Society and Peer Pressure in Choosing Career

In the whole world, the biggest problem for students is what profession should they adopt and in which career they should continue their studies. The reason is that in Pakistani society, elders and parents has so much influence on children’s decision to adopt career. Very few of the parents are that much liberal or you can say broad minded that they give their child a freedom of adopting a career.

Parents or influencing elders in family inculcate this thought in their child’s mind that the only noble professions in Pakistan to adopt is Joining Military, becoming a Doctor, Engineer, Teacher or Pilot.  Other Professions related to arts are not considered as that much noble enough or considered as profession with lesser chances to earn and spent good life.

In my opinion parents should give their children a freedom to adopt a career or profession and should encourage their child to choose any profession in which their child excels. For Example, if parents are observing their child that their child is making good drawings, and good at making sketches and painting then they should not force their child to adopt any profession of their own choice or pressurize their child to adopt any profession which has more chances to earn well in future life. Parents and elders at home are continuously observing their child from the time of birth, and they know the aptitude of their child more than anyone else. If their child is good at doing mimicry, decorating home, cooking, painting, writing or have any other aptitude or skill , then they should encourage their child to adopt professions related  to their aptitude like Acting, Comedian, Interior decorator, Chef, Painter, Author/writer, Journalist etc.  Through adopting these fields in studies their skills for the particular aptitude get enhanced and they may excel in future in the respective field. That child would be satisfied from their   professional life when he grew up. Furthermore, they will take their work as a passion and love but will not take it as 9 – 5 hectic job. By doing so, they will explore new things in their profession and will learn new things on daily basis.

I have a few suggestions for children, parents, teachers and Counselor about career selection. I will recommend and encourage children to adopt   studies and eventually professions similar to the aptitude I have mentioned.

  • If a child is good at speaking or good in delivering message or good at communication then he should adopt these professions.  Motivational Speaker, Marketing and Sales, Lawyer, Teacher, TV/ Radio anchor, Vlogger, You tuber, RJ, News Anchor, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Counselor, etc.
  • If a child is good at designing new things and have a creative mind then he should adopt these professions. Interior designating/ decorator, dress designer, fashion designer, textile designer, architect, making hand made things with dough. etc.
  • If a child is good and interested in Medical sciences then he should adopt these professions.   MBBS doctor, pharmacy, dentist, dietician and nutritionist, exercise psychologist, massage therapist, physiotherapist, special children therapist,   optometrist, scientific researcher etc.
  • If a child is interested in and good at mathematical or things involving numbers then he should adopt these professions. Mathematician, statistician, Aerospace Engineer, Financial Analyst, accounting, CA, ACCA, etc.
  • If a child feels good in helping others and serving others then he  should adopt these professions  Like Nursing, philanthropy,  charity, social work, teaching, , health, psychologist, psychiatrist, counselor,  special children therapist etc.
  • If a child is good at mechanics, or repair mechanical things then he should adopt professions like mechanic,   mechatronics engineer, aerospace engineering, robotics, machine technician, electrical/automobile mechanic, metal mechanic, welder, heavy equipment mechanic, maintenance technician.

Another thing I want to recommend is that parents should encourage their children to pursue career of their family while getting an in-depth education related to it so that their child may help their parent’s business / occupation to progress. For example, a farmer, landlord or any person doing work related to agriculture he should encourage his child to get education in the field of agriculture. While doing so the child will learn about the upcoming technologies, opportunities and challenges coming in the field of agriculture. May be his parent doesn’t know the challenges and tactics about how to cope up with upcoming challenges being less literate or untouched with new technology and research.

Similarly, a child of a family connected to a business related to Construction of building should encourage their child to get education in the field of Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering. In that way he can bring the family business to a new a level of progress, while knowing the challenges, opportunities and new technologies in the field of construction.

Similarly, an automobile mechanic parent should encourage his child to study mechanical engineering, a businessman or an entrepreneur should encourage his child to study  business administration, a parent having  living on the earning of Livestock  should encourage his child to pursue career like meat inspector, Breeder and farming, Livestock Veterinarian, Dairy farm business. Etc.

