March 30, 2023

Why do people not succeed at a career? Why are candidates not selected at interviews? Why do people not like the job they are in? Why are people not successful in life? Why do people find it hard to carry on at a job under pressure?…

Questions like these are worth pondering upon these days with so many of students/candidates seeking job/promotion finding it difficult to succeed and so, frustrating and de-motivating.

In spite of the well-known fact that we ought to select our career path very early in life, most of us (including parents) don’t pay that attention and seriousness till it is too late. The consequence is that in our eagerness to settle a life, we take up a career where we find ourselves either dissatisfied, or puzzled, or difficult to carry on, or finally remain unsuccessful, or… !

It is therefore pertinent that full attention and seriousness be given to it at a very early age of a person’s life. Now, the question that naturally arises is: What to look for at such an early stage of a child’s life? And what has that got to do with choosing her/his career?

Well! Let me remind that there are certain specific inborn characteristics we possess from our birth, and those remain with us as our part and parcel throughout our lives. What are these? We call it our ‘LEARNING STYLE’ – a specific way to learn and receive information from outside. God has given us five sense organs – eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. All these we use to receive information from the outside world. But, the degree to which we use each of these is unique for every individual.

Some rely mostly on eyes, some on ears, and some on others. Based on this, it has been researched upon and concluded that individuals are basically of three kinds, as far as their mode of receiving information from the outside world is concerned. They are – VISUAL, relying on eyes more than on other receptors; AUDITORY, relying on ears more than any other receptors, and KINESTHETIC, relying on large body muscles, their movements, and touch receptors more than on any others.

Well! This is NOT an absolute division, and it is almost next to impossible to pick up one individual and say: “Look, this person is ONLY of a Visual kind, or an Auditory kind, or a Kinesthetic kind!” But, yes, we may certainly say for a person that he/she is dominantly Visual, or dominantly Auditory, or dominantly Kinesthetic.

Again, we may also find individuals with a combination of these, like a Visual-Kinesthetic, or an Auditory-Kinesthetic, or aKinesthetic-Visual, or a Kinesthetic-Auditory, etc. etc.

I say this because each of these does have certain characteristics associated with it. Naturally, therefore, persons belonging to any one of these categories exhibit certain behaviours that are natural to them, and are quite different from those belonging to other categories. And, I emphasize, they are quite at ease with such behaviours, and enjoy any activity that requires such behavior-patterns more than anything else.

And herein lies that answer to the initial questions with which I began this article. From the very early stages of a child’s life, his/her behavour-patterns have to be carefully watched under the guidance of an expert. This has to be done for a considerably longer period of time to find out exactly what kind of activity he/she is at ease with. Then, he/she has to be trained in a specific career path that befits his/her behavior-pattern. In other words, his/her dominant behavior-patterns have to be matched with those kinds of career activities that require such behaviour-patterns. Trained in this manner, his/her chances of success are, in every probability, greatly enhanced, and not only that, he/she would find his/her life more enjoying, rewarding, successful, and promising.