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Life Lessons I Learnt Working With My First Boss

Sometimes life lessons often come from where you expect it the least and it is often in hindsight, no rx when we steal a look into things that went by, site that we get present to the beautiful lessons we learned.

I mentioned in my previous write up about my first boss who I disliked for some stupid reasons. Although, I worked with him for a small time, he taught me those first lessons I required as a fresher.

Here they are:

Slog: I started with an assumption that success comes easy if you are smart and intelligent. A good degree hanging by your neck is all you require to succeed. The way I was taught right from my school to the highest qualification I acquired made me believe so!

Now this manager had built his career selling and one thing he knew for sure was the importance of slogging every single day in the field. His performance (whether good or bad) the previous day or the previous month never stopped him from taking action.

If he failed yesterday he would work doubly hard saying that since the last effort did not fetch him the result he was looking at, it meant that the effort had to be twofold today.

Similarly, if he had a great last day he worked doubly hard saying that he needs to build upon the momentum or that he can’t afford to become complacent.

Most of us, when we start working get misled by the ‘get successful quick’ scheme of the day that stresses upon smart work (cutting corners as one my friends commented on the last post). We want the keyboard shortcuts of cut, copy & paste to be equally true for our real lives!

Unfortunately, while our education system keeps updating on the academic curricula, trying to make each degree / course relevant to the needs of the industry, it fails miserably when it comes to developing the right mindset for growth and teaching the importance of slog!

More and more organizations are looking for people with the right mindset (the ones who can be coached) instead of those who are talented or stamped the best by the best educational institutions. They want people who are willing to roll their sleeves up than those who look for cushy jobs working indoors.

There is nothing called ‘failure’; all there is, is an ‘outcome’: Immaterial of whether he succeeded or failed (as we call it in our language) he would often say there is nothing called as success or failure, all there is, is an outcome. Profound indeed!

We live in an environment where we are trained not to fail. Failure is looked down upon and all our lives, most of us get conditioned to join the rat race.

When we are young we are expected to outshine every other student in the class. As we grow physically, the competition gets tougher, the number of friends decreases sharply and by the time we enter the world of work it gets difficult to spot a real friend around!

We compete against each other, forgetting that the only competition is against oneself only because there is a constant fear of failure in our hearts!

Consider this now, if you start looking upon everything as an outcome, the fear of failure overwhelming you diminishes drastically. When you focus on the process of doing something (of course keeping the end result in mind) without worrying about the outcome, you start living more in the current moment than any hypothetical moment in the future.

I tried this and focused on doing the task at hand to the best of my abilities and it helped. It gave me more freedom and confidence and most often the result is positive, empowering.

Took me some time, but eventually worked for me and I am sure it will work for you as well!

Means metamorphose into the end: I was as confused on the question of ‘ends or means’ as is anyone else on earth. Since, I started my career with sales, the way our organization worked and most of the sales organizations work, taught me that it is the end that counts. I lived my life with this belief for quite some time.

Bosses, their bosses and the top bosses and everyone else spoke of target versus achievement. Achieve and you are lauded, you are a hero; fail and you get screwed, royally! That’s how it is in direct sales specially where there are daily targets to meet.

We didn’t require any training to understand that it is the end that counts and immediately we began chasing the end.I lived with this for quite some time, before the boss shifted the paradigm for me. He told me one day that ‘ends and means’ cannot be different; these are different names for the same thing. In fact, it is the means that metamorphose into the end.

You don’t sow seeds for mango and reap apples! Do you?

He went ahead to say that the quality of your work during the month reflects in the month end when we sit with your achievement in hand.  One part of your work, as it completes, makes way for the other and each stage requires conscientiousness and diligent effort to ensure the result is close to what you desired!

So these are some of the lessons he taught me. I am sure about connecting a few more dots in future and discovering few things more I learned from him. These, for now, have become the anchor of my life and I hope you will benefit in equal measure.

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How My Outlook Changed As I Went From Being A Fresher to An Experienced Professional

So you are in a job and looking for ways to get noticed.

Dress Well.

Work hard

Work beyond your role (in steps)

Leave on time.

This is your chance – even at the start of your job – you should set the path straight. Do hang out at office till late at night.

Be nice to people.

Offer to help. (But help yourself first.)
Change is the only constant!

We get to know this very early in our life, healing
almost all of us. However, erectile
often, it takes us some time to gather experiences which puts it in perspective; before we really understand change and how it impacts us.

