How To Decide What Career Is Right For You3 minute
Whether you're about to finish schooling and enter a college or you're just going to graduate, it’s frustrating to not be able to foresee what's next. Because with a new year comes a whole lot of responsibilities that get piled on your shoulders. You are not alone in this, everyone at some point goes through this confusion. So if you don’t know where to begin, take a deep breath and go through these 7 key points and by the end of the article, I promise you will have at least some clarity about the getting started with a new journey.
7 tips for choosing a career
- Know your interests- You need to understand what excites in life. What activities you enjoy in your personal time, because your happiness also matters. Working like a robot will never give you happiness and satisfaction in your life. So ask yourself these questions.
- Do you like working with people or animals?
- Do you like working alone or with team members?
- What are the hobbies that you enjoy?
- Are those hobbies marketable?
2. Know your skills- You should know that different jobs need different kinds of skill sets. So take some time to think about it and note down every skill you have. Go through them and assess what can be marketable. Analyze what kind of soft or hard skills you possess. For example, some of you might like programming. Some might tend towards fine arts. So evaluate what you are good at and what makes you happy.
3. Set your goals- Setting a proper goal is never a bad idea because then you have something to work towards. Try to determine what you want from your career.
- How much money do you want to make?
- Do you want to help people or do you want to travel?
- Where do you want to live, what are the things you want to buy in the future (if any)?
Because if your long term goal is not compatible with your career then you might need to reconsider. Self-satisfaction and happiness are also important you might feel disappointed later on.
4. What education and training to take- Different kinds of careers need different education and training. Suppose you want to be a doctor or an engineer, then you have to take your training according to your choice. Suppose you want to pursue a career in arts, then you don’t need to take up engineering just as backup. Because you will be wasting your money and time. So choose accordingly. Make your decision and stick to it.
5.Social environment and happiness- Happiness is the most important aspect when it comes to what you want to do. Because if you are not happy with what you do, you will always feel drained in life and it will impact the different aspects of your life.
You also need to consider what type of environment you want to work in. Some people are introverts and they might prefer a desk job. If you are an extrovert then you might consider working in a team, where you will have exposure to a lot of people and abundant opportunities to interact with them.
6. Always do your research- Every career has its own preparation. You will need to consider what type of resources you have. Do you have reliable source for the amount of money you will need over a period of time? Will you be able to put your effort into it and come out as a champion?
Always do research before getting into the field because it might be different from what you had initially imagined. A better way is to talk to people who are already in that field. You can consider doing an internship in the same field so you have a proper idea of what you are getting into.
7. Always be prepared for change- Always keep in mind that things can always change. You should be ready to accept change. Suppose the field you are choosing as your career does not have the same requirement in 10 years, then what? Because these days there is no job security and stability for many fields. But no need to panic, it is never too late to start and there are millions of new opportunities arising every day and I believe you will be able to find where you belong.
Once you have decided what to pursue, it is time for you to put effort into it. If you put your heart and dedicate yourself to it, then you will most definitely thrive in your career.
Top 10 Women Entrepreneurs In India8 minute
"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."
Entrepreneurship has always been considered as a man’s job, but long gone is that era where women were only restricted to play the role of a home-maker and rear children. Today’s women have not only broken these stereotypes but have also taken a step into the men’s world, who are doing an excellent job for themselves and are reaching greater heights. Here are 10 successful and rising women entrepreneurs in India who have accomplished to make their start-ups as successful companies:
Shopping can get very tiring, and especially shopping for make-up. We girls are so particular about the exact lipstick shade, the nail polish colours, the make-up brands that we want and sometimes we end up not finding it in the stores we go, your go to solution is Nykaa. Nykaa is an online beauty platform for all the women out there, Falguni Nayar is the Founder and CEO of the company. Falguni is an IIM Graduate and has 25 years of work experience in the financing arena for different companies. She started NYKAA in the year 2012 and within no time the e-commerce beauty app had become very popular and created a lot of hype amongst the women, the brand already had partnership with famous brands like L’oreal, Uniliver, P&G etc. Today, the brand has made a name for itself such that it is preferred by most girls, women and now even has a men’s store. The app has made shopping much easier for women and now all the products are just a click away. Nykaa has become offline as well, for those people who prefer buying it in stores.
Zivame is an online lingerie store which caters to the variety of lingerie options open to women. Richa Kar is the founder and CEO of Zivame and it was launched in the year 2011. We all are hesitant to buy lingerie in stores because of judgy looks given to us by the salesperson and sometimes we aren’t able to convey what exactly we need, which is where Zivame comes into the picture. The main idea was to save women from the embarrassment and unwanted attention from the opposite sex. Zivame has made lingerie shopping so much easier, with the un-numerable varieties that they have to offer in the products as well as in different sizes. Zivame is one of a unique company in its domain and manages to dominate lingerie shopping than any other company. Today, Zivame offers more than 5,000 styles, 50 brands, and 100 sizes. So, the next time lingerie shopping? Just Zivame!
Most of us here love travelling, and anyone who loves travelling will be very familiar with Yatra.com. Yatra was co-founded by Sabina Chopra and two other members- Dhruv Shingri and Manish Amin in 2006. Yatra is an online travel agency and search engine which provides travelling services to people.Yatra.com offers a variety of packages with all charges covered and has a user-friendly interface. Sabina being the co-founder of the company has quite some experience in the travel domain, before Yatra.com Sabina had worked in companies like, eBookers which is Europe’s leading travel company and has also worked in the BPO sector in Japan Airlines. Sabina knew quite a lot about the protocols and how the online travel companies’ function, which is why Yatra.com was introduced in India because the online service for travelling still hadn’t developed by then. Sabina was honoured in the second annual Women Leaders in India Awards, 2010 and was declared the winner in the Travel & Tourism group. Today, Yatra is one of the leading travel companies in India and has many loyal customers.
We all travel and meet new people at new places and tend to buy something from there as a souvenir back home. Indian souvenirs had become boring with the usual monuments and handicrafts and that is when Chumbak was born. Chumbak was founded by Shubra Chadda and Vivek Prabhakar, because they wanted to bring in a modern and quirky touch to the India souvenirs. Chumbak was started as a souvenir store but now has become a whole new brand and a successful company owing it to its products. The main objective of Chumbak was to bring out another side or meaning to India’s craft and products, the funky and eye-catching crafts have made chumbak what it is today, Chumbak has become a very popular brand especially amongst the young Indians and can be seen in almost all the shopping malls across India. Today this quirky brand has over 120 retail stores all across the country and Shubra Chadda is one of the most innovative women entrepreneurs in India. The next time you something funky and cool, you know where it is from.
