Originally published in Annual Magazine published by BCAS, Delhi University.
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Talk to any working professional who has worked for 5 years or more seeking career advice, and majority will give you a common answer about how they committed blunders during their early stages, or how they focused too much on resume and ignored the skills, or how they lost a chance to secure their dream job.
No matter what subjects we study, everyone has a dream job and a life goal somewhere lost between daily nuances of college life. What we miss during college days is a blueprint or master plan to ensure that our acts are in sync with our dream job and life goals.
List Down Your Interests
A common issue faced by many students is finding answer to a question that bothers them throughout their college journey:
“How to find a dream job?”
To find answer to this question, we seek guidance of anyone and everyone we know. But we miss one crucial point, no one can help us find our dream job unless we know what exactly our dream job is.
Do we ever make a list of 10 things we want to do after college?
Do we ever make a list of our interests?
Do we list down 20 companies we want to work for?
No, most of us don’t do this.
Well, in a perfect world, we should answer questions like these before pursuing our job search.
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There’s a movie starring Tom Cruise, Jack Reacher (2012), which has a scene wherein Tom’s character talks about people and life by saying:
“Look at the people. You tell me which ones are free. Free from debt. Anxiety. Stress. Fear. Failure. Indignity. Betrayal. How many wish that they were born knowing what they know now? Ask yourself how many would do things the same way over again, and how many would live their lives like me.”
Time teaches us everything and during various stages of life, we become mature enough to find our mistakes from the past.
So what’s the way out? How to ensure we don’t make any mistake that can derail our career? Well, we don’t live in a perfect world and mistakes are bound to happen. Making mistakes and learning from them is the only way to graduate in real life.
Focus on Skills
We treat dissertations, projects and internships as a part and parcel of our course syllabus. However, these are hidden gems that can add significant value to our career path. After making a list of our interests, dream companies to work for, things to do after college; we should try to focus on skills that are required to achieve these goals.
For example, if our dream company is Apple, we should focus on its core aspect like reasons to fall in love with every apple device, which is mainly because of its dazzling design and intuitive user-interface. Search about people working in Apple’s design team, read about their work experience, interviews and so on. This way we can list the necessary skill set that can help us achieve our professional goals.
One key thing to note is that the skills will be different from our college curriculum.
This does not always mean that what we learn during college will not help. It is important to understand that academics provide a strong platform to pursue industry skills. Therefore, one should always ensure that academics and skills go hand in hand to achieve success in life.
If you are looking for some motivation, read about founders of companies like Microsoft, Facebook, Dell and Google. All of them started working towards achieving their life goals early in college and see how they are positioned today.
One small piece of advice:
Dropping out of college sounds really cool, only if it’s Harvard
Make the most out of your college journey and don’t focus on resume much, because if you can blend academics with skills, resume will take care of itself, but not vice versa. All the best.
Rahul Dev, Partner at the law firm of Tech Corp Legal LLP, is a patent attorney and international technology business lawyer. Dev’s corporate law practice is aimed at integrating patents, technology laws, intellectual property rights, regulatory and security laws to provide services to Tech companies.
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