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Maneesha asked

Hello I'm a final year student and is about to complete my Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication. I'm not sure where should I go ahead? I've to earn as financial conditions at home aren't good and I've varied interest and is not able to find my exact passion. I feel I'm untalented. What should I do?
19 Mar 2016, 11:22pm
Dear Maneesha, I think there are two parts to your question. The first is practical - what is the right next step for your career? The second is emotional - how do you deal with the very natural anxiety and lack of confidence that any new graduate will face. To answer the first part - I think a great first step is to think about where you'll have the greatest opportunity to develop and hone your skills. You mention that you haven't found your passion, but I think that's natural considering that you don't have a lot of experience. After you've worked for 3-4 years, you'll have a solid set of work skills as well as a well-developed sense of the the types of work you are best at doing. So the question is: what types of skills do you want to develop? I would say focus on organizations where new entrants are given a lot of opportunities. Talk to friends who have worked there, or ask someone on the team for an informal interview. During the interview, ask them questions about the types of skills development and mentoring they receive from their bosses, and what they've learned on the job. If you're interested in social media, for example, then try to work somewhere that has a really social engagement strategy, and learn as much as you can from the people above you. If you're very keen on reporting, then get a job in a newsroom and take every opportunity you can to assist more senior reporters and learn how they do their job. The best thing you can get out your first job is knowledge. As for the question regarding pay: when it comes time to talk about salary, make sure you are informed. In your conversations with peers and colleagues, ask what types of salaries are typical for the industry and jobs you are looking at. When you talk to HR and they ask about salary, make it clear that you are supporting yourself. At the same time, recognize that entry-level jobs in the news industry are typically not the highest-paying. When the first round of increments comes around, if you feel you are not earning adequate to the value you are generating, then make a strong case for a promotion to your bosses. Cite specific examples of the work you've done that has helped the team. If they don't agree, then think about looking for another job that will pay you more. The second part of your question is a lot harder to answer. You're just starting out on your professional journey, and I think it's natural to feel a bit overwhelmed. Remember that the next few years are an opportunity to learn, and embrace the things you do not know. Remind yourself each day that you are a new graduate with skills to offer the world, and that the criticism that will come your way is never personal. It's not about who you are or how smart you are, it's about how to improve what you do. Be confident that you are doing your own best, and if you do find that you are lacking a talent - seek an opportunity to develop it! One of the hardest things about moving forward (I still struggle with this) is feeling like I need to do things perfectly the first time around. The more you focus on being perfect, the harder it will be to move forward. No one is perfect - not even your boss. Everyone is learning and acquiring new skills all the time. I hope that helped! Take care, and good luck in this awesome field you've chosen.
19 Mar 2016, 11:40pm View Less
Dear Maneesha,
I think there are two parts to your question. The first is practical - what is the r

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Tanya asked

Hello Mam I'm Tanya need your counseling on my career move. Currently I am working in automotive industry with an experience of 2.5 year. I cannot see my career growth in this field moreover the work doesn't make me happy. If I see my interest its more in some design or creative field. I will be highly obliged if you could guide me in directing my career.
16 Mar 2016, 08:48pm
Dear Tanya, This is a great question, and at 2.5 years, you're at a good point to recognize that the work you're doing now is not for you. Here's a multi-step plan for the next step. Step One: Get more information to help you decide what you want to do. you mention that your interest is more in some "design or creative field." Go online - Quora and Facebook must have groups for this - and find people who are working in the types of jobs you find interesting. Find a few companies doing work that you find interesting, and look up their employees on LinkedIn. Ask them if they offer internships, or if they'd be willing to let you shadow them for a couple hours. Another great way to get information is to volunteer at events or shows. If you get the chance to volunteer, make sure you're professional and respectful - always be on time, be polite, and do what they ask of you. Think about what calls to you, and what you think you might be good at doing. Step Two: Acquire new Skills. You may discover that you need new skills. For example, if you want to be a graphic designer, you may need to learn Adobe Photoshop and InDesign programs. Sign up for workshops, or go online and find tutorials that will help you acquire these skills. That means that when you DO have the chance to interview for the jobs you want, you will be able to demonstrate both commitment and capability. Step Three: Get some interviews! Now that you have some information and some skills under your belt, make a list of companies or projects you find inspiring, and look up the point people. Ask your friends for connections. Write them short but perfectly spell-checked notes asking for a connection. Line up some interviews, and indicate in the interviews that you're willing to learn. With perseverance, you should be able to find a good next job. Good luck!
19 Mar 2016, 11:48pm View Less
Dear Tanya,

This is a great question, and at 2.5 years, you're at a good point to recognize that

