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Five Offbeat Career Choices in the Current Scenario

August 16, 2017 in Services

Different ways of business

Earlier, there were limited career options for children to pursue- one was to become a doctor and the other an engineer. Even accounting and law stood at a distant third. As these careers were considered more respectable by the society, an individual with an exceptional aptitude like drawing was forced to relegate that to a hobby and follow the crowd.

But, now the attitudes of both parents and societies toward this belief are changing. Everyone is dreaming different and looking for exciting careers than going for the conventional ones.
So, here are five offbeat career choices that have far better employability rate in the current scenario.

Ethical hacker
The work of an ethical hacker is ethical because it is performed to increase the safety of the computer systems and prevent malicious hackers from attacking it.
According to Nasscom, India will require 77,000 ethical hackers every year, compared to the present figure of 15,000. Thus, with the increasing use of the internet, ethical hacking is growing at a tremendous pace and offers a plethora of lucrative job opportunities.

Oceanographers and Marine biologists
Oceanographers study every different aspect of the ocean, conduct experiments, write about their results and share them with the world.
This career is relatively a new field that has vast job prospects. After acquiring the required qualification, one can get employment in some of the government agencies- Oil India, Geological Survey of India, or in corporate private sectors as a geologist or mining engineer.

Marine biologist studies various life forms in the ocean, their interactions with each other and the environment. They are trained professionals who examine various sea creatures. Since the demand for marine biologists is on the rise, there are multiple job opportunities for them as an environmental consultant, biotechnology specialist, fishery biologist, etc.

Image consultant
A person’s image is a combination of several factors-clothing, public speaking, and social etiquette. Only an image consultant can help individuals and organizations cultivate a professional appearance and project a winning image in all aspects.
Image consulting is being reported in the business books as one of the fastest growing businesses in today’s service economy, and therefore it serves excellent job opportunities.

Animation
The animation is an art where inanimate objects are brought to life with the help of various modern computer based sequencing techniques. Job prospects for animators have continued to grow at a rapid pace across the world because of the boom in entertainment and gaming industry.

Wildlife photography
It deals with taking photographs of wildlife which requires a sense of composition and technical knowledge to use cameras and lenses creatively.
Wildlife photographers are employed by various publications like newspapers or travel and tourism magazines. Other options that include are joining a wildlife channel, curating exhibitions and art galleries or conducting tour operations for wildlife enthusiasts.

Conclusion
Choosing a unique path is intimidating in the beginning, but when you are passionate about your profession, success is more likely and so is the contentment out of it.

One Essential Element of a Winning Mindset

August 14, 2017 in Services

Comfort Zone - Success signpost drawn on a blackboard

 

Most people associate learning with the formal education. They believe that the educational qualification is the only road to success. But, the secret to success is more than just formal education. It is all about never stop learning. Whether a person has an advanced degree or a great career, it is always better to continuously acquire new skills that will help in sharpening practical knowledge.

How continuous learning and improvement leads to success?

Sets you apart from the competition

In a rapidly evolving environment, where technologies and best practices are changing at breakneck speed, it is essential that you stay updated with the latest trends. Continuous learning will help in equipping yourselves with required competencies to maintain pace with the innovation.

Thus, by demonstrating how you have applied your learnings to deliver real and tangible results will set yourself apart from the competition.

Fuels your curiosity

Learning is vital to your brain in the same way as exercise is to your body. For curiosity to work its wonders, it must be paired with continuous learning, exploration, intelligent action, and ultimately, improvement. Thus, lifelong learning helps you in having an active mind throughout the life. It can alleviate boredom and enable a more fulfilling life at any age.

Leads to professional development

Learning something new and improving it over time can pay-off with new opportunities that will have long term benefits through

  • Demonstrating that you are keen to learn and develop skills,
  • Monitoring what techniques didn’t work during the previous failures, and
  • Finding more innovative approaches to address challenges in the future

Since employers look for the above transferable skills, learning and improvement will be the primary way to increase job prospects and enhance your professional development.

Makes you smarter

Dr. Carol Dweck explains its importance with the help of her findings, “every time you push yourselves out of the comfort zone to learn something new and arduous; the neurons in your brain form new and strong connections. And over time, you get smarter”.

Thus, by feeding knowledge and skills learned from the experience back into yourself, you will be able to lead a secure path into the future that would create greater persistence.

Develops a growth mindset

Having developed a growth mindset helps you focus on the process rather than the outcome. You consistently learn and improve without feeling the weight of other people’s expectations and keep on following your passions. A growth mindset enables you to believe that talents and abilities can be developed over time with experience and learning.

Conclusion

Continuous learning and improvement is not an event with a beginning and an end. It is a process of transforming the meaning of effort and difficulty from ‘giving up’ to ‘pushing yourself to be more streamlined.’ The above traits will keep you ahead of the game and thus form the keys to developing a winning mindset.

So, get started with this process today and reap benefits forever.

How to Deal with Boredom at the Workplace?