We all are a big fan when it comes to food and FreshMenu has managed to become a household name today. Rashmi Daga is the Founder and CEO of FreshMenu and it was started in the year 2014. She is an IIM Graduate in MBA, and has worked in companies like IBM India, Johnson and Johnson, Ola and BlueStone. Today, we all have a variety of restaurant apps delivering food to our houses but a few years back the number of restaurants delivering food were very limited which is when Rashmi thought about coming up something new and FreshMenu happened. FreshMenu is an online kitchen serving people cuisines from around the world. It was first started in Bangalore and then went on to Delhi and Mumbai. FreshMenu has many satellite kitchens every 5 kilometres within the city to cater to the cravings of people. FreshMenu was first started as an independent delivering app but today we can also see it on other delivering app platforms like Zomato and Swiggy. The company approximately makes an annual revenue of $17.6 million dollars.
Suchi Mukherjee is the Founder and CEO of LimeRoad.com. Suchi is a master graduate in Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics. Suchi has worked for Lehman Brothers Inc and Virgin Media on the front. She wanted to create something of her own which would create an impact on the society and this is when the idea of creating a platform dominantly for women struck her and she came up with LimeRoad. LimeRoad is a platform used by women to share and buy clothes and accessories, they keep up with the latest fashion and trends, share their personal experiences and most importantly buy clothes. The main aim of Suchi was to create a platform for selling products at an affordable price. LimeRoad is unique in its own way and is loved by most women across the country.
- Shop Clues:
Radhika Ghai Aggarwal
Radhika Aggarwal is the co-founder of shop clues which is also known as the “India’s Online Bazaar”. Radhika Aggarwal has been the most successful women entrepreneur in the recent years and she also refers to herself as an “accidental entrepreneur”. She believes in “making her today better than her yesterday, by taking small steps towards it”. She started her career with Fashion Clues and then became a co-founder of Shop Clues, having an experience of 16 years in various industries like E-commerce, Advertising, Lifestyle, PR and Fashion. Radhika is a great entrepreneur who also believes in women empowerment, she urges women to fight for their rights and demand an equal pay as well. She recently joined the Unicorn Club. Shop Clues has recently launched an AD Zone, which helps sellers in getting visibility and as a platform for business amongst them. She believes that “Hard work is an outcome of passion. If you’re passionate, you will work towards achieving results and success will follow.”
Upasana Taku co-founded Mobikwik with her husband Bipin Preet Singh. Upasana holds a MS in Management and Science Engineering from Stanford University, US. She started her job in HSBC and then later on shifted to PayPal and learnt more about payment gateway. Upasana wanted to go back to India and do something there, hence she shifted back in 2009 and was on the lookout to start a business in India. At that time, India didn’t have a cashless society and all the payments were carried out in the form of cash, this idea initiated in the forming of Mobikwik. Mobikwik is payment gateway app which first started off as a recharge platform and then took shape into a mobile wallet. The concept of mobile wallet was new to the country and mobikwik was the first of its kind. Today mobikwik is used by millions of people to use, collect and transfer money. She has always believed in one thing, that is ‘Kick up a storm or die trying’
- Social Samosa:
Ankita Gaba is a social media strategist, consultant, lecturer and most importantly a successful entrepreneur. She worked as a social media strategist and also a co-founder in SuperChooha. They collaborated with famous companies and brands like Idea Cellular, Ponds, Mahindra, Colors and Zapak. She is currently the co-founder of Social Samosa. Social Samosa is basically an inventory that consists of thoughts, ideas, case studies and the social media functionalities. Today, Social media has no limits and is reaching greater heights with the passing days, The main aim of Social Samosa is to have things that are usually put up or scattered on various social parts of social media to be combined and put into one platform that is free and easily accessible to all. Ankita Gaba has been listed in the Global Top 100 Social Media Agencies and Consultants 2012-13, and also in 50 Indian Women to Follow on Twitter.
Menstrupedia was founded by Aditi Gupta and her husband Tuhin patel. Aditi hails from a small town in Jharkhand namely Gharwa. Aditi created a Hindi comic book with her husband, illustrating and educating girls about menstruation. Menstruation is still considered as a taboo in many parts of Rural India where girls are asked to follow certain restrictions when they are on their period like no entry to the kitchen, the temple or even the house; where they aren’t allowed to cook, or even come in contact with men, and have no clue as to why they are being shut-out by their own family. This behaviour had a direct impact on the girl’s mind and health. Aditi Gupta was also born in a conservative middle-class family, and even she was subject to all this. The unawareness of menstruation and the taboos surrounding it in Rural areas is the main reason behind the creation of Menstrupedia.com. The main objective behind this was to educate girls about the process of menstruation, the importance of menstrual hygiene and tips to remain healthy during menstruation. Aditi has taken a huge step forward with menstrupedia and has even managed to bring in changes not only in India but throughout the world.
Studying Abroad? Here Are The Top 12 Things To Know6 minute
Travelling abroad has been a dream for most of us here and not just only for a vacation but to study and do our masters. We all love going abroad, living a life free off restriction and most importantly become independent, which comes with a lot of responsibilities. Most of the people who are planning to go abroad don’t really know the procedures or things that are needed to be kept in mind before going there, this creates a lot of confusion for them and things can get really chaotic over there. Here are a few things that we all should keep in mind before planning to go to do our masters abroad:
- In-depth research–
Going to a new place and living all by yourself can get difficult if you don’t know know about the country that you’re going to live in. You have to do a thorough research about the place that you are going, their culture, the language spoken, the courses and universities offering you education and specializations that you prefer.
Having a proper knowledge and a good research can help you decide better on which country you want to pursue your masters in, some universities have a separate department dedicated to student queries from foreign countries. Conducting an in-depth research will help you select your course and country accordingly.
- Confirm your course and accommodation –
Courses abroad are way different from what Indian courses have to offer, it is very important that you choose the right and appropriate course for yourself while you’re applying for masters. Most of the time, you are interested to cover a broad subject but most of the courses that are offered are specialized courses of that particular subject, which is why you should wisely choose your course. Once your course is confirmed the next step is going to be Accommodation. Accommodation is provided by the universities itself, but if you aren’t willing to stay in the university dorms then you can get a place for yourself.
- Produce Precise Paper work –
It is not as easy as it looks to study abroad, there is a lot of paper work that goes behind a perfect stay, some applications are rejected because of no clear documentation of papers. Important documents like Visa and Passport should all be up to date and ready, visa procedures and tenures differ from place to place which is why you should double check such things to avoid confusion in the process later.
If you have written tests like TOEFL, IELTS, GMAT or GRE, then keep all of those documents handy as well because you might never know when you will be asked to produce those documents.
- Have an up to date knowledge about currency exchange –
We need money to meet our daily needs and would have a plan or a budget on how much money we need to have in our pockets for the first few days or even months. The currency value varies from country to country and keeps changing according to the economy. It is necessary to be up to date with the recent trends in currency value of the country you are going to as well as your home country because this may have a drastic effect on your budget later, which may arise in shortage of money or huge expenditure. A small change in the currency value will leave you re-budgeting your entire expense.
