There are times in all our lives when we stand at crossroads, unaware of the paths ahead, unclear about what will make us happy, unsure about what will make us successful, undecided about our choices, uneasy about succumbing to pressures, stressed about missing the bandwagon, unhappy about making compromises and unwilling to give up on all our hopes and aspirations. The young adults are torn between making a wrong choice or sailing with the wind.
The future that holds the greatest hopes for us is also the source of greatest fears of failure. Particularly young people, fired by a strong desire to be successful, driven by a strong urge to reach the top, possessed by a craving to gain material possessions, consumed by a longing for name and fame often find it very difficult to make a choice. Expectations of parents trying to pursue their unrealized dreams through their children, advise of adults with arm-length involvement in one’s real aspirations, peer pressure colored by socially-right thinking, contradictory examples of success and failure that confound the confusion, young people remain bewildered with not much pragmatic help available easily. Though there is a strong urge to follow the herd and be ‘successful’, a nagging fear of losing one’s identity and happiness lingers in a corner of the heart.
This course helps the young adults by first making them aware of what they are really inside, their personality, their intelligence profile, their aspiration index and their interest schedule. It also makes them aware of the changes taking place within and the nature of new feelings and desires germinating in them. It exposes them to the choices available in an unemotional, balanced, pragmatic approach. It argues for a choice without a tradeoff between success and goodness.
Be it teenagers trying to decide an academic stream, sophomores selecting a professional line, young adults deciding between a career and education, graduates making a job choice, young professionals making career choice, this course can hold a mirror to them where they can see themselves in the future role and evaluate their happiness quotient in that choice.