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Make a career while exploring Culinary Arts

Make a career while exploring Culinary Arts : Culinary Art is an exploration of new dimensions of food. It does not limit only to the edible aspect of food, but extends far beyond as a form of art. Passion towards food can pave a path to excellent career opportunities in the culinary world. The world is a canvas and we have the freedom to paint it according to our mood. Food is one fascinating form of art that does not only give the liberty of colors, but also the ability to curate remarkable tastes. Culinary artists are cooks and chefs who deeply explore the art of luscious food-induced-highs. Has food involved you more than just satisfying the hunger pangs? Does the taste go beyond the tongue? Does the fragrance sink deep within your soul? Do you live to eat and not eat to live? Undoubtedly, then Culinary Art is the nirvana profession for you. Come let’s unravel the mystic world of food that has bonded societies and transcended across cultures. Culinary Art is a rapidly growing and vibrant form of art that has changed the face of food industry. It is a unique blend of culture, food, modernization and innovation. Culinary art involves the skills of cooking, preparing, designing, innovating and presenting food. Passion for food and cooking are the basic driving forces for culinary artists. Cooking skills are acquired by practising, having an in-depth knowledge of ingredients, tastes, raw materials and also the art to innovate. Formal education is required that provides information about recipes, their nutritional values, nature and benefits of ingredients, hygiene, health, planning and productivity of the food prepared. Education is needed for handling of food and most importantly the manner in which it is presented.Culinarians have made food products rise above its materialistic value and established a brilliant culture that is dominated by the freedom to explore different dimensions in every inch of edible food. It has resulted in an increased number of professional institutes that offer a wide range of courses in culinary art and provide a financially secure and socially reputed career.     Top Institutes India Institutes Courses City Website Culinary Academy of India Bachelor Of Catering Technology And Culinary Arts (BCT&CA) , Post Graduate Diploma In Culinary Arts, The One And Half Year Craft Certificate Course In Food Production And Patisserie, Special Courses Hyderabad http://www.iactchefacademy.com/home.html ITM School of Culinary Arts Graduation, Post-graduation Mumbai http://www.itm.edu/ihm/culinaryarts.php Institute of Hotel Management 4 Year BA (Honours) Culinary Arts Aurangabad http://www.ihmaurangabad.ac.in/ Welcome Group Academy of Culinary Arts BA in Culinary Arts Manipal http://manipal.edu/wgsha.html College of Hospitality & Tourism Advance Diploma in Food Preparation & Culinary Arts Diploma in Culinary Arts,Post Graduate in Culinary Arts (Indian/Continental/Patisserie)     Delhi http://www.htcampus.com/college/college-hospitality-and-tourism-chat/     World Institute Courses City, Country Website Institute of Culinary Education Graduation, Post-graduation, Diploma New York, US https://www.ice.edu/   Culinary Institute of America Graduation, Associate Degrees New York, US http://www.ciachef.edu/newyork/   Culinary Institute of America at Greystone Graduation, Associate Degrees California, US http://www.ciachef.edu/california/    Le Cordon Bleu Graduation, Post-graduation, Certificate Diploma Australia http://www.lecordonbleu.com.au/   The International Centre for Culinary Arts (ICCA) Diploma Dubai, UAE http://www.iccadubai.ae/   New England Culinary Institute Montpelier Graduation, Post-graduation, Internships Vermont, US http://www.neci.edu/   L’Academie de Cuisine Gaithersburg -  Maryland, US http://www.lacademie.com/   Johnson & Wales University Providence Graduation, Post-graduation Rhode Island, U.S https://www1.jwu.edu/providence/   Culinary Arts Academy Graduation, Post-graduate Diploma Vitznau, Switzerland   http://www.culinaryartsswitzerland.com   Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts Graduation, Diploma Colorado, USA http://www.escoffier.edu/     Fee Structure: The fee structure of the course varies from 45,000 to 2, 00,000 INR per annum. The fee for short term diploma courses range from 30,000 to 80,000 INR. For studying abroad, the fee structure is much higher, beginning from 8, 00,000 annually. However, scholarships and financial aids are available for skilled students. There is arrival of new era, where the shackles of old limited professions are over and off-beat fields such as culinary art have become tools of professional liberation.   Employment Opportunities: Culinary Art is a dynamic and rapidly growing industry that offers wide range of opportunities for diverse profiles. Within the country, the industry has been estimated to double in its size in the coming decade. Culinary artists have employment opportunities in Hotels, Restaurants, Cafes, Resorts, Bistros and Bakeries. The field gives the liberty to explore the food industry as determined professionals and passionate freelancers as well. Culinary Artists can explore a spectrum of profiles: Chefs Cooks Food and Beverage Controller Restaurant Consultants and Designers Food Stylists Food Critics Food Bloggers Commercial Food Manufacturers Food Inspectors Professional Instructors Catering Managers   Career Path:   Income Culinary Art is a career field that offers economic gains according to the passion of the artists. Starting pay for culinary artists is comparatively low because the leading companies hire them as interns initially. Since there is immense competition, only the highly skilled and determined individuals are able to flourish. For beginners, the pay scale ranges from 7,000 -15,000 INR even in five star hotels. Since there are diverse job profiles, the pay scale varies and the highly paid employees in the industry get salaries as high as 50,000- 70,000 INR per month. Experience and expertise are important traits that count for the income hike in this industry.   Future of Culinary Art Globalization has changed the face of the Food & Beverage industry. Cross cultural influences, hybridity and innovations have widened the scope of this industry. Food has evolved from being a means to survive to an incredible art form. The regional, national and international food and cultural festivals have given recognition and opportunities to culinary artists. In the coming years the industry has been estimated to grow in qualitative and quantitative dimensions. Gear up food lovers and make your passion your profession as culinary artists.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: VITEEE 2016 | Be a Mutlitasker: Be a 'Bartender' | Study Drama to claim the Center-Stage: A Career in Theatrics | Master the World after Masters in English Literature | MBA Specialisation | Rising Tides of Oceanography | Turning the Ordinary into Extra-Ordinary: Careers in Public Relations 

