Dubious Scholarships – are you being misled? : Dubious Scholarships – are you being misled? Looking for someone to fund your higher studies in India or abroad? It seems that you need not have to worry at all and run around from pillar to post to acquire a scholarship or funding for your higher studies. Scan newspapers and google with the key words ‘scholarship’ and, lo and behold, you will be virtually inundated with advertisements and notifications. It may look like quite a large number of ‘oh-so-benevolent’ philanthropists are waiting to meet you with their fat purses! Look deeper and search behind the veils of the smart looking websites and seemingly well-defined processes of applications, screening, scholarship examinations, disbursal procedures etc., and you will find a lot many reasons to doubt the true purpose of the various organisations offering scholarships for studies in India and abroad. After a thorough research and analysis of the business of scholarship and scholarship examination landscape in India, the iDreamCareer team has unearthed certain worrisome scenarios, about which an aspiring student, his parents and teachers must be aware about. When you are reading or searching about a scholarship / fellowship / other offering for financing your higher studies, be aware of the following scenarios and choose to apply for the right ones. Dubious organisations offering scholarships There could be some organisations, typically registered as a ‘Foundation’ under the Indian Trust Act, as a Society under the Indian Societies Registration Act or as a Section 8 Company under the Companies Act 2013 (therefore fully legitimate organisations under the Indian laws), which often fleece students by collecting a large amount of application fees and other procedural fees. It remains mostly unclear whether they have ever given out any scholarship to anyone. A case in point A case in point is the Gaurav Foundation. Their website does not mention any details about the amount of scholarships, what is the basis for selecting students for getting the scholarships, and how students are selected for receiving the scholarships. Although Gaurav Foundation claims to be affiliated with or ‘registered’ with NITI Aayog, Nasscom Foundation, Google for nonprofits, Save the Children, etc. but no details about its organisation is available except few lines about their objectives etc. There is no phone number available for contacting except a WhatsApp chat number and an email ID. Whereas we do not know whether anyone has ever received a scholarship from Gaurav Foundation or not, but the Foundation is part the Gaurav Singhal Group and Gaurav Foundation seems to be one of their 15 brands, as per the group’s website! Education consulting companies conducting scholarship examinations to collect data If you are a student appearing for or have just appeared in higher secondary level school leaving examination, then you must be receiving hundreds of messages on SMS, WhatsApp and emails about admission offer to various engineering, medical, and management institutions as well as foreign universities. Where do they get your contact details from? Well, there are many ways to get it, a few are legitimate, but most are by dubious means. One example of legitimate source of your contact data is the MAT (Management Aptitude Test conducted by the All India Management Association) database which can be bought by the Business Schools using MAT as an entrance examination for admission into their MBA or PGDM programs. An example of dubious means is the various ‘Scholarship’ examinations conducted by organisations involved in education consulting or in helping private sector colleges and universities to get students applying for admission into various programs. These organisations typically offer ‘career counselling’, which is obviously biased towards their client institutions and often fleece you by intense persuasion. It is true that not all such consultants do that, but many do. The real reason behind the ‘Scholarship’ examinations that these education consultants conduct is collection of students’ contact data. No one really knows transparently as to whether any student has ever received a reasonable amount of scholarships from these organisations as the information that they provide to public is just a set of pompous claims and decorated content. A case in point It may be the scenario in case of the various scholarship entrance examinations such as All India EngineeringEntrance Scholarship Examination (Secondary), All India Pre-Medical Scholarship Test (Secondary), and International Pre-Medical Scholarship Test conducted by the company named Brainztorm Technical Excellence Pvt. Ltd. This company is registered with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Their registered office is in Chennai and the operating office is in Noida. A careful reading of the information provided on the website of Brainztorm Technical Excellence Pvt. Ltd. reveals that it conducts several scholarship entrance examinations and also offers marketing services and career guidance. The details about the scholarship amount, how students are selected to receive the scholarships, selection procedure, etc. are not mentioned in either one of the websites for the entrance examinations conducted by the company or in the company’s corporate website. We do not know whether any student has received any scholarship from Brainztorm Technical Excellence Pvt. Ltd. or not, but we can advise students to use caution when applying to such scholarship examinations as offered by this company. The basis of our doubt is the question as to why should an organisation conduct an entrance examination for offering scholarships to engineering or medical courses? There are already many entrance examinations including the JEE, NEET, etc. If there is a philanthropic aim, one can easily select students for scholarships based on the scores in these examinations and also on the basis of past academic records. The International Pre-Medical Scholarship Test web page Fake news on social media If you are getting unsolicited SMSes, WhatsApp messages or email messages urging you to apply for scholarships or for appearing into a scholarship examination, then there is a high possibility that such scholarships are either fake or have some other hidden purposes, unless the messages are from well-known and reputed educational institutions or foundations like Azim Premji Foundation or Tata Trust. Besides, it is most likely that these reputed organisations will never send you messages. They may publish notifications in newspapers and websites but would not send unsolicited messages. A case in point A case in point is the WhatsApp messages many people received last year about the scholarships for students by the Prerana Foundation in association with Infosys Foundation. The news was a completely fake news although it is not established as to who sent such a news. According to the website www.blastfakenews.com, Prerana Foundation clarified that the message was wrong, and they were not associated with Infosys Foundation. As per the website of the Prerana Foundation, they offer financial aid to meritorious students from underprivileged background and 2500 students have been benefited as on 11-August 2018. The Foundation offer several programs for the underprivileged students. Another recent case Recently, a message informing that the Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, is doling out Rs. 10,000 to girls between the age of 1-18 years under a dubious Pradhan Mantri Balika Samriddhi Yojana was being forwarded on WhatsApp. The message was exhorting people to apply before 15th August and also to send the message to all friends. The link given in the message was http://sukanya-yojna.m-indian-gov.in/. This was a fake news and the link didn’t lead to anywhere. There is a Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana announced by the Government of India in January, 2015. But this is a savings scheme meant for the parents of girl children. The benefit of the scheme is a higher interest rate given to the account holders, which is much higher than the general savings bank interest rate. This scheme provides tax benefits too. So, the PM was not really dolling out any cheque to the parent of a girl child. How far does fake news can take our imagination to? The fake news on Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana ‘Scholarships’ offered by colleges and universities You would often find advertisements of many engineering institutes, business schools and universities in India in newspapers and social media, offering scholarships to meritorious students. Many reputed coaching institutions also conduct scholarship examinations. Whereas they do offer scholarships to deserving students, but in the opinion of the iDreamCareer team, the main idea behind such scholarships is to ‘fish’ or attract students to apply to their programs. Only few get the scholarships while most of the examinees get calls later from the admission or marketing teams of the colleges, universities or coaching centres. While some of these colleges, universities and coaching centres do have good programs to offer but some other may not be good at all. Therefore, before applying for a scholarship examination conducted by an institute, a student should be sure as to whether he or she really wants to study for the institute’s or coaching centre’s programs. Similarly, before applying to a college or university in the lure of a scholarship, a student should be sure about the quality of the degree programs in the college or university and also about the faculty members’ profile, quality of teaching, accreditation status, affiliation or approval status and overall, about the reputation of the college or university. The bottom line The bottom line is that a scholarship or a scholarship examination could be dubious or altogether fake. When you apply for a scholarship or a scholarship examination, you should be cautious and find out the facts. The thumb rules are: Check out whether you can get a clear information about how many scholarships would be given, what would be the amount of scholarships, and what would make one eligible for the scholarship. Typically, the website of the organisation offering the scholarship should have exhaustive and transparent information. Check out the details of the organisation offering scholarship. Is it a reputed organisation? Is there any doubt or controversy about the organisation? Is there any information available on who received the scholarships over the past few years? Is the organisation asking for a hefty application fee or other procedural fee? If yes, then it may very well be a dubious organisation. A genuine organisation will not ask for hefty application fee or other fees. Mostly, genuine