Preparing for Placements – Bloopers & Solutions

Placements are simultaneously every student’s ultimate dream, but also their worst nightmare. Often, the very objective of procuring a degree is to get placed in a good organization. Students choose colleges that offer good placements. Yet, the onus of placements is not merely on colleges, but students as well.
The first step towards placement is preparing a good resumé. With the plethora of material available on the internet today, students tend to look for an easy way out. And what could be simpler than copy pasting an existing well-written resumé that is readily available? Or using the standard format as the rest of your classmates? However, when a company comes for college placements, it needs to distinguish between the prospective candidates and shortlist the best for interviews. With each resumé sounding more or less the same, it becomes increasingly difficult for the company to make appropriate choices. If your resumé stands out from the rest, is unique and different, it will automatically attract attention.
Unless you understand yourself, and are aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, you cannot present yourself in your resumé, or at an interview. Self-awareness, self-assessment and self-analysis are the need of the hour. Hence, it is imperative to spend time in self-introspection, and analyse oneself critically. It is also important to remember that humans are not perfect – we all have our shortcomings, and our personalities are not coloured in black and white, but shades of grey.  When one is aware of one’s limitations, one can work towards improving them. Believing and projecting that one is flawless is the gravest mistake one can make.
 
Another blunder several students often make is focusing only on their academic performance. While grades do indeed play a significant role in one’s future, they are not the only criteria for getting a job. It is the overall personality of an individual that is scrutinized at the time of placements. Hence, participation in extra-curricular activities is integral to self-growth as they help individuals to develop their leadership skills and give them an opportunity to work in a team. Such activities also inculcate values of pluralism and acceptance of differences in thought and ideology.
 
Moreover, while technical knowledge and a sound understanding of one’s specialization are vital to getting a job, communication skills also play a critical role during the interview. It is not enough to merely possess knowledge – what is equally essential is the ability to express and share that knowledge with interviewers.  Effective communication is not an art that can be developed overnight. It comes with practice over a period of time. Reading out loud with correct expressions and pauses, listening to good orators, engaging in conversations and discussions on a variety of topics, enhancing one’s vocabulary through extensive reading, all help in improving one’s communication skills.
 
General knowledge and the ability to voice one’s opinion on social and current issues are also fundamental to preparing for placements. Questions during an interview are not merely restricted to one’s curriculum, but extend to all aspects of one’s socio-political environment. Therefore, it is imperative to read the newspapers regularly, so as to be well versed with the developments, not only within one’s country, but globally as well.
 
Getting placement in a good organization is only the first step to the fulfilment of one’s dreams. It is the start of a beautiful, albeit difficult journey. When climbing a steep mountain, one is bound to face numerous obstacles that will pull one down. One needs to view these obstacles as challenges, and believe that they can indeed be overcome. The key is perseverance and not giving up mid-way – for the view from the top of the mountain will be worth the effort and struggle that one undertakes to reach one’s destination.
 
About the Author:
Dr. Monica Khanna completed her high school from International School Bangkok. After moving to India, she completed her B.A, M.A, M.Phil and Ph.D. in English Literature.
She is currently working as Visiting Faculty in several management and engineering colleges in Navi Mumbai. She has work experience of around twenty years in the field of academics as well as in journalism and business.  She is a panel member and resource person for Indiannica Learning (formerly Encyclopedia Britannica) for conducting workshops for school teachers across India.
She has conducted Faculty Development Programmes, and has also been invited by several institutes to conduct sessions for their students on a variety of topics. She has presented and published research papers at the national and international level for various journals, conferences and seminars.
Her passion for books, love for kids, and the desire to revive and rekindle an interest in the dying art of reading amongst children have been instrumental in her decision to take up writing fiction. She has published seven books. Her first book entitled ‘Deconstructing Motherhood’ (2010) deals with the ideology of motherhood in Indian culture. Her second book, ‘Peek a Boo Manya’ (2016) is a collection of short stories for children which revolves around the sweet and sour life of an eight-year-old girl Manya. It attempts to create a familiar world that Indian children can identify with and relate to. Her third book ‘Wickety Whack’ (2017) is full of whacky humour, mischief, fun and learning in the classroom. Her book ‘Re-Visioning Mythology in Indian Literature’ (2017) deals with the reinterpretation and subversion of Hindu myths in contemporary Indian literature. She has recently authored three books on grammar and composition for grades 6-8 for Eupheus Learning, the India branch for World Books, USA.

Comments

  1. K Mohamed Shaffi on January 1, 2018 at 2:10 AM said:
    This is a great summary of current scenario, well written Ms. Khanna I am also of the view the coaches in the placement cells in colleges are just preparing students with old fashioned standard preparation. I see that the standard of both oral and written communication is of students need special focus.
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