Broaden Your Intellectual Horizon.

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Image credit: Pixabay  “Learn continually. There’s always “one more thing” to learn.” — Steve Jobs In this fast paced world, with new levels of competition sprouting each passing day, continuous learning is a necessity and not an option. In all fields, the need to be ahead of the curve dominates. Fortunately, the advancement of Information technology has bought new arenas of opportunities to learn without the traditional classroom approach and broaden one’s Intellectual Horizon at ease. With rapid innovations in various fields and the threat of automation looming, staying relevant has become indispensable. Apart from learning new skills, it’s pertinent to revisit the skills already acquired to stay significant. Organisations are set with the growing need for upskilling employees regularly to align with their business demands. In my previous organisation, most of the training’s happened through web based modules. The emergence of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has made it possible to attend courses at our suitability. Few advantages of learning online: It’s possible to learn at your time and convenience. Even after a hectic day, it’s stress-free to sit in the comfort of your home and learn. It’s cost effective. No need to shell out big bucks, most of the online courses are comparatively inexpensive than regular courses. It suits the speed of each person. There is always the advantage of learning at one’s pace without hindering others. Saves travel time, no hassle of going to a different location to learn. One can acquire multiple skills simultaneously. Cross skilling […]

I am a certified language expert so what’s next?

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Image credit: Ichas Passing in a theoretical  exam or completing a course from reputed institute will not grab any opportunity for yourself. You need to practice  the language daily to improve your vocabulary, diction, pronunciation at last your writing skills. Instantly you feel that you can attempt talking with your people around you (to whom the language is definitely going to be some Latin or Greek). How to gain Expertise in new language? Facebook groups The Foreign Language Exchange has language experts or like minded people across the globe and they have dedicated Whatsapp group for every language wherein you will have peers who will be native speakers or beginners like you. Daily lessons will help you out in improving your knowledge. If you are looking for any Indian based closed group join Learn or Teach any Indian or Foreign Language. How to progress? Translators or Interpreters: Translators and Interpreters (ProZ.com) and Translators n Interpreters Community by Modlingua Closed group  are international  groups for interpreters and translators whereas Bilingual translator Interpreter India Indian based group wherein you can find freelancer opportunities. Foreign Language Trainer: LiveGuru.in recruits online trainers to conduct training’s. Or you can launch your own portal or channel to start teaching people. Freelancer Content Writer: Being a Content Writer or Blogger myself I found many opportunities  in a closed group that has been created for Content Writer Tourist Guide: Have a tie up with tourism or travel agents who can give freelancing assignments to guide tourists from abroad. […]

Family First

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Image credit: Pixabay A very popular quote says: “what you give attention to…..grows”! How true is this? When plants are watered they grow, when happiness is shared, it spreads and grows, when a gossip is given more fuel….well it grows!!!! So essentially what we give time to…grows. Similarly, bonding in family needs time and attention. When it is given time and attention….bonding does grow. Lifestyle nowadays is hectic, full of noise, hustle, bustle and rush. In fact, what we are left with is no time with family. The interaction between members is less. In fact a down time now means for each member to spend more time on his/her own device. Here are few simple and effective tips to spend more time with family in spite of busy schedules. Family that eats together; stays together: Having at least one meal a day, every day together is a good way of spending quality time. Often its either breakfast or dinner when the family can gather and catch up with each other’s activities and plans. It’s not possible to force or make it compulsory for everyone to be at the dining table for a meal, however the intention to do so will definitely do the trick.   Interest in each other’s interests: In a family, the more number of members, more varied are the interests, hobbies and passion. Sometimes, parents encourage children to pursue a hobby or passion but do not take time to actively involve themselves in the learning. Whatever each […]

