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employability_personality-development_01Professional degree awarding colleges/universities take pride on speaking about their students in terms of ‘Placement record percentage’, ‘Highest salary offer for Job’, and ‘Partner companies from industry’; but rarely speak about ‘employability’ and ‘personality development’ of students. ‘Placement cell’ in most engineering colleges acts more like a recruitment consultancy company providing ‘job search’ services to students. So, (1) how different is the term ‘Placement’ from ‘Employability’, (2) which one of the two above terms should the management board of engineering colleges give more focus, (3) what parameters distinguish professional degree courses from basic general degree courses, and (4) what add-on skills apart from scoring high in academic semester papers ought to be learned by engineering students before graduation?

News media often talks about poor quality of graduates coming out of engineering colleges in India. Industry also cites that majority of graduating students do not possess clarity on engineering concepts and are not up to the basic level of employability skills. Both the technical education accreditation body ‘AICTE’ and respective management board of engineering colleges seem to focus more on academic contents plus infrastructure provision provided and at times on academic staff profiles, than personality development aspect needed for students to be an ‘Engineer’. ‘Placement service’ is about supporting students to get recruited by visiting companies at the college/university campus, and thus, focus for ‘placement cell’ in engineering college is rather on quick-fix approach to satisfy basic entry requirements mandated by recruiting companies on the attending engineering students to their placement process such as percentage score in semester exams, previous scores in school and higher secondary school levels, aptitude test conducted by the company, technical and HR interviews of the company, test on specific technical areas (e.g. programming language, technology domain). Hence, placement preparation activities by engineering students are portrayed as if an entirely different unrelated activity during the engineering study program from the ethos of learning semester papers.

‘Employability’ refers to enabling the student employable i.e. qualified and ready to work. Thus, it hints to grooming the student on three key aspects – (1) mindset/behavior attached to that specific engineering profession, (2) background knowledge and skills need to execute tasks in that specific profession, (3) awareness of industry culture and career growth patterns in that specific profession. Format and academic content of engineering degree programs in various colleges/universities are accredited by AICTE for maintaining quality. Some practical oriented skill training modules are inserted to the course program structure by respective engineering colleges (and universities where they are affiliated to) in order to accommodate practical reasoning skills onto theoretical concepts. Still, most engineering degrees are rather focused on ‘academic reasoning’ and ‘basic technical skills’, thereby lacking a sense to impart common sense skills/knowledge of actual industry requirements on engineering graduates. Employability services (if provided) ought to aim the much needed outcome of ‘what’s exactly expected of an engineering graduate by the current industry’ not just by focusing on ‘placement activities’ aspect.

It isn’t the mandate of any university (or college) to guarantee a job to students, though universities/colleges may advertise their student placement record to attract prospective students. Employability services are valued-added facilities provided to students that aim to connect the two mindsets of academic world and real industry world. Many engineering students (and few professionals even after working in industry for years) often get doubts ‘what that engineering job is about?’ and ‘is that profession really meant for him/her?’. Unlike basic general degree courses, professional degree courses ought to intend to create a professional out of a student at the end of that course program. Studying basic general degree courses is about curiosity to explore the knowledge aspect on a specific domain, whereas studying a professional degree is about applying the knowledge of understanding a specific domain onto some applied activities/outputs. Thus, imparting professional spirit much needed by the actual industry in addition to providing the academic knowledge and reasoning skills is very crucial for professional degree programs.

Engineering colleges/universities should provide equal focus to ‘employability agenda’ on par with ‘academic excellence agenda’. The Management of those institutions currently focus heavily on planning the successful conducting of ‘admission process for newly joining engineering students’, ‘semester classes by leading academic staffs’, ‘periodic examination for students’, ‘timely declaration of exam results and conformance to academic calendar for various curricular activities’, ‘living supports during the course of study and accommodation services at hostels’, etc. Moreover, in India, these engineering colleges/universities emphasize more on bachelor degree education and feed degree graduates to various companies at entry level engineering jobs, thereby sidelining priority on post-graduation (Master and PhD) levels esp. R&D activities and technological innovation. Some cash-rich engineering colleges/universities (including eminent management groups) do provide non-academic services such as ‘placement cell’, ‘social/local impact clubs’, ‘sports/entertainment facilities’ and ‘alumni engagement cell’.

A lot more needs to be done on ‘Employability’ agenda by engineering colleges/universities, if the intention of these institutions is to create a professional out of an engineering student and not just an engineering graduate with a degree similar to a basic general science degree. The term ‘engineering’ itself means ‘practical application of science to commerce or industry’. Employability is also about inspiring ‘enterprise’ agenda among engineering graduates so as to aim to setup startup technology companies. Academic excellence can be easily guaranteed by respective engineering college/university since that is the core purpose for setting up those institutions. The discussion needed now is how to impart the ‘value-added services’ under ‘Employability agenda’ to engineering graduates. This employability topic is even more important to those engineering colleges/universities located in Indian states wherein there is less ongoing economic development activities and minimum/nil industry presence. Colleges/universities providing general degree programs may produce ‘graduates who can think and come up with new conceptual ideas’, but professional colleges providing professional degree programs must produce ‘graduates who can apply thoughts to reality as products/services’. Thus, providing ‘placement services’ isn’t sufficient enough for students in those engineering colleges/universities located at less industrial activity regions; rather these students need to be imparted with skills of technology entrepreneurship and how to survive in startup jobs without opting to get placed as engineers in some companies.

