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Importance Of Extracurricular Activities In Career

They say, All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

We all have been hearing of this quote for a long time.

But don’t generally imply it deeply in our lives.

Reasons being many, CPSTOWN thought to just give you a quick read about the importance of extra-curricular activity in your career so that you can understand its impact.

Let us go through the article.

Improved self-confidence

Improved self-confidence

Whichever career you pursue, your confidence is one thing that should set you apart from others. You should be confident enough to represent yourself in the crowd. This is one thing that being involved in extracurricular activities can be instantly boosted. When you are practising any activity that is out of your work zone, with people of varied intellects and behaviors, you tend to learn a lot from them. Not professionally but personally, you get to know what you are good at and get to represent it in a much better way. A boost in your self-confidence is definitely one outcome of getting deeply involved in extra-curricular activities. This confidence, will at the end of the day help you represent better at the work front too. Read more about self-confidence

Sense of responsibility

Sense of responsibility

Whether you are interested in playing a team game or even a video game, there is a sense of responsibility that is developed once you start engaging yourself in extra-curricular activities. Your efficiency to manage and handle situations become much better. You become more accountable and responsible that indirectly helps you in your professional life as well.

Stress Buster

Stress Buster

What better than doing your favourite activity apart in your free time?

We all have a lot of stress developed every day due to our work, studies, family issues, finance and the list goes on. To cut down the stress caused by this neverending list, we need to engage in some form of extracurricular activities. This not only acts as a stress buster but keeps your mind at peace. So that you can energise yourself and work with great enthusiasm and zeal again. Do try it once,if you haven’t. We are sure you’ll be able to see a notable difference once you start doing it.

Strengthened overall personality

Strengthened overall personality

With improved communication skills and pumped up self-confidence, being involved in extra-curricular activities can definitely strengthen your overall personality. Experiences and appreciations gained through these activities can definitely be responsible to mould you in a better way. By having a sound overall personality, and a deep interest in the extra-curricular activity, one’s chance to land into a good job also increases.Today, the fierce competition we all have been facing, it is imperative that someone with a unique addition to the CV will obviously be favoured. Know more about your strength

To explain this better, let us take an example there are 2 students, Raju and Rahul, both of them are great at academics but Rahul is also great at extracurricular. He participates in various speech and debate competitions. When they both sat in their placement interviews, Raju wasn’t able to make it through as his soft-skills weren’t that good. While Rahul got the placement as along with in-depth field knowledge, he had polished soft-skills.

So it is very important for you to get involved in some activity or the other.

CPSTOWN is always there to help you figure out what you are great at.

Just drop in a query and we’ll be there to help you out!

5 Steps to consider while choosing the Right Internship Program

As they say, “The expert in anything was once a beginner.

We totally second this thought. To reach your destination, the major point is to start. Start small/big doesn’t matter but start!

While you are studying, it is imperative that you do get the lessons and concepts of your course well. But real-world exposure is a must! And when you have the drive to get a decent exposure in the outside world, internships come to your rescue. Interning gets you aware about the actual work that gets done in the field you choose to be in. You are prepared beforehand to get in action thereafter.

But the thing is how do we finalise on the internship?

What should be taken care of while choosing the internship?

Well, well, when CPSTOWN is there, you really don’t have to care!

Relax, in this article, we are going to discuss about the 5 steps that you should always consider while choosing the Right internship program.

1. What you want vs what you don’t want

What you want vs what you don’t want

Now, this is a tough fight! We generally have queries of students who wish to join an internship program that isn’t of their field. There are many students who are dicey about this part. But we clearly suggest you to be clear in your thoughts, list down and acknowledge what is entirely beneficial for you and you are inclined to. Let us take an example for this one: Raju is an engineering student but loves to write, in his end-sem leave he decides to intern for a newspaper. Now, if in his coming years, he wants to write-full time that internship can really add value to his profile. On the other hand, Rina, also an engineering student wants to intern at an IT firm as she intends to join one, once graduated. So it is necessary to acknowledge that figuring out you don’t like a line of work is just as valuable as it is holding on the field you do like.

