Friend of mine forwarded the this article – Open letter to India’s Graduating Class about 5 skills that new grads from India don’t have to be successful in the corporate world.
Core message of the article is that New Grads from India lack the following skills
- Lack of written and oral communication skills
- Lack of problem solving and creativity
- New grads are passive and order takers and hesitant to ask questions.
- Lack of desire to learn new skills
- Lacking professional skills and care only about money.
At end of the article author gives what should new grads do
My message is a call to action: Be aware of these five attributes, don’t expect the gravy train to run forever, and don’t assume your education will take care of you. Rather, invest in yourself – in language skills, in thirst for knowledge, in true professionalism and, finally, in thinking creatively and non-hierarchically. This will hold you in good stead in our knowledge economy and help lay a strong foundation for the next productive generation that follows you.
After reading the article, I thought I have to weigh in on the topic.
First, where do I stand with my view? Do I agree or disagree to 5 points listed above about New Grads from India.
Let me give my views based on my observation after interacting with several students, emails, phone calls and chat with HSB readers.
I have seen students who lack all the above skills.
I have seen folks who have very good communication skills, but don’t have ability to think beyond what they are told to do.
Do you know what it takes to run this blog?
You read the new articles, consume the contents and then and then move on.
Only when you start a blog, you would truly understand what it takes to produce contents daily.
It takes commitment, dedication and passion.
Even if you lack all the 5 skills, if you have passion, hard work and willing to commit, you can acquire and develop all the 5 skills in no time. I had zero blogging skills, but with hard work and commitment, I was able to learn so many new skills.
It takes time and effort to master new skills and habits. Buts, its possible to develop the skills.
Author says you lack this, this and that. Such companies can learn a good lesson by following some good examples from companies like Zappos and Google on how to treat the new hires.
For instance in Zappos, new hire have 1 month orientation.
After the orientation, they are given $4000 to quit the job. Yes, company offers them $4000 to actually quit the job.
During orientation, they are taught about the work culture and whats expected of them. If workers don’t like to work after learning about the company, they are allowed to take $4000 to quit the job.
Because Zappos wants employees who fit in their work culture. There is a things or 2 the author can learn from Zappos approach.
Here is a way to reinvent yourself
Over to You
What do you think?
How would you rate yourself with respect to the 5 skills
- Problem Solving
- Order Taker
- Lack of desire
Would you be able to reinvent if you lack any of the above skills?
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