Suchitra Surve

Director – Growth Centre India Private Limited

B For Backup

B For BackupWe hear regularly about the rise in competition, going number of applicants and limited number of seats, which is making today’s student life a chaotic. The studies and hard work that students put up lasts atleast two to three year. The entire family prepares for the career, not just in terms of the student; in terms of giving up on fun, social functions and leading a disciplined life. From hopes, expectations, dreams – everything is on stake. The sleepless nights, nightmares of results and finally when the results come out – a few rejoice, many are in despair while still others are in a state of shock.

It is crucial at this moment that despite your determination and single-minded efforts to achieve the goal, it is missed. Some students do not clear the exam or are offered seat in a college which not of their choice or in to a specialization which they don’t want – the reasons can be vary – this leads to then the big question of what next? What should I do now? No other options were considered; hence there is lack of information. Along with there is even lack of mental and emotional preparation to accept the shock of not being able to handle to pursue what s/he wanted. Year on year we meet such students who go through this phase. Some come out of comfortably while many struggle to mend their ways. So, if you are currently appeared for boards and have decided on a career – our recommendation would be to have a back-up plan.

Explore all the possibilities; be flexible in your attitude and likings. If unfortunately, your repeated attempts with dedication and hard work have failed in translating the success – don’t get hurt or depressed. Find out the cause of failure and try for it. But in case you fail to make it, don’t hesitate to consider other optional career.

Most look at back-up plan as the second option or no option, but the reality is, if you have evaluated all the options and yourself, then your back up plan or plan B will still be your choice! It’s like carrying two extra sets of stationary during exams. If one breaks you don’t panic, simply remove the next set, and continue. The same way, your career can also have a back-up plan and realise the success that you dreamt of.

There are many options available at the UG /PG level, probably outside your home town, be prepared to explore them as well. Do not lose hope or give up easily. Pick up the reigns from where they are and carve a new path to success.

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