Oracle Application Developer, Ashish, shares his wisdom-filled insight with TheGrad. A valuable piece of advice that Ashish shares is to “earn while you learn”. He has strived through his education in this way – learning and earning an income at the same time, a sensible and inspiring way of growing as an individual. Ashish also explains an interesting story about A Great in History, find out who that is now.
So, enjoy and embrace this unique knowledge for yourself. Take a step towards enlightening your mind with new insight, that could open you up to new ideas and new opportunities.
1.What is your full name, the company you work for and your position within the company?
I Ashish Anil Pachpor; Basically from India Maharashtra State.
Currently working in Oman Foodstuff Factory (IT DIVISION) Oman as Oracle Application Developer.
2.In what ways does the company you work for accommodate for graduates?
My Company has a very simple process to hire graduates or interns; the company also allows internships program.
3.What is the current market like for internships, long-term careers and other opportunities? Please describe.
An internship can be an excellent way to “try out” a certain career.
Competition in the graduate job market has risen dramatically in recent years. Getting a good degree is no longer enough to secure a good graduate job. An excellent way of standing out is by choosing an industrial placement or internship as part of your degree course.
Almost all Countries with higher rates of education also tend to be more developed economies. Internships offer students a hands-on opportunity to work in their desired field. They learn how their course of study applies to the real world and build a valuable experience that makes them stronger candidates for jobs after graduation.
Research supporting the positive role that experiential learning plays in the career outcomes of college graduates has prompted institutions to consider the internship as an important curricular option. Despite the controversy over the value of paid versus unpaid internships, recent studies have indicated that students graduating with internship experiences, in general, are more likely than students without those experiences to find employment upon graduation. Adding to the research, Look 2016 indicates that graduates who complete three or more internships are more likely to secure full-time employment, in addition to having employment opportunities evolve directly from their internship sites upon graduation, interns have enhanced employability after successfully completing their internships even prior to graduation.
As an intern, you can learn a lot about the practical aspects of international business and the global market. You can learn new ways of connecting with clients and how to build a customer base online. You can gain a lifetime experience, professionally and socially.
The best way to prepare for future career changes and developments is to remain active in your career planning. By regularly researching the job market and careers, you will be better prepared for your next move.
Making long-term plans for your career can sometimes feel overwhelming but breaking up the process and deciding where you want to be in five years’ time is a good way to get the most out of your career. Research has shown that 45% workers don’t plan ahead in terms of their career and 25% have no long-term career plan.
Think about the year ahead.
This first step should be straightforward if you are currently employed in your desired industry. However, in today’s competitive market you should be thinking about what you’d like to achieve in one year, in order to stand out within your organization. You should think about developing both your skills and competencies within this year, whether that is project management, advanced IT or even a new language.
These new skills and competencies could come from taking on additional responsibility within your workplace, conferences related to your profession, or even online learning materials.
Consider a career change.
Does the niche that you have carved yourself still suit your goals or personality? Have you realized that you don’t want to spend another year of your life doing what you’re currently doing for a living? If so, you need to start planning your next move now.
First, be very specific about what you do and don’t like about your current role and decide what would make your working life more enjoyable. Be sensible and think about other jobs that will allow you to use the knowledge, skills and capabilities that you have already built up. And then, once again, it is important to consider your skill or qualification gaps and come up with a plan as to how you can fill those gaps around your existing job commitments.
Setting longer-term career goals.
You’ve already thought about the year ahead, analyzed your skill gaps and considered a career change, so now is the time to consider your slightly longer-term goals.
Your short-term goals will lead to achieving your long-term ones.
4.Do you have any advice you can give to the current graduate market in your field?
“Earn while you learn.”
As I have done my education all this way.
While earning and learning you can learn a lot about the practical aspects life. You can learn new ways of connecting with people and how to build relationships. You can gain a lifetime experience, professionally and socially.
Not only is it a great way of building up your experience and getting your foot in the door with a company, it’s also the perfect opportunity to earn a regular salary whilst you learn.
There are many different types of apprenticeship to choose from (depending on your previous experience) and, contrary to some popular misconceptions, they’re available in just about every industry – with opportunities available in everything from health & beauty and hairdressing, through to IT and engineering.
So no matter what industry you’re in, and how old you are, an apprenticeship could be the perfect option for you.
You’ve built up a decent set of skills. Now it’s time to put them into practice.
Working as a freelancer, contractor or consultant will allow you to share your expertise and experience, without committing you to a regular 9-to-5 role.
5.Do you have any tips for students studying in your area of expertise?
There is no denying that we live in the age of technology. It is an essential part of everyday life and is constantly improving to do more and more impressive things.