Stop Limiting Yourself – You Are Capable of Much More Than You Think

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“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself’’― Andrew Murphy Often, when we think of failures in life, we find it easy to put forth the limitations we are set with….”not enough time’’ or ‘’no resources’’ or ‘’it dint work for me in the past’’. But think about it. All those chances you missed, the opportunities you didn’t exploit…could it be achieved with a little more determination and perseverance?  Sometimes we limit ourselves since we have little conviction in fighting for the things we need, whether it is at work or in personal life. A few experiences in life taught me a very important lesson – your life is in your hands, so are your successes and failures. I quite often marvel at the elephant story contemplating about how many of us are limited by the chain we have tied ourselves with. https://academictips.org/blogs/the-elephant-rope/ We can conquer all our fears once we unshackle our inhibitions and take control of our lives. Few pointers to guide you expand your horizons and live life to the fullest: 1) Don’t bask in the haven of comfort zone; instead get ready to venture out and feel awkward while learning something new. 2) Take action before it’s too late. Go on a road-trip, apply for that promotion or take charge of the next presentation you dread about. You’ll never know you’re potential if you don’t try. 3) Don’t let past failures define you. Learn your lesson, but have the faith to carry on despite […]

Fun Alternatives For Ladies After A Career Break

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Image Credit: Pexels Did you plod your way through a hectic course, take the trouble to secure a good job and toil hard to earn a fat salary only to end up getting married, having children and staying at home totally unemployed? You now have your kids and home as your priority and perhaps you do not want to get back to your career by taking up a full fledged nine to five job like before. But the thought of doing nothing apart from your homely duties is quite discouraging. You have this urge to do something- anything that will showcase your talent, efforts and earn a good amount of money as well. Your formal education might or might not help you here, but this is the time your buried hobbies and passions should surface. Use your skills to earn money- at your own convenience. Here are some ways- If you often receive compliments for your dishes, use your cooking skills to open a blog or a YouTube channel and share your yummy recipes with the world and earn through advertisements. If you are not too tech-savvy or if you have no technical support, you can provide lunch boxes for the office going folk yearning for homemade food. To take matters further, you can even plan on opening your own little eatery if you have the resources.   Are you the kind of person who enthusiastically stays in shape? If yes, you can either be a yoga instructor, a Zumba […]

3 tips to increase your self-confidence when you are on a career break

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Image credit: Pixabay When I quit my job, a well-meaning ex-boss told me to get back to work as quickly as possible or run the risk of losing my self-confidence. My initial reaction was ‘That doesn’t apply to me. I’m never going to feel low on self-confidence’. I was so sure that she was wrong. 4 years have passed by. And, I sometimes wonder – was she right all along? I have learned the hard way now, that the answer to the above question is – Yes and No. Yes – There are times when we women are likely to lose a bit of our self-confidence. When you have to quit a hectic and demanding career and find yourself all of a sudden with nothing equally challenging (mentally) to do, you feel the vacuum. When you are used to your talent and potential being utilized and suddenly it lies dormant and unutilized, it has a certain bearing on your self-confidence, especially in the long run.   And No – One does not feel low on self-confidence all the time. There are only certain times when it strikes. For instance, you apply for a position and notice that your current skill sets are inadequate or outdated.  Or when you notice that your earlier peers have charged ahead with their careers while you are still on a break. Times like these are when you feel irrelevant and low on self-confidence. And interestingly, not everyone loses their self-confidence on a career break. Some […]

Maximise Your Productivity To Unleash Your Potential

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Image Credit: Freeimages “Ten years from now, do you really think all the time you spent gossiping at the water cooler or sitting in some smoke -filled lunch room or watching television will count for anything ?’’ – Robin Sharma, The Monk who sold his Ferrari. As I read through the words, it set in motion a string of thoughts of the time I spent in Coffee breaks or small talks at the Pantry. Some of us take pride in the fact that we work 12 hours a day, but if it was to be measured against Productivity, will it sum up? Towards the start of my career, I had the flaw of procrastination, especially if the task did not interest me. As a result, I spent much time dreading about it than the time it would have taken to complete. Over a period of time, self-discipline taught me the virtues of Productivity. I started my morning with a to-do list, ranked in order of priority, which set the tone for a fruitful day. I learnt to mix and match, ie doing a task that I like and going onto the other which is less interesting. Also, I learnt to say “No “for multiple Coffee breaks politely, citing deadlines. Since the major part of my day was filled with meetings, I took efforts to comb through the minutest of details that might crop up, thereby avoiding the risk of meetings running behind schedule. In my experience, I have found that […]

How involved are you in your financial planning?

