Career Planning: A Balancing Act

Boy choosing future profession
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SHIVANI MANCHANDA

As we near the result declaration time I see a lot of stressed faces in my office as students are trying to make that one perfect decision and one perfect career plan. The big question looming in everybody’s mind is — what next? The responsibility of making the right choice is immense and what fun would it be if God were to send us down with a lovely scroll in our hands providing guidelines about the best choices we could make. Since God has not set any such tradition let’s look at how to make a good decision and how to analyze the information that is out there.

So what’s the best way to plan for this exciting journey that is life and full of possibilities for success for you?

Understanding yourself
The questions you should be asking yourself:  Am I a people’s person? Do I enjoy working with numbers? Can I see myself sitting in front of a computer or in front of books all day? Or am I an outdoorsy kind of a person? Do a focused self-examination to assess your own interests, your capabilities and most importantly identify the drivers or the passions in our system. You need to balance those with the negatives — the traits you don’t have and areas that you are absolutely not interested in.

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Shivani Manchanda

Shivani Manchanda, a post-graduate in Counselling from the USA, is a warm and vibrant counsellor. Her expertise lies in counselling students on career development, stress prevention and international education. She is an enthusiastic speaker with over two decades of experience.