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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

A 'Royal Road' to Psychology!

A 'Royal Road' to Psychology! : If your mind is often boggled by the way our brain processes information, how we learn, why we forget; how we think, why we feel, why people react the way they do, etc.; then your quest is likely to be answered by Psychology.   Psychology is a science that helps us understand, describe and predict human (and animal) behaviors. It also explains cognitive processes, affective states, experiences and states of consciousness. This study is growing dynamically with the ever evolving society. It is a multifaceted discipline which lies at the crossroads of other disciplines like biology, medicine, sociology, linguistics, medicine, anthropology, history and education as its content overlaps with other subjects, with unfailing regularity It is considered both as a Science and a Social Science, even though a majority of schools, offer it with the Humanities stream.   What is 'not' Psychology? You may have heard a lot of notion about Psychology which are commonly constructed and concretize the already existing myths regarding Psychology. For instance, we often hear that psychology is a 'luxury for the rich' and that it does not have much scope in the Indian context. It is essential to deconstruct these false notions prevalent about the subject, so that you can make a well informed career decision.   a) Psychology will not help you read minds, or predict what the other person will do next. Psychology is not an occult science but it empowers you to derive meaning from the otherwise not so obvious situations.   b) A lot of students perceive psychology as easy and think that it would require no hard work. As they say, there is no shortcut to success! Psychology includes a lot of understanding and critical thinking as the subject matter deals with humans. In most of the boards like CBSE, there is due weightage allotted to practical work as well. Psychology is a challenging yet interesting subject. You can succeed with your efforts and determination.   c) Psychology is considered as sheer common sense. People think that psychologists get paid huge sums of money for listening and giving advice which their family and folks can also give. They think that psychologists waste their time researching about stuff which is typically common sense. Just because something seems true does not necessarily make it so. Psychologists study these research questions in a scientific manner and predict human behaviors based on the results and observations. Our commonly held beliefs and attitudes are assessed for truth and falsehood in a rational and objective way.   d) An interesting misconception is that psychology will help you hypnotize people and extract their private information against their wishes. Hypnotism is a special technique which is practiced by a particular school of thought and their therapists. Not every counselor or psychologist knows how to practice it.   So the next time you hear any such myth, don't forget to debunk it. After all, awareness is contagious too!   Career Prospects The increasingly complex world has helped opportunities for psychology graduates to grow manifold. These range from working in hospitals and schools to NGOs and corporate houses. An undergraduate course in Psychology is career oriented as it offers a theoretical understanding of the major schools of thought along with providing practical skills in psychometric testing and various psychological tools. Specializations in the areas of Social Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Organizational Behavior (OB), Rehabilitative Psychology, Health Psychology, Sports Psychology and Medical Psychology are available. Those of you who opt for Counseling Psychology can further specialize in marital counseling, child counseling, family counseling, drug rehabilitation and trauma counseling.   You can add to your skills by opting for additional courses like Special Education and learning disabilities which train you to become special educators; both in mainstream and special schools. As a matter of fact, it is now mandatory for schools to employ both a counselor and a special educator. Given the complexity of managing and retaining human capital, there is a growing demand for psychologists in the corporate sector as well. An MBA degree preceded by graduation in psychology, preferably Human Resource Management, is well sought in corporates. Well-established companies seek such professionals for recruitment, training, talent management, and learning and development. Research analysts studying consumer behavior and market trends are also sought by market research companies.   One can pursue a career in journalism, public relations and advertising too. A specialization in forensic psychology can get jobs in police departments and crime branches. You can study social work and pursue careers in NGOs, family courts and social welfare organizations. Further specialization in child and women welfare, educational needs and criminal behavior can be obtained.   There is a lot of scope to pursue career in academics as a researcher, school teacher and assistant professor. After post-graduation in Psychology one can pursue B. Ed. and work as a PGT Psychology or clear the National Eligibility Test (NET) which is held every six months for eligibility as an assistant professor by the University Grants Commission (UGC). UGC also qualifies the meritorious candidates for Junior Research Fund (JRF) for pursuing PhD.   Your career choice notwithstanding, there are a few basic prerequisite qualities and skills that you need to possess, for a successful career in Psychology. Firstly, you shouldhave good interpersonal skills andan inherent interest in human behavior Secondly, you should be able to empathize with people, and be patient and tolerant to various situations. Apart from this, trustworthiness, open mindedness and emotional stability are also essential qualities of an effective psychologist.   Studying psychology will not only give you a wide spectrum of career options to choose from, but is also likely to add positivity and harmony to your life. Apart from the financial benefits, intrinsic satisfaction and rewarding relationships are almost certain with a career in Psychology. What else can one ask for!   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 Psychology, please post your queries here: SUBMIT _____________________________________________________________________________________         Author - Aakanksha Bhatia, an alumnus of University of Delhi and a professional psychologist

