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Zoom Into Photography : Following our last week's article 'Click of your Career', this article gives you a more detailed insight on career-path of Photography.   Photography - the most lucrative, fun and adventurous profession. With a recent boom in media, fashion and advertising, the opportunities in this profession are flourishing. Sometime back being a professional photographer might not have appealed the masses but now lots of people want to try their hand at this creative field. This leads us to our next question, how to go about pursuing Photography as a career?  One way is you buy a DSLR or a point & shoot camera which is very common these days and just go about clicking pictures; there are various forums online which help you in guiding how to click great pictures. There are a lot of tips & tricks available online in the form of blogs, e-books, tutorials, etc to help you in becoming better at this skill overtime and gradually taking a leap into Photography as a full-time career. We are mentioning a few sites which can help you in this process: Digital Photography School Light Stalking Photography Tips Digital Camera World Exposure Guide The other way is a step by step process for those of you who know that Photography is your calling. We would suggest that you go for some course to get your basics in place. Going for a course will not only get you a certificate/diploma/degree which will be recognized in the industry when you are struggling to begin your career; it will also be a good place to network with your peers and teachers.   Mentioned below is a list of some top Photography institutes in India:   Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi provides a Certificate course in Photography. Osmania University, Hyderabad provides a degree course Bachelor in Fine Arts (Photography). A.J. Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, Delhi provides a P.G Diploma course in Still Photography & Visual Communication. (This is a private college affiliated to the Jamia Millia Islamia University). The Indian Institute of Digital Art and Animation (Kolkata) provides two full-time degree courses - Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) & B.Sc Photography & Cinematography. Asian Academy of Film and Television (AAFT), Noida offer a 3 month Diploma program as well as a 1 year P.G Diploma program in Still Photography & Journalism. Sir JJ School of Applied Art, Mumbai provides a 2 years Master of Fine Arts Course and a 1 year part time Apprentice Training course. Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts & Communication (SACAC), New Delhi. Offers a 1 year P.G Diploma in Creative Photography and a 2 month Certificate Weekend course in Still Photography.   We have further consolidated a list of other institutes offering various courses in photography:   Degree Courses: Fergussan College, Affiliated to University of Pune Symbiosis School of Photography (SSP), Pune  Diploma Courses: Delhi School of Photography, New Delhi The Light and Life Academy, Ooty Bharati Vidyapeeth's School of Photograph, Pune FX School, Surat Indian School of Photography, New Delhi Jewellery Design and Technology Institute (JDTI), Noida Certificate Courses: Harkisan Mehta Foundation Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication (HMFIJ), Mumbai Delhi School of Photography, New Delhi   Investment required in Photography: Talking about monetary investment, the fee structure varies depending upon the course. Camera - the instrument for photography is another huge investment along with other equipment's like different lenses, tripod, filters etc. Apart from the monetary investments this profession demands a lot of time. There are no fixed hours of working. The more you click the more expertise you gain. Your work doesn't end at clicking; editing the pictures is a huge task in itself. This is quite a time consuming profession, however don't lose your heart - remember 'Rome wasn't built in a day'.   Earnings in Photography: As a photographer you have a lot of options, you can choose to freelance, work full-time or even start your own business. To help you kick start your career you can assist some of the senior photographers wherein you may earn anywhere between Rs 3,000 to Rs 6,500 per month. Remuneration depends on the type of photography you choose - Commercial and advertising photographers are highly paid likewise photographers involved in photojournalism like those working for discovery, TLC or national geographic also earn handsome amounts. Freelancing can fetch you anything between Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000 for a project depending upon the kind of assignments and your experience. With a good portfolio and exposure you may even get paid more than this. In a full-time job, as a fresher the pay may vary from Rs 10,000 to Rs 40,000 per month depending on your skill and the creativity you add to your work.   What to expect from the industry? Photographers are a part of service industry. We provide the product as demanded by our clients. Remember no matter what the customer is always right. Never lose a client. Behind every perfect shot there are thousands of clicks. In this career perseverance is the only key. Initially you might have to settle with a mediocre pay but don't you worry child. Once you know how to get your angles right then the ball is certainly in your court. This career comes out of pure passion and the level of contentment one achieves by following their passion is unbeatable. So pull up your socks and be ready to be a new trend setter in the world of photography.   (Disclaimer: The above list of courses and institutes has been collaborated from various sites on the internet and its accuracy cannot be guaranteed by iDC): --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Image Courtesy: Google By Palak Arora - Economics (Hons.), D.U iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing Photography as a Career, please post your queries here: SUBMIT  

