By Dr. Ajay Rai.
Everything in life needs a plan. Everything. In case we do not do so, things get planned by default. Our work area being one of the defining elements of our lives, we need to pay extra attention to ensure that only the best plan is in place. That is, a plan that ensures for us the best career [entrepreneurship is also, we must remember, is a career!]. We go into some basic elements here that help us plan a winning career plan.
The SWOT analysis that you learnt, can very effectively be applied here. Your strengths and weaknesses, opportunities that emanate from it and the targets that are possible through these – all help you know yourself accurately enough to enable you to plan your career effectively.
Very interestingly, what is true in an individual’s case is equally true for an enterprise. Only, some of the dimensions take on different meanings. For example, every entrepreneur knows that planning is key to everything that is sacred to him/her. No entrepreneur ever starts without putting a meticulous plan in place. A start-up needs a plan. Deciding on how much capital the venture needs needs a plan. And how great his venture is also defined and decided by the quality of his plan. We will discuss these elements in our future columns.
Every adult, of whatever caliber, qualification, abilities or background, needs a career that is best for him/her. I will be happy to respond to specific queries relating to personal, educational, and, possibly the most important, a career choice that is challenging and satisfying. Please feel free to write to me. I can be contacted through email [firstname.lastname@example.org] and/or the good old letters [Dr. Ajay Rai, 153/18 Shipra Path, Mansarovar, Jaipur302020]. For those who would like to, please be assured, definite confidentiality will be maintained. From others, please mention that you have no objection to my daring [!] to use contents of your communication for sharing with other readers when you write to me.
Remember, as I said earlier, inside all of us there is an entrepreneur. And s/he is continuously trying to come out, and be counted. Let him/her.
Ajay Rai is a Executive Director,TiE Jaypur [Rajastan]
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