organisations offering scholarships do not ask for any fee at all. Few do ask, but the fees are nominal and reasonable. Is the organisation sending you unsolicited SMS, WhatsApp messages and emails? Is the organisation calling you to inform that there is a scholarship available? If yes, then by all probability, the organisation is either dubious or ‘fishing’ for you to apply to a college or university. Is there a business group or profit-making company behind the scholarship? If yes, is the group or company reputed? If not then, by all probability, the scholarship could be dubious, if not fake. There are plenty of scholarships and other means of funding your higher education. So, you need not feel discouraged. The key point here is that you should be cautious, research well and use your discretion to apply for a scholarship or sit for a scholarship examination. ----- iDreamCareer has developed a list of all 400+ scholarships which are all validated and real. Please read them on this link - https://idreamcareer.com/scholarships ---------------- References: (1) http://www.gauravfoundation.org/scholarship.html accessed on 11 August 2018 at 1:00 PM IST (2) http://www.gauravsinghalgroup.com/ accessed on 11 August 2018 at 1:05 PM IST (3) http://brainztorm.org.in/, http://ipmst.com/about_aieese_primary, https://www.aipmstsecondary.co.in/ and https://www.aieesesecondary.co.in/index accessed on 11 August 2018 between 12:30 PM and 1:54 PM IST (4) http://blastfakenews.com/2017/09/23/ngo-prerana-infosys-and-scholarship-for-students/ accessed on 11 August 2018 at 1:19 PM IST (5) https://www.prerana.ngo/ accessed on 11 August 2018 at 1:21 PM IST (6) https://www.thequint.com/news/webqoof/no-pm-modi-is-not-giving-out-rs-10k-cheques-to-girls accessed on 11 August 2018 at 4:45 PM
Lessons I learned from Mr. Anil Swarup : Lessons to learn from Mr. Anil Swarup I clearly remember the first time when I heard Mr. Swarup talking at an education conference in Mumbai and in that very moment, I was inspired by his thoughts and approach of solving some major problems in Indian Education system. The moment was when someone said "the problem of bad quality of education in government schools is due to bad teachers, and the government should remove such teachers from the system". Mr. Swarup replied "While you work with the government schools you need to understand that teachers are the backbone, there will be good teachers and there will bad ones. Removing teachers is not a solution, yes it is the easiest thing to do but not the ultimate solution. You need to associate yourself with the problem, acknowledge it and then try to create solutions. The tough thing to do is to empower such teachers by building their aspirations and capability, go for the tougher solution as that can really go on to solve bigger problems" During the course of time I have followed him on social media, have presented to him at various MHRD events, heard him talk in various conferences, interacted with him personally for a brief period of time; and in all these direct and indirect interactions, I have learned 7 major lessons from him which has always inspired and motivated me in doing the best I could do with my venture iDreamCareer.com so as to solve a major problem in our country which is the problem of misinformed career decision-making by school students. The thought of sharing my learnings and experiences with everyone so that it helps each and every one out there; especially the younger generation, seemed like a great idea. Here are a few pointers that each one of us should remember- 1. Simplicity If you ever meet Mr. Swarup, you will mostly see him wearing a Nehru collar shirt (mostly brown or white) with full sleeves and the top buttons closed. Plain and simple. No time wasted. You can meet him on a bus carrying the economy class passenger to the aircraft giving space to others for a seat. No matter how grand/big the conference is, you will find him sitting with the public, around them, talking about some work, making general conversations which simply reflects his humble and down to earth his personality. The reason I am sharing all these details of this great man is the learning that came along which is no matter how successful and grand your social position is, having an attitude that reflects your inner being is cherished and admired the most. And that is what Mr. Swarup has done so well. 2. More work, fewer formalities Those of who have worked with Mr. Swarup will agree that his style of work prioritised work more than anything else. He never considered formalities significant and neither does he gave importance to hierarchical systems and processes. His work style as great as it is, has inspired me as well as many others. 3. Awareness about the problems He has always believed that there are huge problems to solve in a country like India. And we must know that to solve these major problems, one has to have patience and a never giving up attitude. Results may take time to surface, but the process surely requires patience, hard work and persistence. And the most important thing is to acknowledge the magnitude of the problem so that there is no delay in execution, knowing that the problems may take time to solve. 4. Work is a mix of passion & dedication We had an MHRD workshop in Bhopal on Government-NGO Interaction. Two days before he had some personal emergency, which demanded his utmost attention. We got to know about it and realized that he would not be there for the event. Guess what, he was right there before time and attended the entire day workshop interacting with NGOs and government officials, trying to build a connection between NGO-State governments. Having immense dedication towards his work he simply says even in the last days of my career, I have sleepless nights thinking about solving some major problems. He has given his entire life serving for the welfare of India. This by far is the greatest lessons I have learned from Mr. Swarup. To give your 100%, nothing less. 5. An attitude of "Nothing is impossible" In his entire career, he has experienced some major obstacles (Coal Allocation loss, Babri Masjid case, health mission, CBSE paper leak etc.) to which people might have said "This is part of the system and such a huge problem is impossible to solve". People know how he and his office at Coal Ministry had months of sleepless nights to come with e-auction of coals which solved a nearly impossible task of coal allocation and cutting through coal mafia's. It was unbelievable for everyone. But he trusted that his intentions are not wrong and tried to give his best to solve even the most difficult task in hand. He triumphed most of them, failed a few. And because he was determined and his intentions were right, nothing stopped him in doing the impossible. 6. Transparency From the act of e-auction system, when he was in Coal Ministry which transformed the entire working of the government, to creating a portal like Shaala Sarathi in the education sector, he has always believed that bringing transparency in education sector can lead to a more efficient system. Lesson learned is that transparency in personal acts, professional undertakings, and business activities will always lead to something impactful. 7. Spread the goodness Everyone who is trying to do well for others might end up committing some mistakes but their intentions are always pure. So let’s admire and keep in mind the good and take a lead ahead in the wellness of all! If you search #NexusOfGood on social media you will get to know how Mr. Swarup has been the one whose efforts in doing good and inspiring others to do the same is spreading positivity and a sense of dedication in each one of us. You can now also follow a twitter handle started by Mr. Swarup to spread the goodness: @nexusofgood - https://twitter.com/nexusofgood --- Written by Ayush Bansal, founder of iDreamCareer.com
How Career Counselling is One of The Essential Components of Today's Education : How Career Counselling is One of The Essential Components of Today's Education In recent time, career counselling has got the recognition it needed. Career counselling in India had never been much popular amongst students. However, people like parents or students now become concerned about one’s career choices due to unsuccessful jobs and stressful lifestyle. Now, students are more inclined towards making a career in the field they are passionate about. And, the most reliable way to understand your career choices is career counselling. It will not be wrong to define career counselling as a never-ending process. Going throughout the life, the process lets you decide the best career option in any age. Whether you are a student who just completed the higher studies or an employee working somewhere you no longer want to work, career counselling is for everyone that needs to know their calling. However, it is most effective for students that want to decide on a dedicated and successful career path. Career counseling in India helps students to find their right career path by examining their core competencies. If you think passing exams is the only difficult thing in a student’s life, then you haven’t asked them about their career yet. Deciding on a right career path has become a barrier for them. Teens are most of the time surrounded by questions like- what stream are you going to take after 10th, what to do you want to be in the future, or what’s your dream job? These are some of the questions that increase the pressure on a student. Many a time, career suggestions from others take the place of an individual’s real interest. These are critical aspects for a student that we forget to watch. Need for Career Counsellors Many students unaware of the effective career choices, chooses the bandwagon of popular jobs. This is not the right way to take one of the most important decisions of your life, your career. In this cut-throat competition time, students want to pick nothing but the best career track for a successful life ahead. There are so many career opportunities that students by getting puzzled often take irrelevant courses and then suffer in an uninteresting job. Career counselling, therefore, is an important aspect to consider before making a career decision. It is a key component in today’s education sector that promises to deliver the best results in terms of education. On the other hand, many people change their career track after settling into a job. This is most likely due to the fact that they haven’t consulted a career counsellor before starting their career. Everyone knows about popular job fields like engineering, law, and doctorate. However, there are many other areas too that can be considered for making your passion as your career choice. If you like stars and wish to do research about them, why take engineering? In