An Attitude Of Gratitude!

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Change and uncertainty are never easy. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, our daily routines, as well as our ability to connect with friends and family, look drastically different than they did a few months ago.

As COVID-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people are coming together to help one another now more than ever.

Hence we should remember that appreciation should be practiced all year-round, and especially during times of change and uncertainty. As we face challenging times and a global pandemic, we must keep in mind the people that help us move forward. We can’t neglect to appreciate the heroes that inspire us every day.

Research says that 82 percent of workers said they wish they received more recognition for their work.

Let us take time to thank the COVID lifesavers! We should be grateful for the helpers who are keeping essential services up and running in the community. We should keep thinking about all the people who are helping us right now, from delivery drivers making sure the packages arrive, to grocery store employees who are working as fast as they can to restock shelves, to first responders and hospital workers who are helping fight COVID-19 each day.

Therefore we are forever in debt to doctors, paramedical workers, Health care workers, police officers, first responders, custodians, grocery store workers, teachers, and even parents during this pandemic, and grateful for every helper supporting them.

So let us work together to thank this community and let us be compassionate towards those around us and spread gratitude and appreciation.

 

Article By: Evanjelin S

Stress And Anxiety – The Lockdown Upshot

COVID-19 has resulted in uncertain times for parents and children, prompting stress about family member’s health and safety, as well as upending school and work routines. The current situation may prove even harsher for students who were gearing up to begin their college life after their board exams and students who are already pursuing higher education programs but missing on their campus life due to the lockdown.

 

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Institutions are putting their best foot forward to ensure that the education of their students continues in the best possible manner, however, students also have an important role to play when it comes to taking care of their mental health and overcome issues related to anxiety and stress. From the comfort of their fixed routine, fun classes, caring teachers, the life of students has drastically changed to being cooped up in their homes under lockdown thus provoking stress and anxiety among them.

 Research says that Stress and anxiety are the natural outcomes of the Covid-19 pandemic that has spread to all the nations of the world and has affected more than 2.6 million people. 

Here are the few things that students should strive for while coping up with the lockdown.

1) Be kind to yourself: Students should engage themselves in things that they enjoy doing the most. They should make an attempt to find some interesting things to do and also interesting people to connect with. Taking time out to connect with families and friends will help them to get distracted from the negative thoughts and create a positive environment.

2) Be agile: Many schools are gearing up for the future of education. Online platforms have proved to be a successful model for the ones who have implemented them. The world has changed and students have to be agile enough to keep up with it. Students should garner all the benefits from online platforms to sharpen their skills for the future.

3) Upskilling like never before: Students should use this time to upskill themselves. This is the right moment for the students who are gearing up to begin their college life to strengthen their technical skills and soft skills to become job-ready.

4) Engage with your mentor: In these times of uncertainty, the guidance of mentors is equally important. Through various online platforms, students should constantly stay in touch with their mentors. They could be their teachers, career counselors, or life-long mentors. Sharing concerns, asking questions about how to do better, taking feedback wherever possible will help students to regain their potency.

5) Wear your creative hat: Students have to strike a balance between online and offline activities. The rule of thumb should be – what can be done offline should be avoided online. Recreational activities like singing, dancing, playing an instrument, painting, or doing craftwork should be totally undertaken offline.  A family workout, music medley, deep cleaning, or cooking session would double the fun quotient.

If students are having a hard time coping with stress, they should definitely try out these above-mentioned tips to reduce their anxiety and help them relax.

Treat this lockdown as a gift! A time for reflection and exploration!

 

Article by: Evanjelin S

Organizing your learning from home.

Many schools, universities and other educational institutions have started remote education by setting up online classes since the breakout of COVID-19. Many students struggle with maintaining the same level of focus they have when they are in a classroom as it is easier to get distracted at home. It is difficult enough to concentrate for a long time. But now students have to think about ways to focus on classes while staying at home as well. Attending online classes is definitely new experience for most students, so here are some tips to stay focused and make the most out of the situation.

