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Department of Public Administration, KU, Career counseling discussion for BPA Students


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A Career counseling discussion for students of Department of Public Administration. Guidelined about how to chose a good career after doing BPA, MPA.

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Department of Public Administration, KU, Career counseling discussion for BPA Students

  1. 2. B U I L D to B U LL D O Z E Career Counseling Discussion <ul><li>Facilitator : </li></ul><ul><li>SARFRAZ AKBAR </li></ul><ul><li>PMD (I&OP), MPA (HRM), MBA (HRM), </li></ul><ul><li>MA (ECO), BL,LLB </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>For the students of Department of Public Administration University of Karachi.
  2. 3. Objectives of Discussion <ul><li>To do your self analysis... and help you to understand major problems in career adaptation… </li></ul><ul><li>How you should build yourself to bulldoze the competitive job market…tips </li></ul>
  3. 4. What we will discuss about <ul><li>Your self assessment: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Life Goal </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Career </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>How you Build to Bulldoze: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Your Problems </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tips for Career/Job </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>1. Your Self Assessment </li></ul>
  5. 6. 1. Your self assessment ….. <ul><ul><ul><li>Q1: Who are you and what is your life goal…? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Q2: What is your worth in terms of education / qualification / competencies…? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Q3: Which career you want to adopt (profession)…? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Q1: Who are you and what is your Life Goal <ul><li>It is: </li></ul><ul><li>Who are you? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your identity (self identification)? </li></ul><ul><li>What you want to be in your life? </li></ul><ul><li>What you want to achieve from life? </li></ul><ul><li>Where you want to go and in which direction you want to go? </li></ul><ul><li>Life goal is a measurable and achievable part of your life. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Q2: What is your worth <ul><li>What is your worth in terms of Education / Qualification / Skills / Knowledge / Competencies…? </li></ul><ul><li>What else you know or you can do that can help you to adopt a Career/Profession…? </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Career/Profession is a kind of job that needs a specific set of Education / Qualification / Knowledge / Skills / Abilities etc. to adopt and perform it. </li></ul><ul><li>Every one adopts some career/profession to earn his bread and butter. </li></ul><ul><li>You chose a field and purse it as your career / profession. </li></ul>Q3: Which Career you want to choose
  9. 10. <ul><li>Which Career you want to </li></ul><ul><li>choose and why…? </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to help poor people by doing social work. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to serve the humanity by becoming a doctor. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to be a leading businessman by doing the printing business. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to bring a change in the society being a teacher. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>I want to be a leading professional by doing job in private sector. </li></ul></ul>Which career you want to choose
  11. 12. Life Goal & Career Relationship <ul><li>Is there any relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Between </li></ul><ul><li>your Life Goal and </li></ul><ul><li>Career/Profession you choose…? </li></ul>
  12. 13. Life Goal & Career Relationship <ul><li>Yes there is a relation between: </li></ul><ul><li>What you want to be in your life... ( Life Goal ) </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>What you choose to do to achieve your Life Goal….. ( Career/Profession ) </li></ul>
  13. 14. <ul><li>You can’t reach to a destination until and unless you don’t have a direction </li></ul><ul><li>“ LIFE GOAL” </li></ul>Which Career You should Choose…?
  14. 15. <ul><li>Choose to do… what you can do </li></ul><ul><li>“ THE BEST” </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt a profession for which you have a “Passion & Talent” </li></ul>Which Career You should Choose?
  15. 16. Your Profession <ul><li>Career is a source for fulfillment of your objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>It is a way you achieve objectives. </li></ul><ul><li>You adopt career to achieve your goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Career also helps you to earn your earnings…. (to generate money). </li></ul><ul><li>We can also call it a profession. </li></ul><ul><li>There are may kind of professions e.g: doctor, engineer, teacher, lawyer etc </li></ul>
  16. 17. Your Education <ul><li>Education provides a base to choose a good career in order to achieve our life objective. </li></ul><ul><li>Education provides you the base – of knowledge, skills and abilities etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Education brings required behavioral change which is necessary to adopt a particular career /profession. </li></ul><ul><li>Some time career/profession it self becomes your life objective. e.g. “Becoming a lady doctor is a dream of my life.” </li></ul>
  17. 18. Link between Education, Career & Objective <ul><li> Objective </li></ul><ul><li> (fulfillment of life) </li></ul><ul><li> Career </li></ul><ul><li> (supports to your) </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>(provides base for your) </li></ul>
  18. 19. Education helps in Choosing Career Choose CAREER
  19. 20. Education & Choosing Career <ul><li>Most of the time people choose their career on the basis of their acquired education. </li></ul><ul><li>The choice of a good career depends on your Professional education. </li></ul><ul><li>That is why people get professional education. </li></ul>You Adopt CAREER