Key add-on skills/activities that engineering graduates should aim to acquire or get involved during the 4-years degree program (with/without the support of management of respective institutions) are:

(1) Co-curricular activities – to identify relevance of academic contents being studied to the real technological world; e.g. attending professionals’ technical conferences, project workshops, research journal paper presentations, hands-on skills training on technical areas

(2) Extra-curricular activities – to build social behavioral personality needed in the industry/society; e.g. joining debating clubs/competition, sports and fitness clubs/competitions, cultural programs/events, managing groups/clubs of interest, organizing team/group activities

(3) Job/career oriented skills – to build professional personality needed in the industry; e.g. Speaking (on stage, during interviews, among team/group), Dressing (during casual or business/official meetings), Presentation (as PowerPoint slides, without any technical tools to present, style/tone of expression in front of peers/seniors/externals/juniors), Writing (in blogs, journal articles, newspaper columns, as official letter, emailing format), Team-work (during group discussion/meeting, problem solving in tight project schedules, tasks delegation among a group), Corporate skills (speaking other foreign/regional languages, programming/technical skills, industry news update, connection to working professionals in relevant industry sector)

Finally, engineering institutions ought to start thinking on how to provide the above add-on skills to their engineering graduates during the course of 4 years degree program, on top of, just acting as the recruitment agency for companies through their placement cell.

About the Author:

Shanjoy Mairembam (BEng, MBA) is a Business Strategy Consultant based at London (UK). He supports mentoring of young entrepreneurs in ‘conceptualization of ideas into business case’, and offers role of a ‘Business Doctor’ to local NGOs/SMEs in Manipur.

For further info, visit http://www.shanmaiconsulting.com; E-mail: shanjoym (at) gmail (dot) com

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Without a cause, there can’t be an effect. So, anything around us happens because of a cause. An idea will remain only in philosophy unless it’s executed. There is life on the physical body, only when it has the soul. Thus, in spite of the presence of all the resources on an individual, like strength, talent, skills, and intelligence, etc, nothing worth without the magic word “Inspiration“. For something to happen, for something to realize, for something to achieve in this world, “To get inspired” is the key value that every individual must strive hard to make all the difference.

Human beings are smarter and more intelligent than other living beings, because we are continuous learner. When the learning stops, the individual is no more in sink with the world. When an individual grows up, he/she is not sure what is destined for him/her. Everyone expects someone to come and tell what he/she is expected to be in their life-time. All the great people we have seen so far have tried by self reasoning what skills they possess, what passion they have, and what extra qualities they own. So, the first step on any individual who wishes to make an imprint in this world needs to understand the extra resources that he/she possesses since birth till date. Skills and knowledge come only out of experience. But, gathering them too requires another key value called “passion” to learn. Thus, our education we had so far, our communication with everyone, our relationship with people around us, etc are the means of getting the resources that we possess today. So, the onus of trying to understand what EXTRA the individual possesses that will define him/her remains with self.

Secondly, having a purpose for the task to be executed is the main step once an individual realize own worth. So, it’s similar to igniting the light on the lamp whose main purpose is to bring about brightness on darkness.

Imagine there is a brand new car filled with everything that needs the car to drive. But, interestingly, that car will move only when the driver decides to drive it in the direction that will take him/her to the destination. Similarly, we may have got enough potential within us to realize various wonderful ideas. But, to take control of self to execute those ideas into action, we need something to excite our will to do the task. And that excitement happens because of something that can inspire us.

Finally, the question comes up – How to get inspired?

Every individual has a different way of thinking. So, it differs how every great people had got inspired in their life-time which made them to remember as what they are as of today. And it is not necessarily true that we also will get similarly inspired by following their way of living and principles of life; but to read their biographies & their ideas do will help us to shape our personalities.

Interestingly, ‘Music’ is one of the finest inspirational things that can hugely impact our instincts at the moment of need. As an example – this may be the reason we have national anthem in most countries worldwide. And moreover, we use to get something amazing being felt at our conscience at the sound of a particular musical tune. Similarly, someone can get inspired via various ways, which one of our five senses – eyes, skin, nose, ear, and mouth can feel the spirit.

The journey of self discovery has already started for everyone since birth. Now, it’s up to the individual to try to find what EXTRA does one possesses that can make a difference among the crowd, and the way to get self inspired. Only those who can understand these two criteria will be remembered as ‘The Man of principles” and he/she will gain self dignity from everyone around.