2. Startup or corporate

Startup or corporate

It is a general pattern that students hunt for name brand companies to build their resume. They generally don’t consider a startup to intern for. Now, to be very honest , the decision depends entirely on what you want to learn, in addition to the field you wish to pursue. In startups, you are involved from making your coffee yourself to handling project operations. You get to learn at grassroot level in a startup over the projects that will have a recognizable impact.

3. Build a network

Build a network

Always remember to check whether you get to build a network or not while interning.Will you be working mainly on your own, will you be limited to just a compacted office, or will you get the opportunity to meet people from around the business? It’s always an advantage to meet as many people in the company as possible. This will help you in long term in your professional career. Who knows one such professional connection might land you a job in long term!

4.Check their online rating

Check their online rating

It is very important for you to understand the skill-set you are going to develop while interning. The right skill-set is developed at the right place. Like when you order food online, you always check the online rating of the restaurant, right?

Similarly, you need to go online and check what previous students have experienced when doing the same one. Reviews from previous interns, helps you get an idea what’s interning like at that place. Good or bad, go through everything so that you are informed enough to take a sound decision.

5. Paid or Unpaid?

Paid or Unpaid

If you are interested in being parts of real-good projects, then you have the right to ask for it. While if you are willing to do any job that comes your way simply to put it there as a formality on your CV, you can go out there without asking for it. What we wish to suggest to you is at the end of the day, your standard experience will obviously trump your monetary wants. But don’t hesitate to ask the money you are worth for and don’t be afraid to assert yourself specifically.
To know about all this and more regarding choosing an internship program get in touch with CPSTOWN.

Turning your hobby into your career is great but are you ready for it?

At CPSTOWN, we are committed to help you discover you wings so that you can soar high up in the sky. We have always believed that if you love the career you are in, then you will never have to work there. It will be your extended passion, that you are going to live your whole life.

There are very few who love their job and want to stick to it. It takes a lot of courage and time to actually get to do full-time what you have actually been doing in just the “other” hours of the day.

They said, love what you do and do it perfectly.

So if you are looking to transition your hobby into a full-time career, go for it, we are there with you at every step of your journey. But we also take the responsibility to help you get prepared for this ride.

Let’s have a look at the few points that should be taken care of:

Are you ready for the varied criticism?

Are you ready for the varied criticism?

Are you ready for the varied criticism?

You will certainly get this very often. Someday your chachi will be giving your opinion on this to your mom to someday your mama saying, “Hobby-wobby to sahi hai, krte kya ho?” There will be many such people who will have their own opinion upon your decision. So before the transition takes place, we suggest you to become a thick skin. Be dedicated, do hard work for it and bring out the results. Your success, your desired outcomes will themselves speak volumes of your career and stop the criticism. Just always remember, don’t get irritated with every rub, it helps you get polished.

Money-the ultimate concern

Money-the ultimate concern

Money-the ultimate concern

Passion is a definite energy that drives you to create wonders. It introduces you to who you are actually. As they say, money isn’t everything but everything needs money. The big question you need to ask yourself is, will you be making enough money for yourself? Sometime or other, we all find ways to end meet. We don’t want you to not able to buy that dress or suppress your wants because of lack of finances. Believe us, when there aren’t many funds, the passion also starts to diminish. Therefore, CPSTOWN is at your service to counsel you about the financial aspects of your career so that you can understand your choices better.

Will you still be excited about it?

Will you still be excited about it?

Will you still be excited about it?

To explain this in a better way, let us take an example. Rahul and Riya are two friends. Rahul is a fabulous painter and loves to paint while Riya is an amazing writer. They both look out to make their passion into their respective careers. So, Rahul paints every day and Riya writes every day to meet deadlines and earn profits. In some days, it was witnessed that Rahul’s interest in his work started to decrease while Riya was thoroughly enjoying it. Did you understand what happened here? Rahul lost the charm. Yes, this is a very important fact and you should ask yourself whether you’ll be excited about it every day or not! We advise you to take some time and try doing your hobby for a few weeks and check your level of enjoyment.

