Tuesday, July 9, 2013

CAREER GUIDANCE TIPS - DO YOU WANT TO JOIN THE NAVY or ARMY or AIR FORCE - Part 2 - HOLISTIC ORIENTATION

CAREER GUIDANCE TIPS
DO YOU WANT TO JOIN THE NAVY or ARMY or AIR FORCE
Part 2
HOLISTIC ORIENTATION 
Musings
By
VIKRAM KARVE

Continued from Part 1 - ATTITUDE MATTERS MORE THAN APTITUDE 

Disclaimer:
1. These tips are based on my own experience and represent my own personal views which may not be universal in nature and may not apply to you. You must make your own career decisions with due diligence.
2. All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
3. No part of this Blog may be reproduced or utilized in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the Blog Author Vikram Karve who holds the copyright.
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HOLISTIC ORIENTATION

Let me repeat this clichĂ© ad nauseam to drive this truism right into your head:

The Navy is not a job.

The Navy is a way of life.

(The same holds true for the Army and Air Force as well)

In most civilian jobs, the connection between the employer and the employee  involves mainly those activities connected with the completion of a specific job.

This is true of the industry, especially the IT industry, where organizations practice an HR Policy of “partial inclusion”.

The Navy has a Holistic Orientation and practice an HR Attitude of “Total Inclusion”.

In the Navy, all the three aspects of a person’s life (“Work Life”, “Social Life” and “Personal Life”) are integrated into a single whole.  

Most civilian organisations and industries officially follow the precept: “Personal feelings have no place at work”.

Relationships between employees are limited to work life alone.

Yes, in some cases, there may be a bit of “socializing” but an employee’s personal life is considered his private matter and it is not considered legitimate and appropriate to formally meddle in personal affairs or interfere with the personal life of an employee.

In the Navy, relationships are not restricted to work life alone.

In the Navy: “Personal feelings do have a place at work”.

As I had said earlier, the Navy has a Holistic Attitude of “Total Inclusion”. 

This means that you are in the Navy 24/7 round the year on every day of your service life. 

Once you are a naval officer, you have no other identity.

In the Navy, all the three aspects of your life (“Work Life”, “Social Life” and “Personal Life”) are integrated into a single whole. 

In contrast to a job in the “civvy street” where “personal feelings have no place at work” :

In the Navy: “Personal feelings have a vital and significant place at work”.

This holistic relationship fosters a sense of intimacy between individuals, nurtures team-spirit and develops lifelong bonds of trust and understanding. 

This unique intimate relationship is imperative for warfighting.

The concept of “Total Inclusion” cultivates a unique intimate relationship which covers the entire gamut of work related and non-work related issues.

Not only you, but even your wife, children and family will be subject to the “total inclusion” culture prevalent in the defence services.

For example, your wife’s status will depend on your Rank and Position.

This is because, in the Navy a wife “carries” her husband’s rank and sometimes her very identity is determined by her husband’s position in the Hierarchy.

Yes, it is the husband’s rank that determines the status of the wife in the closed navy society.

In the navy, the dictum “RANK HAS ITS PRIVILEGES” (RHIP) extends to your family life as well.

Will this extension of “pecking order” to your family life be acceptable to you?

Will you like some senior officer’s wife “lording” over your wife despite the fact that your wife is more accomplished?

And, God Forbid, if you miss your promotion, are you prepared to suffer the RHIP ignominy in all three aspects of your life – work, social and personal life.

On the positive side, “total inclusion” will ensure that you and your family will be well looked after by the naval fraternity.

Hence, if you wish to join the defence services you must be prepared this “holistic” way of life which entails the intermixing of your work life, your social life and your personal and family life.

If you are a “private person” who believes that “office” and “home” must be kept separate.

If you feel that your boss, workplace colleagues and organisation must keep out of your personal life.

Then, I feel that a career in the navy is definitely not your cup of tea, because you do not have the compatible “attitude” towards Holistic Orientation.

To be Continued in Part 3  - LIFETIME EMPLOYMENT 

VIKRAM KARVE
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Disclaimer:
All stories in this blog are a work of fiction. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional  and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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