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Image credit: Pixabay Have you read Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’? In her book, the COO of Facebook, Sheryl, mentions that the division of chores at her household was traditional. Her (late) husband Dave Goldberg would handle the bills and the finances and Sheryl would take care of the kids’ activities, food and, the birthday parties etc. Dave was at that time the CEO of Survey Monkey and Sheryl is still the COO of Facebook. I for one was relieved to note that it was a traditional model they followed – he handled the bills and finance while she handled the other stuff. Because it reflected mine. And maybe, yours too? Unfortunately, in 2015, Dave suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia while he was running on a treadmill. For anyone, the sudden demise of a spouse is indeed an irreparable loss. Yet, anybody’s guess is that an educated and accomplished COO like Sheryl would have been able to ‘more than competently’ handle all decisions including financial ones, despite the sudden upheaval in her life. I wonder if I would be able to. How about you? Would you be able to handle the financial decisions that impact your life and those of your dependant’s ‘if’ life puts you in a spot where you need to? If you are reading this, you probably are well educated yourself, and maybe have had or still have a good job. Despite your education and career, do you make decisions on ‘where’ to invest and ‘how much’ to […]

Communication made easy… follow these simple tips

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Image Courtesy: Life11 The word ‘Communication’ comes from the latin word “commūnicāre, meaning “to share”. And we have enough digital platforms to share our thoughts, opinions and messages. We do not have to express because the virtual world does it for us. Every emoticon is unique and global too. No language barrier there and no translations required. However how effective is virtual communication. Do we understand? Do we get misunderstood? Does the message reach across? Digital platforms and social media are a huge advantage but let’s accept the fact, that with virtual communication people become less expressive. Because there is lesser human connectivity and so it seems more ‘virtual’ than real. As humans we have been blessed with 5 senses…almost 6. We can most certainly use these 5 senses to communicate. And communicate for real. Here are some tips that could be helpful in making real communication.   Intention: If intentions could be heard, words would not be needed. Often people think that people can read their minds. Ohh if that was true. But one has to speak their mind. By the time the thought changes to words and is spoken, the message loses its essence. So intention to speak is important. If one has thought that a communication has to be made, one will find words to speak. Words just need to be expressed not buried.   SMS- mode: what this means is to keep the conversation short and simple. Whether it’s a presentation, board room meeting, lecture or […]

Networking

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Image courtesy: Pixabay The animal kingdom lives in herds. I have often wondered if the animal species was born with the innate wisdom of collectivism or they realized over a period that much more could be accomplished if we stick together than leading solitary lives. In modern parlance the same trait translates to networking. A network as we understand it is a group of people bound by a common goal, interest or ideology. Technology has made us more connected than ever. Today there are networks for all genres of people-single, married, weight watchers, vegans. We all want to belong somewhere and understand that there is much to gain from collective wisdom and experience. Networking is not only for the not so well known. Even the who’s who of the world are associated with organizations/societies like the Freemasons. From US presidents and senators, to CEOs and even notable Indians like Motilal Nehru and Swami Vivekananda were reportedly members of the Freemasons. Freemason members claim that the society gives them a sense of belonging and helped shape character. However, networking does not always have to be about following the herd so to say. We are all capable of creating our own herds. One of the not so often mentioned way of creating a herd is either to develop a skill that makes you stand out or to do something notable that is acknowledged by people, that catches their attention. One example that shines out today is that of Mumbai based lawyer Afroze […]