Yes, you must be aware of this but still I am sharing this. It struck me again today!!
Look around and imagine why the following are not No 1:
- Pan Shop keeper vs. Best Pan Shop keeper in the town
- Carpenter vs. Best Carpenter whom you call every time
- Web Designer vs. Best Web Designer who designs stuff for you
- Shopkeeper vs. Most famous shopkeeper
- List can go on and on….
If you carefully analyze you will see the Pan Shop keeper vs. Best Pan Shop keeper, the latter is the best not because of the quality of pan he is selling but because he is fast, interacts with his customers, understands his customer’s taste.
Similarly the best carpenter is someone not only because of his carpentry but is someone whom you call every time as he gives free consultancy on the way things needs to be shaped
The best web designer will be someone who not only designs (knows Photoshop etc.) but can work on taglines and content.
So next time you see someone and think “Oh!! This person is working so hard and still not able to become the best” – do not feel pity, always remember a person CANNOT ROCK with JUST 1 SKILL-SET
(Just apply this ideology in your day to day life and you will see how true it is … atleast I have felt it 🙂 )
How many of you have heard of people (especially students) saying, “I am a B.Tech (or M.Tech)” when you have asked them what can you do? I have heard this “n” number of times especially in this industry (IT).
If you ask your cook “what can you do?” He will say “I can cook food for you” and then he may get into his specialization – North Indian, South Indian etc.
If you ask a driver the same question “what can you do?” He will reply, “I know driving” and then he will talk about his area of specialization – 3 wheeler, 4 wheeler, 6 wheeler etc.
If you ask a plumber the same question “what can you do?” He will reply I know to “fix the leaks” of the tap.
When I ask any candidate fresh out of college (sometimes even experienced IT Professionals) “what can you do?” He/she will reply “I AM A B.TECH.” But what can you do? The same answer “I AM A B.TECH.”
I am not making fun of anyone but trust me this is a serious problem.
When do we move from “qualification” to “skill set”? When will the time come when students, fresh out of college, will approach IT companies saying “I know programming in PHP, and I can build a particular solution for you in 72 hours”? When will the time come when students will start saying, “I want to work in a small medium company and learn a particular skill set”?
Some suggestions to the student community:
- Mention you skill set rather than qualification when someone asks you “what can you do?”
- Before visiting any company with your CV, write on a piece of paper 5 points – why that company should recruit you?
- Do not increase your “price” – remember you are just a new product without any brand value, just launched in the market. No one will buy you if your rate is high unless you have a particular skill set.