Click Of Your Career

Click Of Your Career : Are you artistic? Do you look at things with a creative perspective? Do you have an eye for detail? Do you often love clicking pictures rather than being clicked? Do you have hand-eye co-ordination? Then somewhere inside you resides a photographer. Photography is a medium of communication of expressions without words. Photographers hunt for stories. The composition of a picture should convey a story to the viewer. A good picture is self sufficient. No fancy captions needed. It speaks for itself. Imagine that the world is a canvas and you want to paint a picture. A picture by a photographer is a glimpse of imagination that you want to create with reality. Images could be about anything and everything. From shadow to light, from sky scrapers to mountains, photographers can capture whatever appeals to them. Photographers don't just take the pictures they also a add a personal shade to it.   Different Types of Photography: Photo Journalism: Popularly known as press photographers, hired by magazines or newspaper agencies. In this images are used to tell the news stories. You need be prompt, adventurous and even prepared to cover stories in risky zones. Fashion and Advertising Photography: This is the most creative and lucrative field in photography. Here one works for fashion magazines or houses, fashion models and advertising agencies. You should be updated with the latest fashion trends and should be open to experiments.  Nature and Wildlife Photography: If you are an admirer of flora, fauna and scenic beauty and you can freeze nature in one picture then definitely this field is for you. You can work for travel and geographic magazines capturing interesting shades of nature. Still Photography: This involves taking picture of inanimate or still objects. Portrait photography which is the oldest photography, is one of the examples of still photography. You can capture picture of your family members or children or pets. Event/Wedding photography: There is a huge demand for this productive photography nowadays. You need to be extremely spontaneous and be always ready to capture lively moments in your camera. Apart from weddings, the event photographers also works for family functions, sports meet etc. Scientific Photography: This is used for recording scientific research or medical data using knowledge of scientific procedures. You need to have knowledge in areas of medicine, engineering, chemistry and biology. There are other specialized type of photography including - Fine Art Photography, Aerial Photography, Forensic Photography and Industrial Photography.     Skill Set required: Apart from learning to see things creatively, the technical know how is equally important. You must have excellent people skills and also the ability to make people feel comfortable. You should have detailed knowledge of different shape, form or color. One should be quite patient as behind a perfect shot there are several clicks. Naturally clicked pictures are the best so always keep your camera ready to take some amusing shots. Now the question arises what makes a good picture stand out from an average picture? The one which is naturally clicked. The one which makes you to stop and think. The one which makes you curious and want to know more about it. Another question running in your mind must be how do we know when to press the click button? Is it just a question of chance? Yes, it might be a question of chance in the beginning but with experience you have to pick and force chance to come to you.   Caution: Be inspired by others but be the one of your kind. Take inspirations from your peers and from the legends of photography but don't forget to add your own touch to it. Try to see things from your own perspective. Be a first rated version of yourself. Once you learn all the rules of photography, forget it. Imagine things out of the box. Capture something that has never been thought of. Give yourself constructive criticism by comparing your first picture with the most recent one. If your attitude towards photography is that the best photograph of yours is yet to be captured then you have long way to go in this profession. (Image Courtesy - The filmy owl) iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing Photography as a Career, please post your queries here: SUBMIT ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Author: Palak Arora, an economics graduate from Delhi University who currently work with iDC as a content writer.  