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Human intelligence comes out of the urge to learn new things as we come across from birth till being an adult. The complete life-span of an individual is indeed a journey to explore, to understand, to recreate new ideas for the well-being of self and the environment around. Time is valuable more than anything and it’s the basic wisdom that says ‘Life is a struggle which requires passion, faith and contentment for what an individual does during the life-span’.

Today’s generation needs to understand the basic 4 C’s to help self in defining the purpose of one’s life – namely Curiosity, Creativity, Cooperation, and Courage. This 4 C’s applies to everyone irrespective of age. None is 100% sure of exactly what life is all about, but scientific reasoning explains that its better to have some purpose and try working on that during the life-time.

The first C – Curiosity means ‘a state in which you want to learn more about something’, i.e. the urge to explore the unknown aspects of something that excite your attention.

For example – If a student wishes to get good score in the examination or a contest, he/she needs to have the curiosity to explore what has to be done to be among the winners; or, if a person wishes to realise an idea into action, he/she needs to understand how the same idea can be brought to reality before hand; and so on.

For something to realise, for something to start understanding, for something to create newly, a person definitely has to a ‘Child’ in the first place i.e. the urge to know, the passion to learn, the purity in concept, the dream to adventure have to be there on the person, just like a child carves for knowing things around due to curiosity.

The second C – Creativity means ‘the ability to create’, i.e. the passion to realise something new to the current environment out of internal instinct.

For example – If a student prepares for the examination or a contest using own tips of expertise quite different from others, then he/she has the creativity to think and realise extra-ordinarily; or if a person comes up with a new idea to realise the old concept in a better and efficient way, then he/she has the creativity to invent or discover the ways that others dare to go about; and so on.

Having decided what to learn and what to achieve is indeed a great step toward achieving the vision, but creativity is the aspect of life that will distinguish among the experts/competitors.

Great leaders or great scientists or any extra-ordinary individual are those who dare to be different in approach for realising the same objective with a creative mind. Creativity has to be associated with optimistic attitude and the individual should question self whether the creative mind is on the right track or its leading towards complexity unnecessarily.

The third C – Cooperation means ‘joint operation or action’, i.e. the need for working together as a team to achieve the objectives being set.

For example – if a student is able to win in a contest or examination, then it is in fact the team effort of the family being reward individually on the student since the people & the environment around him/her are the key criteria of his/her success; or if an individual wishes to get success in life or career, then, cooperation with the surrounding (which may be his/her family, or colleagues, or friends, and so on) is critical since the thinking, the motivation, the physical health, etc will depend on the people & environment around him/her.

It is therefore very essential for every individual to create the right environment around him/her so as to succeed in life/career (which includes the company of friends & colleagues, the books one read, the films/songs/audio-visuals one listens/sees, the food one eats, the habits one follows, and so on).

The fourth C – Courage means ‘a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear’, i.e. the positive attitude to deal with the subject in front with a purpose irrespective of any fallback on the expectations.

For example – If an average student dares to compete with the top ranking brilliant students in a contest or examination using her/his own tips to be among the winners, then, he/she has definitely the courage and has understood the meaning of self-dignity; or if a person focus majority of effort & time on the strengths that he/she has, and the remaining capacity on minimising or controlling the weakness, then the person has indeed the courage to deal with the situation in front.

Courage does not refer to being always bold, but being giving one’s full effort intelligently with respect to situation.

Thus, anyone can follow the 4 C’s for his/her vision to realise – since there is a need to dream (curiosity), a need to visualise (creativity), a need to stimulate the right resources (cooperation) and a need to believe (Courage).

Human intelligence comes out of the urge to learn new things as we come across from birth till being an adult. The complete life-span of an individual is indeed a journey to explore, to understand, to recreate new ideas for the well-being of self and the environment around.

Time is valuable more than anything and it’s the basic wisdom that says ‘Life is a struggle which requires passion, faith and contentment for what an individual does during the life-span’.

Today’s generation needs to understand the basic 4 C’s to help self in defining the purpose of one’s life – namely Curiosity, Creativity, Cooperation, and Courage. This 4 C’s applies to everyone irrespective of age. None is 100% sure of exactly what life is all about, but scientific reasoning explains that its better to have some purpose and try working on that during the life-time.

The first C – Curiosity means ‘a state in which you want to learn more about something’, i.e. the urge to explore the unknown aspects of something that excite your attention.

For example – If a student wishes to get good score in the examination or a contest, he/she needs to have the curiosity to explore what has to be done to be among the winners; or, if a person wishes to realise an idea into action, he/she needs to understand how the same idea can be brought to reality before hand; and so on.

For something to realise, for something to start understanding, for something to create newly, a person definitely has to a ‘Child’ in the first place i.e. the urge to know, the passion to learn, the purity in concept, the dream to adventure have to be there on the person, just like a child carves for knowing things around due to curiosity.

The second C – Creativity means ‘the ability to create’, i.e. the passion to realise something new to the current environment out of internal instinct.

