4 Things To Think About Before You Pick A Stream In Class 11

It’s the year 2008 and you’re about to go off to college, at a time when the world is still discovering social media. A world of possibilities lies ahead of you, and this is the beginning of your future. You can decide what you want to become by carefully examining and evaluating careers that didn’t even exist a decade ago. In all probability, the field you’re thinking of joining was either not very famous or even completely non-existent at that time. This is the boon of living in 2019. The world is flexible, reachable, and responsive from the go. Two decades ago, you probably couldn’t even imagine stepping into something called Data Science or Digital Marketer. Now is the time. This is your time, to pick your choice, to pick your stream of study. 

So, how do you go about it?

Firstly, if you haven’t chosen a stream in 10th then you’ll want to use this time to decide where your interests lie and what you’re good at it., It’s that simple! Don’t think computers or commerce, think about your hobbies, your passion, subjects that you know you’d love to deep-dive into.  

The ordinary and unsound approach is – 

They ask you to pick a stream. You do. 

They ask you to choose a course and a college. You make a choice. 

They ask you to get an internship or give you one. You get it. 

Then you ask yourself, “Do I really want to be doing this?”

That’s where the problem is. Reverse the cycle! It’s really that simple. 

Don’t worry about picking a profession at this stage; instead, think about what it is that you’re good at and you enjoy doing. These are the two most important factors. The money and the recognition come later. 

Explore and experience

When I was younger, I used to go to my older cousin’s office every once in a while. Back in 2011, he had founded his own company after having worked for a few years in his field, and he was the first entrepreneur I ever met. In retrospect, he was the person who made me fall in love with entrepreneurship. This couldn’t have happened with me sitting in a class room. So after school, start visiting workspaces of those professions that you think you’d like. 

The vibe, the people, how they function, notice everything and then write off the ones that don’t appeal to you at all. Slowly and steadily you’ll see how it all starts making sense. You’ll notice how multiple careers start with a single stream, giving you that much more confidence and clarity in what you want to choose and pursue in school as a start. 

Network 

Such a big word, isn’t it? Networking! It’s all a big hoax, honestly. We humans start networking the second we’re able to talk and the minute we’re able to have a conversation. There’s nothing complex about it. Everyone can do it. How? What was your last outing? Think about that. How many people did you speak to? Bet there weren’t people from just one age group. What were you doing? You were networking. People are your greatest asset in life. 15 or 50, that holds true for everyone. 

Reach out to the people you confide in. They could be your school mates or even friends of your parents. Keep in touch. Talk to them, ask them, seek them out so they can help you understand where your interests lie. You never know what insight you might end up with. 

Rewards are king

When I was younger, people (including those closest to me), used to tell me how badly they wanted to become rich, there a few who wanted to become famous, there were also those who said they just wanted to own the most expensive car in the world. The point is that people are always telling you what they want in return for what they do, the things which drive them. I just never paid that much attention back then. 

Notice that about yourself – what sort of riches are you looking for in return? Let that become your greatest motivation and don’t wait till you start working. Dream it, plan it, and start building it – right now. I promise you, it’ll come in abundance if you’re sure of it.  

Use your worldwide reach

Can we please realise that we’re living in 2019? The time where you can literally call anybody to see their face at any time, for free. Use that. Reach out to icons that work in a field that you’re interested in, tell them what you’re thinking about, ask them whatever you want. Use their experience to define how good yours is going to be. And don’t worry about them not replying, if you reach out to ten people, you can be sure one of them will respond. 

This is also a great way of networking, by the way. There’s literally no one that can’t be reached out to today. Use it in your favor. 

These four factors are something that won’t just help you, but will ensure that you end up picking more than a stream in school or a course in college. It’ll help you find out your passion and help you get where you want to be. 

If you’re still confused about it, reach out to us in the comments below, we’d love to help! 

Choosing A Career : Now & Then | Does India’s Education System Really Prepare Students For The Real World?

Today, the Indian higher education system is the largest in the world; over 70 million students are enrolled in both government and private schools. That means that India will have the world’s largest graduate talent pipeline by 2020. [Source:www.ibef.org/industry/education-sector-india.aspx] But does that help students choose the right career path?