Problem with your job is..

The Biggest Problem with a Job

The biggest problem in job is the ‘job’ itself.

Your job influence your way of life in a number of ways.  If there is a conflict between you and your job then there is not just a problem, it’s a whole rabble coming your way. A conflict arises between a person and job when we fail to create an acceptance. It is not just a few tasks; it is actually our work-space, timings, colleagues, limitations and challenges which comes with it. Sometime we choose job and other time’s it chooses us. Doesn’t matter how you landed in the job important things is that one learns to embrace it, because you are here now. If you think it’s not your calling don’t opt for it in the first place, because doing work which you don’t want to do is very dangerous for your morale and attitude. Half-hearted work does more harm to us than it does to the job. So why not just do nothing? Than hurt us and potentially other’s around.

When a person doesn’t embrace his/her job; there could be multiple reasons for that. From personal choices to cultural limitations. There could be humongous reasons to dislike something. The thing to understand is that once we are in a job, we are actually a part of a system. It cannot operate without the output of the people who are working in it. Doing half-heartedly doesn’t make it any easier, on the other hand it consumes us even more with guilt, fear and dis-satisfaction. This dis-synchronization between job and the person creates a rift in everything associated to life and job. One cannot be happy and satisfied when he/she is in a state of constant confusion and turmoil. Occasional hiccups and challenges might breaks one morale and tempo, but un-satisfied soul can be much more problematic if it continues for a longer periods of time. So the question is peeps do you really want such a miserable life and self-loathing attitude?

One shouldn’t ignore such circumstances, rather face them and try to solve the problem at first hand. If it is let to simmer unattended, it will eventually get out of control. Nobody want his/her career to be jeopardized or spoiled. Would you really give a reason for a ruined career, that you didn’t liked it? It is always good to take a step back and see the bigger picture, get to the root of the problem and see how the situation can be remedied. If one keep in mind the following points, lot erroneous decisions and awkward situations can be avoided in the later stages of job.

  • Always think thoroughly before applying or opting for job
  • Consult a person who knows you best and ask for their advice
  • If you decide to take on job accept it both in mind and soul
  • Take some time and understand the possibilities and limitation of your job
  • Do not want what is not your job, don’t do what could affect your job negatively
  • Be happy about what you do and share your learnings with others
  • If some issues arise in job or workplace try to wrap up the situation in a calm and quite manner
  • Try not to keep grudges, learn to let things go
  • Learn the professional ethics and adopt them with your job, it will make your job a lot easier for you
  • Love what you do, or don’t do it

Job is not the end of the world, it’s just we all are here to play our part, just keep that in mind. Job is part of life, one got to do something, just be happy with what you and you will feel light as a feather in your work. Just be mindful of yourself and the work you do, you will glide through and be at PEACE.

Author’s Bio:

Ahsan Abdullah

Ahsan Abdullah

Ahsan Abdullah

A project coordinator by day, Photographer by hobby and a writer by night. Like to shed light on the socia-economic issues from a different perspective, distant from the conventional ideologies.
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Career Counselling Seminar at NUST Rwp

Career Counselling Seminar at NUST by BrightSpyre

So BrightSpyre has been guiding students and providing free individual career counselling around Pakistan but this was the first formal career counselling seminar at NUST EME College, Rawalpindi.

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The seminar was held on 17th of April, 2015, at the auditorium of EME College, Rawalpindi. Students of final year showed enthusiasm, discipline and interest in getting properly guided by our HR professionals.

Mr. Syed Naveed Kazmi, Director HCM of Cogilent Solutions, was the guest speaker there, having extensive knowledge in HR and retired Army Major, he had been sharing his experiences and knowledge with everyone around Pakistan and even abroad.

