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TimesJobs.com: A Fresher’s Guide to The Technology Industry

September 23, 2016

Live Chat: A Fresher’s Guide to The Technology Industry

Mr. Abraham Cherian
Head-HR (Tesco Technology) | Tesco Bengaluru

Moderator: Welcome to the High Tea Session with Mr. Abraham Cherian, Head-HR (Tesco Technology), Tesco Bengaluru. Mr. Cherian will join the chat at 3 pm. In the meanwhile, you can send your questions related to the topic – A Fresher’s Guide to The Technology Industry. Kindly note your questions will be moderated and sent to the celebrity to answer. Questions already answered by the celebrity will not be entertained.

Mr. Abraham: Good afternoon. Its pleasure to meet all of you virtually and I thank you for joining me for the chat. Let me start by introducing myself, I am the Head of HR at Tesco Technology in India. We are a Technology organisation driving change and delivering value by building great products for our customers and colleagues every day. The retail environment is changing through developments in technology. The growth of internet shopping, mobile and convenience is changing the way customers want to shop. As a retailer, the customer is at the heart of everything we do and Technology is no different; our aim is to focus on serving customers wherever, whenever and however they want to shop with us. The topic today is ‘A fresher’s guide to the Technology industry’ and I look forward to connecting with you and addressing some of your queries. Cheers

Santhosh Sivan: Hello, what are the things a fresher must consider before taking offer from a technology company?

Mr. Abraham: Hi Sivan, That’s a question which is on every student’s mind. Every student wants to get a great start to their career and so choosing the right organisation is important. The factors could be many, but in my opinion the key ones are – learning opportunity the organisation provides, the kind of role (complexity, multiple technologies etc) you are offered, the stability of the organisation and the right environment for engineers to excel in their craft.

Vishal Guha: Hi sir, how should one evaluate a job offer in the technology industry?

Mr. Abraham: Hi Guha, by job offer I think you mean the role that the companies offer. Every organisation is trying to attract the talent and to do so they make the right job offer to attract the right talent. While every organstation will have their own value proposition, you can evaluate the job offer based on what your pull factors are. If you are looking for working in a high tech environment and build on your skills, then you can look for these aspect in the job offer, on the other hand if brand is what attracts you, then established organisations with great brand may be your choice.

Prabhas Kumar: Sir, with world going digital what is the scope of software developers in the digital technology domain?

Mr. Abraham: Hi Kumar, That’s a great question. If you look at it, the digital world is nothing but great application of technology. The software developers have a key role to play in this world of digital. Many industries like banking, retail are going digital, and this creates more demand for tech geeks to transform organisation into digital world. This opens opportunities in domains artificial intelligence, machine learning, event driven analytics, data science etc.

Manoj Joshi: Hi sir, what is the success mantra of having a successful career in the technology industry?

Mr. Abraham: Hi Manoj, There is no one mantra for a successful career, what I can say is that you got to follow your passion, develop your skills, and play with your strengths. Strong perseverance, determination and resilience are required to achieve your goals and become successful. This is not only for students who are starting their career, but for all professionals at all levels. Develop your skills and not the frills.

Varuni: Hi sir, I saw lot of news about automation happening, will it impact the IT industry?

Mr. Abraham: Hi Varuni, The world is changing very fast and so are the expectations of the customers. Industries have to keep becoming better and better in what they do to meet this changing customer expectation on time. Automation therefore is essential for any industry to improve their time to market. IT industry is not different. Automation will therefore impact IT industry positively and will create a competitive edge for the organisations.

Revathi Menon: Hi Sir, my name is Revathi. I want to know what are the most popular jobs in the technology industry, demand-wise. Please guide

Mr. Abraham: Hi Revathi, The popularity and demand for technology keeps changing. If I look around the technology industry today I find great demand for programmers, full stack engineers, data scientists, Analytics, UI/UX engineers.

Varun Shukla: What are the dos and don’ts for a fresher have a good job in the technology industry. Please guide.

Mr. Abraham: Hi Varun, Every job is a good job. To keep it simple, I will mention 3 Do’s and 3 Don’ts. Starting with do’s – 1) Have a goal and a plan. Get your basic strong 2) Know your strengths and weaknesses 3) Get practical exposure and build your skills (both technical and leadership). Don’ts – 1) Don’t follow the mass blindly, but do what’s good for you. 2) Don’t waste time doing nothing 🙂 3) Don’t give up.

Rachana: Hi Sir, what technologies I should focus on to get good offers?

Mr. Abraham: Hi Rachana, You should know your strengths and passion. If your strengths are logical, analytical thinking and love coding – then you can learn programming languages like JAVA, Dotnet, JAVA script, Golang etc. If data is your passion you must look at big data, Hadoop etc. if you don’t like coding the other options are networking, data base storage, data ware house etc.

Rakesh: Hi Sir, I am a techie with 5 years’ experience. I am fascinated with offshore jobs. What kind of opportunities await me with my experience?

Mr. Abraham: Hi Rakesh that will depend on what your experience is on and what kind of technical skill you have. There are lots of offshore jobs in the market and you must apply to these commensurate to your experience and skill. Many companies have moved up the value chain and this has also opened up jobs for higher end skills

Avinash Anand: As a fresher, please guide how to negotiate your first salary and other components in it. What are the dos and don’ts and how to check what the industry standards are?

Mr. Abraham: Hi Avinash, most organisations will have a fixed offer package for freshers. Typically these are non-negotiable

Ansuman: Hello sir. I want to know about opportunities for freshers in semiconductor industries?

Mr. Abraham: Hi Ansuman, I must admit that I am not too familiar with the semiconductor industries. Having said this, the semiconductor industries in India is growing and the trade bodies have predicted an exponential growth for this industry. This I am sure will open lots of opportunities for talent including freshers.

Moderator: Thank you everyone for taking out time to participate in the session. Hope the session was useful for you. We regret that due to time constraint, Mr Cherian could not answer all questions. The chat transcript of the session will be made available for your future read, soon on the site.

Mr. Abraham: Thank you all for a very interesting chat. Wish you all the best for your future and I hope my responses were helpful. Cheers Abraham Cherian.

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