`Software industry looks for talent with value addition'

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SOFT TALK: Mr R. Shekar, Executive Vice-President, Polaris Software (right), with Mr G. Viswanathan, VIT Chancellor, at a BL Club meeting in Vellore recently.
SOFT TALK: Mr R. Shekar, Executive Vice-President, Polaris Software (right), with Mr G. Viswanathan, VIT Chancellor, at a BL Club meeting in Vellore recently.

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Vellore, Aug. 15

Thought leadership, the value addition that one can bring to one's position, proficiency in the English language and the local accent, conversational skills, situational integrity, the ability to say `no', self-driven motivation, professional talent, readiness to take risks, the courage of conviction, the capability of demonstrating one's calibre and above all the practice of giving respect to professionals and gaining respect from them are some of the imperatives for persons aspiring for managerial jobs in the software industry and multinational corporations, according to Mr. R. Shekar, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Strategy, Polaris Software Lab, Chennai.

Addressing the students of the Vellore Institute of Technology Business School at the inaugural of the BL Club here recently, Mr Shekar said that those having talent could be broadly divided into four categories.

Desired employees

The first category comprises those who do a thing as asked to be done by their bosses. Those who do it according to the best of the available options given to them belong to the second category. The third category comprises those who do it as per the best option known to them.

Those who think independently about the job given to them, who think in different innovative angles and accomplish the task in a manner as to not only fulfil the given task but also facilitate better prospects for the company and augment the revenue of the company, belong to the fourth and most-desirable category.

Mr Shekar, who spoke with wit and humour, on the challenges faced by the software industry in attracting talent, advised the students to log on to the Web sites of the top Fortune 500 companies and understand their profiles and job requirements so that they could prepare themselves for jobs in those companies even while they were undergoing their course. This, he said, would enhance their employability.

On top

He dwelt at length on the `gaps' that existed in today's scenario between industry's and B-schools' expectations. These could range from availability and attitudinal gaps to a productivity gap and he exhorted students to be aware of this when they get into the marketplace for jobs.

Presiding over the programme, Mr G. Viswanathan, Chancellor of VIT, said that while India topped the world in the services sector, it lagged behind China in the manufacturing sector because of its low productivity.

He urged the BL Club of VIT to find out the reasons for the low productivity and come out with suggestions on improving the productivity so that India could catch up with China in the manufacturing sector.

Mr S. Sridhar, Assistant Regional General Manager (Circulation),

The Hindu

, Chennai said that the BL Clubs of various colleges organised 50 lectures, benefiting 15,000 students last year. It has been proposed to organise lectures benefiting 30,000 students this year, he said. Mr Shekar's talk was followed by a lively interactive session by the students of VIT B-school, where questions ranged from their concerns about jobs to value systems in corporates.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 16, 2006)
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