7 things to consider before choosing a career3 minute
Whether you're about to finish schooling and enter a college or you're just going to graduate, it’s frustrating to not be able to foresee what's next. Because with a new year comes a whole lot of responsibilities that get piled on your shoulders. You are not alone in this, everyone at some point goes through this confusion. So if you don’t know where to begin, take a deep breath and go through these 7 key points and by the end of the article, I promise you will have at least some clarity about the getting started with a new journey.
7 tips for choosing a career
- Know your interests- You need to understand what excites in life. What activities you enjoy in your personal time, because your happiness also matters. Working like a robot will never give you happiness and satisfaction in your life. So ask yourself these questions.
- Do you like working with people or animals?
- Do you like working alone or with team members?
- What are the hobbies that you enjoy?
- Are those hobbies marketable?
2. Know your skills- You should know that different jobs need different kinds of skill sets. So take some time to think about it and note down every skill you have. Go through them and assess what can be marketable. Analyze what kind of soft or hard skills you possess. For example, some of you might like programming. Some might tend towards fine arts. So evaluate what you are good at and what makes you happy.
3. Set your goals- Setting a proper goal is never a bad idea because then you have something to work towards. Try to determine what you want from your career.
- How much money do you want to make?
- Do you want to help people or do you want to travel?
- Where do you want to live, what are the things you want to buy in the future (if any)?
Because if your long term goal is not compatible with your career then you might need to reconsider. Self-satisfaction and happiness are also important you might feel disappointed later on.
4. What education and training to take- Different kinds of careers need different education and training. Suppose you want to be a doctor or an engineer, then you have to take your training according to your choice. Suppose you want to pursue a career in arts, then you don’t need to take up engineering just as backup. Because you will be wasting your money and time. So choose accordingly. Make your decision and stick to it.
5.Social environment and happiness- Happiness is the most important aspect when it comes to what you want to do. Because if you are not happy with what you do, you will always feel drained in life and it will impact the different aspects of your life.
You also need to consider what type of environment you want to work in. Some people are introverts and they might prefer a desk job. If you are an extrovert then you might consider working in a team, where you will have exposure to a lot of people and abundant opportunities to interact with them.
6. Always do your research- Every career has its own preparation. You will need to consider what type of resources you have. Do you have reliable source for the amount of money you will need over a period of time? Will you be able to put your effort into it and come out as a champion?
Always do research before getting into the field because it might be different from what you had initially imagined. A better way is to talk to people who are already in that field. You can consider doing an internship in the same field so you have a proper idea of what you are getting into.
7. Always be prepared for change- Always keep in mind that things can always change. You should be ready to accept change. Suppose the field you are choosing as your career does not have the same requirement in 10 years, then what? Because these days there is no job security and stability for many fields. But no need to panic, it is never too late to start and there are millions of new opportunities arising every day and I believe you will be able to find where you belong.
Once you have decided what to pursue, it is time for you to put effort into it. If you put your heart and dedicate yourself to it, then you will most definitely thrive in your career.
8 Ways to stay positive and motivated during this pandemic3 minute
If you are like me, you are probably experiencing more stress that usual. Work is different, the Wi-Fi is acting up, and your social life has come to a halt. Stability and predictability are two words that we are unable to resonate with anymore. After a certain point, all of this can get to you. Fear can make you feel powerless. While you cannot control your feelings, thoughts and the Wi-Fi, you definitely can shift your attention towards the things you can control and help restore your sense of confidence.
Make a list of things that you think are in your control (They could be uneventful or extraordinary) and work on them, every single day. I would like to share with you, my list:
- Start a virtual book/movie club: Start your own book club on WhatsApp. Add all the bibliophiles on your contact list. Or if you’re a movie buff, create a group to watch and discuss movies.
- Enhance your skills: Work on advancing your skill! It could be something as mundane as taking up an excel course or something fun like baking. Try to complete at least two online courses this quarantine!
- Work out: You probably saw this coming. But one cannot stress how important it is to work out especially during uncertain times like these, when your anxiety is at its peak and your thoughts don’t let you sleep. Learn new home workouts every day and let the endorphins and serotonin flow into your body.
- Interact (virtually) with your long lost friends and family: Life can get really busy and to be honest it has been. Until now. And we are unable to cope with all the time we have. Talk to all those people you lost touch with and wished you hadn’t (This does not include you ex. DO NOT TEXT THEM!).
- Learn a new make-up routine: I personally feel like, the time I spend wearing make-up is all for me. It is the time I have chosen for myself. It could take you fifty minutes or fifteen minutes. That is YOUR time, you are looking in the mirror and focusing on yourself. So create a new look and wear some mascara because, why not?
- Write a blog on Glo Community: You probably did not see this one coming. But really, put all your thoughts (happy or sad) into words, not only will it help you learn a lot about yourself, but also help you gain awareness of your reality. You will be helping contribute to the WHO Covid-19 fund!
- Limit your news intake: While it is good to be informed at all times, the amount of information can be a double edged sword. So be aware, but also learn to disconnect.
- Do your bit: Last but not the least, everybody reading this is probably doing their part by washing hands regularly and staying home unless absolutely necessary. Every small effort is going to add up and will have a huge impact.
Do not lose hope. Stay positive, stay motivated and please be safe. We are all in this together. 😊
Being 8 Months Pregnant Didn’t Stop This SHERO From Delivering COVID-19 Test Kits To The Nation2 minute
In the battle against coronavirus, India has been criticised time and again for a poor record of testing people. Amidst all of this, there is change set to be brought about, a large part of which is accredited to the one and only virologist - Minal Dakhave Bhosale.
Ms Bhosale headed the team that designed the coronavirus testing kit (called Patho Detect) in India and is also the R&D chief of Mylabs discovery, Pune. She had just been informed of a pregnancy complication in february, right after which despite personal circumstances, willingly took on the assignment of designing the coronavirus test kits.
Up until now, India had to import COVID-19 kits from Germany at Rs.4500 per kit, but the molecular diagnostic company has been successful in creating a kit that is now able to test 100 samples and costs Rs 1,200 - literally a quarter of the cost of COVID-19 testing kits that were being imported.
Besides being relatively much lower than kits imported from outside, the team also achieved COVID-19 testing in just two and a half hours compared to other tests that took no less than 6-7 hours.
What is most fascinating about her story is that Ms Bhosale managed to complete her assignment on time and while being 8 months pregnant, only a couple of hours before she delivered her baby daughter.
In the words of Ms Bhosale (to BCC) : “ It was an emergency, so I took this on as a challenge. I have to serve my nation”. A true inspiration to women across the world and a real team player - a thousand salutes to the women who put her nation first in the most critical of situations.
Minal Dakhave Bhosale- A real life hero, A SHERO, as one may say.