Monday, October 23, 2006

Skills in demand in India

Where are the jobs of the future? What are the kind of talent that Indian industry needs in the next year or two??

In the past decade, the predominant skills that Indian companies have been looking for, in returning Indians, have been changing!!

At a recentNASSCOM event, Dr Ajay Kela of Symphony Services gave a glimpse of the ‘fourthwave of the Indian industry’ - in a bid to move up the value chain.

Some of the HOT openings that we come across regularly are as below

-Engineering /R& D head positions for Product companies. People with strong technological skills to provide leadership-apart from handling complex matrix relationships with CXO positions in the corporate office (US/Europe)

-Consulting opportunities, again in cutting edge technologies,with an ability to evangelise adoption across businesses.

-Delivery head positions across different domains. Typically a management role with accent on client management and hands-on expertise in handling offshoring /onsite dynamics.

-With India becoming an important market for telecom and BFSI segments, lot of VCs are interested in scaling up midsize companies with various offerings in the segments. Professionals with strong marketing acumen –in addition to the techies are in high demand!

-Ofcourse in the traditional IT and ITES sectors, there are opportunities across the width of applications ( BFSI, Insurance, Logistics, Manufacturing,…) for persons with experience in handling multiple projects/client engagements –especially across remote development centres.

With the infrastructure industry opening, those with operational experience internationally setting up highways, airports and townships are welcome! The country is witnessing a boom in all the segments- commercial, residential, retail ( read malls, multiplexes) and hotels.

Finance professionals with expertise in compliances (eg SOX) and ability to raise funds with innovative products are those to watch out for!

And we aren’t even talking of the pharma, biotech, retail, engineering process outsourcing, KPO, market intelligence,….

Are we all geared up to meet the challenge? Do shoot me a brief note on how you can add value to the Indian corporate, and who knows- I shall be glad to put you onto a prospect!!


Indian Blogger said...

Wow.! That was very informative

Anonymous said...

I find it strange that on the one hand we say that each individual is like a seed and on the other hand the focus is on the skills rather than talent of individuals.

Make your passion your profession

Anonymous said...

Hi all,

It is important that skill and talent go hand in hand especially in niche areas. for example I deal with executive search for the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) which is the broad classification under which oil and gas, infrastructure fall into. If one hasto be an Competency Center head then one has to have the skills to support one's talent

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