives.
While career and vocational guidance are available early on in most schools, colleges and universities in western countries, no comparable situation exists in India. The educational system in India has excelled in imparting knowledge at the academic level, but the emphasis in equipping students in the basic skills required to face the challenges posed by the fast changing world of work is significantly lower.
It is amazing how very few of us realize that we spend more than two-thirds of our waking hours pursuing our vocation or working towards a career goal. Given the fact that we spend substantial years of our lives in the workplace, it is even more surprising how little time we spend in planning and preparing ourselves to achieve our career goal.
Suppose you come across someone who had been toiling for hours, trying to saw a tree with a blunt saw. When you suggest that he takes some time to sharpen the saw, he replies, ‘I don’t have time to sharpen the saw, I’m busy sawing!’ In contrast this is what Abraham Lincoln said: ‘If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe.’
We come across students who are confused when faced with a situation that involves making a choice concerning their career. While some succeed by accident and some others seek external help, most accept whatever chance or destiny brings along and consequently may suffer a lifetime of dissatisfaction and frustration. However, as William Jennings Bryan has put it, ’Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.’
Reference taken from the book:
Taking charge of your career by R. Kannan-CEO Assesspeople