Persistence is the Key

Persistence is the Key

Persistence is the Key

There’s no reason to not follow your heart. You should definitely do that and do what you love the most. Taking action to turn your hobby into a career requires a huge dose of persistence, every single day. Always remember that Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable. Your hobby is your passion that you used to do in your past-time, now you’d be doing it full-time. If you are not persistent in this journey, it will be very difficult for you to succeed. But if you are persistent, victory will surely come your way.

Your career choice should be a reflection of what you love doing the most in your life. CPSTOWN understands that and helps you make an informed decision in the right direction.

आप पांच बातों को ध्यान में रखकर सही विषय का चयन कर सकते हैं कक्षा दसवीं के बाद में

दसवीं की बोर्ड परीक्षाओं के बाद छात्र/छात्राओं में सही स्ट्रीम के चुनाव का बहुत स्ट्रेस रहता है। आये दिन दूर की कोई चाची या भैया सफलता की चाबी  लेकर प्रकट हो जाते हैं और मैथ्स, बॉयोलॉजी, कामर्स या आर्ट्स पढ़ने की सलाह देते हैं। हर किसी के हिसाब से उनके द्वारा बतायी स्ट्रीम का भविष्य में ज़बरदस्त स्कोप होता है। पर क्या ऐसा असल में हो पाता है? निश्चित तौर पर डॉक्टर जैसा पेशा चुनना एक सुरक्षित भविष्य के सपने दिखाता है पर यह चुनाव किसी ऐसे छात्र/छात्रा जो कि कामर्स या आर्ट्स पढ़ना चाहते हैं उनके लिये लोहे के चने चबाने जैसा है। तो यहाँ हम आपको वो पाँच तरीके बताने जा रहे हैं जिसकी मदद से आपको दसवीं के बाद स्ट्रीम चुनने में आसानी होगी :

1. अपने बारे में जानना

अपने बारे में जानना 

हमेशा वो बनो जो तुम बनना चाहते हो न कि जो दुनिया चाहती है”,

इस कथन को अनगिनत बार आपने सुना होगा पर अब समय आ गया है कि आप इसे अपने जीवन में लागू करें। क्या आपको शरीर की बनावट समझने का जी करता है ? या इंजन कैसे काम करता है ये आपको जानना है? खुद से ढेरों सवाल पूछें और आत्मनिरीक्षण करें कि कौन सा काम आपको आकर्षित करता है।

इसके अलावा आप हमारे स्ट्रीम सेलेक्टर टेस्ट की मदद से अपनी इस मुश्किल को आसान कर सकते हैं।

2. कैरियर की संभावनाओं / स्कोप का पता करना

कैरियर की संभावनाओं / स्कोप का पता करना

उज्जवल भविष्य के लिये सही स्ट्रीम चुनना इस प्रक्रिया का एक महत्वपूर्ण हिस्सा है। भविष्य में आपकी चुनी हुई स्ट्रीम का दायरा आपके लिए सदा उपयोगी होना चाहिये। इसलिए आपके लिए यह जाँचना महत्वपूर्ण है कि आपके द्वारा चुनी गई स्ट्रीम भविष्य में मंदी का शिकार ना हो जाये। यह देखना भी महत्वपूर्ण है कि आपकी चुनिंदा स्ट्रीम इंडस्ट्री में अच्छा करेगी या उसकी माँग भविष्य में घटेगी?

3. मैं (कॉउंसलर) आपकी मदद कैसे कर सकता हूँ ?

 मैं (कॉउंसलर) आपकी मदद कैसे कर सकता हूँ ?

एक काउंसलर से उचित सलाह आपके लिए बहुत ही मददगार हो सकता है! आप स्कूल में अपने टीचर्स  के साथ बात करें, क्योंकि वे आपकी क्षमताओं को जानते हैं। एक योग्य पेशेवर काउंसलर आपके दिमाग में उपजे कन्फ़्यूज़न को साफ करने में आपकी मदद कर सकता है। कभी-कभी आपके और आपके माता-पिता के बीच अलग-अलग स्ट्रीम चुनने को लेकर एक अलग दृष्टिकोण भी हो सकता है। ऐसे में एक काउंसलर आपके और आपके माता-पिता के बीच एक पुल का काम भी कर सकता है।