VITEEE 2016

VITEEE 2016 : VITEEE 2016 is the qualifying entrance examination conducted by the Vellore Institute of Technology for admission in engineering undergraduate courses for the session 2016-17. VIT Engineering Entrance Examination 2016 will be held from 6th April to 17th April, 2016 in various cities across India for providing admissions to B.Tech programmes.   VITEEE 2016 Eligibility Criteria: Nationality - The applicant should be a Resident / Non Resident Indian National. Educational Qualification - Candidates must have completed 10+2 conducted by State board, CBSE New Delhi, ISCE New Delhi or Intermediate examination conducted by a recognized board/University or High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma or Advanced (A) level General Certificate Education (GCE) examination. ‘NIOS’ candidates are also eligible to appear for the VITEEE 2016. Minimum Percentage - The applicant must have secured an aggregate of 60% in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics / Biology in the higher secondary level. For SC/ST and candidates from Northeast 50% is the minimum requirement. Age Limit - Candidates whose date of birth falls on or after 1st July 1994 are eligible to apply for VITEEE-2016   VITEEE 2016 Exam Pattern: VITEEE 2016 will be held in online mode as it is the Computer Based Test (CBT). The duration of this entrance examination will be 2 hours 30 minutes. The exam will be conducted in 3 sessions on each day. Exam timings: Session 1: 9:00 am to 11:30 am Session 2: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm Session 3: 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm All Questions will be of Objective type. There are 4 parts - Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics / Biology and English. Each part has 40 questions and English has 5 questions. Each question carries one mark, making 125 questions in totality. Candidates may note that there is no negative marking   VITEEE 2016 Application Procedure & Application Fees: Eligible candidates can fill the application online or through offline (OMR) forms.   Online application form is available from 27th November 2015.  The application fee for online mode is INR 960. The modes of payment available are Internet Banking facility through Net banking / Debit card / Credit card / And Demand Draft Mode. In Offline mode candidates can purchase the application from the university counter or buy the application form from designated post offices. The application fee for Offline mode is INR 990. For Online Registration, Click here    VITEEE 2016 Important Dates: Details Dates Issue of VITEEE-2016 Application Forms 27th November 2015 Last date for issue/receipt of Application Forms 29th February 2016 Date of Examination 6th April to 17h April, 2016 Declaration of Results (Tentatively) 29th April, 2016     iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you have any career related query, please post it here: SUBMIT 

Be a Mutlitasker: Be a 'Bartender'

Be a Mutlitasker: Be a 'Bartender' : The profession of bartender involves much more than just mixing drinks, it requires an immerse understanding with the customers and an innate confidence to carry your act with gusto and precession. What would you call a cross between a juggler, a mind-reader, a janitor, a wine-expert, a music jockey, a performer and a comedian? Everyoneman? The Man Who Knew Too Much? Well, as much as any Hollywood director would like to make a superhero by those names, this is in relation to something far more “normal”. Behold, the Bartender! How many of us actually aspire to be the person on the other side of the bar, the one who is in charge of serving the drinks rather than drinking them. Well, I am pretty sure the phrase “I want to be a Bartender” won’t be as common as all the wannabe engineers and doctors out there. But, then again, how much do we actually know about this elusive yet amazingly interesting job of bartending. As a career opportunity, bartending falls under the same category as food & beverages, especially within the tourism and hospitality industry. On one hand, bartending was an aspect that was included as a compulsory professional trait within the field of hotel management. On the other hand, the course of bartending within the field of hotel management essentially consisted of aspects such as understanding the myriad types of drinks as well as the innate knowledge of “what mixed with what forms what”, which essentially falls under the more technical sounding term, of Mixologist.   Required Education As mentioned above, bartending forms an integral, almost omnipresent aspect of hotel management as all the students of this profession are essentially given training related to understanding different alcoholic spirits as well as their respective properties. Moreover, the practice of bartending in hotel management courses essentially involves the study of terms and connotations related to the practice, such as “how many ounces are equal to a quart of whiskey”, what is the difference between a “Bloody Mary” and “Sex on the Beach”, and “what would you give a person if they ask for a bourbon”.   On the other hand, there are several aspects related to bartending which cannot be taught in any hotel management school. This includes the ability to empathetically connect with your audience and give them a good time, to be charismatic and confident enough to showcase your mixing skills, to learn the art of juggling and playing around with glasses, and to be comfortable with being the center of attraction and constantly being in control of your act. There have been people who have gotten into the field just by pure curiosity or passion, while others take special courses to get the know-how of the profession. Either way, the thing to understand is that you do not require a license for bartending. It is similar to how you do not require a degree to perform on stage but a degree in music always helps if you want to do so.   Course Details Owing to the innate spontaneity of the profession, there are no degree courses for bartending as such. On the other hand, diploma as well as certificate courses are offered by various training centers, schools and institutes. These certificate courses and training programs are essential for individuals who want to enter into the hospitality industry as well as professionals who want to touch up on their skills. The certificate and diploma courses last for a period of 1 to 2 weeks for most programs. Additional courses could be pursued further in order to earn more useful certificates like‘ServSafe alcohol’. This certificate can be earned by passing the National Association Education Foundation’s qualification examination. Enrollments into such courses require a GED certificate or high school degree. In order to make oneself comfortable with the aspect of measurement in the mixing of drinks, a background in Mathematics can be a boon. Moreover, aspects such as juggling tricks as well as developing communication skills are also an integral part of the course. There are no eligibility criteria as far as bartending is considered, owing to the aspect that anyone with the flair and the charisma for the profession can make it large in the field. Top Institues in India Institute Course Eligibility City/Cities Website Indian Institute of Bartending Diploma in bar tending, Craftsmanship course in bar tending, Certificate course in Wines & Spirits, Certification course in Bar Flair   10+2 Chennai http://iibtindia.com/ Tuleeho Wine Academy Certificate in Professional Bartending 10+2 Bangalore http://tulleeho.com/ Liquid Art Bartending School Certificate course in beverage management and bartending, Certificate course in professional bartending, Certificate course in mixology and basic flair bartending, Advanced flair  bartending course, Flair bartending course, certificate course in basic bartending. 10+2 Hyderabad http://www.liquidartbarschool.com/ Chennai Institute of Bartending Professional Bartending Course, Professional Bartending Teamleader Course, Master Bar Management Course, Diploma in Hotel Management & Catering 10+2 Chennai http://www.liquidartbarschool.com/ Top Institutes Overseas Institute Course City Website European Bartender School 4 week international bartending course, 2 day mixology course, 10 day advanced bartending course Las Vegas, New York, Sydney, Berlin, Milan, Phuket and many more http://www.barschool.net/ Bols Bartending Academy Cocktail introduction, basic bartending, advanced bartending, master bartending, international bar management, group courses Amsterdam http://bolsbartendingacademy.com/ AAA International Bartending School 40 hour Bartending/Mixology Certification, 20 hour Bartending essentials Certification New Jersey http://aaabartending.com/schedule/ Elemental Mixology, Los Angeles Advanced 24 hour crash courses for professional bartending Portland, US http://www.elementalmixology.com/   Cost in Fees Diploma courses in bartending in Indian institutes would cost anywhere from Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 70,000. On the other hand, the fees for certificate courses usually range from Rs. 9000 to Rs. 20,000, depending on the type of course that is being pursued. Diploma courses in international markets such as the United States, especially places like New York and Los Angeles, can be as low as 99$ and can go up to 1250$, depending on the number of days that the course will be held for, the institute conducting it, as well as the inherent information offered by the same. Employment Opportunities and Salaries There are quite a few employment opportunities with relation to bartending as a profession, including places like hotels, restaurants, bars as well as caterers. In terms of the average salary of a bartender, it can be very rewarding if you learn to perfect the art of socializing as well as the art of magic intoxicating potions. The average salary of a bartender can range from 1 to 2 lakhs, and in advanced professional realms it can go as high as 10 lakhs per year.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Study Drama to claim the Center-Stage: A Career in Theatrics | Master the World after Masters in English Literature | MBA Specialisation | Rising Tides of Oceanography | Turning the Ordinary into Extra-Ordinary: Careers in Public Relations | Heal the World: Careers in Clinical Psychology | Engineering Nature 

