Shameen Bajaj, Talerang’s Head of Mentorship on Gen Z Getting Work-Ready
Ms. Shameen Bajaj is the Head of Mentorship at Talerang. She has previously worked with brands like Tata Sky Ltd. and Training Ventures (India) Pvt. Ltd. When asked why she believes skill training and development are crucial in today’s employment scenario, she gave us a deep understanding of the importance of being work-ready.
“I recently read an article in the Harvard Business Review that summarised exactly why I believe every young graduate must go through some form of practical training before they hit the ground running into the corporate world.
When college graduates were asked by researchers to describe their experience of transitioning from college to into professional life – among the top few descriptors were: “Exhausted”. “Lost”. “Anxious”. “Everything’s a struggle”
These young adults felt disoriented, confused, and overwhelmed.
In my role as Head of Mentorship at Talerang, I hear this exact sentiment from our students on a daily. That they need help to figure out how to bridge the gap between what their school/college theoretically taught them and the practical skills that the ‘real-world ‘work-life demands.
They feel severely underprepared for what’s to come…that they will just drown in the unknown. While nothing can really prepare you for what the life of a professional will really be like, training in certain skills can most definitely give you a headstart. Training can give you an introduction to what is required of you when you freshly enter the workforce.
Soft skills like perfect communication, problem-solving, time management, networking, negotiation to name a few are a powerful mix. Technical skills like coding, website design, advanced excel and PowerPoint, data analytics will leverage you to a place of confidence and help you perform in your role more effectively.
To be honest, I look at training as a key to the transition from student to work-life. The absence of it can make it very hard for a fresher to cope and so I ask, why not just avoid that with such a simple solution? There is a gap, and training addresses that.
The scenario is only becoming more and more competitive and so why not do yourself a favour and upskill? HR professionals from the largest corporate firms, when interviewed, by our founder Shveta Raina shared in their experience, the young talent that enters the workforce just arent ready. That they lack even basic skills and it would be so great to change that narrative.
Why not be better prepared? Save an organisation from spending their precious resources to train you. Be the one that a firm will not hesitate to hire because you’ve got all the right tools in your toolkit. Learning these skills is the only way forward and is more imperative than ever before. The current generation has the opportunity to upskill in a way that their previous generations never did and so why not use it to propel their careers.
The right kind of training can be a catalyst for your career and so I couldn’t recommend it enough!”