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?

 

How experiential learning is the way forward in India

As a school kid, most of us used to wait for lab sessions to attend practicals – Chemistry, Biology, Computer, etc. Didn’t we? But why were practicals so much fun? Was it the LIVE experience that made them interesting or the unique methodology that helped us remember all the points for longer?

Here’s a fun fact. Hermann Ebbinghaus formulated the ‘Forgetting Curve’ more than a hundred years ago which explains the decline of memory retention and how information is lost over a period of time when there is no attempt to retain it. Experiencing things in the real-world can help us retain a lot more, a lot faster. Lectures help, but one needs practical knowledge to understand, grow, and excel. Thus, it’s time you make the most of experiential learning.

Also read: All you need to know about Project MyNT

IT’S ALL ABOUT GETTING REALITY CHECKS!

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience and is more specifically defined as learning through reflection on doing.

Education theorist David A. Kolb’s experiential learning style theory is typically represented by a four-stage learning cycle in which the learner ‘touches all the bases’:

1. Concrete Experience
2. Reflective Observation of the new experience
3. Abstract Conceptualization
4. Active Experimentation

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IS THE FUTURE OF LEARNING.

Experiential learning allows students to:
> Develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
> Build an emotional connection with the subject
> Leverage real examples for inspiration
> Enhance their experiences to be shared with others

Indian education system needs to evolve and become more experiential where students get an opportunity to go out and explore the real world to gain first-hand knowledge. This will further inspire them to pursue what appeals to them the most. An expert or mentor can guide students to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical learning. This will also help in brushing up their skills with a better understanding of how to act in a particular environment.

Parents must realise that kids need to cope up with today’s fast moving world by making them familiar with the modern ways of learning. Thanks to digital tools and technologies, students can now close the job skill gap in a true sense. Smart classes with projectors, personalized and project-based training, industry visits, etc are some of the methods parents should look forward to for their kids’ personal development.

GET INSPIRED AND GET GOING BECAUSE NOW IS THE TIME!

The skills we need to work today are changing at such a great pace that no system can keep up with them without constant evolution. With competition growing incessantly in the global economy, we must look forward to shifting the discourse from learning new skills to enabling the processes that create these skills.

We, at Project MyNT – My Next Thing, are working towards redefining the methods of learning by providing practical knowledge to students who enrol in our courses. A strong curriculum including sessions by experts and internships will help students figure out the right career opportunities amidst all the confusion and uncertainty.

MyNT aims to give students an insight into careers that are going to take over the world tomorrow and for which there is currently no infrastructure or space in our education program. Enrol here.

Confused about your career? 5 steps to help you make the right choice!

It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.
– Carlton Fisk

We all go through this phase in our lives when we question ourselves: What’s right for me – Following my hobby or getting into the family business? Pursuing engineering or becoming an entrepreneur? Doing something that makes me happy with small earnings or something that offers great packages?

And do you know why these questions arise? The two main reasons why we can’t decide our career path are:
>> Either we have no clue about what we genuinely like,
>> Or we know what we actually like but don’t think it’s a perfect option to go ahead with!

Have you ever come across someone who slipped smoothly into the right career shoes, and walked away without any troubles? Maybe yes, but very less.

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

Well, well. Just take a deep breath and read on to know what you should do to find the right career path! This guide has got your back, trust us:

STEP 1: Mirror, mirror on the wall; what’s my favourite hobby that can become a job?

That’s right. Look deep inside. Figure out things you are passionate about, that make you happy, and can be worked upon. Give directions to your all-time favourite hobbies and pursue them seriously. Self-evaluation is the key!

STEP 2: Say hello to the too-many options and follow the ideal process

In the times when you feel like pursuing multiple things and end up getting confused, just follow the filter process. List down all the options available, research about them and explore as much as you can. Make comparisons and see what’s better, prioritize or rank your choices, and voila! You will reach the next main step about experiencing the future.

STEP 3: Getting on it by using ‘experiential knowledge’ as the shield

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
—Arthur Golden

With that list of shortlisted options in your hand, your succeeding step should be choosing and getting on to your ‘next thing’ with the help of career advisors. Mentors play an important role, for seeking guidance from our seniors or parents is indispensable. However, words or pieces of advice are not enough in today’s world. You need to feel, experience, and then decide your career to avoid any repercussions.

Experiential learning means acquiring practical knowledge about any topic by getting a hands-on experience. In simple words, it is the process of learning through experience, more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing”.

An internship is sure to give you some perspective and a good curriculum will help you get a clear picture regarding your career choices. Gaining experience by doing internships, taking classes, reading books, etc can help you develop the skills and abilities to strengthen your goals.

STEP 4: Be an opportunist

Knowing in a few months is better than investing your life trying. Pre-acquired knowledge also helps in saving time & money, because what if you realise later that the path you chose wasn’t meant for you! Make use of opportunities to become what you really want to be. Make a career plan, make a choice, get experiential knowledge, and you are good to go. Explore, experience, and then pursue that path.

STEP 5: Right Decisions = Right Path

Decision making is the most crucial process and setting goals is not an easy job. So, now what? After you come down to one option and finally decide that this is it, start focussing on how to grow in that field. Build networks that help you reach the top of the ladder and kill it with your phenomenal performance.

Hope that we helped you get on the right path to the most suitable career. Here’s a small tip! Don’t spend years to learn the curriculum that changes every day, rather equip and prepare yourself with the tools of today! Ready to find your next thing?