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Marketing: An underrated but effective skill for everyone
Recently, I was contacted by a friend to help his young cousin out with some career advice. Honestly, I was quite fascinated by the CV and I believe that the young graduate had more experience in Machine Learning and Statistics than me.
But of course my years of experience allowed me to quickly compile some feedback that I felt was important. Living in Italy, there are a few things you learn in Europe that many Indian students fail to apply.
MBA students at the IIMs are quite aware and do thorough job in marketing themselves. Nonetheless, here is some advice for young Indian graduates who are looking for a job.
Here is my letter to the graduate looking for a job and career advice. Hope someone find this useful in some way.
Advice to Indian students and graduates looking for a job
You have a great profile and I would only advice you to stay confident and keep looking out for opportunities.
As a young graduate a little industry experience will help you develop your interpersonal and managerial skills further. After a few years of experience, I am confident you will even be able to start your own start up.
With regard to your tech skills, they are very strong.
But I think you need to work on your marketing skills. By this I mean, to be able to communicate the complicated work done in a simple language. Time to upgrade an Academic CV to a Business CV.
Firstly, I think you need to keep your work ex on top above your education. Try to elaborate it more, explaining cultural learnings etc also. Show that you are a fun person to work with.
Imagine a busy recruiter having to scan through thousands of CVs. If you can add some action words in your CV for each project (like: Delivered, Organized, Coordinated, Analyzed, Managed, Calculated etc like these ), Try your best to stick out with some unique experience mentioned.
You can try to elaborate your experience a bit more on LinkedIn. Fill your LinkedIn up as much as you can.
Think of yourself as a Sales person selling your skills to a company or job. Hence, its important to know your technical strengths and also learn to market it.
Companies like people with decent interpersonal skills, hence stress more on team work projects and leadership roles. Make sure to add these attributes.
Focus also on some interests like hobbies. It can be anything, even traveling and cooking. If the recruiter likes the same stuff it always helps.
Most young graduates are very modest and do not market themselves well. This is my belief.
Since you have worked on Financial applications as well, you could keep targeting Banking and Quantitative Digital Marketing positions.
Let me know if you need further elaboration on this.
Will get back to you soon.
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Science fiction can inspire like nothing other worldly
Sci-fi or Science Fiction films have always brought deep thinking and entertainment to our screens. The application of topics in science like extraterrestrial life, time loops, plasma guns, dream trolling sequences and what not, bring in so much of needed flavor to our boring lives.
But every time you discover a gem of a sci fi film that brings in so much of insight, you just cant help not sharing an opinion about it. That too when you have Tom “Ethan Hunt” Cruise in it!
Tom Cruise is America’s Akshay Kumar
Ok, I admit I have been a Tom Cruise fan from a really early age. Right from Mission Impossible to other classics like A Few Good Men , Jerry Maguire, Minority Report, Last Samurai to watching Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol while I was working at the famous DIFC building in Dubai that famously shields Tom Cruise from a sand storm in the film. The best part of actors like Tom Cruise and Leornado Dicaprio are the different types of movies they have been making right from a very young age. The Beach from DiCaprio will remain a major inspiration for trips to Thailand for years to come.
All that experience sure lets you bring some concrete value with time. When it comes to inspirational movie scenes, films like Magnolia (1999) , Collateral (2004), The Color of Money (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Rain Man (1988) have a lot to offer. They may not seem as popular as the others but those are awesome movies to watch.
Promoting tourism as Tom Cruise: Simple & Lucrative
Tom Cruise always picks the movie he likes and am glad he has picked some really great scripts. He has also been promoting cities and countries in his films. From Dubai and India in Mission Impossible 4, to Paris in Edge of Tomorrow.
I can almost see him saying “We are going to holiday in Puglia Italy” before he and his crew hunt some super villain in an Italian beach resort with high speed boat action across the clear blue coast in his next film. Would be nice to see Tom Cruise save the Italian Banking Crisis with an action packed film from coast to coast that will drive Italian tourism crazy for years to come.
“Not only was I doing the coolest internship ever,
I was actually working right at a famous Mission Impossible film set! ” –Milan Ka Raja
Damn, I should have blogged about this earlier. At least if I had Netflix back in 2014, i would not have missed this gem of a Tom Cruise film called Edge of Tomorrow which is highly recommended to students and graduates seeking to make it big in life!