From a country that had a literacy rate of just 18% under British Raj to having achieved a staggering 80% rate as a young independent nation in seventy years is remarkable. We’ve grown immensely and quite intensely, but is it enough? 

Is high school education and a degree enough to equip people for the rest of their lives? To truly introduce them to their aptitude and acumen? What can we do to make the quality of education in India better and help them choose a better career?

The revolution starts with the simplest steps that leave a growing impact, especially in schools.

Hands-on experience

There’s enough research that underscores the need for real-world experience, but we believe that it should be provided to children while they’re still in school. While internships are available in abundance for college graduates, especially with the rise in startups and small enterprises in India, experience in a live environment can help students as young as 15 when they’re picking their stream of study. Giving them a preview of what their field of interest looks like, how people function and what they do during a work day, is bound to give them the reality check they need before picking a stream that’ll define their professional lives. Or the next 40 odd years of their lives. 

The idea is not to overwhelm a young child by asking them to join the real world before they’re ready; rather it is to provide exposure and breathing room to identify what excites them. 

Aptitude and Personality

Not all subjects can please every mind. That’s a fact. Everyone has different inclinations. Remember the time you got low marks and felt embarrassed? How did it feel? Demotivated to study the subject? Worried that you were not capable? Concerned about your future?

Time at school plays the fiercest role in paving the path for a child’s future. While discovering their own aptitude, they also retain important characteristics. For instance, a good debater exudes confidence and eloquence. There are fields such as oratory, public speaking, and life coaching which are now well-recognized.

But if we arm twist the same child to study and ace all subjects instead of creating a necessary understanding, we’re not being fair to their true talent. Rather, we’re confusing and, subsequently, distorting their natural personality. There’s no doubt about the fact that every child needs a holistic education and schools are a great platform since there’s nothing more motivating than a hanging deadline or an examination. However, if students don’t fall in love with their subjects then they just end up focusing on passing the examination and clearing submissions. Not on becoming the best version of themselves.

It’s high time we start condensing and curating streams that help students prosper, not just in theory but in life. 

Contemporary Educators 

So far, the benchmark followed by the government has been the student-teacher ratio in classrooms, irrespective of the subject or stream. And while the gap is reducing and we’re closer to an ideal ratio than we have ever been, is that really a comprehensive indicator of progress? 

We believe the method is flawed; to draft a ratio like that is incoherent—especially in the 21st century when different kinds of professions are becoming mainstream. Children in schools today need personal attention and time with educators who have real-world experience. However, even more than the tool of analysis, we believe that the quality of syllabi needs to improve as we’re making rapid developments in every sphere, every industry.  

How justified is it for a teacher to first not be able to pay attention to every student, regulate fairly old literature, and then judge their aptitude on the basis of what they’ve learnt? What have the students really gained?  

What is your opinion of the way India studies? If you could, what would be the first thing that you’d change? Tell us in the comments below!

4 Things To Think About Career Before You Pick Your Stream In Class 11

From what to know to what to avoid, here’s what you should be focusing on when choosing a career. 

It’s the year 2008 and you’re about to go off to college, at a time when the world is still discovering social media. A world of possibilities lies ahead of you, and this is the beginning of your future. You can decide what you want to your career to be by carefully examining and evaluating careers that didn’t even exist a decade ago. In all probability, the field you’re thinking of joining was either not very famous or even completely non-existent at that time. This is the boon of living in 2019. The world is flexible, reachable, and responsive from the go. Two decades ago, you probably couldn’t even imagine stepping into something called Data Science or Digital Marketer. Now is the time. This is your time. 

So, how do you go about it?

Firstly, if you haven’t chosen a stream in 10th then you’ll want to use this time to decide where your interests lie and what you’re good at it., It’s that simple! Don’t think computers or commerce, think about your hobbies, your passion, subjects that you know you’d love to deep-dive into.  

The ordinary and unsound approach is – 

They ask you to pick a stream. You do. 

They ask you to choose a course and a college. You make a choice. 

