Values, eco-system and the market change with time. It is important to understand how one's skill and passion will be beneficial with the changing phenomenon. On the second session of Coffee with Mentor, enthusiast participants from different universities learnt this very crucial lesson from none other than mentor Sabbir Hasan Nasir, Executive Director, ACI Logistics Ltd. (Shwapno).
After the first successful session of Coffee with Mentor, an initiative taken by Star Youth, The Daily Star, in partnership with Gloria Jean's Coffees, the second session took place on January 31, 2018, at the Gloria Jean's Coffees café located in Gulshan 2, Dhaka. The second session, too, was proved to be a fruitful one for the eight selected participants.
Sabbir Hasan Nasir talked about his zeal to make the system beautiful. He believes he needs to be ready to survive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In order to do that, he has decided to complete an executive programme on management, innovation, and technology from MIT. Through his versatility he has inspired the young participants to embark on a journey of endless learning.
Young participants also learnt the art of negotiation in this session. They learnt the importance of a changed attitude towards negotiation. Also, network is equally crucial. In this era, where products are being transformed into platforms, young minds can do a lot of things through networking.
These young minds, who come from different backgrounds, asked multiple questions to the mentor to clear their doubts regarding career and passion. One of them asked, to what extent our tendency to give more importance to a secure future than innovation is hampering us.
The mentor thinks, without innovation, surviving is impossible. Hence, he believes it is harming us to a great extent. However, Sabbir Hasan Nasir is quite hopeful of this generation. He says, “Your generation is different. You have a destructive kind of energy. Millennials are pragmatic and deliver things fast. I want to recruit Millennials.”
The session ended with mentor Nasir giving the participants an exercise to help them find a word that drives them. According to him, this word will guide them towards a career path that is most fitted to their personality. The session, thus, ended on a positive note and offered an impactful discussion.