- Register your course with home government –
Studying and living in a new country is very exciting but there are a lot of cons that follow with it. The first few days can get eerie because of no proper facilities like Wi-fi, cell coverage or for that matter even your safety and it can become very difficult for your family to be on the lookout for you. Registering with your home government will have you on their radar and always have you being kept under their nose. Any emergency or matter of concern will be immediately taken into notice by your home government.
- Up to date with health check-up and vaccinations –
When you’re going abroad for your masters or even a small trip, you have to visit a travel clinic in order to get yourself checked and vaccinated according to the place you’re going to be living in or visiting. Many places have diseases existing in only their country and might have no sign of it in the country you live in, that’s why if you’re planning to live there or go there then you have to get yourself vaccinated to get immunity from those diseases. If you fail to get yourself vaccinated and fall sick, then you will be sent back to home and all the expenses will be bared only by you.
If you have any health complications or already existing diseases, then make sure you notify them well in advance and have your prescriptions and medical certificates ready, so that when you are questioned about the medicine you’re carrying then you can produce the prescriptions and documents.
- Organize your travel expenditure and itinerary –
Flying abroad is very expensive and you have to book your tickets well in advance and plan your flights schedule. Maintaining and itinerary can be really resourceful at this time, it helps you get a clear-cut vision as to what you want to do and how to do. It navigates you through your entire schedule and saves you a lot of time. Organizing all of these things well in advance will avoid last minute chaos and also save a huge amount of money when it comes to tickets.
- Inform your near and dear ones –
Living independently is one of the best feelings ever, but so is remaining safe. When you’re living alone, keep your family members or close friends up to date about your whereabouts as it is easy to locate you wherever you are. This doesn’t mean updating everything on your social media as this can be dangerous for you, maybe just giving a call or leaving a message to your close one can be very helpful.
- Talk to your bank –
This is one of the most important steps because you obviously cannot survive without money. Your debit or credit cards might not work abroad if your bank does not have an access in those countries, which is why you should talk to your bank and enquire about their foreign branches and procedure required to continue using the facilities of your bank there as well. If your bank doesn’t have a branch abroad, make sure you have all the necessary documents to create an account there and go on with the process without any hassle and get a quick bank account.
- Bag packing –
Backpacking is something that most of us do not consider important, but it can prove to be very helpful in the early days. Packing warm clothes or any necessary accessories that you require, yes you can buy clothes after going there but carrying a few is not a bad idea because you never know when you may need it. Your bag-packing should happen according to the place that you’re going to be living in, so make sure you have all your essentials packed accordingly, you can even carry your cute little cuddly bear or your favourite sweater that you always need.
- On arrival –
As soon as you reach the country, the first thing to do is registering yourself to the Indian Embassy. It is important to do this because you can reach out to them at times of an emergency or problem that you’re facing in the country. You must also report to the concerned department and register yourself there after landing, then head out to the university for completing the rest of the formalities. Following these steps on your arrival will help to make the process easier and settling in the place much more efficient.
- Be prepared –
When you’re going to a totally new place, you should be prepared with everything that comes your way. Being prepared for things gives you a lot of courage and confidence which is exactly what you’ll need when you decide to go independent. Firstly, gather all the information about the place you’re going to stay in, know about the lifestyle and people, research more about the place, mentally prepare yourself for doing this from the beginning to start a new phase in your life and you’re all good to go.
Considering the number of people planning to go abroad, apart from this make sure you enjoy yourself out there and live a full-fledged life because every memory counts. If you have any experience of yours to share with us, then please do share in the comments section below. Keep Glo-ing!
How To Develop A Positive Attitude5 minute
“The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.”
― Roy Bennett
Positivity is something that we all should inculcate in our daily lives that keeps us going through the day. Smile more, worry less, more love, less hate are all the things that one will feel when he/she learns to develop a positive attitude within themselves. In a busy world like today, the idea of having a positive attitude is not considered important because many of us consider it not important and hence, it is left completely neglected. There are many things to follow for a positive attitude to build up and develop, the process is gradual but the results are amazing.
Here are a few tips on how to maintain a positive attitude:
- A Positive Morning-
We all love our beds so much that mornings have never been our best friend, Mornings are an important part of the day and it is very essential to start the day on a positive note. Early morning routines should be something that you should enjoy doing, something you would love to do like going out for a walk, making breakfast or a long hot shower. This way mornings become a relaxed therapy and there is no hurry to start the day, this gets us pumped for the day and having a good and positive morning leads to having a positive day ahead.
Practicing meditation in our day to day life has a lot of benefits, meditating helps us to think clearly and maintain a calm composure even when in crisis. Most of us perceive meditation as something that is related to yoga, but not many of us know that meditation has a lot of benefits that help us get through hurdles in our everyday life. It gives us clarity, focus and of course a lot of positivity.
Today’s generation is so busy in their 9-5 jobs that they completely forget about their physical health. Why is physical health important for having a positive attitude? Let me tell you why, exercising and maintain your body is as important as it is to take care of your mental health. When we exercise, we boost our physical and mental energy in relieving stress, energizing your mood and also has a positive impact on your cognitive skills. Therefore, exercising has an impact on us directly or indirectly in some form and keep us pumped throughout.
- Laugh more-
We don’t laugh because we’re happy, we are happy because we laugh. - WILLIAM JAMES.
They say laughter is the best medicine and it indeed is, being humorous or having humorous conversations lifts up your mood instantly in any situation. Many times, we tend to crack lame jokes to make serious issues or topics to be taken in a very light hearted manner. Laughing and embracing humour is very important as it helps you deal with many obstacles from your everyday life which can be as simple as a grammatical error and as big as a messed-up project or presentation. Laughing at times can get us into serious trouble sometimes, nevertheless people who laugh more cope up easily in from a crisis as their mind remains calm and composed throughout, whilst they come up with a positive solution for the problem. Laughter is very contagious, hence keep spreading smiles!
- Have a Hobby-
Sometimes, work or college can be very hectic and totally exhausting and that is why it is important that we all should have at least one hobby or thing that we want to do in our free time. As the saying goes, An empty mind is a devil’s mind, keeping ourselves free leads to negative thoughts creeping into our mind and the unnecessary thoughts taking control over us, which is why we should keep ourselves busy by doing something that we love, by doing something that not only teaches us about the thing we are interested in but also the learning and fun that goes into it. This way we learn to love ourselves even more.
- Learn to Accept Rejection-
When we succeed in something, it gives us immense pleasure and we celebrate but at the same time when we attain a failure, many people just cannot accept it and sometimes end up taking harsh steps. Learning to accept rejection is very necessary, because we only teach people to win and succeed but do not teach them to accept failures the same way in which they accept success. Rejection brings in a lot of negative emotions and going through it with a positive attitude will give you a positive outlook in life whenever you fail. Turning your failures into lessons is another positive attitude that one can develop because rejection is nothing more than a necessary step in the pursuit of success.
