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Lesson Posted on 28 Mar Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling

Career counseling and its importance

Kishan Patel

I have 27 years core Experience in training on various topics, as per requirement of the client , trained...

The importance of career counselling are as follows: Choosing the right career path at the right time is very important, this requires expertise, careful planning and execution at the right moment, once the time is lost it becomes tough for the individual to go back and make the changes. This process... read more

The importance of career counselling are as follows:

Choosing the right career path at the right time is very important, this requires expertise, careful planning and execution at the right moment, once the time is lost it becomes tough for the individual to go back and make the changes. This process can be very tedious as it involves brainstorming, figuring out the likes and dislikes, understanding the interests and values, gauging the individuals numerical, logical ability, keeping in mind the market trends, and industry standards to make the right choice, while selecting the right career path.

Parents and their children are now more aware and are making informed decisions while planning or helping them choosing a suitable career. Parents with their children now want to understand the child’s personality types, interests’ levels and like to understand and learn about the career paths before guiding their children.

Career planning and development are two challenging terms/ when it comes to right career paths. Parents and children have to be in sync while figuring out the suitable career. Once the children reach 9th grade, most parents devote their time to reading, understanding and gathering information about the new trends and changing market conditions and industry standards. That’s when they start looking for proper career counselling and reach out to trained professionals to get the right answers. It involves finding a trained counsellor, who would not only guide them but also help them make an informed/suitable decision. This process can be very stressful, as we do have a lot of options or career paths to choose from.

A trained career counsellor identifies the right skills, interests, and talents in the candidate by using a few tools and assessments which, shows the desired results. Multiple reports get generated keeping in mind their abilities and interest’s levels this helps them prove their suitability, which can play an important role in choosing the right career paths. Planning this at the right time and getting the desired help at the correct time is very important, falling to do this at the right time can cause unnecessary stress. Making the time planning and choosing to visit a career counsellor can help many talented students find the right career path and have them pick the desired/ suitable career, which will keep them stress-free happy and provide them job satisfaction.

Many students lose out on this window of opportunity as they are preoccupied with other things, most procrastinate, and miss the bus and end up choosing the wrong career not suitable for their personality types, their abilities and talents, which lead to unnecessary stress. Peer pressure or pressure from the extended family may also cause chaos.

Providing the needed support and guidance by helping them choose the right careers requires detail knowledge of their personality types, skills, abilities, their learning styles and their thinking patterns.

Discovering the interest’s levels and gauging their potential at the right time is very important many preparatory schools are now hiring counsellors in schools and are conducting these assessments in schools to assess their readiness and help them make the right career paths. Qualified career counsellors have the ability in identifying their personality type, the career interests, career values and career paths and the skills abilities, and help in choosing the right career path suitable for a stress-free and happy life.

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Lesson Posted on 27 Mar Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling

Choose The Right, for Future to be Bright!

Nand Kumar R

I have worked at IIT Bombay for 9 years as Head of Placements. Also pursued Ph.D. in HR from S. J. Mehta...

Choosing a right career is as important as choosing a life partner. There is an element of compatibility in both. The moment we miss this element in making a choice, we have to rely on destiny. We are taking chances. It is simple as well as complex. Simple because if you know yourself well, then you... read more

Choosing a right career is as important as choosing a life partner. There is an element of compatibility in both. The moment we miss this element in making a choice, we have to rely on destiny. We are taking chances. It is simple as well as complex. Simple because if you know yourself well, then you know what to choose. Complex because if you do not know yourself well, then you will go through the complexity of information coming from different sources: internet, social media, peers, family, teachers etc., which conflicts with what you are comfortable with.

Every person is different in terms of perceptions, preferences, likes-dislikes, interests, talents, passions and behaviours. There is something right for everybody, provided we know what it is. And therefore, everybody can’t have the same profession. You have to choose what is right for you.

If your education (especially the degree and PG) is not right, somewhere, the foundation gets weak. Right education for you is the one with which you intellectually & emotionally connect. Understand it with ease. Moreover, feel like acquiring more knowledge in that field.

Since we acquire a degree & PG to build a career, the same should relate to the work/job that you want to pursue for 30+ years of your life, so that you ultimately become an expert.

With my experience at I.I.T. Bombay for ten years and five years at Oracle, I realised, that if observed over an extended period, people achieve success and get respect mainly on account of their Expertise. One has to be an expert on something to gain respect and success. An expert is a person who solves complex problems in a particular domain, (say marketing, HR, literature, theatre, business). He/she should be able to address practical issues (of that domain) in an uncertain situation consistently, efficiently, happily, perfectly, speedily and energetically. So, to become an ‘expert’, you need to choose the right education, profession or job.

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Answered on 20 Feb Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling

Learn Park

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Hi.. Mitali I strongly suggest you to please take your psychometric tests, so that you will strengths, abilities and personlaity traits will be identified.
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Lesson Posted on 03 Jan Life Skills Coaching Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Personal Effectiveness Training Tuition/BA Tuition/Personal Growth And Development +2 Life Skills Coaching/Career Growth & Advancement Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling less

How To Thrive And Not Just Survive At Workplace?

