Learning Resource Centre (Library) @ Kendriya Vidyalaya, Madurai


Any Time Any Where Information 4U

The Art of Career Planning



The Art of Career Planning

By Yulin Peng

Career planning is an exercise that is well worth the time invested in it because it sets you going on the path that leads to where you would like to go. This exercise provides you with a lot of clarity regarding your career objectives as well and it best done before you embark on your job search.

Often most people get stuck at the very beginning of the planning process itself. There seem to be too many choices that are throwing themselves at you with all kinds of material gains, fame and wealth, comfort and luxury, glamour and beauty. From acting to singing, writing to banking, software programming to business, choices confuse you. Naturally feelings of self-doubt might creep in at this stage. Am I good enough for that, you may ask, or how do I become successful at this. After some time of pondering over many career paths you may end up thinking that maybe you are no good for any of these things after all.

Here is where a bit of career planning helps. There are two ways of starting off. One is to find out what you really like doing and do it irrespective of the gains and growth patterns and the second is to find out what really motivates you, find out which among the careers gives you what you want and build up competencies for it. Either way you will get what you want – in the first method the journey itself is your reward (though many will discourage you on this path, but don’t worry, many have tread this path and quite successfully at that too) and in the second you are carefully working your way to your reward which could be clearly spelt out to be a consequence of your work or occupation.

Whichever path you choose, it is most important to know your individual strengths and weaknesses. Sit down and assess yourself honestly. Think of all your accomplishments, of all the compliments you got, of all the work that really inspired you, of the times when you worked with passion at and jot them all down. You will find that as you note down your victories, your achievements etc a pattern will emerge. You can find that you are good at organizing, at making people comfortable, at leading, at solving puzzles, at physical activity, at playing music or games. Each of these represents a career option by itself or throws up some characteristic in you – qualities that could be good assets in your future career options.

Now list out things that motivate you, that you aspire for, your dreams – things you would want more than anything else in the world. Find your fit between the person you are and the dream you wish to achieve. As this picture gets clearer you become more aware, confident and purposeful. Attributes that serve you well along the way. You have now formed a sharp picture of yourself with specific saleable qualities.

Based on your aspiration level and your aptitude, you can also identify the careers that offer the kind of lifestyle or returns that you wish. If you wish to frequently travel and be in command of a dynamic business you can zero down to careers in marketing with a goal to set up your own firm or to head a large company (the same may not be possible if you inherently like to paint for long hours). It is best to be honest with yourself at this stage because most people take decisions based on glamorous misconceptions about certain careers and later change them. For example if you wish to be an airhostess, check out the sources available to the kind of work that is associated with being an airhostess. Only if you really enjoy doing that kind of work and the rewards that come with it must you opt for it. Else look further for what really fits you. Growth, rewards, recognition and most importantly job satisfaction and a good quality of life come from one thing -loving your job.

Having decided on a particular direction, build competencies. Specific careers need specific education and training. Whichever area you choose to be in, you will fare well if you strive to be the best in it. Leave your individual brand on it. Learn the ropes by acquiring information, by taking up courses, by taking up internships and summer jobs, by learning the economics of the job, by adding special skills that help in handling the job with greater proficiency.

All careers without exception would certainly require a good writing and verbal communicating ability so please work on that, a pleasing and well-mannered personality, a professional work ethic and good inter-personal skills. Work on these important soft skills along with as you plan your career.

A final word! If you have a goal then be clear about it and start walking towards it. You will learn along the way. You will acquire skills and competencies that help you along. The important thing is to start the journey.

Good luck!

Filed under: Article of the Week,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Dear Visitors,

This is the official blog of Library and Media centre of Kendriya Vidyalaya, No.1, Madurai. This is an attempt to provide online service to the users community with the motive of 'Any time information' ' Anywhere information'. Feel free to express your comments and suggestions.

50 Years of KVS

Library blog visits:

  • 3,511,542 users

Thank You, On-line readers

Our library blog gets going with more than 12,00,000 hits. Whole- hearted thanks to all the students, staff and friends who made this great thing to happen. Keep giving your support for our growth. Thanks Apenty from your K.Ramasamy, Librarian

Contact Particulars

Lunch: 11:30 am - 12:oo noon
II Saturday and Sunday - Holidays

Joyful NBW Celebrations 2013

National Book Week, 14-20 Nov.2013

KVS Foundation Day Dec. 15, 2013

GokulashtamiDecember 15th, 2013
Let this Rama Navami bring more devotion in our reading degree !!!

