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Enhanace adaptability before entering corporate world

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SHARAD MISHRA - Vice President Human Resources, ANDRITZ HYDRO Private Limited, New Delhi

10-Jul-2020

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But, please note, one needs to check out the fundamental understanding of the ethical and legal issues related to the access and use of information within the corporate, quite similar to what they are used to doing while working on network-based systems in the universities. Because, at the end of the day if there are any mishandling found in access to critical information, they are directly answerable to the management of the organization.

Campus life and corporate life are indeed much different at the fundamental level, and as a new entrant, I need to say, it will be challenging. But, do not take a step back and embrace this transition as it is going to change life for better.

As an HR Professional, I am often called upon to participate in discussions on topics like Campus to Corporate. As the future workforce of various world-class organizations, it is important for these graduates to better adapt to their transition to the corporate world. The corporate world is a place where its all about action that yields results than just having sound theoretical knowledge on accomplishing a task. Also, it is all about showcasing how flexible the graduate is, how ready they are to take initiatives, their social skills, productivity and leadership, critical thinking, and creative skills to complete tasks in real-time and under constant pressure. However, as it is said that, Nothing is impossible!' as the word itself says I M POSSIBLE. Graduates can take a smooth transition if they step forward well prepared. One of the most important tools that would enable the students in their transition is technology - as it is considered as the Most important skills in the knowledge economy.

Applying Technology Effectively

The work culture in the corporate world has undergone a drastic change and we all know that. But what is the major driving force in such a change? Well, it is the technology and there is so much emphasis is laid upon imbibing tech skills in students so that they are ready for the job market.

Whatever technical skills they had developed while completing their formal education, say- Information Literacy, Media literacy, and Technology Literacy, its a time that they utilize them (based on the situation and nature of task) in accomplishing a task. In the digital world, with the help of technology, it is possible to be quick at work, provided one knows the hacks to use technology as a tool to maybe research, organize, evaluate and communicate information or use up digital technologies to access, manage, integrate, evaluate and create information to successfully function in a knowledge-based economy. So, start making the best use of technology at work.

But, please note, one needs to check out the fundamental understanding of the ethical and legal issues related to the access and use of information within the corporate, quite similar to what they are used to doing while working on network-based systems in the universities. Because, at the end of the day if there are any mishandling found in access to critical information, they are directly answerable to the management of the organization.

Coming to life and career skills, to deal with the complex life and work environment, one needs to also consider the following skills to make their transition smooth to a further extent.

Observing things of the Corporate World

Pay close and keen attention to the corporate culture as one needs to learn how things work within the organization.

Remember, the corporate expects different things from any employee (be it fresher or an experienced person) unlike what the University expects from the students. In the University, a student is normally accustomed to having exams that follow a definite structure, syllabus, and time table. These exams are predictable to a large extent. However, in the corporate world, graduates will find, they will not be tested in some form of an exam or another. They will be tested based on their contributions to the organization and value additions made to the organization.

They will also be tested on whether they could keep up to the pace of developments in the industry, has managed to keep up good relations with their stakeholders and customers.

But this exam is not structurally well defined and neither can be predicted. Graduates may have seen that in Universities, once a field of study is chosen, it is not possible to change it. However, in the corporate world, such is not the case. They can easily change to different roles based on their aptitude and inclination. Say, if one has selected a technical path, in the beginning, he/she may well move on to a marketing role or project management role as per individual skill and aptitude in that area and corporates does give scope to do so, if they too find the graduate good at some other skill.

Open to Ideas & Experiences

A freshers outlook on the organization is vital to make progressions in your career. In this way, you will know the paths that you did not know and also discover choices that help you grow up. Corporates prefer candidates who are open to moving places for work. So, one must remain flexible to taking a step forward to accept opportunities for growth by moving places for work and give a boost to their career.

Being a newcomer to the corporate world, one should act as a learner. One should learn as many things as one can. One should open up his mind to learn new things. One must bring in fresh thought and aptitude to the organization so that it helps the organization to improve. However, one needs to also learn to stay patient and understand the culture of the organization, and best of all, its important to give one ample time to cope up with the changing environment and situation. One should treat the corporate world as a family as we usually spend fifty percent of our time there. We should love our work and should not treat as a burden upon us. Love what you do and you wont work a day in your life.

Finally, yes campus life and corporate life are indeed much different at the fundamental level, and as a new entrant, I need to say, it will be challenging. But, do not take a step back and embrace this transition as it is going to change life for better.