The average person’s life consist of twenty years of having their parents ask where he or she is going, a few decades of having a spouse ask the same question, and at the end, the mourners wondering the same thing.

 ‘If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.’ - Martin Luther King Jr.

The most important decision of life shall not be perfunctory since that’s the cornerstone of a whole story. Like many others I might have been a victim of it too but thankfully I saved myself through my uncanny but rational way of dealing with it. Every now and then I still face situations where it is easy to give in and take the easiest path but again I would say it all depends on the way you approach each situation; if you have the nose to deal with it you can, if you don’t you can’t. You might not be right every time but the satisfaction of being independent is incomparable because even if you failed you have your lessons learnt.

The most important question, which career shall I choose? It’s quite confusing & mind-numbing that makes you think. This can become simple if we twist it a bit, ‘Which career shall I not choose? This can help reduce some bewilderment for sure. However I did it and saved myself profusely and I often come across people who are now happy because of the choices they made in the past.

Questions keep springing up but the answer rarely comes. And these are the most basic questions which haunt for long if taken a single wrong move. This is a stage perhaps every one has to go through once, even I couldn’t escape from it but there was something, as explained above, outrageously and uncommon which helped me restore my confidence and saved me from the tyranny of life. My disposition to not to do things I didn’t think favorable helped me and that’s why I always entice people, in no uncertain terms, to work on their ‘not-to-do-list.’ In any case you have to go with either of it, ‘in saying yes to everything life presents,’ or ‘deciding to do few but important things.’ Choice is yours!

It is not a college degree what makes you literate rather it is a knowledge which you can implement that distinguishes you from just degree holders.

When we already know the problem it is better we come up with solutions. If you know you are not good in math, science or any other subject so it is advisable to obviate such options from your list and focus on those where you can excel. It is not compulsory one has to be good in everything, in fact nobody can, if you are good in few things that is perfectly fine. Look in what you can do before looking out for opportunities. Look where you can befit and benefit. Trust your own instincts. Your mistakes might as well be your own, instead of someone else’s.

It is not surprising to know that today most college going students think that studying in a top engineering college or B-school is a ticket to success.  In fact it is absolutely right that money will flow in if you are an IIM or an IIT graduate but again in doing so we miss the point. It is not these elite institutes that make us successful but our own will to stay happily successful. These institutes will make you successful only if you decisively approach each situation while studying and before taking up a job. If the road you are traveling is not in line with your passion then it is likely to misfire, so it’s better to make a detour.

In the last two decades MBA and IT education has profusely gained momentum. Profusion of management colleges has made India a booming MBA market with over 3,500 B-schools and 5,00,000 students pursuing various MBA or equivalent programmes, out of which only 21% are employable as per MeritTrac research on employability of MVA study 2012. Still many students join the race without knowing why they are there, resultant they end up playing a blame game.

Even IITs are not far behind; a survey last year by Manpower consulting reflected that over 67% of Indian employers expressed difficulty in finding the right talent. Rough estimates suggest that less than 50% engineers graduating in India are employable.

The Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) industry is likely to find 9 out of every 100 engineers. And the largest percentage of employability was seen in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector.

This validates what Infosys chairman emeritus NR Narayana Murthy said at a ‘Pan IIT’ summit in New York in 2011 that the quality of students entering IITs has deteriorated.

When it comes to BPO, it reminds me of an old acquaintance whose story is worth recounting. It is a five year old story, I happened to meet my friend’s friend Abhishek (name changed) who recently completed his engineering and then started working in a call centre. On asking he reminisced,

‘I got placed directly from campus during campus placement but I got fired soon as there was a job crunch for Engineers. Owing to recession I and few others lost our jobs. And now to avoid sitting idle and in order to meet our daily expenses we have joined call centre in Gurgaon.”

I asked him, “What after call centre, since you can’t spend whole life here, after all you are an engineer.”

He exclaimed, “Actually my uncle is a lawyer in Delhi and he said if I completed my law then I’ll have a safe future for sure because he will take care of job, so future is safe, no problem at all. I’m looking forward to a law degree now.”

And this is how we kept discussing for few more minutes and I had a good laugh at the end when he told me that he did engineering on his brother’s insistence who told him it’s a lucrative career. And today I see him assisting his brother in family business. Well, this is how most students ruin the most precious gifts of life – Time, Money, Youth.

And that reminds me of one of my school teachers saying, “If you don’t decide today what you want to do with your life you will be thinking the same five years from now and so on.”

