It is the dream one has and tries to fulfill which in turn becomes the future, and more specifically the future that helps one live. Most of us have a wish list or a dream list. One such dream in the list could be a dream Job. The journey towards the dream job could be smooth if the goals are set correctly and implemented wisely with sincere efforts.
Academic Career- As a student and especially as a fresher, it is not only the mental readiness that’s necessary but also the academic readiness that helps one to get a decent job. Indian Education has a great value for the scores or percentage in the overall academic cycle of a student. Even the organisations in India mostly follow the criteria of scores to create the eligibility for recruitment procedure. Almost all eligibilities for private sector are 60% and above scores throughout all courses of graduation or equivalent degree. On the other hand, for public sector it’s as high as 70% most of the time, to participate in the recruitment process. Hence, it is advisable to maintain 70% aggregate throughout the academic career.
Extra and co-curricular activities- Extracurricular activities like playing a musical instrument, sport like cricket, badminton etc. give a clear picture of the involvement, the leadership skills, creativity and the patience which helps acquiring everything in life. Cocurricular activities however, are an extension of the formal learning experiences in a course or academic program, which is again a part of self learning.
Communication Skills- ‘Communication Skills’ are very often mistaken as fluency in spoken English. But the fact is, other than verbal communication there are so many other modes of communication, which if ignored, create miscommunication.
1. Many people ignore mails at work. This can lead to a serious issue in one’scareer.
2. Taking calls and responding back is an art, which if utilised properly helps a lot. www.udemy.com, www.courseera.com , www.alison.com
Life Skills- Every phase of life is different for every individual. Depending on how one is brought up, the attitude, adaptability skills etc. are developed. As a mentor and a trainer, it has been observed that due to the lack of
correct attitude many students lose good opportunities. During interviews they need to be genuine in what they speak and how and in which tone they speak. The urge to learn and be adaptable in nature is another point
which is usually ignored by students. Helping others instead of being selfish definitely comes back. Hence, there are many more to life skills which taken together make a good human being, which is also a part of future
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Gaining Experience- There are many organisations which provide internship
opportunities for fresh graduates, starting from a fortnight to six months with good stipend. Students from B Com background, for example, can look for internship opportunities in private banks, accounts department of any organisation and many more. Students with Mechanical Engineering get good internships in Schneider Electric and so on. With these experience students of any background not only complete the internship but also gain a corporate experience.
Project Work- Project based learning could be applied in any field. A problem definition is traced out and the students come up with a solution and a write a report or a prototype on it. If a student has actually worked on the project himself, it would be easy for him to clear any technical interview.
Industry Readiness- There are few points which need to be considered for up gradation of personal skills:
a. Problem solving skills – Aptitude should be sharpened and practiced rigorously to prepare for future job. Across all the fields, organisations test the aptitude skills of the candidates for recruitment.
b.Vocabulary building – Though vocabulary building isn’t fortnight learning, yet it’s very important for students to think beyond their curriculum and take an extra effort to build their vocabulary. It is also advisable to brush up the basics of English Grammar while preparing for a job.
c. Online learning and assessments – Self Learning has become mostly digitised these days. Online courses and assessments followed by certifications are crucial. The certifications when mentioned in the resume add more value.
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d. Know about your dream job – Every graduate fresher should have and maintain a dream job list and find out more everyday about those organisations – changes in management, changes and updates of new clients, recruitment process, and vacancy created and so on.
e. Resume building – There are different colourful and good looking formats of resume available on the web. However, it is as simple as putting down the details of the job seeker in a simple and a professional way. Resume needs to be updated every six months or every semester.
f. Basic skills – It has become mandatory to have the basic computer knowledge. The non- computer students especially have the fear of using computer for basic work and ignore it. Computer background students can add skills in Data Analytics, Mobile App development, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and many more.
Job awareness, pro-activeness and promptness- Opportunity does not knock; it presents itself when you knock on a door. Students should keep an eye on job fairs, walk-ins, campus recruitments, pool drives and other information required keeping oneself updated regarding all requirements and vacancies in the organisations of one’s home town and neighboring cities.
Changes in the present recruitment process- The digital world is most trusted and dependent for any work, starting from work to home. Thus, the recruitment pattern for fresher jobs has taken a turn too into the digital world. Unlike previous days, the process of recruitment includes the social media profiles like Facebook, profiles of professional networking sites like LinkedIn, Hackathons, web based contests, prolonged recruitment process with weekly projects and so on. For example, Microsoft’s selection process includes the ‘Imagine Cup’. Accenture has the ‘Innovative Jockey’ challenge. IBM has the ‘Great Mind’ challenge.
Government Jobs- Government jobs have a longer and tougher process of recruitment compared to private sector jobs. Participating in competitive exams like IAS, GATE etc are the best ways of future job-readiness for a government job for organisations like Indian Oil, ONGC, DRDO, ISRO to name a few. Specific preparations for the government recruitment are easily available in all cities.
Preparation cannot begin all of a sudden. It should be a long term and planned method. Thus, with the hope that the information shared would be helpful, the prayers for a better future of the younger generation of the society will always continue. To conclude with the most important comment to the future job seekers – do update your CV (Resume) every month, if you are really hunting for a job.
Assistant training and placement officer and soft skills trainer, VJIT