Thursday, July 20, 2006

Career planning is about building five skills

As we discussed in 6 July 2006 blog, for a single-edged individual it is fairly easy to decide the platform that you will use to generate work output. For instance, single-edged individuals in sports have to decide early in life which sport to focus on and thereby make choice of a platform that will help them generate the work-output. The same is true of single-edged individuals in music, painting or any art field.

On the other hand, multi-edged individuals (which incidentally form a majority) cannot decide which platform they will use in the future to generate their work output. Neither their self-info is enough, nor is their ‘maturity’ enough to help them make an early choice. Their work-platform emerges as they interact with the world.

If multi-edged students cannot focus and work on a platform-building path, what can they do. Should they wait for their careers to happen? Or can they do something to prepare for their eventual careers? They can learn five skills.

Outputs are not only created on work platform, they are also created in people-relationships. Understanding the dynamics of generating outputs in relationships is therefore a first skill that they can learn.

Second crucial skill they have to develop is the skill of managing their mental state. Emotions, stress and beliefs affect one’s mental states. None of three are in the conscious control of an individual. What one can do, at the most, is understand how he/she is affected by these three variables and learn to ‘anticipate’ the impending change and prepare for the situation. We call this ‘mental-state’ enablement.

Third skill is the skill of preparing for the ‘output’. When they are going for exams, they have to learn to ‘prepare’ well for the exams, and deliver the performance in a given ‘time-window’ so that appropriate marks result. This skill is skill of output preparation. This skill is most often used skill required later in building one’s career.

Fourth skill is the skill of taking decisions. Often individuals rely on wrong variables, search for redundant data, worry about inconsequential issues while taking crucial decisions in their lives. For instance, all bachelors worry about ‘whom’ to marry when they know that ‘eventual consequences’ will not matter the decision a bit.

Fifth skill is the skill of course correction. After they have ‘failed’ in an event or a situation, be it interview or convincing a friend, they draw wrong conclusions from the situation and therefore take an improper course for correcting themselves.

These five skills are the skills that one can acquire in the career planning phase of student.

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