- Talk positively about yourself-
We all are different and unique in our own ways, and there is no one perfect in this world because everyone is flawed. The words that we use have a lot more power than we think. How you talk about yourself is how you will turn out to be. We often degrade and put ourselves down, we tend to make ourselves look and feel perfect but that is far from reality and accepting ourselves the way we are is important, not for anyone else but for us, for our own body. Always stay positive, talk positive and Glo positive!
- Have a little Me-Time-
We all forget how consuming our everyday routines can get and how it has a toll on us, not only mentally but even physically. Amidst all our hectic schedules, having a little me-time and self-care is a must. Most of us are so busy in our jobs, working non-stop, meeting deadlines, interacting with people and what not… becomes a very tiring process right? This is when you take some time out for yourself and pamper yourself. It can be a hot long bath with scented candles with slow music, pampering sessions, cooking for yourself, going out for movies or just staying home and sleeping. All the people out there, cut yourself some slack and go get some me-time for yourselves.
- Maintain a Gratitude Journal-
There are a lot of things that we do in a day, some can be bad and some can be good. A Gratitude journal is maintained to write down all the positive and happy things that happened to you in a day. We obviously cannot forget the negative ones, but making mistakes is a way of life and everyone learns from their mistakes, similarly the main aim of having a gratitude journal is to include all the positive and small little things that gave you happiness. A gratitude journal helps you in to remain positive because you mostly tend to ignore the things that effect you and only focus on the things that bring you happiness and a good vibe. So, to all the people out their thinking about how bad your day was, stop thinking and start writing.
- Surround yourself with positivity –
Last but not the least, is surrounding yourself with a positive environment that consists of a lot of positive people. There is no point of just you having a positive attitude whereas your surrounding is filled with negative vibes, we should be around people who themselves have a positive attitude and believe in spreading it to everyone, not only will your perceptions about things change but how you think and talk about everything will gradually turn positive , Nothing makes us happier than spreading smiles and wearing one too!
Everyone has their own ways of being positive, these are a few from our side. Tell us more about how you maintain a positive attitude right below in the comments section.
GLADYATOR: Meet the twins making a mark in the sustainable fashion field.3 minute
In a time where Climate change is being debated upon, there is a company which takes the most used thing, and makes it safe for the environment, your clothes. Coral Doe was started in 2018 by Aqsa and Tuba Sajjad to make comfortable clothing that is sustainable and ethical. They intend to be 100% sustainable by the end of 2023 and are working well towards it.
The company and the team intends to go a step beyond and create awareness among its users about the need of the hour, sustainable fashion.
We spoke to Aqsa, Coral Doe’s co-founder, and here is her take on being an Entrepreneur and her aspirations.
- Please tell us what being a business owner means to you and why you became an entrepreneur in the first place?
For me, it's about getting to do something I love every single day. It may sound cliche but as a person who suffered from depression, anxiety, and mental health issues, it was very important to my well being to have a reason to wake up and work hard every single day. Coral Doe has brought meaning to my life and has given me something to work for.
Plus, the thought of working for someone else's dream has always been suffocating. It only made sense to become an entrepreneur.
- What or who has been your greatest influence in business and why?
Gary Vee. He's a huge motivation and encourages you to focus on all aspects of your life: professional, personal, and all others.
- What would you say is your greatest professional accomplishment to date?
Growing my business to 2000+ customers in under a year has been the most rewarding experience. Sometimes, I truly can't believe we did this.
- What’s the best advice you have received in business that you wish to pass on to our readers?
I read somewhere: These 5AMs will make you a legend one day.
This has stuck with me since the day I read it. But it's important to take it with a grain of salt. Sometimes, hard work and waking up at 5AM isn't the way to go about it. Sometimes, you have to work smart rather than hard. Also, another good advice is to keep at it and to try to sustain your business in every way if it's something you love. But also to know when to quit. Not all businesses are sustainable and the world isn't ready for every idea yet.
- What has been the most effective marketing initiatives or programs you have used to promote your business?
Word of mouth is always the best way to market your brand. Instagram content and ads have also been great for us.
- What one thing have you learned as a small business owner that has served you well.
Every sale and every customer matters, as a small business owner. It's always lovely to see customers going out of their way to support, review, and comment.
- Are there any resources or tools you’d like to share with other small business owners that have helped you run your business? If yes, please describe.
Gary Vee's videos are a brilliant resource.
Any tool that'll keep your finances organized is important. Invest in a good accounting software. Finances are everything.
- Have you faced any failures? How did you overcome that failure and what did you learn from it?
Everyone faces failure. You either learn from it or you go backwards.
- What do you do for fun/relaxation?
I go to the gym and I read a lot of books. When you have your own business, it's hard to draw boundaries with work. Work never stops. It's always important to force yourself to take a break from work.
- What is the Number One Business Goal you plan to accomplish over the next year?
Expanding into new markets.
Learning more and more business literature.
Diving deeper into sustainable manufacturing and trying to move other brands towards it too.
- If you were to give an advice to a 16 year old you, what would you say?
Find a supportive circle of friends. Invest in people and friendships. It'll go a long way in life.
- How can I be a good leader?
Put your team first. And lead with compassion.
- The last question, what keeps you up at night?
The thought that maybe I should be doing more and working harder (Not a healthy thought at all. I always have to remind myself to give myself credit)
How to be a successful intern6 minute
Internships are like a trial period for an employee that a company runs to understand what that person does and to assess what more he or she can offer to the company. For freshers who are just out of college, or for women who are returning from a break in their career or people who are undergoing a shift in their career, normally have to go through this. This probation period is the period where the company judges whether you are cut out for that role and that company or not. On the other hand, for the intern, it’s the best way to figure out whether he/she really wants that role.
But, trust me. Internships are not easy and are tedious since you have a lot to do and a lot of people to prove to. Here are some of my tips to ace your internship:
- Blend well with your coworkers:
The most important part of an internship or even a job is to develop relationships. Meet your coworkers and start mingling. You will eventually blend into the office culture and understand how the office works. You will also find yourself in a pickle every now and then and you may need to know which coworker to work with to get the help you require. Blending in is the most important part of your career. You will need to work with people of different genders, different personalities, different profiles, etc. while respecting them at the same time and people skills is the most important feature that workplaces require, right now.
Organize your day-to-day work requisites. Plan out each day accordingly to meet immediate requirements. The defining factor of an intern comes from the way he or she prioritizes what has to be done right now and what can be done later on. Also, the intern’s reliability is one thing that is defined over time, so you have to make sure you convey properly what you can do and what you cannot do.