Edge of Tomorrow: Three point summary
- The sci fi story of Earth attacked by a powerful alien race in the future, where Man is better equipped but still not good enough to fight the merciless aliens. Tom Cruise is a non combatant major in charge of Media & Army recruitment.
- Smooth talking his way out of problems, he is really not expecting to get suited up and pushed to combat in a critical battle. In what looks like a suicide mission, Cruise gets killed to only end up waking up again in a time loop that runs the entire battle scene again.
- Only this time, he has more information as he is aware of everything thats going to happen. Armed with the power of infinite Trial & Error, Cruise teams up with beautiful Emily Blunt to thwart the powerful alien race.
Why should a student watch “Edge of Tomorrow”?
Realistic as possible, the film is about Tom Cruise given n opportunities to fight the alien race where n tends to infinity. Each time allowed to learn from previous experience. Starting out as a coward dominated by a more powerful woman (Blunt), Cruise ends up as a more confident person with experience. Enough to take the alien race down and make Blunt blush.
Useful life lessons from this sci fi Tom Cruise action flick:
Keep your fundamentals strong:
- Firstly, Always sharpen your saw. As a Major Tom Cruise doesn’t really start out very combat ready.
How to gracefully say No to extra responsibilities:
- He did fail to convince the general to not send him to fight, but he at least put his point across rather firmly.
Be prepared to work with someone lesser qualified:
- Treat them with respect and they will treat you better. Moreover, If you think you know better, take the initiative to get things done better.
Practice makes perfect:
- Experience is like downloading life simulations in your mind that should ideally help you to unlock a more challenging experience in the future. Every time you practice, you are able to “download” more information, allowing you to better analyze your actions.
- Complex lessons get more easier with time as you practice more. Your physical body also adapts accordingly, with those particular muscles getting trained more. Before every exam, interview or any special important event, your ability to perform well also relies on practice. Often, individual who have prepared for more exams in their lives end up doing better when asked to study a topic and answer questions on it.
- The whole mechanism of studying a topic and answering questions on it gets imbibed as a habit of similar actions. Thats why scores of Indian students are attempting mock exams to raise the number of iterations they need to accomplish a high score.
- Noteworthy to realize that kids who don’t practice face new obstacles in the exam paper for the first time. As they have missed out on those crucial iterations of failing enough to finally succeed.
There is no one way from A to B.
- Sometimes fooling around at C may help you reach B quicker. Think out of the box.
- All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Keep playing to learn new tricks.
Being scared or fearful is natural:
- If you are well prepared enough to know what is coming and have a plan on how to succeed, you wouldn’t be scared.
- If you need to train more or set up your defenses, yes you will be scared. You can never be fully prepared, but you you can always be less prepared.
Be prepared for when you do not have the luxury of iterations
- Finally, to succeed you need to be well prepared to act spontaneously.
- Practicing mindfulness, meditation, living in the present would allow you to behave less nervously in such cases.
Should young students splurge their lives watching movies?
Making movies is a tough business. Lot of the great directors and actors are pretty cool people with great work ethics. Before making a major investment, Hollywood fortunately does maintain certain standards. But there is always a lot of Bullshit getting produced, more so lately.
Hence, research on a movie to watch is always a great idea. Especially when you find an article like this with minimum spoilers and maximum enthusiasm.
Films can bring in the inspiration or nudge that we all need in our lives to accomplish more. Pick a good film and see yourself blogging from an exotic foreign country in a decade. If life experience is part visual simulation, then films allow us to effectively tap into this vast ocean of experiences.
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Case study: Indian Expat in Italy
The English speaking countries usually attract lot of students from India seeking out for a great career opportunities. The number of Indian students flying out to the US, UK and Australia is always on the rise and this has led to the creation of strong Indian communities in these countries.
Life is so comfortable for an Indian national in these countries that, very often you may find Indians converse in their native tongue and live a more culturally Indian life then earlier.