A very close friend and guide suggested writing an article about the change in my outlook about career as I moved from being a fresher to somebody who has spent 4 years working now. So here I am with whatever came across my mind.

Now before I come to the change in outlook, I think it makes sense to give you a brief background about how I started my career and the journey so far.

The Beginning

I started working after completing a professional degree. Like many of us, I walked out with a world view limited by the download I got from various sources who I would lend my ears to and from my own limited understanding of whatever I looked at.

I carried many notions, opinions and walked out with arrogance. The worst was that I was ignorant of my arrogance then!

My first assignment was with somebody who had built his career selling. I used my senses to selectively choose a few things, filter the rest and created a very distorted and useless opinion about him, something that wouldn’t help me get along with him.

Someone told me someday, ‘your reporting manager is not a graduate even’; this made things worst between him and me. He didn’t really fit my mental map of the first boss I wanted to work with. Little did I know then, however, that this man would teach me the greatest lessons of my life! Those lessons later on this blog

Ignorant about my arrogance, as I mentioned already, I operated that way for a long time. I dismissed people and their advice into a trash bin often labeling them unintelligent!

Given the way I was then; what was I destined for? A great fall and a great lesson!

Did I fail?

Yes, I did!

I quit my job in the third month! Do I need to go into reasons?

Given my attitude then, I failed to get support from my team and often when they offered it, I sent them signals that I don’t need it. I was underperforming and unaware of those key principles of performance. Unfortunately they don’t teach all that in an MBA!

What followed was a period of a very deep frustration. I hesitated talking to people about that. ‘How can I go and share this with people’, I thought.

‘What will they think of me; after all they know me as somebody’. Seeking advice would be belittling!

This continued for some time a month or two before I decided to re join the company, I had quit after an argument.

This time, however, I worked in a different office with a different reporting manager. Made friends with him and my team and things started getting better!

Performance went up but it wasn’t long before I decided to move on and work with a startup in the field of life skills development.

Life skills, I needed them the most (I realized this then)! I got to work with the sharpest brains in the business. My reporting manager was the founder himself, an IIT, IIM – A product.

Wow! I was in awe. Just the kind of boss I had thought of. He was closer to my perception of a manager, intellectually at least. Worked with this company for a year and later went on to work with another organization in the field of human development and most of my life / work lessons I can attribute to that gentleman.

Though I am not sure, whether, I can prefix the word ‘gentle’ before the man for him, I am certain that I got my best lessons working with him. The one’s that will stick with me throughout my life!

He was the most difficult boss to be with and yet a very good human being at the same time. I worked with this organization for 2 years. Currently I handle learning & development function of a retail company.

This summarizes my brief career so far.

Career – Then and Now!

When I look back, a lot has changed for me vis-à-vis how I look at my job / career and my engagement with the work. Allow me to summarize it in the following points.

1. From believing ‘career happens’ to ‘career is created’: when I started working I believed that your educational qualification is a passport to success and financial well being and that growth happens automatically.  Over time I have realized that career cannot happen by default. In fact it does not happen; you need to make it happen.

Your qualification may just catalyze the beginning, what matters later is how much of yourself do you invest constantly in your work. What matters is sincere application, persistence and hard work NOT smart work (the current fad).

2. From ‘casual and careless’ to ‘sincere and mindful’: When I look back at my initial days in the first organization, I can recall situations at work where I can easily say that I worked with a casual and careless attitude. It was difficult to realize then.  A sense of ownership was missing, in fact as Steve said it ‘truth be told’, I didn’t know what ownership meant.

I was naïve enough to believe that clocking in and out amounts to work and all the while I approached everything casually before I realized that they mean serious business here!

Now, I believe in sincerity at work and often keep reminding myself of being mindful, keeping an eye upon the objective, not losing sight, staying on track and installing reality checks along the way.

To put it simply, ‘if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well!’

3. From ‘acting responsible’ to ‘being responsible’: In early days of my career I was more focused on the ‘I’ than the work. Be it client interactions, work place involvements, the focus was exterior often – looking professional than being professional, acting responsible than being responsible!

There is whole lot of difference between ‘acting’ and ‘being’. Acting I think is the outer garment and being is the inner character. I often tried to act and show that I am responsible. How do I know that? Because, I often wanted people to appreciate my work and commitment!

I have now come to realize that people need to be trained on ‘being’ responsible. What is that?

You do something and the very thought of people noticing that work of yours is absent. You do something because you believe that it is the right thing to do at that moment and NOT because you want people to take notice and appreciate. You do something because you see it in fulfilling of a larger objective and a purpose that transcends beyond the self and that is what brings you to work every single day!

