In a country like India, where there are more than 7 million
students passing out of Universities and numerous people stuck
in dead-end jobs, “career planning” is limited
to finding someone willing to provide an opening – however
out of sync it is with aspirations, qualification, and inclinations.
The fundamental reason for this is not the “lack
of opportunity” in India as most people interpret the
problem but the “lack of opportunism” - i.e. people’s
ability to generate fresh, creative responses to the demands
of their environment.
Stories abound of graduates with little or no differentiator
from thousands like them, who have been able to embark on
and develop interesting new careers in fields that have been
unknown or unthinkable in the Indian Context.
The program began a as serious attempt at enabling individual
job seekers to move out of a “reactive problem-solving”
mode into a “responsive challenge-seeking” mode
in their career building.
At the core of the program was the simple
vision of every individual as a career designer – and
his membership of a collective of fellow career designers.
This simple vision led to the creation of a complete “career
design architecture” that would enable each career designer
(i.e. student / professional) to design responses to each
of more than 27 distinct “challenge spaces” faced
by any individual in a career-change effort.