Tips and tricks to pick the best career for you
Student mentor Viral Doshi tried to clear some confusions youngsters face regarding choosing a career and picking a course after Class XII, at a seminar titled ‘Career planning — Indian and overseas education systems’ organised by 212-The Extra Degree. Here are some points he discussed at Kala Kunj on July 18.
- Compartmentalise your career into two parts — successful entrepreneur or successful professional. For that you need to do a postgraduate course, because it will be very difficult to survive in this competitive world without that degree
- At the undergraduate level, do something you enjoy because then you will excel. If you excel, then you can go to any top postgraduate university afterwards. Anand Mahindra, the chairman of Mahindra Group, had done his bachelors in film studies and Ratan Tata in architecture.
- Undergo a psychometric test. It analyses your strengths and weaknesses, interests and aptitudes and gives you your best career options.
- After the psychometric test, go and read more about the careers shortlisted for you.
- Speak to professionals in fields that you want to pursue. They can give you a much better insight into the future of the profession.
- Job shadowing is very important. Before buying a flat, you would see it, so why not before choosing a career? It is equally important that you look at the career before jumping into it. In the summer holidays of classes X and XI, go and spend some days in the career that has been shortlisted for you.
- After deciding what career options are open for you, decide which country to go to. Typically there are five countries people look at— US, Canada, UK, Singapore and India.
- So compare the five countries on the basis of duration of course, flexibility in terms of shifting from one course to another, curriculum, job placements and cost of education.
- India has job opportunities. All those going abroad, I would request you to come back here. I promise you that the action is here in the next 50 years.
When a close friend leaves town
1. There is a sudden vacuum, followed by irritation.
2. You’re pretty clueless about
what to do when you’re bored and free. Your partner in crime has ditched you to study (read: live it up) far, far away.
3. You keep asking if they are really enjoying it there. A big relief if they say they aren’t.
4. When too desperate, you actually scroll through the phone book looking for the next possible
5. Talking requires so much planning! More so if the friend has chosen to traipse to the other side of the planet. Getting used to texting hours is such a pain.
6. Regular texting and abusing each other becomes rare and surprisingly refreshing.
7. You become Barney Stinson if the person happens to post a selfie with a new friend calling him “#Bestfriend”. A comment follows, “Really?”
8. Too bad if the person breaks even the mildest tenet of the bro code. You instantly text them angry lines like, “You just got there and ALREADY?”
9. The standard for your new friends is your old bestie.
10. The new friends never become close unless you hate the same people. That’s the bro code.
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In the run-up to their July 16 play With Love, Calcutta, youth theatre group M.A.D. (Mad About Drama) organised a photowalk called ‘Walk with Love’ on July 12, to discover the lost charms of the city. Forty people, divided into two groups, explored the ferry ghats of north Calcutta and old paras of south Calcutta.