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National College conducts one-day career guidance workshop

Friday, March 09, 2018
By A Staff Reporter

Unemployment is a serious danger and is rapidly rising in India. With a population of about 1.2 billion, India has one of the youngest populations in the world. However, the current academic system focuses mainly on the textbook aspect of teaching and ignores skill development which is an essential aspect of being employed. To help the students fight such economic problems and overcome the standard educational system’s drawbacks, R. D. & S. H. National College organised – 'Knowledge Avenues: Curriculum and Beyond' – a symposium facing group discussions and gaining experience from representatives from various other companies on March 7.

The inauguration began with the students being introduced to indispensible employability skills. According to Dr. Neha Jagtiani, the Vice-Principal and Convenor of the symposium, “The Biggest strength of a nation is its human resources! No one knows the limit of human progression. That is why Education is the business of building minds. We are drowning in a sea of information but are starved of real knowledge. Everyone knows everything but no one knows anything! What we really aim to achieve through this symposium is an academic industry linkage. We want to train the students on skill sets required for industry readiness. Our endeavour is to aim for the moon so that even if we fail, we are among the stars!”

The students were addressed by the Chief Guest, Former Principal of H. R. College, Former Sheriff of Mumbai and Founding Dean of Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Dr. Indu Shahani. The top tier of highly experienced Human Resource heads from the industry were also invited to brief the students about skills they needed to cultivate and nurture a successful career.

The students were then trained on the two important entry cards to an organisation – Group Discussions and a Personal Interview.

The Group Discussion had three mock sessions. The alumni were present with current batch of students. The 1st session topic was on 'Fashion and Size Zero'; followed by the 'Indian Media and Journalism, where should be the line drawn?' The last topic was 'E-Commerce – A Boon or Bane'. The session was a highly interactive one with the audience sharing their views too. The students were then given tips and corrected based on whatever mistakes they made.

The second half of the session held 'Live Personal Interviews' for the students to understand the Protocols of a formal interview session. Four students were selected and personal interviews were taken, analysing body language, communication skills, content, presence of mind, attitude and other essential elements.

Post the session, there was a 'Live Question and Answer' session with the students, wherein the audience could clarify their doubts. Details regarding factors used to analyse a good employer, preferred institutes for higher education and related information were disseminated. The students also interacted with various representatives from various universities and companies from the industry.

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