- Learn from your peers:
Watch and learn from your peers. Active learning is the make or break of an intern’s career. If you are really interested in the field you are interning for, you should know what are the actual requirements for the job. You should research and learn those fields and be implementative. In case you don’t know how or what to even study, then the best and fastest way to grow is learning from your peers. Ask them all kinds of stupid questions. Ask them what to learn and how to learn. Ask them if they could mentor you and help you at times you are feeling some sort of difficulty. Watch them how they do the job and learn the professional skills required. Don’t feel shy or don’t feel embarrassed when you mess up. After all, you are an intern and you are here to learn. If they expected you to be that perfect, you would be an employee and not an intern.
Many, many interns are not professional, mainly because they are totally new into the field. And, that’s fine. But if you do not develop any professionalism by the end of your internship, regardless of how perfect you are in terms of your work quality or your knowledge base, they will not convert you to full time. Work ethics is something that needs to be picked up and worked on simultaneously. So please try to take it slow by being a little passive until you pick up on some professionalism and work culture.
You can’t be idle just because you finished your job. Key element for an intern and one of the judging factors to convert an intern to a full time employee is “How productive he/she is?”
In the world of corporate culture, or any work culture as a matter of fact is, productivity comes hand-in-hand with how much work you did. But, the judging factor comes with how much work can you actually do based on your skill sets and talent. Once your done with the task at hand, reach out to your team members and understand where you can help them in case they need help. Constantly deliver your thoughts and ideas to your team members. This acts as you being proactive and also shows your leadership skills to lead and motivate the team.
- Organize your day:
Organize your work. I cannot stress enough on this. Without the ability to prioritize your work and work accordingly, you can never reach the fullest potential that you have or showcase your true quality. Try different approaches on how to organize your tasks at hand. You can have a daily tasks list for that or if you have a team working with you and there is no organizational structure, go a step ahead and try to set up an agile system by making use of Kanban or scrum. Set sprints and reach the targets effectively.
- Time management skills:
Like mentioned before, prioritize what do you exactly want to do right now. Many times, you may get yourself involved in work that is not of immediate necessity while there is a pile of work that needs immediate attention. Work effectively and prioritize correctly.
- Project management skills:
Sometimes, you will find yourself receiving a lot of work and most of the times it is more than what you can handle. As an intern, it is okay to feel overwhelmed and you can always question if they are pushing work that is beyond the scope of your responsibilities. But, if there are times where you have to handle many projects at once, you need to keep track of what’s happening in each project. So, my suggestion would be to jot down everything. Document everything that requires attention from your supervisors. This shows what work you are doing, how much have you accomplished and how much are still pending. Work accordingly to reach your targets.
- Go out for a coffee with your peers:
Well, of course, this is just another bonding methodology. But the twist here is, they are outside the office. Get to know them on a personal level, their dreams and share everything you have to offer. This is a grand gesture that acts as the extra mile. It shows that you are a people’s person and you are interested beyond just the work limitations. This is a great bonding experience.
- Showcase your work and skills:
Remember when I told you to jot down everything that you do? Those tasks that you have completed, those tasks that you have picked up and are working on, all of these have to be converted into Key Performance Indicators and Objectives and Key Results for the team. They should align with the company’s vision. This shows to what extent are you harmonically working with the team and how you are keen on learning more and reflects how much more that you can offer.
Now these are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many more factors that affect your role in the internship. It might be something as simple as work culture, or mentorship, etc. But, if you follow these, it will definitely show that you are serious about your work and all the things that you can offer you are real. The HR department will definitely love you!
4 Work From Home Tips And Tools To Make You More Efficient3 minute
Lockdown amidst this global pandemic of coronavirus making you lose out on productivity? Check out these 5 apps that help you do better.
- Down Dog
Working from home means slouchy, unsupervised postures that can lead to serious spinal issues later on. It’s all fun and games with your PJs on, bra off and your hair rounded in a bun, until it’s not anymore. The weighing scale goes up, you start having issues with sleeping patterns and what not.
Enter: Down Dog. As the name suggests, the app provides a studio-like experience to kickstart your yoga journey to help you lead a fitter, healthier and bendier life. Having appeared in the editor’s choice section of Google Play store, the Down Dog app has announced all of their workouts - Yoga, HIIT, Barre and short 7 minute circuits to be absolutely free for all till the lockdown ends. Need we say more? The app is available on android as well as iOS platforms.
- Recipe Book
Another aspect of your routine that is likely to go downhill if you suddenly start to work from home is your diet. A constant need to snack every now and then is only a few days away from haunting you and this could prove to be a not-so-friendly habit for your body.
Recipe book is a recipe discovery app that curates various recipes from almost all popular cuisines such as Indian, Italian, Mexican, Korean, Thai, Malaysian - even Arabiana and German. Sure, many recipe apps have been around for a while but the apps search facility and the offering of enabling offline saved recipes makes it super user-friendly. There’s a “follow your interests” feature that allows you to follow cuisines, your favorite chefs and blogs. The best part is that the app helps you search for recipes according to the ingredients you enter (In the form of text or images). So you can scout for dishes that can be made off the ingredients lying in your own refrigerator!
Let’s face it, writing up lists on your tiny diary and misplacing them can be a real problem sometimes. Even if you somehow manage a great journal, you need reminders to help you stay on track and stay motivated to accomplish your daily tasks.
ToDoist acts as the ultimate todo list organiser and has helped millions gain control over their lives. Its intelligent software does more than just help you create timely tasks. It helps categorise each of your tasks under sections and schedule reminders for your tasks/meetings as well.
- Insight Timer
Another reason for lack of productivity or motivation during this period of quarantine could be stress, anxiety and restlessness. Simply allotting a couple of minutes a day specifically to calming your nerves can really help you take on each day a whole lot better.
Insight Timer is a free meditation app that helps you sleep better, reduces anxiety and even helps manage stress. Its simple mantra is to improve happiness and let's face it, we could all use some “happy” right about now. There are over 24,000 guided as well as unguided meditation routines that are suitable for all starting from beginners to advanced practitioners. They have material from renowned artists, experts and professors from Stanford, Harvard and University of Oxford too. We're sold!
Hope these suggestions do much to help your productive graph go up. Stay home, Stay safe.
How Careers For Women Have Evolved Post The Pandemic5 minute
Just as you scroll on your phone reading, somewhere a woman is grieving over her recently lost job, another is considering freelancing as her alternative career option, and someone else is contemplating about turning home-cooked food into a business idea. If you’re one amongst them, take a deep breath before you read any further and know that you’re not alone in this.
Will we need to reinvent ourselves for remote working jobs? Should we consider freelance gigs to be the future? Do we have to look for an all-new career option post this crisis? The uncertainty looming over our heads about what’s next is painful. However, one thing is clear, the world of work will not be the same.
India, one of the world’s fastest-growing economy has one of the lowest rates of female employment. This abysmal trend has worsened over the last decade. And COVID-19 is another big threat bringing further losses. While the virus seems to be deadlier in men, the economic consequences have hit women harder.