They ask you to get an internship or give you one. You get it. 

Then you ask yourself, “Do I really want to be doing this?”

That’s where the problem is. Reverse the cycle! It’s really that simple. 

Don’t worry about picking a profession at this stage; instead, think about what it is that you’re good at and you enjoy doing. These are the two most important factors. The money and the recognition come later. 

Explore and experience

When I was younger, I used to go to my older cousin’s office every once in a while. Back in 2011, he had founded his own company after having worked for a few years in his field, and he was the first entrepreneur I ever met. In retrospect, he was the person who made me fall in love with entrepreneurship. This couldn’t have happened with me sitting in a class room. So after school, start visiting workspaces of those professions that you think you’d like. 

The vibe, the people, how they function, notice everything and then write off the ones that don’t appeal to you at all. Slowly and steadily you’ll see how it all starts making sense. You’ll notice how multiple careers start with a single stream, giving you that much more confidence and clarity in what you want to choose and pursue in school as a start. 

Network 

Such a big word, isn’t it? Networking! It’s all a big hoax, honestly. We humans start networking the second we’re able to talk and the minute we’re able to have a conversation. There’s nothing complex about it. Everyone can do it. How? What was your last outing? Think about that. How many people did you speak to? Bet there weren’t people from just one age group. What were you doing? You were networking. People are your greatest asset in life. 15 or 50, that holds true for everyone. 

Reach out to the people you confide in. They could be your school mates or even friends of your parents. Keep in touch. Talk to them, ask them, seek them out so they can help you understand where your interests lie. You never know what insight you might end up with. 

Rewards are king

When I was younger, people (including those closest to me), used to tell me how badly they wanted to become rich, there a few who wanted to become famous, there were also those who said they just wanted to own the most expensive car in the world. The point is that people are always telling you what they want in return for what they do, the things which drive them. I just never paid that much attention back then. 

Notice that about yourself – what sort of riches are you looking for in return? Let that become your greatest motivation and don’t wait till you start working. Dream it, plan it, and start building it – right now. I promise you, it’ll come in abundance if you’re sure of it.  

Use your worldwide reach

Can we please realize that we’re living in 2019? The time where you can literally call anybody to see their face at any time, for free. Use that. Reach out to icons that work in a career field that you’re interested in, tell them what you’re thinking about, ask them whatever you want. Use their experience to define how good yours is going to be. And don’t worry about them not replying, if you reach out to ten people, you can be sure one of them will respond. 

This is also a great way of networking, by the way. There’s literally no one that can’t be reached out to today. Use it in your favor. 

These four factors are something that won’t just help you choose a career, but will ensure that you end up picking more than a stream in school or a course in college. It’ll help you find out your passion and help you get where you want to be. 

If you’re still confused about your career, reach out to us in the comments below, we’d love to help! 

 

 

Everything you need to know about a career in Sports Management

A career in sport is no longer limited to playing; the industry is interdisciplinary and has segments like sport media, team administration, sports medicine, and sports management—perfect for those who have an administrative bent of mind and good managerial skills.

This is the business and applications side, or the driving force, of the sports industry. Sports managers call the shots and work tirelessly with colleges, universities, clubs, recreational departments and sports marketing firms, behind-the-scenes, to handle retailing, branding, merchandising, financing and marketing. They can be sports administrators, event managers, facility managers, sports economists or information experts.

 

Starting out

It’s not necessary to be an athlete or sportsperson to build a successful career in sports management. If you are passionate about sports and have a large knowledge base, that’s a good starting point.

This role requires a combination of multiple skills like planning, directing, controlling, organizing, budgeting, leading and evaluating a sports event.

If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in this field, opting for commerce stream in high school is advised; subjects like Business Studies, Economics and Accounts help build a strong foundation for further study.

Speaking of which, here are the colleges in India that offer courses in Sports Management:

  • National Academy of Sports Management, Mumbai – BBA in Sports Management
  • George College, Kolkata, West Bengal – BA in Sports Management
  • Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad University of Technology, West Bengal – BA in Sports Management
  • International Institute of Sports Management (IISM), Mumbai – BA in Sports Management

 

These courses cover subjects like sports management theory, sports marketing, fundraising, promotions, public relations, ethics in sports management, legal aspects of the sport, facility planning and management and risk management.