IT and ITeS are the favourite sectors of the employment seekers. Working with a reputed IT company is seen as the instant path to good life and long lasting career. While that was true few years ago, the reality today is much different.
There is a huge scope nowadays in the game application, artificial intelligence, robotics, data analytics and data security etc. There are lots of specialised courses which you can apply for like, cybercrime, information security, robotics, forensic, AIML, virtual reality, UI/UX etc.
As I want to move my career in Data Analytics, here are some tips for Data Analytics.
Data Analytics is a domain which blends Science and Arts. Investigating data requires logical bent of mind while presenting insights requires great communication skills.
Here’s a list of skills one needs to build a successful career in Data analytics.
Curiosity and analytical mind
To be a good analyst, you need to be insanely curious and ready to ask relevant questions. “for data scientists, being ‘smart’ is not enough, one needs to be ‘clever'”. Your ability to think laterally has to be worth noticing.
Business acumen and domain knowledge
Data analysts aid in making data-driven decisions for organizations. Their findings impact business directly. Suppose you are an analyst working in internet domain, you need to be aware of the business matrix like which factors affect them and how.
Analysts’ expertise lies in comprehending data. Having sound knowledge of statistics will help you to make logical decisions. Regression, correlation, hypothesis testing etc. are some areas to be focused. Furthermore, for being an indispensable asset to the employers it is mandatory to have a solid grasp on statistical modelling. Transforming real-life business problems to mathematical machine learning problems should be your cup of tea.
Ideas are worthless until transformed into actions. Programming tools enable analysts to clean, slice & dice raw data for validating their hypotheses. These tools are a medium of communication with data. Selection of tools depends on the size of the data & its’ types. These tools range from Google Analytics to Excel to Spark. In general, if datasets are small and structured, tools like Excel and SQL fulfil the requirements. However, with an increase in data size you need to be hands-on with programming languages like Python and R. For analyzing Big Data stored in the distributed framework (like Hadoop), tools like Hive and Spark are preferred. To deal with unstructured data, most Analysts use NoSQL databases like MongoDB.
Storytelling and data visualisation
You have to be a good presenter who besides examining data can represent them pictorially. Popular tools for making dashboards are Tableau and D3.js.
Now, after reading this; you may have a question in mind. “Is acquiring the above-mentioned skills enough? What about my educational qualification?” Interestingly, a survey made by Analytics India magazine & Jigsaw Academy reveals that around “80% of all employers are looking to hire analytics professionals with either an engineering degree or a postgraduate degree”.
6.Any final words/inspirations for students and graduates in relation to the world of work?
I conclude with a motivational incident from the life of Abraham Lincoln…
An extraordinary courage and leadership of an ordinary man strengthened the prospects of United States and this man was none other than Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of United States. The incidents that happened in his life have motivated the people to a greater extent and gave them a new hope to endure every adversity of life. I had read this story in several newspaper articles and books and was keen to make my readers informed about this inspirational episode. Let’s take a glimpse at this short story and you will know the real meaning of persistence, courage and efforts.
Abraham Lincoln was listening to the story of a nervous friend who was narrating about the failures and misfortunes of his life. After his narration was over, Abraham Lincoln told the person to have a glance at a board. The friend of Lincoln minutely glanced at the board and read the content written on the board. The content written on the board were the list of failures occurred to Abraham Lincoln during his life. After reading the content on the board, a new shine of hope appeared on the person’s face and he heartily thanked Lincoln for showing him a new direction towards his goal.
Let’s take a glance at the list of disheartening failures which Lincoln smiling endured and went on to become a great leader of America.
1) Unsuccessful in business (at age of 21)
2) Miserably lost in legislative elections (at age of 22)
3) Faced the untimely death of his sweetheart (at age of 24)
4) Had to suffer a severe nervous breakdown (at age of 27)
5) Was defeated in Congressional race (at age of 34)
6) Had to face failure of becoming a Senator (at age of 45)
7) Failed again in becoming a vice president (at age of 47)
8) Had to overcome the failure of losing Senatorial race (at age of 49)
9) Finally became the 16th President of United States of America(at age of 52)
Such heartbreaking failures could lead any person to nervous breakdown or dampen his confidence. But Lincoln faced every disappointment and failure with courage and marched on to a path of success and leadership. His life was an inspiring story of courage which inspired countless leaders and upcoming youngsters all over the globe.
Difficulties’ in your life do not come to destroy you, But to help you realise your hidden potential and power.
Let difficulties know that you too are difficult..!
——————A. P.J. Abdul Kalam (Former President of India)
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Interviewed by Gemma Smith