Study Drama to claim the Center-Stage: A Career in Theatrics

Study Drama to claim the Center-Stage: A Career in Theatrics : The most wonderful aspect about studying drama is the networking opportunities that you get. It might require a lot of discipline & concentrated efforts, but it is equally true that with good practice & skills, you can get ample opportunities to reach your creative peak. If you think the stage is where you belong, you might want to check out the career options that you have in the field of ‘Drama’. Gone are the days when a career in Drama was looked down upon as something not-so-realistic. Contrary to popular belief, there are plentiful prospects nowadays in the field of drama. So if you are passionate about acting & theatrics, you should not let the naysayers rule off this career for you by claiming it risky or a back-up plan or not-so-practical. In fact, this is one field where you meet passionate young people every day who are chasing their dreams with utmost determination. There are indeed a lot of career options; you just need to find your perfect place either ‘On the stage’ or ‘In the classroom’ or ‘Behind the curtain’ or ‘At the desk’ or ‘On the sets’. It is true to an extent that people wanting to be on the center-stage might go through extreme highs & lows that this profession has to show. There might be times with no work and there might be brief intervals where you get totally worked up. While formal training is not a compulsory requirement for this field, a degree might be a good idea to hone your skills and learn tricks of the trade directly from established artists & professional thespians. The number of schools providing formal education in drama & performing arts are increasing rapidly with industry experts taking keen interest in nurturing future actors & trade technicians. In India, directors like SubashGhai& actors like AnupamKher have opened up their own schools for acting & performing arts. Top Institutes: India Institute Courses Famous Alumni City Website Film & Television Institute of India Graduation, Post-graduation Danny Denzongpa, John Abraham, Jaya Bachchan, Sanjay LeelaBhansali, ShabanaAzmi, VidhuVinod Chopra Pune http://www.ftiindia.com/ National School of Drama Graduation, Post-graduation Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, AnupamKher, NawazuddinSiddiqui, Piyush Mishra, Irrfan Khan, SeemaBiswas New Delhi http://nsd.gov.in/delhi/ Barry John Acting Studio Certificate, Diploma Shah Rukh Khan, ManojBajpai, ShineyAhuja, Freida Pinto Mumbai, New Delhi http://www.bjas.in/ Actor Prepares Certificate, Diploma Prachi Desai, PreityZinta, Ali Zafar, VarunDhawan, DeepikaPadukone, MugdhaGodse Mumbai http://www.actorprepares.net/ Whistling Woods International Diploma, Graduation Abhishek Jain, SamvednaSuwalka, NakulSahdev, Anil Mange, AruVerma Mumbai http://www.whistlingwoods.net/ Asian Academy of Film and Television   Certificate, Graduation, Post-graduation ArjunKapoor, Luv Ranjan, NehaChauhan, HasleenKaur, Ajay Behl, Noida http://aaft.com/ RoshanTaneja School of Acting   Certificate KarishmaKapoor, KimiKatkar, Kiran Kumar, KunalKapoor, ManishaKoirala, Madhuri Dixit, MithunChakraborty Mumbai http://www.roshantaneja.com/   International (Top 10): Institute Tuition Fees(£) Famous Alumni City, Country Website Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts 14,700 Sir Paul McCartney (Patron), Sir Ian McKellen, Alan Rickman Liverpool, UK http://www.lipa.ac.uk/ Juilliard School 22,790 Kevin Spacey, Robin Williams, Val Kilmer New York, US http://www.juilliard.edu/ National Institute of Dramatic Art 15,610 Cate Blanchett, Mel Gibson, Hugo Weaving Sydney, Australia https://www.nida.edu.au/ Guildhall School of Music & Drama 17,850 Ewan McGregor, Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom London, UK http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/ Tisch School of the Arts 27,350 Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alec Baldwin New York, US http://tisch.nyu.edu/ Bristol Old Vic Theatre School 18,800 Daniel Day-Lewis, Gene Wilder, Patrick Stewart Bristol, UK http://www.oldvic.ac.uk/ The New School for Drama 23,544 Marlon Brando, Jesse Eisenberg, Bradley Cooper New York, US http://www.newschool.edu/drama/ Oxford School of Drama 14,925 Catherine McCormack, Christina Cole Woodstock, UK http://oxforddrama.ac.uk/ Drama Centre 13,800 Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth London, UK http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/drama-centre-london/ California Institute of the Arts 27,806 Ed Harris, KateySagal California, US https://calarts.edu/   Skills Required: It is an established fact that this field requires a lot of hard work & steadfastness. The picture below enlists all the required skills that would help you excel in the theatrical world: Other talents like singing, dancing or playing musical instruments would be of additional value.   Employment Opportunities: India houses a staggering array ofdiffernt forms of performing arts. Just for theatre, there are more than 40,000 companies nationwide including amateur theatre groups, professional repertory, commercial as well as alternative theatres. A lot of these theatre companies are provided grants & support from the government. You might get into any of these theatre companies as a fresh graduate. The doors to films, TV serials& Ad Industry are also open for acting students. With the advent of internet, YouTube channels have also opened up massive employment opportunities in this field. Indian theatre companies have recently witnessed increased international tie-ups and exposure. This has resulted in moderate to sharp increase in the income of these companies and subsequently that of the artists. As a graduate in drama, you can get into directly related jobs like: Actor Dancer Theatre Director Musician Community arts worker Producer Or you can get into jobs where your degree would be more useful, like: Stage Manager Arts Administrator Broadcast Presenter Lecturer Costume Designer Sound Technician Script Writer Choreographer Set Designer Props Manager Wardrobe Technician Stagehand Lighting Technician Special Effects Technician Or you can also get into alternate career options such as: Announcer Radio Jockey Television Presenter Interviewer Video Jockey Party Anchor Salaries: As fresh graduates if you are employed in theatre companies, your salary can range from anywhere between INR 10,000 to INR 40,000 depending on your expertise. However, it increases with experience. You can also freelance without actually committing to a particular group. And there are ample entrepreneurial opportunities as well if you wish to set up your own theatre company and produce your own plays. Sky is the limit for good artists. Dramatics is not just a pastime or an extra-curricular activity anymore. The techniques are being improvised every passing day and even studied in a scientific manner.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Master the World after Masters in English Literature | MBA Specialisation | Rising Tides of Oceanography | Turning the Ordinary into Extra-Ordinary: Careers in Public Relations | Heal the World: Careers in Clinical Psychology | Engineering Nature 

