Performing Arts - A Career Pathway to Go For! : Music is the purest form of art. Therefore, true poets, who are seers, seek to express the universe in terms of music. It is the poetry of the air. It produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. Indian Classical Music has a special character of its own and it differs from the music of other countries in its structure and style of improvisation. It is a synthesis between Philosophy, Psychology, Spirituality and Aesthetics. The system of Indian music is known as Raga Sangeet and can be traced back nearly two thousand years to its origin in the Vedic hymns of the Hindu temples. The roots of Indian classical music are religious. It encompasses all the emotions and experiences in its world of 7 Swaras (notes) and 22 Shrutis (microtones). Its greatness lies in its holistic nature that all the elements form a unique wholeness which may not be understood by studying the parts separately. Here, even a pause is as important as the note. Genuine interest, earnestness, and hard work are extremely important for success in the field of music. With this, natural bestowal of 'voice' is of great importance. The field demands regular devoted practice, what is called as Riyaaz- saadhana. The first step to initiate is to recognize the interest in the field and then start learning from a Guru (eminent musicians). We don't call them teachers because the fraternity believes that a teacher is a one who gives knowledge, instructs you and boosts your ego but a guru, here takes away your knowledge, punctures your ego and then constructs you. These gurus don't provide with a formal degree and certificates but they train you to face the world, they alter you completely because they in a way teach you to utilize your skills and knowledge to touch your and others soul. The shishya (disciple) performs under him, with him and then moves further in search of his style and establishing himself. Another way is, joining an institution, universities and getting trained there, acquiring professional degrees of post graduation and doctorate. With this one starts teaching and performing. Here, it is very important to build contacts with right people who recognize your talent and provide you with fair opportunities to showcase it. The Indira Performing Art and Music University (Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh) is a university dedicated only to visual and performing arts. Apart from this Akhil Bhartiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Vishwa-Bharti University and various other regular universities offer various courses and diplomas in music. It is also important to note that Indian classical music has been divided into two groups, Hindustani Sangeet (prominently music of North India) and Carnatic Sangeet (music of South India). Whichever way is chosen, the main emphasis should be real dedication and respect towards the skill. It is not something that one can master in three-four years. It requires years of rigorous training, guidance and commitment. One becomes a student for his lifetime. Besides becoming a performer (vocalist or instrumental) or a teacher, one can collaborate his music with other interests, such as using music for healing purposes. Music is something which is always around us in our environment. So, it can be joined with any kind of field. Apart from this one can become a music journalist, musicologist, music therapist, music publisher, sound engineer and even artist manager. Indian music is a complete yoga system in itself. It comprises of yama (moral conduct), niyama (observances), asana (right posture), pranayama (control of breath), pratyahara (withdrawal of senses), dharana (concentration), dhayana (meditation), and finally Samadhi (cosmic experience). On a personal note, I feel that music is something that is created from heart and molded by emotions. I am not into the professional music arena and yet I can say it is a stimulant of my being. It fills the empty spaces of my life. My love for music (especially Hindustani shastriya gayan) grew when I was young and my family had a huge influence on me. Looking at it my family had sent me to learn under a guru who started teaching me that shastriya sangeet is not just about sounds and tunes it is beyond that. It is a parallel world in itself which also connects you to your real world in a better way. I find that it helps put me in a place that is very calming and allows me to express. It helped me confronting dark parts of myself and acknowledging the goodness in me. Effective guidance has always been coming my way from my guru. It kept me going as it gave me solutions to various issues in my life. It taught me compassion, passion and more importantly became a medium for me to introspect. I have always believed - it's not that people don't like classical music. It's that they don't get a chance to understand and experience it. Indian music if pursued in any way as a career, hobby or a spiritual path, teaches you self examination, observation though not self criticism. It is like solving unsolvable and invaluable mysteries. Shastriya gayan is not just music which one has to listen to or practice rather, notes of a particular raga are set in a pattern and then from there taken on to expand and liberate oneself and merge with the cosmic sound, become one with the inner being of the singer. As said by Pt. Ravi Shankar, singer and song thus becomes one melody. iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing a career in Performing Arts, please post your queries here: SUBMIT ____________________________________________________________________________________ Author - Vrushali Pathak, an alumnus of Jesus and Mary College and currently pursuing her post graduation from Delhi University
BBA - Not a Casual But a Fair Career Option : When students complete their 12th board examination, the first thing that strikes their mind is what's next? From what I believe, only a handful of students have a clear mind set of choosing a particular course and the rest keep on struggling between the choice and interest of their own with the choice of their friends and family. So there's always a dilemma in a student's mind that which course will aptly end up providing an exploring career and a stable future. Why B.B.A? Globalization and increase in industrialization led to a decrease in traditional jobs and increase in more professional and technical jobs. This has further resulted in introducing the knowledge of these jobs at the education level. Hence, the choices in career- field options have also tremendously increased in the last few decades resulting in more of fresh but confused minds. Gone are the days when engineering, medical, B.A., B.Com, and B.Sc. were considered as the only options for the students. Now with the outbreak of professionalism in the working styles of the corporate professional courses have also blown their trumpets in the education sector and one such course is B.B.A (Bachelors of Business Administration). How to Go About It? B.B.A is a 3-year undergraduate course offered by both government and private institutions across the country. A B.B.A course is to MBA what B.Com is to M.Com and B.Sc. is to M.Sc. BBA is available as both regular and correspondence study. The overall objective of the course is to impart business and management skills to students and prepare them for their entry into the corporate world. It is a fairly popular course among students nowadays and the skills developed during the course curriculum leads to the foundation of the management career. Students from all fields (science, commerce or humanities) could opt for this course after the completion