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Managerial Skills For Fresh Graduate Engineers
2/9/2013 at 11:54 AM ET
Much has been discussed about employability of new engineers. Most of the discussions revolve around soft-skills or life skills besides domain specific training. Any thoughts on helping new engineers develop managerial skills by learning from Industry experts on HR, Fin & Accounts, SCM, Marketing, Quality Systems, etc?
2/9/2013 at 12:32 PM
This was an issue years ago when I graduated as an engineer. The solution then was to get an MBA, so you could prepare yourself for a managerial role and interact with peers in other functional areas. I'm not sure much has changed in this regard in all the years that have passed.
I'm not specifically pushing an MBA for everyone. Just pointing out that this is not a new issue, and the solution that was popular years ago is still available today.
2/9/2013 at 3:35 PM
Engineers have a reputation of being able to ask questions as well as answer them. That should put you in a good position for management without any qualifications at all. Good management has more to do with the quality of your thinking.
2/9/2013 at 8:37 PM
Cross-discipline learning is a good thing. It allows people to understand a problem from multiple perspectives, and therefore understand the various underlying needs of different team members. But management skills are more than thinking, it's about leading and supporting your team, helping them grow, and giving them the tools they need to succeed. So, yes, soft skills (active listening, empathy, etc.) are definitely needed as well to be a great manager.
2/10/2013 at 12:29 AM
Thanks to your advices. MBA is still most preferred option for learning managerial skills. But it offers more of theoretical knowledge besides couple of guest lectures from Industry people every semester. Industry feels that is not sufficient. While we are developing a more focused & practical program for MBAs that provides exposure to different business processes of various industry verticals. At the same time TechnoManagement is more focused on helping New Engineers to get similar exposure that gives them decent understanding of these business processes at entry level.
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