Firstly, the sectors facing the brunt are those with higher concentration of women workers- be it leisure, hospitality, health care, education, or retail.
Secondly, to no surprise, employers are taking disproportionate decisions to lay off women as they are not seen as the ‘primary breadwinners of the family’ and thus easy to let go when compared to men.
WORK, WOMEN AND VIRUS
Is your job at risk?
As per the report by The Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) in April, millions of young workers in their 20s have been left jobless since the lockdown in March. Also, over one-fourth of India’s working-age population is unemployed due to the pandemic. The number of women in home-based work and self-employment are high in India. This means a large number of women will lose work and in turn not receive the benefits of contractual paid leave policies unlike in formal sector jobs. 70% of health and social workers in the world are women, according to WHO.
This means, the majority of healthcare and social workers are women, which puts them in frontline and at high risk of catching the disease, thus increasing the distress on this part of the workforce exceedingly. Due to the severe economic downturn, the Exports & Imports sector are impacted to a great extent. Women occupy around 60 - 80% of jobs in export manufacturing industries and hence, until the economy gets stable, women will bear the burden of unemployment.
Furthermore, post this pandemic more and more women in desperation for jobs, may be forced to take jobs in informal sectors, or accept underpaid jobs, work overtime and even face layoffs. To sum up, the picture of Indian job market currently is ugly. While all our lives remain uncertain during these tough times, women are facing a more severe and a long-lasting collapse than the other half of the population. Such dire setbacks will undo decades of gains (however small) made by the country to bring up the women workforce.
Jobs after crisis unevenly distributed between the sexes
A study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation And Development (OECD) suggests that the jobs created during and after the crisis will mostly target men, leaving women jobless for a long period. During an economic crisis like COVID-19, in order to create jobs, government generally emphasises on big infrastructure projects, often carried out by men. Such a neglected approach, further contributes to high unemployment trend for women in the country. Women have the ability to be the driving force in recovering country’s economy. However, inclusive policies and suitable jobs need to be created to meaningfully include women. This demands the leaders to devise gender-neutral plans and reform discriminatory practices.
Women working longer
As if the crisis hadn’t burdened women enough, the existing social norms leave them with no choice but to juggle between professional and personal lives. While the schools and colleges being shut down and the new work from home policies was seen as an untimely long vacation for many, the women being the primary caregivers have been weighed down increasingly. For decades, women have done a major part of this unpaid work- of running the household and taking care of children, even if they are out working just like men. This unequal distribution of unpaid work between men and women does not work well for a woman’s career growth or her earning potential.
The post-pandemic life
This lopsided situation is going to lead to many lasting social and economic changes. In order to bring balance in the post-pandemic world- the policymakers will have to make recovery efforts on the grounds of gender equality; the employers will have to devise ways that allow flexibility, work from home alternatives and gender-friendly conditions; and the men in the houses will have to take up some part of chores and childcare work. These mindful moves will prevent women from falling behind once the crisis ends and may promise a more balanced future.
Journey from ‘I don’t know what to do’ to ‘here comes the sun’
While we can’t really predict the future, we can pay attention to what’s going on around us. Yes, things are changing and instead of panicking in response, you can stay ahead in the game by playing out various probable scenarios. The sooner you believe this reality, the faster you’ll be able to jump in and adapt to the changes.
The Game Plan
With this major economic recession, we are all going to face pink-slipped shocks, unpaid leaves and brutally slashed incomes. And to brave these tough challenges, all we need is a well-thought plan. One that helps you understand what the employers would look for post-COVID. One that helps you with a safe exit from this complex reality.
1. KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON
Stay updated. Keep a finger on the pulse of the industry you work in and the overall economy. Set up your news and social feed to connect with key trends related to new work from home opportunities and companies that welcome remote work options. Follow the right people and industries It’s best to track valuable insights into the industry yourself before someone else delivers the news to you.
2. ELIMINATE THE IRRELEVANT
It’s all about focusing your energy. In a normal situation, you’d apply to as many places as possible. However, in a situation like this, it’s best to choose the companies you really want to work for and look for reasonable openings there. Resist your urge to apply anywhere and everywhere. Rather than applying to hundreds of irrelevant job positions, one must direct their energies to a few relevant applications. Focus on quality instead of quantity.
3. STAND OUT FROM THE PACK
Unemployment has smashed its own records, which means a whole bunch of people like you and me are looking for jobs at the same time. And it’s now more than ever that you need a compelling story to stay ahead of the pack.
Construct a clear story of what motivated the job search, and what you are looking for in your future job or your employer. Put together your experiences in a clear crisp format to explain how they shaped the person you are today.
From your cover letter to your LinkedIn profile, make sure you maintain consistency through all your job search assets to make a great first impression. This is essential to come across as trustworthy, reliable and memorable.
If you don’t know where to start, feel free to seek help through free guides, samples and tutorials about personal branding and communication skills on online platforms like LinkedIn Learning or know about the right career path for you through FOITO 's Skill Evaluation
4. ACCEPT THE NEW NORMAL
An important step in learning to thrive is to understand how radically different today’s job search approach is. Coffee meetings and networking events are a thing of the past. It’s the age of online networking.
Even as we practice social distancing, it’s imperative to stay connected with the right people to get the job you’re looking for. And that means, you may have to send initial outreach emails to former colleagues, friends, college-mates, and industry leaders to get to know about the current employment trends.
Relationship building and networking have a far better ROI when looking for the right opportunities. Build a community on your job search portals so you can seek advice on how to restart your career. Be straightforward and specific about the kind of support you need like getting feedback on your resume, asking for an internal referral or making an email-introduction to another contact.
5. CHOOSE THE RIGHT EMPLOYER
Firstly, since the job opportunities are scarce, it’s best to look for jobs in companies that are recession-proof, are hiring rapidly, and hold a positive future.
Secondly, the employers should be empathetic, flexible, allow remote working, listen actively and be gender-sensitive in their approach to the current scenario. Compassionate leadership is the need of the hour.
Thirdly, make sure the organisations are digitally agile enough to adapt to the changing environment. It is the organisation’s responsibility to re-skill the workforce, bring in technological advancement and work on virtual collaborations.
Lastly, transparency and consistent communication play a key role when choosing a firm to work for, post-COVID. It is imperative to work with people who are honest about the challenges they are facing, share facts and acknowledge successes and fallouts regularly.
6. STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Worrying about your lost job will not take you anywhere. The only way to deal with chaos is by embracing it. And if it implies that you step out of your comfort zone and switch cities, then do it. Look for places with higher job opportunities and jump right in. In times like these, it’s more about survival than choice.
Keeping an open mind about switching geographies will only broaden your job options. Likewise, apart from switching places, be prepared to switch roles too. This is the time when you can try out other roles that are closely related to your previous job.
