Career Development Session Organised by PTCL
Career Services Office (CSO) organised a virtual career development session on 'Building Your Corporate Career: A Student Capacity Building' for the BSc, BS and MS class of 2020 and 2021 on Tuesday, October 27. The session was conducted by Mr. Nauman Durrani, Executive Vice President, Sales, PTCL.
Mr. Shaharyar Latif, Senior Manager, Talent Acquisition, started the session by introducing himself, his team, and explained the mission and core values of PTCL. A corporate video was then shown to explain the periodic cultural changes and the digital transformation of the company. He also gave an overview of the initiatives and programmes designed for the development of new hires as well as existing employees.
Mr. Latif introduced Mr. Nauman Durrani, the Executive Vice President, and invited him to share tips for the students who have a strong academic record but are unable to tackle on-ground professional challenges like time management, work pressure, etc.
Mr. Durrani started the discussion on the importance of ‘idea sharing’ and 'storytelling', and stated seven key points required for effective storytelling. He mentioned that all the corporate leaders are successful because they are good at pitching their ideas to the right people at right time with the right words.
Referring to renowned books such as Snow White, Jungle Book, and Harry Potter, he stated that all of these have different topics with the similarity of “plot construction” of the respective stories. Mr. Durrani further elaborated on the importance of properly structuring a story or an idea by determining its core purpose as well as the level of the audience's thinking approach, in order to appeal to them emotionally. He then quoted Steve Jobs, stating that “The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.”
Furthermore, Mr. Durrani emphasised that passion and determination are the main ingredients required to achieve professional and personal goals. He said that unaccomplished goals are not considered a failure; in fact, failure lies in giving up on trying to achieve them. He advised the students to re-strategise their plans instead of giving up on their goals.
At the end of the session, Mr. Latif and Mr. Durrani answered the questions posed by students relevant to the hiring process of not only PTCL but in general as well.