Career insights for the fresh out of college


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  • Thanx, Mr Ramaswamy. have shared this my daughter, am sure will be helpful to students like her.
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  • Dear Raghu,
    You certainly set me thinking. I feel that there are three milestones any student has to cross before selecting a career stream for themselves. First, the subject I am keen to achieve mastery in. I should hope to be fully knowledgeable, no matter what it may be. Let us say it is energy efficient design for an engineer or new product introduction for an MBA. Second, I should find a summer job where I can test the relevance of my passion to the workplace. that will tell me how much of my passion can actually translate into business value. Lastly, before I leave the summer job, to know if an employer finds my talent (Passion+ value) fitting with their own business strategy. For me a career choice is a continuous culmination of my passion, business value and organizational commitment to exploit my talent. It worked for me. That is why I thought this may merit a consideration. cheers. shekar
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  • Hi Raghu, Excellent presentation, its a good guidance for students to realize what they need to look for.. Its exhaustive, relevant, and practical... thanks for sharing this..
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  • Wonderfully crafted presentation. Most of the current IT student don't realize about these. Well said Raghu...
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Career insights for the fresh out of college

  1. 1. Career Insights For the Fresh Out of College
  2. 2. The Immediate objective is to get a job.
  3. 3.  Helps him to earn a livelihood, thereby making him independent and also execute responsibilities of taking care of the near and dear.  An avenue for him to express himself as a professional, giving vent to his creative and intellectual needs.  Facilitates him to lay the foundations for a career, which helps him evolve continuously until the end of his professional life.
  4. 4.  Brand  Salaries  Work Place close to home  Glamour associated with the company as perceived by the people at large  Position involves Overseas Travel  Five Day Week  Great Office Address  MNC  Work from Home  Your close friends or relatives are working the company
  5. 5. • Knowledge • Skills • Qualities • Tasks
  6. 6. •Basic level of Knowledge, Skills and Qualities to perform job in the chosen area •Flair, Ability to easily understand, assimilate and learn Knowledge and Skills in the chosen area •Temperament to execute the job •Necessary qualities to do the job •Enjoy doing the job in the chosen area, one could easily do the job but still may not enjoy doing the job
  7. 7.  Who would pay your salary? Please remember, always it is your prospective employer’s customer’s who will pay your salary.  Why would she/he pay your salary? For the services rendered by your prospective employer, who in turn passes a portion of the money realized to you as a salary.
  8. 8.  How competitive is it for your prospective employer to run his business? Acquiring talent is a very competitive business and your prospective employer has to be extremely well organized and have a very efficient and knowledgeable work force to stay ahead of competition.  What would the expectation of the prospective employers be from his employees? To be competent, Skillful, knowledgeable and efficient so that he may serve his customers well and earn a profit to sustain and scale his business. Remember, there can be no free lunches.
  9. 9.  While being hired from a college, you are hired for your potential. There is an initial learning curve.  We are all aware that there is a gap between what the academia offers and what the Industry needs.  In the case of Software service organizations, it is common knowledge that Software majors, conduct training program for nearly three months, before they deploy their engineers on projects.  Clearly this represents a cost for the Software service organizations which eat into their profits and profitability.
  10. 10.  Recognizing Emerging world order  Recognizing Technology trends and its impact on Markets and Culture  Recognizing Emerging Markets and Market Trends  Recognizing Job Trends  Recognizing Best Business practices
  11. 11. Overcoming the Industry Academia disconnect Information about Technology, markets, business best practices, jobs need to be available to make informed choices Who will provide you with Industry connect?  Alumni Connect, Alumni who work far and wide are the first natural choice for the Industry connect and information.  Professionals working in the respective industry.  Human Resource professionals.  Industry bodies like CII.  Events and Conferences which will again allow you to network with professionals
  12. 12. It is important that you identify companies which can employ you based on 1. Academic Background 2. Knowledge 3. Skills 4. Qualities 5. Temperament The companies that you can identify is a finite set. It is imperative that you draw the list of companies
  13. 13. •Role, which offers professional growth and means to express oneself •Area of work which can have an impact on the future growth •Growth Potential of the chosen companies and prospect of the Industry •Core Values of the Organization •Compensation and Benefits •Location & Brand Point no. 1 through 4 are very critical, 5,6 and 7 are less significant
  14. 14. A lot of information can be obtained through the following Linked In features 1. Company information gives information about the company, the employees, employee insights and their followers 2. Follow Company: Gives us general updates about the company 3. Products and Services; Gives information about the company’s product and services and also about the customers experiences is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation
  15. 15. 4. Groups: Participation and Conducting them enhances your social media experience and gives you a greater visibility and reach. 5. Sharing Updates can help you foster an ecosystem around you. is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation
  16. 16. 1. You create an identity for yourself with the Linked In profile. You create a reputation and social media presence for yourself by participating in groups, sharing updates and conversing intelligently. 2. The process of creating a reputation and social media presence helps you to develop relationships through connection. is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation
  17. 17. 3. By developing relationships with professionals in other companies and follow it up with compiling, collating and validating the data, you can get a reality connect with  Available Jobs and associated trends  Prevailing Market compensation  Information about growth prospects within an organization  Local Geo political conditions at work place  And any of the other aspects that you want to know about target companies that you may want to apply is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation
  18. 18. If a lot of associated information is already available on the Internet, how is the information available on Linked In different from the one available on Internet? In Linked In, the information can be validated with reliable trusted contacts. What are the basic hygiene factors that you will adopt before deciding to connect? You must set up proper Linked In profiles which show cases your capabilities well. is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation
  19. 19. You need to reach out to the connection and start interacting with the connection; only then seeds of relationships are sown.
  20. 20.  Social Media presence is an activity that requires considerable application and gets established over a period of time.  You may write Blogs, effectively participate In groups, share valuable information consistently, converse intelligently to acquire appreciable Social media presence.
  21. 21. One cannot determine an ideal network size. However it is the quality that matters. It is important to connect with trusted sources. Your connections must happen on a regular basis. The whole world is your playing ground. Keeping your needs and future needs in mind, you will benefit by focusing on the seven social media building blocks, and arrive at a linked in regimen. The regimen could include writing blogs, participating actively in groups, sharing updates, improving your connections and converting them into relationships. is a registered trademark of LinkedIn Corporation
  22. 22. THANK YOU