Raj Laxmi was in the middle of her degree in Political Science and uncertain about her career choices after graduation. Our Career Advisor helped her choose a path that suited both her aptitude and her aspirations.
"After finishing my degree, I wanted to know the realistic chances of getting a job and what kind of areas I should look at. There is no career guidance facility at my college so I decided to get some professional advice from someone who could confirm what I'd heard about the current job climate."
"Monika Vats, a Career Management Professional, was recommended by a family friend who had been in the same situation. "I really enjoyed the career assessment done by Monika; it was quite interesting and fun. I put a lot of time and it was really exciting to find in the assessment report about what I was really interested in and the career possibilities."
Welcoming and hospitable: "When it actually came to my day at the place of the Career Advisor I found her really welcoming and hospitable. The tests in the morning were challenging but in a good way. It sometimes seemed very abstract and not directly relevant but later I realise they are assessing different values and aptitudes that are relevant to my choice of career."
"There were certain careers such as journalism or publishing that I had considered but had reservations about. On the day we were really able to question those reservations and see whether they held up. My abilities showed that I was an all-rounder, which wasn't really that helpful in making a decision in itself, but the results also highlighted what my work attitudes was like. It became apparent that journalism or publishing was not really a suitable career as they are both very competitive and I'm not a very competitive person - I tend to like routine and helping others."
Different and challenging: "In the afternoon I again met with Monika who was really generous with her time. She had reviewed my assessment report and was clearly very experienced. We discussed previous office work that I'd done and she helped me realise that any other office-based jobs would be very similar. I wanted to take more of a chance and do something different and more challenging"
Heading in the right direction with confidence: "Monika helped confirm that my ideas about teaching either in further training with a BEd or further studies for an MA and Doctorate, were definitely in the right direction, and that, my passions were more centred on further education." "It was really helpful advice. It feels like we're in quite an insecure time and before I meet Monika, my career choices were looking very wide and ambiguous. I feel very confident now that I'm going in the right direction."
Boredom, lack of satisfaction and a desire for direction led Shruti to seek the help of Career Management Professional. Her creativity and enjoyment of the visual arts led her to study architecture, and having graduated from a reputed university with an excellent degree, she set off on the employment road as an architect for a local practice.
Though she enjoyed the artistic side of her work, she felt that her job did not challenge her, nor did it offer her what she had expected.
"I'd describe my work as monotonous and repetitive," she said to our Career Advisor. "There's no distinct career path for promotion or remuneration, and I have no interest in going on with the further degree that's expected of me. I feel trapped." Shruti knew that a career in architecture was not for her, but had no idea what she could be doing instead.
"I want to be a success, but my knowledge of the job market is limited. I want to meet more people and increase my earning potential with a more active, creative and social career." - she explained.
Working with the CMP Alok Kumar, Shruti discovered that she had unrecognised strengths and talents. After conducting career assessment the comprehensive report suggested that Shruti could consider a role in marketing, where her enterprising abilities and her creative skills could be combined.
Six months on, and Shruti has undergone a complete career change - she is indeed working in marketing, for a multi-national corporation, and has never been so happier. "With the guidance of the Career Advisor, I am on a path I'd never before considered - and loving every minute of it. I am challenged and fulfilled, and I am finally enjoying going to work every day."
Mathew was in his late twenties when he came to meet our Career Management Professional. He was working in the branch office of a major food retailer as part of a MBA scheme and having realised that the industry was not for him, declined job offers from the retailer and its competitors. He wanted to move on to a new and fresh challenge and sought guidance on how best to achieve that.
Three years on, he runs a leading online hotel booking agency, generating a healthy profit every year. "I wanted to run my own business in a sector that interested me," says Mathew, "and my consultation with the Career Advisor gave me the confidence that I would be able to do that."
After his first interaction, he spent most of the following year researching his business ideas then trading stocks, before taking the plunge and starting up his own business.
"Meeting with Career Advisor (Jasmine) was a major turning point for me," he adds. "The career assessment and the review session enlightened me about myself, my motivations, my goals and the way I am. "I feel that I'm now being courageous again with my life, and have set myself more challenges, both short and long-term, to enable me to get the best from myself, my time and my career."
Deciding what 10+2 subjects to take is difficult for most students. As 15-year-old, Jawahar wanted guidance in choosing between science-based and a broader range of other streams. On a friend's recommendation, he came with his parents to meet our Career Management Professional (Sunil Sharma).
At his meeting with the Career Advisor, Jawahar took a range of psychometric tests, assessing his aptitude, ability and work attitude. He says now, "I had been concerned that science subjects would prove too limiting for me. Then my profile showed that social science would suit me well, and the Career Advisor helped me reaffirm my real choices."
Sushila is a BCom graduate from Agra University. Her career began in a manufacturing unit, where she was appointed Jr Accountant at the age of 23. Following her MBA she joined an accountancy firm - as an Associate. When she spoke to our Career Advisor, she was concerned about a range of aspects of her work as a consultant like the work-life balance, the internal politics of the consultancy and opportunities for promotion. Sushila wanted to take a step back and consider whether the world of consultancy was for her.
Sushila embarked on a career assessment programme. Our Career Management Professional (Adil) reviewed her strengths and competency areas and matched these to her preferences. He developed a theme for her preferred role, as 'working with and through others to solve problems creatively and recommending solutions based on thorough analysis' He then worked on identifying the preferred subject areas within any future role, and the sectors in which these might occur.
Next, they discussed the culture, values and style of the target organisation, and Sushila's needs for intellectual stimulus, a non-aggressive organisation providing mutual support and a caring, reflective style came to the fore.
The Career Advisor shortlisted the ideal sectors like accounting, legal, financial services, consulting, government and NGO. He eventually concluded that consultancy remained Sushila's prime career focus and set about researching and identifying those consulting practices which much better satisfied her organisational culture and values requirements. Having done this we tuned up Sushila's CV, developed interview techniques and identified a range of job opportunities through networking.
Sushila is now much happier, and is working as a senior consultant with a major and highly-regarded accountancy practice.