IntroductionI am in the academic profession as a professor in an evergreen engineering discipline. It's not for a day or year but more than 40-years of teaching. No change in my career but a change of places from one country to another. People may think that the change of place maybe because I am dissatisfied with my performance or due to a lack of my skills or network environments. My career is because of my career interest and not because of any compulsion or situational demands; hence, no question of dissatisfaction. Though I was not born with skills, I developed the relevant strategic skills for my interesting career during my degree course itself. So, no question of lack of skills for a change of place of employment. I am a son of the soil; I know where the river begins and ends, and how rocks become gravel; thus, the network environment is not a factor in changing locations. Then, what else? The main reason is that I want to have a successful career that includes happiness and accomplishment.
Success and accomplishmentSuccess necessitates happiness and inner serenity, but accomplishment does not. I want to have happiness in performing my responsibilities as an individual, family and a part of the society and harmonizing with choices, behaviours, and employment options with my mission, passion, and ideals. Besides, I want to have accomplishments of obtaining competitive accreditation, high-profile employment, establishing highly prized professions, and earning top-tier wages and incomes. Hence, I took a bold decision to change the place of career servicing rather than the change of career. Countries provide different levels of earning for the same career, and it is wise to have a change of place to have career success. Many people feel powerless to change the place of employment; hence resulting in either career accomplishment or happiness only. Probably they may think that the known devil is much better than an unknown angel.
Wind can't be directedI started my academic career in our country in 1979. I worked in Iraq, Brunei Darussalam, and Malaysia. Completed 41 years in total, 18 years in India and 23 years abroad. Still working in Malaysia. Employers in each country are different, as are their expectations and the calibres of their students. Hence, we have to sail along with the wind or one has to know the tactics of directing the wind to your favour. Starting from the assistant lecturer cadre to the highest academic and administrative rank as a college principal, university vice-chancellor, and syndicate member, I have my unique way of career activities and I am successful in it even today.
Sails can be adjustedWherever and whenever possible, I developed good communication skills (listening, speaking and writing), the capability to make conclusions and resolve problems, the capacity to plan, establish and prioritize work, leadership/management skills, and adaptability skills, etc. These are my capabilities for my continued success. Let's see some of them.
ConclusionOne of the most significant decisions you will make in your life is deciding on a career. It can't just be about figuring out how to get by. Although some people can decide on their careers without having to think about it, this is not the case for the majority of people. As your career comes with you for about two-third of your life span, the best way for you is to make a well-thought-out decision before the career begins. Be positive about your decision and at the same time know the reality that the wind can't be directed but sails can be adjusted.
The author is having vast experience in his teaching field and has managed his assignments in different roles. He has a strong vision of how he can inspire his students and is aware of the different approaches making him successful in the different assignments.
The author has explained the salient points that, if followed, would produce a significant result in the life of an academician.
The author has presented a nice advisory in this write up for career developing and career sustaining.
In todays competitive world making a career is a tough task but the only answer for this lies in hard work and persistence of achieving the objectives. Doing work is one thing but doing it better and better day by day and innovating things for better performance and then jumping to greener pastures is what helps in making a satisfactory career map. Another complexity that has come in the business world today is that people have to change their expertise and other skills based on the changing dynamics of the business world. An opportunity might come where one finds that one is missing one of the skills which is vital for that particular position and stands at a crossroad as what to do. Some action has to be taken if the opportunity is to be availed and the simplest thing that comes to mind is acquire that skill either from an online mode or some physical mode from an expert on the matter. All this requires time and patience and of course hard work on the go. So, as said, if there is a will there is a way, one can toil hard if one is really determined to do so. There are some electrical engineers who became expert geological investigators and there are cases where a chemical engineer chose to become a geophysical prospector. So, with the basic academic background one can earn laurels in any area provided one is ready to spare so much time for the efforts and hard work as required for attaining those dream positions. Self confidence is a must and the most essential entity in such cases and one has to keep asking oneself that if someone can achieve that level why one cannot.