Alluring World of Advertisements

Alluring World of Advertisements : We all have been brought up singing and tapping our feet to the rhythm of the advertisements. Some were famous because of the catchy jingles - washing powder Nirma, Kya aap Close Up karte hain?, or Action ka school time, some had stories to tell - Dhara cooking oil (the jalebi ad), some had famous taglines - thanda matlab coka cola, hum mein hai hero (Hero Motors), har ghar kuch kehta hai (Asain Paints), while some because of their unbeatable creativity - the Vodafone Zoozoo ad. These ads were a slice of our lives and somehow make us feel nostalgic. Do you ever think over the efforts behind these two minutes advertisements? Does the world behind these drapes excite you? After looking at any advertisements does the thought that I could have done it better ever crisscross your mind? Are you storehouse of ideas? Are you capable of thinking 'hatke' just with the blink of an eye? If the answer to above asked queries is positive then yes, your heart does beat for advertisements.       Advertising is an impersonal line of communication to your existing and perspective customers. Creating an immense desire for your product, convincing customer this is all what they need, with the sole focus of generation of revenues and recognition as a brand.  The road to this super-glam world of advertising may sound easy but creating a market in the presence of close substitutes is not any child's play. What makes you choose a product from its competitors (Frooti, Slice, Maaza, Jumpin) when the product type is identical. Isn't cut throat competition just an understatement for this business? Darwin's theory nudges every moment in your mind - survival of the fittest and shrewdest for sure.   Careers in Advertising Advertising offers the wide spectrum of interesting careers. Let's figure out in which part of advertising you belong in:   Research The research department of advertising company helps in discovering tastes and preferences of customers. Prime objective of research is analyzing consumer behavior and mindset, to detect the patterns of current market and competitor's strategies. True feedbacks about the campaigns which went live and even the surveys that throw light on purchases made after the advertisement raises scope for improvement of campaigns. Planning   This department works on devising campaign strategy and plan. You work on the brief provided by the client and then after some know-how you decide which route is to be taken. You come up with the plan to be worked thereon by the creative team. Creative   The creative bunch is responsible to crack some award winning ideas and coming up with things in the most innovative manner. From copywriters to graphic designers, from photographers to animators and so on, all comprise of this creative team. Client servicing   A client servicing person is a link between the client and the agency. You will understand client requirements, bring in new contracts while retaining the existing ones. Frequent communication with your clients to ensure that the client's needs are being met for what they paid. This department tests your patience at the most.                   Skill Set Required:   Passion   Develop a passion for advertising. Many enthusiastic youngsters are attracted to the glamour spelled by this profession. But reality is bitter. Profound passion only can help your boat sail in this vast ocean of advertising. The essential - Being creative   Creativity- way of expressing one own self. One should be creative enough to garb the audience's attention in the first stroke. Ability to think out of the box whether it is a catchphrase or the central idea of an ad. People skills   People skills- the ability to deal with, influence and communicate with other people effectively, is another pre-requisite for this profession. One should know how to convey the ideas and one often has to understand the needs and expectations of clients. Wear thick skin   This is a very competitive field and usually requires persistence. There are times when even after putting in so much of handwork, a campaign gets rejected by the client. Don't lose your heart. Develop a move on attitude. It's not necessary that your every idea gets acknowledged. Learn to accept criticism.     Apart from the above mentioned you should be jack of all trades. One should be a team player as an advertisement is not an end to end process. Make up your mind to work in an environment with tight deadlines, never lasting long hours, last minute changes, difficult clients, caffeine addiction and what not. Don't change your mind after reading all these. Every profession has its own pros and cons. This profession might offer low salary at first but it gives you the opportunity to express yourself, to pen down whatever you feel, freedom from your monotonous 9-5 meaningless jobs and yes most importantly, to leave an imprint and captivate the minds of millions of people. Which other job offers all these? So get ready to take a flight for your dreams, who knows the next ad by you becomes the most talked about thing in the town.   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing Advertising as a Career, please post your queries here: SUBMIT Author - Palak Arora, an economics graduate from Delhi University who currently work with iDC as a content writer.  

11 things to keep in mind for non-delhites to study in Delhi!