Mr.Syed Naveed Kazmi, while seminar

Mr.Syed Naveed Kazmi, while seminar

S.I.P – Stepping Into Practicality was the title and the main purpose of this seminar was to bridge the knowledge and information gap in the minds of the students and give them a clear picture of what lies ahead. As, trends in job market keep on changing rapidly and it becomes hard for students to compete in such a tough sector where almost everyone is number 1, besides, many teachers are unaware of latest happenings and latest demands of this professional sector. So BrightSpyre took the initiative to introduce professional market to upcoming fresh graduates of NUST and many other universities.

Inside the auditorium while seminar

Inside the auditorium while seminar

The seminar lasted for almost an hour and it concluded following topics:

Finding the passion and how to pursue career in it

How to stay updated on latest job’s market trends

Importance of internships

What are Management Trainee Programs

How to make an impactful CV that stands out

And finally, hidden secrets behind appearing and passing an interview.

Complete pictures gallery of BrightSpyre’s Career Counselling Seminar could be find on our Flickr account. Click here.

BrightSpyre is looking forward to conduct more seminars in different universities and guide as many students as possible as, we connect people with opportunities.

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New Research: Messy Desk is a Sign of Intelligence and Creativity.

Messy desk, messy cubicle, messy desktop or messy workstation. Do any of these terms apply to you? Or you might also be the one who always has multiple tabs opened in his/her browser while working, because it’s easier for you to stay focused and alert – keeping an eye on multiple stuff. Well, yes, time for my confession here, I am one of those people who are called “messy”.

So, I could never explain my mom the logic behind my mess, especially when I am working or studying, my room gets messy as soon as I open up my bag, books, laptop etc. and honestly, mess simply helps me in focusing better, my stuff simply give me my comfort zone, but it’s really hard for other people to understand.

We are told to stay organized on every single step of our lives while growing up, because messiness is the sign of disorganization and apparently, it brings in no good image of us. But luckily, some recent studies have proven this new logic that can be termed as, creative mess or messy creativity.

Researchers studied some historic geniuses such as Albert Einstein, Mark Twains and even people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg who always stayed disorganized at work. Don’t you believe me? See these original images below:

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University of Minnesota recently conducted a research and they concluded results like this, “Scientists from the University of Minnesota found that being surrounded by clutter can promote creative thinking and stimulate new ideas. Messy people are also more likely to break with convention and try new things but aren’t as generous as people in tidy environments”, see their full article here.

Paper files, Newspaper clippings, torn pages from last month’s issue of the magazine, a few sticky notes, writing pad and a pen along with an empty cup of coffee is a kind of mess that messy people can easily relate to, because only an organizer knows what meaning he gets from those things.

“It’s not mess, basically its reference, sign, hint, ideas and above all its motivation to keep going”, said Aliah, a creative artist, while discussing this topic with me.

Well, let me put it this way – have you ever noticed a painter/artist painting a picture? If yes, you might have noticed his scattered brushes, paints, pencils and other tools all over his place – why? Because all those supplies help him in getting the best out of his creativity, they remind him what can be used to make a picture look better and he doesn’t have to take a pause to find out where are the paints or the brush he needs. This saves him from disturbance and interruption that might come in his way to creativity, otherwise.

Some people also say that when you are focused and deeply indulged in your work, mess happens. Because pausing to take care of things will definitely result in interruption, so instead of wasting time in organizing the stuff, one prefers to leave them till their work is done.

Now we all agree that creativity comes from out of the box thinking – which means unusual, amazingly bizarre and unconventional thinking, where you don’t follow the same rule or practice the same thing, and you don’t follow the crowd. Same is the case with mess, or should I say misplaced things, it is believed that when things are not in their right place or conventional place, where they are supposed to be – their misplacement provides you the power to think unconventionally and differently.

For example, when a table lamp is found on the floor of your room, won’t you think for a second why it is there, who could have put it on the floor instead of the table, why is it in the way or I should put it back, etc.? Yes? So, misplacement of the things opens up your mind to different questions, they help you think more by activating those analytical and reasoning cells in your mind, which otherwise wouldn’t have of course (if a lamp was on its right place).

