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Career – A Compulsion Or Choice!

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.”

Henry Ford

Tell people what to do, not how to do a thing! And then see the surprise. The Corporate today has reached a stage where, depending on the personality one carries, career choices have taken different forms where decision making has become easier. The mission behind writing this article is to enforce the fact that there is nothing as such that Leaders are born. Leaders are made and the education system has made sure that each and every individual chooses their style of management keeping their best traits in mind.

There are various kinds of leaderships prevailing all over the world. The uniquely balanced ones have even created a place in World Politics. The Management styles differ from place to place and from profession to profession with other factors even affecting it. At one point in time, you may have to take on a leadership role in some sphere and that can be more prominent and defined by making candidates aware of the concept of Multiple Intelligence. The theory of Multiple Intelligence was first propounded by Howard Gardner in his book “Frames of Mind”, published in the year 1983, where he broadens the definition by not confining it to general intelligence, which only focuses on cognitive skills.

To broaden this notion of intelligence he introduced eight different types of intelligence consisting of: Linguistic, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Bodily-Kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, and naturalistic. People with linguistic intelligence (word smart), as  Willian Shakespeare and Oprah Winfrey, have an ability to analyze information and create products involving oral and written forms such as speeches and novels and usually dominate the career choices of a lawyer, speaker, author, journalist or a curator. Famous personalities like Albert Einstein and Bill Gates had the ability to develop equations and proofs, marking calculations and solving abstract problems as their forte, thus possessing Logical-Mathematical intelligence (reasoning smart). Potential career choices in this field could be of a mathematician, accountant, statistician, scientist, or computer analyst. People with Spatial Intelligence (picture smart) as, Frank Lloyd Wright and Amelia Earhart were good at recognizing and manipulating large scale and fine-grained spatial images, making career choices like a pilot, surgeon, architect, graphic designer, or interior decorator a potential choice. People blessed with the ability to use one’s own body to manufacture products, perform skills or solve problems through the union of mind and body are blessed with Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (body smart). This has been brightly exemplified by personalities like Michael Jordan and Simone Biles, making career choices like dancer, athlete, physical therapist a potential career choice. People like Beethoven and Ed Sheeran have an ability to recognize and create a musical pitch, rhythm tone, and timbre, thus proving the career of a singer, composer, or a DJ or a musician a potential career choice to thrive on. This kind of intelligence has been named Musical Intelligence (music smart). Interpersonal intelligence (people smart) was possessed by personalities like Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Teresa who had an ability to understand the emotional aspects of people making the career choices of a teacher, psychologist, manager, or a PR job a potential career choice. Intrapersonal intelligence (self-smart) deals with an ability to understand one’s own moods, intentions, desires, and motivation. Potential career choices for an individual with these skills which can help a person understand life goals better are that of a therapist, psychologist, counselor, or entrepreneur. Aristotle and Maya Angelou rightly justify the category if exemplified. The last one is Naturalistic Intelligence (nature smart), which focuses on abilities to identify changes and different forms of Nature. Charles Darwin and Jane Goodall stand as examples of this aspect of MI, potential career choices being that of a botanist, biologist, astronomer, geologist.

The implication of this particular theory can facilitate young minds to identify their choices and preferences to choose a potential career to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. It is quite possible for one to possess more than one of this intelligence or may have it in a varying degree of proficiency, but the best one is to take into consideration for a smarter choice in the field of career choices, which shall never lead it to be a compulsion, making working rather fun!

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