such cases, maybe you are unaware of the skills you possess and just pursuing the most optimal option. If you can relate to any of the discussed scenarios, finding and talking to a career counsellor can be the best decision of your life. Gone are the days, when the only popular choice for students was to get a degree, do a decent job in a government organization, and work until you retire. Today’s generation and career opportunities both are different and way too far than ever expected. In spite of the pressure of acquiring a leading career, most of the students need to have their passion blended in their career path. Career counselling can make it possible and much more. Removes The Confusion Regarding Career Experts working in a career counselling sector mentions that career opportunities are increasing day by day which ultimately affects the choice of a student. This situation leads to confusion for a student. When they have hundreds of choices, picking up the most valuable one is difficult. And, talking about the coaching institutes, they introduce new courses every month. However, they most of the time fail in providing effective results because of not having highly skilled teachers. In such cases, the only trustworthy option is to interact with a career advisor. Since they are career experts, they successfully deliver results by performing detailed research and comparison of choices. They highlight what’s right or wrong on a career path and in this way, a student can take a correct career route. Shows The Right Education’s Path Education setting is another very important aspect that has changed today. Unfortunately, it is now can be considered as a business. The education sector has positioned themselves as one of the most lucrative business these days. Coaching and other teaching organizations are attracting students with highly engaging advertisements. Not to provide a quality education, but they mostly target selling of education degrees. On the other hand, students take such courses in the fear of missing out on effective courses that will affect their career. Indeed, students might affect their career, but, by opting for these platforms. Career counsellors are the saviors that can save you from the tricky education providers and guide towards the right path. They make proper decisions regarding the most suitable options for you. Guides Based on Increased Competition With more job opportunities in the market than ever, there is an expansion of the academic sphere too. Now the career ladder does not end at graduation, instead, it is growing further. People want to do Masters or PhD due to the fact that there is a significant disparity in demand and supply. Students are looking for valuable certification and diploma courses that can increase the value of their main degree. However, organizations are having limited jobs for an enormous number of candidates and thus, companies are only targeting the best resource for them. Career counsellors are helpful in chalking out the best version of a student. They examine the strengths, weakness, and other factors of a student. Finally, they provide the right combination of the career field and the skills they possess. Provides Technology Equipped Guidance When everything in the world has embraced tech-driven solutions, even career counselling have started designing digital and accurate results. Other than career counsellors and companies, if you are a career-oriented person, you must have heard about career assessment tests. And, if not, career assessment tests are a widely used method to inspect the personal and professional skills of a student. Students can take these tests, and understand their skills insights and what career path to be travelled. The best part about them, tech-driven solutions are error free. Career counsellors use them to analyse a student and then suggest the best career choices. In the process of career counselling, the students can leverage aptitude and personality test, which are not only fun but also highlights their personal skills suitable for a job. Career assessment tests lead to a discussion with career counsellors where they can determine their calling and invest their efforts in a perfect career track. Most of the career assessment test is free and easily available online. They are especially helpful for teens that can make their right-career search easier. This hands-on and innovative approach is simple to find some effective career options; however, making the results comprehensive, career counsellors can help candidates to go with specific opportunities. Skills To Become a Career Counsellor Career counsellors ask, analyze, and tell you the best career path based on your skills and effective career alternatives present in the market. Rather than just researching what are the possibilities of a career, it is a great responsibility towards raising the education sector’s level. India is not really well and balanced when it comes to our education system. We have brilliant to students or learner, but we mostly lack good educators. Career counselling in India, however, is a strong asset of the society that provides a right approach in shaping the career of a kid. For those who want to make a career in showing others the way to their right career, below are some top skills they must possess. Research Skills: With increasing career opportunities, people look for career counsellors that can end their search process. Career counsellors constantly keep them updated with new jobs and career choices with research practices. Listening Skills: It can be assumed that career counsellors need to offer great advice to the students. However, there’s more to it. Listening patiently to the clients is what that is important to lead the discussion in a right direction. Communication Skills: It is like a base for the career counselling process. It is not about telling people about the career options, but how well you can explain that matters. Empathy: It is one of the most essential quality to become a counsellor. Since counselling process includes interaction and discussion with children and their parents, empathy is vital to building a rapport with them. Problem Solving Approach: Having this skill is helpful to resolve any career-related conflict between parents and children. A counsellor should be able to show a mutual path to both the parties. Career counselling is a significant job profile where the person involved in essential practices like understanding one’s personality, core strengths, and skills. As per some reports suggest, there are nearly 12000 careers and knowing all of them is impossible. Therefore, the critical thing for a career counsellor is to adopt the best practices and approaches relevant to career guidance in India. Career counselling is a strong chain that connects an individual to his dream job role. They update their knowledge regularly to come up with the latest and effective solutions. Counsellors use scientific evidence along with a logical approach. The process is not only dependent on advice from career experts, but a huge chunk of information is provided by children and their parents. Briefly, career counselling is extremely helpful to build a student’s career and is a very important part of education.
Reasons Why Career Guidance Can Drive Your Progress in the Right Direction : Reasons Why Career Guidance Can Drive Your Progress in the Right Direction Career is a much larger and significant part of our lives today than it was ever. With so many job opportunities, courses, institutes, and similar platforms, it is highly difficult for a student to derive the most suitable ones. An adequate choice of career will not only offer an effective job opportunity but allows a student to embrace a satisfactory and respectful lifestyle. Also, the desired career path engages an individual making them more informed, confident, and dedicated. A right career path, therefore, can mold the entire way of life. Lifestyle and personality are the reflection of one’s values and mostly, the professional life they lead. When we grow up, our personal choices, goals, and future plans start revolving around the kind of job we have and the flexibility it can offer. The way a job shapes the way of living for an individual, career counsellors shape an effective career path in the same way. Career counseling in India the paramount in the education sector, inspiring a person to travel the best career path and reach the destination successfully. India is a developing country and its power lies in the youth or students of the upcoming generation. It is crucial for them to make an informed decision regarding their career advancements. In such cases, career counsellors behave as the spinal cord of the education sector that highlights the optimal career choices for the student fraternity. However, career counselling in India also targets professionals as well. How? Sometimes, quick career decisions can ruin the learning phase and hence, the job performance. Loving your job must be a priority apart from living a dream. Unfortunately, more than 42% of professionals don’t love their job and they ultimately quit their job. The point is people who do not consider the pros and cons of a career, suffer later in their professional life. And, such situation hinders their growth perspective. To avoid such scenarios, the only thing is to consider choosing the best career option while you are a student because this is a very critical age. A student is always surrounded by many distractions. Thus, there is a higher chance of them to take wrong and irrelevant decisions. Career counselling in India can greatly help to achieve effective and successful career choices. Career counsellors make it easy to pick the right career direction by examining the personality and skills set of an individual and thereby, suggest matching job possibilities. Why Consider Career Counselling in India? Educators in India are rigorously working to improve and achieve great results in the education sector. And, career counsellors are one of those. Career counselling in India has not been very popular over the past many years. However, it is now that people have started talking about it and are embracing it to perform well in this era of tough competition. Career counsellors offer their expertise to enlighten a right career route to an individual. When schools or institutes lack in providing proper guidance to the students, career counsellors come to the rescue. It is the utmost responsibility of a counsellor to show impactful guidance to the ones who are in need. Here are the top explanations for why career counselling can drive one’s progress in the right direction. Career Counsellors are Well-Aware of All the Opportunities The most vulnerable stage in terms of career is the high