Performance of NGO Conant Institute – a destiny for Employment goal Soft skills teach one to be Strong, Just like water nourishes a sapling into a fully grown tree; soft skills act as nourishment that motivates you to face the challenges of employment. The art of soft skills teach you to overcome all hurdles and emerge a winner, as Conant Institute believes in offering training to make employable. It is a renowned name in the arena of hard skills. For the past eight years, it has trained unemployed people across the country and predominantly in north east India. It is an institution of Trainer of Soft skills and life Skills. Through soft skills training, it extended knowledge and vocational training to many unemployed in the northeast. In its endeavour to impart confidence and knowledge besides training, it has full support from a bevy of successful trainer in the north east. Who are its trainers? Its trainers are phenomenal motivational dedicated workers with vast knowledge of vocational experience. They gathered laurels in more than four countries and have been experts in soft skills for the past four years. As hard and life skills trainers they have changed the lives of more than two hundred people especially in north eastern India. As part of institute’s training method it focuses on social, spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual development. An enigmatic methodology it imparts soft skills knowledge like, Critical thinking, Time Management, Anger Management, Self awareness, effective communication skill, etc. All of its field trainers are modest personalities with multiple skills. Building your Tomorrow Conant Institute is a complete training centre for direct employment where stress is placed on comprehensive development of character and skill. Here, candidates are made to attend lessons and training in motivational training, personality development and career counselling based on academic qualification. What Conant Institute Do? Conant Institute motivates all unemployed youngsters who are registered with Conant Institute to bring out the best in them and help them understand the full potential and possible employment perspective in them. They are prepared in such a way that they can crack any exam and interview at any job interview be it field job or executive job career. Institute consultants take the time to realize their requirements by understanding where they want to be placed in their future professional careers. It spots errors in performance and help them with the improvements one should being about. Training Methods Conant Institute’s training syllabus is designed at par with the altering curriculum and styles of the tests. The classroom field sessions are interactive and fun-filled. This kind of atmosphere boosts trainees’ sense of competition, resulting in improved results. The trainees are offered feedback immediately after their errors are identified. It trains in such a way that the trainees can focus on their studies and face interview boards. The classrooms contain video and audio tools. In case, some trainees miss a class or want to revise specific topics, go through the session at the computer laboratory anytime they desire. They can go through the difficult classes and topics as many times as they want. Group coaching sessions, mentoring, workshops, job interview motivational presentations and one-on-one sessions are other techniques used Conant Institute expert trainers and consultants. These methodologies give rise to analytical and critical thinking of trainees and other special candidates. Conant Institute professional accent trainers help job seeking candidates communicate in a way that is useful in today’s job markets. It’s counselling is done according to their choice of job careers. One-on-one Counselling – One of the most unique styles technique followed by Conant Institute by using the one-on-one counselling. It believes that individual attention to trainees should be handled separately. This helps in guiding the trainees in an appropriate manner. Each and every trainee has his or her own distinct thought process, aspirations, apprehensions, etc. Handling all trainees together in the same way does not address the choice of each trainee. To comprehend the requirements of every student, the one-on-one approach is very constructive. It assists in guiding trainees to the right direction. Conant Institute tries to get an insight into the innermost fears and hopes into trainees through confidential sessions. International standards of one-on-one approach are followed by Conant Instituted, so that trainees can comfortably reveal their thoughts. The trainees are hand-held and continuously counselled throughout the procedure. Starting from enrolling criteria to expectations of the enrolling committee and merit scale, the trainees are made aware of all types of information up-to-date job markets. Conant Institute believes in reaching the highest benchmark of vocational and job-oriented technical education. This is why Conant Institute implements dependable psychometric assessment to help trainees choose a better job career path best for him or her. It assists trainees in their plan of action, so that they can choose a job-path that is bound to prove prosperous. Reputation and trust is built over time and Conant Institute does not compromise on it. It promotes brilliance in the arena of job education and over the years have become the one of the most respected and active organizations in this field. The referral of former trainees is proof that when Conant Institute speaks about professionalism and quality, Conant Institute does not resort to light talk. Its national consultancy tries its level best to prepare trainees completely for a job aspiration their choice in order that they deliver the most ideal service to their employers, so that success touches their feet. Conant Institute motto – Building your Tomorrow is a complete training centre where stress is placed on comprehensive development The Core Life Skills that Conant Institute imparts to its trainees: 1. Critical Thinking – Critical thinking is that boat of soft skillswhich helps to manage time, have control over stress & emotions, empathize with people in trying situations, etc. With new and ever-changing face of challenges, critical thinking training has evolved in feature. By involving trainees in critical situations and asking them to make decisions, provide group presentation, participate in problem solving and analyzing games the art of critical thinking can be instilled in them. Comparison, classification and planning are the helping hands of a critical thinking training session. From the very first day, one can realize a positive change taking place in them. 2. Anger Management Skill – Anger is an expression of emotions. It is featured by both internal and external alterations in you. External expressions are those that are visible by people around you, such as posture change and facial expressions. On the other hand, internal changes refer to change in blood pressure, increased breathing rate, and dry mouth. It is a strong way of expressing his or her displeasure and antagonism towards a particular circumstance, individual or a thing. This emotion sometimes comes with a willingness to harm. It is an amalgamation of behaviour, thoughts and feelings. 3. Coping with Emotions – Life Skill Emotion is the pen that carves our activities. It can be described as the drive and the vitality of the energy in life. Our lives are ruled by emotions. Emotional coping strategies help you face life with ease and dexterity. Importance of Expressing Emotions – It is important to express emotions for both mental and physical well-being. Research has proved that when you keep your emotion to yourself and do not express them, you can suffer from physical troubles. Sadness and inability to express oneself on time often lead to physical ailments like, body aches; change in mental crises like, irritability, anger, lack of concentration and even sleeping problems. It is thus, important that one knows how to cope with emotions. 4. Coping with Stress – Coping with stress is an ability to resist negative feelings. It is the tool, which enhances the possibility of meeting your objectives. Once we learn the techniques of handling stress, we can find life sailing smoothly. The training of coping with stress renders supremacy over depression and low feeling. Stress is the reaction of our body to events, people and to our thought process. It is a very common occurrence and is experienced by everyone. People are usually stressed before an examination or a stage performance. However, there is an interesting feature about stress. It varies from one individual to another. A factor that stresses us might be relaxing to our teammate. Excessive stress can be both physically and mentally harmful for us. When stress keeps occurring periodically, it takes a toll on academic performance, professional excellence and self-esteem. As a result, we get trapped in a vicious circle of self-blame and self-accusation. The most effective way to reduce stress is to recognize the moment when stress levels build up. While stress is often considered the outcome of external occurrences, the happenings themselves might not be stressful. It is the way we react that builds stress. Types of Stress Signals – Stress signals can be divided into 4 types. I. Thoughts – Stress leads to thoughts that create difficulty in reaching decisions and in concentrating. It leads to self-criticism, fear to fail in whatever you do, lack of memory, thinking about the same things again and again plus worrying about the future. II. Behaviour – The behavioural signal of stress falls into speaking problems, stammering, impulsive actions, crying for no reason, laughing nervously, lethargy to talk to anyone, grinding teeth, shouting at loved ones, an increased tendency to smoke and clenching jaw. Some people want to eat a lot, while others have decreased willingness to eat when stressed. Drug abuse and alcoholic tendency are other signals of a stressed out lifestyle. III. Feelings – When you are stressed, you may undergo feelings like, exasperation, nervousness, discomfiture, sulkiness and fright. IV. Physical symptoms – Physical symptoms are characterized by sweaty or cold hands, stiff muscles, backache, neck problems, headache, ache in abdomen, sleep disorder, vulnerability to infections, quick breathing, exhaustion, dry mouth and trembling. 5. Creative Thinking – The trainers of creative thinking implement various techniques to infuse the art of thinking in a unique way. They are the ones who come in close proximity to the trainees to inform them of the different changes taking place in the world scenario and ask them to come up with creative ideas. Trainers often utilize the drop box strategy to teach trainees. According to this style, trainees have to drop chits of paper with their own ideas into the box. The ideas can vary from solutions of problems to innovative game ideas. Creative thinking is a playful and relaxed version of critical thinking. It involves taking risks and looking for many solutions instead of one. When we think creatively, we are also to make mistakes and even come up with solutions that might sound silly. When we are on our way to create an idea, we tend to keep in account everything that strikes our mind. Last, but not the least we evaluate and finally learn from the mistakes that one had committed earlier. 6. Decision Making – Decision-making is the capacity to come to a conclusion that decides our future. With changing needs and circumstances, training for decision making has reached a new height. By understanding the different types of decision-making, we can equip ourselves with one of the most important tools of hard skills. Decision-making can be called the thinking process that helps in making a logical choice from the options at hand. Whenever, you are trying to make an important decision we tend to find the good and bad sides of each and every choice. We should also be able to predict a tentative result, based on which we can choose the best option and effectively make a decision. Decision-making is always followed by a final choice. According to WHO, – “Decision making helps us to deal constructively with decisions about outlives. A good decision would be one whose outcome would be positive or beneficial.” 