  20. 21. People Do - Job as a Career <ul><li>Majority of the people do JOB as a career </li></ul><ul><li>As a matter of fact , people get education only for the sake of a good job….! </li></ul><ul><li>People who are already doing jobs want to enhance their education….. To get promotion and career growth in their job. </li></ul>Good/Professional Education Good JOB Good Career
  21. 22. 2. Build to Bulldoze
  22. 23. How? Build to Bulldoze
  23. 24. Build to Bulldoze <ul><li>The concept of Build to Bulldoze is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>You being the student of MPA/BPA prepare your self to enter into a competitive job market. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You should equip you self with what is required in the market . </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You develop yourself to learn new skills, knowledge, abilities, competencies and other characteristics which are required in the market. </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Build to Bulldoze <ul><ul><li>Today's job market has cut throat competition. Your survival is only if you can bulldoze your competitor professionally with the help of your competencies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Today the survival is only for the FITTEST. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore you need to BUILD yourself to Bulldoze . </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. Your Problems <ul><ul><li>You will face some problems when you Build yourself to Bulldoze the job market. </li></ul></ul>
  26. 27. Your Problems <ul><li>What is my life goal & why I am doing MPA…? </li></ul><ul><li>Does any body know about MPA in the market…? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the value of MPA…? </li></ul><ul><li>Which major/specialization I should select…? </li></ul><ul><li>will specialization help me in a career adoption…? </li></ul><ul><li>will MPA degree enable me for any job…? </li></ul><ul><li>Will I get a job…? </li></ul><ul><li>How I will get a job…? </li></ul><ul><li>How I should made my CV…? </li></ul>
  27. 28. Your Problems <ul><li>What to write in my CV…? </li></ul><ul><li>How I should search a job…? </li></ul><ul><li>Where I should search a job…? </li></ul><ul><li>How to prepare for interview…? </li></ul><ul><li>What organization asks in interviews…? </li></ul><ul><li>What I do before interview…? </li></ul><ul><li>How to follow-up for an interview…? </li></ul><ul><li>Who are my competitors in market…? </li></ul><ul><li>How I will compete them in market…? </li></ul><ul><li>What are my strengths and weaknesses…? </li></ul>
  28. 29. Your Problems <ul><li>Can I use reference (sifarish) for job…? </li></ul><ul><li>What Knowledge, skills, abilities are required in the job market…? </li></ul><ul><li>Which industry I should join…? </li></ul><ul><li>Should I join an entry level job…? </li></ul><ul><li>What salary I should expect…? </li></ul><ul><li>How I should negotiate the salary…? </li></ul><ul><li>What organizations demand from fresh graduates…? </li></ul><ul><li>What is do I have NO experience…? </li></ul>
  29. 30. Your Problems <ul><li>Without experience, will any body call me for interview …? </li></ul><ul><li>How I compensate my lack of experience…? </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t have any experience, how I will survive…? </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t have references…? </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t have the habit of 9 hours of working, what I will do if I get a job…? </li></ul><ul><li>How I will wakeup early morning for job…? </li></ul><ul><li>I don't know how to dress up for job…? </li></ul>
  30. 31. Your Problems <ul><li>Is job my career filed…? </li></ul><ul><li>Is my job matches my MPA major…? </li></ul><ul><li>Should I keep looking for the job of my interest…? </li></ul><ul><li>Why job is so demanding…? </li></ul><ul><li>In which sector job is better Public or Private…? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the advantages/advantages of both sectors…? </li></ul><ul><li>What else I do if don’t do the job…? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I do business after doing my MPA…? </li></ul>
  31. 32. Will MPA help me to get job?
  32. 33. Will MPA help me to get job? <ul><li>Some people get education only for the sake of a good job….! </li></ul><ul><li>You are also studying and doing MPA for a good job. </li></ul><ul><li>MPA is a professional education which will help you get a good job and altimetry a good career and success in life. </li></ul><ul><li>It helps to grow and get promotions in the job. </li></ul><ul><li>MPA is demanding for the HR JOBS. </li></ul><ul><li>MPA can also support you to do business or to adopt any career other than job. </li></ul>
  33. 34. Will MPA help me to get job? <ul><li>Public Administration is an internationally recognized filed of study and expertness. </li></ul><ul><li>Public Administrators have greater scope of work than Business Administrators. </li></ul><ul><li>MPA’s can perform much better than MBA’s in both public and private sectors. </li></ul><ul><li>So far the public and private sector have not yet realized the importance of MPA’s. </li></ul><ul><li>By Building yourself to Bulldoze the job market you have to increase the worth of MPA’s. </li></ul><ul><li>You Should proud to be a DPA Graduate. </li></ul>
  34. 35. Master in Public Administration MPA <ul><li>You are doing MPA……! </li></ul><ul><li>Which Major you should take…….? </li></ul>HRM Marketing Finance MIS Others Majors
  35. 36. Will my choice of Major open an avenue of success for me in job…? will the choice of major defines my success…?
  36. 37. NO! Your degree is only a permit to in... in the job market…!
  37. 38. Job market is very tuff, you need to prepare your self to meet future challenges . If you think that as you will complete your MPA…. you will get a job with a car and five figure salary….. Than you are not on RIGHT track!