4. My work is my life: In my second organization, my senior (the boss) would often say that work and life cannot be different, they are one. There is no room for duality, these are and have to be one. In the next company, the gentle – man boss taught me ‘my work is my life’. Well, that was sufficient reason for me to start mulling over the idea.

Hard to stomach when you hear it for the first time. How can work and life be the same? There is a life beyond work after 5 pm in the evening. 9 to 5 is work, boring and sulking!

Sooner, I started to see (and believe) that you are what you think and do, day in and day out. It is your work that lends expression to your life. We know people by their contribution, the work they do; which may be community service, running or being part of a business or government, being involved in social development or something  that adds value to anything existent or creating something of value, innovating.

Whatever you do, you are your work!

5. From accountability to boss to accountability to self:  While I worked, I realized that I was more accountable to boss than to self. The paradigm I worked with was ‘will he (the boss) approve of it / will this make him happy?’ It was acting like a puppet, being driven by mandates, organizational rules, policies and processes and often failing to visualize beyond instructions. It was more mechanical.

Sooner I began to ask myself.

–          Is this something of value?

–          Will this contribute to or enable the result we are looking at?

I respect policies, mandates and instructions today as well, however, I also believe that we need to learn to go beyond instructions and empower ourselves to deliver without supervision of the boss. We need to learn to be more accountable to self than to anyone else.

6. From Boss designing your engagement to looking at ways and means of keeping yourself engaged: I once remember asking one of my seniors whether I could leave for the day (at about 6:30 in the evening, if I can recall it right).

‘Why are you asking me? If you think your work is done, you can leave; if you want to stay back you can stay back, the choice is yours’, came the reply.

I looked at him with puzzle and before I could say a word, he started again in a low voice with a gaze fixed at his work desk, ‘you have joined recently, you should be focusing more on understanding the business here and nobody will guide you on that, people have their own work to do.’

He taught me a lesson that I cannot depend upon anyone to design engagement for me. The HR may hand over the KRAs (Key responsibility areas), it is but ‘me’ who has to ensure that I stay engaged productively during my career.

Later, I came across ‘managing oneself’ by Peter Drucker that had appeared long back in the HBR, my belief got stronger!

7. From ‘reporting problems’ to ‘enabling solutions’:  I now have a set of people (small in number though) who respond (report) to me and what puts me off often is when they come to me with small problems, seek solutions and demand my intervention.

What can’t people deal with things themselves? Why do they always have to pass the buck, expect that he will solve it for us? I keep asking myself. Often the answer that comes back is that you also acted the same when you were at that stage! They teach me a lesson every single day.

I ‘now’ increasingly believe that to be effective in the modern workplace, it is extremely critical to be solution oriented than problem minded (search for growth mindset versus fixed mindset on Google for more insights).

Solution orientation requires commitment, ownership and a habit of coming up with new ideas frequently. And then the ability to design an action plan for implementing solutions and get work done, rather than report obstacles or excuses.

We all know it! Don’t we?

So these are some of the ways in which I think my outlook about career has changed in small but significant ways. I live my life with these principles and I am open to change if I come across anything better.

Though I may not be practicing everything I mentioned above daily but often I remind myself of renewing my commitment. I fail often but I have learned to rise up each time I fall.

Good luck!

If you have reached here, I owe you a thank you already! You may agree or disagree with my viewpoints. I would be glad to hear from you, how your outlook about career has changed over years.

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Choosing a career path

One size doesn’t fit everyone; the statement holds true in all walks of life be it day to day routine or the job interviews. Remember your resume should be such that each and every bit of information matches the job requirements. Of course, there there is a lot of difference between a junior level resume and a senior level resume. Certainly, it will be a negative point for a senior person to mention educational qualifications in the resume just below the column of the job objective. Similarly it will be shocking for the interviewer to see almost no or little amount of experience on the top of the resume of a person who is just entering the job market. Each type of resume has its own set of rules and the individuals applying for jobs need to abide by them to secure a position for which they have applied.

It is obvious that everyone wants to present their qualifications and skills that will impress the hiring authority. Just like the jobs are different, so are the patterns of resumes. The different levels of jobs require different levels of resumes. The experienced individuals can have elaborated resumes explaining their job experiences, changes they brought about in their previous and current organizations and their achievements whereas the entry level candidates need to keep their resumes as precise and crisp as possible. They are not supposed to adorn it with unnecessary stuff. It simply turns the interviewers off and they are no longer interested in taking the interview to the next level.

