Instilling confidence in youths

Dhaka,  Tue,  27 June 2017
Published : 30 Mar 2017, 00:52:26
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Instilling confidence in youths

Naimul Kader Antar


For the fourth time Fly High Career Guidelines organised its signature event 'Inspiration to Fly High' at capital's NewsCred office on March 24, 2017. The main theme of Inspiration to Fly High series is to promote the concept 'Head Start Your Journey Today.'

The organisation tries to build confidence among the participants and acquaint them with all the necessary skills and expertise that they are in dire need in their professional and academic life. The event also focused on young entrepreneurs, those who are enthusiastic to run their own startups or have ideas in mind but do not know from where to start or how to go along their entrepreneurial journey.

Fly High Career Guidelines is a start-up career consultancy firm that provides training on professional development skills to its clients. Since its inception in August 2014, the organisation has  guided  many students in building their soft skills, preparing them for job interviews, formatting their CVs and cover letters, improving their communication and negotiation skills.

Inspiration to Fly High Season 4 was a grand success compared to any of its previous seasons. This time Fly High Career Guidelines formed partnership with a few youth based organisations like Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation, Esperer Bangladesh and Voice of Business in order to reach participants who are actually in need of such events.

Among the audience were students from the Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka, North South University, BRAC University, Independent University of Bangladesh, East West University etc. The event was also participated by many professionals and young entrepreneurs.

The key speakers for this season were Chief Human Resources Officer of bKash Limited Mohammed Ferdous Yusuf, Founder and Chief Executive of Listeners and Speakers Forum (LSF) H.M. Mainuddin Ahammed, Research Analyst of Exotix Partners LLP Asif Khan, Managing Director of Geeky  Social Ltd Mahadi Hasan Sagor, Head of Student Operations at Coders Trust Bangladesh Rifat M.Huq and Founder and CEO of Fly High Career Guidelines Naimul Kader -the organiser of the event.

Mr. Ferdous talked about the realities of job market in Bangladesh and how to overcome this situation, how to work on personal development, myth of CGPA and ECA. He also talked about the importance of self branding, power of networking and communication skills.

Mr. Asif shared that we all should have long term and short term career goals and plan our path accordingly, broaden our horizon, have a rainy day fund and eventually get ready for the home run.

Mr. Maiunddin spoke about developing communication skills and importance of listening to understand and not to reply. Mr. Sagor talked about digital marketing and how young entrepreneurs can use this as a tool to reach their target audience that is very essential for any startup. Mr. Rifat talked about prospects of freelancing career in Bangladesh and how one can become a freelancer very easily, and be paid for his/her skills from all across the world.

Lastly, Mr. Naimul Kader shared useful insights with the audience regarding tips and trick on how to face a job interview and how to prepare CVs and cover letters. He also mentioned that it is very important to understand the job description asked by recruiters before applying for a position. He mentioned that that applying for any job randomly will not help, rather candidates should consider whether they have required skills. He also said that the job candidates should utilise LinkedIn profile. They should fill up all the sections available, keep it up to date and use LinkedIn as a networking platform. He also shared some insights on the book, 'Business Model Canvas' and how young entrepreneurs can use this as a tool to summarise their entire business proposal under one page and display it to any investor for funding purpose or to any stakeholders whenever needed.

Inspiration to Fly High Season 4 received positive response from both the participants and the speakers as well as gained significant media attention, making it yet another milestone added to the achievement list of Fly High Career Guidelines.

 The writer is currently pursuing his career in a leading multinational nutrition, health and wellness

company. He can be reached at naimul.kader@northsouth.edu
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