Changing focus is the new Normal

‘The only thing constant is change' a statement we all are familiar with. The sudden change the pandemic has brought about in all our lives is viewed in two different perspectives. One as a ‘restart button’ and the other as a ‘slow down’ as a whole. Either ways looking at the situation through different angles, bridging the gap would be the best and only option. Let’s restart in this slow down creating opportunities and more avenues to explore. Innovation and Ideation is the need of the hour where determination, values and grit play a vital role.

The youth in India constitutes over 34% of more that 1.3 billion of the total population in India. There has been a transformation in thoughts, businesses and the over all economy over the years. This is the right time to ponder over the realities and be innovative creating the next wave of transformation.

Success or achievement was gauged through permanent or life time job security, rules and regulations hindering progress due to minimal risks people were willing to take and it was a time when companies decided one’s career.

The agility we see around us is proof enough that there are no boundaries or barriers in managing a career. You are the decision maker to the extent of attainable growth which is experienced as individual achievement and seen by others as a success. The path to the same has requirements which is never served on a silver platter. Competition is constant and so is the required need to enhance one’s skills. Raising the bar of your abilities is important and the best is to compete with self. Be better than what you were the previous day is the only mantra and the key to the same lies in self-awareness.

In India we have *1,12,637 Senior secondary schools, *39,071 colleges and *11,923 stand alone institutions. In these, students are most familiar with the subjects Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Commerce, English, Social Sciences, the language of the respective state and that of the Nation. The next phase of choices obviously would be Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine, Accountancy, Business Administration, Fashion Designing, Interior Designing, Film, Animation, Hotel Management, Law and Civil services. Under all of the above we are seldom spoken to about the sub categories that each of the subjects have. To specialise in the subject based on our interest and what we would like to give back to society, contributing to the overall growth of the country’s economy is never spoken about.

The availability of job opportunities and the skills required for the same has always been a topic for discussion. End of the year the term ‘ Unemployable’ is thrown at most of the youngsters who graduate. The quality of the work one delivers blended with how much of a team player one is plays a vital factor. This is termed as being employable in professional terminology. Thus you increase value for the company and the self-worth enhances your confidence to ideate towards the progress, creating more opportunities for yourself as well as for others. You become more a contributor transitioning towards being a leader.

The agility we see around us is proof enough that there are no boundaries or barriers in managing a career. You are the decision maker to the extent of attainable growth which is experienced as individual achievement and seen by others as a success.