Master the World after Masters in English Literature

Master the World after Masters in English Literature : “I can Talk English, I can walk English, I can Laugh English because English is a very Funny Language” Amitabh Bachchan Choosing the right career option is a crucial decision in everyone's life. Students may go through a dilemma of choosing a career after completing their 10th, 12th or graduation. The job prospects of the field and the interest of the candidate are the most crucial factors to consider while choosing a career. If you feel that the above quote by Amitabh Bachchan describes you, you can consider a career related to The English language by pursuing a Masters’ in English Literature. Aptly said by Robert A. Heinlein, "The very variety, subtlety, and utterly irrational, idiomatic complexity makes it possible to say things in English which simply cannot be said in any other language." pursuing English Literature at post graduate level opens up a plethora of vibrant and creative avenues to explore. Literary texts written in English, since the medieval period to present day are analyzed in various contexts like social, historical, political or material – and approached several theoretical and methodological perspectives, which enables you to develop new and highly skilled ways of reading and interpreting.   A Rewarding Career Choice You have a lot of options with an MA degree in English and will find it a very rewarding career choice. You can take your degree in just about any direction and make it work for you. There are several job opportunities for MA graduates in English Literature in the government sector. Candidates from MA in English Literature can get jobs abroad too. An MA graduate in English Literature acquires comprehensive knowledge and relative understanding of the English language. After MA in English Literature, one can enter the research field by applying for a Ph.D. program. The newly gained linguistic and analytical skills enable a student to pursue a career in communications, publishing, etc. MA graduates in English Literature can also find jobs in translation agencies. Some of the posts include copywriter, editor or even as a proof-reader. An MA graduate in English Literature often comes across employment opportunities in various business services. The education sector is another major recruiter of MA graduate in English Literature. Here they can enter in positions as teachers or lecturers. Another option in front of an MA graduate in English Literature is to take up a career in journalism. There are several sectors that recruit MA English graduates. Students can apply for Civil Service jobs by appearing in the UPSC civil service exams. There are several jobs available in various government agencies as Decoders, Interpreter, and Translators. Most of the schools and colleges also recruit students with MA English Literature. But, for a career in teaching, students must qualify either B.Ed or NET/SET exams to teach in schools or colleges. Masters graduates are also recruited as campaign managers and speechwriters in the government departments, which require sophisticated writing skills.   Exciting Unconventional Career Options After M.A. English Literature Teacher: Individuals holding a master's degree in English can choose to teach in colleges and high schools. They can conduct English, creative writing and literature classes. This depends on the area of specialization during graduate school. As English teacher, you are responsible for planning lessons, giving lectures and grading papers. Journalist: Career in journalism is a prestigious profession as well as a highly paid one. There are endless opportunities for journalists, which has become very challenging, proving the adage that "the pen is mightier than the sword." Editor: Editors are required in many sectors that include magazines, newspapers,  businesses, publishing companies, and organizations. The editors have to scrutinize writers' work, develop content for publication and sometimes might even need to do some writing themselves. Editors work with a production team with the aim of ensuring that articles and content are completed on schedule. Now a days, some editors choose to freelance and work either with one or several companies or organizations. Writer: There are several industries for writers, such as publishing, technology, advertising, business, and media. They are assigned the role of writing technical manuals,  company newsletters,  website copy or magazine articles. Just like editors, many writers choose to freelance. Advertising: Advertising (copywriting) is another area of vast opportunities. Advertising plays a crucial role in today's highly competitive commercial world. A career in the advertisement is quite glamorous and at the same time challenging with more and more agencies opening up every day.  If you can play with words and have good command over them, then the sky is the beginning. Instructional designing: Instructional designing is where a lot of linguistic majors find their niche, from writing classroom safety to instructional information for some technology or companies, Instructional designs you can imagine from manuals to safety warning or instructions for use. Linguistics: careers options are excellent for you if you are passionate about and intrigued by English language and its role in learning, culture, and society. With the impact of globalization on industries and businesses, most professions identified the imperative need of cross-cultural communication skills. Linguistic training is a basic requirement to become a trainer and to impart these skills. Now that you know some of the most popular careers, here are some top Colleges for pursuing MA in English Literature:   Top colleges in India for M.A English Lit. Jaipur national university: School of Languages, Literature and Society, Jaipur Sanatana Dharma College, Alappuzha JamiaMiliaIslamia, Delhi. Stella Maris College, Chennai. Madras Christian College, Chennai. To apply for the course, you have to complete bachelor’s degree in any subject from a recognized Indian University. The admission process is conducted by the performance in the qualifying exams, entrances, and interviews. Go Learn… Explore… Grow!! Best of Luck!!   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: MBA Specialisation | Rising Tides of Oceanography | Turning the Ordinary into Extra-Ordinary: Careers in Public Relations | Heal the World: Careers in Clinical Psychology | Engineering Nature | A career with ‘all-purpose’ material - Plastic Technology Engineering

