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PATIENT WAIT: Students line up for interviews by different companies at the inaugural of the job fair organised at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Photos: K.R. Deepak
PATIENT WAIT: Students line up for interviews by different companies at the inaugural of the job fair organised at Andhra University in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Photos: K.R. Deepak

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APSCHE chief urges students to focus on aptitude and attitude towards work

CARD is first ever programme organised for students in the countryIT sector offers jobs, but was challenging and demanding: AU V-CCentre Head of HSBC EDPI gives tips to students on facing interviews

VISAKHAPATNAM: Thousands of students and parents thronged the B.R. Ambedkar Assembly Hall of Andhra University, where a two-day Career Awareness and Recruitment Drive (CARD), the first ever programme for students in the country, began on Saturday.

CARD, a joint initiative of the Institute of Service Management of Andhra Pradesh, the Andhra Pradesh State Council of Higher Education and NASSCOM, is meant to bring IT Enabled Services and IT companies to two-tier cities.

BPO sector

NASSCOM Regional Director S.V. Ramachandran said that the BPO (business process outsourcing) sector was providing an estimated marketing opportunity of $300 billion and that 60 per cent of it was being outsourced to India. He underlined the need for increasing the market share further by enhancing both technical and communication skills of the vast population.

APSCHE Chairman K.C. Reddy stressed the need for students to have a proper aptitude and attitude towards work. While the IT sector offered a lot of opportunities, it was challenging and there would be lot of demands. Turning to the students he said: "All of you have the potential and utilise the opportunity to build your skills."

Responding to the doubt raised by Dean of the College Development Council Ramachandrudu, Prof. Reddy said that even Telugu medium students aspiring for jobs in IT had no other option than to learn English.

Centre Head of HSBC EDPI Iain Coleman gave tips to the students on facing interviews, preparing well for them, knowing something about the company in which a candidate aspires to join and the right attitude towards the job.

The right balance

Assistant vice-president of HSBC Shoba Keshavmurthy recalled how she had progressed from an assistant manager to her present position in just three-and-a-half years. She felt that striking a right balance between family and work was important for those in the IT sector as it involves working at odd hours.

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