The pressure to be perfect!
The world is changing and the youth today is striving for more and more. Being ambitious is good, but an unrealistic strive for perfection could be unhealthy. How can the upcoming generation balance their goals with their reality? What is causing this and how can we tackle it without our society crumbling under pressure?
- The strive for perfection: New levels of wealth and aspiration drive people to feel unsuccessful with just a regular job and salary. We have access, using technology to almost everything at our fingertips. More options can lead to more confusion and the strive for only the best. Social media makes it hard for us to escape people’s so called perfect lives. Teenagers today use apps such as the Beauty App to post a photo of themselves where all their imperfections have been smoothened out.
- Dealing with the pressure to be perfect
It is easy to get carried away with the pressure to be perfect. Individuals can focus on their own strengths and skills and limit their social media exposure. Schools and parents can encourage students who may not be academically bright but have other strengths. Institutions should avoid publishing rankings and focus more on specific streams and subjects that a student shines in. Companies should celebrate diversity within teams and create failure walls instead of just success stories.
- Impact on society
Millenials are likely to switch jobs up to 11 times, as compared to our grandparents generation that largely pursued one job for their entire life and made it work for them. This is largely due to their quest for the perfect job. People are getting married later as they search for the perfect spouse. Some people respond well to stress – it gives them a burst of energy. Others who feel this pressure to be perfect over long periods of time may experience negative related health outcomes and even develop depression and panic disorders.
Choose authenticity over perfection. Campaigns by brands such as Dove that celebrates real women and real beauty are seeing tremendous traction. No filter posts and no make-up posts by celebrities on social media are often more valued than those that are photo-shopped. Having real and true experiences in which we find meaning lead to greater happiness than we can imagine! So celebrate your true, authentic self and don’t worry about achieving someone else’s version of you.
Talerang’s copyrighted curriculum was researched as a project Harvard Business School. Our training methodology integrates Harvard cases, proprietary assessments, interaction with guest speakers, industry exposure and personal mentoring for holistic professional development. Our programs offer exclusive opportunities to work with over 250 of the best companies in India including the Aditya Birla Group, Foxymoron, Teach For India, Mahindra Group, Avaana Capital, Z3 Capital and more. Our team is from McKinsey, Citigroup, KPMG, ZS Associates and our Panels include CEOs of top companies. Students get dedicated mentors and interact with industry stalwarts from our Young Leaders Panel and Senior Panel. Our Future CEOs alumni also get to access a network that is a close knit community of close to 1000 Future CEOs who are advised by young industry leaders and a panel of industry stalwarts.
Modeled on global best-practices
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.
Proven track record
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.