For example – If a student prepares for the examination or a contest using own tips of expertise quite different from others, then he/she has the creativity to think and realise extra-ordinarily; or if a person comes up with a new idea to realise the old concept in a better and efficient way, then he/she has the creativity to invent or discover the ways that others dare to go about; and so on.

Having decided what to learn and what to achieve is indeed a great step toward achieving the vision, but creativity is the aspect of life that will distinguish among the experts/competitors.

Great leaders or great scientists or any extra-ordinary individual are those who dare to be different in approach for realising the same objective with a creative mind. Creativity has to be associated with optimistic attitude and the individual should question self whether the creative mind is on the right track or its leading towards complexity unnecessarily.

The third C – Cooperation means ‘joint operation or action’, i.e. the need for working together as a team to achieve the objectives being set.

For example – if a student is able to win in a contest or examination, then it is in fact the team effort of the family being reward individually on the student since the people & the environment around him/her are the key criteria of his/her success; or if an individual wishes to get success in life or career, then, cooperation with the surrounding (which may be his/her family, or colleagues, or friends, and so on) is critical since the thinking, the motivation, the physical health, etc will depend on the people & environment around him/her.

It is therefore very essential for every individual to create the right environment around him/her so as to succeed in life/career (which includes the company of friends & colleagues, the books one read, the films/songs/audio-visuals one listens/sees, the food one eats, the habits one follows, and so on).

The fourth C – Courage means ‘a quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear’, i.e. the positive attitude to deal with the subject in front with a purpose irrespective of any fallback on the expectations.

For example – If an average student dares to compete with the top ranking brilliant students in a contest or examination using her/his own tips to be among the winners, then, he/she has definitely the courage and has understood the meaning of self-dignity; or if a person focus majority of effort & time on the strengths that he/she has, and the remaining capacity on minimising or controlling the weakness, then the person has indeed the courage to deal with the situation in front.

Courage does not refer to being always bold, but being giving one’s full effort intelligently with respect to situation.

Thus, anyone can to follow the 4 C’s for his/her vision to realise – since there is a need to dream (curiosity), a need to visualise (creativity), a need to stimulate the right resources (cooperation) and a need to believe (Courage).

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Knowledge is indeed powerful and Intelligence rules the world of knowledge. Both of them are out of one’s experience & efforts, being put across in life. But, Change is something which is bound to happen in any field & part of life or situations. There, in such situations, Attitude is something that is going to make a big difference among the crowd of intellectuals. Most of us are concerned about what we are today. Some may be in emotional situations, due to failure in career or life. Some may be in jubilant mood because of success & knowledge at present. But, all that matters in the long run is nothing rather than the word “ATTITUDE“.

The Knowledge we are talking about here is about the one which has a value in the market where, one can get the fruit out of it. An individual may possess a lot of knowledge – may be having a good academic record, may know many difficult subjects or topics of career or life. But, everything is not valuable. Only a few out of them is what make the individual recognised & understood by the people. The rest of knowledge is indeed great but has no value. But, it is feasible to utilise the fruit of those via references to them at times & creating a solid mental & physical background to trigger one’s passion.

So, the credit lies on the ability of any individual to find out what is the good strength on self that others don’t have; i.e. the field of life or career or job or idea where one can be a pioneer or a admirer of all, instead of putting effort & pressure on self to excel on something where one lacks in knowledge & quality.

There are two things about the knowledge – one “the knowledge on which an individual is working on for living & self image“, the other “the knowledge on which an individual banks on to trigger one’s passion & motivation“.

It is really not an easy task to find out what is best suited for an individual to carry forward as a career in life. But, it is all about trying things newly with innovation & passion, till one is sure about the satisfaction where one has to be in life about the choice of career. Our current knowledge is also time-bound. It may get outdated sometime or latter. So, the will to learn, the eagerness to know, the adventurous feeling to explore new things, all such Attitudes are the key to Success & Stability in one’s career and life. Nothing remains the same.

There have been many great people in various fields of life & career. But, all has to go someday. One has both Ups & Downs. So, the point is striking the right target at the right time and thus gaining success for those periods where one can sustain still via new innovations & positive attitudes. This means that it is a part of one’s life to have both the prime time & worse time. But, whatever the situation is, one who has the right & positive attitude always satisfies self & also gains respect of others. Living, studying, working & so on…just for the sake of doing so, isn’t worth at all. It will be wonderful if one is able to put colours & passions at times. Success is not just about getting the medal; it is also about the personal satisfaction & the ability to express one’s innovation which is well appreciated by others. In today’s world of steep competition in any way of life & career, it is the best to find the strength where one has strong hold and capitalise the knowledge on those areas to gain the fruit of hard-work.

It is said right – “Where there is a will, there is a way“. Education via schools, colleges, universities are all about gathering knowledge to make an individual know self so as to plan according what one has to do in life. Studying for the sake of studying and becoming unemployed latter is not a good option. We do know what we are studying and hence, the onus lies on the individual to think what one has to do beforehand. A society comprises of many facets of characters – Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Businessmen, workers, peasants, and many more. None is superior to the other in reality. Everyone contributes and thus we all are able to live together with peace & prosperity. It is about understanding the “Dignity of Labour“. So, here comes the word “ATTITUDE“.

