Industry meets Students

Nov 19, 2011 by     Comments Off on Industry meets Students    Posted under: Cover Story

By IEEE PNEC Student Branch

IEEE-PNEC organized the 3rd Career Counseling meet on November 17th, 2011, basically, to create awareness amongst the undergraduate students about what is expected of them when they go to industry and particularly how to get there. The HR managers from SSGC and PPL were there to enlighten the students about what will be expected of them when they send their C.V and appear for a job interview. Microsoft mangers guided the students on how to become a part of the prestigious competitions that Microsoft has initiated for students and Vision-I completed the career counseling event with their training on C.V writing and interviewing skills. Youth Correspondent was the special Web Media Partner at the career counseling event.

The event was scheduled to start at 10 am and surprisingly it did start at 10 as all the invited guests had arrived on time. After the recitation of Quranic verses, DGM HR & OD SSGC, Mr. Shahbaz Islam was the first one on the speaker’s list. And he didn’t disappoint. Amid all the jokes he cracked at the future engineers, he addressed some really pertinent issues regarding job placement and succeeding in one’s profession. Most people know that opportunities pass by and they miss out due to their negligence but how exactly, that was demonstrated quite clearly when audience’s lack of attention and observation was highlighted by the respectable  speaker on couple of occasion. Mr. Islam also pointed out that the secret to excellence is passion for your work. Overall, it was a very motivating and interactive session and left the students with much to think about.

The next speaker was the representative from PPL, Mr. Bilal Ahmad Khan and he basically answered questions about the hiring process of PPL. From summer internees to getting a regular job in PPL he answered all the questions in detail and satisfied the knowledge thirst of students. He also told them about the unpleasant experiences he had while interviewing candidates for jobs. Many students felt joyous when he said that only academic excellence is not required but small things such as personality, dressing, extracurricular activities and oration skills of candidates also matter a lot in securing jobs. He wanted to go on and explain more about these issues but the time limit forced him to end the session early.

Microsoft representatives enlightened the audience on their engineering and technology competitions.  They gave detailed explanation on the ‘Imagine Cup’ which is a competition held annually and there are participants from all across the world. It is a technology competition where students provide solutions to a problem innovatively. The other competition they introduced the students to was, ‘Biz Spark’; an entrepreneurship program where those competing are taught how to commence their business. They are taught the skills required for the purpose and prepare them for the problems they might encounter on their journey.

Vision-I was solely dedicated to teach the undergrads how to write their C.V and do well in an interview.  They taught the students how to write a C.V. that would leave an impression on the employer. One important tip that they gave was that each student is a product and they need to market themselves effectively whenever appearing for a job interview. Vision-I team also focused on the importance of persistence and determination and how it is such an important tool in order to become successful in life.

All things considered, it was another successful event by IEEE-PNEC branch and got applauded by administration and students it deserved. Such events are essential to teach the students that extra skill which they don’t learn in classes and are also very beneficial when they apply for jobs and observe the competition out there.

A special thanks to all the guest speakers who took time out of their busy routines for this event.

Also, we would like to thank HUM TV Network as our Gold Sponsor, Zong CM Pak Ltd as our Silver Sponsor, Blah magazine as the Print Media Partner, and especially Youth Correspondent Magazine as the Web Media Partner for making this event a reality.

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