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TCS CEO's advice to a 19-year-old on current job market: 'Choose a field and...'

In conversation with Moneycontrol, TCS CEO Rajesh Gopinathan also shed light on how the company has been able to retain more than 1 lakh employees for 10 years.

January 10, 2023 / 06:29 PM IST
TCS CEO Rajesh Gopinathan

TCS CEO Rajesh Gopinathan

TCS CEO Rajesh Gopinathan offered some advice to fresh graduates in the country about the current job market -- it's important to choose a field and stay put for some time.

Gopinathan was in conversation with Moneycontrol when he was asked what his advice would be to a 19-year-old or a 20-year-old who's graduating this year in such a job market.

"Nineteen-year-olds typically know better, so they will do whatever they have to do. But it is important to choose some area and stay with it for a period of time, and not declare yourself an expert too fast and move on. So rather than flit from one to the other," he said.

"Because it's only with time that you understand the nuances better. The first flush is the context, because the first flush is easy to learn, but that's, that's, you know, 10 per cent of the game."

Responding to another question on how TCS has managed to retain more than 1 lakh employees for 10 years, Rajesh Gopinathan said that they back promising employees, and always look inside every time a new opportunity pops up instead of looking for fresh talent outside the organisation.

Read more: TCS has over 1.25 lakh mid, senior level employees serving it for over 10 years

"So one of the reasons we're able to do that is, whenever something new comes, the first right of leadership in anything new goes to somebody inside," he said.

"So if you want to get into ChatGPT, we're not going to go and into the market saying that among the various people who are, who can we hire? Who knows something incremental on it. We look internally and say, who's likely to be the most knowledgeable or who can learn fast, back them up, give them the resources, learn and ask them now tell us what can we do with it, and then try to move the organisation that way.

Gopinath added that when employees see that they are being presented with better opportunities inside the organisation, there are more chances of them continuing to work for the company.

"As long as you keep on giving that opportunity of new things to internal people, you will retain talent. And the more you retain talent, the more you keep the context inside. And that gives you the competitive space, which gives you the space to get more growth opportunities."

Read more: TCS headcount reduces by 2,197 employees, declines for the first time in 10 quarters
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first published: Jan 10, 2023 02:15 pm