This section will orient and educate you on the aspects of building careers and requisite Business skills to be a successful global professional today.

Five areas that any career aspirant must work on

Today the work place dynamics are changing every day. One of the challenges for any budding professional is to look for newer ways of building relevant job skills. Other than the conventional jobs or employment skills, any fresh graduate must ensure that he has been honing his skills, revolving around the workplace requirements. It's an area that people tend to ignore and they start to work only when there is urgency.

It's better to be prepared than waiting for the right time to come

In today's economy, there are ample opportunities for people who would like to get exposed to education, and for a certain section of the society in a country like India, it has become easily accessible. Consequently, this has enabled people to be more qualified than ever before. In developing nations like India, many of the aspirants feel that upgrading the degree, could be one of the best ways through which once can get best of the available jobs in the market; however one shouldn't forget that when things are easily accessible, the competition increases and selection criteria become stringent.

Everything matters in life, and when it comes to building a career, don't ever degrade what you have done before, or doing All your experiences are precious and you learn from them. In such a scenario, even if you are a fresh graduate or an experienced one, the process of building a sustaining career remains challenging. Therefore, if you have earned a college degree or diploma with best of the grades, it a good recognition you have got. However, don't be complacent and start thinking that it will build you career.

Careers are built on the basis of how you orient yourself, build capabilities, understand and accept the changes around you and so forth. Hence, to remain effective and competitive, you as a budding professional must focus on developing a few skill sets in you:

360 Degree of communication

By this I mean, to be a successful professional, you must develop and nurture your overall power to communicate. It's not only to do with your language proficiency; it takes into consideration several things:

    How do you speak in general and in a specific situation?

    Your ability to connect with people and making your points and thoughts relevant

    Power of your thoughts to express in written form and influence people around you

    Ability to inspire people with your power of words and though process

    How creative and spontaneous you are

    How effective you are in your body language and your connect with people through social medium

Global Orientation

Today's graduates need to be globally well-oriented. It's very important to be aware about what's happening around you. The ability to understand businesses from a global perspective is must! Failing to learn business globally can be a drawback in your career. Leading organization have been operating in the global environment today, therefore having a global edge in terms of strong orientation about economics, businesses across the globe really helps.

Adaptive with a hands-on approach

It's easy to say that you are hands-on. Many experts have to say that when people are asked to change the way they learn or work, they get into a shell and become receptive. There requires a strong character in an individual. Aspirants should work out of their comfort zone right from the beginning to develop this particular trait. Being adaptive is an easier word to speak, then to adapt!

Analytical and critical thinking

Any industry that you want to join will require numbers and analysis. Therefore, it's a challenge to develop strong quantitative skills to interpret number well. It's always an added advantage to be good at numbers. Also, you should try to analyze every business situation from different dimension. And then take a decision based on critical evaluation. This ability to critically evaluate a situation is important to offer better and sustainable business decisions.

Social Skills

It is one of the most important skills once can develop today. Your ability to socialize plays a pivotal role in the success of the business you are in. You should always try to have a proper social binding. It's an intangible benefit and it helps most of time in business. So don't ignore this area. Social networking sites are there to be utilized to established good contacts. They are not only to be used for fun side, but to be used to bring some long term benefits.

Explore industries

Due to the change in the global business framework, businesses come and go. However, if you want to be relevant, keep reading and exploring about the industries, other than the industries you are in or looking to join. For any educated qualified graduate, this practice is a key to success. Know about the businesses, growing industries, best of the business practices in those sectors, key requirements and where you think you can contribute, to name a few. Doing that really helps and your employment quotient remains high.

If you succeed acquiring the right skills at the right time, your employment is just a matter of time!

Soft Skills for a brighter career

Learn to manage yourself before you manage others. It's one of the most important aspects of management today. A lot of budding professionals feel that managing others is all of management as the definition of management says: "Getting the things done." Well, to get the things done effectively and ensuring that people work in a cohesive manner, it's important for any future manager to understand the importance of developing his soft skills to build his career and climb the corporate ladder by showcasing leadership skills.

To become a successful professional today, no matter whichever industry you want to join, a combination and integration of both soft and hard skills is the must! Technical skills become less effective if they are not complemented by the soft skills. For any company today, one of the key challenges is to explore a person's soft skills abilities. This includes: Communication, team management, leadership, critical thinking, decision making, time management, self- evaluation etc. They are the mandates to be effective at any work place.

Research shows, people who have made it to the top and have professionally become successful honed these skills and this enabled them to use the best of their technical expertise. Unfortunately, today also it is much talked about area with no hands-on treatment. There are articles, books, training sessions etc., supporting this cause by terming it as a crisis; however, people are still in quandary and have failed miserably in understanding the meaning and importance of nurturing their soft skills. It is so subjective in nature that it requires a lot of time to be dealt with.

Skills + Technical Skills= Sustainable Career

In simple words- There can't be any organization without people. And there can't be any business unless you learn to deal with them. Therefore, the most important area of business is not prioritized; rather the technical areas are being focused on the maximum. Consequently, businesses suffer today as employers still struggle the right combination of soft and technical skills. As you grow in your career, it is said that you learn and gain expertize in your own domain. Also, it becomes a part of your career path. However, developing soft skills is a continuous process as we deal of understanding ourselves first before we deal with people. Unless we develop people skills, all our learning and expertize may not get the recognition or value. It's people only who would value your achievements; hence a strong connect will surely help any person to emerge as leader and change his surroundings.

In today's competitive world where majority of the businesses fall under the perfectly competitive market, a business run people sound with technical and soft skills, can create a difference and sustain.

Soft skills have become a key ingredient to succeed in both professional and social life. If you want to grow and remain competitive, explore the scope of soft skills development and keep learning and exploring the areas that you need to be developed.

Qualification can help you to stand, but skills can help you run

Today, the world economy is going through a turbulent time, so is the job market. Many graduates and post- graduates face a lot of difficulty in getting the right jobs. Thousands of qualified professionals struggle to get the right job in the market. And when it comes to exploring any opportunity, for one position there are thousands vying. In such a scenario, one of the keys to success is utilizing your acquired skills to stand out in the crowd. Skills could be behavioral, attitudinal, technical or even social. Every job has certain requirements, and when the recruitment manager has innumerable options, he considers the best guy on the basis of the right integration of skills.

In this competitive scenario, if the market sentiments are low, you as an aspirant can't afford to have your chips down. Rather, you need to look for an opportunity to nurture any of your required job skills. If you have any skill as your core competency, you may focus on taking it to the next level. A lot of self-evaluation and analysis is required to building any specific skill. A constant practice to reach to the next level can help you to differentiate yourself from others. Also, bring some innovation in your work and the way you approach your work. That helps!!!

A slowdown or recession is inevitable, as in a globalized economy, it depends on a lot of external factors that an individual can't dominate or control. However, if you spend adequate time nurturing your skills, it may give you higher returns even during tough times. For instance: if you feel that your written communication is not up to the mark and you have enough room for improvement, then consider this point and spend adequate time to polish the same. Jobs may come and go. Even if you don't have a job or struggling to get one, you can go on as a professional by constantly picking up some relevant job skills or exploring new areas of improvement.

Qualification always helps you to become eligible for a job, but ultimately it's your skills that will decide whether you are employable or not! Now ask yourself- Is there any particular skill that you lack? Or is there any capability that you would like to build in you? If you get the answer, then start working on it.

The biggest mistake for a professional today is- If he realizes that he lacks in some area, but he doesn't take adequate steps to work and improve them.

Be always open to learning. However, skill development largely deals with learning the newer ways of unlearning.