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November 01, 2017 Wednesday 10:16:20 AM IST

From the Classroom to the Boardroom

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Technology has touched every aspect of life. Innovation is the password for success. New trends are in today, gone tomorrow. Industries are driven by fast, emerging technologies and running alongside to keep pace is becoming a brain-testing challenge. The onus is now on students to prove their mettle. There are a lot of expectations riding on young techies. The employer needs only the best. How can you be the best?

 

Students need to know that the industry is changing. One has to go beyond the realm of classroom knowledge to hone one’s academic skills. There’s hardly any room for an academic syllabus once you are out of the confines of a classroom. Polish or perish. That about sums up what’s required of a young professional.

 


The industry has not only brought in technical changes, but also other skills like writing and blogging which open up avenues for self-expression. Blogs, books, debates and simple writings enliven after-work hours.

 

What are the corporate expectations from students?

 


Every company invests a lot of effort and money to get the right person on board. Here are a few tips which should help students know what every company would expect from a prospective candidate.

 

Be a good communicator

 


A candidate’s communication skills play a very significant role in being selected for a job. Globalization is the key reason why a great deal of importance is attached to communication. Communication is the crucial link between a client and a company. Hence, this call.

 

Know the industry

 


Youngsters must be aware of what’s happening around them. Tech skills alone will not help. They need to be complemented by awareness skills, a keen understanding and perception of the deals involved and a minute by-

minute updating of what’s happening around.

 

Fine tune and showcase skills


 

Know your strengths and weaknesses. Therein likes the ticket to your success. Always choose an area you are interested in. Fine-tune your skills in this area and showcase them. Students need to work on their skills. One needs to concretise things. Conceptualisation is fine. But the ultimate winner is the product you bring out.

 

A mobile app on one’s mobile, a website, or a unique device you yourself built would go a long way in revealing the real you. It’s always better to work with something you love than waste your time on something you wouldn’t ever love to work with. Once you start enjoying your work, it ceases to be a task and becomes your passion.


 

Be an initiator

 

In an organization the employer is always looking for some good initiatives for the growth of the employees as well as the company. Always be an initiator of good things. Implementing new good changes in the organization will give you more scores in your appraisal.


 

Always have a positive attitude

 

There may be situations when one can easily be bogged down with the daily exertion of work, but it’s important to stay positive when you’re on the clock. Be positive in every aspect of life and it will lead you to success!


 

The more tech-savvy you are, the better. But technology alone is no guarantee for success and self-assurance. It needs to be peppered with life skills too.


Sanoop M.S.

The writer is Team Lead, Vofox Solutions Pvt Ltd
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