  38. 39. Tips for Building to Bulldoze
  39. 40. 2.3 Tips for Building to Bulldoze <ul><li>Choose a career which serve your life goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on our studies, read for knowledge not for marks. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on acquiring the knowledge which serve career. </li></ul><ul><li>Give special consideration to HRM, OB, BC, Report Writing, Management, Public Administration, Policy Making, Public Relations, Advertising, Training & Development, Marketing, Accounting, Financial Management, MIS, Research Methodology etc. These subjects will provide you a conceptual base. </li></ul>
  40. 41. 2.3 Tips for Building to Bulldoze <ul><li>Improve your communication and presentation skills. It is the key to success. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve your report writing. Learn all types of business reports, proposal, research reports, investigative reports and feasibility reports etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on your letter writing. MUST know how to write different kind of letters. </li></ul><ul><li>How to write solicited/ unsolicited job letters/applications </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare an eye catching profile /CV. </li></ul>
  41. 42. 2.3 Tips for Building to Bulldoze <ul><li>Develop a reading habit and must read few well known books e.g. 7 habits of highly effective people, The power of visualization etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Start thinking and interacting like MANAGERS. </li></ul><ul><li>Be positive and proactive in your actions. </li></ul><ul><li>Start focusing on your dressing, your look and other physical features. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop networking with you senior fellows who have already started their career. </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on senior fellows who are established in the industry. </li></ul>
  42. 43. 2.3 Tips for Building to Bulldoze <ul><li>Increase your credentials. Short courses and 1-2 days trainings can enhance your worth for job. </li></ul><ul><li>Start reading national/international news papers. </li></ul><ul><li>Start visiting job placement sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the websites of MNC’s, FMCG’s and check for job opportunities. </li></ul><ul><li>Study and observe what companies are demanding in fresh candidates. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a list of most repeatedly demanded KSAOC’s and try to develop it. </li></ul>
  43. 44. 2.3 Tips for Building to Bulldoze <ul><li>If you are interested for job in any particular sector/industry visit their websites and study their corporate profiles. Must know at least 5 leading industries of that sector. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your own directory of Human resources Managers and their contacts/addresses to apply. </li></ul><ul><li>Design a job customized CV. One tablet can relief every disease. </li></ul><ul><li>CV is your advertisement of selling, customize it according to the job requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Make your picture from a professional photographer. </li></ul>
  44. 45. 2.3 Tips for Building to Bulldoze <ul><li>Never past your picture on CV until it is demanded or you are really photogenic. </li></ul><ul><li>Get maximum information about the organization and it mission/vision before applying and before going for interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare your self for interview. Prepare professional replies of most common FAQ’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Never refuse any interview call even it is for a junior position. Go, prove your worth and leave your updated CV for future reference. </li></ul><ul><li>Dress up smartly and professionally for interviews. </li></ul>
  45. 46. 2.3 Tips for Building to Bulldoze <ul><li>Don’t accept or reject any job offer immediately. Take time to think at least 1 to 2 days. Take advise from seniors to finalize your decision. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not jump on salary before, during on end of any interview. Never give a figure in 1 st interview. </li></ul><ul><li>Try to discuss salary in the final meeting. It will enable you to demand exactly what are worth for and put u in a position of negotiation. </li></ul>
  46. 47. 2.3 Tips for Building to Bulldoze <ul><li>If you are cornered to tell expected salary… always give a range and keep a margin of negotiation. eg. you want 25K demand 30k to 35k. Employer consider your down limit and negotiate on it. </li></ul><ul><li>Know your worth, and never give unrealistic salary exception. </li></ul><ul><li>Final your deal and make a noting of what you finalize with employer. </li></ul><ul><li>Request for joining time at least 7 days. May be you get some information which change your decision. </li></ul>
  47. 48. 2.3 Tips for Building to Bulldoze <ul><li>Never compromise your self development, keep learning new KSAOC’s. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep exploring new opportunities for a nice switch, even if you are on a good job. </li></ul>
  48. 49. Conclusion <ul><li>There is no life without a life goal . </li></ul><ul><li>Choice of career helps you to achieve your life goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Education paves the way for a promising career. </li></ul><ul><li>Self analyze and prepare your self to launch in job market. </li></ul><ul><li>Self development should be a continuous process. </li></ul>
  49. 50. Story <ul><li>Once a baby camel asked to his mama camel: </li></ul><ul><li>Mama why we have big hump on our back. </li></ul><ul><li>Mama camel replied as we are the desert animal therefore, it is to store food and water in it. </li></ul><ul><li>Baby camel again asked : mama whey we have big eye lashes. </li></ul><ul><li>Mama camel: replied as we are desert animal these prevents our eyes from sand storms. </li></ul>
  50. 51. Story <ul><li>Baby camel again asked: mama whey we have log legs and soft flat soles. </li></ul><ul><li>Mama camel again politely replied: that as we are the desert animals so our flat sole prevent us from dipping our feet in sand and long legs to walk fast. </li></ul>
  51. 52. Story <ul><li>Baby camel replied: </li></ul><ul><li>Than mama what the hell we are doing in the ZOO…? </li></ul>
  52. 53. THANKS
  53. 54. Question & Answer sarfrazhrd Sarfraz Akbar, MPA (HRM) Evening Session 2004-06