It is that time of the year when kids have passed their 12th, and started looking for admissions in colleges. Though some people are clear about what they want to do, there are few who are still unsure about their choices. To help out the confused ones, Millennium Post talked to a few people who have been through the same. Read on to learn from their career decisions, experiences and mistakes. Here are a few general points to keep in mind while choosing a career: Also Read – An income drop can harm brainBe certain about what to do: Not always your hobbies can be turned into a career, but there should be some sort of interest in what you choose as a mode of living for yourself. Sharing her thoughts on the same, Bhawna Khanna, who is an Architect says, “I was always interested in fine arts. But when it came to choosing, I was not really sure if I can pursue it as a career. Therefore, I chose Architecture, where I could still use my creative side without compromising with other factors” Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAccording to her, it is important that one goes on field where his or her passion and area of interest are not killed. Think if you can do it or not: Once you choose a career for yourself, you need to be really sure if you can do it or not? For example, I had a batchmate in school who scored well in Maths. So, she decided to go for Math Honours. When she was finally pursuing her graduation, things didn’t turn up well and she had to drop the course. The girl was always interested in studying the subject and score well in the same, but failed to make it a profession for herself. Investment/ money for the course: Vashisht, who is an Engineer in a start-up states, “I wanted to do something really big in the corporate sector and I was good in science, so I decided to do my B.tech and then thought of pursuing an MBA. But because of the shortage of funds, I could not do my MBA from a good college – which later affected the pace of my career growth.” He feels one should very smartly plan a career looking at the financial availability, as investment is an issue which affects it on a huge scale later. Career prospects/ opportunities: Generally, when we choose a career for ourselves, we forget to clearly understand its prospects and other things like money, jobs availability etc. Talking about the same, Akanksha Zaddo, who has just passed out of 12th explains how she is confused between opting philosophy and psychology as a career and is not really sure about which to to go for The lifestyle you want to live: We are often told that being a doctor is great, one earns a lot of money and respect, but no one mentions the hard life a doctor has. Therefore, one should be very clear in what sort of lifestyle they want to have, before finalising any career. “I was always an explorer, I never wanted a 9-5 desk job. That is the reason I chose to be a journalist. Being in this profession, I can go out to cover stories, meet new people, explore new things,” says a budding journalist, Prisha Sinha. Moving out of the city/ country: Whenever you select any course which lacks opportunities in your hometown, it is important to be sure about stepping out of your comfort zone and settling in another city. “I come from a small town and I always wanted to be in cabin crew. So, I opted for it. But now being a mother, staying away from home is difficult,” says Namrita, who is an air hostess.
Antonio Maria Costa, Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, told a press conference in New York that opium cultivation was increasing in the southern provinces of Afghanistan, where the insurgency is intensifying. “What you evidently see there is tangible proof that insurgents are playing a role in forcing, coercing, advising, assisting, promoting farmers’ cultivation of opium.” The UN has been in discussion with the authorities in Afghanistan and other States the importance of improving security. “There is no rule of law in most of the southern parts of Afghanistan; the bullets rule,” he said, citing “a dramatic situation which needs to be confronted.” Action is also necessary to help the poor farmers of Afghanistan, he said. “We need to assist them. We need a greater amount of development assistance. So far, development has been not so generous; certainly not by any standards comparing what has happened to other post-conflict situation.” Mr. Costa also advocated conditioning aid on the behaviour of those receiving it. “Farmers have to be assisted under the condition that they abstain from cultivating opium,” he stressed. Efforts were also needed to prevent theft of aid money. “We are pleading with the Government to undertake stronger measures to reduce corruption, which is a major ingredient – a major lubricant – in the development of the opium industry.” Law enforcement was another crucial part of the solution, he said, noting that the UN had helped Afghanistan to help rehabilitate the court and prison systems. Mr. Costa also stressed the need to reduce consumption of opium. Countries must do more to cut addiction. “We know that when there is a major upsurge in the cultivation and in production, the consequences are greater purity of doses,” he said, warning that death rates were likely to rise. “We may face a situation of crisis… in Paris, London, Madrid, Moscow, Rome and so forth.” The area under opium cultivation in Afghanistan surged 59 per cent to 165,000 hectares in 2006, according to the 2006 UNODC Annual Opium Survey, released earlier this month. The opium harvest was an unprecedented 6,100 tons, an increase of 49 per cent from 2005, making Afghanistan virtually the sole supplier to the world.