Training – Right Path to Professionalism

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Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing, but cabbage with a college education. – Mark Twain

The best training any parent can give a child is to train the child to train himself.

– A.P.Gouthey

I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion. – Muhammad Ali, Boxing Champion

These quotes by greats of the world reflect the importance of training in our lives. Training is everything for those who wish to scale pinnacle heights in their life and enjoy success every moment.

Post globalization, the job market in India has increased leaps and bounds due to the advent of IT industry. Though the percentage of the contribution it has registered to lessen the unemployment burden in India is less, its overall impact cannot be underestimated. As the whole globe has become a small village due to revolution in sharing information, knowledge sharing thanks to the technology which we are enjoying now. Indians need to catch up with the needs of the ever growing economy, which resulted in the need of trained human resources who can contribute their intellectual might to the global organizations setting their shops in India.

William James, Psychologist, rightly said that ‘the greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind.’ Global organizations started looking for well groomed, educated, effective, humble individuals who can contribute to the over all development of the organization. These are simply called KSAs in the management jargon, i.e. Knowledge, Skills and Attitude. Individuals who join organizations without perfect KSAs cannot perform or give their best to fulfill their KRAs i.e. Key Result Areas after joining the organization. Knowledge i.e. domain knowledge (viz. Finance, IT, Marketing, OM, HR etc.), Skills refer to the behavioural skills such as team building skills, team playing skills, language skills, effective communication, working under pressure, punctuality, etiquette, self-management and Attitude refers to the resilience levels and perseverance of individuals which reflects the ‘never say die’ attitude among the individuals. Those are considered as Leaders with attitude, who lead their team from the front and take the projects, tasks and assignments towards their logical conclusion for the benefit of the organization. One must strive to practice and project positive, proactive and progressive attitude in their work place behaviour.

Thus, investing in Soft Skills is inevitable for any organization or individual to enhance their chances of grabbing a job of their choice. This will ultimately result in their personality development.

It is discovered by the Management Theorists, that three qualities are must to transform individuals/managers into Leaders. Talking, image building and right attitude are the three qualities of successful individuals. Talking refers always to talk about their views, projecting their perceptions, trying to change the mindsets and mental blocks of stakeholders. Without image, either individual or organization cannot achieve anything in their life time. Image building must be considered and practiced on par with discipline. Without discipline one cannot achieve anything in his life. Without image, either organization or individual cannot achieve anything.

Every individual, every organization will benefit from soft skills. Nowadays, these are precisely called ‘Employability Skills’ which are imparted in the Universities worldwide. Employability skills will enhance the job prospects of the employable and help those to climb the ladder of success who was already employed. Indian Universities, business schools are yet to catch up with ‘Employability Skills’ as they are key to the success of the individuals aiming to make it big in the corporate world. Soft Skills are universal in nature and are not specific to any sector, industry, profile, rank and cadre of management. An individual equipped with soft skills will always become ‘a complete man’, who can enhance the image of the organization. Due to this reason, Employers always look for the people with right attitude and skills and not so fussy about the domain knowledge of the candidates. Though there is a need of domain knowledge, employers believe that they can be trained to enhance their domain knowledge, but those who are not with right attitude and skills cannot be groomed to tune to the needs of the organization. Soft Skills are familial and genetic, whereas knowledge can be acquired through continuous learning.

Soft Skills development courses are very much beneficial for individuals who are aiming to grab a job of their choice. Attitude building, team building, team playing, team spirit, language skills, effective communication, interviewing skills, group discussion, self-management, self-awareness – these are some of the qualities one can acquire through soft skills which would help build a career of their choice. Organisations are ready to train the employable who are not so well equipped with their domain knowledge and they are also ready to sponsor the individuals who are ready to enhance their qualifications, provided they are well groomed and equipped with positive, proactive and progressive attitude. Undoubtedly, soft skills training and development will enhance the marketability and employability quotient of individuals, compared to the individuals who are only having qualifications with lousy behaviour.

– Challa S.S.J.Ram Phani

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