HOW TO PLAN YOUR CAREER?

The Career planning process:

There are certain general guidelines that are universally applicable for career planning. You must identify your skills and interests, find a career that best suits your talents, and also see what additional skills and training you need for your chosen career. To effectively plan and manage your career it is your responsibility to assess your talents, values and interests. You should then explore and compare occupational and educational avenues open to you, and finally narrow down your options and make decisions.

The career planning process can be summarized in three steps:

ASSESS

This is the first essential step in the career planning process. Understanding yourself is a critical part of career planning. The more you know about interests and preferences, the more likely you are to identify occupations and you are to identify occupations and courses that fit your personal attributes and needs.

Self-assessment covers several aspects such as interests, aptitudes, skills and abilities. These assessments are validated by psychologists and will provide you with a clear feedback on what careers you are best suited for. They also provide you with inputs on various alternative careers that would suit you.

RESEARCH

Researching careers can help you to discover the wide range of work options available, learn what careers others with a similar background or interests have pursued, find out the essentials of a particular job and work-related trends.

There are various avenues of research. Two important options are:

  • Get information from books, magazines and websites.
  • Talk to professionals in the field.

CONNECT

The third stage involves drawing together the results of your self-assessment and your research on the available options. This decision- making stage should enable you to identify one or more potential options. Analyse the pros and cons of each option. List all the positive points about a particular option and all the drawbacks. Make an informed decision.

Career decisions dramatically impact your lifestyle. The career you pursue will determine where you live, your income, how much time you spend at home, your work hours, your travels and how you spend your leisure time. When making this crucial career decision will affect your lifestyle, not only in the present, but also in the future. This is precisely why career planning has become an imperative aspects of student life. Plan ahead, research your options and make a considered choice.

Reference taken from the book:

Taking charge of your career by R. Kannan-CEO Assesspeople

 

 

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Make The Most Of Your Potential!!!

 

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“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

How to recognize your area of interest in choosing a right career!!

             Having more than a passing interest in an idea or venture plays a key role in whether you would be successful or not. Interest is like a physical manifestation of our inner zeal to do something. Of course, our interest may lie in multiple areas but there is usually that one (in some cases two) thing that we are more focused on. For some, especially those who always have this idea or that and want to try it all, here are ways on how to prioritize and pick the one you should focus on more.

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     Passion is a vigorous emotion that creates a feeling of intense energy. Passion is a driving force and can help an individual to know who and what s/he is. Most of us have that one thing that gets our blood running and our minds fully engaged. That’s the one we can actually say we are passionate about. Most times, we let of these things, usually due to parental pressure or societal conduct and it is easy to get distracted by what is trending or being talked about. The desire to jump on the bandwagon can sometimes be very tempting. This is not bad, in itself. You can exploit this to find if you are interested.

     Explore. Find out things. Do things and you just might find out there is that passion that calls to you and you did not know about before. This helps you to get to have a broad idea of a lot of things, even those you do not spend your time doing.

     Do things that really make you feel alive. Be involved in activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. We have a finite amount of time during the day and it is advisable to use most of it right. No one has achieved success who did not also manage his/her time well. Do what you love and love what you do. There are many people who want to follow their dreams but only a few are able to do so. Do not be held back by fear. Do not be held by those who say you cannot do it. Believe, love it, do it.

     No one has all the answers but some people have gone through the path you are about starting on or are in. These people have experience that you would do well to benefit from as they can point out what to do and what to avoid. There is no need to repeat the mistakes when someone else has already gone through the process. Do not keep your issues or questions to yourself. That passion that interests you might also scare you as the price of failure might be one you are not sure you are willing to pay. Seek guidance. Ask those who have done it before and succeeded. The man who asks directions never gets lost.  There are times when it all seems too much. We just want to stop, take a breather and not continue. In these moments, tell yourself that you must keep on. For some, it is due to finding themselves doing things they really are not passion about. This could be for money or to satisfy parental wishes. At a point, do you and never give up. Know if what you are doing is bringing you joy or if you really are just going through the motions. Always remember that giving up solves nothing. Draw up plan, save up and then chase those dreams wholeheartedly.

     In conclusion, do not place undue pressure on yourself as you seek that thing which would probably define the rest of your life. Some people find their answers early in life while others find it later. So long you do not give up on yourself, it will come to you.

ARTICLE BY: PRAKALPA G

The Internet Of Things- Changing The Game For Education And Learning.

There’s been so much buzz about the Internet of Things (IoT) lately –
But first let’s understand what IoT is all about.

“The Internet of Things is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances and  other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and connectivity which enables these objects to connect and exchange data.”

Thus for today’s students, the day will come when a computer is no longer seen as a separate object or device. With technology very much entwined in the basic fabric of everyday living, our children might feel offended if their obedient room lamp doesn’t immediately acknowledge their presence by switching itself on. The realm of education is no exception to the IoT’s influence. Until now, educational technology has pivoted more or less around virtual conferencing and classrooms, online tutorials, and similar offerings. However, this is only the beginning.

Here are five ways the IoT can transform education:


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IoT helps in connecting academies all over the map. One such example would be the smart boards and even smarter boards.

 

 

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IoT helps to Win over students and parents with a safe and secure learning environment. It ensures safety and security with the help of sensors, RFID’S, cameras and other connected devices.

