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The Anatomy of a Product Manager

The Anatomy of a Product Manager

A great product manager has the brain of an engineer, the heart of a designer, and the speech of a diplomat.” – Deep Nishar, Vice President of Product at LinkedIn

With the digital transformation of companies worldwide, there is an ever-increasing demand for Product Managers. Product management has witnessed tremendous growth in recent years, topping job reports of LinkedIn and CNN Moneywatch. The world of product management lies at the intersection of key business functions such as design, strategy, marketing and, of course, technology. In fact, part of this field’s appeal lies in the richness of the diverse functional areas that it fundamentally engulfs along with the professional opportunities it affords those pursuing this career. 

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The International Business Career Landscape

The International Business Career Landscape

We must ensure that the global market is embedded in broadly shared values and practices that reflect global social needs, and that all the world’s people share the benefits of globalization.” – Kofi Annan

As international markets evolve, businesses are taking advantage of the changing environment to carve their own niche. International business allows companies to offset negative growth in one market by operating successfully in another. Introducing unique products in new territories not only increases sales, but also establishes global presence. As per a survey by the United States Small Business Administration, about 96% of the world’s consumers reside outside America. So, U.S. companies that delve into international business are positioned to enjoy increased profit potential from a larger customer base. For example, although The Netherland’s transportation infrastructure initially attracted Nike to set up an office in Hilversum, it ultimately served as a trigger for the company to refuel its global investment to gain access to millions of non-U.S. consumers. Today, the company has its centralised base in Hilversum for operations in Europe, Middle East & Africa. In fact, the 2016 International Business Indicator released by Wells Fargo stated that 87% of U.S. companies agree that international expansion is required for long-term growth, since taking advantage of global opportunities hedges the risk of decline in domestic markets.

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Trending Careers For Remote Work

Trending Careers For Remote Work

Remote work is the future of work.” — Alexis Ohanian

A few years ago, working from home seemed out of reach for most industries. However, through the force of technology, a higher number of professionals today prefer a flexible working style that, in turn, allows them to be outside the bounds of a conventional office environment. At least 50% of the workforce in the U.S. operates remotely. Common factors inducing this change include the job seekers’ need for work-life balance through flexible schedules and time lost in commuting. On the other hand, employers approach remote work as a means of achieving reduced costs and better talent due to the flexibility that comes with remote jobs. For instance, American Express adopted a flexible workplace strategy through its BlueWork program to encourage employees to figure out the best workspace plan. The company not only experienced an increase in employee productivity, but also saved $10-$15 million in annual real estate costs by grouping employees into four work styles – home, roam, club, and hub, where only ‘Hub’ employees required a fixed desk, and daily presence in the office.

So, if you’re seeking to land a remote job, here are some of the top career opportunities:

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Public Policy Career Paths

Public Policy Career Paths

The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted.” – Elizabeth Dole

Public Policy can be best defined as the laws and regulations concerning economic, social and political issues, in turn, formed by a governmental entity and developed at the local, state, and federal levels. It is the means by which a government establishes equity, increases self-reliance and addresses the needs of the citizens through actions defined by the constitution.

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Career Avenues for an Impactful Public Health Career

Career Avenues for an Impactful Public Health Career

Health care is vital to all of us some of the time, but public health is vital to all of us all of the time.” – C. Everett Roop

What is Public Health?

As defined by the CDC Foundation, “Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases.” The many facets of public health include advocating for laws that help in spreading the word about ways to stay healthy and giving science-based solutions to problems. (more…)

Leveraging Internship Opportunities To Shape Your Future

Leveraging Internship Opportunities To Shape Your Future

My advice for young people is, study what you love and intern in what you want to do. And I think it’s okay to pivot as many times as you need to.” – Eva Chen

A crucial developmental tool, an internship provides a well-rounded educational experience of an occupation and a head start to your professional journey. It is considered a means to test-drive your career options, in turn, allowing you to understand job roles and discover a career that befits your strengths, experiences and aspirations. Gaining experiential learning in the form of internships affords you the opportunity to put your academic training to practical use. An internship may even help you identify specific areas of interest you may not have previously considered.

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Maximising Your Career Prospects With Part-Time MBA

Maximising Your Career Prospects With Part-Time MBA

“Success in management requires learning as fast as the world is changing”– Warren Dennis

Why Do A Part-Time MBA?

A part-time MBA allows 360-degree experiential learning into key aspects of business and management including marketing, consulting, finance, strategy. It affords early-career professionals the advantage of parallely applying classroom learning to gain versatility and credibility at the workplace. For instance, if you’re a software developer working at a Finance company, a part-time MBA in Strategy, could help you leverage the newly acquired quantitative skills to develop more intuitive tech products and make an impact across functions. Similarly, finance sector professionals could effectively apply marketing lessons while designing campaigns for the various financial products under their purview.

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Key Legal Industry Career Trends

Key Legal Industry Career Trends

The end of law is not to abstain or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.” -John Locke

Law represents the principles and regulations established in a community by an authority, applicable to its people whether in the form of legislation or policies recognised and enforced by judicial decision. Maintaining law and order in the society is a huge responsibility and leading a lawyer’s life requires inculcating a plethora of skills. This article shines light upon the key branches of law to help you fortify your career preparation.

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Exploring Career Opportunities In Supply Chain Management

It’s not the organisations that are competing, it’s the supply chains that are competing.”- Wael Safwat, Supply Chain Management Association of Ontario

On the hottest days of the year, there’s always a refreshing drink waiting for you at the nearest convenience store. Ever wondered how that specific drink made it to that specific place? From procurement to labeling, pricing, insurance, storage, transportation and eventually distribution – that drink took a long supply chain journey!

In 1982, Keith Oliver, a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton (now Strategy), introduced the term “Supply Chain Management” into the public domain in an interview for the Financial Times. The term gained currency when a number of books and articles were released in the public domain. A robust end to end supply chain is integral to the success of any organisation. It involves optimising operations to maximise speed (since customers value fast service) and at the same time maximising efficiency to prevent costs from shooting up. (more…)

Capitalizing On Your LinkedIn Profile

With more than 500 million members representing 200+ countries and a whopping 9+ million companies on its platform, LinkedIn’s ever-growing presence is proof of its necessity. For students, job seekers, experienced professionals, entrepreneurs or veterans, your LinkedIn profile is easily the first connect with your next opportunity. One of the biggest advantages of LinkedIn is its authority on Google and other search engines where a complete LinkedIn profile features in the top 3 hits, making you visible to those who can further your professional aspirations. (more…)