Industry Speak

Many times, as students, we tend to choose a career without actually knowing the ground reality about the same. The 'Industry Speak' section shall be a repository of industry experts talking about a variety of careers so that the readers can make an informed career decision.

Through this section, people share their real life, on-the-job experience about a particular career. The idea is to clear misconceptions about various careers that some people may have.

Engineering Project & Program Management in Telecom & Software Publishing Shrink-Wrap Products

Everything going on in this world is made efficient and quick by technology and this technology is brought to you by developers, and certified reliable by testers. Such a career is suitable for people with an aptitude to learn and experiment, people who are technology savvy and have good people management, estimation and project planning skills. more...

Ajay Jain
Quality Engineering Manager
Adobe Systems

Quality Management in IT / ITES / Telecom

There are two entry points for freshers. One is BE/ BTech/ MCA and the other, MBA with an Operations or, Quality Management specialization. A person can choose various fields like Quality Auditing, Quality Management System, Six Sigma & Lean, and Quality Assurance. To go up the career path, it is advisable that one should constantly improve one's competency levels and attain certifications in various quality and process methodologies. more...

Ashutosh Pandey
General Manager - Quality & Processes
Nokia Siemens Networks

Self Help Industry

With ever increasing economic, social and psychological pressures, the Self-Help industry promises to be one of the fastest growing industries in future. Here, a person is an Inspirational Guide, a learner forever. Qualifications are no bar for such a role. The sky is the beginning and the upper limit for learners. more...

Dr. Chandrashekhar Ranade
CPR Learning Systems


After obtaining a BHMS degree one undergoes on the house training in a hospital for six months, after which one can practice independently. One needs to listen to the patient's problem patiently and then be able catch the keywords from there. The satisfaction that comes after curing people can be compared to none. Moreover, this profession should be chosen for a sense of service to others. more...

Dr. Chitra Sharma
Homoeopathic Physician


People often think that a person in Defence services is always under trying circumstances, just doing physical training and drill all the times. However, on ground routine is very different. One has to deal with Operations, HR, Training and Logistics related issues in day-to-day functioning. It is highly satisfying as what you do in armed forces is something unimaginable in the outside world. more...

Col. Gyan Prakash Misra (Retd.)
AVP (Operations)
IL&FS Waste Management and Urban Services Ltd.

Asset Management in Financial Services Industry

This job is very knowledge intensive and it is not uncommon for people in this area to be extremely well read, with reasonably strong views on various issues ranging from the global economy, oil prices to more sector and company specific views. Skills required in this industry are developed over a number of years hence, there is no checklist of good-to-have qualities that one can come up with. more...

Praveen Kumar
Investment Analyst
Baillie Gifford, Edinburgh, UK

Software Engineering in IT

IT industry can be broadly divided into two types - service and product. In product companies, work is more individualistic and hassle free. Usually product companies are known to pay more than the service companies but, this is not a precedent. IT requires candidates to be good technically. more...

Software Engineer

Online Marketing and Advertising

Advertising is all about persuading people to do something that the advertiser wants them to do, and Online Advertising uses the Internet as the medium. We have Engineers, Marketing/Advertising majors and Graphics folks, Copy Writers, Search Engine Optimizers, Analysts, Statisticians, and just about everyone else who is passionate about the Internet, working in this industry. more...

Qasim Zaidi
Director - Ad Serving & Analytics
Exponential Inc.

Software Engineering in IT

A fresher usually starts as a Graduate Engineer/Management Trainee. At more senior positions, Pre-Sales, Strategy and Business Development activities are added to a person's portfolio. A management degree from a good institute acts as a catalyst to career growth. Effective communication skills are vital for career growth. Client and team management skills come next. more...

Rahul Agarwal
Co-Founder & CEO
Aadyam Solutions

Petroleum Industry

We can categorize this industry into two - upstream and downstream. It provides placement opportunities for MBAs, CAs and Engineers from various disciplines. This is a very diverse field that requires a person to perform hardcore Production activities to the glamorous Sales and Marketing responsibilities. In the private sector, the salary can reach very high levels but, in the public sector domain it is controlled by the government policies and DPE norms. more...

Shammi Malik
Senior Manager
Indian Oil Corporation Limited

Business Development / Corporate Planning / Strategy in Power Sector

The qualifications preferred for this profile are Engineering (Electrical / Mechanical) and MBA (Finance). Good understanding of technical, commercial and financial issues with excellent interpersonal and communication skills are the key ingredients to fast track one's career path. more...

Virendra Shukla
General Manager
Reliance Power Ltd.

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