July 24, 2017 in Services

how to deal with boredom at the workplace

One of the productivity killers rippling through the workplace is boredom. When you are working on a project or task that does not engage you, boredom will set in and eventually will make you feel frustrated, edgy and monotonous.

A study conducted by management-consulting firm Gallup says that 71% of American workers are not engaged or actively disengaged in their work, meaning they are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and are less likely to be productive.

According to Andreas Elpidorou, “Being in a state of boredom feels like being emotionally trapped.” So how would you handle the boredom at the workplace?

Here are some points to consider when you find yourself going stir-crazy.

Learn something new

Boredom is usually the result of the loss of curiosity. A curious mind will aid you to alleviate the boredom. So, try to find out more about your project or task, switch around different perspectives and boost your creative thinking.

Also, keeping abreast of industry changes or mastering new skills or technologies will help to restore interest in your work.

Take responsibility

If you feel you are not challenged enough at your work, ask your boss to help ease you out of your comfort zone by assigning you more responsibilities. Responsibility and leadership go hand in hand and hence it is a good way to brainstorm ideas that will help fix a problem.

A right-sized challenge can be incredibly engaging to restore your enthusiasm in the workplace and will also help you to look for better opportunities.

Keep a list

Keep a list of tasks or projects that do not require immediate attention but also hold importance viz.: cleaning out your drawer or filing away unneeded paperwork.

Finishing them off is a good way to shake yourself up from the boredom. This will help you to focus on more significant projects without getting edgy.

Head outdoors

Sometimes, a change in scenery can stimulate your creativity. So, try changing your place and move to other room or a nearby coffee shop.

Stephanie Jolluck, creative director of Coleccion Luna, suggests getting up and going for a walk when stuck in boredom. “Outdoors always provides a new energy and a fresh perspective.”

Make yourself laugh

Feeling frustrated or fatigued at work is no fun. Since laughter and boredom cannot exist simultaneously, try watching entertaining videos that will get you laughing and help brush away boredom. The more it becomes an exercise in optimism, the better results you will render.

Lend a helping hand

A Psychosomatic study found that giving support improves health by reducing activity in stress and threat related regions during stressful experiences and enhances job satisfaction.

If you notice that your coworker is disappointed with something, ask them if they need a hand and talk it out. This will create unity, improve your relationship with your co-worker and will also eliminate boredom effectively.

Bringing it all together

The more you explore ways to conquer your malaise, the higher your productivity will be. If you know to create a work environment where work seems fun, inspiring and challenging, you will be able to accomplish your objectives and that of your company.

How Great Leaders Compromise Effectively During a Negotiation?

July 18, 2017 in Services

How to compromise effectively

As a leader, you will always be involved in negotiations either with your partners, clients or your employees. Any negotiation usually results in one of three possible outcomes viz.: lose-lose, lose-win or win-win. While negotiating the big deals, you can neither have your own way now can you afford to surrender to your opponent.

Compromising in these situations is often critical to accelerate results, boost revenue and achieve sustainable growth.

Use the following tips to compromise effectively which creates a win-win situation for you as well as the other party.

Be a good listener

The ability to listen is one of the most profound influencing skills available to us. Successful listening forms a prerequisite for putting forth strong arguments. If you know where your opposing side is and listen to his or her points of disagreement, you will decipher their wants. This level of successful listening is what you need to construct a compromise.

Understand the gravity of the situation

Figure out how important this deal is to you. It depends on whether the deal is bringing in more revenue, sabotaging your reputation or is immaterial that you probably do not care enough. All of this will help you to decide how much time and efforts are to be invested in every deal. For critical contracts, you need to work proactively and prepare yourself for the worst possible outcomes.

Brainstorm with Relevant Parties

If you feel that the deal is going nowhere, start thinking of alternative solutions with the opposition to bring your deal back from the brink of failure. Introduce new terms, offers or bonuses in your contract which will be lucrative enough for both the parties.

Draw a mental line

If you are looking for compromise, you cannot think of winning the game as you have set yourself up for failure. Rather, you must have an idea of the things that can give up. Draw a mental line so that you may opt to refuse if the deal is going beyond it. Giving up everything you can, should only be the last resort to win the deal.

Know when to walk away

When you start discussing a compromise, always start by pitching your side, then gradually walk closer to an agreement where each of you has made some concessions. Deciding when to leave is critical to your success because settling for a little deal will cost you all your credibility as a decision maker.

Preserve your Reputation

No matter what the compromise results in, always remain professional and maintain your dignity. Since you might constantly be having negotiations with them in future, maintaining a strict code of conduct will only help you enhance your image and also undergird more favorable deals.

Conclusion

Following these steps every time you encounter a negotiation or an argument will make sure neither you bend on every issue, nor insist adamantly on your way. No matter what sort of compromise you are getting in, always be respectful about the other person’s point of view. The more respect you win and the more meticulous you are as a leader, the better compromises you will make in the future.

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