Ritu Mehta

Career Coach and Counselor / Life Coach I can help you - 1. If you are a student, want to talk...

1. Support from your manager and her/his manager is the most important ingredient of the recipe for your success at work. 2. You have to create your champions and you have to champion others. 3. Just being good at your work is not good enough. 4. You may not like networking and relationship... read more
1. Support from your manager and her/his manager is the most important ingredient of the recipe for your success at work. 
 
2. You have to create your champions and you have to champion others.
 
3. Just being good at your work is not good enough.
 
4. You may not like networking and relationship building but individual contributor roles won't take you far. Eventually, it is working with people, influencing them, inspiring them. Knowing people and able to deliver in teams is non-negotiable. 
 
5. Getting along with peers and juniors is as essential as managers. Step up your game. 
 
6. People should want to hire you and they should want to be on your team. Then you are on the right track.
 
7. Understanding and being able to navigate corporate maze is critical. 
 
8. You can not just stop learning because now you have landed a job. That era is long gone where you get a degree and then basis that degree you work n earn for rest of your life. Now all of us are lifelong learners. What you are learning right now may be redundant next year. Brace up.
 
9. People at work are not logical, rational and fair at all times. The good news is you do not have to “fix them”. The bad news is that you do have to learn to work around them. All you can change is yourself, and sometimes, that changes everything.
 
10. Everyone wants to learn soft skills. If there is one soft skill you have time and motivation to learn - try listening. Active listening. Listening without interrupting. Listening with an open mind. Listening without judging. Listening without sharing your opinion or giving advice unless asked. Listening without checking your phone. Just listen.
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Lesson Posted on 22/12/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling

Role Of A Team Lead

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MCSA: Cloud Platform Certified - Microsoft Certified Professional - Azure Cloud Consultant , have...

There are many leadership roles in the software industry, such as Team Lead, Senior Developer, Architect, Technical Lead, Manager, and many more! This article is for all those readers who really like to lead the team towards success. When I first started programming, I always had one goal to achieve,... read more

There are many leadership roles in the software industry, such as Team Lead, Senior Developer, Architect, Technical Lead, Manager, and many more! This article is for all those readers who really like to lead the team towards success.

When I first started programming, I always had one goal to achieve, that is, just to deliver the assigned tasks. It was easy. But unfortunately, we cannot develop large scale applications alone, we need a large team. Even in this scenario, we still have a goal to achieve, however, now we have a lot more people that we need to think about. Here comes the real challenge!

Everyone knows what the goal is, conceptually. But in reality, what happens is over time, people start going in different directions!! Therefore, this is one of the areas that a Tech lead should concentrate on. For example, if 10 people work on a code base with a different attitude and different understanding, it will become very difficult for someone new to understand the code base!! He/she will be lost!

So, the solution is the Lead should make sure that at the end of the day, the entire code base should look like it was written by a single person. In the IT world, we call it "consistent code". So, being a technical lead, our responsibility should be to train and direct people towards writing a consistent code and reaching that goal. Now, do you think it really happens in reality ? NO, but the bottom line is the technical lead should make sure there is consistency in code development by everyone in the team.

Here are a few points I feel the Lead should keep in mind, along with the above activity:

i. Career growth for team members:

As a lead, help team members to keep in touch with latest technology. Motivate the team to obtain certification in technology, and make sure you also have a number of certificates in your bag :). Keep sending useful hints, article links etc. related to current tasks.

ii. Diversity:

It's always important to value the diversity of the team we have. If a group of people work by themselves, it won't make any sense. The Leader should always focus on making people talk to each other and integrate their thought processes. As long as we have trust between each other, there is no looking back! The team will succeed.

iii. Plan for Brown Bag sessions:

Brown-bag session refers to an informal meeting, training, or presentation that happens at the workplace.

iv. Plan for Pair Programming:

Always try to see if pair programming works for your team. If yes, then go for it.

v. Join hands for coding:

One of the elements of an effective lead is, programming. Generally at-least 30% of the time of a lead must go in coding with the team.

Most importantly, never expect someone to be outstanding in each and everything he/she does. Everyone has their own skill sets; so make sure to use them in the right place. If someone is good in JavaScript and not so great in C#, then do not assign them the task of writing C# Server side code. Try to make them contribute on client side logics.

*Note: Make sure to assign them simple tasks in C#, which will help them learn slowly with expertise in C#. Help them to achieve a better understanding in an area they lack.

Let's move towards advanced processes like Agile!

Now, what if you are following the Agile process ?

In Agile, we never elect a lead. We have a scrum master in Agile, so where does the team lead fit in? The important point to make is, the scrum master is just a facilitator. He/she is responsible for retrospectives, sprint planning, and sprint reviews,and also shielding the team from interruptions during the sprint.

Note: Role of scrum master is out of scope for this article, so let me concentrate on Lead's role in Agile projects.