A Good & Positive Attitude changes one’s past and sets the future for success & satisfaction. A little knowledge is Dangerous; but, rather “Too much knowledge is also Disastrous“. There is always a limit in knowing & learning things. Curiosity & creativity are indeed the stepping stones for innovation & success in life. But, one has to be sure what is what & where it is leading to. We have God’s most precious gift “our Mind”. Everything is possible if not this way, but some other way, if not this time, but next time.

So, what matters more in life is ATTITUDE… rather than Skill & Intelligence.

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Today’s world is the “Era of Knowledge & Intelligence“.

Life styles, needs, cultures, and many things have changed a lot since human civilization has progressed so far. Earlier in prehistory, it is the muscle power that is required to gather foods, shelter, protect self, etc. It is the survival of the fittest. But the concept of the survival of the fittest is getting changed & adapted to new eras. Earlier, people are recognized based on caste, place of birth, sex, age, etc in the past years. But, at present, knowledge & intelligence is what decides the status of an individual. We keep on doing something and whenever, we made mistakes on the way, we keep on learning & apply the feedbacks on our lives.

Thus, proper & clear planning is something that is going to make a difference between individuals. People around us are more or less sharing the similar access to knowledge & other facilities. In order to differentiate among us and to lead among us, the concept lies on the implementation of strategic planning.

Steps in executing a plan or thinking are the areas people mostly do emphasized more so as to get success and realization of expected dreams consistently. But, “Change” is something which is bound to happen. So, making a process of ideas to execute a plan is the suggested thinking rather than concentrating on a collection of steps. This article is meant to analyze the possible ways of strategic planning to achieve a preplanned goal.

Mostly, we can have a simple two ways of planning – (1) Top to Bottom Flow (2) Bottom to Top Flow.

The first method “Top to Bottom Flow” refers to the analysis of process & steps as we keep on executing our planning i.e. forward way of looking at things. While, the second method, “Bottom to Top Flow” refers to the analysis of process & steps as if we have gone far up to the end & currently starting to execute our planning i.e. backward way of looking at things.

Both the ways of planning can be effective and these are nothing but the way of looking at things as per one’s capacity & thinking. I do prefer “Bottom to Top Flow” at most situations, though “Top to Bottom Flow” do find its way of needs.

Taking an example, let’s try to understand the concept of strategic planning. The process may comprise of the following steps –

1) Objective: To Become a Doctor/Engineer/Lawyer – Any career being set as goal
2) Current Academic Status: (a) Studying in schools, or, (b) Studying in higher Secondary schools, or, (c) already passes 12th Class. – The prevailing situations on self
3) Current Personal Status: (a) Level of learning capacity, (b) Health situation, (c) Family responsibilities, (d) Financial Situations, (e) Any possible impacts out of personal relations – The Psychological & Physical Conditions of the individual
4) Surrounding Environment: (a) The access to knowledge, (b) The access to any guide, (c) the feasibility of executing the thinking, (c) The level of competition – The situation where the individual has to make the strategic planning
5) Making a detail chart comprising all the needs towards the goal: (a) Date of Exam, (b) Date of Selling Application form, (c) Last date of Submission, (d) Date of Receiving Admit Card, (E) Total Days remaining from the present day till the date of exam, (f) Coverage of topics in the Exam, (f) Question or examination styles, (g) Suggested Books or knowledge banks to refer, (h) Feasibility of access to any guides, (i) Number of people to be selected, (j) Last year’s Statistics & details, (k) Places of examination Schedule, (l) Number of days of exams & the means to study, stay, plan during the exam schedule, (j) any possible disturbances out of anything on the pre-plan goal, (k) any back-up planning to meet any emergencies, (l) Expected date of declaration of exam, (m) Any interviews or any follow-up after the exam and their details – Knowing ‘WHAT’, ‘HOW’, ‘WHERE’, ‘WHEN’, ‘WHO‘ & any other self questionable queries to the Objective
6) Matching the detail chart with self capacity: (a) Physical Health requirement matching with the need, (b) Ability to learn to meet the target within the time slot, (c) Current available resources & help for the goal, (d) Chances of getting through the goal via personal justification – Finding the loopholes on self and the strong points on self with respect to the needs of the goal
7) Learning from the Past – (a) Past similar experience via the past steps used, (b) Any limitations that one had come across & the means to overcome – The way to put lessons learnt from anything in the past i.e. SIMULATIING the problem with things in the past & present

These steps are just a model concept of strategic planning. Each step has to be clearly charted out based on time & conditions. In order to understand the suggested process, let’s try to illustrate via giving proper feedbacks.

Objective: To get through the Medical/Engineering Entrance and study MBBS/BE
Scope: To plan from the current date till the end of the Entrance Exam keeping all the needed planning & resources in to consideration.