11 things to keep in mind for non-delhites to study in Delhi! : Life is not a bed of roses, actual life starts when you step out of comfort zone, when you need to struggle even for basic amenities. This is when you start living life in real sense. Being the product of the same system (Delhi University) and not a native of this place, I am here to give some helpful tips to all the non-delhites out there:    1. Stay Confident:      The mantra of survival here is to stay confident. This is the only tool against peer pressure and even in academics where every child is a topper from their respective schools. No matter what, always keep your head high, chin up and most importantly believe in yourself. Just keep it simple, be the way you are and never let the world change your smile. 2. Be Fashionable:    Delhites are brand addicts; Mango, Zara, Gucci, Chanel, Forever New, this is all what you will find people around you are decked up with. Where major chunk of your money goes in accommodation, food and transportation, you find it hard to match up to their level. But don't you worry child! Frequent trips to Sarojini Nagar, Janpath, Kamla Nagar and GK M-Block market can provide you with exact replicas of all these. And yes, must mention - inculcate the art of bargaining. This will come to you with experience and gradually you will expertise in it like never before. Happy shopping! ;)   3. DTC and DMRC: Friends for Life   Be ready for some bus and metro rides. You can travel to the farthest at just the price of 25 INR by bus and 42 INR by metro. These are the only cheapest and student friendly means of transportation. Else if you are under extreme financial crunch then you can always use your very own 'gyaarah number ki gaddi'. 4. Pg Life:   Pg life is fun filled. Cat fights with roomies, midnight snacking, sleepless nights, daily gap shap sessions, night outs and what not! But not to forget Pg food sucks. It's hard to survive on that food and then Maggie - the only ultimate rescuer comes to your rescue. In this place apparently called home, we often get the warmth and comfort of siblings in our roommates. One must experience this life. It not only teaches to be independent but one also learns money management skills and how to tackle people of different kinds.      5.Happy-Go-Lucky: Are you soft-hearted? Over sensitive? Care a lot about others? Beware! Mend your ways, before you learn it hard ways. Give up your goody two shoes attitude and learn to be little tactful. The times of do good and have good have passed. Don't expect much. Stay carefree. Stay happy! 6. Self Reliance: You are no more maa da ladla puttar or daddy's little angel. There is nobody to bear your tantrums and you will often miss being the center of attraction. The sooner you shed these images, the smoother life will be for you. You are your own care taker, from cleaning your cupboards to washing heaps of dirty clothes, from eating healthy to travelling alone almost everywhere. Reach out, know people around but don't be over friendly, being all alone out here you are your sole responsibility. 7. Take Time to Trust People: I don't mean to put your friend through the test as Ranbir Kapoor did in Barfi - The lamp-post test. But yes, be wise while choosing your company. Who knows, you will find friends to cherish for lifetime or may be the love of your life! 8. Learn to be a Loner: Sometimes the place where you stay is just like a guest house; you come, sleep and wait for the next morning to move on. "Make friends with yourself and you will never be alone". Your love for music, books and internet will multiply so that loneliness doesn't haunt you.   9. Freedom or Homesickness?   Away from all those do's and don'ts, frequent night outs, mid- night calls, no explanations for sleeping late these are all the benefits of staying away from home. This freedom is enjoyable only for a couple of months or say an year at the most. Soon you will be home sick. A sudden realization of home is where your mom is will prick you hard. You will terribly miss the goodness of mom made food, comforting dad's hug and sharing all crazy stuff with your siblings.   10. Eating Spree:   If you believe that there is no love sincerer than the love of food, then hell yes, you are in the best corner of the earth. This food capital of India is well renowned for Chandini Chowk's street food, Paranthey wali gully, India gate ki Chuski, Kareem's kebabs and what not - just name it and you will find it all here! At DU - Kamla Nagar in North Delhi and Satya Nikten in South Delhi servers the coolest and most reasonable hang out joints. Some of the all time favorites are Tom uncle's maggi, Chache di hatti, QDs, Big Yellow Door, Chowringhee lane's role and Keventer's flavoured maggi. 11. Weather Report:    Namaskar, city of extremes mein apka sawagat hai. Here summers are scorching hot that you might even melt and likewise in winters you could be frozen to death. Don't be scared! You will slowly adapt. Lots of water, sun screen lotions, multi colored scarfs to cover yourself and funky dresses that is all what you need in summers. As far as dilli ki sardi is concerned, wearing multiple layers, jackets and often strolling over hot tea and coffee stalls will get you through the winters. Caution: It's good to be a Roman in Rome but don't forget what you are here for. You owe all the explanations to your parents. Do not let the world change your morals and never let anybody question you either in terms of your performance or your values. Always stay grounded and stick to your roots.   Delhi is a different planet all over in itself. It might not be so friendly in the first go but gradually the city embraces you. I bet, once you stay here you can't stay anywhere else. You will slowly fall for this city and one day you will be truly, madly and deeply in love with it.   This is the time of your life. Live it to the fullest. Explore. Do all crazy stuff. Create memories. Make every day and every moment count. Experience heartaches and patch ups. You will have a whole bucket full of memories for lifetime!   P.S. - Never get offended if anybody questions you or teases you by asking - Are you a small town girl? With a glitter in your eye and a cunning grin, sing out aloud - "chotti ungli pe nachaungi tumhe, I am a small town girl." (Winks)   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 Image courtesy : Chumbak and The filmyowl ______________________________________________________________________________________ Author - Palak Arora, an Economics Honours graduate from Delhi University whose native place is Bareilly.  

Options to consider with average score in class 12th Board Exams !

Options to consider with average score in class 12th Board Exams ! :     With students around you scoring 99.6% in Std. 12th Board exam this year & if you have a marksheet which says below 95% score, its natural to feel that you have lost the battle. But let us tell you, YOU HAVE NOT !   In this article we will let you know some great options to consider for higher education and still be in the game with average score in class 12th.     Let us look at those options:   1. Do not change your course because of a relatively good college   The first and foremost point is to not think about changing the course you were aiming for to study after 12th. If you were looking to get into economics and become a data analyst, don't go for B.A English Honors just because you are getting a good college. Your interest is the first thing you should think about rather than the college.   You may get into average college right now with the course you would love to pursue and still study hard for the next 3-4 years to do master course at a better college pr compete to get a good placement and secure a good career.     2. Go for best of the average college   For students who have scored anywhere between 80-95% marks, and with high competition you have not been able to make it in the top colleges, analyze the colleges you have as an option right now and go for the best possible option out of it. It really won't make a difference if you are going to put extra efforts gaining some skills in the next 3-4 years and competing with the same set of students for Masters program or placement at the end of your graduation. If you would make justice to effort you will definitely land up getting the best in the later part of your life.     3. Look out: there are other good colleges as well   One should also look for other good option in respective cities (except Private University) like for e.g consider Ambedkar university, IP University in Delhi which have almost same fees structure like Delhi University and are relatively a good option as like DU.     4. A good Private College is another option   One can also look to get into good private college like PESIT, RV, BMS, Manipal (in South), Symbiosis, FLAME (in Pune), Amity, Shiv Nadar, Ashoka (in Delhi/NCR). The only thing to look while you are opting for private college is choosing the right college based on course.   E.g - If you are looking to study liberal studies/english/eco one can consider Ashoka, Shiv Nadar. You may consider Amity above Shiv Nadar/Ashoka if you are looking to pursue engineering.     5. Dropping a year   If you are aiming for engineering/medical/design/law as a career and you have not really prepared for its entrance exams (like CLAT, JEE, PMT, NID Entrance) because of 12th studies, one can think of dropping a year to prepare hard for the entrance exams and getting into the best college a year later. One thing to keep in mind if you are dropping a year is to fill all possible forms of different college, entrance exams and sit for it as one should keep enough option with itself (you can't afford to drop another year). For E.g - If you are dropping a year to prepare for IIT-JEE, apart from IITs, NITs, also apply and sit for other colleges entrance exams like COMEDK (for colleges in Bangalore), Manipal-CET, VIT etc.     6. Vocational College is another option   A student who is looking to get into technical fields like automobile, electrical, design, computer science etc. can also consider a good vocation college (Polytechnic, ITIs) in respective cities. In Delhi/NCR one can consider South Delhi Polytechnic for Women, PUSA, Ambedkar, Aryabhat etc.    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 _________________________________________________________________________________________ Author - Ayush Bansal, career mentor & co-founder at iDreamCareer.com  