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Namrata asked

Hi, I’m writing to ask you for advice related to my next career move. To give you a brief outline of my career graph, I am a visual specialist with over 14 years of work experience with leading Indian retailers in fashion, lifestyle and premium international brands. Having worked as a visual merchandiser for several years I wished to take a sabbatical as well as diversify my skills to include designing for retail environments. It was with this view I quit my job in July 2013, did a one year post graduate diploma in design and took some time off after that. Now recharged and rejuvenated, I wish to join a creative or design agency in the role of a retail creative professional. The setback I’m facing is that so far I have not received an encouraging response from such agencies, I’m not sure if this is due to • a lack of specific technical skills such as interior designing, architectural know how, graphic design etc. combined with my mid-senior level of experience, • or if I need to repackage my profile • or sparse networking skills and reach. Please find attached a link to my updated visual resume that has all the required details on my academic and professional history. https://www.behance.net/NamrataSachdev Please do let me know how I could get a foothold in my chosen arenas at my stage of career. Thank you so much for your time. Namrata.
05 Feb 2016, 02:35pm
Dear Namrata, Glad to get a question from someone more senior. Your question is a bit of a stumper, especially since I'm not as familiar with your industry. That said, I'll give it my best shot. A few questions: How long have you been looking for a job? When you say you're not getting an encouraging response, what does that mean? Are people replying at all? Are you getting interviews in the companies you want to work for? I would certainly give it at least a year of dedicated searching before starting to get concerned. It does take time to find a solid job. You identify a few possible reasons for the lack of response. The lack of technical skills is something you can remedy. If you go to LinkedIn, can you take a look at the professional profiles of people currently working the types of jobs you want to get? Do they have skills or degrees that you definitely don't have? Your mid-senior level of experience shouldn't be a deal-breaker, especially since there's a strong link between what you did before and what you're looking to do now. Your resume looks professional and polished, so that's not the issue either. When it comes to networking skills and reach, I think there are a few questions you need to ask yourself. 1. Who are the connectors in your industry? The people whom other people follow on Twitter, whose opinions others trust? Are you familiar with those people? Is it possible for you to get a moment's conversation with such a person at an industry event? 2. Have you tried looking into conferences and trade events in your chosen field? That can often be a great way to meet a lot of people, including other people at your level. 3. Can you leverage more connections? Look on LinkedIn to see whom you're connected to, and whom they're connected to. Ask your friends, as well as previous colleagues. If you can find a mentor in the field you've chosen, that sounds like it would be a good first step. Good luck!
19 Mar 2016, 11:56pm View Less
Dear Namrata,

Glad to get a question from someone more senior. Your question is a bit of a stumpe

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reema asked

Hello ma'am I'm Reema Gupta. Only a housewife but dont want to be only in my life want to prove myself and make my dear and near one pround but how with qualification of BA and teaching experience in computer institute and NGOs please guide and help
01 Jan 2015, 10:23am
Dear Reema, Great to have you here, and great to hear that you want to work further. I can't tell from your message: do you already have a BA, or do you hope to get one? Either way, I think the best first step is to figure out what kind of work would be most meaningful to you. What motivates and fulfills you? What do you enjoy and look forward to most? What could you see yourself doing every day? Then use those answers to figure out what type of work to look at, and what qualifications will help you get there. If you already have a BA and teaching experience, the next step might be to ask how you want to move forward. Do you want to become an administrator within a university? Do you want further teaching qualifications? Or would you rather work with an NGO, and if so, doing what? Regards, Anika
13 Feb 2015, 07:26pm View Less
Dear Reema,

Great to have you here, and great to hear that you want to work further. I can't tell

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Deepa Rao asked

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25 Sep 2014, 01:18am
Hey Deepa, thanks for your note, and good luck on your work. I'm not sure to what extent it's a question, but all the best. It sounds like your project has certainly picked up some necessary traction.
25 Sep 2014, 02:49am View Less
Hey Deepa, thanks for your note, and good luck on your work. I'm not sure to what extent it's a ques

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Shobha asked

Hi!what opportunities are there for women to work from home in creative fields?i worked as a journalist,have tc and radio experience,did family counselling and write occasionally.but iam not satisfied with these.i want to do something which can give both financial and professional satisfaction.can u help me out with some ideas?
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Erum asked

Hello Anika, I would like to interview you as part of a story on successful career women I am doing for New Woman magazine. Please drop me a mail at erum.ali.qureshi@gmail.com if you are interested. Best regards, Erum
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Hi mam..i m jaggi..i have more than six years of experience in counselling,sales and teaching.now i have shifted to usa.and i m looking for a reliable homebased job .can u pls guide me how i can approach to land on the same.
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