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In Conversation with Author Ashish Gupta

Published: Jul 25th, 2023 11:43 amBy Jharna Jagtiani

Ashish Gupta is an MBA professional with over 10 years of experience in education. He excels in higher education admissions, strategy, leadership, team management, sales, marketing, digital marketing, and brand management. As the Director of Admissions, Outreach, and International Affairs at IFIM Institutions, he leads with distinction. Passionate about empowering students, he has conducted 1000+ career guidance sessions in India and abroad. Ashish is also a renowned author of books on marketing, mindset, and future skills, inspiring success in a rapidly changing world.

What inspired you to pursue a career in the education sector?

I have always been passionate about learning and helping others reach their full potential. Education is a powerful tool that can transform lives and shape the future. When I saw the impact that educators and mentors had on my own life, I knew I wanted to be a part of this meaningful journey and contribute to the growth of young minds.

I ideally follow what Swami Vivekanand said, “The best contribution we can make to this world is to help others achieve their Goals”.

How have you contributed to the field of higher education throughout your career?

Throughout my career, I have held leadership roles with various universities and education companies, working closely with students, educators, and institutions to improve the quality of education and career guidance. I have conducted numerous sessions and workshops, written books on various topics, and collaborated with different institutions to bring about positive change in the education sector.

Can you describe some of your roles and responsibilities as the Director of Admissions and Outreach at IFIM Institutions?

As the Director of Admissions and Outreach at IFIM Institutions, I oversee the admissions process, ensuring we attract talented and motivated students. I also work on building strong relationships with schools, colleges, and other institutions to promote IFIM and its programs. My role involves guiding prospective students and their families through the application process and helping them make informed decisions about their educational journey.

What universities and institutions have you worked with during your career?

Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with prestigious universities like O.P. Jindal Global University and Jagran Lakecity University. Additionally, I have worked with education companies such as Career Launcher, Pearl Academy, and Educomp, where I’ve contributed to various projects and initiatives.

How has your educational background influenced your teaching approach and philosophy?

Being an MBA and working extensively in the education sector, my educational background has instilled in me a deep understanding of management principles and the importance of continuous learning. This knowledge has influenced my teaching approach, as I believe in fostering a holistic and practical learning environment, combining theoretical knowledge with real-world applications.

Could you provide an overview of your literary repertoire and the topics covered in your recent book — AG’s Book of Career After 12th?

My literary repertoire consists of seven books covering topics like marketing, mindset, and inspirational personalities. My recent book, “AG’s Book of Career After 12th,” is India’s biggest career book with over 1000+ career options. It serves as a comprehensive guide for students exploring career paths during or after completing their 12th-grade education.

What is the significance of AG’s Career Guide Series, and how does it help students in their career exploration?

The AG’s Career Guide Series is a collection of books designed to provide students with valuable insights and guidance on various career options. It empowers students with information about diverse career paths, helping them make well-informed decisions based on their interests, skills, and aspirations. The series aims to bridge the gap between education and career choices, paving the way for a successful and fulfilling professional journey.

Apart from teaching and writing, what other initiatives do you undertake to guide and inspire students?

In addition to teaching and writing, I am committed to conducting sessions and workshops on career guidance and motivation in schools and universities across India, South Asia, and the Middle East. I also engage in mentoring and counseling students on an individual basis, offering personalized advice to help them identify their strengths and passions.

How do you use your expertise and insights to help individuals identify their strengths and passions?

Drawing from my extensive experience in the education sector and my interactions with numerous students, I employ a personalized approach to guide individuals in identifying their strengths and passions. I use various assessment tools, conduct one-on-one discussions, and encourage self-reflection to help them gain clarity about their interests and talents.

Can you describe your approach to conducting sessions and workshops on career options and future skills?

When conducting sessions and workshops on career options and future skills, my approach is interactive, engaging, and informative. I focus on providing practical insights and real-life examples to connect with the audience. Additionally, I encourage participants to participate actively, ask questions, and share their thoughts to create an enriching learning experience.

How do you emphasize the importance of making informed decisions about one’s career?

I emphasize the importance of making informed decisions about one’s career by highlighting the long-term impact of such choices. By presenting data, trends, and success stories related to different career paths, I help students understand that their decisions today can shape their future significantly. I encourage them to explore multiple options, consider their passions and strengths, and seek guidance to make well-informed choices.

What soft skills do you believe are crucial for students to develop in order to become successful professionals?

In today’s dynamic world, several soft skills are essential for becoming successful professionals. These include communication skills, adaptability, problem-solving abilities, emotional intelligence, teamwork, leadership, and resilience. Developing these skills will not only help students excel in their careers but also enable them to navigate challenges and opportunities effectively.

Why are soft skills important in today’s professional world, according to you?

I call Soft Skills the Real Skills. Soft skills are vital in today’s professional world because they complement technical expertise and academic knowledge. Employers seek individuals who can collaborate, communicate effectively, and adapt to evolving situations. Soft skills enable professionals to build strong relationships, lead teams, and handle complex situations, making them indispensable assets in any organization.

How do your exceptional communication skills contribute to your effectiveness as an educator and speaker?

Effective communication is essential in education and public speaking. My exceptional communication skills allow me to articulate ideas clearly, engage with my audience, and establish a strong rapport. This enables me to convey complex concepts in a relatable manner, making the learning process enjoyable and impactful for the listeners.

How has your extensive experience shaped your understanding of the needs and aspirations of students and career enthusiasts?

Over the years, my extensive experience has exposed me to diverse individuals with unique needs and aspirations. This exposure has enriched my understanding of the challenges students face while choosing a career path and the aspirations they hold. It has driven me to continuously improve my guidance techniques, ensuring that I address the specific requirements of each individual I work with.

Can you provide examples of the tools and guidance that you offer to individuals to help them achieve their goals?

As an educator and career coach, I offer various tools and guidance to individuals. These include personalized career assessments, career counseling sessions, workshops on skill development, access to resources and career-related materials, and networking opportunities with professionals in their chosen fields. Additionally, my books and career guides serve as comprehensive resources to aid them in their journey toward their goals.

What sets you apart as an inspirational figure in the education industry?

What sets me apart as an inspirational figure in the education industry is my passion for empowering students to explore their potential fully. I am dedicated to providing practical guidance and support to help individuals navigate their career paths confidently. My commitment to staying updated with industry trends and maintaining a learner’s mindset allows me to adapt and cater to the changing needs of students and the education sector.

How has your dedication to empowering students impacted the lives of those you have worked with?

My dedication to empowering students has had a positive impact on the lives of those I have worked with. Many of them have found clarity in their career choices, enhanced their soft and technical skills, and achieved their goals with confidence. Witnessing their growth and success brings me immense joy and reinforces my commitment to making a difference in the lives of aspiring professionals.

In what ways do you continue to make a profound impact in the field of higher education and beyond?

I continue to make a profound impact in the field of higher education and beyond through my active involvement in workshops, seminars, and mentoring sessions. Additionally, my books and career guides reach a wide audience, providing valuable insights and guidance to individuals exploring their career options. I also collaborate with institutions and organizations to implement innovative educational programs and initiatives that foster personal and professional development.

What is the legacy that you are leaving behind through your work as an author and higher education professional?

As an author and higher education professional, my legacy is centered around empowering individuals to make informed decisions about their careers, discover their passions, and develop the necessary skills for success. Through my books, workshops, and mentoring, I hope to leave behind a generation of inspired and confident individuals who go on to contribute positively to society and shape the future of the education industry.

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