The software industry is no longer about writing codes or staying abreast with the current advancement. It is rapidly converting into a game-changer that has introduced us all to a rise in talent demand and upcoming technological advancements. Amid the pandemic, we enablement the technological flow and operations that are growing at an exponential rate including mass hiring and advancements.
Keeping this in mind, TimesJobs invites Mr. Dinesh Gulati, COO of – IndiaMART InterMESH Ltd. to discuss about the “Career in Soft Skills: Outlook and Opportunities in 2021”
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Mr. Dinesh: Hi, I am Dinesh Gulati, I wish you all a very happy new year and let’s all have a safe year ahead. I welcome you all for this session wherein we will discuss the skills including soft skills required to build a career in 2021, which have become especially important in the post COVID world. The pandemic has left an impact on all aspects of our lives, including our careers, and has encouraged us to develop new skills to be in tune with the new change. One thing that has become a ned for every job seeker is better understanding of technology and we all need to sharpen our understanding on that front , day by day. Lets start this session, and understand what it takes to build a promising career in 2021 and further.
Akshay Anilrao : At present I am on board I am in MSC shipping company as a Trainee Electrical officer but I want to switch my carrier in land can you plz guide me
Mr. Dinesh: Hi Akshay, You can look up any jobs that need your electrical or administrative skills to switch your career to land. You should also explore to add new skill sets specially on tech side. For the current skill set that you have there are many requirements in Power sector , health sector, defence. Since the time Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India initiatives have been launched , manufacturing sector has opened up a lot , there are many opportunities on that front as well. best wishes.
Rishi : Hello sir, what do you think will be the future technologies that will make graduates learn new skills?
Mr. Dinesh: Hi Rishi , the millennia generation has best of the opportunities in terms of available technologies and I envy you all for this :-)..
Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Analytics Data Engineering, Data Visualization, Network and Information Security (Cybersecurity), Cloud Computing, Extended Reality (Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality),: Internet of Things (IoT), UI/UX Design, Mobile Development, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Robotics, Product Management, Salesforce/CRMs , Programming Languages in General… list is long and the best part is that all these are available now on many on-line ed-tech platforms
Hemant: Greetings Sir. I am a fresher and looking out for the jobs in CSE department. Can you please explain me the skills that comapnies lookout for in the freshers.
Mr. Dinesh: Hi Hemant, the attitude and aptitude is one of the most important things apart from technical knowledge. As mentioned above you can chose from any of the above mentioned options I shared namely Cybersecurity, Cloud computing, Data analytics and data science and AI/ ML are currently some of the top rated skills. You may pursue any one of them based on your interest.
However if you want to get to the programming / software side , you must get exposure into a Full Stack Developer which means you should be equally proficient in frontend (Client Side ) and backend (Server Side) software development in an App/Web/Cloud based application.. hope this helps
Shikha: Hi, Greetings! I am working as freelance training on different software like Python Pandas HTML basic java and C datastrDatast last 2 years. Before to that I have some experience as Product Manager with a Software start-up. Last 8 months with a desire I have completed some vertical internship and join Hackathon using Machine Learning and Data science project. How do I get an opportunity to work with a Team on Data science and Machine Learning project ?
Mr. Dinesh: Hi Shikha, your are one of the most sought after talent in the industry and all the tech companies including IndiaMART actively look for the right talent for data science and machine learning. If you are interested you can apply for firstname.lastname@example.org and share your details there. Otherwise all the tech companies are looking for talent that you possess .. go to their career site and apply on-line.
Ravi: Sir, did you faced challenges in remote working due to the pandemic? if yes, then please let us know how did you cope with them?
