Colleges and universities should do more to encourage graduates to create the jobs they want in the future, instead of looking for jobs. According to Datuk Seri Vijay Eswaran, who is the executive chairman of QI group, students think too narrowly and limit themselves to being employed by others before they are ready to step out on their own. In so doing, they become locked into a particular strand of work.
In a forum held at University Malaya, Vijay shared that the fast-paced modern world we live in leads to changing job roles, with automation and technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence gaining more and more prominence. Meanwhile, the world population continues to expand.
Many other nations, said Vijay, want to gain experience first but ultimately prefer to work for themselves and be creators of jobs, attracting potential workers to these positions.
Of utmost importance is to find a position that matches a graduate’s skills and qualifications. Sometimes, this may mean the difference between working for a well-established company and newly minted start-up that may just be getting off the ground. Learn more about Vijay Eswaran: https://www.facebook.com/DatoSriVijayEswaran/ and http://www.qigroup.com/2013/11/vijay-eswaran-makes-ceo-of-the-year/
This choice should be made carefully by measuring the potential benefits and downsides of each type of work environment depending on a job seeker’s attitudes, preferences and dispositions.
It is a tough choice for anyone to make, Vijay says, and there will always be challenges no matter what choice is made. It is, however, advantageous to learn how a business model develops from the start-up stage toward becoming a more established entity.
With start-ups, Vijay says, students have a chance to be both innovators and collaborators. This is how Vijay began his own career.
Vijay shares some insights into his own experience, explaining that students should have a shared vision when working for a start-up, and ponder what elements are most necessary to achieve their career goals.
For example, are you an innovate thinker, or do you prefer a more structured framework? While neither is better than the other, it is important to consider your unique needs in making the best choice.