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Industry expectations from fresh management graduates in today's scenario

  Panel Discussion: July 09, 2016

The Centre for Alumni Relations organized a Panel Discussion on ‘’ Industry expectations from fresh management graduates in today's scenario’’ on July 09, 2016 at BIMTECH, Greater Noida. The panel discussion was attended by First year PGDM students. Senior Alumni from Industry & from the field of entrepreneurship addressed students on the need for identifying the important competencies right in the first year of management education and further developing the aptitude to enhance their management knowledge so as to bridge the gap of industry expectation from a management graduate.

The panel comprised of five senior Alumni as per the details below:
-Mr. Alok Gupta, Founder & CEO at Pyramid Cyber Security America Inc
-Mr. Jugal Kishore Vashist CEO-Kirloskar Pneumatic Co Ltd (RoadRailer Div)
-Mr. Vikas Sikand, Vice President, Spice Group
-Mr. Harveen Bedi, Business Head - Quadrangle Search (Div of Infoedge India Ltd)
-Mr. Mohit Chhabra, Co-Founder and Principal Consultant, Knowledge Corporate Services

Mr. Jugal Kishore was of the view that youngsters today in the age group of 18-35 years are entering the corporate world with knowledge explosion. A young graduate has to adopt a positive attitude and must continuously increase his/her learning curve. Additionally, one must be more loyal to their job. He also stressed the need to acquire the required functional skills and achieve a horizontal growth rather than focussing on vertical growth. Hence, he stressed the need for multi tasking which has become the need of the hour for individuals to succeed in corporate combined with trust & loyalty.

Mr. Vikas Sikand discussed today’s world of chaos where young graduates are bound to make mistakes but such individuals must now shy away from taking calculated risks. He highlighted the need for Value Added Services as shorter technology life cycles have made the product & service become obsolete very fast. As per his view, time to take lead from competitor is less than 7 days. He also spoke about the MUG-MUG strategy i.e. The More You Get, The More You Give. He also guided the young students to take the ownership of execution of their initiative as without proper execution, initiative has no relevance.

Mr. Harveen Bedi shared his cross industry experience and emphasised on complete learning in an unstructured environment. He was vocal of the fact that every student must identify their areas on interest and work with mentors. Hence, to be successful, students must differentiate themselves through practical/industry projects and must adopt the right learning attitude. He particularly emphasised on the need for acquiring talent rather than the hunger for money. He also advocated that job content & self enrichment is key to success in today’s competitive world.

Mr. Mohit Chhabra shared some of his insightful thoughts about the ‘’CAKE’’ strategy which comprised of very crucial competencies that must be acquired by young graduates to display abilities such as Change, Adaptability, Knowledge & Energy. He was of the view that one must possess adaptability in new roles & situations. One must be prepared for frequent change that may result out of a volatile environment and hence, individuals must approach every situation with high energy combined with essential knowledge/content. He also highlighted that today’s industry is full of job opportunities in the customer facing domains. Hence, there is a great importance and emphasis on Soft Skills where individuals must have the ability to communicate & collaborate effectively.

Mr. Alok Gupta, President-Global Alumni Association of BIMTECH moderated the two hour discussion and stressed the fact that in today’s global competition, success of young management graduates is dependent on possessing the right Aptitude with commitment to work ethically & creatively. He stressed the need for becoming self disciplined/motivated to grasp the functional skills and develop the right personality for a successful career. His personal experience proved that one’s personality wins half the battle. He also spoke highly about the need to possess the Analytical skills and look the decision making data in a critical manner as meaningful analysis helps in better decision making which remains one of the important characteristic of a successful manager.

The panel discussion conclude with a very interactive response from the students who very curious to know more about competencies and how they must plan their two years of Management education so as to become competent & successful. The half & hour Q&A session was well responded by the panellists and students felt that they have the need for more such interactions in future. The panellists also assured that they were open to Mentoring some of the interested students as and when required.

The event was anchored by Ms. Himanshi Tiwari, Faculty in the area of HR/OB at BIMTECH. The event execution was planned & supervised by Ms. Manisha Kanodia, Astt. Manager, Alumni Centre along with six students from the PGDM batch. The Centre for Alumni Relations is also thankful to the Director Dr. H. Chaturvedi who motivated & guided the centre to conduct the event for the benefit of the students.

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