Published on May 7th, 2010 | by drkkr4
Corporate India’s expectation on Gen Y
“Employment opportunities in India have increased in manifold over the last few years. The only way to have an edge over others in the job market is to assess yourself and hone your employable skills accordingly. Employers look for certain basic qualities and if you can groom yourself to meet their expectation you can secure your dream job in no time”.
So what is Corporate India’s Expectation?
Some of them are “Technical Competencies, Interpersonal Skill, IQ&EQ, Leadership Potential, Ability and Inherent Capability, candidates Value system, Sensitivity, Experience, Ethics, Responsibility, Willingness to Learn, Flexibility to Timings, Choice for Mobility.…….”
Matching the expectations -What does this mean for you?
Employers generally base their hiring decisions through validation of candidate’s tangible skills and experiences, as well as through assessment of intangible personality traits. What does this mean for you? While business schools will provide you the fundamentals of the business management knowledge as well as technical or quantitative skills don’t forget that communication skills are as important to your job prospects as all the other skills you learn. Develop good leadership and presentation skills; you could have the best budget-management skills, but if you can’t communicate well with your colleagues and clients, your skills will be of no use to an employer.
Work Experience is critical for success. Employers place a premium on graduates with work experience. The vast majority of employers that hire graduating students expect that new recruit will have some prior work experience. Gaining work experience will increase your chances to get a higher-level position and a better compensation. So how does one go about gaining experience, while in college, consider internship opportunities. Once you decide on a career path and begin to look for the right college, find out if the college offers internship opportunities at companies in your desired field.
In today’s world, trained resources have become increasingly important. trained in the art of analytical thinking, trained in dealing with complex issues in a structured manner, and trained to think like leaders. Are employees not living up to their expectations in some areas, or is it that some environments aren’t suitable for them? In fact, the truth lies somewhere in between these two explanations.
All firms, without doubt, offer extremely challenging yet relatively risk-free environments to their new recruits, providing a culture that fosters creativity and acknowledges individual initiative. Most have a clear idea of the growth path planned for the recruits, have ambitious growth plans themselves, and value new ideas that they see as a constant source of innovation, on the other hand, at times firms have extremely hierarchical organisation structures, with set ways of conducting business that are at the opposite end of the spectrum. Employees come into their working environments with extremely rigid ideas about what a good career looks like, about the kind of responsibilities that they should be handling, and about the kind of learning that they should get along the way. Many exhibit poor man-management skills at the beginning, and at times show a distinct dislike for anything that deals with the emotional angle of effective decision-making.
So where then does the solution lie? In a two-pronged approach, which starts by creating an environment that nurtures creativity and team spirit, as well as training employees on their emotional intellect to ensure that the chances of an employee misfire are minimized. Care must be taken to ensure the individual fits with the organisation, and firms that take care to ensure this fit end up as winners with the right team.
All Y gen are capable of the job on offer, to make a choice among them is a question you need to understand .Academics are certainly important and has its own place, but competency becomes the key differentiating factor. For getting noticed you need to have a ‘can-do’ spirit, hunger to learn and being flexible. At the end of the day, as somebody said,“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” So let’s hope we explore and expand our horizons to learn and even more. There is no room for pessimism for the young budding graduates, ready to rock the corporate world.
It’s time for positive change!