In senior level resumes, the work summary on the top of the interview should provide with a strong sampling of your contributions, leadership capacity, ability to cope with stress and maintain humor, specific results that made a strong impact or brought about a positive change and other performance indicators. In a junior level resume, the summary must represent your exceptional educational background along with related academic training, certifications and internship. Remember not to exaggerate your qualities but do not even dismiss them. The idea is to present them in an unpretentious way. Make sure to provide with the correct information only as almost all the companies like to make a background check.

No matter what stage you are at of your life but make sure to do a lot of homework in writing your resume and give your best shot always. Remember to customize your resume for different types of job. One single document doesn’t work everywhere.

 
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you feel a bit nervous every time you go for a job interview. This is obvious; an interview poses a challenge to the interviewees. Higher is the designation, this
the more complicated questions are. It is the time when you have to effectively sell yourself and your skills and competencies. So, tadalafil
you need to work upon what you can offer your prospective employer.  Strong examples of work experiences, a thorough understanding of the concepts related to your field and proper presentation of your skills are the most important requirements to ensure success in a job interview.

The biggest concern while facing a job interview is how to show that you are capable of this particular job. For this, you need to do a lot of homework. Take some time from your busy schedule and find out what this particular job takes. This does not mean reading through the job description and specification but it is all about understanding what is expected from the employees. Think of your skills and competencies that perfectly match to the job requirements. Additionally, look for the ways to present your key qualities throughout the interview. For example, if you are being interviewed for a sales position that requires good communication skills, you can let the interviewer know that you not only possess exceptional communication skills but using them you have made a significant difference in your previous job. You have been able to maintain excellent relationships with your existing clients.

Similarly, if you are appearing for an interview for a position in human resource department, you can show the interviewer that you have been not only a good coordinator among various departments but also have successfully introduced some policies and brought about positive changes. Same way, work on all job requirements and understand what exactly the employer needs from a prospective employer. Think how you as a product fulfill all their requirements. Don’t forget to go through the company website thoroughly and gather complete information about their operations, products and services.

The last factor is to presenting your skills finally in front of the interviewers. They are not only interested in knowing whether you will be able to do the job or not but their main concern is to check if you will be a good addition to their team and will be able to contribute positively. While proving your candidature, do not dismiss your personal traits; rather present them in a manner that goes perfectly with the job requirements.
Your internship interview is the first ever chance when you feel the heat of the world of work. It gives you a critical experience and sets a stage for your full-time employment possibilities. Although internships are unpaid positions that may last for a month, malady
entire summer vacation, a quarter or may be a half year but it is certainly the most important part of securing a job once your are passed out or some other time in future.

If you have finally managed to score an internship interview at a reputed organization, the background check and your performance during the interview are going to decide whether or not you are going to get a chance to be the company’s intern. So, do your homework and thoroughly prepare for the interview. Just make sure that you are all equipped to perform your best and secure your position.

Remember, it is not only your ability to answer the questions asked during the interview makes an impact on the interviewers; rather everything plays an important role right from how you look, how you carry yourself, how you wish people around you and how you make an entry in the interview room. Try to look as neat and elegant as possible. Choose modest clothing and a light perfume. Avoid spraying too much of heavy deodorant just before the interview thinking it will last longer.

The next thing is to bring a simple folder to hold your resume and cover letter copies, your mark sheets and other certificates. Remember not to go for funky or jazzy folders; instead opt for a leather folder that looks simple and elegant. These things make an impression as interviewer will know how organized and well planed you are.

Do your homework and know about company’s background and what it deals in. Knowing about their competitors is a good idea. It is good if you could learn something about the current market trends in the same industry. This gives interviewers an idea of how interested you are in working with them. Prepare yourself with some interview questions.

Time plays the most important role. To avoid last-minute hassles, prepare everything in advance and leave for the interview in time. Get your emotions in line. Don’t move here and there unnecessarily. Do not stress and take it as a business meeting.

Make sure to appear approachable and maintain proper posture and eye contact during the interview. Deal with questions smartly. You need not be impulsive. Take a moment to understand the question and compose your response. Utilize first few minutes to make a rapport with the interviewer. Say thank you and leave once you finish the interview.

