There are multiple ways of approaching a problem and finding solution, and at times the best solution is finding a middle way out. Trying to understand the requirement of market and trying to cop up with the highly dynamic environment leaves professionals with nothing but little options. When fresher graduates are struggling to get a job and try hard to understand what is expected of them, one thing is well known that their skills should be at par or in accordance with the market requirements.
Market values those who are able to bring value to the market i.e. companies/ organisations. The best investment in terms of learning and securing the future can be self-learning and improvement which is a constant process. While talking about a course such as B. Planning which was born out of the need to have a multidisciplinary approach, the problem becomes manifold. A planner is required to stay updated not only with its own industry but also with the allied fields. I am not talking about getting into details and being experts of other fields but to have a brief but clear understanding of where the things are heading and what market expects out of a professional.
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The traditional setup in the country is dominated by the degree based eligibility criteria which one must fulfil, but then no one stops a learner from self-educating him or her so as to be better prepared for the challenges. Exploring what are the ongoing certification courses, trending topics, distance learning options and part time opportunities will certainly help and get you placed better. Taking the traditional and safe route is not a wrong option, however trying some alternatives and knowing something additional isn’t bad either. The extra efforts you put in will come to your rescue when you feel your workspace is being invaded by other professions.
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Exploring alternative courses and specialisations will go a long way to make you better suited for any market. While the degree prepares you with the fundamentals and advance knowledge alike, you can prepare yourself to provide solutions which companies are looking for. I would suggest you to look outside and look far, you have all the skills which you need to excel by the time you finish your B. Planning course. Use those skills and understanding to gain experience and expertise in related fields such as GIS, Land Management, and Urban Management or explore the applications of emerging technologies such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, and Data Science etc. to your use. Let your skills and thought process define you rather than your degree, and you will find yourself to be among those who are highly valued by the market.