Most of us have a purpose in life. And most of us will not be able to pursue that purpose. Because LIFE happens. We wait for the right moment. For some, their master plans materialize. For some, the right moment never arrives. Because LIFE keeps happening. Is there a remedy? Can this be controlled? Should this be controlled?

We often want to do a lot of things together. We want to pursue various careers together. We want to becomes a Sales person. And then we love watching history. But clicking nice pictures also gives us a high. Then is it fair to have just one purpose?

If we look at the lives of some of the most successful person of the yesteryear, they started small; their actions governed by circumstances and ad-hoc opportunities. However, success in recent years have often kissed people who had a master plan right from the word go! 

I continue to ponder.

First time

What is it about “first time”s. I just experienced one today! You start thinking in exclamation marks. You want to tell people about it. You want to share your happiness. You want to smile like there is no tomorrow. You suddenly forget all that is or can be negative. You suddenly want to live. You suddenly want to love. You want to reinvent. Make a new schedule.  Write a new blog post. And you certainly don’t want to sleep. You don’t want this first time to get old.

There is something about “first time”s. I think to have many more of these, we should start doing things differently everyday – Sit on a different bench. Play with words while talking to someone. Take up a new activity. Redo your room’s furniture. Try a new combination of clothes. Get clicked in a new pose.

“First time”s. They make life worth living. Try something new, today!

Career Rant

And so many dreams and so many pursuits are lost in the race to improve smaller things for ungrateful people and make the little worlds better. Maybe this is the way I can live my dream career of making the world a better place to live in. Maybe, just maybe, this is the exact way of killing that very dream.

Prepare to join a B-School

To make life at any B-School simple:

1) Start reading business newspapers today (Not just headlines). Try ET, HT Mint, FT, etc. Start now to have some background before you join. (These will start making sense once you start reading more and it won’t happen vice-versa)
2) Start reading editorials, perspectives, analysis from – Economist, Time, HBR [2-5 free articles are available online]
3) If you carry work-ex, revise your Scientific Calculator operations.
4) Build a LinkedIn Profile. Try to detail it as much as possible. [Most B Schools will anyway teach you how to make one but a headstart always helps]
5) Start converting $ to Rs. everytime you read them and vice versa.
6) Start converting millions and billions to lakhs and crores everytime you read them and vice versa.
7) Combine the above two.
8) Adapt to quick reading. You will be expected to read so much, that all your RC Skills from CAT Preps will also feel less.
9) Start loving data. I used to hate data-points memorization. But trust me, you need it.
10) Buy a black covered/jacketed diary. You will join some club, event, etc. You will attend guest speakers. You will attend industry meetings. Maintain a black-covered diary for this purpose alone. Keep a good working pen along with it at all times.
11) Revise your MS Office skills. You will be needing these daily.
12) Get a good email id. Your name, your surname and some number will do. Everything else should be avoided.
13) Become comfortable with Google Apps – Docs, Contacts, Mail, Groups atleast. Gonna be using them a lot.
14) Invest in a smartphone. Or atleast a phone that enables you to check email on the go. Preferably one that pushes in email.
15) Whether a part of dress-code or not, you will need 3-4 pairs of formal-wear. Invest in them.Of-course, a blazer will be required.

List is not exhaustive. You all are requested to add more items as comments and I shall gladly include them in the parent post with credits.

Indian Digital Media Awards,2013

Indian Digital Media Awards, 2013 has officially been announced. These are the largest Digital Media Awards in India with almost all leading digital agencies participating and competing to prove their metal. The objective of the Indian Digital Media Awards 2013 is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the work being done in the ever-growing digital space… specifically, internet, mobile, gaming and social media.

Highlights from IDMA 2012 :

  • IDMA Person of the Year : Sachin Bansal, Flipkart
  • Best Agency Award : Maxus Global
  • IDMA Digital Startup of the Year : AllSchoolStuff.com
  • IDMA Digital Advertiser of the Year : Hero MotoCorp

The award ceremony will take place on the 12th June,2013 at the ITC Grand Central Sheraton, Mumbai. The awards exist in 55 categories that can be found here: http://www.exchange4media.com/idma2013/idma2013.asp

The entries for the event are now open. To know more, visit their website here – http://www.exchange4media.com/idma2013/index.asp

IDMA 2013 can additionally also be visited on:
Twitter : @IDMA_2013 (#IDMA13 is the event hashtag)
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/indiandigitalmediaawards
Pinterest : http://pinterest.com/idma2013/
Blog : http://idma2013.wordpress.com/
Instagram : http://instagram.com/idma2013

What are you doing to work on your weaknesses?!

Management education is a fantastic opportunity to learn management skills, business accumen, networking and a great booster to one’s career.

At the same time, Management Education is a great opportunity for experienced professionals and fresh graduates to come together, find time to gain more skills and work on another level of self grooming.

Who does not have weaknesses? I am not one of the most cool-headed guys I know of. Also, I lacked time-management skills (read priortization skills) and I am not someone who invests a lot of time in physical fitness. Everyone has weaknesses. For some, these may be communication skills, punctuality, lack-of-diligence, etc. Management education id perhaps the best time to invest in working on your weaknesses – professional and personal.

As they say, WELL BEGUN IS HALF DONE. So, being aware of your weaknesses is half the job done. And the remaining can be conquered by a strong will and some basic planning.

So, how are you working on your weaknesses? Some of the things I have tried at some point in time are :
– Realizing the significance and impact of your weakness in the future career and personal scenario. This has clearly helped me priortize my weakness to work on.
– Work on all of them simultaneously. A little bit everyday. But if something needs focus, priortize.
– Love yourself. Believe in yourself. Like yourself. Appreciate your own efforts. Discuss your hard work with the near and dear ones. Respect your values. The good person beneath. This helps you to accept your weaknesses better and work on then with lesser self-resistance.
– Take suggestions. Ask people who have had similar problems or working on them and see how their method and experience can help you solve yours.
– Take feedback. Ask people if they can notice a difference. Tell them what you are trying and ask what they think about it.
– Take pride. Do not be ashamed of your weaknesses. Be proud of the fact that you are trying to solve them. Take pride in your proactiveness and commitment to be a better individual.

Try these and work towards converting your weaknesses into strengths.

What are HRs looking for in fresh graduates(tech + MBA)?

I have had the opportunity to interact with a lot of senior managers and senior HR Personnel (recruitment decision makers and panelists). Also, my collective learning from my colleagues and peers who have been panelists at various recruitment drives and their interactions with the decision makers have helped me understand a few things about recruitment of fresh graduates (both Tech and Management). Let me summarize them as:

  • Core skills and logical skills matter a lot more over exam scores
  • Ability of person to adjust to learn and hone core skills, matter the most
  • Cultural fit of the candidate with the organization
  • Adaptability and scalability of the candidate
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills
  • Whether the candidate has a good idea of how he can learn,unlearn and relearn to bring value to the organization
  • Whether he/she has done the diligence about the organization, the industry and the job description

Keep these in mind to prepare for your interviews and interviews shall become learning experiences in themselves.

*As and when I recall more, I shall add them as comments. You are also requested to do the same.


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