Industry and Academia come together to open minds of young students at Krea Career Dialogues 2021
Chennai: Krea University hosted their flagship event “Career Dialogues”, which brought together over 20 speakers from industry and academia on one platform.
The day-long virtual event featured 4 panel discussions, exploring various Careers in Psychology; Sustainability; Arts, Media & Sport; Analytics. The aim of the event is to open the minds of young school students about future careers across multiple industry verticals.
Career Dialogues 2021 kicked off with two spectacular key note addresses, by Mr Anurag Malik, Partner – People Advisory Services at Ernst & Young and Ms Neerja Birla, Founder & Chairperson – Aditya Birla Education Trust.
In his address, Mr Malik emphasised “Interwoven Careers is the future…The new-age student who sees himself or herself as a professional in the years to come should be ready for the change, as companies are today taking a 360-degree view on skills.”
Addressing the exam time and academic stress that students face, Ms Birla said, “While it is important to do well academically, it’s equally essential to remember that grades don’t define a student.”
Each panel discussion that followed, brought multiple facets of each subject. The conversation on psychology covered Criminal, Sports, Counselling and Clinical aspects of the practice. The discussion on Sustainability hosted practitioners and academics from across Conservation, Sustainability, Economics of Environment and Climate Change. Spinning a different track, the next panel highlighted Arts Managements, Sports Media, and emerging Media technology. In the Analytics panel, experts from Media, Marketing, Financial Risk and Behavioural analytics shared their insights.
20+ speakers representing leading organisations like Tiger Analytics, McKinsey & Co, The World Bank, Centre for Wildlife Studies, Foreseti Consulting, Sony Sports, ArtSpire and many more, shared their insights on future trends in their area of work and shed light on the kind of skills industry will demand from young graduates.
In his opening address, Mr. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Professional Learning at Krea University, said, “Last year, the World Economic Forum came out with a listing of the top 10 skills that will be needed to align oneself to the new opportunities that will be presented in the post-pandemic world by various discipline and industry segments. These include analytical thinking, active learning, problem finding, problem solving, creativity, originality and initiative, technology use, monitoring and control, resilience, stress tolerance, reasoning ideation and flexibility.”
Career Dialogues, is an important endeavour by Krea University in partnership with industry, towards informing school leavers about their various career options, to encourage them to follow their interest, to allow them to apply look at the world of careers more laterally than as silo tracks.