school. So, there are students who are totally unaware of their interests and career tracks. On the other hand, many students display the ‘I know’ attitude or choose careers as suggested by their seniors or relatives. In either case, career counselling is essential. Based on the knowledge, research, and expertise level, career counsellors help the students to understand the current market scenario and job opportunities. They are the right people to ask and explore a desired as well as a new but suitable career path. For example, most of the students are not aware of the rewarding fields like astrophysics, ethical hacking, bartending, and others. With thorough research and effective guidance, career counsellors allow one to take an informed decision. Career counsellors keep them updated with all the current requirements and leading platforms in the market. When you are in doubt regarding what career field to select, take help from career counsellors. By breaking your mindset, they can introduce you to all the effective alternatives present in the market. Embrace Broad Perspective to Examine Career Skills Why we are focusing on the career counselling process is that career decisions are irreversible. Once taken, you will need to dig deep into it to produce fruitful results. And, if you won’t like your job later, taking on a new adventure may seem difficult. Also, it is equally dangerous to explore multiple career fields at the same time. Career counselling banishes the mindset for different careers and helps a student discover an optimal path for the future. Also, in this digitally emerging tech-world, the education sector is involving tools that can produce precise and measurable results. Similarly, counsellors implement technology-equipped tools like personality tests, aptitude tests, and others that are helpful in making smart decisions. In this way, counsellors try to find out what kind of talents and interests you possess using scientific assessment tests. You will get two advantages; first, you will get to know your potential and skills in terms of a professional aspect, and second, your career counsellors will be able to filter most suitable job types as per your strengths. Remember that you cannot indulge in everything when it comes to choosing a career. Take one but a careful decision in your career with the help of career counselling. A Clear Road-Map towards Fulfilling Career For those who check Google maps on their phone will know how precisely it displays the path to a destination. In the same wake, career counsellors drive a student towards his right career path by defining a clear road-map for him. A right career map is an impressive tool for a student to stay focus and achieve beneficial results. Career counselling in India is not limited to a platform that asks you about your desired career choices. It is a process that encourages the students towards analysing their skills, understanding their career matches, and embracing the most optimal career solution. Career counsellors here, contribute by strategizing a robust career plan for the aspirants. They are a supportive pillar for the young generation of the country that can accelerate right career moves. They advise regarding mastering your goal and bringing career satisfaction. Resolve Career Conflict Between Children and Parents Imagine a picture where parents and their child is having arguments over a career move. Parents have different aspects and career choices for their child, whereas the child comes up with job fields inspired from his interests. Conditions like these give rise to conflicts and one ends up compromising on their dreams. Most of the time, parents assume that they know the best for their children and hence, take career decision based on that. Children, as a result, feel suffocated and live their entire life struggling at a job they had never wished for. However, career advisers respect and understand the viewpoints of both parents and children and therefore, suggest an optimal middle path. Career counsellors are unbiased, and thus, deliver a balanced opinion by making both parties understand the details of career options. Moreover, career counsellors are not only career experts but also understands human behavior. With their years of knowledge and experience, they guide and motivate people to follow high-yielding results. Career counselling is the gateway to the best career move for both children as well as parents. Connect and Grow your Career Opportunities with Domain Experts A career counsellor is someone whose profile makes him connect with many industry experts. Thus, they are not a single entity but a gateway to get acquainted with a broader network. So, even if you have already made up your mind about a job destination, consulting with career counsellors can open up new channels and opportunities for you. Thanks to the resources used by career counsellors that offer the transparency between a student and his desired industry. Behaving as the domain experts, career counsellors make efforts to introduce you to real-life responsibilities in a job. A good network means you can learn better and are always surrounded by options. When increasing competition and extensive courses are confusing you, knock on the most trusted door of career counselling. Career counsellors can help you to traverse the right directions in a career like no other. Moreover, by understanding the mentality of children and their parents, career counsellors find a suitable path to conquer the career dilemma. Career counsellors are a ladder to a successful career. So, explore the services to find about the most important career path for you. They motivate the student to consider available and informative routes. Grab better and fulfilling opportunities in life by interacting with career counsellors to surpass any ambiguous or doubtful career boat. The career experts will help you to sail in ease through thick and thins of a professional life.
Handling Peer Pressure, One step at a time : Handling Peer Pressure, One step at a time “Hey, are you scared to even try that? I am not forcing you, it’s your decision anyway.” The words that we all dread and the words that provoke us to prove that we aren't scared. We all might have faced people who try to drag us in things that we would usually not give in so easily. Well, that's what Peer Pressure is all about. Making decisions on your own sometimes becomes challenging, but when other people get involved and try to force their decisions on you it makes the situation worse. People who are your age are called peers so when they try to influence you or force their decision on you, it is called peer pressure. This is something that we all have gone through in our lives. So, Let us finally talk about peer pressure and how you can deal with it. There’s no denying the fact that your friends influence your life. Their interest’s and habits are in some way or the other going to affect you too. Peers can have a positive influence on each other. For example one of your friends taught you an easier way to solve a question in maths. You might like the way he studies and tries to practice more and work hard. Or maybe someday you share your favorite music band and all your friends admire you for your taste in music. These are surely going to uplift you and your peers and create a healthy environment. This is what exactly a positive influence of peer pressure sounds like. But there here are two sides to every coin. Peers have a negative influence as well. A few kids in school might force you to skip classes, they may challenge you to do something that is not right. They may even force you to make fun of others, use foul language or even persuade you to be mean to others or disrespect others just for fun. You might not even realize that you are doing all these things as this could look a bit cool to be able to make others laugh by bullying friends or teachers. The fact that your parents are always complaining and stopping you to hang out with a certain group of friends might actually be a good thing for you. It might feel like everyone is against you and they don't want you to have fun or see you happy. Trust me, we all have been through this, and the sooner you realize that your parents were actually right about your friends the better it is and the less it would affect your life. The moment you realize that you are not in a good company, you would start differing between them. That's when you must leave their company for your own good. The reason some kids give in to peer pressure so easily may involve the urge to be liked by all, the urge to fit in or the thought that other kids might make fun of them for being boring. And others go along with them because they are curious to try something new that others are doing. The idea that "everyone else is doing it" influences students to ignore their common sense and take bad decisions. You cannot say NO to them. Can you? It would make you less cool and you would not be able to get a lot of attention. Right? Wrong. Saying NO can be tough but it is not impossible. It might make you lose some so-called friends but it will make you fetch some good ones with whom you can be who you really are. Paying attention to your own feelings and beliefs about what is right and wrong can help you take the right decisions. Knowing the difference between right and wrong is very important and it takes a lot of courage to stand up for yourself and say NO. If you see someone else being bullied, you could help them by backing them up. This takes a lot of the power out of peer pressure and makes it easier to resist. It really helps to have friends who have similar values and interest as you do, so that when in need they can help you make the right choice. When your parents say “choose your friends wisely”. Peer pressure is the main reason they say this. If your group of friends doesn't like certain things other group members do, chances are you too won't be doing these things either. If you continue to face peer pressure and find it difficult to handle it on your own, you can talk to someone you trust. Don't feel stressed or guilty for your mistakes, talking out your problems can help you get out of the situation and prepare you for the next time you face something. By letting someone mature enough to know your troubles can help others too in tackling peer pressure. “It is better to walk alone than with a crowd going in the wrong direction” It’s not easy to resist negative peer pressure, but when you find a way out it saves you from many negative consequences. It often takes one person to speak out or say no and change the whole situation and in most cases, the involvement of elders might be needed. But there is always a way out, no matter how grim the consequences be. All you have to do is Reach out.
