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The Changing Scenario of Management Education in India
Prof. C. S. Venkataratnam, Member, FICCI Higher Education Committee & Director, IMI, New Delhi
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Joint Director & Team Leader, Education & Health Services Division, FICCI
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Gear yourself to fetch the dream job

Dr Ranjeet Mehta

Most companies only have a vague idea of what they want in an employee. In addition, on paper it’s extremely difficult to decipher one job applicant’s abilities from another. It is because of these two points that companies usually compile a list of job qualifications and experience requirements that actually overshoot the position’s functional needs. The employer’s goal is to simply weed out the inexperienced persons before they apply, leaving more time to interview the top candidates. However, most of the time all this method does is scare young, capable talent away.

One essential point you must be aware of is that most job requirements, especially those related to experience, are extremely flexible. Requirements listed in an employment ad are usually just a rough sketch of the ideal hard skills specific to a job description. Soft skills, on the other hand, are usually loosely mentioned in employment ads. Yet when it comes to a formal interview, soft skills have the greatest impact on an employer’s perception of a potential employee.

To prosper in the current job market, postgraduates must be able to work hard and manage expectations, while connecting their skills sets. Each year thousands of graduates leave India to pursue masters’ courses overseas. They carry with them the hope that after they complete their education they will have the opportunity to work abroad and build their skills, their bank balances and their resumes. Characteristics that employers prefer these days are a positive outlook, self awareness, effective and empathetic communication skills, adaptability and flexibility, strong self-belief and high self-esteem.

In this age of cut-throat competition, it going to take more than your academic qualifications and enviable skill sets to fetch you that dream job. You need to possess that extra zing if you’re going to win over prospective employers. What are that qualities that can help you make that perfect first impression and get improve you chances of getting that job?

The education system has changed over the past few years. Unlike the situation in past years, when technical colleges would only impart practical training, today, institutes also focus on equipping students with the requisite soft skills. The emergence of placement cells in various top rung as well as mediocre institutes is another face that conformed that students today also looked at the employability factor of a course before enrolling for it. Courses in applied behavioural sciences and individual training have made a huge impact on the recruitment scenario.

In fact, a recent research by Sun Microsystems showed that the top three areas that play a huge role while getting a job are image, visibility and performance. The best way to make a positive impact on a potential employer was to be natural normal and truthful in whatever information you provided to the organizations. Secondly, a candidate must pay attention to attire, body language, gestures and presentations. Being yourself, alert truthful and professional was of utmost importance.

It will be ideal to revamp the duration system to make it industry oriented. Updating curriculum on a regular basis was important to ensure we were at par with the fast changing environment. This seems to a rather challenging situation, yet one of the most important things you have to do if you are to find a job, is to remain positive while working hard at every angle.

For improving your chances of getting a job try to have good contacts with people working in different fields, improve your socializing skills, and increase your networking. All this exposure and knowledge will really give you the confidence n courage to face and solve all sorts of problems, which is the main requirement of companies in any field.

What if you are returning to India from abroad to look for a job? In such a situation, it is essential that you stand by your conviction that the experience you have had overseas is valuable. Sometimes returning graduates do get discouraged when they have not got a job and have been back in India for two or three months, but one shouldn’t give up. You have to know that you have something special, something that so many students in India may not have. Multinationals, for example, want to employ people with international experience because the understanding of different cultural working practices is an invaluable skill.

Finally, managers will hire people they like before they hire the most qualified or experienced applicant. That’s the bottom line. Never let the supposed job qualifications or experience requirements stand in your way of applying. If you know you can handle the job, you are probably the employee the employer wants. All you have to do is make them aware of your potential. Being sincere and honest when answering questions in an interview is always the smart way to go. The basis for any successful business relationship is trust. If you start with dishonesty, you will eventually fail. One way to show a hint of sincerity during a short interview is to thoughtfully express to an interviewer that you are willing to trust their corporation with governing an influence over your general career path. Put yourself out there a little and extend an open hand.

The author is Professor and Head, Training, Rai Business School, Delhi.