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College Education, Employability & Career

Congratulations! You are now officially a part of the T.John family.

Graduation may seem a long time away.

Time to sit back and unwind??!!!

Definitely take some time to chill out but making an action plan for your college years could be the key to getting the dream job you have set your eyes on.

Employability seems to be the buzz word of the moment. If we Google the word, you get some shocking snippets like

50 per cent of Indian graduates not fit to be hired: report (ndtv.com)

India Graduates Millions, but Too Few Are Fit to Hire (The Wall Street Journal)

So what is employability? If we break it all down: employ-ability, the word suggests that it is your ability to secure a job and function effectively in it.

Why all this hype about this word?

Put yourself in the place of your employer. Why would you hire one person over another?

This is more than about marks secured and knowledge required. It is about being able to put the knowledge in to practice and draw on a range of skills such as confidence, communication, body language, adaptability, resilience, team work, etc to be efficient in your job.

Your degree and marks are of course important. But what distinguishes you from your fellow graduate?

Here are 5 steps to future career success that you can take during college.

  1. Get your CV up to scratch: You are right. You have just joined but we are not asking you to write a perfect CV for a job. We are asking you to look at the perfect CV’s online that are written for your dream job. That way you can learn about what you need to do to get your CV up to scratch. Identify the areas you have to concentrate on before your graduation, the online courses you can take during breaks, internships you can apply for during summer based on CV’s floating in the market.
  2. Internships: Apply speculatively to companies asking for career-related work experience. This will usually be unpaid or underpaid but can be a great way to get a foot in the door of your ideal organisation and real experience of your chosen career. When approaching companies, you need to be clear on what you are looking for and make sure you send a CV and a covering letter. If you are successful in getting one, your job prospects receive a massive boost over other applicants.
  3. Online Courses: These days there are a lot of free online courses on the market for every discipline of study. T.John’s faculty members can help you identify the courses which could enhance your employability. Take these courses during breaks. You can even get a certification if you pay a minimum amount.
  4. Maximise your college experience: Consider joining a sports team or a club, perhaps taking a committee role. Make the most of your time on-campus.
  5. Soft skills: Education is an essential tool for achieving sustainability. But with the current economic development trends, education alone does not suffice. Education, awareness and training are the key towards sustainability. Employers looking out to fill their vacancies, look for not only technical skills or adequate experience, they also look for soft skills. Soft skills contribute to a person’s ability to manage him/herself and relate to other people. So polish your soft skills. We at T.John help our students put their best foot forward in the corporate world with our Skill Development Center. Through the center, it has been conceived to impart relevant job–oriented training to students alongside their university curriculum. The first program of the centre will be on “Enhancing Soft Skills” – a 40hrs program, with a certification at the end of the program. The purpose is to groom our students towards positive attitude, acceptable body language, listening skills and effective communication, resulting in better placements.

The world is wide, options are numerous but we at T.John believe in guiding our students through a planned, tried and tested path to ensure success. Welcome to T.John.

Give yourself the permission to fail

“Edison made 1000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb”

“Charles Darwin gave up his medical career and was told by his father that Darwin cares for nothing but shooting, dogs and rat catching”

“Sigmund Freud was booed from the podium when he first presented his ideas to the scientific community”

While there is much evidence and acceptance that failure can lead to success, failure’s vital role in helping us evolve is still fully not acknowledged by the society at large. Why is failing such a terrifying idea for most people? Failure feels like a threat to the image we project to ourselves and others. It is almost as if it is a threat to our survival. It gives a feeling of those who can’t, won’t be respected/praised and will be ridiculed.
More than failure sometimes it’s the fear of failure that has a far worse effect. It is more crippling than the real thing itself. It can distort reality. It can hinder your real abilities and not give way for discovering talents. How to conquer this fear?

1. Learn about yourself: Understand your strengths and weakness. Learn what you are good at and enhance your skills there. Accept if you are not good at something; it is not the end of the world.
2. Put fear under the scanner: Instead of denying fear, own up to it. Put in under the scanner and list down what you are afraid of and why. Try to list down what you are missing out of fear. Encourage yourself to find the worst case scenario and the likelihood of it happening.
3. Rationalize it: Weigh the missed opportunities against your why’s. Many a times the articulated comparisons give you strength to proceed.
4. Jump into it: As humans we are ingrained to become good at something if we apply ourselves to it. Expose yourself to your fears and it gets easier to handle it. To eradicate it, you need patience and time.
5. Celebrate the outcome: You have given your-all into the situation. Accept the outcome. In fact celebrating failures help you accept them and move forward.

