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Life after graduation: expecting the unexpected presented


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Life after graduation: expecting the unexpected presented

  1. 1. Life after graduation: expecting the unexpectedComputer Society of India(CSI) State Level Student Convention, 23rd Feb 2013,Goa© Mindtree limited 2013
  2. 2. Agenda• Part 1: A quick snap of college life• Part 2: My journey and questions!• Part 3: Two dimensions: Platform and Purpose• Part 4: Challenges in our industry• Summary• Discussions 2
  3. 3. Part 1: A quick snap of college life 3
  4. 4. Life filled with energy and enthusiasm! 4
  5. 5. Lots of freedom! 5
  6. 6. The campus! 6
  7. 7. Your University! 7
  8. 8. The nature! 8
  9. 9. And those unforgettable memories! 9
  10. 10. Life before graduation• Frequent and concrete feedback • Environment of personal support• Some freedom to set a schedule • Focus on personal development• Frequent breaks and time off • Structured courses & curriculum• Minimum marks to pass • Few changes in routine• Ready answers and model • Personal control over time question papers • Individual effort & performance• Correct answers usually • Intellectual challenge available • Acquisition of knowledge• Passive participation permitted • Professors• Independent thinking supported Adapted from: College to Workplace Issues and Strategies: A Primer, Dr. Paul Heittich 10
  11. 11. Corporates stress on Professionalism 11
  12. 12. What do young professionals need?Expertise Honesty/integrityCommunication skills Motivation/InitiativeInterpersonal skills DedicationTeamwork skills Strong work ethicsAnalytic skills Self-confidenceFlexibility/adaptability Friendly/outgoing personalityDetail-orientation TactfulnessCreativity DecorumCritical thinking/Problem solving Social responsibilityOrganizational skillsLeadership skillsLifelong learning/Self directionIndustry knowledgeCustomer focus 12
  13. 13. How can you merge smoothly? 13
  14. 14. Let us listen to what our CTO says! 14
  15. 15. Part 2: My journey and questions 15
  16. 16. About me Raja Bavani Chief Architect, Mindtree LinkedIn: Raja Bavani Twitter: @rajabavani Blogs: • • 16
  17. 17. What did I expect whenI started my career in 1988. From 1988 to 1994, I expected that• Computer education would spread in all colleges and universities• The usage of computers would become a necessity in all industries• Data processing would be the major area in IT• Computer literacy would provide job opportunities• Computer graphics would be confined to a handful of application areas (such as image processing, medical diagnostics, engineering design, GIS etc.)• Artificial Intelligence would be the winning field of research and applications 17
  18. 18. What didn’t I expect?• The Y2K problem (was not known until ‘94)• The growth of service industry and international footprint of India in IT• Internet and e-Commerce• Touch screen, mobile technology, tablets• Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP)• Digital photography, multimedia, and many more! 18
  19. 19. Aren’t you curious? 19
  20. 20. How can we take a shot at the future? 20
  21. 21. First, we need to be aware of the present! 21
  22. 22. How do you manage yourself? 22
  23. 23. How do you make the right choices? 23
  24. 24. How can you weather the storm and adapt? 24
  25. 25. And manage when the visibility is low? 25
  26. 26. How can you conquer unknown territories? 26
  27. 27. How can you realize your potential? 27
  28. 28. How can you manage conflicts? 28
  29. 29. And how do you decide the next steps? 29
  30. 30. How do you introspect and improve? 30
  31. 31. And how can you co-exist? 31
  32. 32. Let us look at thechallenges in travel industry!  32
  33. 33. Part-3: Two dimensions: Platform and Purpose 33
  34. 34. What is your platform? 34
  35. 35. What is your purpose?“Your platform is truly a critical part of your existence. But there issomething beyond it as well.It is your purpose.As we start our life and, sometimes, well into it, many of us get sopreoccupied with building the platform, that we forget that it is notwhat makes us complete. A platform, as the meaning of the wordsuggests, is just a springboard. It is a surface on which you stand togo someplace. Your platform, like a railway platform, is a place fromwhere you need to go someplace. That someplace will be determinedby your purpose.Your platform is not your purpose”. - Subroto Bagchi 35
  36. 36. Two factors: Platform and Purpose Ref: By Subroto Bagchi 36
  37. 37. What are you passionate about? 37
  38. 38. What are the challenges of IT managers? Let us watch this!  38
  39. 39. Part 4: Challenges in our industry Skills ,and Technology Competencies Evolution Social and Global Political Competition Factors Economic Factors 39
  40. 40. These challenges have created opportunities too!Those who are aware of the present possess the ability tounderstand challenges, do their best to manage those challenges,and visualize unforeseen opportunities!Their equanimity helps them consume news updates coming fromdifferent sources and directions, with no signs of anxiety.They are focused. 40
  41. 41. Start with a purpose! 41
  42. 42. Aim high! 42
  43. 43. Master the 7 essentials Ref: Force of Habit: Seven Essentials for 21-st Century IT Professionals 43
  44. 44. Think and remember!If you have a job where someonetells you what to do next, youvejust given up the chance to createvalue. - Seth Godin 44
  45. 45. Thank You! 45
  46. 46. Raja | USA | UK | Germany | Sweden | Belgium | France | Switzerland | UAE | Singapore | Australia | Japan | China