That's right. Both global and cross-functional experience as well as dynamism and willingness to try and learn new things are fundamental at the time of hiring a new employee.
Even learning more about what the prospect employee would be willing to achieve, about the "invisible" skills, or character which are not written in the resumé can be more helpful to the company than a degree that was earned when the person was not yet mature enough.
@Tech4People, that's good advice. My first job was with a small startup magazine--and there was no time to worry about hierarchy. Stuff needed to get done, and if you are wiling to jump in and do it, they let you. I learned a lot. And made a few mistakes. It was really invaluable.
@Tech4People. I agree. Although its a little counterintuiative, the reality is that smaller organizatoins need to get things done and often don't have all the in-house expertise. For those willing to jump in and learn, it can creat great opportunities.
If you are in one of those Mega-MNCs which have thousands of Employees Globally;the chances of Getting Cross-Functional Experience are actually less[I am seeing from my personal experience here];In contrast if you work for much smaller SMBs or Medium to Large Enterprises which are always stretched for Help/Labor(& can't really afford to always hire staff even on a short-term basis) then its much easier for you to find Cross-Functional Learning Oppurtunities there.
After all,in such Firms,the Manager/Owner is usally just concerned with getting the work done(as quickly as possible and at lowest cost);they don't really care who does it or whether that person is Certified in So and So Degree and Certification.
I can only agree with you because the rate at which businesses change and adoption of newer/latest technological tools also an important part of the businesses. While getting an employee with right skill sets should not be underestimated.
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