Journey to get your dream job – learning & gaining knowledge

Knowledge1One has to understand the true meaning of job. There is a saying “In a job, we are temporarily permanent and permanently temporary”. Although it appears amusing, it is true.

The outlook for all of us is to look for a “Permanent job” but when you look at the job agreement it is nothing but a contract. This contract binds you to do some work and based on the value which the organization perceives you are paid with a clear clause of mutual separation, whether through resignation or termination.

As the cost of labor will increase, these contracts will start becoming more relevant than mere paper for those who are appointed in large companies but hang on with mediocre level of output. The only way, one can remain relevant in any profession is by continuously updating and upgrading oneself.

The most important aspect of job and profession, which we all will agree sooner or later, is the fact that “Education is all about being relevant to the business needs of that time”. If your education is not relevant it has no meaning to the business that will pay you for a job requiring you to be expert in a job which you are not trained for.

“ It is essential for you to keep ahead of the knowledge curve and constantly ask “Why” and seek “How can this be done better?” and this cycle continues till the time you remain gainfully employed. “

The relevance changes and shifts with time due to changing needs and demands. If we do not keep upgrading and changing ourselves, we are reducing ourselves irrelevant and making ourselves “educated illiterate”.

It is becoming a well-known fact that India produces more than 90 percent unemployable engineers. This means that the companies who have to hire skilled professionals for their ranks are forced to spend time and money again to educate these young men and women to become useful to their organizations.

This fact, although being understood by almost everyone, is not being acted upon creating a huge problem of looming unemployment among our young population. This, however is a national problem, but if you have to come out of this cycle on your own, there is no other means other than getting out of this wasteful cycle and find methods to gain knowledge, which would make you relevant to the market needs. In the times when the world is increasingly becoming flat and exploiting and getting services of talent is not limited to physical presence, it poses threat as well as opens up opportunities for young people in India.

Gaining knowledge starts from a simple thought “Why”. Since ages, this one word has been the sole reason for quest for knowledge. In the current times, a new word has taken over “How”. Since most of the inventions and discoveries seem to be over, the focus is shifting on how things can be done better.

Quest for knowledge is all about that now. Gaining and applying knowledge in understanding “Why” and then “How this can be done better” would complete this cycle of knowledge. Business and industries worldwide are hungry of this attitude and skill, which unfortunately is not being taught to us not encouraged by our society in India.
In your quest for landing in your dream job and growing with it, it is essential for you to keep ahead of the knowledge curve and constantly ask “Why” and seek “How this can be done better” and this cycle continues till the time you remain gainfully employed.

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Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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