Best Entries : Drawing and Book cover Designing Competition

Come on Readers, Let's celebrate the books

Library Tweets

  • Over 1000 Class 1 Forms Issued at KV No.1 Narimedu wp.me/pYEHW-10lTweeted on 1 year ago
  • Special Coaching for Slow Learners at KV No.1 Narimedu wp.me/pYEHW-10jTweeted on 1 year ago
  • 16/11/2013: Pravin, Dharani and Team from IX C presented a humorous skit on ' Tongue Twisters and Pallindromes'. (NBW 2013)Tweeted on 2 years ago
  • 16/11/2013: Srivathsan of Class XI A1 presented a speech on ' Does fiction reading help you anyway'. (NBW 2013)Tweeted on 2 years ago
  • 16/11/2013: A book quiz was conducted by Ram Balaji and Madhan Krishna of VIII A. ( NBW 2013).Tweeted on 2 years ago
  • 15/11/2013: Monisha Raghunathan and Ramajayam of Class IX D presented a heap of funny titles in the inaugural ceremony.Tweeted on 2 years ago
  • 15/11/2013: Aarthi of Class XI B shared the news about ' Library of Congress' - the largest library in the world.Tweeted on 2 years ago
  • 15/11/2013: Gayathri and Sandhya of Class IX C delivered a talk on ' Prolegomena to National Book Week'.Tweeted on 2 years ago
  • 15/11/2013: Inauguration of National Book Week, 2013 in KV Narimedu, Madurai at 9:00 am. Principal Shri.C.Muthiah inaugurated the NBW 2013.Tweeted on 2 years ago
  • Class X : Summative Assessment 1 - Sample Papers wp.me/pYEHW-ZoTweeted on 3 years ago


Your Suggestions

Mail your suggestion to ramasamylibkvm@gmail.com

Call the Librarian




January 2011
« Dec   Feb »

Blog developed and maintained by K.Ramasamy, Librarian, KV Madurai

Happy New Year 2014

National Book Week, 14-20, Nov.2013

Happy Book Week , My dear Readers !!! Expand your horizon of knoweledge via books........all through.......always....all ways

National Book Week, Nov.14-20, 2013

National Book Week, 2013

Read this Blog in Hindi

Read this Blog in Tamil

National Book Day upto

World Book DayNovember 20th, 2013
Let this World Book Week bring more goodness in our library use habits !!!

New Arrivals

Del.icio.us Bookmarks

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 562 other followers

RSS NDTV India News

RSS Cricketnext

RSS Blog for Scouts & Guides

  • Amendments made on 30/11/2014 – Guide Section
    Amendments made on 30/11/2014 – Guide Section Please click the following link to get amendments made in APRO III Guide section on 30/11/2014. APRO Part III – Guide SectionFiled under: AMENDMENTS Tagged: AMENDMENTS, APRO, guide section
  • Amendments made on 30/11/2014 – Scout Section
    Amendments made on 30/11/2014 – Scout Section Please click the following link to get the amendments made in APRO Part II – for scouts APRO Part II – Scout SectionFiled under: AMENDMENTS Tagged: AMENDMENTS, APRO, SCOUT SECTION
  • E-Books on Compass
    Two books on Compass 1) js_s_map-and-compass 2) mapcompassFiled under: 97.E-BOOKS ON SCOUTING, COMPASS Tagged: COMPASS, MAPPING, scout quiz
  • Scout Quizzzzzzzzzzzzz
    BADEN POWELL AND SCOUTING 1. Who is the founder of Scouting / Guiding? Lord Baden Powell of Gilwell. 2. Where was Baden-Powell born? When? In Gilwell, on Feb 22, 1857. 3. What the full name B.P? Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell. 4. Who was B.P’s mother? Daughter of the British Admiral W. T. Sonyth. 5. Who […]
  • Scout Quiz Questions 4 U
    Some Scout Quiz Questions to Ponder………. I Set 1. What was Baden-Powell’s Christian name? Robert Richard Rupert 2. In which year was B-P born? 1847 1857 1927 3. What was the name of the town in South Africa BP saved whilst in the Army? Mafeking Mafeprince Mafequeen 4. On his return to England, BP wrote […]
%d bloggers like this: