Tap your inherent potential

LOOKING AHEAD: Success is all about setting sights on your goals and making efforts to achieve them.

LOOKING AHEAD: Success is all about setting sights on your goals and making efforts to achieve them.   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.R. Deepak

The problem with present day students is they don’t assess their latent values

Any idea what differentiates Shahrukh Khan, A.R Rehman, Tiger Woods and Warren Buffet from the rest? They had set their goals high, analysed and realised their latent potential and values at a very young age and worked their way to what they wanted to become.

The major problem with the students of the present age is that they do not assess their potentials and inherent values. It would be very difficult for a young techie to answer the simple questions: Why do I need a job or why am I doing it? The clichéd answers would be, I need a job for survival, everybody is into some job or the other or I need money. Hardly a few would comment, ‘I like it and that’s what I wanted to do’.

“There is a vast difference in just doing a job and liking it. Thanks to the erstwhile IT and ITES boom; the thinking power of students had taken a back seat. The rat race for jobs had given very little space for students to think on the basic question like; what am I good at,” says Director of CTC Communication A.S. Prasad.

Many educationists feel that the recession is a boon for the present generation of students. They feel that the situation will force them to realise their potential. Vice-Chancellor of JNTU (Kakinada) Allam Appa Rao says that a decade ago young students were compelled to think about their career.

Back to basics

“They brainstormed themselves to realise their potential and values. The students worked out their career graph on the drawing boards and upgraded themselves to become employable. The IT boom made things easy and jobs were offered on a platter. Now they will have to go back to the basics and they will emerge stronger in the coming days.”

Mr. Prasad adds that students were driven by the environment and there was no inspiration, it was only desperation. “The value for jobs was missing. They were not in a position to define, ‘what is a good job’. The present environment will compel them to define the values. For success in the post recession period, students should bring in a change in their attitude. Setting of goals play a vital role in charting a successful career. The goals should be big and one has to connect the values of life to the goals. Motivation plays a key role here and psychologists say that it falls in place as the values get connected to the goals.


The word stress is catching on like wildfire, especially after the global economic meltdown had set in. “The best way to de-stress is to identify the reasons for stress. Stress could be either negative or positive and it is nothing but blockage of latent energy. If one can channelise that blocked energy, stress can be neutralised,” says Mr. Prasad.

Coming to the stress factor, especially for management and IT students, academicians say that stress was even higher during the IT boom. Students experienced fierce competition among their peers and that injected a great amount of stress. A good job for one student put the others in a lot of stress. With the slump in the job market it has come down, but the thought of securing a job is bugging them. That bit of negative energy could be utilised for skill enhancement.


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