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“Students should update skill set”

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They should overcome unemployability syndrome by filling up knowledge bank

Motivating factor:T. N. Manoharan, former president, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, addressing the students of Sri Meenakshi Government College for Women in Madurai on Friday. The meeting was organised by the Business Line Club of the Department of MBA.— Photo: G. Moorthy
Motivating factor:T. N. Manoharan, former president, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, addressing the students of Sri Meenakshi Government College for Women in Madurai on Friday. The meeting was organised by the Business Line Club of the Department of MBA.— Photo: G. Moorthy

Students should overcome the unemployability syndrome by filling up their knowledge bank and updating skill sets required by the industry, said T. N. Manoharan, former president, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Inaugurating the Business Line Club at the Sri Meenakshi Government College for Women here on Friday, Mr. Manoharan said that opportunities were plenty and human resources available in abundance. But the problem was unemployability of students. He advised them to update their knowledge using technology and, at the same time, stick to fundamental values. They should spend five years of their life from the age of 20 in a relentless quest for knowledge and update their skills for a bright and comfortable future.

Presenting a list of 10 qualities required to succeed, Mr. Manoharan said that students should begin the life's journey with a dream that would take them to the summit.

Referring to students of government colleges, he highlighted the need to shed their inferiority complex and convert weaknesses into strengths. Exhorting them to do things with passion, Mr. Manoharan said passionate knowledge gathering at a young age would determine the future course of their lives.

They should raise the bar above the normal standard and practise regularly in order to enhance their performance.

He emphasised that it was important to cross the finish line irrespective of the outcome of the race.

The former ICAI chief reminded the students that there was nothing called “the end of the road” in life. What looked like an end was only a bend and the individual had to continue the journey towards the final destination.

Mr. Manoharan said that the greatest strength of an individual was not in never falling but in rising up each time one fell down.

These qualities, he felt, were enough to propel a person into the growth trajectory, but it was essential to maintain humility and follow ethics and values to sustain one’s success. P. Ravichandran, Regional Manager of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank, sponsors of The Hindu Business Line Club, said that mere academic learning was not enough to become leaders. Those aspiring to be leaders should cultivate qualities like self-awareness, self-confidence, openness to change and optimism.

Earlier, S. Rajarajeshwari, Department of MBA, welcomed the gathering.

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