Have you ever wondered why is it that information for such an important decision such as career planning is often left to chance reading of newspapers or coincidental contacts with relatives or friends?


This question points to the very real problem that many career decisions are made on the basis of scant or inadequate information, which often provides unsatisfactory outcomes. The solution lies in effective career planning using a wide range of information, which will enable you to gain the best possible understanding of careers or employers and, indeed, test the reality of different options before committing yourself to a particular career idea.


Explore various career options keeping in mind the categories listed below before you make any decisions.

Always look at:



The nature of work of any job covers tasks that you will be doing on a day-to-day basis. Analyze if you will be happy doing these activities day in and day out with periodic variations. The information should help you understand the career better.

For example, in advertising, your work could include writing and designing advertising copy for use by print and creating jingles for television.

Would you be creatively satisfied performing these tasks all through your professional life? 


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Once you know the day to day functions involved in a job, you need to identify the skills and abilities that are required for you to succeed in that particular role. Differentiate between technical skills (like computer knowledge or knowledge of accounting) that can be acquired by taking up courses and soft skills (like interpersonal skills or ability to lead a group) that have to be consciously developed.



It is very important for you to know what different job options are available to you depending on your qualifications.  For example ask yourself these questions: If I choose to take up a particular course and add this qualification to my credit where can I see myself? What are my options? Individuals who have taken the same course and the work they are involved in should help you determine what your options are.


Information on what you can branch out into with the same qualification would help in looking at career diversification. A lawyer, for example, can join an organization in the human resources division or can teach in a college if he or she prefers not to get into the mainstream of legal work.


Vocational database: It is important for you to have information on different vocations so that you can shortlist the ones that suit your career preferences. Gather information on the careers. Don’t rely only on the media or hearsay. Gather information from a variety of sources. Compare them. Read books on various careers. Look up career websites. Based on the information gathered you will be able to get a fair idea of the various careers available. Examine at the rewards and hardships involved in any career. Create your own vocational database and make decisions based on the information compiled.

Study options:  Now that you have decided on a career option, you have to start considering the different study options to gain an entry into the career of your choice. There are different paths to a destination. Let us take the example of law:

  • CLASS XII-science/commerce/arts Graduation in any subject LLB (3 YEAR COURSE)
  • CLASS XII-science/commerce/arts A. LLB (5 YEAR COURSE).

Get as much information about the various options and then choose the one which suits you best. Every course/subject typically has the following options.

  • Degree courses
  • Diploma courses
  • Correspondence/distance education courses

Once you have determined the course, the next step is to identify colleges that offer these courses. The factor to be considered include reputation of colleges, admission procedures, eligibility criteria, and fees.

Source of information:

The best source of information for students would be from professionals who are in the field. The other sources include the internet, books, libraries and reference materials. So, when making all-important career decisions, accurate and up-to-date information at hand helps a great deal.

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Reference is taken from the book:

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

By Prakalpa G


Know Who You Are!!!!!

A prerequisite for career planning is knowing who exactly you are. Ask yourself: Who am I? The answer holds key to your future. This is because knowing who you are is critical to knowing what you want. Hence the importance given to SELF-APPRAISAL in the career planning process.

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Self-appraisal results in understanding and insight by revealing thoughts and ideas which we may have been expressed or articulated.

What do I need to know about myself? When we talk about knowing oneself better or self-appraisal, what is it that you have to discover about yourself?

  • Ask yourself these simple questions:
  • What do I enjoy doing? –
  • What are the activities I am good at? – SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  • How would I describe myself as a person: my individual traits and attitudes? – PERSONALITY
  • What do I value the most? – VALUES


In choosing one’s career, the lion’s share of attention and importance should be given to interests. That brings us to the question ‘what if I do not have the necessary skills to pursue my interests?’ While interests are relatively independent of one’s abilities and skills, it is only a matter of time before one acquires those skills. Real life experiences should substantiate this research finding. If you really like doing something you will naturally dedicate the necessary time and effort to pursue it. Take a closer look at those activities that you have enjoyed being engaged in and your accomplishments. They could give you an insight into what kind of career to pursue.

Skills and abilities:

While interests are good indicator of your career choice, they shouldn’t be considered in isolation. Your interests have to be accomplished by your skills and abilities. Think about the activities that you involve yourself in and are good at, be it at home or in school, extracurricular or leisure activities. You might discover that there is a common skill or ability connecting these activities. While analysing skills, remember threesome skills that are inherent and cannot be developed with the passage of time, however, most skills and abilities can be developed.


Your personality influences your chances of success in a given career to a certain extent. If you are the kind of person who likes constant interaction with people, then choosing a career where you are confined within the four walls of a room working with machines will not enthuse you. However, personality traits are formed over a period of time based on one’s experiences and external environment. Hence your personality can change with the passage of time.


This aspect comes into play later on in the career planning cycle, typically while choosing a job. Locations, working hours and rewards are various factors that you will have to consider while choosing a job. Choose a career that will be able to meet your requirements.

Reference taken from the book:

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


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:


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.


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.


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



Make The Most Of Your Potential!!!



“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.


     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.