1) Students should be aware of what is the life-style & professional culture of a doctor or an engineer; and one should tune one’s personality toward the goal.
2) Students should be aware of what are the various colleges & places where one can study MBBS/BE and should try to know the cost of living, the cost of education, means of communication, social culture, etc.
3) Students should be aware of various Entrance exams via which one is going to get a seat in the prestigious colleges.
4) Students should be aware of schedule & exam styles of the various Entrance Exams and the suggested ways to read notes & plan till the exam end.
5) Students should be aware of the suggested books & notes and the feasibility to understand those resources via self study with less help from a teacher or a guide.
6) Students should be aware of Number of students to be selected & the cut-off marks and thereby pre-guess the chances of getting through the entrance exam.
7) Students should be aware of any issues & disturbances out of any toward the Entrance exam preparations.
8) Students should NOT depend on any individual even the parents/ guardians for gathering of info and requirements toward passing the Entrance exam.
9) Students should develop faith on self planning and punctually follow the planning.
10) Students should preplan the mode of study side by side while some current study is going on, since most exams are done just after academic studies are over, i.e. there is no break for specialized study.
11) Students should stay tune to newspapers, Internet, and any means of media to gather day-to-day info about the examination, feedbacks of earlier candidates, the changes/modifications on the exam styles, places of resources available, means of getting application forms & all the process till the day of writing exam, matching the exam preparation schedule with current work, etc.

Thus, a properly analyzed planning to achieve a goal can be set if one try to question on self, like how a physiatrist treat a mentally ill patient by simply just asking questions & questions. So, the planning is not just about Engineering or Medical Entrance Exam. The same can be also prepared for prestigious exams like Civil Service Exams, NDA/CDA, IES, IFS, etc.

It is worth to remember – “Where there is a will, There is a way“. None can help an individual; less the individual realize the need via self understanding. If one just depends for simple & silly things on parents to gather info or knowledge about exams & colleges to study, then, only God knows how strong the interest is on the goals. It is suggested to get via self searching & self learning, if someone really desires to realize the dreams on reality, rather than depending on parents or some teachers, or somebody’s guides. Life will be miserable, when the guide is lost in one’s life though he/she has help in the past incidents.

Thus, we all know that kids are required to be forced via some strict rule to teach in Nurseries. Then, the teacher need to give home-works to students to make them know the studies in schools. Then, the teacher needs to teach in the class so that students can take notes to study in Higher Secondary Schools. Then, the teacher needs to just guide the students in college to teach them in colleges. Then, the students need to think by self in Universities for studies. The point worth reminding here is that “For learning, one need not to wait for any; what one need is just the simple enthusiastic style of being a kid who is eager to know & who keeps on asking why & what“.

Now, it is the time of rule by intelligence & power of knowledge. Things are getting changed being compared to the past. It is the time to change the self mentality & life-style so that we are recognized & understood in the society. Better plan today and get the fruit of success tomorrow.

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Meaning of Success:
Achieving the target which is being thought or created before hand in any way of life, may be termed as “Success”.

Analysis of the word “Success” being compared to the word “Winning”:
Difference with the word “Winning” – “Winning” refers to gaining the medal or reward in a way of life or work with or without any effort or prior planning. It may be by God’s Grace or by Good Luck charm, or incident achievement, or anything..

Everyone likes to get success in anything whatever we do. So, Scope of success and path to Success is what everyone dreamt of for. What is said okay, for a way of life, may not be applicable for other way of living. But, it does help us to make a chart of things to be considered how to get success on what we do.

Essentials of “Success”:
1) Clear objective – Concrete goal which is touchable i.e. which is measurable.

Explanation: – Keeping goals like “Becoming a good person in life” is not a concrete goal, though the goal is indeed good one. It is very difficult to plan and analyse the goodness of an individual or the way to define the word “good”.

But, if one decides to become “a Doctor”, “An Engineer”, “A Lawyer”, “A Businessman”, etc.; he/she will be able to achieve what he/she had wished for i.e. “a good person” side by side, if the individual maintain the personality of the goal effectively. At the same time, becoming “A Doctor” or “An Engineer” does not mean the individual is already a good person; but, if we think things in positive way, we will be achieve what we have dreamt of by keeping concrete targets.

2) Good Health – Health is wealth.

Explanation: – All our thinking will go waste if we are not physically fit enough to get at our wishes. So, along with target of achieving success, there must be proper health & fitness planning so that we are mentally & physically sound to work hard for the goal in mind.

3) Good Support & Environment – Achieving Success in any way of life needs support (may be from friends, family, or others) which may be psychological or may be physical help.

Explanation: – It is rare in this world to be able to do everything required in life by a single individual. If one has to get something, one has to help him/her in some way or the other.

In fact, it is a team effort i.e. achieving the success in an individual’s life via the guides of people & environment in the surrounding. It is expected to see a gentleman out of a gentle family at most.