The Scope of Sports Management

It’s a good time to be thinking about a career in this field; globally, the sports sector is estimated to be worth $460-620 billion.With the advent of sports leagues, like the Indian Premier League, Hockey Premier League, Pro Kabaddi, Indian Super League, the sports industry in India is flourishing. And the market is only set to grow from here on—courtesy a growing economy and a huge passion for sport.Consequently, the need for trained, skilled and passionate sports managers is also only going to increase.

Also read: Interesting Career Opportunities in Photography

Valuable lessons India can learn from Finland’s education system

In a bid to make school syllabus more relevant for younger generations, the Department of Education has rejigged India’s education system by revising many key policies over the last decade. For instance, in 2016, the Ministry of Human Resource Development rectified a mandatory provision of the Right to Education Act from automatic promotion of all students till grade 8, to performance-based promotion. This means that it is mandatory for all students between class 5 and 8 to pass their exams in order to be promoted to the next grade.

In addition, the Delhi government introduced a new‘happiness curriculum’in almost 1,000 state-run schools. Introduced in 2018, this curriculum which includes meditation, value education and mental exercise is to be taught to all children between nursery and class 8. In the same year, it also allocated 26% of its annual budget to education—much higher than cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru.

While these changes are significant, there’s still a long way to go before we can boast of a truly holistic and experience-first education system. Not unlike Finland’s.

What makes Finland so special?

The country’s progressive education system first made waves in 2001, when Finnish students ranked amongst the top five spots in the Program for International Student Assessment—a very prestigious international assessment of students. In this assessment, it was found that Finnish students had vastly superior reading, math and science literacy. As Finnish students started scoring better and better every year, educators, leaders and policy-makers began to study the country and its remarkably effective education system.

It was found that the transformation of the Finns’ education system began around 40 years ago as the key propellant of the country’s economic recovery plan. By the end of the ’60s, a new legislation and curriculum were created by merging academic grammar schools and work-oriented civic schools into a 9-year comprehensive school. These 9 years include 6 years of basic education and 3 years of lower secondary education. Other significant tenets of their system include:

  • Formal education begins at the age of 7; before that, children are encouraged to learn through play and movement.
  • The curriculum includes unusual subjects like ‘joy’ and ‘play’. Every Finnish school has a specially appointed welfare team to ensure every child’s happiness.
  • Education in Finland is considered a fundamental right; to ensure equal opportunities for all, no tuition fees are charged in Finnish schools. There are only a handful of private schools but even they are financed publicly, and cannot charge a tuition fee.
  • Fifteen minutes’ break time is scheduled into every class; students spend this break playing, while teachers can take a quick breather, or address specific concerns or special projects.
  • Finland doesn’t have a standardized assessment system, which allows teachers the freedom to structure their lessons their way, and evaluate the progress of their students using individual metrics.

 

As the famous saying goes, change is the only constant and it’s high time that we make an alteration in our education system to benefit coming generations for a more efficient and aware career path. Want to change your learning habits? Visit www.projectmynt.com today!

 

Also read: How experiential learning is the way forward in India?

 

Six things every teenager can do to build a successful career

The earlier you start, the better

School’s out and everyone’s asking you what’s next, but it’s completely okay to not know just yet. Allow yourself the opportunity to find what you truly love—the journey is half the fun! In the age of social media and the Internet, you can deep dive into all the available information to see what works for you. From knowledge of up-and-coming careers to success stories that inspire, it’s all just a click away. However, it’s important to ensure this access doesn’t breed insecurities about your own future. Instead, sift through all the material in an organised manner, and start planning your journey methodically.