7 important changes in Delhi University 2014 Admission Process

7 important changes in Delhi University 2014 Admission Process :   Delhi University (DU) has announced changes in its undergraduate admission process of 2014-15. Admissions will start from June 2 and the University is expecting 3 lakh+ applications for a total of 54,000 undergraduate seat this year. With the 4 year program launched last year in Delhi University, it has undergone sever changes in its admission process. This year (2014) Delhi University has come out with 7 important changes in its admission process which will give more flexibility to students.   Here are the 7 changes:  1. Freedom in subject Selection Students can opt for subjects in Discipline - 1 even if they have not studied that subject in school. E.g. - One can opt for history as a subject in discipline-1 even if the student has not studied history in std. 11th or 12th. Condition - Disadvantage of 2% while calculating best of four aggregate if the student is opting for subject not studied in school.   2. Freedom in selecting Language Course Students can opt for language subject which they have not studied in school. Condition -  Disadvantage of 5% in calculating best 4 % if the student has not studied the opted elective language in school. Disadvantage of 2% in calculating best 4 % if the student has studied the opted elective language at functional level in school. Advantage of 2% in calculating best 4 % if the student has studied the opted elective language in school. Note - But for opting English and Hindi as elective language, it is must to have studied it in school.     3. Freedom for students who have studied vocational subjects in school   Students who have studied vocational subjects in school can opt for any course and calculate best 4 % including the vocational subject scores.   Condition - Need to deduct 10 marks from the maximum scored marks in the particular vocational subject while calculating the aggregate best 4 percentage.   E.g. - If the student has taken web design as a vocational subject in std. 12th and has scored 85 marks out of 100 in it, he/she will have to deduct 10 marks from 85 and will have to consider 75 marks in web design while calculating the aggregate best 4 percentage.     4. No additional eligibility criteria set by colleges   Colleges will not be allowed to set any additional eligibility criteria for any particular course. Colleges will admit if students have met the criteria set centrally.   Exception - St. Stephen & Jesus & Marry college do not come under this rule preview.     5. Freedom to number of college or course a student can apply   Students can apply to as many college and course they want to and forms this year will yet again have the choice to select only course and not college.     6. No entrance exam for few courses   There will be no entrance exam for courses like English, Journalism, Social Work, Foreign Language. The selection to these course will be based on the aggregate best 4 percentage.     7. Selection to BMS course   Selection to 6 colleges offering BMS course will be based on an entrance exam (50% weightage) & aggregate best 4 percentage scored in std. 12th board exam (50% weightage). Entrance exam will be conducted in the month of June, 2014. There will no interview unlike last year to get into BMS course.    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  __________________________________________________________________________________________ Author - Ayush Bansal, career mentor & co-founder at iDreamCareer.com

