Ranjan K Baruah
Many students and parents ask me different questions related to career options and opportunities. It is very challenging to choose the right career on right time. Time has changed and there have been many changes in the career section and work that we perform while doing any job. Now mere qualification is not enough to get a good job or to be self employed and earn well. Gone are the days when one could dream of procuring a job related to his or her academic subjects.
Students from engineering backgrounds are doing well in banks and the social sectors, about which they did not learn much when they studied engineering in colleges. Our students and parents or guardians must be aware of the present job market and prepare well since the secondary level to get good employment opportunities. Few attributes or necessities for career are given below and these are based on my experiences and there are more requirements then what I am going to mention here. These are just a few from the long list:
Qualification: An academic degree is a qualification awarded to students upon successful completion of a course of study in higher education, normally at the college or university. These institutions commonly offer degrees at various levels, typically including bachelors, masters and doctorates, often alongside other academic certificates and professional degrees. More academic qualifications means better for the aspirants but getting high marks does not guarantee any job. We see required qualification for various jobs with minimum marks. There is no job for any maximum mark, so, even if we do not get 100 out of 100 then we should not worry because if we have the minimum qualification then we can apply for jobs. But it is always advisable to get good marks as marks and skills means guaranteed success in present and in future.
Planning: We must have a plan for our present and our future and career planning is must to be successful than our peers. It consists of activities and actions that one takes to achieve their individual career goals. Career planning is the ongoing process where one explores their interests and abilities and strategically plans their career goals. Proper planning is always helpful and planning must be done on the basis of SWOT analysis and authentic information. Wrong or misleading information is dangerous. It encourages individuals to explore and gather information, which enables them to synthesize, gain competencies, make decisions, set goals and take action.
Hard Work: As we are aware that there is no short cut to success and similarly there is no career success without hard work. The problem amongst many of us is that instead of hard work we ‘hardly work.’ As we are aware of it so I am skipping more about hard work. All of us talk about this but many of us do not follow. So, it’s up to us whether we are going to work hard or we are going to be hardly working person.
Information: For any good career we must have authentic information. Information related to subjects and also about the future jobs associated with different streams and subjects. Many of our students are negatively motivated by elders. I have come across one common thing which negatively motivates many students. Many people say that there is no scope or there is limited scope if a student takes admission in arts or commerce. Well, I would appeal to our readers that if anyone says so then please tell in front of that person that he has no scope in life as only frustrated people disappoints others. There are many sources for collecting authentic information. We must cross check information which we collect online from different websites.
Attitude: A positive attitude is a must for success in life. For success in any career or any field, we must be positive and inspire others too. A positive person is always full of energy. They are inspired and motivated and also motivate others. There are many books available to know more about positive attitude and its connection with success. One of the books which tell well about attitude is Shiv Khera’s “You Can Win”. Students may read this book which would certainly help them in proper planning and getting success in life. We must be aware that government jobs are limited and we have to try in private sectors or we have to become self employed. In this regard to excel in self employment or in corporate or other private sectors, we must have a positive attitude else it will be difficult for us to make progress in life.
In today’s edition we have discussed about only five attributes and we shall discuss more related to other attributes. As mentioned before there are many other attributes but I have picked few based on my experiences and which are really needed for our students studying or living in different parts on North East. Students and guardians may send queries as we are back with lot of career updates and other opportunities like before. Meanwhile students who have recently finished their board exams or are going to finish their board exams may utilise their time by getting enrolled in different courses to enhance their career. Students and parents or guardians are requested to be vigilant as many agents from different private colleges or universities will campaign for admissions. Be vigilant and critical so that no one may cheat you easily.
Updates for Students:
NERIST Entrance: Online applications are invited for NERIST Entrance Examination (NEE) 2019 to be conducted by the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh for Base Module (Certificate Course), Diploma Module & Degree Module Courses in Technology streams and also Degree Module course in Forestry. The NEE 2019 shall be conducted for admission at three levels/courses and aspirants may fill in forms by 25th March.
New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India invites applications from the Indian nationals for the New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarship 2019 in the Masters and Ph D level. Last date for sending application is 28th March.
(Ranjan K Baruah is a career mentor, skill trainer, academic consultant and strategic planner who has conducted career counselling in different parts of Assam and other North Eastern states and can be reached at email@example.com or 8473943734 for any career related queries)