Here are six things to remember that will help you along the path to a successful and fulfilling career:

  1. Use time to your advantage: Don’t let a ticking clock stress you out. If you’re thinking about your career and are evaluating different avenues, you already have a head start. Instead, capitalize on this advantage by focusing your energies on growing your mind.
  2. Make the most of what you have: Use the tools at your disposal, like books, videos or podcasts, to expand your knowledge base. Rather than worrying about what you don’t have, turn your attention to what you do.
  3. Prioritize: The goal, as tempting as it may be, should not be to make money or become famous. Those are by-products of being good at something, and working hard at it—day in and day out. Find what you love, follow your passion, and strive for excellency; the rest will follow.
  4. Don’t stop exploring: The more you learn, the more you’re going to understand yourself as an individual, and the easier it will be to zero in on your calling.
  5. If you know, you know: Once you have a sense of where your interest lies, get moving! Identify the resources that you can tap into to start specializing. Remember, being 60% certain is good enough; there’s nothing like 100% clarity and trying to achieve that is a waste of time.
  6. Hands-on experience is invaluable: By taking up internships and trainee assignments, you will get a clearer sense of what a career in your field looks like. Instead of procrastinating and getting caught up in the theory of things, jump in the deep end and start working. You’ll be amazed at how much you can learn, just by showing up to work.

 

Also read: Is Alternative Education your ‘Next Thing’?

5 ways to Change your Passion into a Successful Career

“Discover your Passion.” “Follow your Heart.” “Make your Passion your Paycheck”

We all must have heard these bits of advice every now and then from super-successful people in various talks and speeches. And although it sounds very easy, it isn’t. Finding your passion seems like a mystery and we all search for the key to solve this mystery. It is said that your passion can take you places. We at Mynt believe that it takes to place where you should really be. As India’s First Experiential Learning Platform, we believe that you can do everything as long as you have the passion, determination, motivation, support, guidance and right direction.

The problem with finding a passion especially at a younger age, when you have limitless choices for what to do, which vocations to choose that could become your passion etc. can sometimes put you in a fix! You may ask yourself the right questions. You may think about what you love more. But still won’t be sure what your true passion is. Well, the solution is here  – we help you in deciphering the right road map for your career.

Now that you have successfully graduated from your school or college, it’s a high time to move on and to make wise choices with regard to what you really want for your lives. In order to fast-track your careers, you need to be ‘First time Right’ as you make decisions and choose your options. To help you make the right decision and find your ‘Next Thing’, we bring you first-hand experience of the ‘next-generation’ careers that will take over the world tomorrow. Our aim is to empower students with experiential learning and all the essential knowledge they require before selecting one of these ‘next-generation’ careers. Take a look at a few of them:  

Entrepreneurship

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen” and only those who dare to follow their passion make them happen. There are thousands of people who dream about starting their business but there are only a few who actually become entrepreneurs. So, if you desire to be your own boss and have better control, have the enthusiasm to take risks in the changing global environment, aim to develop and implement a plan right from the ground level, then this course is definitely for you!

Our entrepreneurship capsule is designed with the aim to provide you an insight into the ecosystem of start-ups, to develop the entrepreneurial spirit of solving real-world problems and make better-informed key decisions. Come and explore more!

 

Photography

Well, maybe you’re just inquisitive about photography or perhaps you do it as a hobby but aren’t sure whether you should really dive into it. Photography may be a passion for many but there are only a few who actually make it their career. Just like many other students, you must be in a dilemma whether to make photography as your ‘next thing’ or not? But, we assure you that after joining our capsule course you will keep your doubts aside and will get convinced that photography is an amazing skill to develop.

So, if you are passionate about freezing moments that will be cherished for generations or want to make your photographs popular on Instagram, then this course is for you!

Photography

Filmmaking

Lights, Camera, Action!

If you’re an artistic soul who dreams of making their own silver-screen sensation, then probably you don’t need many reasons as to why you should turn your passion into a career. The global film industry has enlarged with the increasing popularity of Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. This has led to an increase in the demand of aspiring directors, cinematographers, and other filmmaking professionals. At Mynt, we introduce you to the vast world of filmmaking and cinema, enabling you to think like a filmmaker and make better-informed key decisions regarding further exploration in the field. So, join us to let your ideas come to life.

Filmmaking

Electronic Music Production

Are you passionate about music and want to make people groove on your tracks but not sure whether music production is your calling in life? Don’t worry, take our Electronic Music Production Capsule and gain a clear idea about your future as a musician.