 
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there are no guidelines defining easy and difficult interview questions; it all depends upon your preparation, spontaneity and ability to deal with the situation. Interviewers can suddenly come up with some unexpected questions to catch you unprepared and test how you handle them. All they want is to see how well you can think and use your creativity when on your feet. Not to mention, most individuals get stumped with the sudden nailing questions of the interviewers. But this is the time when you can smartly use the resources at your disposal to quickly respond to such questions. The key is not to get rattled and take a moment to understand the question and compose your answer accordingly. You don’t have to be impulsive. Make yourself feel comfortable as there is no wrong answer to these of-the-wall questions. Again it depends on individual’s mental state and thought process.

Preparing yourself thoroughly before going for an interview is the main prerequisite. For this, you can make a search online, review the questions and prepare an appropriate response. If you go prepared, nothing really seems difficult except those goofy questions that interviewers suddenly come up. They may or may not be relevant to your job. This is done just to see how well you can cope up with stress. Sometimes, you can turn the tables and bounce the question back to the interviewer. For example, if you are in a finance job interview and are asked, “What you would do if you get a huge amount of money from somewhere?” In such a situation, you can maintain a sense of humor and come up with a clever response saying how you would like to invest your cash.

Here are some sample unexpected questions that you may come across during your interview:

  • What were your previous boss’s weaknesses?

Be careful while answering this question. No matter how bad your boss is, but don’t ever slag him off in front of the interviewer. Discussing the weaknesses or negative points of your boss creates a negative impression on the interviewer.

  • Don’t you think you are overqualified for this job?

This is one of the trickiest questions to answer. Neither you can underestimate yourself by saying nor can you say yes. Emphasize on the point that your abilities and qualifications perfectly match with the job requirements and that you see a strong future in it.

  • Will you be ready to work on a lower remuneration than your existing one?

Don’t come up with the negative answer straight away. Take a moment to compose your response and emphasize on the point that you are interested in switching your company for better growth prospectus as well as higher remuneration.

If it is an extremely reputed organization, you can look for their interview questions online. There are several forums where former interviewees post their experiences. You can go through them and prepare yourself for such situations. Rest depends you ability to handle stress and deal with such situations confidently.
What do organisations look for in people? Without exception, medstore
most of us would agree on the basic human values of Integrity, hospital
Commitment and the right attitude. A resume is the first depiction of all these attributes than your prospective employer comes across. Imperfection in the resume connotes lack of commitment in the individual and vice versa.

A resume being your tool of marketing yourself has to be crafted and not drafted and that too with elegance which literally means the margin for error is zero. A good resume often signs of a good employee and this is true really! But however we often come across some resumes that have errors of various kinds that creep in either by mistake or in unawareness. In both cases it is considered bad! Here is a list of some of the errors we make in writing a resume and some tips also on how to reduce them.

1. Mistakes in Grammar: Many times it so happens that the tenses keep on switching between the resume. Your current duties and projects should come in present tense whereas anything pertaining to the past should be in past tense only. Be consistent in usage of various formats across the entire resume. For example, if you are using a certain date format in the beginning, ensure that it remains the same throughout.

2. Mistakes in Spelling:  While writing your resume, follow the rule of keeping your language as simple as possible. Do not use uncommon words or words that you are not yourself aware of.  It is a good idea to keep consulting a dictionary as you write.

 3. Mistakes in using the correct Punctuation Marks: Here again consistency is the key. Check for breakage of sentences and use the appropriate punctuation mark. Close sentences with a full stop and do not just leave it open, keep a check on the periods. It is better to avoid exclamation marks in the resume.

4.  Other Mistakes: Before you send your resume, get it reviewed from two or three people for errors if any. Check all the dates (day/month/year) of your employment. Check for the contact details including the phone number, the address. It is a good idea to leave out the abbreviations and slang is a strict no.
The major difference between a CV and a resume is their length. Whereas a curriculum vitae is an overall summary of education, seek
the experience that can run into tens of pages; a resume is a more customised document that contains information tailored to the needs of the organisation you are applying to. It contains only the relevant experience and educational qualifications.

It is clearly evident thus that the resume cannot go beyond 2 pages, pill
or 3 pages at the maximum. You may find minor deviations from this rule but generally as mentioned above it does not go beyond 3 pages. There are however some writers who advice on not taking into consideration the number of pages your resume runs into. I would say, be watchful. There is a risk involved in writing long resumes and to be on a safer side, it is always good to write crisp and comprehensive resumes.

Still however it is an obvious fact that the resumes of fresher’s would be remarkably different from those of experienced people or people working at executive levels.

