With the world becoming more connected and businesses getting more global in their operations, the job market scene is inexorably becoming fiercer by the minute. Job-seekers need to proactively expand their suite of skills to meet the rapidly changing demands of the industry of their interest-at each step of their career journey. Internships, in this respect, serve as facilitating platforms, for ambitious students to establish a credible foothold in the industry, company and job of their preference. For, if you view internships as opportunities to hone your technical competence and acquire practical knowledge, then you help yourself in striking an edge before people who have the authority to hand you a potential full-time job offer. But for that to happen, you need to make solid efforts in the direction of your dream job –right from your freshman year! (more…)
The decision to study for an MBA or EMBA is not taken lightly. The search will begin for a best-fit programme several years before the programme starts and will take in to account such things as location, reputation, faculty (teaching as well as research), value for money, career prospects, alumni engagement, values of the school and its character. All are important, but the last two are unique and will ultimately become part of who you, as an alum are.
It’s time intensive but this level of ‘reconnaissance’ will not be wasted, and done correctly you’ll be on the right path and studying for a programme that will help you discover who you are, dream of what you want to be and give you the determination to achieve your goals. (more…)
You have grabbed your daily energizing cup of coffee from the local barista, wolfed down breakfast on the way to the barista and are now maneuvering your car out of the parking lot to tactfully beat the morning rush hour-by 2 minutes! You almost feel victorious, when you witness a road-sign “DIVERSION! WORK-IN-PROGRESS-TURN LEFT” on the highway close to your place. This is almost the right time for the stress hormone-cortisol, in your body to go in an overdrive.
Stress can manifest itself in varied forms and at the oddest of times. And when it does, the overwhelming tightening of our insides makes us wonder- “Why me?”. (more…)
In June of 2015, I started contemplating a radical decision that would change the course of my life forever – I was considering leaving the Navy for corporate America.
One issue every transitioning veteran faces is figuring out how to write a resume. There are many resume writing websites out there, many with specific tips for certain jobs and industries. However, the abundance of information, and misinformation, can be overwhelming which is why finding a trusted site with good information is important.
Like most veterans, I drowned myself in websites taking samples from other people and tailoring them for my own career goals. In the end, I thought I had an okay resume, at least one strong enough to get me interviews. (more…)
We are living in a world where the reality of a tidal wave of big data is upon us. And the force as well as the layers propelling this sea of data are enormous. Every transaction, operational task, discussion and indeed decision in the business world is increasingly finding its roots in some snippet of data sprouting in the course of business activities. Amidst this ever-growing dependence on data analysis, machine learning and cognitive business intelligence, what must a candidate vying for a fulfilling job-role in the field possess in terms of capabilities? (more…)
The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself. –Peter Drucker
Starbucks serves as the pinnacle example for countless business case studies and successful marketing stories. Yet, one simple principle that appears to stand out over the course of the last three decades of its solid popularity is-that customers come first. From programs offering birthday perks and loyalty rewards, the company has managed to look beyond its comfort zone primarily by leveraging data to segment the user-demographic and offer the best experience to its loyal customers. (more…)
The word ‘entrepreneur’ springs to mind, names such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steve Ballmer-the indisputable, almost larger-than-life ambassadors of the tech industry and the business world at large. Those seeking to create an independent foothold in the start-up world, invariably find themselves flipping through detailed chronicles of their journey, dissecting key drivers for their resounding success. One curious insight that never fails to gather a lot of attention is the fact that they decided to forego their degrees to pursue entrepreneurial dreams. Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard while Ballmer left Stanford to join Microsoft and his fellow sophomore-Gates. Their achievements with their dramatic impact on the digital world have alluringly made their decision to drop out of college, a template in itself for young graduates eyeing their place in the start-up industry. (more…)
Today’s MBA students will graduate to a fast-changing job market. In comparison to other degrees, an MBA still opens doors to opportunities broader than degrees in specialized fields, as MBA students acquire marketable, transferrable skills suited to positions in just about any industry.
However, the competition for jobs amongst MBAs itself continues to remain fierce, with the school awarding the degree continuing to be more important than the degree specifics.
After all, research shows more than 1/3rd of top managerial positions are held by MBAs from Ivy League schools. (more…)
The nature of work is changing rapidly, the world over.
Globalization of talent and opportunities has increased competition, the advent of a gamut of technologies has transformed the workplace and mechanized several economic activities. Job roles are increasingly shaped as one-size-fits all, and job descriptions are increasingly becoming confined to specific responsibilities and skills.
Amidst serious pressure and expectations to make the right career decisions, jobs cannot be simply a means to an end, but should be personally or professionally fulfilling milestones- especially for students just starting out. (more…)
The wise Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, “Change is the only constant.”
And how right he was, because if he was confronted with any of the prevalent job descriptions of today, he would truly be baffled. And he would not be alone.
According to the World Economic Forum (WEF), nearly 70% of children starting primary school in 2016 will leave school to hold jobs that do not currently exist.
The fourth industrial revolution is underway, developments in fields like robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), nanotechnology and biotechnology are building and amplifying one another to result in an exponential rate of change, where the “speed of current breakthroughs has no historical precedent.” (more…)