MBA Specialisation

MBA Specialisation :   M.B.A for You and Me Recently I was attending a family gathering. There I overheard one of my uncle’s talking about today’s education system and the youth. It was all about hiring a receptionist. My uncle was in search of a front desk officer; he interviewed many young girls and boys. Finally after a long day he had shortlisted a girl but while negotiating the salary, they ended up in a deadlock as she was insisting for a higher pay as she had an MBA degree. This set me thinking, an MBA for a receptionist… why is MBA such a popular choice among recruiters and students? Why everybody, an Engineer, a B.com graduate, an Arts student, etc. wants to pursue MBA? What is MBA? Is it for you, me, and everybody? MBA or Master of Business Administration is a master's degree in business administration (management). The MBA degree is one of the most sought after degrees in the world. MBA students study the theory and relevance of business and management principles. This study equips students with knowledge that can be applied to the array of real-world business situations. Some popular career options after MBA are Business analyst, strategist, business development analyst, directors, entrepreneur, financial analyst, management consultant, marketing analyst, portfolio manager, project, product & program manager, operations analyst, etc.   Programs to choose from: There are various programs designed to meet various needs of the hour from that you can choose what suits you best. Business Schools in several countries offer programs that are tailored for part-time, full-time, executive, and distance learning students, Full-Time MBA programs take place over two academic years. Accelerated MBA programs are of significantly shorter duration. They involve a superior course load with more concentrated class and examination schedules and are usually packed into one year. Accelerated programs normally have a lower cost than two-year programs. Part-Time MBA programs hold classes on weekday evenings, after standard working hours, or on weekends. Evening (Second Shift) MBA programs are full-time programs that normally hold classes on weekday evenings, after typical working hours, or on weekends for two years. The students in these programs in broadly consist of working professionals, who cannot leave their job to pursue a full-time regular shift MBA.   Top colleges around the globe: With increasing number of MBA colleges, it is very important to choose esteemed colleges to pursue MBA. Take a look at this MBA College list with best colleges in world and India. Top MBA Colleges in World London Business School Wharton Business school University of Pennsylvania Harvard Business School Stanford Graduate School Of Business Insead, France/Singapore Top MBA Colleges in India Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM A) Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM C) XLRI - Xavier School of Management Faculty of Management Studies - University of Delhi (FMS) Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS)   Eligibility: There are many business schools and colleges in India offering two-year MBA or PGDM programs accredited by AICTE or UGC. The students are a mix of fresh graduates as well as experience holders and get either a public or private schools depending on the entrance examination. Applicants who have graduated from any background can apply for the MBA program. Students have to appear in any entrance exam such as MAT, CAT, XAT or ATMA to get admitted into this course.   Focusing in: Now a days, there are various types of MBA programs. Before making a decision, you should gauge each and every one .The core courses in an MBA program envelop an assortment of areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, and operations. These programs are designed so that students gain exposure to theory and practice alike. Choosing the right specialization is very important.   MBA Finance MBA in Finance is the oldest form of MBA specialization. Finance is the backbone of any business. MBA Finance prepares you in various subjects like costing, budgeting, international finance, capital management. Students who specialize in finance will find opportunities in more or less any industry.   MBA Marketing MBA in Marketing is very dynamic and competitive. It facilitates a student to understand consumer behavior, market advertising and many other important fields including media, working with a creative team, or writing ad copy for an advertising agency or PR firm. One need to have admirable communication skills and an enduring zeal to excel in marketing.   MBA Human Resource MBA in Human Resource (HR) - if you have good communication skills, a charismatic personality & are dependable and confident, this course is for you. Prepares you to work as the head of the HR department, advertising for, recruiting, hiring, training, evaluating and firing employees. It includes diversity, mergers &acquisitions, labor markets and emerging economies.   MBA Operations MBA Operationshelps you deal with production management or floor management. You learn how to maintain process flows, developed vendor, and inter-departmental relationships. It’s a great choice for students with engineering background as it gives an edge over their contemporaries in product development and designing and process optimization.   MBA Health Care Management  MBA in Health Care Management prepares you for middle to upper-level management in healthcare. However, most of these positions require some medical credential in addition to MBA. Other popular courses include MBA in Communication which prepares you for jobs related to journalism, PR, media and advertising.MBA in Project Management is essential for fields like construction, technology, software development, architecture, and R&D firms.MBA in Entrepreneurship, MBA in IT Management prepares those with a background in programming, database administration, software development or IT to take on greater responsibilities managing a team. A few other lesser known specialization these days are MBA in Media, MBA in Telecommunications, MBA in Technology Management and MBA in Sports Management. Choosing the right kind of degree that suits you is the most important step. Getting into a great college teamed with an enigmatic personality, good communication skills and an enduring zeal to learn will take to great heights. Start preparing for a tremendous future!!    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Rising Tides of Oceanography | Turning the Ordinary into Extra-Ordinary: Careers in Public Relations | Heal the World: Careers in Clinical Psychology | Engineering Nature | A career with ‘all-purpose’ material - Plastic Technology Engineering | Teaching Profession: Mother of all professions

