“Out Of Syllabus” Lessons - Need of the hour

Published by MBA Skool Team, Published on April 21, 2012

During my training programs based on my book “Out Of Syllabus – Career success tips that no one taught you”, I ask the participants why they are studying and why did they choose the course they are studying. Invariably the answer is related to a job and earning money. It is rather sad that education is not pursued for the reason of learning and broadening ones intellectual horizons. In the Indian context, this is partly justified as we do not have a meaningful social security net and the onus of surviving falls entirely on the person.

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However, India has changed and is changing. The economy today is no longer one driven by scarcity. Opportunities abound in terms of employment and growth. On one hand HR managers are desperately seeking good talent and on the other hand young adults are concerned about getting good jobs. Why does this ironical contradiction exist?

This is largely due to the misaligned orientation between education and earning. The expectation that a degree will automatically lead to a job and earning money is fundamentally flawed. Of course, an educational degree is required by every employer but more importantly they are looking for employability skills.

Employability skills are those set of skills that enable a person to utilize their conceptual and academic learning in a real life context and be effective and productive. In most cases these skills are not taught to anyone and it remains as a large and very important gap. It is this gap that is leading to the ironical contradiction of so many people passing out of educational institutes while companies are concerned about the lack of talent.

One very important employability skill is to have the right attitude, especially with regard to “dirtying one’s hands”. Unfortunately most young adults have job expectations that are unrealistic and impractical. There exists a strong personal preference or rather prejudices about what constitutes a good job and it usually translates into looking down upon several job options.

This is where the whole vicious cycle of job dissatisfaction starts and then leads to job hopping which ultimately benefits no one.

In the book “Out Of Syllabus” several key inputs have been discussed to plan and manage a person’s career successfully. One such important input is the concept of “The 3 Bucket theory” of career success.

This approach compartmentalizes a career into 3 buckets and gives clear action oriented inputs with regard to what one should focus upon during each of these buckets as also the learning that they should take out from the same. “Out Of Syllabus” also has several practical inputs and tools which will enable the reader to operate with a greater sense of clarity and purpose. One such interesting thought is about PSS, which stands for Personal Success Secret, and how to define an effective PSS.

Very simply put, as a student a person has a choice to leave a question in an academic examination if it is out of syllabus and still get the marks for the same and pass. However, in real life the same person cannot avoid a situation and run away from handling issues by citing the excuse that no one taught them about this and it is out of syllabus.

In summary, India is a growth story and the young adults have enormous opportunities. However, they need to have an open mind and learn all the crucial “Out Of Syllabus” lessons in order to be able to make a difference.

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About the Author 

V Rajesh is a Retail expert with over 2 decades of diverse experience. He has written the popular book “Out Of Syllabus” which gives inputs regarding employability, career planning and career success. The site for the book is www.outofsyllabus.weebly.com

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