The reason is that an Indian national really feels true nationalism when he is out of his country. As long as you have only lived in India, your mind will consider your city as your home but when you leave the country, you are very often not only pleased to see your own country men, but also those from neighboring countries who share similar traditions like the people from Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
After 6 years in study & work in continental Europe and that too in Milan, which till very recently didn’t have any of the American pizza chains, coffee shops, fried chicken places etc, I have adapted to live without the comforts I was used to back in upper middle class India.
On the other hand, I was to indulge in newer comforts of living in the heart of Europe. I have traveled a bit, but mostly within continental Europe, UAE and India.
Had been to the UK, some years back for some important job interviews, and I would agree that London with its multicultural diversity can make an Indian national feel very comfortable.
Coming to Italy as a student in 2010
Back then, I was a student at Bocconi University, Milan, and I could hardly speak any Italian. As long as you live in a place where you dont speak the local language, you will always feel like an outsider. It sucks initially but the only way to learn a language is to practice it. Use an App like Bushlark to get to know your new city.
If you only speak English in Italy, some of the locals will treat you like a stupid retard who cant speak Italian like them. As stupid as it sounds, a person who speaks only 1 language will judge you though you may speak fluent English and several other local languages. Learn the language well and some people will still try to make you feel like an outsider, but you wouldn’t let them.
You would get back in rapid Italian and shut them down, because you have traveled more and know better how to treat spoilt grown ups. Like Donald Trump likes to say it, keep your grudges and let it motivate you and that is it.
As an educated foreigner in Italy, you are the Elite. Most foreigners in Italy, forget this and get bored after sometime. They forget that they are bored only, because they let themselves be like that.
A positive mind in Italy and some basic Italian can introduce you to many new friends. Demographics among the Milanese presently, includes loads of Chinese, Arabs, south Americans, south east Asians (mainly from Bangladesh, Pakistan), eastern Europeans etc.
About 1-2 hours away from Milan, the country side is brimming with the Indian agricultural migrants mainly from Punjab. Down south, I heard that a lot of catholic Malayalis work at the Vatican in Rome.
My life in Milan, however went a bit like this:
Year 1 : Study in Finance in Bocconi University. More time spent on books and English speaking friends from all over the world. Very exchange student experience.
Year 2: Just came back from my 3 months internship in Dubai, finishing university, learning Italian for the Uni exam, still dependent on English, but happy to know quite a lot of italian words.
Year 3-4: Finished graduation, enter real world. am unemployed and realize that in spite of having an interesting profile, I lacked local language skills, job experience and what not. Great apartment life in Via Bergamo, Milan. Party so much that you no longer want to party. Practice Italian with people who dont speak much English.
Network and finally get a great internship in Investment Consulting after convincing employers that I am all in in learning Italian. Since a lot of Italians struggle with English, an English speaking person who learns Italian has a great edge in the work place in an MNC.
Year 4-5: Finished internship, but didnt get an offer to continue. Something common during post crisis Italian hiring. Nonetheless, I have been speaking in Italian at my previous job, so am confident of finding an other opportunity asap. Modify CV in Italian and soon get contacted by a small company in Turin. italian career experience gets bigger as I commute to Turin everyday for work. Work ethics like this last seen during my Ramiah days (explain this in a later blog).
Waking up at 6 to catch the first regional train to Turin for a day of work in this little family office near Porta Nuova. Learn a lot about who to trust and who not to from this experience as I target Italian entrepreneurs in acquiring bank guarantees as a broker. Learn to not only speak fluent Italian, but also tough Italian. Contented with experience, quit job and start free lancing. This is also the year I met a really awesome person. One in a million!
Year 5-6: Within no time, get a job in Western Union. All the fooling around in Italy and hoping, working with for a company no one has heard before, helps me immensely to get prepared. One year of sales calls, travelling across Italy, holding mature sales conversation and winning deals and hearts as we set up our service points extensively across North Italy. Happy to drive around Italy, this was a great job for a foreigner attracted by the great local sights. Traveled to Portugal, Belgium , Netherlands this year.
Year 6: Welcome to blogging and web development. Capitalize on previous experience to write a blog and pass down the learning. Hoping that other adventurous Indians who follow me on this treasure hunt to el dorado, also meet great people, have great experiences and finally succeed to find their treasure.
#StudyInItaly, #WorkInItaly, #TravelInItaly
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