When, what, where and how of learning
Once we decide we want to take up training to build or enhance our career, we are also beset with a question around what to learn, and in what sequence. A student coming fresh out of college faces an uphill task of trying to figure out what is the hottest and quickest skill to learn to enhance chances of a good job. For a working professional, it is about switching career or trying to grow at work.
Select the right skills to learn for a top career
Nothing wrong in this. After all, everyone wants to earn and grow and build a successful career. But to avoid a waste of time and money, you should take prudent decisions about learning choices. There are many who take a course after course as they fail to get a job each time. To choose the right training, your education background, the marketability of the skill, your analytical skills and your attitude are key.
Take the course that compliments your strengths. Be honest about your analytical skills, comprehension skills, communication skills, and your attitude towards working in teams.
Formal Studies – as long as you can
Also, before going ahead to take a plunge into training and looking for a job, study university education as much as you can. You don’t want to repent later in our life that we should have gone for Masters or higher degree when you were young and sharp at mind.
A career in Entrepreneurship
If you have an excellent idea for an industry, do also consider training in the technical areas that can help enrich and implement the idea. These days, it is worth trying to setup a startup with low capital and pursue, if it clicks, nothing like it. It doesn’t matter much whether you are young or old, except in terms of maturity in handling money & people around.
Opportunities and challenges
The recent and emerging industries like IT, Finance, Banks, eCommerce, Internet based ones etc are the ones which give the best opportunity for an early job, that too at the top cities. These careers also give better paychecks and flexibility. Of course, working hours are more and stress levels are high. And job security, don’t ask!
The more the competition and money, the more the stress – basic principle. It is like equity vs bonds. The other industries like manufacturing have a more even and consistent sort of intake and life with less of ups and downs. Jobs in Government & PSU sectors have increasing competition year on year. The high end civil services careers are still much sought after by the cream of students. The spikes and troughs in the emerging industries are inciting a significant lot of students to prefer Government, PSU, Civils etc jobs back again.
Getting to work in the intended industries most often needs you to do a lot of unlearn and learn. And the farther you are with respect to your background, the more learning effort you have to put to close the skill gap to avoid being frustrated later. For e.g. you would find people from every branch of engineering and other degrees in IT-Software jobs, although unrelated to their field of study. Industry experts also want to join as Business Analysts into IT. If you like travel, have a skill of easily getting along with people and being able to convince them, a marketing career is a good option.
Continuous learning and skill development
Hence there is no doubt continuous learning and re-skilling is necessary for a long and successful career. Right Training in the right mode solves the problem. One important point here- If you need knowledge about a new skill from scratch, don’t just get plainly swayed by the brand of the training provider. Rather pick the one where the trainer is approachable, understands your strengths and weaknesses and teaches to a limited size class, as in the earlier article about different modes of learning. Otherwise you are lost out and end up without any benefit. Like this…
Importance of Soft Skills
But one set of skills that are necessary for success in all corporate jobs but ignored commonly are soft skills like good communication, articulation and presentation!!! And most of us Indians are naturally low in them because of the style of our education, which focuses only on maths and science at schools or the core subject at college. Soft skills are unfortunately left out. This leaves us with less armory as compared to others who are good at these globally. You feel like you are attacked with guns while you are only equipped with spears and arrows. Our education is like in this cartoon.
When you grow higher and higher up in the ladder, these skills become more and more important. At the lowest level, it is about 80% of technical and 20% soft skills. But it just reverses at the highest levels. So don’t complain if you are not able to grow in your jobs. One key reason could be that you underestimated these strengths that you were supposed to have!!!
Hope this guides you into identifying areas that you need to up-skill. Further, get inputs and guidance from experts, not just by randomly asking people around you. The Counslr Career Guidance System at www.AddMyLearning.com is one such tool to get good quality guidance from people who are really knowledgeable.
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