“Positive attitude is the mantra for success for professionals,” said D. Suresh Kumar, Senior Divisional Retail Sales Manager, Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Salem Division.
Launching the ‘The Hindu-Business Line Club' at The Kavery Engineering College, Mecheri, near here on Thursday, he said that positive attitude with inter-personal skills alone could play an important role in moulding an MBA graduate.
“MBA degree is just not a passport for getting jobs,” he further pointed out.
Mr. Suresh Kumar said that management professionals could land important assignments provided they possessed specialized skills such as communication power in English.
“The language will serve as a spring board to success not only in India but abroad as well,” he said.
The differences between selling and marketing should be learnt. “Selling is meeting the need of the customer whereas marketing is creating a demand for the product and concept.”
He asked the students to improve inter-personal skills to face the competitive environment. The grey areas in skill development could be plugged through constant listening. Team work, leadership quality, self discipline and understanding organisational expectations were the major factors that decide rewarding careers.
“MBAs must not think about their first drawn salaries, designations, postings etc.
What we learn and what will be our role, alone should be pursued,” he said.
He conducted a mock interview for students and provided suggestion to help fresh MBAs to equip themselves on management games, group discussions and case studies to develop their skills. Management games were held to motivate the participants.
Principal V. Venkatachalam, Principal, The Kavery Engineering College, Mecheri, presided over the function.