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Published on March 5, 2014

Author: chetanamehta56



A presentation about what it means to step into professional world. The presentation is aimed at fresh (mainly engineering) graduates.

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


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