Rising Tides of Oceanography

Rising Tides of Oceanography : Recently I was reading a novel, wherein one of the leading character was visiting the diverse waters of the Sundarbans to study the marine life. It set my imagination bursting into flames of fancy pictures of me diving into the deep blue seas and swimming with the colourful, pulsating fishes, studying the waves, currents. This set me looking at the lesser known but super exciting field of Oceanography.    Oceanology and marine science or Oceanography is the branch of Earth science that studies the ocean. Oceanography covers a huge range of topics, including ecosystems and marine life, plate tectonics, geology of the sea floor and the ocean circulation, the chemical and physical properties of the ocean. Oceanographers need to have a profound understanding of biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to unravel the mysteries of the ocean and to understand evolutions within it. Simply put it is a Science of Ocean. A career in Oceanography is vast and varied. There are numerous oceanography jobs in industry, commerce or research. All a person needs to pursue a career in oceanography is love and curiosity for the ocean. A student needs to develop physical strength, strong mathematical and scientific approach swimming and diving skills, high tolerance to motion sickness, flexible approach to work, accuracy and attention to details, additional to educational qualifications. As in any other field of education, there are four main types of oceanography from which you can chose from: Physical oceanography studies the properties of currents, waves, tides and ocean circulation. Chemical oceanography is the study of ocean chemistry. Chemical oceanography - determines the chemical composition of seawater and sediments. Biological oceanography is the study of life in the oceans. Biological oceanography- studies marine animals and plants and how organisms interact with their environment. Geological oceanography is the study of Earth beneath the oceans. Geological oceanography - examines the seabed, including the rocks and minerals.   Popular Oceanography Courses There are many colleges in India for Courses in Oceanography. These courses are offered at various levels, from Bachelors to Masters. Some Oceanography course offered by various colleges are: B.Sc. Marine Science(3 years) M.Sc. Marine Biology(2 years) M.Tech in Oceanography or Marine Biology (2years) M.Phil. Marine Biology PhD Oceanography Eligibility for Oceanography Courses There are various routs leading towards a career in Oceanography. You can pursue oceanography from your undergraduate degree course or you can join it after your graduation. To pursue a bachelors in oceanography, the minimum eligibility is 55% in your intermediate examination with chemistry, physics and mathematics or biology. There are various entrance examinations conducted by different colleges for admission in this course. For pursuing a masters in this field, you need to have a graduation degree in either oceanography or other related courses like zoology, botany, microbiology, fishery, etc.   Colleges offering Oceanography Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh) Cochin University of Science and Technology: Department of Physical Oceanography, Kochi (Kerala) Karnataka University, Dhārwad (Karnataka) Pondicherry University: Port Blair campus, Port Blair. Berhampur University, Berhampur (Orissa) Andhra University: College of Science and Technology, Vishakhapatnam   Jobs and remuneration There are jobs both in private and government domain under Oceanography. Oceanographers use science and mathematics to study and explain the complex interactions between seawater, fresh water, polar ice caps, the atmosphere and the biosphere. You’ll usually receive on the job training from your employer. Tasks will also depend on the type of employer and your level of training and experience, but may include: collecting samples and data from the sea, sea floor or atmosphere using specialised equipment and techniques. You’ll also have to analyse samples for natural and contaminant composition; looking at life forms and matter, such as trace metals, present in sea water. Oceanographers’ perform simulations of phenomena using computer or mathematical models; using statistical models of laboratory and field data to investigate hypotheses and make predictions. Apart from all these, you’ll be attending conferences and going on research cruises; submitting proposals to obtain research funding; writing reports and papers on research activities, giving lectures in university classes and leading field trips. The salary varies according to qualifications & experience of a person. The joining level salary of a graduate can be around 20, 000 to 25,000 INR while the same for a post graduate student can be around 35,000 INR. The salary of an oceanographer is significantly higher in countries like US, UK and France. Oceanography is becoming a popular choice among students who want to opt for an exciting and challenging career. As the population discovers new ways to use the oceans -- be it for food, transportation, energy or waste disposal -- oceanographers will play an important role in improving our knowledge about the impact of these activities on the ocean and its ability to sustain them.Go unravel the mysteries and unknowns of ocean science!!   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Turning the Ordinary into Extra-Ordinary: Careers in Public Relations | Heal the World: Careers in Clinical Psychology | Engineering Nature | A career with ‘all-purpose’ material - Plastic Technology Engineering | Teaching Profession: Mother of all professions | PESSAT 2016 | Gateways to Top three International Educational Destinations

