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RIGHT GUIDANCE: Commodore (retired) S. Sekhar interacting with a cadet at a personality development programme in Dindigul on Thursday. Photo: G. Karthikeyan
RIGHT GUIDANCE: Commodore (retired) S. Sekhar interacting with a cadet at a personality development programme in Dindigul on Thursday. Photo: G. Karthikeyan

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Importance of updated knowledge, right attitude, perfect skills, good habits stressed

DINDIGUL: Updated knowledge, right attitude, perfect skills and good habits are the four factors to improve personality development and soft skills, which are essential tools to make youth employable, said S. Shekar, Commodore (retired).

Addressing Vidyadhan, a training programme organised by 14-TN battalion focusing on personality development of NCC cadets at G.T.N. Arts College here on Thursday, he said mere education and academic excellence alone would not suffice to get jobs. Students should develop soft skills to face highly competitive world.

Nowadays, even academically sound candidates could not get jobs only because of lack of communication skills. To develop skills of students, The Madras University has planned to start a course on personality development. Equal importance should be given for time and stress management. Failure to manage time and reduce stress would ultimately affect one's personality. Observing others in action and realising one's mistakes would help develop personality, he said. Core values, an essential one, should not bound by factors like time, gender, nationality, geographical locations, education and economic status.

"Sow a thought and reap an action, sow an action and reap a habit, sow a habit and reap character and sow a character and reap destiny," he said.

Be positive, live in the present, be health conscious, be humorous, make network on personality development, he advised participants.

Earlier, he gave tips on how to attend interview and briefed about importance factors like body language, eye contact, physical appearance, clarity in expression, choice of words and dress sense. Special care should be taken to prepare bio-data, he added.

In his special address, Battalion Commander Colonel R. Suresh stated that NCC `B' and `C' certificates would help cadets to get jobs. Captain U. Natarajan and other offers spoke. Senior division cadets of the battalion took part.

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