 

 

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IoT helps in Conserving and sustaining to survive and flourish i.e. schools can use IoT to support its energy monitoring and control program and reinvest the savings into its education programs.

 

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Grant parity for all:  IoT has a lot to offer students who need  modified learning plans and exceptions. One such example is the Lechal shoe project, which enables the visually challenged to better navigate the world through technology.

 

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Turn learners into creators: IoT is an excellent opportunity for schoolchildren to understand, build, and control such systems themselves thereby paving way for creativity.

 

 

Get ready folks for the all new digital century!!!!!!!

Article by: EVANJELIN.S

 

A ROAD TO FIND YOUR PASSION

Passion is a strong emotion. It is not just a passing fancy but a thing which has become a part of you. Before you can say you have a passion, you need to first find that which you are passionate about. You need to go through the series of small interests to discover what you are truly passionate about. The following are the ways to ease it.

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Have the right perspective
Think back to your childhood
Take note of things you gravitate towards
Track the things you hate
Love everything you do
Face your fears

Henceforth, your state of mind plays a key role in what you become passionate about and how you feel about a thing determines your attitude to it. It is very important to have the right perspective. Meanwhile, try to recall the things and activities that you used to love before adulthood got in the way. This can go a long way in helping you restore your love for things and even kick-start your passion. To put it in practice, take a long and hard look at what you spend most of your time or money on. These insights usually are things we are very invested in or are passionate about. So list the things or jobs that you hate. Once you list and delete these options, your true passion will eventually become clearer to you. This is the elimination method were no matter what you are doing, how tedious the task is; bring your full enthusiasm into it. Your full attention helps you to think outside the box sometimes. Attempt tasks knowing that if you decide to do it, you are going to with zeal. On the due course, there are fears connected to finding and chasing our passions. These debilitating fears are sometimes logical, and at other times, they are not. However, in most cases, they hold us back. You have to face these fears and conquer them. This would let you move to chasing your passions.

!!Think Positive. Remain Open-minded. Surround yourself with Positive People!!

Article by : PRAKALPA G

Some quips to maximize productivity with the help of BIORHYTHM

The three famous and well used quotients in every human being are Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual.

These quotients are determined by measurable factors devised for itself, which is in turn used to describe the traits of a person.

In terms of professional help, these traits are analyzed further to help our people, to understand, if they are choosing their career path using their innate abilities and strength. In other words this is called as Intuition.

While I came across an article, I wanted to share this important element. There is a rhythm in everything. This will help us learn the soul’s direction.

This factor etches out a person’s day in an ideal way. Understanding this rhythm is also dependent of physical, emotional and intellectual cycle that a person undergoes every day. To know more about these rhythms, please check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biorhythm

What we need to understand is quite simple. Understanding this rhythm maximizes one’s productivity. It is also unique for every person.

This rhythm begins at the time of birth. For instance, the 12 sun signs are said to take different positions and based on the time zone and geographical location of birth, the sun sign is determined. Based on this, the beginning of the rhythm and the consecutive cycles are evident for every person.

Hope it helped some of you to begin the understanding of maximizing productivity based on the Rhythm.

I am going to learn and explore to share more! 🙂

Thanks for reading.

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/hr-leadership/people/your-emotional-biorhythm-how-your-sun-signs-affect-your-emotional-intelligence/articleshow/47599712.cms

Information shared with interest by:

SaiLakshmi K V

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Where are the Nightingales??

This article is dedicated for International Nurses Day. Beloved Florence Nightingale’s Birthday- May 12.

              

It is not to talk about a rosy picture. But the bitter facts.

Nursing as a career has always been tough. It is quite evident that they are paid lesser than what they deserve and low coverage on their medical risks and life protection.

Nurses are serving with great compassion as care takers with no difference between day and night. I wonder that even on the basis of Humanity, why they are being paid below standards.

Especially in Government hospitals, the pay is said to be extremely below standards and the ratio of patients to nurse which is essentially to be 4:1 has always been over accomplished. There are large number of vacancies in the nursing field. But why will one want to take it up as a career if it leaves one in sub-standard livelihood conditions.

In every career path, one has to make their way and move ahead. But in medical services, is that possible?

Forecast of opportunities from the Bureau of Labour Statistics says, by 2018, 22% of increase is expected in nursing jobs. The point of contemplation is, how we can bring the career back to boom and how as a society we promise this to be a respectable and promising career to the future generation.

We as a country are trying to bring equal career opportunities and to strike a healthy balance by giving adequate manpower into every stream. On the other hand, inadequate staffing and over responsibility had been evident over two decades in the Nursing profession.

This condition is not just affecting nursing but various other professions, leading to scarcity in many fields.

What can be done to solve this problem?

As an individual, one has to strive to achieve excellence and standards that their profession deserves. The fear that sets in one’s mind only proves to be ruining the opportunities for the future generation including themselves.

Career is pursued with passion. Low pay should not become a reason for not securing higher pay in future. Withstanding that pain and proving that what we do is unique and earning deserving respect and remuneration is the real victory.

Everything we do today has a reflection on tomorrow.

We just hope, in the coming days, the service to human kind is not underestimated.

Article by: SaiLakshmi K V

http://www.careerwise.in

http://www.scooldudes.com