In Agile Team, one of the experienced developers who has capabilities to lead the team will act as Technical Lead in reality. (Even though there is no concept of Lead in Agile). Be top on delivery risks of technical tasks. If you see any risk in developing some feature on a committed time line, then resolve it. Work with a team to come up with a better design and architecture. Always be in touch with business and sense upcoming requirements. Encourage the team.

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Lesson Posted on 26/10/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Soft Skills Training/Resume Writing Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling

Refining Resume: Five Simple But Important Tips

CarEd Advisory

CarEd Advisory is a premium career and education advisory firm, guiding students, graduates and young...

Writing a Resume is a challenege for many, and the simple reason is people often are not sure on how to present their qualifications and experience in a page or two. Here are some simple tips that will help you: 1) Always draft/customize your resume, based on the skills required for a particular job/... read more

Writing a Resume is a challenege for many, and the simple reason is people often are not sure on how to present their qualifications and experience in a page or two.

Here are some simple tips that will help you:

1) Always draft/customize your resume, based on the skills required for a particular job/ application (admission, scholarship etc). Try to avoid a generic resume.

2) Be clear in what you write and try to make it crisp and avoid unnecessary lengthy sentences when you can do away with a shorter one.

3) Do not write in passive voice wherever possible.

4) Avoid or minimize usage of personal pronouns (e.g. 'me', 'I', 'mine').

5) Avoid mentioning generic interests (e.g. 'travelling' or 'reading'), if they are not adding any value to the resume.

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Answered on 17/10/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling Life Skills Coaching/Career Growth & Advancement

Sameer Sathe

Soft Skill Trainer|Corporate Trainer|Coach

Dear Hardeep, In order to get job in reputed companies, you have to differentiate yourself than others. This can be done by the project activity you have done for B Tech & M Tech.. Try to get in touch with the organizations who deals with same or similar type of products & services as that of your projects...... read more
Dear Hardeep, In order to get job in reputed companies, you have to differentiate yourself than others. This can be done by the project activity you have done for B Tech & M Tech.. Try to get in touch with the organizations who deals with same or similar type of products & services as that of your projects... Try to contact functional heads of these organizations & not only HR. read less
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Lesson Posted on 12/10/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling

"Career Planning": One Of The Essential Exercise For The New Age Students

Madhura G.

With over more than ten years of experience as a tutor for accountancy, finance, Taxation, Costing and...

Career Planning has become an essential part of every college and university curriculum. Career planning tries to gauge the kind of skill set the students have, in order to match the right kind of job for them, after they complete their graduation. So even if a student is a year or two away from his... read more

Career Planning has become an essential part of every college and university curriculum. Career planning tries to gauge the kind of skill set the students have, in order to match the right kind of job for them, after they complete their graduation. So even if a student is a year or two away from his graduation, he should start planning for his career path ahead in terms of his career aspirations and expectations. He should introspect himself on the factors of what is his nature and what is the kind of job he would be looking forward to in the coming few years. The study courses should be planned and well channelized according to the nature of the job aspired by every student.

The same exercise is done by the prospective employer who tries to study and match many of the skills, characteristics, traits and experiences possessed by the job applicant,  and verifies them against the skill set that the vacant job position demands, after which the final candidate is selected for a job.

So, it is very important for every individual to do a forward thinking by doing self study of him and the key takeaways that are expected by that person, out of the desired job by him. So before graduating from a college or a University, jotting down the important skills and experiences that the individual has in him is very important, as one can match this jotted information to the desired skills of the jobs desired by the student. One simple way to find out the information is going through the job portals, newspapers and the career journals, and chalking out a achievable career path accordingly.

The last but not the least, different individuals have different career choices and preferences. Every individual is different from another in terms of dream jobs desired and aspired. One may thoroughly enjoy working on a profile with dedication and deep interest, which may look very dry and boring to the other. So some self-analysis is definitely needed regarding one’s own interests and preferences before doing any sort of Career planning.

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Answered on 11/10/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling Life Skills Coaching/Career Growth & Advancement

Jogesh J.

Author, Coach, Trainer

Hi Lavanya, I am impressed with your learning spirit. Ther are a lot of courses that are available what is more important is what you prefer. Studying is a different thing and working after you complete your studies is different. What is it that you are studying for? To earn? To have yourself occupied?... read more
Hi Lavanya, I am impressed with your learning spirit. Ther are a lot of courses that are available what is more important is what you prefer. Studying is a different thing and working after you complete your studies is different. What is it that you are studying for? To earn? To have yourself occupied? You also mention that you have done your BA, looking at it I can suggest you pursue your masters and become a consulting psychologist or take up a diploma course in your preferred stream of the hobby. We need more clarity on before we can give an exact suggestion. Best wishes and keep learning. read less
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Answered on 05/09/2017 Life Skills Coaching/Career Counselling IT Courses

Pratima

Trainer

Hello dear, MBA is done..what you wish to choose as career. kindly share details as in core interest. Regards
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