Styling it Up: A Career as a Fashion Designer

Styling it Up: A Career as a Fashion Designer : Imagine the scene of a fashion show, a ramp, a theme inspired by the Ajanta Ellora Caves, models wearing the new collection, the audience watching each design closely and all of this ending amidst a roaring applause with the bow of the designer, being accompanied by the show stopper.   When you visualize this scene, does it inspire you? Excite you? Seem as an interesting career choice to you?   What is described above, is one of the most clich'd understanding of the life of a fashion designer for an outsider. However, like any other field, fashion too as an industry has its many faces. What we forget while seeing the glamorous and extravagant fashion show is the amount of hard work, time, effort and creativity put in each piece being displayed.   Fashion is an art. It's a way of expressing your own self. A designer expresses himself through different fabrics, textures, colors, prints and patterns. He may get inspired from anything; a book, a dance form, a monument, a person or maybe a piece of music.   But if you are considering fashion as a career choice there are some questions that one can ponder upon that would make the choice rather simple.   Do you keep a check on the latest fashion trends? Do you believe that clothes make a man? Are you often experimenting with different styles? Have you been the envy of your friends and foes for your unique fashion statement? Does your heart cringe when you see someone make a faux pas? In your free time do you make sketches of clothes you would like to design? While your friends are reading books is your shelf full of cut outs from fashion magazines like Vogue and Bazaar? Can you tell a crepe from georgette or a Masaba print from a Satya Paul saree?   If the above questions ring a bell in your head or maybe a few interest you, then you are on the right track, Fashion can be the line for you!!   A Word of Caution Though the glamour and the glitz of the fashion interest attracts many to it, however one must keep in mind that it has another side to it, which spells hard work, rejection, continuous learning and creating something new.   It must be confessed that most of the people consider themselves fit to enter this line on virtue of being able to dress up well. However, though a fashion designer's knack may start with dressing up well but it goes much beyond this.   Although your interest in fashion may drive you take up the field but there a few skills which you must have before you take this important career decision.         Skills Required   Creativity This is what can be called as the core skill of a designer. Fashion trends are invented and reinvented, a style comes in the market, clicks with some and becomes a trend and before you know the whole city is wearing a cropped top or a tribal print. Thus it's important that you have the ability to think out of the box and create new styles.   Eye for Detail A designer must also have an eye for detail. It's important to pick up the right fabrics, the styles, the patterns, the right embellishments. Fashion is a craft and thus requires one to have a keen eye on detailing.   Experimenting What is something that stands out in people like Alexander Mcqueen , a Jean Paul Gaultier or maybe closer home a Neeta Lulla or a Shantanu Nikhil?   The answer is that they never fail to experiments. One must as a designer keep on experimenting. The shelf life of fashion trends has shrunk over the years, thus there is a need to experiment and create new trends for the target audience.   Ability to Visualize Ideas You may be creative, may experiment with different styles but what's most important is your ability to visualize these ideas and then put them together in the form of a product.   Knowledge of Fabrics One must also have an idea of the various fabrics, how they fall, how they can be draped, how do they breathe and what fabrics can be used in what form.   Deal with Criticism You must be open to feedback from other about your work. Crictism about your own designs would help you grow.   So if these are some of the skills that you possess, you must go make a career in fashion   Where to Start? Though you do not require any academic qualifications to enter this line, however, it would not be a good idea to enter the market without any certifications.   There are many colleges and institutes that offer bachelors and masters degrees in fashion designing, fashion management, fashion merchandising to name a few. They involve coursework in color, textiles, tailoring, pattern making, fashion history and computer aided design (CAD).   Even in fashion, one many specialize in some sub streams like accessory designing, bridal wear, men's wear, footwear designing or kid's wear.   Career as a Designer Once you have the degree you could do the following:   Work with a fashion designer. Work with a buying house or an export house. Become a freelancer. Open your own label Design for TV Serials, theatre actors and movies Other exciting options may include become a fashion blogger, a fashion stylist or a fashion adviser. Before entering into the field, one last piece of advice in the words of Yves Saint Laurent Fashions fade, style is eternal   So if you have it in you to express your own individuality through your clothes, are willing to work long hours and experiment with different styles, go ahead and glam up the fashion industry.     iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing your career as a Fashion Designer, please post your queries here: SUBMIT Author - Manika Sandhu, an alumnus of University of Delhi and a professional psychologist  