7. THE COMPETITIVE EDGE
While up-skilling is never an option, you may need it now more than ever. It’s the time to invest in yourself. Start afresh with a beginner’s mindset, imbibe critical thinking, revive your skillset, and learn new tools.
To enjoy a competitive edge, it’s essential to be seen as up-to-date, unique and innovative. Identify online courses to leverage your unique insights and creativity to meet and exceed the expectations of your future employer. Always remember, what guarantees you employment is a clear business need for the skills you’re offering.
8. THE HOT JOBS
The new normal post the pandemic will be quite different from the past. As per the experts at HR firms, there will be fewer full-time jobs in the future. Health care, pharma, medical equipment companies and e-commerce segments will see a gradual increase in business, according to the analysts. Considering the current demands of the people, new jobs will be created in gaming, technology, healthcare, hygiene and edutech segments.
However, these companies will need to come up with innovative solutions, revamp their working ways, and devise new revenue streams to drive economic growth. In just a few months since the crisis,professionals in online education, online sales, online customer support, digital marketing, graphic design and course coding have gained value. Similarly, a sea of change is observed in working habits. Remote working, short-term contracts and freelance work will be new norms in the post-covid world.
9. STAY FLEXIBLE
For the ambitious women of our community, this situation of uncertainty might mean re-setting expectations of career advancement. Being flexible is vital as the number of job seekers in the market will only increase in the coming days. With the desperation on the rise, you may have to set realistic expectations with your employer about your role and salary. In order to stay ahead in the game, it’s your skills that may give you an edge over the rest. Convince the organisation about how you’re a better fit for the role considering your knowledge and values. Prepare hard and stay competitive by identifying and offering the new needs of the organisation.
10. BE OPEN TO OPPORTUNITIES
No opportunity is a bad opportunity. And in a recession like this, where everything is changing so rapidly, one has no choice but to keep up. More and more people may seek contract-based workers for their individual projects. Seize any opportunity that comes your way- be it freelance assignments, short-term contracts, commission-based sales, time-bound projects, paid internships, part-time work, or online teaching. Use your time and efforts to put your skills to good use. Until you land the job you like, this money (however little) could help sustain you.
Women’s employment is one of the strongest influencing factors of women’s empowerment as a whole, and not just to boost a country’s GDP. By empowering women economically, the country can uplift entire families and communities out of hardship and poverty. Supporting women has proven to create powerful and positive benefits to society. And if women continue to drop out of the workforce post-COVID, it will only intensify the damage caused to their position in society. There is a great need to reduce exploitation and create economic opportunities for women during the crisis to ensure the overall growth of the country’s economy.
Despite the unprecedented conditions and uncertainties, you’ve got to pull your socks and stay positive. Instead of grieving and complaining about the situation, you have an option to use the above advice to restart your career and find a job you love. And every time you feel vulnerable, lost, or anxious, get out of your own head and call a friend or a loved one. Talk it out. For all, you know they may help you with a tip or two or even offer support. It is difficult in the beginning but things do fall in place eventually.
Skills You Should Master To Be Successful In Your Career6 minute
Clearly, putting on an awesome sauce tie and buying a new briefcase isn’t remotely sufficient to make a successful career today. The increasing access to information only means that any skill is relatively much easier to acquire than it used to be a decade ago.
Where does this leave those, who wish to really stand out?
There are skills that a course can teach you, then again, there are a vast set of skills you need as a base in order to really master growth in your career- ones that need practice and persistence.
In order to assist your career graph, we’ve created a list of some under both these categories - a curated list of 15 skills you must aim to master to be successful in any career in the 21st century.
Brace yourself, and get ready to take notes maybe?
1. Digital literacy
With the constant evolution of technology, it’s crucial that you yourself progress at an equal rate if you wish to advance in your career. Most jobs rely heavily on the latest technologies, and staying up to date on the newest versions of your company’s core programs helps make sure that you remain valuable, not easily replaceable.
Obtaining certifications latest technologies further increases your value as an employee. Even if your job role doesn’t directly define using these, here are some digital tools that are quite commonly used in most business and that you could aim to have on your fingertips:
- Coding languages like Java, Python, Ruby
- Social media
- Digital marketing and analytics
- Productivity increasing tools
If you’re an introvert who chose to stay loyal to a desk job for the rest of your life, you still need this skill. To be an initiator doesn’t necessarily always means taking charge. In fact, it’s quite different from leadership.
To acquire this skill means to have a proactive approach in your field of expertise - not a reactive one. Read that again. Novel ideas emerge from this kind of approach, and who knows, you might be the one discovering the colour palette for your new website - simply by doing the groundwork and initiating the suggestion based on your research!
This might sound like the most obvious skill to possess even before starting your career, but one that people often struggle with. Productivity might just be the one thing keeping you back from climbing the career ladder.
Although being productive is sort of an abstract concept, what defines it is generally universal: Spend more of your time doing what’s important to you. For some, completing a task list before 5:00 p.m. makes them feel productive, but for others, productivity could mean putting family & friends time first to make lasting memories and have a great work-life balance. So make the most of your time.
How to start suddenly increasing your productivity overnight? Well, you can’t. But here are a few steps to follow, that sure as hell have proven to be handy:
Spot and then List what’s important to you. (In an order) This boils down to self-awareness. Knowing exactly what you’re working towards is a highly motivating factor. Periodically assess your productivity to make sure that your actions are, in fact, taking your career in a direction you’re satisfied with. Know what your goals are and align your action steps to support achieving these goals.
Eyes solely on what’s important to you. This step involves the setting of goals. Once you have successfully identified what you want, whether it’s a huge raise, a promotion or starting your own business, keeping an end goal in the front of your mind is going to subconsciously propel you to take actions that assist in reaching the goal.
Make (more) time for what’s important to you. After you’re done identifying and setting your goals, you’ve got to follow through. It’s easy to make excuses and procrastinate. A lot of people put off reaching goals because they are “too busy” and “don’t have time” to pursue advancements when they’re juggling to keep up with deadlines day after day.
But ask yourself this, is the present you more important than a newer version with a 10 fold progress mark? If you don’t want to stay in your current rut, you have to get off that cushiony wagon and make time for tasks that help reach your goals.
4. Public Speaking
If you think you can get away with public speaking and interactions with desk jobs, you’re probably wrong. Employees are assessed and judged based on their ability to converse right from the first interview to the first client meeting.
Public speaking is indeed a very crucial skill to possess, and requires a lot of self-confidence, practice, and analysing your audience. Even though it comes naturally to many people, it is important to remember that a skill like this can be acquired.
After all, when you meet potential clients, or even a friend, a stranger and speak of your job, you’re basically acting as a representative of your company.
It is only fair that they would rather hire someone who can carry themselves well while also expressing the values and products of the company. At that minute of conversation, you are what the company looks like.
5. Project Management
Project management skills are a set of highly desirable tools that provide processes and guidelines to streamline all your projects. Possessing and mastering these tools is important to help you and your team complete tasks or projects on time and within budget rather seamlessly.