4) Clarity in understanding of Self – Knowing the internal instincts & the weakness of self.

Explanation: – We keep on learning everyday and we keep on adapting to the situations every time. It is all because of our thinking capability. For achieving success on something we do, we need to get aware of what are really need in the way we wish to do.

Based on the finding of the requirements, we can establish the strong points in our character and the weakness on self that will try to pull us down in the way to success.

5) Punctuality & Strong Determination – Setting a target and trying to achieve via proper step by step planning punctually.

Explanation: – It is well known from the saying that “Rome was not build on a single day”. For achieving success on what we do, we need to be patient enough and follow clear laid out plans punctually.

6) Good Personality – The Personal character in action, in thinking, in behaving.

Explanation: – One needs to develop one’s personality from Day One towards the goal what one wishes to be. It is very difficult to imitate someone else at the last moment. Whatever one learns every single day is what we all accumulate and use them in today’s life.

That is how our personality comes about. It is difficult to change our personality suddenly. Based on the goal and way of life, one needs to develop and learn to develop a matching personality so that there is success in the way of life.

Generalised Steps to “Success“:
1) Finding the target
2) Understanding the requirements and limitations
3) Understanding self and matching the requirements with self
4) Making a process (not just only rigid steps) to achieve the expectations towards the goals
5) Having a Back-up planning in executing the steps in every process
6) Maintaining a feedback or loop back on the steps being executed to analyse the success rate in meeting the targets with respect to planning.

Thus, in fact achieving success is a simple process. It is similar to having a checklist of things to do be done and verifying whether the individual has completed all the requirements.

Lastly, “Success” is all, not just about achieving targets in some way of life. There are lot many in life. Sometimes, it does help us to understand ourselves more, if we do look from the outside preview whether our success is really indeed leading us to the right ladder of our career & life. It is worth waste if we realise we have miss our precious life while trying to achieve success in some other way of life which is not at all related to our life goal or career.

Another caution is, all the failures in life are not indeed real failure. There too, we need motivation & positive thinking to consider the failure as the chance to experience beforehand the final countdown. If we indeed analyse the past mistakes and put strong determination, we will win someday if not today.

So, we need to dream, plan, & execute – all within the specified time. It’s worth remembering “where there is a will, there is a way“; but at the same time, it is also important to keep reminding ourselves “There is no second chance in Life; & Time just comes and goes for ever“.

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We, humans, have something called Mind i.e. thinking capability, which makes us different from the whole living beings in the Universe. We learn from the past incidents and develop our knowledge for the future. As ‘Mind’ is the most dangerous and also the most fabulous abstract, we humans are different in approach and life-styles as the individual thinking varies. This article is all about what makes we humans, think and act; why is there many good people and why only a few Great people; what makes people good; and what are the habits & abstracts that make up a human to think and act.

Well, first of all, let’s try to understand what makes up a full human being in thinking and acting. We can consider four abstracts namely; Mind (Talent), Heart (Passion), Body (Need), & Spirit (Conscience) from which an individual derives its individuality & personality. ‘Mind’ is something through which we humans think practically and analyse using our acquired knowledge & experience in life; so it is nothing but our talent i.e. our expertise learnt from life. This is what we call as ‘IQ (Intelligent Quotient)’. ‘Heart’ is something through which we humans emotionally think and take a decision in our lives, i.e. the thinking is out of our desire and wishes which may be in or out of profile of the natural principles. This is what we call as ‘EQ (Emotional Quotient)’. ‘Body’ is something through which we humans feel the thinking & needs physically, i.e. we show our likes or dislikes based on our physical desires. This is what we call ‘Attitude’. And lastly, ‘Spirit’ is something unknown that we humans always feel inside our mind & body like another individual answering to our queries & doubts in life, i.e. our conscience. This helps us humans to decide & think, and every time giving it’s own version of decision like the God’s advice directly. This is what we call as the ‘Sixth Sense’.

Thus, the final outcome and action of an individual is based on the combined effect on the above four abstracts. An individual’s behaviour, habit, likes, dislikes, personality, and so on… everything depends on how far the individual capitalise his/her effort to understand the above four abstracts. This combined effort will give the individual an image of own in the society, where we live. We will come back to discussion on how these four abstracts make a difference between good people and great people. For now, we will first try to analyse what makes people good, i.e. what makes someone efficient & successful in life or career.

There are many habits that we humans use to develop from being born till the last breath. We do have these habits, but those who understand these habits in-depth and those who try to match the same on self… always gets the success stamped in their life and career, someday or the other day. So, what are these habits? –

Habit No 1: – Be Proactive
This means – one should be responsible for the thinking, or the idea being developed & being decided to go ahead in life or the career. The opposite of this word is ‘Reactive”. If someone does a work or an idea or a duty; just because he/she has to do, or someone/something is compelling to do, then, that is nothing but just reacting to the responses from the environment. But, the saying here is that the individual has to take some moral responsibility like ‘Indeed this idea or job is mine, and the responsibility to give success is own; and the reward/medal out of the idea is for self’. If so, there is maximum efficiency out of the capability one has on self.

