Update : 2017-03-24 00:00:00
Learning To Accept Change
Dr. Mohammad Asaduzzaman Chowdhury

Learning To Accept Change

The world is changing rapidly. Mentality of people is also changing. The biggest and fastest change has probably been experienced in the technological sector because humans depend on technology to a great extent. As far as change is concerned, it sometimes comes with some uncertainties and so can invite mixed reactions. For example- the victory of Donald Trump in US election can be considered as a change. Because of such a change, many other things are changing rapidly. US plans and polices are undergoing modifications and improvisations. Lives of migrants are being affected by the aggressiveness of US President. As many immigrants are working in top positions of different tech firms in the USA, any severe decision going against the immigrants can take a heavy toll on the sustainability of manufacturing industries. Another key factor is the rate of change. The rate of change can be higher as well as lower depending on the nature of advancement. Advancement also influences productivity and thus the standard of living in a system. Whenever there is the term “change”, there may be an overwhelming effect.   This is not definitely true in every case but reverse proactive conditions may also be experienced. For instance- the Government of Bangladesh is now trying their level best to minimize the future energy crisis of our country. Initiatives like Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project (RNPP) have been taken to that end. In this context, if the government decides to create opportunities for the Engineers of thermal power plant to join Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant Project, the responses will vary from individual to individual. Most of them may reject the offer and some of them may accept it as a challenge and for their personal growth.  What is the psychology behind such mixed responses? There is a law of nature or law of specialization and according to this law, if a person is involved in a similar work for a long period of time, he will be more experienced and adaptable for his job. In this case the switching of job from thermal to nuclear power plant may be very overwhelming experiences of most of the people. Another constraint is stability and adaptability. The adaptation process may be assumed to be complicated for these groups of engineers.   The term “adaptation” means to make them capable of coping with the change within a certain period of time. The other group of persons may view it as some kind of job enrichment and their strong motivational powers mostly affect them positively. Another issue is the risk factor and degree of accepting risk factor also varies individually. The fact is that if you are ready to take the risk of accepting a changed situation (be it for an engineer or someone else belonging to another profession), probability of achievements increases in many folds.    To explain it further, we can take the example of Padma Bridge. When the idea was first put forward, many people criticized the project and claimed that Bangladesh could not finish this project. Even allegation of corruption surfaced and at one point the dream was actually about to fade away. But the government soon decided to embrace change by bringing some modifications in their policies. The outcome is known to all. We are almost there – Padma bridge is no more a dream rather it is now a reality. And it has been proved that the change of mentality can be used as a powerful tool for altering the situation. Well, in the words of Michael Jackson, “to make this world a better place, you’ve got to look at yourself and make a change.” Change is such a hard thing to do. It’s hard to accept, it’s hard to put into action and it’s sometimes hard to understand why things are changing. Most people fear change. But it is also true that change is inevitable. Literally you cannot avoid it, so it’s better to prepare ourselves in that way.   (The writer is a Professor, Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology.)