Indian Army - Be All You Can Be

Indian Army - Be All You Can Be :   There are a number of ways through which you can become a part of the coveted Indian Army. In this article, we take you through all the possible entries into the second largest army in the world.   Permanent Commission: Granted through National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla, the Indian Military Academy (IMA) Dehradun, etc., permanent commission mandates officers to serve for at least 20 years. The following table summarizes the various entries that are part of the permanent regular commission: Type of Entry Minimum Educational Requirement Training/Course Selection Process NDA entry 10+2 4 years (3 years at NDA and 1 year at IMA) NDA Exam and SSB Interview Combined Defence Services (CDS) entry Graduate 1 year 6 months CDS Examination (CDSE) and SSB Interview Army Cadet College (ACC) entry 10+2 4 years (3 years in ACC Wing and 1 year at IMA) Written test followed by SSB Interview Technical GraduateCourse and PostGraduate Entries (Army Education Corps & Military Farms) Technical Graduateand Postgraduate(AEC & MF) 1 year SSB Interview and Psychological Aptitude Test University EntryScheme Engineering Degree 1 year at IMA SSB Interview Permanent Commission Special List or PC (SL) 10+2 8 weeks communication skill capsule followed by 4 weeks at Officers' Training Academy (OTA) SSB Interview Special Commissioned Officers 10+2 1 year at IMA SSB Interview 10+2 Technical Entry Scheme (TES) Minimum 70% aggregate in PCM in10+2 Pre-commissiontraining for 4 years and Post Commissiontraining for 1 year SSB Interview   Short Service Commission: Granted through the Officers Training Academy (OTA) Chennai, the short services commission lets you serve as a commissioned officer for 10 years, extendable up to 14 years or in some cases, convertible to the permanent commission. Type of Entry Minimum Educational Requirement Training/Course Selection Process Technical Engineering Degree/Equivalent/M.Sc.(Computer Science) as applicable to different corps 49 weeks SSB Interview Non-technical Graduate 49 weeks SSB Interview SSC (Women) Tech Graduate/PG Diploma/PG Degree/Engineering Degree 49 weeks SSB Interview SSC (Women) NonTech Graduate 49 weeks SSB Interview 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 Army, please post your queries here: SUBMIT  

