The fifth session of the Institute-level Lecture Series took place on August 24, 2018. The guest speaker was Dr. Ashish Chandra, from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, who addressed IMNU students on the theme “Understanding Strategies for Talent Management & Recruitment – Why is it Important for Graduate Business Students.”
Having spent more than half of his life in the U.S.A., Sir shared his some of his vast experiences and compared and contrasted it with those in India.
He started the session with an anecdote about his market research project that made him realize the importance of taking up projects that you are interested in. This is what builds up our talent, and was one of the key takeaways from his speech. He went on to talk about the four pillars of talent management, namely, identifying, developing, engaging and retaining talent. He also shared valuable tips about things to keep in mind when applying for jobs, especially regarding the red flags in resumes, digital footprints, authentic educational certificates, social, cultural and financial security. Through his experience from the other side of the interview table, he also explained that what recruiters look for in potential employees are mobility, openness, honesty, straightforwardness, team skills and good communication skills.
He also touched upon the areas where Indian students were at a slight disadvantage when compared with American students, some of them being lack of volunteerism (in Indians), and the vastly different cost structures in the U.S.A. and in India.
His anecdotal address was very understandable and relatable, and at the same time gave lots of insight into building, honing, and making effective use of our talent, and also the challenges and strategies used by employers to recruit the best talent. He instilled into the students the importance of staying motivated, doing projects that interest you, learning from every mundane job, and to never stop trying.
This article is contributed by Ipshita Paul –
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