“Her coming to a fork in the road and seeing the Cheshire cat and asking him directions –
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?
The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get.”
Alice: I don’t much care where
The Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” – Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland.
Going or reaching somewhere holds only if you have decided where to go. If you want to be on your path to success, your first task is deciding where you want to be going, and (especially) why.
Our children of grade X, XI and XII have come a long way exploring and learning through the developmental years of their life. Just as Alice they have come to a fork in their road ahead. They now stand on the threshold of new beginnings. At this decisive juncture we the parents and the teachers need to help them by asking them the crucial question asked by the Cheshire cat. If we ask ourselves and our children where we want them to go or where do they want to go and why we will be taking the first step towards ‘the path to success.’ Good schools in Gurugram are helping their students and parents to ask this question.
Let us check the authenticity of asking the simple question. Try asking yourself what is your goal and why. It will prove the authenticity of the question as most people think that they know however when asked they find themselves in a puddle. Realizing their inability to describe their goal, what they want or what are they seeking and why. We often start without ever pausing to think about where we want to end up—and then we find ourselves confused or worse, disappointed and disillusioned because we realize what we’ve found isn’t what we were looking for. To get what you want, you need to know what that is. Top CBSE schools focus on implementing a life skills-based curriculum and motivate students to be equipped with all necessary life skills to be future-ready.
That reinstates the significance of goal setting, self-awareness and introspection before we begin. The Mad Hatter in Alice in wonderland said- “If you know time as well as I do, you wouldn’t talk about wasting it.” The biggest consequence of effective and timely goal setting is that it helps us save time. Isn’t that big enough gain to go for? That is just the beginning as it has several other benefits like saving our hard-earned money, saving us from disappointments and self-doubts, etc.
Next to goal setting comes the attitude of ‘asking for help.’ One must never shy away from seeking help where needed. Why reinvent the wheel. Rather be thankful to those who have already done that for us. We can contribute by taking the learning ahead. So, feel free to ask for help, take advice and then analyze for self as, in the end, it’s our journey, not someone else’s.
Another important component is ‘starting early’, Career planning can have immense benefits if started early. In this journey, we should begin by trying to understand the why behind our choices. By trying to attain greater self-awareness in terms of our aptitudes, interests, abilities, style of learning, career motivators, etc. This journey can be a lot better if we seek the help of a career expert and commit ourselves to continuous learning through various sources and research on new-age career options and then match them with our unique skill sets at attitudes. Understanding their crucial role in career development of students Gurgaon’s good schools handhold their students and parents through several career orientation workshops, aptitude and interest tests and career counseling services.
Let us begin by asking where do we want our children to reach and why.