Turning the Ordinary into Extra-Ordinary: Careers in Public Relations

Turning the Ordinary into Extra-Ordinary: Careers in Public Relations : When British celebrity Jade Goody received massive criticism for making racist remarks against Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty on the Big Brother show, her Public Relations team designed an elaborate crisis PR campaign, which included several media appearances and public apologies, press releases, participation in several other reality shows, a visit to India, association with charities, and several new product launches, to change her image in the eyes and minds of the public. As a Public Relations or PR professional, you will be responsible for projecting a strong brand image of a product, individual, group, institution or organisation in the minds of the public. The catch here is that you will have to do so without incurring any expenses. Are you up for the challenge?   What is PR all about? Public Relations is the practice of maintaining and shaping the image of a product, individual, group, institution or organisation in the eyes and minds of the public. The Public here could mean consumers, suppliers, vendors, potential clients, prospective employees, voters, media, students, local and international citizens, etc. A successful PR person is one who is able to understand the interests and concerns of each one of these stakeholders and effectively addresses them. PR professionals have to work extensively with the media and the press, plan and implement social media campaigns and associate their clients with causes and initiatives that will enhance their brand value.   Some of the key activities that PR professionals have to undertake include: Write and distribute press releases Speech writing Write pitches about a firm and send them directly to journalists Execute special events designed for public outreach and media relations Conduct market research on the firm or the firm’s messaging Expansion of business contacts via personal networking or attendance and sponsoring at events Copy writing and blogging for the web Crisis public relations strategies Social media promotions and responses to negative opinions online   How to get into this Career? For a career in PR, a student should ideally pursue Commerce at +2 level, followed by a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations or Mass Communication. Alternatively, they can also pursue Commerce, BBA, BBS, BBE or BMS, which will introduce them to the world of marketing and businesses. Post graduation in the field of Public Relations OR Communication Management is a must for a successful career in this field.  In India, there are several educational institutions that offer specialised PG-courses in the field of Public Relations and related fields. Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication offers a two-years PG diploma in Communication Management with an option to specialise in Public Relations in the second year. Xavier Institute of Communications, Mumbai offers a one year diploma in Public Relations and Corporate Communications. Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi offers a one year PG course in Advertising and PR. Other institutes that offer courses in this field include Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmadabad; Makhanlal Charturvedi University of Journalism, Bhopal; National Institute of Advertising, New Delhi; YMCA Institute of Media Studies, Delhi and University of Pune, Pune. Apart from formal education in this field, students should also undertake internships and live projects in the field of Media Management, Public Relations, Mass Communication, Corporate Communications with all kinds of organisations, large as well as small, to gain a practical exposure of the work involved in this career field. These experiences will also count at the time of applying for full-time PR jobs.   Cost Involved The cost of pursuing a master’s diploma or degree program in PR will depend on the institute you are pursuing it from. As government colleges are highly subsidized, the cost of pursuing the course from a government college will be very low whereas private colleges may be costlier. All in all, pursuing a PG course in PR may cost you anywhere from Rs 50000 to several lakhs depending on the institute you pursue it from.   Talking Money: Remuneration If you are a graduate seeking an opportunity in the field of PR, you may get hired as an account executive or associate, where you can earn close to Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 per month. As a post-graduate, you are likely to start off with a better role and pay. Seasoned PR professionals with roles like Account Manager, Communication Manager typically earn a decent remuneration of Rs 60,000 to Rs 70,000 a month. Once you spend a considerable time in this profession and make a name for yourself in the industry, sky’s the limit for you when it comes to your earning potential. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Heal the World: Careers in Clinical Psychology | Engineering Nature | A career with ‘all-purpose’ material - Plastic Technology Engineering | Teaching Profession: Mother of all professions | PESSAT 2016 | Gateways to Top three International Educational Destinations

Heal the World: Careers in Clinical Psychology

Heal the World: Careers in Clinical Psychology : You will have watched the heart-touching movie, “Taare Zameen Par”, in which a young boy suffers from a learning disorder called dyslexia and is shunned by all including his own parents. It is his teacher who helps him overcome his depression, thereby giving him a new lease of life. In real world, there are thousands of such children and adults who are suffering from various kinds of emotional, mental and behavioural disorders, which hold them back from living normal and happy lives. Clinical Psychologists can help such people by diagnosing and treating their disorders and bringing joys to their lives, In that sense, it is a very noble profession, but also one which requires extreme patience, compassion, will-power and mental strength.   What is Clinical Psychology all about? Clinical Psychology is the practice of assessing, diagnosing, treating and preventing mental and emotional disorders, ranging from depression, anxiety and eating disorders to severe psychiatric disorders such as bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, in human beings. Clinical Psychologists typically specialise in one or more of these sub-specialities: Child mental health Adult mental health Learning disabilities Emotional disturbances Substance abuse Geriatrics Health psychology   The primary job of a clinical psychologist is to assess patients, diagnose the mental, emotional or behavioural disorder and recommend a treatment. The treatment ranges from cognitive behavioural therapy, family therapy, group therapy, and hypnotherapy. Clinical Pyschologists may work for government or private hospitals, mental health facilities, or they may practice privately. Some of them also work in academic institutions for research purposes. These days, many corporate organisations hire clinical psychologists to counsel and help their employees at work suffering from any emotional or mental disorders.   How to get into this Career? Becoming a clinical psychologist is not so easy and requires extensive education and training. Those interested in this career should pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Clinical Psychology, followed by a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Those who wish to pursue the subject as an academician will need to do a PhD as well.    In India, most universities offer specialised UG and PG courses in the field of Psychology and Clinical Psychology, including, but not limited to, University of Delhi, University of Mumbai, Jamia Milia Islamia, University of Calcutta, Guru Nanak Dev University, University of Calicut, Manipal University, Amity University, among others.    Cost Involved The cost of pursuing a UG or PG degree program in Clinical Psychology will depend on the institute you are pursuing it from. As government colleges are highly subsidized, the cost of pursuing the course from a government college will be very low whereas private colleges may be costlier. All in all, pursuing a course in Clinical Psychology may cost you anywhere from Rs 15,000 to several lakhs depending on the institute you pursue it from.   Talking Money: Remuneration If you are someone who gets motivated by money and want to build an empire of wealth, clinical psychology may not help you reach there. Starting salaries of clinical psychology practioners could be as low as Rs 8000 to Rs 10000 per month, but as you grow in your career, you can command as high as Rs 50000 to Rs 60000 for your work. Private facilities may be in a position to offer even better salaries. The point to remember here is that people do not pursue this vocation for just earning money; what really motivates them is the positive impact they will be making in the lives of their patients. In a country as populated as India, there is a dire need for well-trained clinical psychologists. So if you have the skills and attitude required for this career, do consider it.   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: Engineering Nature | A career with ‘all-purpose’ material - Plastic Technology Engineering | Teaching Profession: Mother of all professions | PESSAT 2016 | Gateways to Top three International Educational Destinations | How to write the right SOP | Market Research: Number Game 