Career advice no one ever gives : Career advice no one ever gives There comes a phase in every student’s life in which the need to focus on board examinations or the pressure to ace the entrance examinations comes altogether. And in the midst of all the uncertainty, you are sitting there wondering what exactly you want to do? And it is absolutely okay to feel a little under-confident or uncertain about your future. You’ll feel that it is a big deal and if you do not make prompt decisions in life you will miss out on everything. Just so you know, it is indeed a big deal but that simply doesn’t mean that you take hurried decisions and land up in a course or a career path that doesn’t lift you up or helps you grow. We all have been in the same situation and have been targeted by a lot of people who tell you what’s good for you. As a matter of fact do you really think anybody else can decide what’s really good for you? I am not saying you stop listening to what people say, but at least be sane enough to implement what would work for you and what wouldn’t. So let’s try and talk about the things that no one ever tells us. Here are a few pointers that may help you a lot in decision making. 1. Don’t take everybody’s opinion seriously - While juggling between what you should do and what shouldn’t, you’ll see a lot of people around you advising you and telling you all the better options for your career. And the more you listen to people, the far you go away from your own opinion. One day you might find job X interesting and the other day you’ll find job Y more financially appealing. And that’s when it is necessary to set your own priorities right and decide what according to you is important. Listen to whatever people say, but try to “do” what you think is right. 2. “Everybody is doing it” should not affect your goals - The thing that nobody tells us is to follow our own heart. If you think you are good at something, for example: painting, then you should not need to worry why people are going for MBA or CA. If you are sure something would make you happy by pursuing it, you’d automatically want to do well in it and other’s decisions and opinions wouldn’t affect your progress. Therefore choosing a career should be solely based on your interest. People’s opinions must be listened to, but the decision taking part must be the basis of your own interest. 3. Don’t fall for “Do what you are good at” - Taking career decision on the basis of what you are good at may look like an easy option but it is very temporary. You’d have to find where your interests lie and where you want to be. All you need to figure out is where your interest lies. Let’s take for an example of a boy who scores extremely well in accountancy and ends up taking CA as his career path without looking at the job profile and working style. The boy soon realized that he is neither doing well in his preparation for the entrance exams nor is able to focus on other options. Just because you are good at something shouldn’t be the basis for your career. 4. A year drop doesn’t define Success - Year drop is the toughest decision for everyone, and especially for parents. Who wants their child to sit at home and do nothing? Well that is all true but if dropping a year means you need time to introspect and look for options and perform well in the exams, then a year drop isn’t that bad an option. The mentality that a drop means the child is not focused or is wasting time should change because to a great extent it is not true. There are times we need to take a break and figure out things, and if a year’s break helps in making career decisions more favourable then when looked from a bigger perspective, this could save anyone from taking wrong career decisions. Therefore, before deciding to take a year off, make sure you have evaluated your options carefully and that whatever you decide, it helps you grow which wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. 5. Change of plans is alright - Gone are the days when everyone was supposed to stick to one particular field and follow it for rest of the life. With so many options available everywhere, if you think you no longer like to continue what you were passionate about earlier, you should not be afraid of exploring for more options. Although it is generally thought that after investing a lot of time and money there seems no logic in not pursuing it any longer. But as a matter of fact, if you really think that you cannot continue, just take a break and introspect. Talk to people and share your fears and if it’s justified you can always change your career path. 6. Take Risks - We are always told to focus on one thing and not take risks. But if there are so many opportunities available in the market to test your skills and interest. One must always strive hard, one must always say yes to opportunities to keep exploring options and never settle for just one thing. There are so many options available which may guide you towards even better and fulfilling career pathways. Factually,a very large part of your career helps you in defining your attitude and personality. Always remember that your career plays a huge role in defining your life, so in case you feel you are in need of some guidance, you can always take help from your seniors and take decisions. If still you feel you need more clarity, you can always take help from career counselling experts. “There are No Limits to what you can accomplish, except the limits you place on your own thinking”
All about the new National Testing Agency and recent changes in NEET & JEE-Mains exam : On 7th July 2018, Honourable Human Resource Department Minister Mr. Prakash Javadekar on a press conference, released the birth of National Testing Agency, announcing some big changes in the conduction of entrance examinations in India. Some of the vital changes announced by him on the press conference are as follows: From the Academic year 2019, following entrance exams will now be conducted by NTA and not CBSE: JEE (Mains) NEET UGC- NET CMAT GPAT Secondly, JEE(Mains) will be conducted twice a year in the month of January, and April; and similarly, NEET will also be conducted twice a year in the month of February, and May. The candidates can give the exam twice a year, and out of which the best score will be considered for the admission process. Thirdly, the Syllabus, Language, Nature of Questions, and Feeswill be the same, however the mode of examination will be on computer, instead of pen and paper, to bring in more transparency. Moreover, the examination process will be 4-5 days long, and per the convenience the candidates can select the date. As the mode of examination will be computer based, the candidates who do not have an accessibility of computers at their homes, the testing agency will be providing them an opportunity for practicing the test on computers either on Saturdays and Sundays, or by downloading the practice sessions. For NEET 2019, the dates for online submission is 1st October 2018- 31st October 2018. As of now the tentative dates of the examination is between 3rd February to 17th February 2019, and 12th May to 26th May 2019. The exam will be 8 days long, and the candidate can choose one day as per their convenience. If you have any queries regarding this, feel free to reach us at 9559990000, or write us at email@example.com to get your queries solved. We will be happy to guide you.
Steps to Find The Top Career Counselling Platforms : Steps to Find The Top Career Counselling Platforms Do you often find yourself in a situation when your family members attack you with the career-related queries? What do you answer them? Do you have a dedicated plan towards your dream job or you are still in search of your dream job? Unfortunately, most of the individuals have no clue regarding their ideal career. And, this case is a common scenario amongst the school students who pass 10th or 12th standard. There is a high chance that some these confused souls can land on a bad career track themselves. Moreover, when it comes to buying not-so-important stuff in life like clothes, mobile, and accessories, we consult so many people. However, when it comes to one of the most important decisions in life, career, one often forgets to take proper guidance. How can you ignore the most significant decision of your life? A career is the most valuable aspect of one’s growth. Choosing a right career can shape the rest of your life. Many people have this misconception that they know everything about their ideal career choice and related requirements. And, many times this is the cause of their failure in their professional life. It is even hard for some people to switch the occupation track at a later stage. Therefore, in countries like India, where people usually opt for one career field for their entire life, choosing the best career is the critical. With so many job opportunities in the market, feeling confused or lost is a common sign. However, a right approach must be embraced to achieve better results for a long run. It is best to receive an appropriate support from someone who is an industry expert and can connect you with your dream job. Career counselling is one such process that provides effective proper guidance and motivation towards making a right career move. Career counselling platforms help a person to know his interests, passion, and skills and then recommend the best job as per their suitability. For one who is aware of his career path, career counsellor experts show the right set of skills to be built for achieving successful results in that area. There are certain job profiles you may not even know exist. Moreover, how to pursue them is the next challenge for an aspirant. In such cases, the career counsellors play a vital role. Career counselling in India helps a person to explore various career opportunities. A growing career selection is a hard decision, but trained career counsellors present the most valuable insights of the industry and thus making the job selection process easy. It might be the case with many students that they are unsure of what to do. They have so many possibilities in their mind. But realistically, career is not a mixture of many things. You cannot taste a little bit of everything. Career counsellors work towards this thought and allow a person to narrow down the actual career paths for them. Career counselling platforms provide facts, aptitude tests, psychometric analysis, and other detailed operations that enable one to take a right move towards their big goal. Even Indian parents want to contribute to the career of their child. They want to help them for going into a right career block. They think that they know what their children can do and this is the situation that produces a conflict between them. Parents need to understand the interests and passion of their child. Pushing their own decisions over them can be suffocating. The interesting thing is that no one is wrong in this case. While parents might be having knowledge about the leading job areas, children know about themselves and their talent. This partial situation can effectively handled by a career counsellor. They can rescue both the parties by providing them enough knowledge regarding a career. With a detailed knowledge about various career paths and associated skills, career advisors provide effective help by comparing all the choices that one is considering. One can solve all their dilemmas of the ideal career with career counsellors. Finding a career counselling platform is definitely a major thing to do. So, look at the below essential steps to discover the best career counselling platforms in India. Chalk Out Your Preferences Are you done with your school syllabus? Now it is time for some serious stuff. If you have already managed to find some of the best college courses or ideal job profiles, it is better to write down your career priorities. However, do not pick any career track randomly out of the list. Understanding the pros and cons of each one will yield in improved decisions and outcomes. You will need a career counsellor for that who can throw light on the most favourable career choices. Also, for them to give their verdict, understanding your strengths, weaknesses, and interests is a mandatory process. Every day, students get to see new courses via offline or online platforms. This practice provides exceptional and leading career opportunities; however, it also adds to the confusion of students. Visiting a reliable portal of career counselling in India will cut out the useless information so they can only see a clear path. But firstly, do some research and look around to know about your interesting career opportunities. Know about Value-Added Services Creating an attractive resume is not enough today. Organizations expect much more than that from the job seekers. Industries are incorporating robust solutions from flexible employees who can lead to profitable and significant results based on their right attitude and performance. In this tech-driven world, one has to be well aware of the technical skills required along with improved personal traits. Every sector deploys a technology perspective and different industry demands, and this is why it is required that aspirants are well informed. Career counsellors are an essential component in the education sector. They examine the skills of a student and based on them highlight the best career alternatives. They are helpful in exhibiting an all round and remarkable profile of an individual apart from his academic excellence reports. After knowing the skill set one must have for a particular job, consulting a career counsellor and taking a career test are the next best steps towards an accelerating career. Try Career Assessments Career assessment is a basic step to perform if you need to know the best job field for you. Due to digital transparency and online channels, many students know about career testing platforms. Unfortunately, only a few access them. For those who are unaware of career assessments, these platforms allows a candidate to gain more knowledge about their personality. These include career tests that highlight strong and weak areas and based on your personality, skills and interests. For example, some tests categorise you as an extrovert or introvert. Through such results, students can know about their core capabilities. A good career counsellor will always either offer or suggest a career assessment before guiding you forward. There are students that take an online career assessment to filter their career choices and then go about looking for a career counsellor to find out more. Interaction with a Counsellor A good counsellor is able to understand you and your career desire chart like no other. He evaluates your personality and factors associated with your professional habits. Report interpretation, interaction, shortlisting colleges are some of the things they follow. They offer an unbiased review for the benefit of a student. Moreover, emerging technology has simplified the career counselling process. It is now able to provide more accurate and effective solutions. Technology implementation in the career counselling platforms now presents very specific and targeted information to the aspirants. The hassle-free solutions examine a candidate’s suitability for a career track. Online counselling sources enhance the success factor of a career for a student. Also, they implement both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to come up with unambiguous decisions. Trained in psychometric assessments, career counsellors find it easy to talk to the parents and students and providing acceptable results for them by following a logical approach in the process. Possibilities of Getting a Personal Mentor The journey of reaching an ideal career or college is not the last step to survive on the top of your career game. Students need advice on every stage through regular motivation and guidance. When you have taken career counselling services, you can find that there is no one better than the counsellor itself. Adopting the role a mentor, career counsellors can set action-oriented goals for a candidate. As a mentor, career counsellors can develop and maintain a balance between the personal and professional traits of a student. They provide the latest information in the industry to keep the students updated on the current possibilities and making them flexible towards their dream job. A career counsellor is a crucial part that is a pathfinder for most of the children. Based on their strong research and training, counsellors at some of the best career counselling platforms in India can effortlessly strategize your career roadmap. Imagine the scenario when you are not consulting a career counsellor. The knowledge of your relatives and seniors is what you can take. However, understand that a person working in a single domain cannot help you make a right decision as per your capabilities. In this case, one will only get results based on some useless facts, unlike career counselling where you receive succinct career choices.