Habit No 2: – Begin with the End in Mind
This means – every idea or thinking should be all completed with proper justification & reasoning in mind before final practical implementation. The person has to have a clear idea of what to do, how to do, where to do. In short, the individual should have a clear final goal and clear blue-print in his/her mind; and then, the individual has to start executing the idea with the goal in mind

Habit No 3: – Put First Thing First
This means – to organise the thinking and steps chosen as per the thinking and analysis for executing an idea into action, as first, second, third … in an order. Every idea has its way of implementation based on the strategy chosen by the individual’s expertise and desire. So, the final result may be the same, but the approach may be drastically different at times too. And hence, the individual has to chart out the various steps and process identified related to the idea to be implemented; and then, focus on the first step/process first and the rest on the order of the reality

Habit No 4: – Think Win-Win
This means – one should always keep in mind the confidence that he/she is going to win if the strategy so chosen is executed which has been developed taking into consideration of all the impacts from the surroundings and uneven situations; and so there is no way the individual is going to lose. In short, the idea is one should feel he/she is going to win and just win, as he/she is on track as per the self planning. When the mind is set, nothing on earth can stop the individual from executing the task, unless there is another miracle to stop the same

Habit No 5: – Seek First to Understand, then, Understood to seek
This means – before really trying to gather the info about the idea to implement, it is necessary to understand how to gather the info. One may have some ideas to implement and also knows what things to gather to execute the same. But, if the means and method of gathering the info are not relevant to the situation, he/she may get into trouble and; instead prove the individual to be something totally different from what he/she is trying to prove via the own idea. In short, it is ‘understanding the means of expression and means of interaction so that the current situation is also not disturbed; and at the same time, the requirements of the idea are made and gathered’

Habit No 6: – Synergise
This means – to understand all the qualities and strengths an individual has on self, and then capitalising on the combined strength or idea of the individual. Everyone has some higher capability or strength compared to others, as God had created every human being differently with some extra quality on self. So, it is the responsibility of the individual to find out what is there on self that people don’t have; and how he/she can prove the in-born instinct to all thus getting success and fame in life time

Habit No 7: – Sharpen the saw continuously
This means – to develop the ideas and fine tune the same rigorously, as there is only one constant in this whole universe, which is none other than “CHANGE”. In order to make sure the steps/processes being followed to execute the idea into reality, to be able to work or compatible with some magic, irrespective of time and moment; one should always update the knowledge and skills by putting life & colour into the old processes/steps so chosen long time before, via understanding the changes and the need for adaptability

These habits are all there in every individual and the only difference among us is that how far an individual realises them collectively and capitalises the self thinking on them. If one is well aware on these habits after being compared to self ideas, then, for sure, the individual will become efficient in life and get success in life or the career chosen. In short, the individual will be good; but not great. Then, what makes someone great and what are those habits differentiating Great People from Good People.

We, humans can be efficient in our daily works and career being chosen, by following the check-lists being prepared for the same to follow punctually and effectively. It is like being having a checklist of things to do to the manufacturing workers, to make sure the product to be developed is shifted out with the quality & the standard being promised to the customer and which is being thought to realise at the first instance. Thus, to become good is pretty simple and idealistic to realise if one is not lazy and if one is enthusiastic in life on what he/she has chosen to go ahead.

But, Good people are not always good in all the fields of life. Being becoming more & more ‘Good’, will not make the individual ‘Great’, but instead it will pull down the ‘Good’ to ‘Bad’ and ‘out of time & condition’. So, there is another constant that we can feel which doesn’t change at all i.e. “CHOICE”. Choice is something that we humans will have at every instant of time and life on whatever we do and think. Even not having a choice to do something is indeed a choice, i.e. to choose the same or leave the same. The thinking mentioned here, is to capitalise and focus on the four abstracts explained above to make the difference.

Life is not one-dimensional, but multi-dimensional. This means that getting success in one field of life is not the real success in life. We are living in the society and so we are not just living on our ideas, but in the mixture of the ideas of every other individual. So, it is not enough just to understand self; but it is still more valuable to understand others too. One needs to be careful of success in life; i.e. whether one is really on the right ladder or the wrong ladder. We may get medals of success in life for executing some ideas into actions, but if that success is not going to count in my real life and real goal in life, then, what is the use of the success. One may seems to be happy getting so many success in life in the career or the field one is preceding, but, whether the individual is sure the success medals are leading him/her to the right path of life. Thus, in order to be to among the ‘Great People’, one has to change the strategy/career path based on the combined impact of the above four abstracts in life. Or, the individual will be just a ‘Good Person’. One needs not just to realise own voice but one needs to inspire others to realise their voice; so that the other people can understand that the individual is indeed GREAT & not just Good.

[Note: This article is about my learning from Franklin R. Covey’s “THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE” and my own interpretation of it]

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