Engineering Nature

Engineering Nature : Smart minds can turn adversities into opportunities, and environmental engineering is a great example of it. The increase in the level of pollution global and the impending threat of global warming has given rise to a new breed of engineers, who call themselves- Environmental engineers. It is a relatively new discipline, which involves combining methods of science and engineering to improve the quality of the environment and take steps to restore the ecological balance.  Opportunities in this field have increased tremendously in the last few years as more and more professionals are getting recruited in mining, geological, chemical and petroleum sectors. Job prospects for environmental engineers are also bright in research sectors, NGOs and various governmental departments working towards sustainable development. First it is important to understand that environmental engineering is a diverse field and incorporates various elements of chemical, biological, thermal, radioactive and even mechanical and civil engineering within itself. In addition to this, an environmental engineer needs to be well versed with the economics and laws involved in this.  For example, as an environmental engineer you will be expected to design, construct and maintain effective waste management systems for the betterment of urban and rural people.  As India is becoming more and more focused over economic development and in the coming it will see a lot infrastructural changes, the scope of environmental engineering will also increase, because more often than not development in the strictest economic sense leads to generation of waste that ends up polluting the environment.   Take firm steps towards a greener future It is indeed a great career option with brilliant prospects in future,  but before making a hasty decision on it, it is important to analyse the amount of study you need to do in order to get there. Environmental engineering as a discipline is available at undergraduate level and post-graduate level as well as research level. B.Sc. in Environmental engineering is of three year duration while M.Sc. is a two year course. A candidate with 10+2 in Physics, Chemistry and Biology can apply for B.Sc. course in Environmental Engineering. Similarly, B.Sc. in Environmental Engineering is required as eligibility criterion for M.Sc.  In addition to this there also P.G Diploma courses in Environmental Engineering that have gained widespread acceptance among students.  Students who had Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in 10+2 can go for B.E in Environmental Engineering. One can also go for M.Tech in Energy and Environment Management after B.E or B.Tech.   How much would it cost? Every university has a different fee structure but on an average a BTech in Environmental Engineering costs around 3 lakhs in total including lodging and food costs. Some private colleges charge more. Similarly an MTech costs around 2 lakhs including the same in a government institute.   How much would you make? Most of the Environment Engineers do not like to monetize their work and are not bothered about how much the sector pays. But this does not deter you from pursuing it, because besides getting immense satisfaction out of your work that aims at creating a global impact, you actually get paid well. Environmental Engineers working with the State Pollution Board can make up to 15,000 – 30,000 INR per month. These are mostly freshers who are just out of college after completing BTech. Candidates with an M.Tech degree make around 35,000 – 50,000. Research work in this field pays more with packages going up to 75,000 per month. As a licensed engineer you can expect a salary of around 1 lakh a month. Similarly private companies and MNCs also provide good packages to their engineers.   Some of the leading private corporate firms that employ environmental engineers for various requirements are: AECOM MACTEC SPML Infra Limited Sima Labs Pvt Ltd. Kalpan Hydro Company Goodrich Corporation Brunel India Pvt Ltd Privi Organics Limited Brunel India Pvt Ltd Dresser-Rand India Pvt Ltd The Indure Private Limited   This course also has bright prospects in the international domain. Various international firms and supra-national bodies like the UN require candidates with environmental engineering background.  These projects not only offer high salaries but also various attractive amenities. In U.S the median salary for an environmental engineer is 80,000$.   Demand to rise In India there is a shortage of trained professionals in this field while their demand is rising widely because of rapid population growth and depletion of resources. Most of the engineering students still tend to go the traditional way and have inhibitions in exploring this hitherto unexplored terrain. However, as it has been mentioned earlier in the article, a rapid infrastructure development leading to pollution would require environmental engineers in large numbers to mitigate the effect.   The pros and cons Even though this area is vast expanding and lucrative, still it has a few negative aspects to it. The pay is relatively lesser than the traditional branches of engineering and the hard work required to put in is more. Also most of the opportunities in this sector come from the government, which is marred by red tapism and nepotism that leads to unnecessary delays in getting a response.  Also the job of an environmental engineer requires a detailed study of various engineering and non-engineering disciplines and could be frustrating at times. But, the pros outweigh the cons as this sector is expected to see a lot of growth in the next coming years which also means that the demand would rise resulting in a higher pay package given to the engineers. Also with experience one can actually earn a lot as an environmental engineer. In addition to this, one gets an immense satisfaction after working for a secure and greener future of the earth. Engineers from various disciplines have varied range of roles in environmental engineering; some of them are as follows: •    Agricultural engineers •    Biologists •    Chemical engineers •    Chemists •    Civil engineers  •    Ecologists  •    Geography experts •    Geologists •    Hydro-geologists •    Public health experts •    Solid waste management professionals •    Hazardous waste management professionals •    Water treatment technicians •    Wastewater treatment technicians   Institutes offering this course - B.Sc. in Environment Science can be pursued from: •    South Gujarat University, Surat •    University of Delhi •    Berhampur University •    Bharathiar University, Coimbatore •    University of Mysore •    University of Pune  B.E. in Environment Science can be pursued from: •    P.E.S. College of Engineering, Mandya  •    Delhi College of Engineering, New Delhi •    Gujarat University, L.D. College of Engineering, Ahmedabad •    Visveswariah Technological University, AIT, Chikmagalur ME and MTech are offered in: •    Rajiv Gandhi ProudyogikiVishwavidyalaya , Indore (MP) •    UP Technical University (Instt of Engg& Tech) Lucknow •    Visveswariah Technological University, AIT, Chikmagalur-577102 •    ThaparInstt of Engg& Technology, Patiala •    IIT, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras •    JamiaMiliaIslamia, New Delhi   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Latest Articles: A career with ‘all-purpose’ material - Plastic Technology Engineering | Teaching Profession: Mother of all professions | PESSAT 2016 | Gateways to Top three International Educational Destinations | How to write the right SOP | Market Research: Number Game