10 Signs That You Need Help from Career Counsellor : 10 Signs That You Need Help from Career Counsellor India is the largest democracy around the world where one celebrates the freedom to practice any profession or occupation of their choice. But this may not be entirely true because decades of Indian education have been submerged in the outmoded style of learning and stagnant career options to pursue thereafter. If that wasn’t enough, there is continuous uninformed guidance and expectations from family members or peer pressure limiting you from making unconventional career choices. Truly speaking, there is no particular villain in the story but then we’ve become accustomed to making safe and tested choices in all spheres of life. And, education and career are sitting right at the top of that list. Ignorance is not bliss! It is necessary to evolve with time. It is essential that we realise that times are not the same. There are so many new types to thriving career options that have emerged. One should choose a career that they can stick to and offers ample opportunities for them to explore in the future. It is equally important to stay at the top of the game in the chosen field. So where does it all start? How can one make the best career decision for themselves? Given the maze of opportunities that lie at hand, is it just the performance in a subject or stream that counts? These are some of the most important questions to ask oneself before choosing a career path. And, career counselling is one of the most effective processes to undergo in order to find the right direction for a successful professional life. For ages, career counselling in India has been neglected on accounts of being a manipulative exercise and a worthless investment. Unlike the set notion, undergoing career counselling in India online or offline is an enriching experience for both children and adolescents. India is slowly yet steadily warming up to the idea of introducing it as a solid support system for students in schools and other educational institutes. Career counsellors in India suggest the best career choices by identifying the strengths, weaknesses, talents, skills and personal interests of an individual Career counselling is a process that takes you through a series of experiences to help you make the right decisions considering core components like your interests, family values, culture, abilities and personality. It involves gaining new knowledge about yourself which ultimately, positively affects your decisions related to career. It etches out a roadmap for individuals to follow for a suitable career growth. Even though we’re mentioning these points, many people do not realize the help that actually comes along with choosing career counselling in India. They are unsure if they really require the help of that sort. Here are 10 signs that indicate that you should get help from a career professional today: 1.You are clueless about your goals in life : Determining what you will be good at any stage of life might be difficult for some people. Unfortunately, this can never fit as an excuse in most situations in life. Living a life that is without a direction is almost like not living at all. It’s important to think about things that excite you and make you happy. You should analyze what career choices will be the best match for the kind of lifestyle you want to lead. You may seek help from your family and friends for the same but it will also be insufficient. For complete guidance, trust only career counsellors that will take your personality and interests into account when advising you. With their years of expertise and knowledge about a number of careers, they will help you design your career path with the least number of obstacles. 2.You’ve just finished middle school and are prepping up for bigger challenges: The end of the middle school is often considered as the threshold of the career foundation. Once the middle school finishes, there is a new sense of responsibility that the students feel. They start considering strengthening their focus and concentration for subjects like Science and Maths. They actively start observing their peers and start getting influenced by career discussions with them. Parents, by now, are more serious about the performance of a child as the career building stage effectively starts from this very point in life. It’s at this tender age that a student should enroll themselves for a session of career counselling in India. Given that the seeds of ‘success in future’ are sown during this time, this is the best opportunity to educate the students about the importance of career planning. It’s relatively easier to expose them to the plethora of career choices post recognizing their skills and talent and helping them get their life on track from the very beginning. 3. You’ve just completed class 10th and are looking forward to selecting a new stream: Completing class 10th is one of the most important milestones for a student in India. If students are not completely aware of their career choices ahead of themselves, it is highly probable that they might opt for a stream that is not suitable for them and neither benefits them in any way in the future. This is also another transition phase where students listen to all sorts of advice, some of them from completely misinformed individuals and some of them from overconfident peers. Either way, listening to and acting upon these can be really harmful. Class 10th is the stage where a student finally gets to control the steering wheel of their career and move it in the right direction heading to success. One needs to strengthen their decision-making skills because from here onwards all the major career decisions need to be determined by reasoning and assessing personal skills and talent. It is also the time where you can omit the subjects that bring down your performance unnecessarily. Opting for career guidance in India at this stage helps a student choose the accurate career path by weighing skills and personal attributes against the three common streams- Commerce, Science and Arts- and career choices options involved. 4. Now that class 12th is over, what options do you have for colleges or work opportunities? Crossing your second milestone, class 12th brings even more responsibilities on your shoulder. This is the time where you’re just officially about to enter the rat race and experience competition head-on. Why only this? You will also be required to make decisions for your future like: Continuing with your current stream and moving forward with higher education in the same. Filling forms and applying for competitive exams and entrance tests at various institutes. Switching to a new stream altogether and proceeding with higher studies. Taking a quick training in the thriving sector and get a job. From regular career choices such as MBBS, mechanical engineering, BBA to more evolved options in the same categories like biotechnology, petrochemical engineering, physiotherapy, international trade, event management, graphic designing, etc., there are many options. Moreover, if one is eager to do a job after 12th, they can go for vocational careers that require particular skills’ training. Some of these fields are hospitality and tourism, software development and electronics and hardware. 5. You are now a college graduate but you’re not even close to deciding what to do next : After three or four years of a bachelor’s program, you are now faced with another challenge. You are now ready to either take the first step in the job market where thousands of people are literally applying for the same job or gearing yourself up to get a spot in the best universities in India and abroad for a Masters program. If getting past the grueling college routine and course curriculum does not give you a clue of what you could be in life, then there’s a problem. It is possible that you may have done really well during graduation years but it may still leave you feeling empty and unhappy. Whether you’re considering going for a job or pursuing further studies, you will require career guidance. Career counselling will not prepare you just for an immediate sense of achievement but will make you ready for long successful professional life ahead. 6. Your job choice didn’t work in your favour and you ended up being fired : The sound of it hurts, doesn’t it? But, unfortunately, it happens to many people with jobs in India. People end up underperforming against the set expectations at work and this happens. It’s not that an individual is trying to hamper his own career knowingly. Maybe the job choice was incorrect. Maybe the position applied for was wrong. There are so many unconscious wrong choices from your end that make you think that you’re doing a good job but tells your employer otherwise. You may also strongly feel that your current job is not your correct call but you still continue it for the sake of monetary benefits or experience. The real struggle starts when you face your employer and they put the stamp of underperformance on you and tell you to leave. Career counselling at this point in time will pull away all the negativity and help to see the real truth behind your experience. It will encourage you to move forward with a new improved game plan where you make better moves and touch success repeatedly. 7. You’re in a job, maybe even doing well but you’re still unsatisfied : Some people just have a knack for learning things quickly. This quality makes them perform well at any task assigned to them. But this may not necessarily be the dream job they were going for. Every job and career has its highs and lows but it is important to be able to see oneself doing something similar for at least the next 10 years. That’s one of the best ways to plan your career. Currently, due to the introduction of many new career options, the roles and responsibilities found in job descriptions overlap. This does not decrease the significance of the skills you need or the experience you may require. To gain experience, you need to learn fast and have milestones set well in advance. Career counselling in India can help you find out the perfect job. 8. You’re in a bad job that you can’t escape from : It’s not wise to stick to a job that does not make you happy. Moreover, it’s not just about being happy but it’s about seeing your future in a good light with it. You may think that you can make it work for like two months or a year but sooner or later you will have to leave. Continuing with that kind of stress for the sake of it can lead to underperformance, health issues, complete burn out or finally you getting fired. You don’t need to suffer but you need to be proactive. You can find the right support you need with career counselling in India to move ahead and get to your ideal workplace. Career counselling is just a small investment for your big future. 