Saturday, 19 July 2014

“Message to Indian Students on ‘Graduation Day’” - Professor M.S.Rao

"Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it." - William Haley

I had an opportunity to attend ‘Graduation Day’ in India where eminent speakers delivered their messages to the students who were passing out of the campus. Here is my message to those successful students:   

‘Graduation Day’ is a great day in the lives of students as this is the day they take their certificates after completion of their graduation. It is a memorable day for students as it is the last day in the campus to meet their friends, faculty and others in the presence of eminent guests to take their certificates. This is the time for them to shift from campus to corporate to have a foothold and prove themselves as successful professionals.

Most students who pass out from educational institutions are of the opinion that they don’t have to learn further in the corporate world. In fact, what they must understand is that learning is a process from cradle to grave. What they acquired in educational institutions is only from academic perspective to receive paper qualifications that serve as passports to their employment interviews. During the interview if the employers find that the candidates have the potential to learn and grow with a right attitude, they will be provided with employment offers. After joining the corporate, the candidates must learn about the products and services that the companies are offering to their clients and mould themselves accordingly. Therefore, the real learning starts at the corporate world.

The students must understand the fact that the world is interconnected and nobody can work alone. There is volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity everywhere. The information is spread quickly from one corner to another corner of the world through internet. The knowledge is expanding rapidly and they must choose to acquire the right knowledge. They must learn to synthesize the knowledge to apply it effectively. The present world offers both opportunities and threats, and it depends on how they view the situation. An optimist has the ability to look at the opportunities from threats whereas the pessimist treats every opportunity as a threat. If they view positively, they can identify the opportunities and exploit them fully. If someone doesn’t utilize the opportunities, others are ready to grab and exploit them as the competition is cut-throat everywhere. Hence, it is essential to acquire acumen to identify opportunities to explore and exploit them effectively.  

Opportunities help unlock human potential. It helps deliver best to make a difference to the world. Hence, students must take a pledge on the ‘Graduation Day’ that they become lifelong learners and look at the world with optimism and confidence. Above all, they must work in a particular area for 10,000 hours to become successful professionals.

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” – Peter Drucker

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