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7 steps to find your way through the career minefield

A large part of growing up for teens is making career choices, facing academic pressure and answering difficult questions. Here is an attempt to help you find some answers...

As teens, a large part of your life is preparing for adulthood. And to be fair, a large part of adulting and growing up is making choices, mainly career choices. Ergo, we all face the pressure to have a plan, a plan to make something worthy of our lives. Especially at times the academic pressure can be too much to handle.  

There comes a time when all of us are made to address these questions; “What am I passionate about?” “What should I do for a living?” and “What do I do with my life?” All of which only mean – “What can I do with my life that is worthy?”

While everyone eventually finds their own answer, the roadmap to finding them isn’t too different. The answer isn’t some treasure sitting at a career counselor’s den, waiting to be dug out. To find the answer you need to turn inwards, do some soul searching, self-reflect and figure what it is that you want to do with your life.

With the help of our in-house counselor, Sheena Kalia here is devising a 7 step plan that can help you through this career minefield and help you deal with academic pressure…

Keep yourself exposed to new ideas

Always keep yourself and your mind open to new people and new ideas. Consciously expose yourself to new cultures, it helps gain perspective and gives insights into all the possibilities that exist.

How to do this –

Expose yourself to travel, diverse literature, all kinds of music et al. All of these elements open up new possibilities and prospects.

Determine your skill set

The secret to zeroing down on one’s calling in life and one’s career is knowing that the two may not always be the same! We all have our interests but are we skilled enough at it to pursue it as a career? For example, I may love music but I may not be particularly good at singing or playing an instrument. It is however definitely worth finding out. It’s important to invest in one’s hobbies.

How to do this –

For instance, if one is passionate about art but is not too much of an artist, it is still worth it to look for career options in the field. One could for instance be an art curator. It’s always a good idea to look for possibilities.

Be prepared to work hard

Whether you pursue your hobby for a career or pick a career for its dividends. Weather you love your job or do it just to make a living. Nothing is exclusive of the struggle. Everything will eventually need you to be patient and persevere your goal. Nothing comes easy to anyone.  

How to do this –

Even if you do what you love for a living don’t take it for granted. It’s ideal to not only acquire knowledge in the field but also to keep up with the industry.  

 “Today the career options available are many and the advises one gets from everywhere add to the confusion. An appropriate skill set clubed with an appropriate career choice is an ideal blend you need. If it gets daunting, seek guidance from a counsellor to make an informed choice. But explore your interests first. Don’t expect instant clarity. Time and exposure will help you take a call” counseling psychologist Sheena Kalia says.

Explore, experiment, intern before you take a call

If you are one of those very many teens who don’t know yet what to do with your life, you don’t necessarily have to stick to what your parents say. Taking chances and experimenting with what works for you before taking a final call is ideal. Explore industries, career options on the net. Zero down on what looks appealing and then try it out. Sky is the limit! 

How to do this –

Apply for internships and try your hand at it before you plunge into any industry. If you are for instance entrepreneurial in nature, then shadow someone who is a good business man and learn its nitty-gritties from scratch. If possible, do it before you even pick a stream!

Have a dream, have the courage to pursue it

We know it’s easier said than done but if you are passionate about something you must have the courage to chase it. The road won’t be easy, it never is but every dream is worth chasing.

How to do this –

Even if the dream seems farfetched make sure you attempt it. A little cue from personal experience – reading autobiographies of people who have built their lives based on their sheer will and perseverance, helps a great deal. Stay inspired!    

Be flexible to change and ready to evolve

Always be open to learn, evolve and change. The times we live in are fast evolving. By the time you understand a fad something new is trending! If one is too rigid with one’s ideas and beliefs, it can easily stagnate growth.

How to do this –

Ask people for feedback and be open to criticism. Share your work with people and keep evolving along the way.  