Resume length for freshers or frontline Job Seekers

Freshers generally do not have many a things to mention in terms of their experience than just their educational qualifications, their accomplishments, projects they have undertaken and their extracurricular activities. So when know that whenever we have the resume of a fresher in hand that stretches beyond one page, there would be a lot of repeat or exaggerated information. In fact most of the Job placement agencies advice against a resume going more than one page in length!

If you are a fresher and you have a two page resume, carefully revisit the contents of the second page of your resume. Also, ensure that the second page is filled at least up to the half margin and not less.

Resume length for Experienced or executive level people

With greater experience there are obviously more things to make mention of on the resume. But the trick of writing an effective resume is to keep it crisp and yet ensure all the relevant information is in! It is a good idea to mention only the relevant experience in detail, others that are unnecessary to the current job should be given a squeeze. Your accomplishments that have earned you accolades and recognition in the Industry should not be left out. In education, only the last degree earned should be mentioned very simply.

You may also write a lengthier resume, as long as you feel it is what is required for sitting in an interview for the job. However, many of you would agree that not many interviewers would like to research into a long, detailed resume. It is good to be on a safer side!

 
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as evident from the word itself profit making is not the main objective. The main motive is creating a difference by addressing some social problem with an innovative solution. Quite obviously people who run these organisations operate with a different mindset than those who run profit organisations. They look for different kind of people, those who are extremely passionate about their work and not money focused only. It is therefore very apt to present your resumes and cover letters differently than you would for a profit making organisation.

It is Ok to express emotions: Again there is no golden rule but there are certain points that should be taken care of while drafting a cover letter and resume for a non-profit organisation. While emotions are a strict no in case of professional resumes, they are allowed to be shown in case of non-profit organisations. It is a good idea to present some positive emotions, passions and motivation for the work in the resume.

Mention some Volunteer Work: It is a good idea to present those experiences and the skills you acquired therein that helped you prepare yourself for the current job or the job you are applying for. Since, most of the non profit organisations involve volunteer work, it is also a good idea to mention some previous experience where you were involved in volunteer work or how you were inspired after seeing some volunteers undertaking their jobs gleefully.

Talk of Relevant Skills: The next tip would be to showcase your personality attributes or strengths that are pertinent to the current job. Explain how you would add value to the existing structure and support in creating others that are pro people. Mention examples from your previous work where you took on the role of preparation.

Express the Intent: Your resume should specifically mention why you want to join the non profit organisation. Remember the objective should alternate and not just special or gaudy. Also, alternate does not mean something which is away from reality and quoted just for the heck of it. It should be something that you can associate to. If you are switching from a corporate job to the non profit organisations job, you should clearly express you intent in doing so. A good idea to substantiate your objective or intent is to use examples of the transferable skills that are very relevant to the current job.

 
Choice or decision making is the hallmark of human beings. It is in fact man’s ability to decide and choose between various options that sets him apart from other animals on the planet. But making a choice is not often easy especially when it comes to choosing a career path, help because one single decision leads to a chain of decisions which can alter your life both in a negative or a positive way.

Although there are no hard and fast rules or formulas to make a right career decision but like any other decision, a career decision also begins with awareness, of oneself, one’s strengths and weaknesses and awareness about the world of work. You have to begin by increasing your awareness of self, knowing your likes and dislikes and understanding the industry or the organisation you want to work with. Often when you succeed in matching your strengths or attributes to the requirements of the job is when success and happiness start flowing into your life!

Once you have been able to raise your level of awareness, your decision making process automatically gets effective. You begin to take charge of your own life and feel empowered to take decisions yourself. Some decisions happen without you being able to explain the ‘why’ of it to yourself even. It seems that the gut feel that takes over. But deep down it is the increased awareness that sharpens your decision making ability.

Now taking a decision also means development of an action plan. You announce your vision for life and then go on to split that vision into small achievable goals within a certain timeframe. This lends more focus to whatever you do. Rather than focusing on the entire goal, you focus on targeting at thing at a time and achieving it which is important for the vision to be accomplished as a whole.

This sounds fantastic, but it is equally true that while the right choice opens the first gateway to excellence in life, it may not lead you to the next level. The greatest of the great decisions and plans fail, when people fail to action the plan; which means after planning the most important step is to put the plan into action. In your career, for example, you may decide to pursue other things alongside some main course to give you an added benefit in the job market, buy many plans and promises loose sheen with time as the motivation dies down. This results in frustration often! In choosing a career it is therefore very important to choose achievable goals, stick to the plan and sometimes re-evaluate your plan in the light of fresh perspectives.

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