Don’t yield to peer pressure while choosing career, says counsellor

June 28, 2013 12:00 am | Updated 05:35 am IST - Bidar:

A seminar on ‘How to face competitive examinations’ organised by The Hindu EducationPlus saw enthusiastic response from students here on Thursday.

Over 1,000 students sat through the three-hour seminar at the Zilla Ranga Mandira where they listened to resource persons and interacted with them.

J.R. Sudarshan Reddy, career counsellor and founder of Vidyarthi IAS Academy, Hyderabad, taught the students tricks of facing examinations and interviews. He spoke about his experiences as a career counsellor and trainer for competitive examinations for civil and military services. He also gave examples of students from diverse backgrounds who succeeded in national-level competitive examinations despite adversity.

“There are three rules to success. Choose what you like, stick to your choice and work hard towards making it happen,” Mr. Reddy said. He urged students not to yield to peer pressure in choosing a field of study or career. “If you and your parents differ on such important choices, convince them of your likes and dislikes. Realise that if you strongly dislike some field, your mind will be the biggest obstacle in your success,” he said.

Mr. Reddy gave examples from cricket and Bollywood to drive home points relating to study techniques, and about streamlining one’s thought process. Realise that most examinations test your logical reasoning capabilities and not your depth of knowledge.

This was what lies at the top of a corporate head hunter’s mind. Problem solving by logical reasoning was what they look for. They don’t need intelligent people who could give long lectures on theoretical concepts, he said.

Mr. Reddy said the second important aspect is how much of a team player you are. If you are entering the civil services or the defence, you are expected to take people along in a task and not do something all by yourself, he said.

He also gave information about which institutions of higher learning offered important courses and about the mode of selection in various national and State government agencies.

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