If failure is a steady companion in your life, is it a terrible thing? “Those who never failed, never tried” says Albert Einstein. Perhaps we have failed to comprehend the real meaning of failure. We should not view it as a dreaded monster, instead as a means of evolution and personal growth.

As young adults our popular misconception is that we have to prevent our failure. The truth is closer to the opposite. We should give ourselves the permission to fail, which is the only way we can grow to succeed.

5 things I would tell my 17 year old self

I was sitting down with chai-samosa at my favourite joint when I found a group of college teens walking in. The enthusiasm, the chatter & laughs brought a feeling of nostalgia. 17 is the age you leave your folks at home, head for a college to become independent – the age when stakes are higher. I was wondering what I would tell my 17 year old self & came up with this list…

Live off on what you love to do: Find the answer to the question “what is the work that you cannot do?”. Find your strengths, talent and passions and see how to build a career out of it. Don’t choose a course or college because it has great career prospects. You have a long career path ahead of you and it can become a winding one if you have no interest in what you do. Live off your passion to bring the best out of you and make the world a better place.

Begin your career on campus, not after: Industrial Visits & Internships help you get real-world experience and help you decide what to do after graduation. Explore the opportunities through alumni chapters and college career counselling cell. Many organizations provide summer internships for interested students. Check their website for details. This will help you to know what to expect at your workplace and can help you hone your skills accordingly.

Surprise Yourself: College is a whole new experience unlike school. Look forward to the change, take advantage of the variety of opportunities. Don’t be afraid to try new things right from the start. Join one or two clubs that would challenge you and let you explore some unchartered territory. Remember you have nothing to lose and might learn something new along the way. Take off those academic blinders and explore your passions/fleeting interest.

Hone your social skills: One of advantages of college is the ability to meet diverse individuals. Let’s face it. If you don’t do anything in college, you never meet anyone. So find many activities other than the mandatory ones and share it with those around you. Organize a weekly game, watch a favourite TV show, form a book-club. The ideas are endless.

A sound mind in a sound body: The art of living starts with a sturdy canvas. Eat right, exercise, be flexible and think positively. Start a new exercise regime, try new dishes & cultivate more friendships.

College is the best chance to prepare, to learn, to grow towards the knowledgeable and adaptive individuals you need to be to succeed. Grab it & make it work.

 

 

 

Nervous about college life?

Got an admission letter? You might think it’s time to put up your feet, relax and enjoy the calm but this is the time for you to prepare for the next phase.
New city. New living space. Unknown pressures. Yet to make friends… The transition from a day scholar to hostel, school to college, restrictions to freedom can be exciting but intimidating.
Colleges give a level of freedom not yet experienced by you. But the balance you maintain between academic success, social success and fun is going to prepare you for your foray in to the career world.
You will have thousand questions: Why this way and not that? Why this book? etc etc. Remember you are not alone and you are not the first one with these uncertainties.
Today’s world demands graduates who can handle big challenges innovatively. T John’s curriculum is designed to get you there. We have tried our hands on various methods and got you the best one. Always remember that.
Fun, Frolic & Fame but Avoid the Drama
Your college years social calendar may be filling fast. There’s movies, games, night-outs, trips & selfies, groupies, tweets, messages…these are a huge part of what makes your college life special. You should let loose, relax and celebrate. But do so in a way that it doesn’t affect your academic success. The end result is important but it’s the journey that is always remembered and treasured.
Focus on personal wellness during your college years
-Eat a balanced diet
-Cultivate a hobby
-Learn a new sport activity or an exercise regime
-Try finding a few moments of peace to think and reflect
-Practice speaking freely & frankly about your desires and fear with at least one trustable person
Wondering about your roommates?
Open communication is the key to avoid any unnecessary confrontations. Start building relationships from the first day. Discuss your study routine, sleeping schedule, room arrangements and set a few mutually acceptable room rules. You will find that these small conversations will go a long way in building the best roommate relationships.
Remember the jump from school to college is not the end of the race. It’s just a different one but more flexible. So finish strong.