of their 12th just by giving an entrance examination generally followed by group discussions and personal interviews to get into various institutions. Ideally, those students should go for B.B.A course who have natural leadership capability, a knack for management and good communication skills. My Experience Enough of the technical part now. I really believe that things are easily understandable when they get related to the personal experiences so I thought of sharing some of my real life experiences with you guys. So here it goes. I am a 20 year old, in second year of my college life doing the same course about which we are talking. Just like any other 18 year old, after completing my 12th I was totally confused regarding which course I should go in. I had no clue that I will be doing a management course in my bachelors. I had given it a thought that someday I might be in my MBA's but getting into a B.B.A college was not one of my choices at that point in time. Tried to desperately get into any of the on campus DU colleges but failed because everybody knows that with 80% score dreaming for DU for any B.Com (Hons) course is an absurd thought except for Eng (Hons). So I thought to take an entry into DU with an Eng (Hons) course. But the problem never ends, my father didn't want me to do English (Hons) and frankly so do I. It was indeed very tough to overcome that "Getting into DU Tag" but somehow I did eventually. I had heard about the BBA course a lot and though I had not given the IP BBA entrance exam as I was a fairly good student who had ruined her 12th scores and everyone in my surroundings took BBA as not a good option because a lot of students were doing that. So I found a misconception in everyone's mind that if a lot of students are doing a particular course and which is not that much popular as the traditional engineering and B.Com course then the course is not good. My father was also too mainstream about this stuff because he is from an engineering background and the other non-management people guided him that 'BBA.. naaah.. not a good option!'. But after cracking my FDDI entrance exam for BBA integrated program and doing a lot of research about the course and the college, I got the confidence to do this course. So, What Are You Waiting For! And here I am - in my second year of B.B.A and with full enthusiasm to stand right next to any of the B.Com, medical or any engineering student. The best part of doing these professional courses or I should say my course is that at a very early stage, we get the chance of working in professional environment through our internships. I know internships are part of almost every course these days but as far as I know students go for their internships at their masters level and I am having my 3 and a half month long internship just after my second semester examination. I know it might sound a bit absurd to some of the people that 'internship? Just in the beginning of second year!' And I was one of those people. But when I really got to work with my company the very moment I realized that how much these small things add to our knowledge. At a very early stage, we get the insight of how ours in the new career oriented world. Our mind starts working in the productive direction and by the end of the program, I see myself at a whole new level. Keeping in mind all the positive points I have mentioned above, I believe I am cruising on the right path full of hopes and light, which earlier seemed dark. iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about BBA as a career option, please post your queries here: SUBMIT. _______________________________________________________________________________________ Author - Shamini Gairola, a BBA student at FDDI School of Business Management. An avid reader and a sports enthusiast, she plans to pursue an MBA in finance.
Why Aptitude Test and Career Test is Important While You Choose a Career? | iDreamCareer : Aptitude Test and Career Test Choosing a career is one of the most important decisions of our life and it is natural to feel confused or even stressed about it. We are constantly bugged by relatives, parents and friends firing the same question day after day, “What after 10th?” or “What after 12th?” or “What plans after graduation, beta?”, or even the famous “Which stream will you be selecting after 10th?” It is one of those decisions that sticks with us throughout our lives and has a really huge impact on our outlook towards life itself. It helps in shaping up the life that we want to create. Considering the heavy weightage attached to this decision, it becomes rather imperative that deciding on a career option is not something that can be done half heartedly or under the influence of friends and family. It is something that requires thought and planning. It is important to understand that choosing a career does not simply mean deciding upon the ultimate career profile which will guide you through the gates of success and fame; rather it means that a person should have the potential to grow with that career and achieve success through his/her decision. That is why it is very important for every student to understand what is embodied within the word Aptitude and why an Aptitude Test for career selection is important when tracing your path towards success and growth. Every career option requires a particular aptitude combination that should match with the individual's potential ability to grow with that career. Aptitude is basically defined as an innate, learned or acquired ability of an individual to perform certain tasks. Aptitude tests inculcate many factors like Numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, speed, accuracy, and other such abilities. Most commonly these tests would ask the student a question about their Skills, Values, Likes, Dislikes and their innate abilities. The test measures the strongest and the weakest areas in each realm of understanding and the innate psychometric ability that the student may possess. Usually, these tests involve the use of psychometric tests consisting of multiple choice questions, wherein a student has to select any one choice out of the given options. Taking IDC’s online aptitude test for your personal career assessment will help you to identify your strong and weak points. Aptitude tests help you understand which type of career will be best suited for you according to your potential. For example, if your spatial aptitude is high you can opt for careers like Designing and creativity, Architecture etc. If you have high aptitude in Numerical areas of understanding, careers like Finance and Management may be your cup of tea. Interest v/s Aptitude Many times people make a mistake while choosing their career according to their interest. It is very important to understand that interest and aptitude are two different things. In a nutshell, having interest in a particular subject or career does not necessarily mean that an individual has the aptitude or potential to perform well in that particular area and achieve success. For example, you may have an avid interest in flying an airplane, but it does not necessarily mean that you have the aptitude to also perform well in that particular career and achieve success within that field. Hence, it becomes very important to choose a career in which you have both the necessary degrees of interest and potential in order to achieve success. Utilize the power of career assessment before you delve into a particular career option or career path. This is what will ensure that you grow and develop your abilities along through the career option that best suits the development of your aptitude. Check our Sample Career Report here