आप हमारे काउंसीलिंग अनुभव के लिए info@cpstown.com पर एक मेल भी भेज सकते हैं और अपनी सभी चिंताओं का समाधान पा सकते हैं।

4. एक फील्ड ट्रिप पर जाएं (स्ट्रीम से सम्बंधित)

एक फील्ड ट्रिप पर जाएं (स्ट्रीम से सम्बंधित)

अल्बर्ट आइंस्टीन ने कहा था कि  “ज्ञान का एकमात्र स्रोत अनुभव है”। इसलिए, आप अपनी पसंदीदा स्ट्रीम की  दुनिया को देखें, वहाँ की ऊर्जा का अनुभव करें, देखें कि आप उस दुनिया से संबंधित हैं जिसे आपने अपने लिए चुना है या नहीं! आप उन विभिन्न कठिनाइयों के बारे में बात करें जो आपके पसंदीदा क्षेत्र के नामी लोगों को  सामना करनी पड़ी हैं। यह प्रक्रिया आपको और आपके कैरियर को मजबूत बनाने में मदद करेगी।

5. दिल की सुने या दिमाग़ की (Emotional Quotient or Intelligence Quotient) ?

दिल की सुने या दिमाग़ की (Emotional Quotient or Intelligence Quotient) ?

आंकड़ों के अनुसार, आपका IQ आपके सफल करियर में सिर्फ़ 20% भागीदारी देता है  जबकि आपके जीवन में 80% सफलता आपके EQ द्वारा की जाती है। अपने मन से लिए गये निर्णय आपको हमेशा सफलता के पथ पर आगे बढ़ने में मदद करते हैं । इसलिए बौद्धिक क्षमता के साथ भावनात्मक बौद्धिक क्षमता का होना भी बहुत  ज़रूरी है ।

आप अपने सुंदर भविष्य के निर्माता हैं, इसलिये अपने निर्णय का हमेशा ध्यान रखें और अपने शानदार भविष्य का निर्माण करें ।

Why do we need a guru (Mentor)?

Well, when you first time had to walk, you needed a push in the right direction. Right? You certainly were helped by your parents or someone to take those steps perfectly in the right direction.

Same is the case with your career or your life as a whole. As they say, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. He/She helps you discover your real potential and work towards maximizing it.

At CPSTOWN, we are dedicated to providing you with a solution for every problem you have while you are in the crucial years of your growth. Therefore, here we enlist why a mentor is essential:

  • A mentor helps you understand yourself better.
A mentor helps you understand yourself better.

To explain this better, let us take an example: Anjali is a class X student and she is good at academics but great at sports. But as usual, she is confused and isn’t aware of which stream to take after X. Her parents too don’t understand what she is really made for and will do good in. Here is when a mentor plays an important role. If Anjali had a mentor to guide her and her parents she would have understood her better. Having a mentor helps you meet with the real you and know what will work for you in your career ahead.

  • A mentor helps you set a measurable goal.
A mentor helps you set a measurable goal.

What if you decide to lose 10 Kgs in a week? Is that a measurable goal?

Or you want to lose weight but don’t know how much and how?

Both these cases are a result of directionless fitness routine. Same is the case with your life. If you don’t know have a set goal to achieve or have a goal that seems unattainable in desired time then definitely your life is in a fix. A mentor, in this case, helps you to strategise your actions priorly and act accordingly. With the help of a mentor in your life, you are able to set attainable goals and even achieve them gradually. A Mentor helps you turn wishful thinking into achievable targets.

  • A mentor never lets you feel satisfied.
A mentor never lets you feel satisfied.

You know what, only a dead fish goes with the flow. So when you feel you are done achieving your target and now need a break, always remember it’s time to buck up, tie up your shoelaces and work harder. This is exactly what a mentor helps you do. If you are in the company of a mentor, you will never be allowed to settle. Consistent goal setting is essential for achieving new life success. It challenges us to always move forward towards new heights. For eg: if you wanted to get admission in one of the prolific medical institutes, your mentor will never make you feel it’s too far out of reach. Your mentor will challenge you, bring the best out of you and you will eventually end up achieving that goal.

