Every parent foresees his child becoming big man one day. Even before the child is born, parents decide that he will be a Doctor like me, a lawyer, an engineer, etc etc & the child is brought with this preconceived idea & in majority of the cases it proves right.
Times changed, thought processes changed, change became the norm. The evolution of doctors and engineers replaced themselves with new career options. People started thinking, figuring out the purpose of life and their dream career. Home Influencers role started diminishing; professionals took the front seat, Career consultants, Industry trends, peer options became the norm.
But the run of mill process took a U turn when B schools started advertising the salary package for the students, a rat race started & every one enrolled to business schools not to acquire, apply or assimilate knowledge but to avail better placements. Better placements became the norm & irrespective of passion, caliber, likes, zeal, enthusiasm; everyone opted for this career goal. Majority clicked in their fields but many got stressed,& again took a new turn to become entrepreneur, or changed the field.
Career planning is a lifelong process & it does not begin with High School exam & end with a professional degree. It starts with a situation; a failed attempt in entrance can lead to a big musician in process or a big innovator like Steve Jobs. Sachin Tendulkar never thought he would take Cricket as a profession but the zeal took him to be the worlds greatest cricketer.
It was Dhirubhai Ambani who said, “ Think Big “ and many did think big & reached their nadir. But just by thinking big without footprints also ?????? ????????? is irrelevant. A big dream requires big efforts and begets big results. Majority do not take risk & opt for run of the mill career like teacher, nurse, plumber, mechanic & end the career with grudges/sorrows/unhappiness.
In my view, to make matters better, the first step in developing a career goal is to assess individual characteristics, skills, interests, likes, dislikes, strengths, and weakness. One should take help from a trusted person and analyze –
-Where you are ?
-What you want to do ?
-What resources you have ?
-What resources you would require ?
-What resources you would not use ?
For example, If you want to be an architect, check your drawing skills, join a good school of architecture, avoid being a body builder, organize your fee through loan, family finances, ensure summer training in some architecture firm. Career planning should be on the skill set one possess & then it further needs guidance such as college/work station to hone the caliber .
Nevertheless, choice of career planning is ultimately in theory, majority people just fall into the career by mere chance, circumstance, situation & not by above planning process. I, as an example a graduate Chemical engineer got my first opportunity in production of Pesticides, went on to bulk drugs & spent a whole career in production, shifted to projects & established various active pharmaceutical projects, followed by formulation plants, oral tablets, capsules, injectables, ointments. And one fine morning landed in beverages & established operations in a take over plant by a multinational. Soon learned the tricks of trade & became street smart by overseeing operations from sourcing raw material till placing the product on retail shelf. My experience, qualification, passion for projects, production, market penetration took a turn and was compelled to return back to family & thus landed in a supply chain activity for a developer group, handling procurement of above thousand million rupees with no knowledge in construction industry but having zeal to do the best & have a career shaping to the need & not to the so called planned career movement .
Career planning is more by chance and your approach should be to take the challenge and perform to the best in class. Address the issue rather and take every stride as a challenge & out perform. People selling Whisper become role models selling whisky (category change ); people heading accounts land up establishing BPO business; people retired from infantry take transportation/security as career (conceptual change ). Thus, all said, Career planning is more situational and less organized planned approach.
About S.K.Sachdev: He is a Pharmaceutical & Beverages expert, for having spent major part of his career with Dabur and Coca-Cola. His keen interests are monitoring political and business news and can be reached on this forum for any discussion related to the country, pharmacy, beverages.