I know many of you might not agree with me because it’s sometimes hard for organized people to understand this approach, like I mentioned in the start that I would never make my mother understand this theory. All of us have different kind of approach and perspective in doing things, the reason to write this blog post was to encourage different styles of working, there is nothing to be ashamed of for being disorganized and messy unless you can clearly differentiate between hygienic mess and unhygienic one.

Last but not the least, being an observer, I have personally seen many messy people who are brilliantly creative and intelligent in one field or another, so I believe messiness has something to do with creativity.

Are you messy or organized, let’s hear it from you, what’s your approach?

Compatible Career Guidance to Students

Ruthlessly, everyone knows and accept the crucial fact that students have been misguided and mislead in Pakistan. Every year thousands of graduates pass out of their colleges or universities but they have little or absolutely no idea what career are they interested in and how to enter that field.

Students are very important asset of any nation and that is the reason why our great leader Mr. Mohammad Ali Jinnah always addressed students and tried to make them realize their worth and how can they invest their energy in order to make better and brighter Pakistan. As he said in one of his addresses to students, “My young friends, I look forward to you as the real makers of Pakistan, do not be exploited and do not be misled. Create amongst yourselves complete unity and solidarity. Set an example of what youth can do. Your main occupation should be in fairness to yourself, to your parents, in fairness to the State, to devote your attention to your studies. If you fritter away your energies now, you will always regret”

In his Presidential address at the conference of the Punjab Muslim Students Federation, March 2, 1941, he said, “When you have got that light of knowledge by means of education and when you have made yourselves strong economically and industrially, then you have got to prepare yourselves for your defence — defence against external aggression and to maintain internal security”.

In my humble observation, I have found these two major factors that lead to this misguidance in Pakistan; role of parents/family and role of educational system.

Parents Role in Guidance:

Psychology says that every individual shows sign of interest right from their childhood – when a kid develops his/her sense of reasoning. It also suggests that it is parents’ duty to observe kid’s activities and then provide them right exposure and tools to help them develop the skill according to that interest. For example, if a child likes to open up his toys instead of playing with them then we can say that he has mindset of an engineer, similarly, if a child likes to play with colors or draws cartoon, shapes or figures than he has the ability of an artist. So, skill and interest development starts from very early ages, those students always do well who have been guided properly by their parents.

How to overcome this problem: Parents should first take the time out to observe and identify their child’s interest and then, provide guidance, opportunities and exposures to the child, accordingly.

Role of Educational System in Career Guidance:

Students at schools, colleges and universities receive no or very little career counselling from their teachers or institute’s management. This is one of the reasons for unrest amongst the youth in Pakistan because students graduate and gets into the market without having an iota of knowledge about the market trends and appropriate set of skills, which can help them in gaining and maintaining a job in their future.

The major problem with our Educational System is, that it does not have much of the compatibility with ground realities. Students gain theoretical knowledge just to fetch good grades and they are rarely made to do an exercise to co-relate the theory with the practical aspects keeping in view the ground facts. Students are least prepared to get through the practical tests and peruse their dreams. Another major issue is: lack of teachers’ knowledge about professional career market – they stay out of touch from leading trends and thus, cannot provide proper guidance and assistance in mentoring their students.

How to overcome this problem: This issue can only be resolved if parents, teachers and the students are on the same page, very unfortunate that students are on the page of Facebook, teachers on linked in and parents are tweeting.  This is not a process which can be completed overnight, on a serious note we all at every ladder need to address this issue so as to empower our students over the hard ground facts and enable them to survive. Educational institutes and Employer Organizations should collaborate on regular basis, by offering bulk apprenticeship opportunities, in order to promote professional career development and counselling of students. Strong relationship between educational sector and jobs market is very significant.

We at BrightSpyre, aim to provide free of cost consultation to students – they can call us and book their appointment with HR professionals who will guide them regarding career selection and career start. We also provide free assistance of developing professional CV and resume, which helps you in getting shortlisted in different organizations.

Not only this, BrightSpyre also conducts workshops, seminars, and training sessions in different institutes to provide information, knowledge and guidance.

You all are welcome to put us right thru your valued comments in this regard.