7. Effective Communication – Effective communication is an important life skill that takes us ahead in life. The training the trainees get at each class alters it’s perspective. Effective communication is referred to as the barter of facts and news among people. This exchange is conducted by means of writing, speaking or explaining through signs. Homo sapiens are social animals. Communication forms an integral part of human life. Communication Skills Required in Working Environment – An attitude to help others in problem, The habit of talking, smiling and being friendly with colleagues, sound idea about product or service we are providing, ability to make perfect utilization of body language, being courteous; remember, it is not our home, readiness to listen, appropriate skills to handle issues. The biggest problem with written communication is that many a time fails to be specific and thus, end up confusing the reader. Written communication should always be specific and short. Components of Effective Communication are: Body language, which is a non- verbal skill Talking, which is a verbal skill, Listening skills etc. 8. Empathy – The training for nurturing empathy gains momentum through teamwork, intolerance towards social comparison, thorough understanding of each other’s personality and monitoring the reaction of trainees to the problems of others. Our very first session assists one in realizing how far life has dragged us away from the beautiful soul we had. Discussing situations, in which we failed to react positively, does this. It does not matter how much we do, but what we do is of significance. Empathy is one of the core soft skills that help you in living a successful life. Empathy is the capability to envision the life of another individual even in conditions about which we are not familiar. This particular life skill assists us in understanding and accepting people who are not like us. 9. Interpersonal Relationship – With interpersonal relationship skills we can emerge as an influential and much liked personality at workplace. Meaning of Interpersonal Relationship – Interpersonal relationship skills are abilities that help us realize our relations with other people, so that we can connect with them in an affirmative manner. It assists us to uphold relationship with family and friends. These two are important sources of social support. Interpersonal relationship is also helpful in building and constructively ending workplace relationships. Amiable relationships are helpful in maintaining both social and mental well being. It is important that a healthy relationship grows among us and our co-workers. 10. Problem Solving – Problem solving is the path that is paved by critical thinking abilities and it makes way for appropriate decision making. Problem solving training is rendered by imparting the importance of motivation, focusing and positive approach among trainees. The moment we start the training session, It realize the importance of problem solving capabilities and also find maturity dawning on trainees. Problem solving is a devise and a skill to find a solution to an issue and attain an objective. It is one of the important skills of life and can be implemented as long as you live. There are several phases in a particular problem solving circle. When we have an objective it is natural to encounter issues. Whether we are in school, college, office or facing other phases of our life; hindrances arise whenever we try to attain a goal. These hindrances are faced with strategies that can assist in overcoming them and attain the objectives. The more problems we have to solve, the more pronounced skills you achieve and the more you prosper in career. 11. Time Management – Time Management is an integral part of soft skills training. The key aspect of time management is first thing first. We need to do what is required and ignore what is not needed. However, we should, work with full diligence. The busy atmosphere of this twenty first century has gifted everyone with a tight schedule, work pressure and an avalanche of family pressure. It is important that we draw a time table to manage all the activities on a daily basis. We can take this approach only when we realize that effective time management is significant to enhance our potential. The procedure of time management involves exercising conscious control over the time spent on certain actions. It is generally done to enhance productivity. For every person money and material are important things. Whether an entrepreneur, a politician or a common man; the importance of the above mentioned resources is realized by all. They all face the problem of unlimited demand of resources and limited supply. Whatever work we do, we have the need to get all resources and get our work done in a given time period. So, you have to use time properly, so that we can enjoy the benefits of the work effectively. We should be efficient enough to manage time with ease. Every task we do involves immense work pressure. We need to condition the pressure. 12. Personality Development – Personal development or personality development is the technique of increasing soft skills that are necessary to bring about success and happiness in trainees lives. Soft skills constitute the platform on which our entire career is built. Thus, our success or failure depends on the skills we choose. If someone’s career starts on a wrong set of skills, they are bound to fail. One may experience success, but it cannot be long-lasting. Therefore, in order to see sustainable success and happiness, Conant Institute needs to develop itself first. Personality development is not just about one dressing or make up skills; it also concerns our flair for communication. 13. Positive Attitude – Positive attitude has the potential to influence everything in one’s life. If he or she follow a positive approach to life, their steps to success will be easier to tread. A positive mind enhances both physical and mental health. