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Welcome to Adulthood !

So, You are a graduate now.. First and for almost all, welcome to the Adulthood! The real and truth of hardship is waiting for you. Get ready for it. Think how much fun it was when we were in college. No stress, No financial problem – Parents are there to take care of worries. Now what?

When I came to New Delhi, in 2003, I was clueless. This was not because I did not figure out what to do. This was because I was not having ample back-up to support my studies. Back then one of my alter-egos Rahul Shukla told me a story which I would like to share here..

He said, “Those who are pursuing higher degrees are there to earn a “Brahm Astra”. “Brahm Astra” in Hindu mythology is known as a super Arrow which can destroy the enemy in a jiffy. If it is released there is no question that it can miss its target. Once your rival has higher education from reputed college as Brahm Astra, it would be next to impossible to defeat him. The only way left is to break their Bow which can release the Arrow. In order to do so, one has to gather many small Arrows which are sharp and can be released without even getting stopped. This way before the rival could release his super Arrow, he is bombarded with many small arrows blocking his sight, his senses and his consciousness. You would be able to hit him hard at the right point. I understood what he wanted to say. He meant to say that I should go for small but powerful certifications and hit the target much before the others.

Check Finances and its source –

There is nothing to get offensive about it. I too have gone through similar phase in my life. We need to see our financial status before taking any further decision. It is not the only deciding factor but certainly the most important one. If you are financially sound then go for further studies and strengthen your profile. Nothing to worry, if you are going through the bad patch of your life.  There are multiple options to look at.

Explore for a quick and handy job –

Grab the first job if need be. Waiting for right opportunity is a myth. The thing which is in front of you is the Opportunity. Go and Grab it. Think later on what needs to be corrected. Anything you do will be a value addition and ultimately becomes your experience. Feel confident about it.

Problems are of two type, Don’t worry and face it –

Problems are of two types. a. Problem which comes with solutions and can be fixed immediately.  Problems which are required to be judged and acted as in when time demands. Give time to your problems. You are the best to solve your problems, No one else can.

Stay Calm and Composed during Adulthood –

Best way to handle or deal with situation. Make a deal with yourself. You are one who can be defeated if you think so.

Strive to Learn –

Learning never stops. What stops is our endeavor. Try not to give up and learn at every step. Remember this is the time when you can make a difference.

Time is precious –

Use the most of it. Fun time has gone and will come again if time is valued. Remember, time has no attribute. Those who don’t respect time, it come as a bad time for them.

Apart from above, it is very important to focus and decide your goal. Choose you strength and related certifications wisely. Strengthen yourself and convert your strengths into your identity. Work on your weakness to convert them into Strengths. There would be no use if you avail many certifications and all from different fields of study.

Once you are aimed and you do it. In due course of time you will see yourself above your rivals. You will have knowledge, supporting certifications to support your knowledge, experience and your enhanced personality.

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A decade old talk – Apply SWOT before it happens

History has a tendency to repeat itself. And it repeats, when you do not convert your weaknesses into Strengths. Similarly, when you do not change Threats into Opportunities. You are most likely to succeed in life if you use your talents to their fullest extent. Likewise, You’ll suffer fewer problems if you know what your weaknesses are. To distinguish thy-self among your competition, one need to be highly responsive. One needs to be aware of own shortcomings/strengths. One should possess good sense of competitive pressures and operating environment. To accomplish this, individuals can make use of the same strategic planning tools that companies have relied on for decades – SWOT..

SWOT simply stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.

First two categories focus on aspects that are part of one’s internal environment which are under her/his control. Last two categories focus on identifying external factors that are generally not under a person’s direct control.

To engage in this analysis, simply divide a page up into 4 quadrants (like the figure below) and separately list relevant factors of SWOT as they apply to your situation.

Here’s a pictorial diagram of questions and factors to consider in a personal SWOT analysis.

SWOT 1

Insights gleaned from the SWOT analysis should be used to develop objectives, strategies and action plan for the performance reviews and monitoring ongoing career development goals. Following set up (often referred to as TOWS analysis) can be used to create additional strategies – by considering how your personal strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats overlap with each other.

SWOT 2

Chance favors the prepared mind.– Louis Pasteur

Key Words

A SWOT matrix is used in analyzing your strengths and weaknesses as well as the opportunities and threats that you face. This helps you focus on your strengths, minimize your weaknesses, and take the greatest possible advantage of opportunities available to you.

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