Posted in Early Career, High School, University

Competitions and Awards: Comes down to benefit

There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there – Indira Gandhi

awardFrom foundations and educational institutions to businesses, there has been an increase in monetary and non-monetary awards and competitions open to mostly students and early career entrants.

The effort involved both in the application process and throughout the competition is quite high, and one must ask themselves about the benefits when it comes to one’s career.

Other than students, who I believe should participate in all awards and competitions in their field to maximize from their learning journey, one must consciously ask themselves three questions:

  1. Is the competition or award in my field of interest and talent?
  2. Do the benefits for the winner include an internship / job / partnership / business opportunity?
  3. Do the benefits of participation include a close working relationship with leaders in the field, access to information not found elsewhere, or an association with a leading institution in your field?

If not, one could simply devote their time to volunteering and effective networking instead and focus on developing credibility, experiences and skills for one’s career goal.



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