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Dr. Sheetal Sharma, International Soil Scientist at the Institute of Rice Research Institute, Philippines. Recipient of the Japan International award for Agricultural Research.
Dr. Sheetal gave a detailed insight into the courses students need to pursue to become a scientist. Experiments and Research form the foundation of any scientific career and require a lot of patience and persistence. She advised students to be passionate about what they do and be persistent in their efforts to achieve their aspirations.
It was followed by a session with Ms. Shivani Dimri, HR Manager, Bigbasket. She told that to be an HR manager, one needs to have an MBA degree which involves appearing for entrance examinations offered by various institutes. Another way to enter the industry is to have a degree in LLB (Labour Laws). To be successful in these exams, a student must have a high aptitude, rich vocabulary, adequate quant skills, articulation skills, superior general knowledge, presence of mind, confidence, etc. Also, it is exceptionally important to be aware of surroundings and what’s happening around.
Ms. Dimri clarified some of the common errors people make while writing their resumes. She insisted that the chronology must be written correctly in the resumes. People should write the actual contribution made by them while working on any project and what impact it had on their skills.
Next to come online were engineers Mr. Parag Rastogi and John Allison who elaborated that their work involves setting objectives, identifying stakeholders, defining goals, set budgets, finalize timelines and deadlines, acquiring and managing resources like software, money, people, etc.
They highlighted the importance of having strong academic background along with Independent learning. Being self-motivated, confident about ones’ abilities, and to be able to do multitasking and prioritize the tasks effectively are few other skills required to be a successful engineer.