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CareersAccording to the Chinese calendar, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Ram or Goat) and begins on February 19. It is believed that it is a year of prosperity and well-being for anyone born in this year (e.g. 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015).
This claim is also validated by Western astrologists who have tracked the positive signs of the planets’ changing aspects and their position relative to each other and confirmed that this is a lucky year. In fact, various zodiac horoscopes for 2015 emphasise the overall propensity toward stabilisation and general well-being.

If you were born in the Year of the Sheep, or work with someone who is, then factor in the following:

1. People born under the sign of the sheep are gentle, wise, compassionate, courteous and imaginative. They are cautious by nature and it is best for them to work with someone who has a strong character.

2. Sheep are often worriers and tend to be shy, pessimistic, indecisive, over-sensitive and weak-willed. They should overcome their apprehensive nature and take on bigger projects to attract the management’s attention. However, they may encounter some road blocks in their career this year due to their oversensitivity and fluctuating emotions which may manifest as conflicts with colleagues.

3. Because this year embodies good fortune in their careers, sheep should avoid routine jobs or ones that demand continual focus on small daily problems. Rigid schedules make such people feel trapped, and their easygoing nature can land them in trouble in a strictly regulated job. They should choose something that provides them with an element of freedom to complement their creative nature.

The encouraging thing is that if they keep their emotions in check, persist and not give in to discouragement, sheep are bound to emerge winners as inherently they can only move forward – they are incapable of moving backwards or sideways!

– Fauzia Kerai Khan
The writer is Chief Consultant, i&b Consulting, Training, e-learning. fauzia@iandbconsulting.com

First published in the Careers Section of the DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on February 15, 2015.