There is a big confusion on career selection since most people make their choices based on current trends followed by their friends or relatives which are totally based on mercenary lifestyles. Because it’s a myth to consider good job as a well-paid job, had it been so Chetan Bhagat would never have become a bestselling author. A good job or a career is one where your passion and your work are in sync and there is no discord between them.

Common mistakes made while selecting a career!

oopsa.) Selection based on peers’ choice instead of alumni feedback
b.) Getting allured by the institute ranking (which is not at all trustworthy)
c.) Taking advice from non-professionals

And the results are also palpable since, the career selection was baseless so most of the students spend years in switching jobs from one industry to another. Incidentally it is not because of the education but wrong decision made on unjustified facts.

Success and failure is a matter of choice as the old saying goes, hence there is no foolproof  way to success but if you follow the right examples without ignoring your own choice you will relish not just success but failure too like I do! Because when you fail while doing your favorite work you simply enjoy both success and failures and bounce back enthusiastically like Henry Ford did when he forgot to put a reverse gear in his first automobile. He didn’t give up in fact he came up with better and more successful model i.e. Model T, you’ll read more about him in the later paragraph.

However there are two quick ways to disaster: ‘taking nobody’s advice and taking everybody’s advises’. Learn to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best. As A.P Goethe said that in order to succeed, you must know three things: ‘What to eliminate; What to preserve; and when to say no, for developing the power to say no gives us the capacity to say yes.’

Hence incisively choosing your career almost decides your future. Whatever one wants to pursue in life, as per my observation, depends on the 3 choices he/she makes:

  beforea.)  Before joining (Institution)

     b.)  While studying

          c.)   After passing out

And trust me life is an eventful journey, some days are full of fun and some are not but memories remain forever. I know fun part would sound nostalgic to some of you but yes it’s true but again the moot point is subsided, this period is not to have fun in fact this is the only transition period in life when we can hit the jackpot. Most kids make the most of this time in cafeteria, parties, chit-chatting etcetera; well you know what I’m talking about. And trust me this is from my personal experience, those who don’t pay heed to lessons during this period end up paying premium for a longer period. Well that’s a short period of hard work which has a long effect on our lives.

There are students who start earning money while they are in school or college and I don’t get surprised coming across any such studarticle like one I read a week back, ‘a 17-year old London schoolboy Nick D’Aloisio hit the headlines when he sold his mobile application, Summly, to Yahoo! for $20 million.’

Hence, today there are multifarious choices available in terms of degree and diploma courses and each programme has its own significance. But doing it just for the sake of doing is like not doing it at all. In fact that will never make you fully literate. Education which can’t be implemented successfully shall not be done at all!

Not necessary the career advice from significant-others is best.

It may be the result of taking forward the legacy or based on unpredictable facts, in both the cases there is only one person who suffers and that’s the kid. ‘Had Henry Ford listened to his father’s advice he would have died working on farm. Instead, he chose to chase his passion and became an icon of a self-made man.’

His father hoped Henry would someday take over the family farm, Henry preferred to work on his dream. From an early age, Henry loved to take things apart and put them back together again just to see how they worked. Especially adept at doing this with watches, neighbors and friends would bring him their broken watches to fix. Although good with watches, Henry’s passion was machines. Henry believed that machines could ease the life of a farmer by replacing farm animals. At age 17, he left the farm and headed to Detroit to become an apprentice.

When he married Clara Bryant in 1888, Henry’s father gave him a large piece of land on which he built a small house, a sawmill, and a shop to tinker in. And since then he never looked back.

It was on June 4, 1896, Henry Ford, at age 32, he completed his first successful horseless carriage, which he called the Quadricycle. After the Quadricycle, Henry started working on making even better automobiles and making them for sale.

1903And on July 15, 1903, the Ford Motor Company sold its first car, a Model A for $850. Ford continually worked to improve the cars’ design and soon created Models B, C, and F. He made his mark in the automobile industry in 1908 when he designed the Model T, specifically designed to appeal to the masses. Since the Model T quickly became so popular that it was selling faster than Ford could manufacture them.

And rest is history as we all know what Ford stands for an invincible brand but that all happened due to Henry ford’s determination and conviction. Had he stayed at farm, I have no doubt in saying, he wouldn’t not have attained such success and lived for 83 years. Mercenary decisions never last long. Reject all work that lessens the human quotient about you or anyone else. Nothing substitutes pure happiness. The best happens when you follow your heart, money would not elude you for long; even if it does initially. The greatness behind following your heart is that you happened to influence more people effortlessly.

It is not bad to listen to others but it is imperative to seek advice from professionals and always listen to your inner voice because in the end you become the result of the choices you made during your formative years.

“If you are convinced, you can convince the world!”

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