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First impression is the last impression

R. Ravikanth Reddy
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Sage advice: Ramakrishna Prasad, freelance consultant, giving a presentation at Career Planning and Personality Development programme organised by The Hindu Education Plus at CMRIT in Medchal. — Photo: Mohd. Yousuf
Sage advice: Ramakrishna Prasad, freelance consultant, giving a presentation at Career Planning and Personality Development programme organised by The Hindu Education Plus at CMRIT in Medchal. — Photo: Mohd. Yousuf

If you thought first impression is the best impression, then you don't belong to this generation. For the Generation Z first impression is the last impression and it reflects how well a student has to be prepared to face the tough world outside. But making the first impression as the best needs some discipline and few skills that students have to inculcate even as they are in college.

This was the crux of the message sent across to the students of CMRIT, Medchal by Ramakrishna Prasad, a career consultant and Managing Partner of Avisha Consultants. He was speaking at a career planning and personality development programme organised by The Hindu Education Plus for the benefit of college students.

Using some smart presentations on icons like Sachin Tendulkar and snippets from popular films, Mr. Prasad explained how dedication and smartness can take them to their desired goals.

He reminded that personal growth was must was professional growth but one needs discipline and planned efforts to achieve that. If Sachin Tendulkar is still scoring runs when most of his peers had retired it is because of passion, which is an important trait to succeed.

‘Be honest'

Even small things like a handshake, eye contact and walking make a hell of difference in analysing the traits of a student, he said adding that students need to keep these things in mind in interviews. At the same time they have to honest and reminded that saying “I don't know” is not saying “I can't do.” Time is the most precious resource on earth and students tend to make best of it by prioritising their tasks. Giving a few tips to students, he advised them to look to add new strengths, look to minimise weaknesses and maximise opportunities and at the same time they have to wary of external threats in the form of temptations. Read, write, learn new words, talk, refer, browse, he said as these are a few habits that will enhance knowledge and also ensure that you become a better person. He said students also need to focus on appearance, punctuality, commitment, attitude, patience and self-belief, which play an important role in shaping the personality.

Driving away fears about interviews, he said the interviewer wants you to be selected. “So don't enter with a negative mind that I will not get the job,” he said adding that everyone has to enter with a positive attitude. That positive attitude actually helps in the final results and not just the subject knowledge. The CMRIT Principal, Janga Reddy was present.

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