  • A mentor will always have your back.
A mentor will always have your back.

No matter in whatever situation you are, a mentor will always be at your side. You can share with a mentor everything you wish to achieve in terms of short-term/ long-term goals and your mentor will have a way to achieve it. God Forbid, even if you fail to achieve those targets/goals, the mentor will always be there to pick you up, pump a bit and push you harder to achieve success.

Issac Newton said, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” CPSTOWN totally believe that mentors extend clarity in your vision and enable you to achieve greater heights.

For undeniable counseling and resources that put you on the right track, feel free to contact us. We are waiting for you!

6 Steps To Help Your Child Choose The Right Stream

Parents serve as a major influence in the career selection and growth of a child. The support and confidence which they give, is a major stepping stone for a child to choose the right path. At the tender age when he/she is in high school and at the verge of choosing a stream for oneself, parents need to be with the child , understand him/her and accordingly take a decision.

In this tough time, it is also important to take care of the following points which will help you take a better choice. Let’s begin.

 

1. Be patient and encouraging

Be patient and encouragingDear Parent, be an encourager to your child because there are many critics out there in this competitive world. There might be instances when  you feel that the choice your child is making might not be good but give him/her the time to figure out.

Maybe your child has an aptitude for that kind of work. Be patient with him/her and let him/her explore. It is for his/ her betterment.

 

2. Support Gender Equality in Education

Support Gender Equality in EducationLadkiyan pilot nahi banti “beta”, kuch aur socho”. Why? Ask yourself why should you limit your child due to his/her gender. Times have changed but it’s sad that still in some families, parents don’t support their children pursue their dream career.

Why can’t a boy take arts in 11th and study painting? Or Why can’t a girl take PCM and become an astronaut? They can if they have an interest in such fields and can do good . As a parent, you should figure out whether your child has those capabilities or not. If the child is capable, please don’t bring in the gender game and let him/her just fly!

 

3. Do Your Homework!          

Do Your HomeworkAs a parent, your time has begun. Your child is discovering his interests and passions and you have to be there. Start reading relevantly about the stream your child is interested in and suggest some courses which could help your child perform better.

Try to introduce your child to someone who belongs or is related to the stream he is interested in so that he can learn about the practical aspects of the career.

Consult a career counselor or any medium that can help you ease out your issues. We at CPSTOWN, pledge to help you out with the best career guidance. 

Always have a backup plan because you have very limited time.

 

4. Your child is not an extension of you everywhere             

Your child is not an extension of you everywhereAs a parent, it is essential to understand that though it’s your child, he/she isn’t your replica. If you are a successful businessman that doesn’t mean your child can also be a businessman. Or if you’re a skillful doctor, it’s doesn’t mean that he/she too can be a doctor. Excessive parental interference can negatively affect child’s future. Always remember that your child is capable of performing wonders.

Don’t just restrict him/her by just imposing your choices.

Many times, we desire from our children to do all that we weren’t able to do in our times, which we couldn’t succeed in. But that only crushes the child and his/her performance in future. Her/his performance will definitely decrease.

 

5. Listen to All, but do what is right

Listen to All, but do what is rightIt’s generally observed that parents do get influenced by what the people around say to them. “Paisa bahut hai doctary mei, Raju ko doctor banana”. What if Raju likes studying business and commerce? What if Raju isn’t at all inclined towards studying medicine?

It is good to discuss with people but you should always do what’s right for your child. Just because you can earn money in any particular field because someone told you doesn’t guarantee success of your child in that field. Having unrealistic expectations will always make you sad in the end. It’s much better to understand the child and his/her aptitude than learning from others about your child’s future.

 

6. Collective Decision

Collective DecisionYou should take your final decision collectively. Your child should also have the right to take decisions. You should open the communication grounds for your child so that he/she can share with you everything.

The decision that you take should be of product of your child’s preference and your research. As a parent, you need to believe in your child and take care of her/him.

If your child chooses a stream according to your choice, he/she may not succeed. But if your child chooses the right stream according to his choice and your understanding, he can surely perform wonders in it.

