Friday, March 1, 2013

Life after Graduation: Expecting the Unexpected - Part 3

I suggest that you read Part 1 and Part 2 before reading this post.

My journey and questions
I started my career in 1988. From 1988 until 1994, I expected that

• Computer education would spread in all states across the country
• The usage of computers would become a necessity in all industries
• Data processing would be the major area of application in IT
• Computer literacy would provide job opportunities
• Computer graphics would be confined to a handful of application areas (such as image processing, medical diagnostics, engineering design, GIS etc.)
• Artificial Intelligence would be the winning field of research and applications

On the other hand, I did not expect

• The Y2K problem (was not known until ‘94)
• The growth of service industry and international footprint of India in IT
• Internet and e-Commerce
• Touch screen, mobile technology, tablets
• Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP)
• Digital photography, multimedia, and so on!

I am sure all senior professionals who started their career in late 80s or early 90s resonate with what I am sharing. Over these twenty years our world has undergone drastic transformation. There are new markets. There are new requirements. There are new devices, platforms and technologies.

Aren’t you curious? You are going to graduate and traverse in corporate world for more than thirty years! Things you see and things you expect are not going to be the things you are going to see ten or fifteen years from now!

How can we take a shot at the future? I know. That is the question you have in your mind.

It is difficult to predict all the technologies and trends of the future. However, if you try sincerely, you can identify your strengths and start moving in the right direction. How do we do that?

First, we need to be aware of the present! Are you aware of the present? Let me ask you some more questions to help you find an answer to this question.

• How do you manage yourself? Do you use computers and smart phones as devices mean for consumption? Or do you learn new things and try to create something new using those devices? How do you learn?
• How do you make the right choices? How can you make right choices so that your decisions can enable you?
• How can you weather the storm and adapt? Are you used to predictable, normal events? Or are you prepared to embrace change?
• How do you manage when the visibility is low? How confident are you in managing uncertainty?
• Have you attempted to realize your potential? How can you do that?
• How do you manage conflicts and decide on the next steps?
• How frequently do you introspect and improve?
• How can you co-exist with those who live with you?

When you think through your answers to these questions, you will know what else you need to know and do at present in order to be aware of the present before you attempt to take a shot at the future.

Do you know what is happening in the travel industry and the transformations it may go through in future? Let us watch this video clip!

Many of you are going to graduate in couple of months. Among all youngsters in our country you are privileged. I said this when I visited this city in August 2012 and presented statistics to demonstrate how gifted you are.

What does it mean to you? You will find an impressive answer in Part 4.

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