Friday, April 26, 2013

What did we learn when we were young?


 
How many of us are qualified for the job we do?

Surprisingly many of us end up doing jobs that we did not study for and this makes you wonder why we studied those courses. I did Computer Science for my graduation and followed it up with a MBA. To increase the employment options most management courses offer dual and even triple specializations for those willing. I opted for Systems and Marketing as it was a lighter paper.

I got placed on campus in a Non Banking Finance Company to sell loans. More than a decade later I am in another industry where again my college degree contributes very little to my daily job. I am in the business of inter personal relationships which requires 90% of soft skills like etiquette, grooming, language, tone etc take precedence over other things. And most of management is simple common sense.

I chose management because I did not find computers very exciting during my course and thought that management may be more interesting and it was. I got placed in a NBFC and as per the rules of the institute if I wanted to decline I had to wait till the end of the placement rounds and then sit again which I decided against and so I ended up in sales in a NBFC but for some it seems to be a planned route.

Many aspirants for a B school degree are engineers who study science in school, then take a management degree and end up in the world of banking & finance. On the way they deprive the commerce student of a seat in his chosen field and end up taking a job for which the student would have trained right from high school. Also the engineer if from a core discipline deprives another worthy aspirant of a seat and worse reduces the supply of core engineers by one.

And it seems that Human Resources Management requires little or no qualification, which is actually true. You cannot be taught a course to handle people; it comes from within and from the upbringing. So you will have a chemical engineer, with a B school degree managing the work force of a Fast Moving Consumer goods company.

Something is seriously wrong somewhere...

3 comments:

Uma Anandane said...

It must also be noted that liking a job comes with experience and sometimes out of compulsion

Susan Deborah said...

I'm glad to say that I am doing what I wanted and what I studied. I did English Literature and I teach English. Seems like walking on air ;)

Joy always,
Susan

P. S. Most of the times people cannot decide on what they want to do before getting into it. So, I guess many explore and end up doing things that they are not qualified for.

Susan Deborah said...

I'm glad to say that I am doing what I wanted and what I studied. I did English Literature and I teach English. Seems like walking on air ;)

Joy always,
Susan

P. S. Most of the times people cannot decide on what they want to do before getting into it. So, I guess many explore and end up doing things that they are not qualified for.