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an attitude is a state of mind in relation to a fact. It is an emotion or feeling in regard to a state or fact. The meaning of the word ‘positive’ indicates something with a favourable effect and distinctly optimistic. Thus, when we are said to have positive attitude we demonstrate optimism and expect. The dictionary goes on to state that the word “positive” can be used as possessing a good effect and is marked by optimism. When we demonstrate a positive attitude, therefore, we are optimistic and expect constructive outcomes. 14. Positive Self-esteem – Self-esteem is the sense of being aware that you are important and so are others. The way you think determines how we behave and feel. It also decides our treatment of others and others’ treatment of us. Self-esteem is the life skill which makes us competent enough to handle the challenges of life and staying happy. It is significant as it helps us enjoy the nitty-gritty of life. Trainees can feel good about themselves. An optimistic approach towards everything assists one to develop enhanced self-esteem. For instance, when one make a mistake, instead of thinking that he is useless; why not consider this mistake as a human error? Self-esteem learning techniques include opportunities to challenge negative thought process. It renders tools to alter existing set of beliefs. When they are aware of their strengths and capabilities, one can realize their goals and take control of their lives. There is, however, an interesting thing about self-esteem. It hardly has anything to do with actual talent. A professional with good talent can have low self-esteem. On the other hand, a professional with average or even low talent, can display high self-esteem. There are several reasons for low self-esteem. A person can suffer from low self-esteem if she experiences a series of failures or is victimized by bad decisions. For instance, let us suppose that we have low confidence. Instead of working on it, we keep mixing with the wrong kind of people. The more pointless you feel, the more susceptible you get to the addiction of drugs. The drugs render a temporary feel-good effect and a boosted confidence level. This is, however, an external force and does not come from within you. Our addiction can lead you to have no self-esteem at all. While on one hand you become depressed to have become a victim of drugs, on the other hand you are in no position to leave it. 15. Self-awareness – When communication and interpersonal skills surrender themselves, self-awareness becomes the key to boost your career. It is the life breath that helps him or her become an empathetic individual and renders their qualities of an effective communicator. Self-awareness makes way for positive relations with colleagues and friends. Self-awareness can be described as the capability in us to recognize ourselves, our character, and our likes, dislikes, and strengths. Self-awareness helps us realize whether we are going through depression or are under some kind of pressure. Self-awareness helps us to react responsibly to various trying situations. It is the tool that makes us understand our own feelings. This author likes to make this point clear with an example – One day, I had taken out my daughter for a walk. She was a small kid of five years and her attitude did not betray the fact. For some reason she was very elated and was loudly singing along the winding road. At a distance, there was a roofless village school. When the school appeared closer, I noticed that a hoarding said ‘silence please.’ My daughter, who was walking few steps ahead of me in her elation, stopped and read the writing. She waited for me to reach her spot before confirming the actual meaning of it. I then explained why the hoarding was placed there. She contemplated my words for some minutes and then went up to the teacher and apologized for her loud singing. Both the teacher and I were surprised to see such behaviour in a small child. When the teacher came to me and praised my daughter’s attitude, my heart was filled with pride. That small girl realized the disturbance that her loud singing might have created for the teacher and the trainees. Therefore, she had apologized and promised that she would never again talk or sing loudly when crossing an educational institution. Here are some features of self-awareness – Self-awareness differs from person to person. Every person has her own private thoughts. These thoughts decide the extent of her self-awareness. There have been many saints who have tried to look inward through meditation. However, very few like the Buddha, have been able to attain total self-awareness. It is the personal recognition of the inner functioning of one’s mind. Self-awareness can be referred to as the core skill. It is a combination of social, coping and thinking skills. It is considered the toughest skill of all the hard skills. Achieving self-awareness – Attaining self-awareness can be easy if we understand that no one understands ourselves better than we do. When we face adverse situations and are embarrassed, we can learn about our deficiencies. It is necessary that we accept our personality and make required changes. When you are aware of our traits we are at a better position to rectify our mistakes and enhance interpersonal relations. It involves all faces of our character like, emotions, thoughts, dislikes, likes, weaknesses, strengths, fears, ambitions, priorities, values, desires, objectives, requirements and many more. We have to love ourselves and understand that we are a good human being. In order to have holistic self-awareness, we need to focus on a pair of aspects. The first aspect is the way we perceive us such as our capabilities, weaknesses, strengths and the other aspect is how others perceive us. Both the aspects render our total picture about ourselves. oOo

December 19, 2015, 4:14 pm

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