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Experiencing Career Leap

A Kit for your Career!

Did you ever think a compact kit was all you needed to help you choose a career? With the Career Leap Kit you really can get a head start towards your future career. This extraordinary kit consists of just seven activities to engage students in a fun and creative way all the while leading them to their ultimate goal—an informed career choice.

Read the interview with Shrinkhal Sharad who experienced the Leap kit first hand.

 

  • What was your first reaction on opening the Career Leap Kit?

My first reaction to the kit was ‘wow’ this seems really exciting. This was because of the all various activities and tools linked to each other you see once you open the kit. All the things inside peaked my interest and made me curious as to what was coming next.

  • What do you think makes Leap different and How does it standout from other career choosing platforms?

I feel what makes this kit unique is that it is the first of its kind in India. I have never seen or heard about anything like this before—a career kit, which helps you to decide your career. Apart from this the kind of activities the kit has helps individuals to brainstorm around different areas. For example some activities check your logical aptitude while others check your spatial reasoning. So it encompasses different thinking skills under one kit and helps students figure out what they are good at.

  • What insights about yourself did you get when doing the activities?

The insight that this kit gave me was that my logical reasoning is my strongest suit. I realized this because the activities involving logical reasoning and aptitude attracted my attention. Once I got involved with the Investigator kit, I could not let it go until I got all the answers and completed the challenges, making it really engaging for me.

  • Which was the best activity among the seven kits and why?

According to me the best out of the seven was the catapult activity within the Maker kit. This was because completing this activity demanded a whole bunch of attributes like your patience level, your accuracy, logical reasoning. It also checked if one is persistent and accurate enough or not. During the activity I was forced to think out of the box and make improvisations when something was not working in a particular step —here again critical thinking was required from my end.

  • Why do you think this is an innovative way to to make informed career choice?

Well firstly because it is not following the conventional form of learning or assessment where teachers give us something to go through and then access the students based on what they just mugged up and reproduced on the paper. There the kids are rarely interested, as they are not given an opportunity to logically reason and think. Also each of these activities are very engaging along with being creative in their own ways so it will feel more like a fun game than a boring assessment test.

  • How can Career Leap help students in making an informed career choice?

Since this kit has a variety of activities checking different attributes and competencies, students will be able to figure out where their interests lie, in which area they are stronger and get a sense of what they are good at. The kit checks for skills and attributes required to complete tasks before giving them a report on their overall attributes. For example whether their logical reasoning was good or their musical ability and the engaging nature makes the process fun too. Along with the report, the experience is very insightful.

 

Interviewed and Written by Ria Dutta

 

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Experiential Learning

Humans are unique from other living organisms in their capability to not just adapt to some physical form or skill but also in the identification with the process of adaption itself or the process of learning. We are a learning species and our survival depends on our ability to adapt and learn.

People learn from their experiences and this technique is finding application today in classroom learning and curriculum of undergraduate and professional programs.
In the long history of learning, learning through experiences has been implemented and developed by pioneer educators with the sole objective of improving learning environments.

From Jean Jacques Rousseau* (1712-1778) who made waves when he published “Emile”, or “On Education” that celebrated the natural abilities of the child and the importance of allowing children to develop freely in nature, to Swiss epistemologist Jean Piaget who developed the theory commonly known today as constructivism, numerous audacious educators have contributed to this ever developing pedagogy.

This engaging form of learning uses dynamic experiences as a learning tool and is based on the premise that an experiences followed by reflection leave a strong kinesthetic imprint on the learner. A creative and engaging method of learning, it can be adapted by different kinds of learners ranging from children to adults.

the truth is that no matter how much you read or hear about a subject, there is no substitute for experiencing anything firsthand, and since every individual comes with their own skills, interests and personalities, the learning each one takes back is just as unique.

So next time you get an opportunity to experience something, grab at at it and make the most of the learning you can derive from it.

And if you want to learn something new, ask yourself how can you participate in an experience that will help you learn more about it. Whether it is a cultural event, scientific concept or painting technique, experiences are waiting for you out there.

The same principle can also be applied to understanding careers. Visit a hospital and observe the healthcare professionals toiling and serving people. Can you imagine yourself spending your days like them? Would you enjoy this kind of work and would you take pride in it?

Repeat this exercise with different professional environments. We recommend this to every student looking to make that important career choice. If you are truly interested you will find many adults waiting to help you explore their work environment.