BEGINNERS’ GUIDE TO
Career Guidance Book for the youth
The author has provided career guidance to thousands of students and executives
over the last two decades. This guide is a summary of the main themes of career
guidance that is based on observations and understanding of experiences of over
two decades. The author can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 00919414430763 for providing career guidance to the students.
Dr. Trilok Kumar Jain
Dean, Suresh Gyan Vihar University Jaipur
BEGINNERS GUIDE TO CAREER ENRICHMENT
What is it?
Who should Read
Why should you read
You want to know about career enrichment.
You are confused about your own career.
You are a career consultant and wish to grow further in your
You are a teacher and wish to help your students in their
You wish to organise some career guidance session and invite
Career Consultant Prof. T.K. Jain
You wish to guide your juniors and mentor them for better
Career Enrichment means additing jobs, activities, and interests
in your work schedule that add to more sense of
accomlishment, satisfaction, enjoyment, meaning and enable
further development of the person to be able to contribute
more towards society at large through increased skills and
Career enrichment can be seen as a continuous process, with
the ultimate goal of taking an individual to highest level of
accomplished visualised by that individual. Take Sachin
Tendulkar for example, the great Indian cricketer improvised in
all aspects of sports and personality - which ultimately took him
to the highest level of accomplishment, large number of world
record and the highest national honour - Bharat Ratna.
Myths about Career: -
We cant get what we dream! - wrong, dream it, visualise it and
you will get it, but be patient.
We cant get great career without jack and cheque! wrong, be
firm, build your capabilities and the world will have to
We must follow great persons! Wrong. Follow yourself. Listen
to your soul. You are a unique person in this world. You have
come to this world for some unique work. You have your own
dreams, aspirations, vision and beliefs. You have your own
preferences for social development. Bring the best out of
yourself and find that you are really different from others. Put
your best initiatives before the world and bring the best out of
you to the world.
Career Consultant can’t help you if you are not motivated!
Wrong – the career consultant is a motivator. He is only trying
to motivate you and let you realise that you can achieve what
you wish to achieve. He makes you aware of the opportunities
are available here and guides you for them. He mentors you,
guides you, motivates you and prepares you for the future.
When you are in confusions, the career consultant helps you in
evaluating different options. You are incharge of actions, but
the career consultant is a source of help for you. If you wish to
help others, become a career consultant yourself. I have
enjoyed this role for over two decades and therefore I suggest
you to take up this role as a part time hobby and as a source of
diet for your soul that you are doing something good in this
Try for 20 jobs, you will get one! Wrong – visualise yourself in
a role in the future and prepare for that role. Practice, practice,
practice the role in your mind, soul and in your actions. Acquire
skills, and capabilities for the role and see that one day you will
be performing the role of your dream.
We should not change jobs! wrong - but change jobs only to
add more skills and capabilities to your profile and to build
further credentials to what you are. Don’t just change a job for
the sake of change.
Job satisfaction is impossible! wrong most people are not
satisfied with their job, but there are people who are able to
find an extremely enriching career and are experiencing a very
high sense of job satisfaction. It depends on the level of
planning and ground work done by a person.
No body helps these days! wrong - we take help of others and
we extend our help to others. The people who are more
helping, are able to get more help also and therefore they are
able to rise faster and achieve their career goals faster.
Success if for a few persons only! wrong - the world has so
many varieties that everyone can become a winner without
forcing others to be looser. Everyone can become successful
and achieve the pinnacle of his satisfaction by being able to
contribute a great deal in some or other field.
There are no opportunities for the youngsters! Wrong – today,
we are having increasingly more and more opportunities in
varied fields. There are more possibilities for learning, growth
and development. Technology has come as an aide to us.
Search out, Explore and Grab the opportunities
Career is not a straight line. It is a journey that passes through
ups and downs but has many connecting elements that enable
an individual to relate his past to the future. Plan, predict and
prepare for the future and identify your role in the changing
times. You can prepare a great career by focussing on the
changing role of the technology, social relations and changing
scenario. There are always some vacuums created by changing
times. These vacuums can be identified and predicted, and you
can try to bridge the gap by being the innovator. Dont miss any
opportunity to attend seminars, webinars, conferences, and
meetings being organised by those who are the most
progressive and fast forward persons, so that you can update
yourself and prepare for the future. Dont miss any opportunity
to have networking with the industry leaders, planners,
activists, leaders, social entrepreneurs so that you may also be
able to get a feel of what the people are planning for the
future. This networking can be online also and through the
online community forums also.
Invest time and money in your own skills and capabilities
Career development can happen if you are willing to invest for
career. Learn out latest skills, and acquire capabilities for
tomorrow. Invest your time and resources for this. Learn latest
technologies and be the first to acquire new technologies.
8 Cs of Career Enrichment : 1. Customise yourself - shed all your ego, mould yourself
to the situation and constantly change, update and
modify yourself in terms of your skills, learnings and
capabilities (but not interms of your vision, values and
2. Capitalise your capability - capability will decrease if you
dont use it. Capability will improvise if you use it and
test it to difficult conditions.
3. Care for time - invest your time in skill building and
knowledge updation and remember that time is the
best investment in your own development.
4. Connect to people - not just from your own profession but beyond also - because ultimately networking helps
in your growth.
5. Colour yourself - means give yourself an eyecatching
personality. Engage and immerse yourself in wider
social ambiance in varied forms of life through various
activities of socialising so that people can identify,
recognise and remember you. Your identity should be
distinct, eye catching, appealing and enticing. Your
should appear to be extremely sociable, willing to
extend help and willing to extend your full support. You
should at the same time look trendy, tech-savvy,
adaptive, and enthusiastic. Colours yourself in the
vibrant colours of life.
6. Courage - success in any field comes from courage and
initiative. Break all your fears, leave behind all your
hesitation and be the first to say a big YES. Greet your
life with a courageous smile to meet any opportunity or
challenge that comes your way.
7. Concentrate on your core strengths - build and
strengthen your skills and your strengths and minimise
8. Communicate communicate communicate – you cant
live without communicating, so just communicate from
your heart. Be true to yourself. Be honest and
straightforward on career issues. Nurture a noble cause
in your mind. Communicate with yourself and assure
yourself that you are here for a great cause. You can
achieve miracles, if you believe in yourself. Share your
vision, dreams, career plans, and you will find that the
world is with you.