Career planning from high-school!
High school is a delicate phase in a student’s life. Students are growing up and dealing with the stress of their teenage years. They’re also often confused about which career options are available to them, which increases their stress. According to a survey conducted by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research about 40% of teenagers are confused about their career options. This is because of lack of information and lack of proper career planning. Identifying the right path requires adequate investment of time and effort. We tend to think that we can study and focus on academics and figure out career options later. Let’s see what the students and their parents can do to make their career paths smooth:
- Discover your professional calling: It is important to know your strengths and development areas and how they map to different options in the market. There are various aptitude tests to understand your analytical, decision making and problem solving abilities. You can speak to role models across industries and ask them about a day in their life. On a high school level schools should engage their students in practical projects in association with industry to gain practical exposure! This will bridge the gap between what they learn in school and what the real world is about. Once you have a taste of what is out there, you will discover what you enjoy and decide your career options with a clear mind.
- Build your skill set: Participate in activities outside academics such as debates, cultural activities and sports to boost your confidence and improve your leadership ability. Extra-curricular activities help shape your personality and bring out the real you. You can enrol in various skill development programs and strengthen your analytical and presentation skills. You can volunteer at a non-profit or start your own organization, write a blog or go for summer school to a different city. Push yourself to build the broader skills and competencies you will need in life.
- Seek guidance and mentorship: Seek support from your seniors, teachers or parents. They are your guiding force. Draw a map for yourself with their help, chalking out your path from school to your dream career. Talk to someone from your dream profession or company and work backwards from there. Create that map and continue to monitor it. You can also watch Ted talks and documentaries to gain visibility on what different roles and industries offer.
Study hard and focus on doing your best. Yet, don’t let marks be the ultimate decision maker of your career. Ultimately, attitude is as important as aptitude when you start working. Start reflecting and developing your skills right from your school years. This will allow you to be one step ahead when you start applying for jobs.
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Talerang’s programs are different from regular trainings and courses due to the international approach to learning and the international curriculum. During the research at Harvard Business School, we interacted with Year UP, a U.S. based organization solving a similar problem. We further refined our learnings by visiting 100+ colleges and partnering with 250+ corporates who defined our training curriculum.
Our research shows that 6 key competencies - self-awareness, life vision, communication, working smart, first impressions and bridge to career help young talent succeed. Additionally, jobs of the future require a combination of 14 skills including research, analytics, digital marketing, finance, strategy, coding, communication and design. We ensure that you are learning in a planned and structured manner with a focus on being relevant for jobs of the future.
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Talerang gets applications from close to 100+ premier colleges across India and has several rounds of selection. Our highly selective cohorts are academically bright, have demonstrated leadership and volunteered to impact their communities. Our previous students are articulate all-rounders including national level swimmers, debaters, festival organizers, entrepreneurs and performers. Over 4 years, we have placed 99% of our students and our proud that over 90% of them have been consistently rated as work-ready, with over 50% been given call-back offers for full-time jobs! The jobs and internships we provide are premium with a focus on quality.
As special projects, we have been invited by research teams from Stanford and Harvard to conduct trainings on their behalf and also been the organization of choice for pre-placement training for IIT Bombay, IIT Roorkee and IIT Madras in an official capacity. From Tata Trusts to Trilegal, various corporates have also invited us to on-board their entry-level hires.