Bridging gaps in your Qualifications

Bridging gaps in your qualifications:

A ship in port is safe, but that is not what ships are for. They have to sail out in the sea, do new things, gather experience and show their credibility by safely reaching the shore on the other side.

A student faces the same situation once he has accomplished his qualifications. He is ready to sail in the world of work, but fails to fill the gap in his qualifications when the organization demands unrealistic experience and qualifications. Sometimes, the employers claim to give priority to soft skills, but even then, the candidate fails to get a job on academic and good soft skills alone.

Employers sat that, ‘Adaptability to change’ and ‘Strategic and Analytic thinking’ are the most important skills looked out for and are the hardest to find.

As 100% of employers percieve that college prepares students for the workplace, and as it is not so in most of the cases, the gap in a job search for the student extends.

To prepare for such situations and to stand out in the hiring process, here are some guidelines.

NACE 2013 conducted a student survey on ‘Do internships lead to jobs?’ and it was found that 63.1% of students who had interned and were paid had got at least one job offer. The study found that college students who worked for paid internships were more likely to receive job offers when compared to unpaid interns.

How to turn your internship into a job:

  • Before plunging into it blindly, check its worth by talking to individuals who have done the job before and ask about their experiences.
  • Be focused and set specific goals to master explicit skills by the end of your internship
  • Be a perfect learner and gather as much information as you can by unhesitatingly clarifying all your doubts when given an assignment and not pretending to know everything
  • Do not hesitate to volunteer for tasks which you think could help you fulfill your goals
  • Experiences and simulations are among the most powerful ways for students to learn, so therefore internships, which are structured for learning and offer in-service training, always prove to be helpful in building a bridge to your potential job.
  • Play safe, do not rely on a single employer for a job offer and strive to have as many internship as possible before graduation.
  • Treat the job seriously from day one and concentrate on making valuable job contacts, by bonding with the other fellow interns and seeking opportunities to meet the senior leaders. This will also help you raise your profile within the workplace.

Sometimes it happens that no matter how much ever connections, friends and followers you have the net effect of such distant interactions prove to turn into shallow relationships. How many ever emails you have shared with your network of valuable friends and your one time employer, for your referral, the hiring manager will just treat you as a non-entity. How to fill up such gaps?

  • Stop connecting to your recruiters or to your net work of so called virtual friends through the internet.
  • Get out in the real world and participate in the real meetings.
  • Come out of your comfort zones and attend the alumni meets of your school and university.
  • Work for an NGO or join a hobby group
  • Attend trade associations meetings

To bridge the gap between you and your prospective career

  • Get clarity on what kind of a career would you be interested and then chase your career dreams passionately.
  • Education gives us invaluable transferable skills, however to turn them into commercial experiences, you need to know what you are capable of.
  • Attend career fairs; get an exposure on the various careers available in the market. These fairs give an opportunity to find out what exact aptitudes recruiters look out for. Around 27% of graduates are hired from career fairs according to the study by Millennium Brand Inc
  • You can improve your ‘self’ marketing skills by talking to recruiters, enquiring about the aptitudes required for the job and at the same time making some very valuable contacts.
  • Such fairs also offer advice on CV making and thus improving your future chances

If at all, there is a wide unemployment gap/ gap of years in studies:

  • For an unemployment gap, say in obtaining the degree and starting a family life or taking off time to look after a sick relative, etc, mention it in your CV or discuss it in person during the interview.
  • If you have discontinued a job before, then mention the years and not months of work in your CV.
  • If you have done any volunteer work during these years, mention it in your CV.
  • Let the CV. be a functional one that lists skills first rather than list of jobs.
  • A gap of 6months is considered normal by the employer
  • If there are gap of years in your studies, then address the issue directly and honestly. Acknowledge the gap and highlight on your other achievements and responsibilities that you have fulfilled.

To win in both the above situations,

  • Do a certification/diploma course to upgrade your earlier qualification, as these are attractive traits for potential employers.
  • Illustrating on the experiences of your gap years, clearly articulate what lessons you have learned and explain how these will help you with the job you are applying for.

When you graduate with exposure to the workplace instead of mere theory, when you are ready to upgrade, adapt and widen your skills portfolio, then the barriers of employment between your prospective employer and you are sufficiently reduced. Subsequently, bridging the gaps in your qualification will be accomplished effortlessly.


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Social Anxiety in children

Social Anxiety in children is more than shyness and, if not attended to becomes a serious problem.

A shy kid might remain quite in a group and waits to be introduced, but a socially anxious kid is terrified of making a fool of himself.

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Nothing happens unless you ‘MAKE IT HAPPEN’

Winners ‘MAKE IT HAPPEN’ Losers let it happen”

The journey of life presents opportunity to one and all to ‘MAKE IT HAPPEN’, either making it great or making it mediocre. The choice lies with us. So what is stopping the majority of women to ‘make it happen’?
What stall’s her dreams and desires? Ask any woman and she would say that the stress in her personal or professional life is constantly on the rise, becoming a barrier in accomplishing her goals. To elaborate further, she says that it is either less time or fewer resources, less energy or fewer opportunities, lack of recognition or devoid of inner peace, and the list thus goes on and on.

Regardless to her reasons and justifications, it is more of confusion, distress and self doubt that stop her from making it happen. Resources are available and opportunities are galore, the reason for all her exhaustion, distress and lack of confidence lies with her. She fails to notice that it is she who is the biggest contributor to all that mayhem and misfortune in her life. She can definitely make it happen, what so ever it is, if she understands the one fact that, “stress management is all about making the right choices in life”

Out of the many so called right choices the one most important would be to start loving herself first, because, we cannot give what we do not have. She has to become aware of her strengths, drop her ego and love herself so that she becomes capable of loving others.

Let us understand it this way that people around us and the world as a whole needs our flame, but to keep this lamp burning we need to keep putting oil in it. How should we do that, how can we keep our flames flickering out?
Here are a few simple commandments which if we pledge today (The International Womens Day, 2015)  to follow we can help ourselves live a stress free life and “MAKE IT HAPPEN”

• To keep the light sparkling, be committed to your own well being and self care

• Drop your standard to work as a perfectionist.
It is better to complete a task with 85% perfection than procrastinate it and wait for 100% perfection.

• Schedule some time for yourself and add various non work activities. This will give you extra motivation and focus for the times when you are working

• Exercise/Go for a Walk/Read a book/Visit a parlor and pamper yourself

• When stressed or unfocussed, switch off yourself and do nothing.
Meditate and quite your thoughts

• Do not chase after beauty defined by others, it could be unfavorable to your peace of mind and efficiency.

• Learn a new skill or keep updating your previous skills

• Rest, relax, recoup and regroup and recover from your burnout

• Design your own life, rather than accepting the one which has fallen to your lot

• And finally, as the great inspirational quote says, “Stop waiting for things to happen, go out there and MAKE IT HAPPEN

Woman is born with the inborn capacity to light up the world with her beauty, creativity and intelligence. However this aptitude of hers can be tapped only if she makes the right choices. What would you be choosing?

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