Bet­ter com­pete with your­self

Learn to deal with com­par­isons and not let them get the bet­ter of you

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Samir Parikh

I am a Class 10 stu­dent. I am very in­ter­ested in as­tron­omy which I wish to pur­sue as my ca­reer. My per­cent­age is 85-90%. Which stream should I opt for in Class 11? What pro­fes­sional qual­i­fi­ca­tions are re­quired and what are the job op­por­tu­ni­ties in this field?

—Krithika As­tron­omy is the sci­ence of the heav­enly bod­ies in the sky and their pat­terns. It is one of the old­est sciences and now in­volves the use of very so­phis­ti­cated meth­ods of de­tect­ing and in­ter­pret­ing in­for­ma­tion on plan­ets, stars and gal­ax­ies and their rel­a­tive mo­tions. For the study of as­tron­omy, you need to take physics and maths in Class11 and Class 12. A high level of in­tel­li­gence, math­e­mat­i­cal abil­ity, re­search skill and com­puter pro­fi­ciency are some of the per­sonal qual­i­ties re­quired for a ca­reer in space sciences/re­search.

To get into fields re­lated to as­tron­omy, as­tro­physics or space sci­ence, you can fol­low any of two routes. You can take up BSc in physics or maths and then MSc and PhD in as­tron­omy, as­tro­physics or space sciences. Al­ter­na­tively, you can do a BE/BTech in aero­nau­ti­cal or aero­space en­gi­neer­ing fol­lowed by an MTech and PhD in aero­space en­gi­neer­ing or a re­lated field.

In­dian In­sti­tute of Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (IISER,­ now of­fers an in­te­grated BSc/MSc pro­grammes in dif­fer­ent fields of sci­ence with schol­ar­ships to bud­ding young sci­en­tists. The pro­gramme is de­signed as a balanced blend of core sci­ence and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary topics, to serve as a launch pad for re­search and doc­toral stud­ies in cut­ting-edge ar­eas in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy. The ad­mis­sion is based on an en­trance test and in­ter­view. The ad­mis­sion no­ti­fi­ca­tion is ex­pected dur­ing Jan­uary/Fe­bru­ary ev­ery year.

Al­ter­na­tively, af­ter fin­ish­ing your de­gree in physics, you could take up an MSc and re­search lead­ing to PhD which en­ables one to be­come an as­tronomer/as­tro­physi­cist or a sci­en­tist/re­search of­fi­cer, etc in the field of space re­search.

As­tron­omy and as­tro­physics are taught as spe­cial MSc pro­grammes in the

physics or mathe-

Com­pe­ti­tion can be a great mo­ti­va­tor. It can move you to go that ex­tra mile and do that much bet­ter. But things start to go wrong when beat­ing some­body be­comes your only goal. At ev­ery step along the way, you will be com­pared, whether with fel­low stu­dents or sib­lings. Com­pe­ti­tions and com­par­isons are a part of ev­ery stu­dent’s life, but as a stu­dent, you have to learn to deal with th­ese com­par­isons and not let them get the bet­ter of you.

Whether you ‘win’ or ‘lose,’ if you lose sight of what really mat­ters, it is only go­ing to dis­tract you away from your growth. No mat­ter how well you do, let­ting your success get to your head can be dis­as­trous. It takes you away from the things that really mat­ter, and your com­pla­cency might even ham­per your per­for­mance the next time around. And at the same time, when you look at the per­for­mance of an­other per­son as your bench­mark, you are bound to be dis­ap­pointed at some point. Ir­re­spec­tive of how well you do, at some point or the other you are bound to come across

In­vest­ment bank­ing

—Vi­nay An in­vest­ment banker helps a client to utilise and in­crease its funds, by do­ing a thor­ough study of the mar­ket trends, risk in­volved in in­vest­ments and the preva­lent eco­nomic con­di­tions. An in­vest­ment banker pro­vides a wide range of ser­vices in­clud­ing en­dors­ing se­cu­ri­ties, trad­ing of stock and bond, fa­cil­i­tat­ing merg­ers and ac­qui­si­tions, main­tain­ing bro­ker-dealer op­er­a­tions and pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial guid­ance re­gard­ing pric­ing of se­cu­ri­ties, is­su­ing and place­ment of stocks. The job re­quires de­tailed re­search and un­der­stand­ing of the money mar­kets prior to any in­vest­ment. In­vest­ment bank­ing is one of the most pop­u­lar ca­reers among the youth of In­dia, since it is a money-spin­ning job that pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow. How­ever, not ev­ery­one can be­come an in­vest­ment banker. You need to have the right abil­i­ties and ap­ti­tude to be suc­cess­ful in this job. You must have strong an­a­lyt­i­cal and math­e­mat­i­cal skills, be com­fort­able with num­bers and have a tol­er­ance for tak­ing risks. some­one who is a shade bet­ter than you. And when a com­par­i­son is done, how you deal with it could de­fine who you are and what you will be­come. Her is some ad­vice

with your­self: Do not judge your­self by how oth­ers have per­formed. Set your own tar­gets and raise the bar for your­self.

your­self: You can­not be the best in ev­ery sphere. Iden­tify your strengths so that you can reach your full po­ten­tial. At the same time, be aware of your weak­nesses and work

to­wards over­com­ing them.

not bother about what oth­ers think: Stu­dents of­ten tend to worry about what oth­ers would think of them. Do not get swayed by what oth­ers think. Know your pri­or­i­ties and do the best that you can.

on the ef­fort, not the re­sult: When you com­pare your­self with oth­ers, you end up fo­cus­ing on the out­come. In­stead of get­ting dis­tracted in such com­par­isons, fo­cus on putting in your best ef­fort.

from your peers: There is a great deal to learn from your peers. Rather than fo­cus­ing on one-up­man­ship, try to pick up on the pos­i­tives of your peers and im­bibe them in your life.

each other’s success: Do not let an­other stu­dent’s success put you off. Be happy for some­one who does well.


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Ed­u­ca­tion, 1st floor, HT House, 18-20, KG Marg, New

Delhi-110001 The colum­nist is di­rec­tor of Ca­reers Smart, and au­thor of the Pen­guin In­dia Ca­reer Guides Vol 1 and 2. Ph: 011-40552321


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