Further, with a combination of project management, organizational and problem-solving skills, you’d be able to quickly strategize and prioritize all the steps your team is required to deliver a project within given parameters, impressing upper management and giving you a huge competitive advantage when it’s time for promotions.
Some popular (free) project management tools include Trello, Nifty, TeamGantt, nTask and Zenkit. If you do wish to eventually step up and be a delegator of tasks, you have to know what tools best help you delegate.
It is a known fact that the skills used by a marketer are applicable to every profession. Marketers use tools that cost nothing such as active listening and observing, asking of questions and also make use of tech tools available to them to provide good feedback and accurate interpretations of what works and what doesn’t.
For example, a good digital marketer would test the running of ads on two different social media platforms to assess which does better, only then go ahead and allocate a huge budget toward the platform that gives better leads.
Churning out a way to connect with your audience is a skill that is not limited to marketers, as the skill required to understand, reach out and effectively communicate is universal across all professions.
7. Story Telling
Think beyond the basics of verbal and written communication. One of the most critical skills you need to possess for the next decade is that of storytelling. This requires the ability to make sense of different pieces of information and present it in a way that the other person remains immersed in your narrative, can seamlessly understand it and fully remember it as well.
Whether you’re making a presentation or simply submitting a document, own the story and how it lands on the reader/listener. Excellent command over language is not as critical but what matters most is stepping into your audience’s shoes and working hard to communicate in a relatable, somewhat entertaining and informative manner.
According to Sir Michael Moritz (an investor), this is the single biggest skill required by a modern entrepreneur too. If you can tell well, you can sell well.
Possessing knowledge of the many principles and methods of promotion, presentation and sale of products and services is critical, no matter what your role is. At any given point in time, you could be approached with an opportunity to promote or speak of your company and its products or services to the people you meet.
It could simply be promoting these to a friend/acquaintance or a more formal environment where you’re pulled in for a meeting or a project pitch.
Having some knowledge of at least the basic marketing strategies as well as a bunch of sales techniques and sales control systems may sure as hell come in handy at such times. It’s the mantra that most startup companies follow today. Every single member on the team is a potential spokesperson for the brand.
9. Web Development
The essential component of web development is the ability to read and write in a programming language, otherwise popularly known as coding. These languages, or codes, are what create applications and websites, and commands them to run properly.
Open your phone and see how many apps you alone have installed on this one single device. Every new service is going to be a website or an app eventually - simply because it’s convenient.
Even if you have nothing to do with the IT department of your company, it is so very important because the skills needed to succeed in web development, such as the ability to visualize, connect and communicate information, are the very same skills you will use on a daily basis.
The authoritative command of these skills gets more work done, creates new ways of doing things and is something that will definitely put you in the limelight.
Wait, what? Again? Ugh.
Even if your job has nothing to do with textbook mathematics involving arithmetic, algebra, calculus, geometry and statistics, possessing a basic knowledge of these may become crucial at some stage.
The thing is, with the entire hiring process going digital today, the initial rounds of evaluation are done via online aptitude tests that comprise of sub-sections involving everyone’s worst nightmare - maths.
Hence, refreshing your knowledge of mathematics is often an essential part of sustaining a competitive advantage in the job market.
Statistics, in particular, may come in handy on the job, as you might need to produce graphs and figures by analysing quantitative data at least at some point in your career- especially in roles like BD, sales, tech, market research and the like.
Businesses will continue to require people who are capable of smart negotiations and who achieve closures in sales, service and business transactions.
A good deal always requires the ability to negotiate well, and you would be surprised by the number of courses that are available online to master this art.
Whether or not you’re in sales, the art of reaching an agreement with a third party will always boost your career and be used in team discussions, presentations and client/vendor interactions to sharpen your saw.
At the end of the day, a successful negotiation enables one to crack a better deal for their company than what’s on the table, so it is pretty much a mandatory skill.
12. Mastering Tech Basis
According to a McKinsey report, India is the second-fastest digitising economy in the world! This is obviously not going to slow down anytime soon - especially when the economy aspires to grow manifold.
So, when we speak of technology that is responsible for transforming and disrupting your life, industry and role, you cannot just be a silent observer. Does this mean you have to be a coder in order to survive? No.
But you must aim to be an early adopter or a market leader in using technology. In order to stay relevant and grow into the next decade, you have to be able to correctly include technology at the design stage, know how it could be programmed to alter outcomes in current processes and also learn how to apply the latest tech at your workplace to maximise your productivity.
For example, if you work in the HR department, it would be useful to stay up to date with the latest HR analytical tools launched.
Innovation, by a simple dictionary definition, is the ability to improve a process, deliver efficient products and services to market and to overall improve the profitability of a company.
Innovative thinking needs creativity and a willingness to take risks of employing unconventional methods to do things in the interest of improving existing processes and creating new ones.
Innovative thinkers also tend to be problem solvers, and the science of innovative problem solving is a quality that employers in every field appreciate highly.
14. Wearing Multiple Hats
Doesn’t quite sound like a skill, does it? Stay with me. In theory, when someone is offered a job, there is a JD (job description) included in the contract.
However, in reality, employees aren’t expected to stick to only what comes under their job description, and this is especially true if you aspire to work with or own a startup.
A few hands run the entire show in startup companies, with little budget to expand teams in early stages. So if there’s a skill gap that exists, you’d be expected to fill in.
You’d most likely be expected to get involved in many other areas of the business, understand all the various steps involved, and offer help where ever necessary.
At the end of the day, employers look for someone who is willing to try out different things, wear multiple hats at the same time, deal with different projects and individuals, and provide more than a sole contribution to the company at a time.
15. Management Skills
The ability to manage people itself is a very strong skill to have. In any profession, if you’re a consultant, a doctor or a designer, management skills will help you inspire individuals to do what is right as well as guide them along the way, and you can monitor their progress with every step. The ability to lead a group and manage individuals in a way that doesn’t impede their progress or insult their work/judgement is highly desirable in today’s workplace.
With the GenYs taking over the workplace, and their strong desire to be left alone to do what they need to do, it is important to have managers that know exactly how to lead and manage teams in a way that leaves all employees enough room to come up with their novel own ways of doing things. Exhibiting strong leadership skills is hence a huge advantage in today’s work environment.
16. Interpersonal Skills
In order to advance in your career, it becomes essential to continuously develop and improve your interpersonal skills. Interpersonal skills assist you to effectively communicate with others in a rather clear, respectful yet concise manner. These skills also show how to interact with other people and work as part of a team, which can sometimes be just as important as possessing technical knowledge regarding your job, if not more.
Here’s a list of online courses that can help you gain a massive competitive advantage in almost any field:
For Digital Marketing:
For Branding and Product Management:
For Deal Closures and Negotiations:
For Web Development:
For Interpersonal and Soft Skills: