Employee: “Did you get my email?”

HR: “Yes, we have accepted your resignation. We’ll email you a reply in confirmation”

Employee: “Great!”

HR: “Here is your appointment letter.”

If you can think of one odd event here in this conversation between an employee who has just resigned and a company’s HR, the rest will be an easy teaser. Getting the appointment letter after quitting a job is never heard of, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this happened.

Some things just aren’t acceptable like not getting your appointment letter after you join a company. The lack of an appointment letter does not secure any evidence that you worked for a company. Of course, an employee may helplessly settle with salary slips or TDS certificates but an appointment letter is first hand proof that one was employed in a specific company.

However, the world has a funny way of showing its cards, sometimes, by not showing them at all. 

“It’s the way most people function – to take a leap and then look, rather than looking and then deciding whether or not to leap.”

~Krescon Coaches

Likewise, I have received calls from parents asking me whether pursuing an MBA degree or Data Science will be a better idea for their child. However, I am here to say that this is indeed simply an idea and nothing else. The reason behind the idea needs to justify a further course of action.

Given that I provide a career mentoring program for students to help them decide on their career path. However, I cannot provide a random career option without careful consideration. Parents may have to dwell deeper into their child’s interests by keeping away the desperation of trending courses and so-called prospective job promises.

Putting the cart before the horse: A Syndrome Among Career Path Selectors

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, Catch a tiger by the toe! 

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, Catch a tiger by the toe. 

If he hollers, let him go, Eeny, meeny, miny, moe. 

My mother told me to pick the very best one and you – are – it!

When we were children, we were provided different ways to learn the skills of counting, rhyming, and so on. But as we grew up, life’s complexities taught us that it isn’t enough to simply pick whatever dish is served to us. 

One must use their beautiful mind to think, reflect, and then decide. This truth extends on the road to making a career decision.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

~Abraham Lincoln

So, here is how it works, you have to:

1. Increase awareness about the following aspects of you, namely:

  1. Your natural instincts
  2. Your desired attributes
  3. Your perceived interest

This is achievable through the NDP Framework assessment that I conduct during my career mentoring sessions with students looking for a fulfilling career path.

2. Once you have delved into the three aspects, you can pinpoint the central tendencies in the context of your career.

3. This third stage is where you back calculate by understanding which companies would best require your skills. To work in such companies, which courses would you have to learn, which subjects would you have to take, and ultimately, which is the best college or university for you?

Choosing a career wisely requires a scientific and spiritual approach. So, don’t take it lightly by simply choosing a career based on a counting-out rhyme scheme. Rather utilize the NDP Framework and career mentoring offered at Krescon Coaches to get a smarter head start in the right direction of your career path. 

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