9. You know what you want but are getting nowhere with the kind of opportunities you are seeking : You might have been the brightest student in the class all your life but if you can’t impress an employer with your vision of the future and your success along with the growth of the company, it’s not a good news. Employers are looking for people who know who they are, what they want to be and how they will contribute to the organization while becoming who they want to be. Whenever a company is hiring, they are looking for individuals who have clarity and are informed about the choices they are making. Career counselling helps to assess the development of career path from time to time. It helps you to understand your own goals and share it confidently. This shows the employer that you are passionate. Career counselling helps you maintain that passion and become the person you intended out to be. 10. You’ve got the talent but are out of focus : Can’t concentrate on one thing for long? This may not necessarily be your fault. It’s more like a blessing in disguise that your creativity and talent are making you behave this way. Career guides will actually match your interest, personality, skills and more against a number of career options and suggest you the top ones accordingly. Career counselors in India not only have the education but have the observation skills, communication skills and experience to help you achieve your dreams. Set your goals right under the guidance and support of career counselling experts. Choosing the right career may not be easy but institutes like iDreamCareer are trying to provide valuable guidance to students of class 9th to 12th so they can have a better future ahead. Being one of the best institutes for career counselling in India, iDreamCareer promises to make counselling a comfortable and interactive experience so that students make good progress in their career path.
10 New Age Careers in Technology : 10 New Age Careers in Technology With speeding technology it is becoming the need of the hour to keep yourself updated with the changes in technology and how it is also creating a platform for new jobs and opportunities. A lot of things have come up to increase the interaction with people which has made communication much easier. The impact of new emerging technology is that now a great part of it is being used in real life With so much happening around in the tech world, careers in computer science have also evolved over a period of time. New opportunities employing new technology are generating new career options for tech based individuals. Below are the details of the most sought after career options in computer science industry. Cloud Computing Description Cloud computing is an IT based model that allows access to shared collection of configurable system resources and higher level services that can be readily supplied over the internet with less management efforts. Application of Cloud Computing For example, By using cloud computing services, Netflix, one of the top media service providers, has been able to cater to its on- demand streaming services. Cloud computing services allowed the company to expand its customer base without having to invest in costly servers and maintenance cost. Let us see how Netflix has managed to handle such a large data base. Netflix in the initial years of their launch as a company used to provide DVD’s to customers via email. As they grew a larger customer membership over time, demand for more DVD’s amplified. The company then decided to sellits 100millionth DVD and chose to reinvent their entire business. With a lot of customers and database to store, Netflix partnered with Amazon and instead of investing huge sums of money in servers and storage machines, they used Amazon’s infrastructure. At that time, transmitting massive data over the internet was not easy and the servers needed locations near the areas where customers used the services. Soon Netflix started working towards becoming a software technology for cloud computing and most of their things ran on Amazon Web Service (AWS), which was principally a server infrastructure. AWS then needed to create a software technology so that their applications worked well in the cloud environment. And that’s how Netflix manages its large customer base with the help of AWS. Education Qualification Minimum Educational Qualification required for this career is B.Tech in Computer Science and additional certification courses. Some certification courses are as follows: Name of certification Mode Website AWS- Amazon Web Services Online Link- here MCSE- Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Online Link- here RHCA- Red Hat Certified Architect: Cloud Online Link- here Oracle Cloud Certificate Online Link- here Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect Online Link- here IBM Certified Cloud Solution Architect Online Link- here Big Data Description Big Data Engineers develop, maintain, organise and evaluate big data. These are so complex and large that traditional methods of handling data cannot be applicable. So the challenges involve huge data storing, analysis, searching and transferring. Application of Big Data Big Data is enormously used to understand customer performance and preference. For example, Amazon.com has become the largest online retail store in the ecommerce market. It started off as an online bookstore and later expanded into sales and production of consumer goods, electronics and house hold items. Amazon uses product recommenders to personalize customer experience in which the products are customised to suit their taste and interest. And since Amazon uses larger data and customer base, Big Data comes into play. Amazon makes use of clustering algorithms and collaborative filtering to group customers based on preferences. Their product recommender system group’s customers into groups based on similar search and item to item collaborative filtering. So basically when we open amazon’s app and are confused as to how an app was able to predict a product of our interest, that’s where Big Data was able to assist the servers in proving information of the data based on our previous searches and activities in the app. Education Qualification Minimum educational Qualification for Big Data engineer is to have sufficient experience in software engineering along with object-oriented designs, coding and testing. Certifications in various languages may be added as additional qualification. Some certification courses are as follows: Name of certification Mode Website IBM Certified Data Engineer - Big Data Online Link- here Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Management and Analytics Online Link- here Big Data Hadoop Certification Offline Link- here Bits PilaniPost Graduate Programme in Big Data Engineering Offline Link- here Data Science Description Data Science is an integrated field that uses scientific methods, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data in various organized and unorganized forms. So basically a Data Scientist is responsible for evaluating and analysing large amounts of data to identify ways of improvising business systems and operations. Application of Data Science Data Science is a subcategory in Big Data engineering and often the job includes Cleaning and validating the data to ensure accuracy, completeness, and uniformity, Devising and applying models and algorithms to mine the stores of big data, and also analyzing the data to identify patterns and trends, Interpreting the data to discover solutions and opportunities. Education Qualification Minimum Educational qualification for Data Science is having a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a software engineering background. Some certification courses are as follows: Name of certification Mode Website Microsoft Professional Program for Data Science Online Link- here Data Science Specialization Online Link- here Data Science Essentials Online Link- here Machine Learning Description Machine Learning is a subdivision of Artificial Intelligence that uses statistical techniques to give computers the ability to ‘learn’ without being programmed. A machine learning scientist will be responsible for writing ML algorithms for machines to be able to understand and interpret systems. Application of Machine learning Machine learning is the latest example of digital transformation, making digital world even more convenient and reliable. For instance, Voice recognition systems such as Siri or Cortana explicitly use machine learning technologies to respond to human interaction. As they are gaining accuracy overtime, these voice recognition devices are being ususesed daily by hundreds of users. Recommendations on ecommerce are also gaining popularity. For example if person A is looking for a particular smartphone on the ecommerce site, then the computer is smart enough to understand that it has to recommend a certain type of product. So without using any software for this feature, the computer is actually learning activities and creating recommendations on the basis of what the person A was looking for. Education Qualification Formal education qualifications for Machine Learning Scientist are a B.Tech degree in computer science followed by Master’s degree and PhD. Some certification courses are as follows: There are a number of online courses that will teach the basics of Machine Learning. The list of courses are as follows: Name of course/ certification Mode Website Natural Language Processing (NLP) Online Link- here Principles of Machine Learning Online Link- here Computer Vision and Image Analysis Online Link-here AR and VR- Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Description AR is an experience of a real world setting or environment whose fundamentals are augmented by computer generated information. It alters ones ongoing perception of a real world environment, supplementing the real world with the virtual objects. Application of AR and VR- Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality AR developers are responsible for implementation of the plan which may include coding, enhancing UI and UX end for the user and AR assets designing etc. The most popular game Pokémon Go is a great example to understand Augmented Reality. The game allows users to catch virtual Pokémon’s that are hidden throughout