Most of the universities and institutes are focusing on their prescribed course curriculum, whereas the challenges at corporate world are totally different and through university prescribed curriculum it is difficult for graduates to meet the requirements. Challenges of corporate cannot be met through traditional university curriculum alone, thus it is essential for the Business Schools to think learning beyond the classroom. Business school @APIIT is mainly focusing on transforming skills into its graduate by its unique learning and teaching practices and ensures that following skills are finally imbibed into its graduates.
Every MBA programme emphasises on presentation skills but overlooks listening as important aspect of communication. Most people tend to believe that speaking is the most important aspect of communication and listening is an inferior activity restricted to the ignorant. Thus the common tendency is to HEAR and not LISTEN. Needless to say effective listening skills is the hallmark of a successful manager.
MBAs are rightly perceived to be people in a great hurry. They are seen as extremely impatient professionals who want to achieve all laurels in a great hurry. However they are unfortunately not ready to invest in time and commensurate efforts to achieve these goals and laurels. As a consequence the quality of work suffers and they gradually lose focus. The best strategy in students should be to learn to the maximum possible, complete all allocated tasks on time and display a high level of enthusiasm.
Computer and Internet skills (IT Skills)
In today’s computing and internet age, mastery of these skills are expected by most employers. However the problem is that most MBA graduates have mastered PowerPoint but have poor skill level of Microsoft Excel. Similarly, they are comfortable with emails and Facebook but are unable to use search engines and LinkedIn effectively.
Corporate business etiquette
It is often noticed that most MBAs lack the finesse and grooming that is actually required in a corporate assignment. They often come across as being casual, rude and snobbish and this ruins their interpersonal relations at the workplace. Business etiquette skills seems to be lacking and this creates a bad impression at the workplace. Regular training is provided on important parameters like Basic manners, etiquette and appropriate grooming to make the students credentials more credible.
One of the most important attributes in an MBA is humility. More than often we hear that the new joinees come with chip on their shoulder and tend to be over-confident. Students are made to learn to respect their seniors and indulge in active listening and make them understand the power of humility and helps in forgoing with resistance and resentment.
Patience and persistence
Patience is one virtue that can help MBAs done a lot better in their organisations. Very often MBAs who join as management trainees complain that the training appears to be an extension of their MBA education. Students are inculcated to be inceptive.
Our competitive environment makes us very self focused and we begin to believe that we know it all. If we think we are great; then we are require to prove it. Teamwork is considered as the sole objective of the new incumbent MBA into the organisation. It ensures that deadlines are met and quality is of the highest standards. It concentrates on how to add value and not fault finding. Remember the acronym that TEAMS means together each achieves more success.
We must be conscious of and admit that there are many people who contribute to our success. These include family members, our professors, guides, mentor and such. Hence it is our duty to recognise their contributions and keep in touch with them. Very often many people take a very opportunistic approach and tend to overlook their contributions. This not only speaks of indifference but also displays a poor sense of character. The attitude of gratitude will ultimately determine your altitude.
High profile MBA must have the guts to stay on and contribute to the organisation. It is very easy to show off mettle by boasting about having another job offer within three months. But the real challenge lies in the ability to combat the odds and contribute. The power of loyalty and commitment is must so as to make positive contributions in the current organization.
Individual Social Responsibility (ISR) is contemporary philosophy of Industries. In today’s world everyone talks about Corporate Social Responsibility. However we must remember that each one of us must be responsible citizens of society and contribute to its well being at all points in time. Contribution towards causes such as education for the underprivileged, cleanliness, Plantation, and support for geriatric patients etc is encouraged regularly. To summarise, APIIT nurtures their students with their curriculum pedagogy in such a way that it instill all indispensable skills required in present scenario.