Mr. Dinesh: Hi Ravi we did face the challenges as any other organisation. We were 4000+ people working from almost 80+ offices across the country till 20th March and on 22nd March we had all of them moved to remote working ( WFH). Being a tech company we already had all our data on cloud. VPN and remote access were enabled for the entire team. We provided computers / laptop to all our people and resourced them adequately. We enabled mobile CRMs, video calls etc for our team to improve their productivity. The biggest challenge was to get our people mentally tuned to WFH. That called for regular communication , education and engagement of our team at regular frequency. Long working hours from home sets in an early fatigue , we initiated lot many activities to keep our team engaged to break that monotony .. Communication from Leaders and consistent engagement did work for us besides enabling our people well on infrastructure side.
We ensured Safety and Security ( job) .. that helped for entire team to face this pandemic very well as a single unit..
Sukriti: Greetings sir, where do you see IndiaMART in the coming 10 years? Do you think that the soft skills are going to evolve the company and take it to the whole new level?
Mr. Dinesh: Hi Sukriti we are a business discovery platform with a motto “To make doing business easy for businesses in the country”. Since more than two decades we continue to invest heavily in People and Technology to serve the MSMEs of the country . With improving internet adoption and post Covid, the realisation amongst businesses to adopt technology, we are expecting our core businesses to get a further tailwind. In addition to that we are working on various other initiatives on FinTech , SaaS etc that will provide many more single window solutions that businesses need today . Since our core assets are our People , soft skills are the key ingredients for any service industry to thrive and grow. Since beginning our focus has been to develop/ groom our people well on skills , knowledge & behaviour. We have various unique initiatives already working at IndiaMART and I see our commitment to groom our people further, increasing with every day in times to come.
Sumit: Hello sir, Sir what is your success mantra in life that makes you go forward even with the pandemic and the evolvement we all are witnessing at the present time.
Mr. Dinesh: Hi Sumit there are few basics that one needs to keep always in mind : – The resolve & commitment: We can & we will do it. – Perseverance & Patience – Positive attitude – Team Work besides these the other core skills required are Problem Solving , Communication , Emotional intelligence , Culture Competence.
Lately Digital Engagement and Data Literacy have become the new age skills that one must have to win over any challenges including the current pandemic.
Keshav: Hello sir, I am a B.Tech graduate sir and would like to pursue my career in Artificial Intelligence domain. However, I have prior experience of mobile app development. Can you suggest me something that can help me take a leap?
Mr. Dinesh: Hi Keshav AI is a concept to create intelligent machines that can simulate human thinking capability and behavior, whereas, ML is an application or subset of AI that allows machines to learn from data without being programmed explicitly. AI and ML require good understanding of Data, Business context and Statistical analysis. If you have not taken any course in statistical analysis, then that is a pre-requisite. Most AI/ML course, however, would spend a fair amount of time in teaching Statistics, and problem-solving techniques using regression, distribution, integration and differentiation techniques. You, however, will not be required to write programs to run a regression analysis, as the modern-day technology stacks come with inbuilt libraries to solve these problems. Pyhton, for example, is getting very popular with programmers who want to get into the field of AI/ML.
You also need to have a fair amount of understanding of data structure and cloud platforms as you would need a place to store your data and run your programs. Amazon and Microsoft Azure offer comprehensive technology stacks that you can use at an optimal cost. Joining a structured program will help. There are several courses available online on sites like Coursera, Unacademy etc. These course will introduce to the tools, language, framework, standard algorithms, libraries and a lot of lab problems on simulated data. However, the actual learning will come only when you start implementing the knowledge to solve real business problems. For working people, the best way is to find a sponsor from within your organization’s business side who is willing to spend time with you to explain a business problem and later on validate the output of your model Or in other words find a Capstone Project.
Mr. Dinesh: Thank you very much and my best wishes to all of you for charting a wonderful career ahead.. Keep learning and keep growing is the age proven mantra that will keep you consistently moving up the ladder..
Moderator: Thank you everyone for taking out time to participate in the session. Hope the session was useful for you. We regret that due to time constraint Mr. Dinesh could not answer all questions. The chat transcript of the session will be made available for your future read, soon on the site.