One has to understand the true meaning of job. There is a saying “In a job, we are temporarily permanent and permanently temporary”. Although it appears amusing, it is true.
The outlook for all of us is to look for a “Permanent job” but when you look at the job agreement it is nothing but a contract. This contract binds you to do some work and based on the value which the organization perceives you are paid with a clear clause of mutual separation, whether through resignation or termination.
As the cost of labor will increase, these contracts will start becoming more relevant than mere paper for those who are appointed in large companies but hang on with mediocre level of output. The only way, one can remain relevant in any profession is by continuously updating and upgrading oneself.
The most important aspect of job and profession, which we all will agree sooner or later, is the fact that “Education is all about being relevant to the business needs of that time”. If your education is not relevant it has no meaning to the business that will pay you for a job requiring you to be expert in a job which you are not trained for.
“ It is essential for you to keep ahead of the knowledge curve and constantly ask “Why” and seek “How can this be done better?” and this cycle continues till the time you remain gainfully employed. “
The relevance changes and shifts with time due to changing needs and demands. If we do not keep upgrading and changing ourselves, we are reducing ourselves irrelevant and making ourselves “educated illiterate”.
It is becoming a well-known fact that India produces more than 90 percent unemployable engineers. This means that the companies who have to hire skilled professionals for their ranks are forced to spend time and money again to educate these young men and women to become useful to their organizations.
This fact, although being understood by almost everyone, is not being acted upon creating a huge problem of looming unemployment among our young population. This, however is a national problem, but if you have to come out of this cycle on your own, there is no other means other than getting out of this wasteful cycle and find methods to gain knowledge, which would make you relevant to the market needs. In the times when the world is increasingly becoming flat and exploiting and getting services of talent is not limited to physical presence, it poses threat as well as opens up opportunities for young people in India.
Gaining knowledge starts from a simple thought “Why”. Since ages, this one word has been the sole reason for quest for knowledge. In the current times, a new word has taken over “How”. Since most of the inventions and discoveries seem to be over, the focus is shifting on how things can be done better.
Quest for knowledge is all about that now. Gaining and applying knowledge in understanding “Why” and then “How this can be done better” would complete this cycle of knowledge. Business and industries worldwide are hungry of this attitude and skill, which unfortunately is not being taught to us not encouraged by our society in India.
In your quest for landing in your dream job and growing with it, it is essential for you to keep ahead of the knowledge curve and constantly ask “Why” and seek “How this can be done better” and this cycle continues till the time you remain gainfully employed.
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