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Handy Tricks To Ace Internship Interviews

Internships are pivotal to accelerating one’s career goals. The professional experience and venerable skill sets garnered from a good internship set the ball rolling for a strong career trajectory. Therefore, defining a comprehensive strategy for acing internship interviews is a necessary exercise. For many students, an internship interview is their first introduction to a professional interview, putting in due effort to prepare, therefore, makes for a great investment.

We’ve got some effective tricks to help you successfully navigate your internship interview and bag your dream internship!

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Career Avenues In The Communications Industry

“Communication- the human connection- is the key to personal and career success.”- Paul J. Meyer

The Communications sector now associated with glitz and glamour started off with humbler beginnings. The genesis of ‘mass communication’ can be traced to the 15th century printing presses when newspapers and books were mass produced and mass distributed for the first time. Technological advancements since, especially the invention of the world-wide web, have revolutionized the Communications sector so much so that the focus of communications media has shifted towards creativity and generating a ‘buzz’. In film, social media content, and advertising the Communications industry is driving consumer engagement globally.
If you are intrigued by the fast-paced and creative world of communications, read on to find out a few careers in communication you can explore.

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The Gifts Of Pursuing A Research Assistantship

“What we find, changes who we become” – Peter Morville

What Is Research Assistantship

According to the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), undergraduate research entails “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.” Undergraduate students passionate about enhancing their knowledge of a particular discipline can choose to volunteer as a graduate research assistant under a faculty member or senior graduate student. Sure, such experiences help to highlight your domain knowledge and practical research experience in your resume, but the bigger question is, how does your assistantship experience build your skill set and your overall career prospects? (more…)

Preparation Hacks To Tide Over The Exam Season

Exams are round the corner and it’s time for stress to make its customary appearance. Time to burrow yourself deep in pages, highlighting every important line and fervently preparing notes in an attempt to soak in a semester’s worth of knowledge in just a few days. However, there are better alternatives to all nighters and cramming. The code to cracking your exams is utilising smart study hacks. Realistic, not idealistic goals will help you succeed.

We’ve prepared some hacks for beating indecision and maximizing productivity and learning.
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The Impact of AI, Automation and Machine Learning in Education

The buzz around AI, machine learning and automation has pervaded corporate boardrooms, gripping the imagination of the media, tech enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs alike. The swift proliferation of these technologies across industries is set to usher in a more productive, profitable and efficient era. Marketing, retail, investment banking, healthcare, and other fields are already participating in a rapid transformation through automation. However, the impact and acceleration of Industry 4.0 in education is not as clear as in other industries. Industry 4.0 aims to create ‘smart factories’ in which cyber-systems combined with the internet, cloud computing and machine learning algorithms make decentralized decisions with minimal human input.

The education giant, Pearson, took note of the sluggish pace of AI progress in education in its 2015 report, Intelligence Unleashed: An argument for AI in Education. “Despite nearly three decades of work, AIEd [AI in education] is in many ways still a cottage industry, and the benefits and enormous potential of the field remain mostly unrealized. Sadly, many of the best ideas in AIEd currently make it no further than the lab or perhaps a lecture hall,” the report states. (more…)

What’s On Your Favorite Business Leaders’ Bookshelves?

To make an impact in the business sphere, students need to stay on the pulse of latest business strategies, market dynamics, and evolving business models. As the saying goes “those who read shall lead”.

There’s no shortage of content so the first question is – where to start? Leaders like Bill Gates, Ben Horowitz, Elon Musk, etc. have all carved out a niche for themselves through their innovative business endeavours. Following their reading routine and recommendations is a great first step.

We curated a list of books that are packed with insights and should be a worthy addition to your personal library. All recommendations have been highly touted, garnering rave reviews from industry experts and business professionals alike. (more…)

Navigating The First Semester At B-School

“Remember to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” –  Nelson Mandela.

For someone looking to pursue higher education or make a career switch, an MBA can be a major milestone, one that will significantly impact one’s career and future. Stepping into the role of a b-school student involves embarking on a vital phase of your career journey. And the first semester can prove crucial in shaping the next two years and the lessons you take beyond the classroom.

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Leveraging First Year Internships To Propel Career Growth

Students venturing into college life arrive with a lot of excitement, energy, and are simultaneously a bundle of anxious nerves. The first-year academic calendar is a rollercoaster ride, packed with activities like social mixers, club auditions, guest lectures, seminars, early morning classes and tests. Frenzied students can be seen sprinting around the college campus, trying to stay on top of it all. As a first year student, you know what we’re talking about; the transition is anything but easy!

Being swamped up year-long leaves you with little time to map out your career with the theories and lessons of the classroom. To fully comprehend the lessons and develop your skill sets, practical experience is vital. An internship program at the end of your first year can open up opportunities that might otherwise be missed with so many things vying for your attention. (more…)

The Actuarial Science And Risk Management – Career Landscape

The recent trend in the widely-coveted jobs market has been an increasing interest in actuarial science and risk management. Every industry or company is confronted with the challenge of handling big unstable numbers and thus, the need for professionals who can predict and supposedly control these numbers is direly felt. BeAnAcruary.org has gone as far as proclaiming an actuary as “part super-hero, part fortune-teller, part trusted advisor.” Since actuaries and financial risk managers today are so important for the financial analysis of every project, company or venture, they are highly revered and substantially remunerated.

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Questions To Pose And Avoid At Career Fairs

Voltaire rightly said “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.” Questions can speak a great deal about a person’s perspective. Questions provide a glimpse of one’s knowledge while answers can at times form temporary responses to different situations. Your questions must have a purpose- to get a specific answer- and communicate a sense of curiosity on your part. Be it an interview or a career fair conversation or a general catch up with a recruiter, frame your questions well, for recruiters are not only assessing your answers, but also the questions you pose.

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