Published on March 5, 2014
Stepping into Professional World 1
Stepping into Professional World Quiz You are a professional an engineer a student a manager a team member (Specify any other) Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No Yes / No 2
For the ones marked ‘Yes’ above, identify 2 or 3 qualities that justify your answer Professional 1. 2. 3. Engineer 1. 2. 3. Student 1. 2. 3. Manager 1. 2. 3. Team member 1. 2. 3. 3
Transition Phases in Life Name major transition phases in life 4
Transition Phases in Life Home to play school / kinder garden KG to primary school Primary school to high school High school to college College to professional world! 5
Now you are a “Professional”! 6
What makes you a professional? 7
College to Professional World How is this transition different than all the others listed before it? There is no uniform! There is no time table! There is no teacher / HOD / authority to exercise any control on you There is no hand holding by your parent But … 8
College to Professional World (contd.) There are definite expectations from you about Timely delivery High quality output Reliability Behavioral aspects … 9
College to Professional World (contd.) Also… Once you are here, there is no going back This is life-long – almost! There are no formal exams to take you to the next step in life Going to the next level is optional; you are free to be at the same level – forever! What can you do? Convert TRANSITION into TRANSFORMATION! 10
Transition or Transformation? Formal definitions of – Transition: movement, passage, or change from one position, state, stage, subject, concept, etc., to another Transformation: change in form, appearance, nature, or character Example: Egg->Larva->Caterpillar->Butterfly; inherit some properties but acquire a lot of new ones 11
You want to be transformed into a professional! 12
Steps required for transformation Understand the organizational culture Office timings Lunch time conversations Meeting etiquette Approaching seniors / management members Advantages of understanding culture Helps you to understand core values of the organization Builds rapport, trust and confidence Increases individual effectiveness 13
Steps required for transformation (contd.) Absorb / take input Listen Observe Sense 14
Steps required for transformation (contd.) Exhibit professional behavior Dress Always seek to blend with your surroundings Neat, formal dress for formal occasions Dress to look elegant and smart Body language Tone Walk Posture Gestures Eye contact Smile 15
Steps required for transformation (contd.) Keep your lead updated about the status of your work Respond to mails Be on time for meetings, calls, gatherings Come up with solutions rather than stating problems Be reliable Find answers by searching the net Give credits to others when required Understand your strengths and weaknesses Learn to convert problems into opportunities Develop passion for work 16
Steps required for transformation (contd.) Status reporting Ownership, reliability Confidentiality Integrity / keeping commitments Objectivity Positive attitude Expectations – setting and meeting Apologizing sincerely when you make a mistake 17
Steps required for transformation (contd.) Be an engineer Inquisitive Stating problems v/s finding solutions Solutions v/s optimal solution Competitors’ products Technological advancements and new tools Out of box thinking 18
Steps required for transformation (contd.) For development Big picture and attention to details Thoroughness and error checking Design for extensibility, portability Considerations for deployment and support Thorough testing Develop a sense for organizational perspective Understand your contribution to the overall picture 19
THANK YOU 20
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