Gaining from ‘No Job situation’ during slowdown

This particularly applies to freshly graduated candidates not getting a suitable job and also employees who had to leave jobs in junior positions. They can consider the gap as breathing time and can resort to the following useful activities:

Continue academic education: While you can pursue future studies, you can also enhance your education by becoming a faculty or part time associates in your own college. There is always a shortage of teachers in educational institutions from IITs to the local primary school. You can even volunteer to teach through NGOs or give paid tuitions. Teaching provides you with learning, ideas and enables you to stay current both with what is happening in your own field and with the latest technologies.

Here are two basics ways to deal with problems. One way is to interact with those who are in worse situations, which can be done by volunteering with NGOs, or by spending time working in slums and public hospitals. The other way is to take on a bigger challenge that occupies your energies completely e.g. taking up a social cause or trying to reach some personal target. Either way, your current problems will appear smaller and you will also get ideas on how to improve society. Realize that your problems are actually small.

It is well documented that money does not bring happiness in life and therefore you have to proactively try and find out what will give you satisfaction and then to be on the path towards that irrespective of whether the current circumstances are favorable or not. Typically, one either has time on one’s hands or money but rarely both together. The trick towards leading a fulfilling life is to make the best use of whatever you have at hand at that time. Money is only a means not an end.
Indeed, in many ways, a recession can be a positive force for good. The quality of people’s judgment deteriorates over time and they take bigger risks and become blind to the downside – something we have seen clearly recently with the banks. You need periods of recession to correct that. Recessions have a purgative, healthy and even necessary effect. Gordon Brown claimed to have stopped boom and bust, but we need boom and bust to help the economy function properly.

Indeed, in many ways, a recession can be a positive force for good. The quality of people’s judgment deteriorates over time and they take bigger risks and become blind to the downside – something we have seen clearly recently with the banks. You need periods of recession to correct that. Recessions have a purgative, healthy and even necessary effect. Gordon Brown claimed to have stopped boom and bust, but we need boom and bust to help the economy function properly.

Life is like a game of Snakes and Ladders. Your education was like ladder that took you up a few levels. From there, one would like to get ahead by climbing another ladder e.g. via a good job. Instead, one comes across a snake e.g. not getting a desired job, which means that there is a temporary set back. But life like the game is a series of continuous ups and downs. Our main objective is to continually move ahead to reach from zero to hundred. In any case, you know that because of your education and experience once the economy recovers, you will get a job of your choice, particularly because India is a growing country. So there is no point fretting about it, as this does not change the situations rather worrying prevents one from using this time and opportunity in a positive and beneficial way.

The Bhagwad Gita explains to us about Karmayog: that we should always do our best and not worry about the results of our actions because those are not in our control anyway. This is a very counter intuitive ad difficult concept for most of us to understand. Since all of us are experiencing this reality today, it s a good opportunity to reflect on this and internalize this forever, as this will give us the perspective of how to lead life.

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