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Schedule Your Day: Have a routine! Set a schedule for when you plan to study, and relax. You could create a to-do list, everyday routine, set alarms and so on to schedule your day.

Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Physically and mentally better yourself – you can exercise, eat healthy meals, clean your room, relax, and so much more. Maintain a positive attitude throughout the day to stay focused and productive. Social distancing can be lonely so continue being present and stay engaged with your family and friends.

Create a Space Dedicated to Study: Build a dedicated workspace to focus on your academics. Choose a specific spot as a “study location” whether it is in a room or living area. Avoid your bed or the kitchen table as a common place to study as it could be distracting with the thought of wanting to sleep or eat.

Update Your Gadgets and Technology: It won’t help your focus if you keep disconnecting from your online class or can’t hear and see properly. Therefore, it is important to update your existing technology, whether it’s your internet connection or your headset.

Eliminate Distractions: Turn off your phone and go to a place where you will not be distracted by texts, social media, and any other unnecessary distractions. Clear all distractions to solely focus on academics. Let your family know where you plan on studying so that they are aware. It is extremely hard to stay focused for a long period of time so set limit on how long you plan to study and also schedule periodic breaks in between.

Stay positive, stay safe, and stay home!

Article by : Evanjelin S

Embracing Technology and Digital Platforms- The Way Forward

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The pandemic has impacted education systems around the world  making schools to rapidly change the basic way they do their work. Some have become old-fashioned correspondence schools, with the vast majority of interaction happening by written mail. Others have tried to recreate the school setting online using digital tools like Zoom. Others are in-between, directing students to online tutoring and practice programs, and posting videos.

 Innovation and technological advancements have ensured that we have the essentials needed to see through this pandemic. As nations around the world practice social distancing, technology is what is enabling a sense of sanity in these strange times i.e. through online classes. Students are also forced to adapt to this sudden transition.

Under these circumstances, technology and digital infrastructure have a critical role to play in keeping the children connected more than ever before and it is necessary for education systems to embrace new ways of teaching via their use of technology.

In the rush to move forward, it is important to make sure no one is left behind. For many students, this might be their first remote course experience, or they may be further challenged by access to the right technology or time zone differences.

At this unpredictable time, the students who can adapt in the smartest ways will make the best of the current climate and will be able to thrive when the world enters into a new chapter again.

Article by : Evanjelin S

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Today the world is witnessing the impact of Covid-19 on all facets of life- school education is no exception.

All schools and  parents  are facing an unprecedented situation,  where they need to keep their children safe and encourage gainful utilization of their time, while ensuring continuity of academic programs.

Online classrooms  and home based after-school programs, is the  New Normal.

The primary advantage, is without doubt , the academic session continuity, during the lock down  phase of Covid-19.

Knowledge and skill acquisition, is largely dependent on the child’s ability to shut out distractions and make the most of  the available time. Reduced scope for interactions  with classmates  at school, and the consequential boredom,  are few of the challenges.

Schools and parents may need to devise new  ways of managing learning, achieving academic goals, with lesser or no supervision.

What should parents  do to manage this new normal of the student staying connected and also needing to be productive?

How quickly can they gain access to online programs, resources and solutions for the growth and development of their children?

Answers to these, will determine their ability to sustain enthusiasm levels among the children, in the immediate term.

Exciting  times for learning management in a remotely connected world!

THE WORLD OF WORK – KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE HEADING

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?

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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.

“ALWAYS BE WELL INFORMED AND MAKE A CONSIDERED CHOICE”

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

Always look at:

  1. NATURE OF WORK:

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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? 

2. SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

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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.

3. END INDUSTRY OPTIONS:

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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.

4.RELATED COURSES:

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.

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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.

For further information: Log on to www.careerwise.in

Reference is taken from the book:

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

By Prakalpa G

ASSESS YOURSELF…….

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

Interests:

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.

Personality:

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.

Values:

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

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

 

 

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