It’s never too late to chase a dream

Life they say begins at forty. While that is a metaphor, it means that it is never too late to do what is right. So don’t ever hesitate to change your course of action if things seem to not work in your favor. There is a whole world of possibilities waiting to be explored.

How to do this –

Again, take up internships and try your hand at what seems like a good prospect. If it works for you, then invest in it. If you think you need to change your course of action, don’t be scared to go ahead and do it.

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What kind of intelligence do you have? Find out!

Everyone is intelligent in their own way. Let's find out what is your kind of intelligence...

The traditional Indian education system unfortunately regards only academic success, better grades, mathematical and scientific intelligence as a measure of intelligence. This makes the other types of intelligence take a back seat and makes it difficult for people with the other kinds of intelligence to be successful.

Contrary to the belief however, intelligence is not an exclusive trait. Each one of us is our own kind of intelligent. It’s not about how intelligent you are. It’s about what you are intelligent at, that really counts.

So when it comes to making a career choice, the important thing is to know what kind of intelligence you have and work towards that to achieve success. For example; can you imagine if Sachin Tendulkar’s father had forced him to become a doctor or an engineer? What good would that be to him or Indian cricket?

Confirming the above is a Psychological theory by renowned Psychologist; Howard Gardener who pioneered the concept of ‘Multiple Intelligence’. He devised a theory where he proposed 9 types of intelligence (competencies).

Let’s try and find out which of the 9 types of intelligence is dominant in you….

  1. Verbal-linguistic intelligence

This kind of intelligence refers to well-developed verbal skills, including written and oral communication.

Related careers

Journalists, editors, PR and media consultants, trainers, lawyers, writers, voice over artists, TV and radio presenters, teachers, professors, speakers, translators.

  1. Logical-mathematical intelligence

This kind of intelligence is the ability to think logically and in terms of numerical patterns as well as reason scientifically.

Related careers

Analysts, bankers, researchers, scientists, accountants, computer programmers, engineers, statisticians, traders, insurance brokers.

  1. Spatial-visual intelligence

The capacity to think in terms of images and pictures, to visualize accurately and abstractly all define this kind of intelligence.

Related careers

Architects, artists, graphic designers, landscape architects, photographers, sculptors, city-planners, engineers, inventors.

Our in-house Psychologist Kshitija Sawant agrees, “Knowing your weaknesses and strengths can help you become a self-aware and a confident human being. It is also important to realize that every individual is different and has a unique potential and preference for learning different things” she says.

 

  1. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence

This nature of intelligence refers to the ability to control one’s body movements and to handle objects skillfully.

Related careers

Athletes, nurses, dancers, anthropologists, geologists, biologists, physiotherapists, sign-language interpreters.

  1. Musical intelligence

Musical intelligence refers to the ability to produce and appreciate notes, tunes, rhythm, pitch and timber.

Related careers

DJ’s, entertainers, composers, music producers, singers, musicians, instrument players, sound engineers.

  1. Interpersonal intelligence

This refers to the capacity of a person to respond to the moods, motivations and desires of others in an appropriate manner.

Related careers

HR professionals, psychologists, counselors, educators, politicians, caregivers, advertising professionals, teachers, therapists, trainers, doctors (health care providers), caregivers.

  1. Intrapersonal intelligence

This kind of intelligence refers to the capacity of a person to be self-aware and tune into your inner feelings, values, beliefs and thinking processes.

Related careers

Psychologists, life coaches, spiritual masters, motivational speakers

  1. Naturalist intelligence

This one caters to the ability to recognize and categorize plants, animals and other objects in nature.

Related careers

Biologists, zoologists, forest officials.

  1. Existential intelligence

This refers to the sensitivity to tackle deep questions about human existence such as, “What is the meaning of life?”, “Why do we die?”, “How do we get here?”

Related careers

Religious priests, spiritual masters etc.

 

If you are having a tough time finding your kind of intelligence and dealing with academic pressure, you can reach out to us for guidance. Leave a comment below or get in touch with the counselor at [email protected]

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