Exploring the Role of Social Media in Education and Career Planning

Exploring the Role of Social Media in Education and Career Planning :     Mother: Rohan! I am fed up with the way you waste time on social networking sites. They are simply a hindrance in your studies. Rohan: Mom, it's not as redundant as you think. In fact, nowadays social media has been very effective and helpful. It not only entertains us but also help us in apposite networking and information. Mother, Haha! Stop befooling your mother. How can social media be of any good use? Does it assist you in your studies or in making an appropriate career decision? Rohan, Of course mom. It definitely does! Provided we use it to good effect. You all must have experienced similar conversations wherein parents stress on the detriments of social medial whereas you advocate its essentiality but in vain. Through this article, I intend to break your mental blocks regarding the uses of social media and assist you in discovering its multifaceted roles in your education and career planning.   Now, you must be wondering how social media can help you explore plausible career opportunities and decide an appropriate course of action for a successful career. While keeping in mind the inherent risks involved in social media, it is equally important to be familiar with the plethora of potential benefits that social media offers in order to attain your educational objectives.   Social media redefines the way we relate to other humans and to the organizations with which we are affiliated. It is dialogical a two way communication that brings people together to discover and share information, build networks and enhance professional development.   Social networking sites like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, iBibo, Hi5, Myspace etc. are not only a platform for meeting new people and getting in touch with old friends but it is also a common dais for sharing and exchanging information, knowledge and creativity with concurring individuals. Social media fosters deeper learning experiences, promote collaboration, and provide timely feedback. A few ways have been listed below which can help you explore the new dimensions of learning and career planning with the help of innovative activities on social media:   Discussion Forums: You can create study groups on sites like Google+, Facebook etc. in order to initiate discussions about specific subjects. Members of the group can post links, media, queries, editable documents, events, and can comment on the posts too. You can invite students from various schools to be a member of your groups as it will augment informative and qualitative aspects of the trending discussions. Request your teachers and seniors to monitor the authenticity and appropriateness of the content, and answer the queries posted on the study groups. Learning in collaboration with your peers and teachers will enable you to build better school communities. Moreover, it is fun too! Class Blogs: If you are fond of blogging, create your own class blogs on sites like edublogs, weebly, kidsblog etc. Blogs are a form of online journal with one or several authors that encourage creative writing, improve grammar skills and enhance your knowledge about various subjects. You can also import study relevant blogs from Blogger, LiveJournal and other blogging services to your individual profiles or study groups. Expand your circle of knowledge: Sharing knowledge (or study material!) with others help you expand your knowledge horizon. You can help each other with homework and research by sharing documents, study material, assignments, and notes on sites like dropbox, scribd, icloud etc. Slideshare is the world's largest community for sharing online presentations. You can also tag your friends in Facebook notes to share relevant information and embed images about specific educational topics and career information. Nailing down the competitive exams: Preparation for competitive exams may elicit anxiety and stress. However, joining groups related to specific competitive/entrance exams like SSC, IAS, AIEEE, JEE, CLAT, NET, CTET, NCHMCT, NIFT and many more, wherein individuals discuss queries, share their experiences and other relevant information regarding the exams can provide some relief. It serves as a good platform for interaction between people who have passed the exam and those who are aspiring for it. Straight from the horse's mouth: Locate an expert in the field of your interest and shadow them on the net. Sites for professional networking like LinkedIn helps you to view the profiles of professionals who are well placed in their careers. You can also follow them on Facebook to familiarize yourself with the ideas they broadcast and their public updates. You may also join career related pages or groups to know further about the practical aspects of your impending profession and the latest developments. Joining pages and groups of the colleges in which you are interested to study would acquaint you with the ethos of that college including its students, alumni, events and happenings.   Not only this much! In the age of Web 2.0, you can do much more with social media like initiate a campaign; spread awareness; assess the reviews of a particular educational course, college, and career; use google tools for education, find breaking news stories on Twitter, use geotagging to find places you are studying, download e-books and audio books from sites like libgen and ebooks, etc.     A Word of Caution! In this digital age if you err in judgment, you could have massive repercussions. Any injudicious post on social media can be used against you in future by your prospective employer. Deletion is just an illusion as everything is recorded on their database even after it appears deleted. When in doubt, remember to opt for the discretion of your parents and teachers. Also, over dependence on the internet for every idea may surpass your own thoughts and creativity.   Participation is no longer an option as Social Media isn't a spectator sport (Solis 2008). Engaging in social media not only helps you shape your online presence but also make you digitally literate. So go ahead cautiously and discover the power of social media!   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. ______________________________________________________________________________________   Author -Aakanksha Bhatia, an alumnus of University of Delhi and a professional psychologist  

Computer Science vs. Information Technology - The Better Half!