So try to be companions to your children and choose collectively so that you can help and not pressurize them.

 

You are your child’s guiding light. You are his facilitator in this journey. Allowing your child take his/her decisions, you are helping her/him take the first step of adulthood.

 

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You are just 5 steps away from choosing the right stream after 10th!

“Beta science mei ache arhe hain marks, to science hi lena 11th mein” said Raju’s aunt to him while he was preparing for his boards. But is it the justified reason to take science after your high school? No!  It is said, “Nothing is more dangerous in this world than sincere ignorance”. And this is what we are!

Ignorant about the fact that it would be a life changing decision for us to choose the right stream for our career! So let us be smart and aware of what all should be taken care of while moving ahead…

1. Know the Real You

Know the Real YouBe who you are and not what the world wants you to be. Repeat this statement innumerable times and learn it by heart and implement it in your life.

Are you interested in knowing how your body works? Or how an engine works? Inclined towards knowing the real art of chopping onions? How to ace the perfect pencil stroke in a sketch? Or the geographies and the ancient history of the world?

And the questions go on and on…

Know what you want to know! Introspect what excites. Don’t just choose a subject because your relatives or parents said. Don’t choose a subject because your elder brother did or your sister is doing good in it.

Choose it because you can stand apart in it and outstand others. Develop certain interests in subjects. Figure out which subject’s homework you want to complete first or the subject you want to know more about? For which you can skip your favorite show, game and food as well? Develop that passion and you have the answer at your end.

Attempt our Stream Selector Test specifically designed to help students in this problem and come out with flying colors!

2. Hunt the career prospects/scope

Hunt the career prospects/scopeIt is a vital part of this process of choosing the right stream. As its scope in the future should be fruitful for us. For Eg: Arun wants to take up PCM in the 11th grade and aims to be an astronaut. Well , the career prospects of being an Astronaut in the future are quite bright to see for. Then there is Aruna who wants to take up Humanities in the 11th grade and aims to be a sociologist. So both the students have diverse aims and the career scope of both the choices are totally different.

Hence its important for you to check that the stream you choose is resistant to recession or not. It is vital also to see whether the field does good in the market or will its worth decrease after a certain period of time or not?

We know these are some tough steps to take for as the student at this stage is already a lot confused . So to clear this out, we have the 3rd step for you below!

3. “How May I Help You?”

How May I Help You?Asked the counselor! The best way to get your facts straight when you have googled a lot about choosing a stream after and made a mess in your mind is to go reach out to a career counselor who may help you from scratch to the best output available.

Have a talk with your teachers at school, because they know your abilities of performing wonders. A qualified professional counselor can help you clear out the mess created in your mind and also can be a bridge between you and your parents as sometimes you may have a different point of view in choosing a stream and your parents different. You can also send in a mail at info@cpstown.com for awesome counseling experience and getting all your worries vanish.

4. Go on a field trip

Go on a field tripYou might be thinking that you are perplexed here in making a choice and we are asking you to go on a trip! But it’s not the fun trip we are talking about.

You do have to pack your food along with you but not for singing or dancing but to have a look into field you are about to make a choice for. As in you want to become a Chef so you should schedule a meeting with the Chef around in the city, have a look on how he handles the work, see whether the environment suits you or not. Talk about the various difficulties which he faces and the ways to make you career strong.

Albert Einstein said “The only source of knowledge is experience”. So, go on a field trip, experience the energy there, see whether you belong to the world you have chosen for yourself or not!

5. IQ or EQ?

IQ or EQ?As per statistics, IQ predicts only 20% of success in your career while 80% of success in your life is predicted by EQ. Do you now understand how important it is, to know about your emotional intelligence as it will directly impact your career choices?

For Eg: A person who is straightforward, may not be a good diplomat agent. A person who fears the pain of others would not become a successful doctor. Hence emotions play an important role in our field of careers too. Try to figure out how to deal with people. So before choosing any stream you have to figure out that you are ready for dispute handling or the empathy handling situations required in your stream of work or not.

The bad news is time flies so take care of the decisions you make; the good thing is you are the pilot so it is you who is the creator of your wonderful life ahead!

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