the map of the real world locations. It uses real locations to encourage players to walk in the real world to discover Pokémon. The game enables the players to search and catch species of Pokémon on the go. Also apps like Augment enable its users to see their products in 3D in a real world environment, making the users choose or select options by virtually imagining them placed at their home. Virtual Reality- The whole idea of Virtual reality is to create sense that creates the surroundings as real as the virtual world. This environment can be similar to the real world or it can be imaginary, creating an experience that is not possible in ordinary physical reality. Present VR technology uses VR headsets, sometimes in arrangement with physical environments, to create realistic images, sounds and other ambiances that simulate a user's physical presence in a virtual world. A person using virtual reality equipment is able to "look around" the artificial world, move around in it, and interact with virtual features or items. Education Qualification Minimum educational qualification required to get into field is a degree in computer science along with expertise in many different gaming languages like Unity, which uses C# as its primary programming language and Unreal Engine, which uses C++ and a node-based language called Blueprints Visual Scripting. Some certification courses are as follows: Name of course/ certification Mode Website Virtual Reality (VR) App Development Online Link-here Introduction to VR with Unity Online Link-here Augmented Reality Portal- Apple ARKit framework Online Link-here Cryptocurrency / Block chain Description Block chain is a public record of bunch of transactions called blocks that are linked and secured using cryptocurrency. The distributed records are decentralized and hence are not controlled or monitored by any single individual or firm. Application of Cryptocurrency / Block chain- Since block chain is still in its developing stages in other sectors like healthcare and security, use of it can reduce a lot of work and cost expenses. For example the blockchain can be used to create a type of universal record with a timestamp, a library that enables data recoveryacross miscellaneous databases. This will become extremely valuable as precision medicine and the explosion of sensors, wearables and mHealth apps proceeds. Block chain technology is going to be a big part of our lives in coming future and thus the need for block chain experts is on the rise. Education Qualification Minimum qualification to become a block chain developer is to have basics in the field of software engineering with additional knowledge in data structures including Stack, Queues, Linked List, and HederaHashMapsand other certification courses. Some certification courses are as follows: Name of course/ certification Mode Website Blockchain Certification Training Course Online Link-here IBM Blockchain foundation developer Online Link-here Block chain essentials- IBM Online Link-here Specialization in Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Online Link-here Artificial Intelligence Description Artificial Intelligence or the machine intelligence is the intelligence demonstrated by the machines which is in contrast to the natural intelligence exhibited by humans. In other words, it is the ability of machines to learn, process and predict actions and that maximizes the chances of successful completion of tasks. Application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been constantly developing and with such a fast pace we are in fact using half of the electronics and other devices run on artificial intelligence. Google Maps is one of the most popular example for artificial intelligence. Using anonymized location data from smartphones, Google Maps can analyse the speed of traffic movement at any given time. And with more innovation in AI, Maps are more easily incorporating user-reported traffic incidents like construction and accidents. Access to vast amounts of data being fed to its proprietary algorithms has led to Maps reducing travel time by suggesting the fastest routes possible. Machine learning, natural language processing, deep learning and neutral learning are all the subsets of Artificial Intelligence and therefore an AI engineer would be working on one of the different subsets of AI. It is basically a combination of human computer interaction along with visual processing and machine learning and many more. Education Qualification To build a computer science career in Artificial Intelligence, the prerequisites are similar to Machine Learning, i.e. B.Tech in computer science and a master’s degree followed by PhD. Some certification courses are as follows: Certification courses available in these fields are as follows: Name of course/ certification Mode Website Microsoft Professional Program in Artificial Intelligence Online Link-here Intro to Artificial Intelligence Online Link-here AI- Developer course Online Link-here Ethical Hacking Description The only difference between an ethical hacker and a malicious hacker is that ethical hacker uses his skills for the security of data and servers from other hackers. Ethical hacker uses his professional skills in a legitimate and lawful manner and is the ultimate security professional. Application of Ethical Hacking The job of an ethical hacker is to detect flaws like vulnerable hardware, software, and procedural security. Without this the security maybe bypassed and made more vulnerable to hackers who can misuse the information or even extort money by blocking all the user data and information.Ethical hacking is a very useful approach in defending company’svaluable online systems. By tapping into the abilities and potential of white hat hackers, companies are able to take on and prevent damages caused by the real hackers. Education Qualification Since no one can afford to risk their data in an increasingly digitalised market, thus demand for ethical hackers is growing day by day. A career in Ethical Hacking requires in depth knowledge and understanding of how a software really works. Therefore a degree in software engineering or equivalent is a must. Certifications that are focused around data vulnerability, coding and others are required for additional qualifications. Some certification courses are as follows: Name of course/ certification Mode Website Real-World Ethical Hacking- certificate course Online Link-here Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) v9 Online Link- here CEH (v10) - Certified Ethical Hacker Training Course Online Link-here Internet Of Things or IoT Description Internet of things is the interconnection of devices, home appliances, security cameras etc. where all devices become smart and interconnected to everything around us. Internet of things is expected to create opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems which can result in improvements in efficiency, economic benefits, and reduce human efforts. Application of Internet of things We are all set to enter an age where more advanced connectivity options amongst networks, systems, devices are going to change the way we live which will go beyond the human to machine communications. Internet of things has already begun changing the world by providing excess of options to operate and live life full of ease. One such great development is Home Automation. A home automation system will control lighting, temperature, entertainment systems, and appliances also includes home security such as access control and alarm system. When connected with the Internet, home devices are an important constituent of the Internet of Things. One of the many benefits that IoT provides is the ability to control room temperature just before reaching home. The systems works in such a way that the device can be controlled by connecting your smartphone with the devices. This gives free access to monitor and control the devices. These have been seen as energy conservers as they automatically turn off when no one is in the room. Education Qualification The basic aspects of becoming an Internet of Things engineer is a computer science degree followed by an indepth knowledge about hardware’s and software’s as the job includes part hardware and part software qualities. Understanding of microcontrollers (Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc) along with Programming languages like C++, C, Python, Node JS and others are a must. Some certification courses are as follows: Certifications required for additional qualification are as follows: Name of course/ certification Mode Website Bits Pilani Post Graduate Programme in Internet Of Things Offline Link-here Internet of Things – Advance level Online Link-here GSTF Training & Certification Program Online Link-here Growth Hacker Description A growth hacker focuses on low cost alternatives in marketing, advertising and promoting content using digital media. They use non-conventional techniques to help start-up and small businesses.Growth Hacking is a process of identifying the most efficient ways to grow business with the help of marketers, developers, engineers, and product managers. Application of Growth hacking Growth hacking can be done on various platforms like social media; twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn; Hubspot, buffer, inbound.org and various other. Growth hackers is one of the most sought after jobs in the start-up world. A growth hacker must have an understanding of product marketing, social media, analytics, SEO, Strong analytical skills and must be highly focussed on data driven experimentation. For example, a start-up can improve its rank in google search by using SEO and other marketing strategies which all come under Growth Hacking. Education Qualification There is no formal education to become a growth hacker. Although a marketing background is preferred for this career. So even a non-computer science engineer can also take up growth hacking as a career choice. Some programming skills can in improve business development strategy. There are many certificate courses that can add value to a career in growth hacking: Some certification courses are as follows: Name of course/ certification Mode Website The Complete Digital Marketing Course Online Link-here Growth Hacking- Free course Online Link-here Growth Hacking with Digital Marketing Online Link-here -------------------------------------------- The article is written by iDreamCareer.com and we give credits to Mr. Gaurav Gupta, founder of SquareBoat who took the webinar on this topic based on which this entire article was written.