Computer Science vs. Information Technology - The Better Half! : Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT) branches appear to be twins and synonymous to many but in reality they have different objectives. Also, there is a misconception among parents and the student community at large that CS has wider scope than IT, thus leading to more demand for the former. In fact, both have equal scope and students from both branches are equally employable in the IT and software industries.   Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes. Renowned Computer Scientist Edsger Dijkstra made this observation. Computer Science engineers are involved in many aspects of computing, from the design of individual microprocessors, personal computers and supercomputers to circuit design and writing software that powers them. They are also suited for robotics research, which relies heavily on using digital systems like motors and sensors in different machines.   Information Technology (IT) deals with use of electronic computers and computer software to store, protect, process, transit and securely retrieve information. IT is a general term that describes any technology that helps to produce, manipulate, store, and/or communicate information. IT professionals perform a variety of duties that range from installing applications to designing complex computer networks and information databases. They are suited for data management, networking engineering computer hardware, database and software design, as well as the efficient management and administration of entire systems. Differences at a Glance Computer Science is the study of the principles of computing and how computers solve problems. You will study the different types of problems that a computer can solve and how one would present a problem to a computer. Abstract ideas that rely on fundamental mathematical theories are the basis of Computer Science.   Information Systems is the study of what technology/tools can best meet the Information management needs of a particular organization. These tools can be human, process-based or technological. Familiarity with such tools is essential for a successful IT professional.   The relationship between the two fields lies in the fact that when it comes to the specific technology and tools needed to solve problems, the Computer Scientists design the tools and the Information Systems professionals then apply the tools to the maximum benefit of their particular organization or task.   Computer Science application and research often combines the pillars of information management, computation and system design with other domain specific areas linking aspects of engineering, science arts and mathematics. Such domain specific research includes Robotics and Control, Machine Vision and Human-Machine Interaction, Geographic Information Systems, Music Technology, Finance, Media Studies and so on. The combination of degrees and domain knowledge expertise in other disciplines with Computer Science opens a wealth of employment opportunities.   Information Technology is the hardware and software products and systems that result from the work of Computer Science and other disciplines associated with generation, manipulation, storage, retrieval, analysis and sharing digital information of all kinds. A computer, an iPod, a mobile phone, a camcorder, Microsoft Word, Mozilla Firefox, Linux, Windows Operating Systems, a Wireless Network, a Tata Sky TV box, a GPS unit, a social networking site, an information portal, a payment transaction service, are all examples of information technology. Exposure, experience and understanding of many such technologies is acquired during practical work associated with the course.   Snapshot of the curriculum Ultimately, what would really matter to you as a student is how far the course curriculum is different? Most of the top-notch institutes (including all the IITs, IIITs and most NITs) have either CSE or IT but not both. This clearly signals that the difference between the two branches is not significant enough to warrant their simultaneous presence on a campus at least in the eyes of the top engineering colleges of the country. Further, for the few colleges that do offer both IT and CSE, the differences in the course structure are minimal.   To Sum it Up It might help to imagine it like this: CS engineers are architects and construction workers. They design and build a house, and also play roles of electricians, plumbers and installation specialists who put lights, running water and appliances in the house. IT professionals live in the house and use appliances effectively and efficiently for a desired effect. There is some overlap within these two fields. Essentially, they exist in subsections of the same discipline, performing complementary different tasks that fit together like a gear. Hopefully the distinctions between the three professional areas are now clear. If IT is where you want to be, King University Online can get you there. Earning your bachelor's degree in information technology online is the first step toward a high-paying, in-demand career.   The Final Word If you have to choose between IT and CSE and have both options in hand, it would be wise to decide it on the basis of the reputation and standing of the college rather than the branch. If you have to choose between IT and CSE in the same college, see what excites you more, design of computers and computing systems or using computers to solve information management requirements of organization.   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about Computer Science and Information Technology, please post your queries here: SUBMIT

Indian Air Force - Face the Challenge, Be an Air Warrior

Indian Air Force - Face the Challenge, Be an Air Warrior :   In this article, we shall take you through all the possible entries into the Indian Air Force (IAF). The IAF consist of three branches-flying, technical (aeronautical engineering) and ground-duty. Let's know about them one by one.   Ground-duty branch Both Indian men and women, aged 20-23 if graduate and 20-25 if postgraduate, are eligible to apply. Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried.     Branches within Ground-duty branch Minimum Educational Requirements Other Details Administration (air traffic controllers, fighter controllers, etc.) Min. 60% aggregate in graduation (any field) or 50% in post graduation Permanent Commission (for men); Short Service Commission (for men & women) Accounts (internal auditor, etc.) Min. 60% aggregate in graduation (commerce) or 50% in post graduation (commerce) Permanent Commission (for men); Short Service Commission (for men & women) Logistics (procurement officer, inventory supervisor, materials management, etc.) Graduate/PG Diploma/PG Degree/Engineering Degree Permanent Commission (for men); Short Service Commission (for men & women) Education Min. 50% in post graduation (any field) Only for post graduates Meteorology Min. 50% in post graduation (in any of streams such as science, maths, statistics, geography, geo-physics, etc.), with a min. 55% in Maths and Science in graduation Only for post graduates   Air Force Common Admission Test (AFCAT) is conducted for entry into all the ground-duty branches. It is a 2-hour multiple-choice based exam covering questions from areas including general awareness, verbal ability, numerical ability, reasoning and aptitude. It is conducted twice a year.   Flying branch This branch can be joined right after completing schooling (through National Defence Academy/NDA) or after graduation.   For details of the NDA exam, see our another blog post here.   Graduates can seek entry through the Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE). Only unmarried Indian males, aged 19-23 can apply. There is no minimum percentage requirement in graduation for CDSE entry. However, candidates should have Physics and Maths at 10+2 level. CDSE exam is followed by a Services Selection Board (SSB) interview. CDSE is an objective exam consisting of 120 questions each from English, General Awareness and Maths. It is conducted twice a year.   Technical Branch Indian men and women, who are engineering graduates or are in the final year of graduation and aged 18-28, are eligible to apply. Candidates below the age of 25 years must be unmarried.   Entry Schemes under Technical Branch Minimum Educational Requirements Other Details University Entry Scheme (UES) Candidates must be in pre-final year of BE/BTech degree course; min. 60% aggregate in graduation upon completion, with no backlogs Only for men; only Permanent Commission Aeronautical Engineering Course (further sub-branches are electronics and mechanical) Candidates should have completed engineering degree or should be in final year/semester of engineering; min. 60% aggregate marks required Permanent Commission (for men); Short Service Commission (for men & women)   Entry for both of the above schemes are done through AFCAT   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing your career in Indian Air Force, please post your queries here: SUBMIT