Set yourself apart from the crowd, by discovering and bringing out your creativity and artistic vision and understand the art of music production from India’s favourite music ensembles.

Internet of Things

Technology is here to stay! We all utilize it in our day to day life whether it is banking, shopping, or offices – have you ever calculate how many times a day do you use google? The Internet has today become an essential part of our life and from smart home devices to self-driven cars, IoT has created a giant network connecting all devices together. So, if you are a cybernaut who is in love with technology and want to discover its possibilities and abilities, then this course is for you! Explore the opportunities and gain insights into the vast world of “Internet of Things” from industry experts and make that right decision in your life.

If you’re having a tough time deciding what to choose as a career option, how to pursue your passion or how to change a passion into a successful career, then we are here to help you!

Come and be a part of India’s first experiential learning platform and give your future the right direction. Identify your calling and make it your career by getting the right supervision from experts.

If you have missed our last session, here’s another chance for you! Enroll for our June’19 session and explore some unconventional career paths with our immersive capsules. For more info, visit our website: www.projectmynt.com

Success is a journey, not a destination. Don’t chase it, experience it.

Often in our lives, we get ourselves into the rat race of achieving things which have a very high perceived value in our mind. Even after we reach these goals, we don’t have much to celebrate, rather we create more such goals to chase in the future. These goals can be something as basic as convincing your parents to buy you a new phone, or to score big in your boards examination. Here is what you really need to understand in order to get a real shot at shaping your future – It’s the journey of achieving something that you enjoy, than actually reaching there. The fact that you enjoy the journey so much, it’s almost inevitable for you to achieve that goal. We’ve all said the phrase, ‘Nothing comes easy’, well, it’s true. So give this a thought, you actually create a goal in your mind, so that you can take this journey, you enjoy it to the full, you see success and it all ends at the finish line while you achieve it. Almost instantly, your brain wants another race, another experience which you’ll love, another mistake you’ll commit and another glimpse of success.

Also read: These entrepreneurs did a little extra in their lives. Time to take some lessons!

How does it feel if you get up one day, and the entire day you don’t knock off something that you wanted to? Well, say you wanted to start preparing for an upcoming exam, or maybe you wanted to hit the gym or anything that you really really wanted that day. It feels like you’ve had the worst day possible, more so, you’ve lost a bit of your self-confidence, and a bit of your conviction has lessened. Factually, it’s the journey and the time you’ve lost today that makes you frustrated.

Here is a little something you can do every single day, or probably more days of the week than not, to get you to be in control of the things that matter –

  • Value your time. Know what’s important and just go at it, the feeling you get while you do the right thing is the biggest drug of all times
  • Be confident and happy. It’s how you feel that matters, rest everything is manageable. Happiness is the chase of life, nothing else, nothing more. Another thought, control drives happiness, even if something goes wrong and you know that you have control over it, that you can fix it. Keeps you confident and keeps you going.
  • Take one day at a time. Your brain is designed to make you feel lazy, it resists change. Overcome it. Don’t create a string of events that keeps you away from the journey.
  • Do something for each of the journeys you pursue. It can be a list of things, like a checklist. Health, happiness, wealth, learning and so on. Make sure you evolve on your checklist a little everyday. I can’t stress enough how important this is, you want to look back every now and then and cherish life.
  • Act. Don’t assume. Don’t assume an alternative as a journey, make sure you do what you know. If you haven’t till now, this second is the best moment. I would love it if you shut this read right now, and go at it.
  • Love yourself. Life loves you, really loves you. But if you create a wall of hatred between you and life, it can’t get you the goodies it has to offer.

At Project Mynt, we stand with you for the times when you confuse your journeys that you may/may not want. We curate journeys’/experiences worth a few weeks to get you a glimpse of things you might love as constant in your life. Experience them if you’ve given them a thought.

Send me an email at aayush@projectmynt.com if you want to discuss anything. You may get a delayed response as I’m taking my own journeys at most times, but you’re definitely one of them and will definitely get a response.

All the best!