Your College Search: Key Factors for Choosing the Best College

Your College Search: Key Factors for Choosing the Best College :   What are the areas to check when comparing colleges? Choosing a right college means choosing a correct place to live in for next 3 years or more. For some, leaving home is not an option and for others going hundred or thousand miles is too difficult.   There are many factors to consider when evaluating prospective colleges.   The first thing that one should usually look for is the type of academic program and the availability of majors and other subjects into a particular college.   However, a number of factors is needed to be kept in mind when choosing a best college amongst so many; some of them are: Campus The location of the college The class size Programs that the college is offering The affiliation of the university Fees Structure of the college Placement cell Public vs. private college Students' diversity Extra co-curricular activities Disability services   Colleges come in many sizes typically from 1,000 to 30,000 students. There are separate pros and cons of different colleges.   If you have come up from a small high school then going to a big large university could be overwhelming for you.   A smaller college has fewer courses to offer and even fewer clubs and activities.   A larger college tends to have more courses to choose from a more diverse student body, and more athletic team and campus activities.   Public v/s Private College There are definite differences in attending a public v/s private institution. Public university is state funded and usually has lower tuition fees than a private university.   A private university is privately funded and usually has a higher tuition fees compared to public college.     Academic Program The areas of study or majors offered by a college influence your decision to attend a college or university. If a particular college is offering that course or major which you want to study typically a smaller college will offer limited courses and also limited exposure for over all development or personality of a student. A smaller college will have less or no amount of extra co curricular activities or recreational activities. A university has more degree programs to offer like M.Phil and PhD.   A university has several colleges within the broader university that offers specialized programs under one campus like school of engineering, school of social science, school of economics, and school of architecture.     Fees Structure Cost of the course is an important factor to consider while selecting a college to study.   The availability of loans and other financial aid is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a college .compare how much financial aid is available to you from each of the college that you have applied and which one is better suited for you.     Extra Co-curricular Activities Not all of the student's time will be spent in class rooms, so find out about the extra co curricular, clubs and activities at the college. Compare colleges with extra co curricular activities with special sports teams or that are known for certain affiliations and then consider to make choice about your college.   iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about college search, please post your queries here: SUBMIT ___________________________________________________________________________________________       Author Swati Sibal, an alumnus of Delhi University and currently working as a career counsellor

Sociology - Change, To Your Benefit

Sociology - Change, To Your Benefit :   Change is the only constant. After wracking my brains with thoughts of how to write this article and whether to write it or not, changing my opinions again and again about the importance of writing an article for a career counselling blog I could just agree with the above statement more than anything else at present. To be honest fiddling through the Google University and finding nothing worth straining my fingers for I finally decided to use my own brains for penning down the experience of a university graduate whose dearest aim since the time she gained her senses has been to crack the most prestigious and supposedly the most difficult exam in India. Yes, her dream since her childhood days and even today is to have a lal batti government of India ambassador. She went to a prestigious Delhi school. Her parents and initially she too wanted to do Science in her plus 2. After much failed efforts to convince the concerned teachers, she was put in Commerce being short of two marks for getting enrolled in the Science stream. God only knows how many blessings those teachers received from her and her parents at that time. Well, being a friendly and open minded child she accepted the once abhorred decision of her teachers and adapted well with Commerce stream scoring pretty respectable marks in class 12. She filled the college forms happily thinking to join the subject she had developed a good taste for in the previous two years, economics. Very soon she figured out the harsh reality that she could not get her dream course in any of her dream colleges (mainly the north campus colleges). To her list of dilemmas then was added another one but through a lucky trail of events she ended up in one of the best colleges in Delhi University. Though she had economics as one of the subjects she did not have economics (hons.) that she desired. She opted for B.A. (Programme) which as the name suggests is not an honors course but is a programme course which offers various humanities courses over a period of three years. She took it up after much consultation with seniors, friends, friends, friends and so on, with the aim of clearing the much hyped CAT exam after the three years; join an MBA course in an institution like IIM. The inspiration behind this thought was her cousin sister who had just passed out from IIM, Lucknow and looked super happy and was the star performer of her family at that moment. So, whatever the reasons were, the protagonist started her journey as a college student with a course which she not exactly liked in the beginning but realized that it was the course that opened so much of diversity of subjects and options in front of her. She read subjects ranging from mathematics to Human Rights, from English, Hindi to subjects like Conflict Resolution and Peace Building. The faculty, the peer group she got there was the best she could have asked for. But as we all know change is constant, there she was in the 3rd year again worried about what next. MBA was no more an option; the star cousin had also subsided by then. Under the guidance and influence of the amazingly intellectual faculty she formed her new aim, which was to join JNU as a master's student. Her upsc aim was still burning and she decided to give the entrance for the subject that she had never really thought of and studied extensively in the past 15 years of her formal education. The subject she now desired was Sociology. She gave the entrance but she did not make it to JNU, she felt sad, very sad thinking she was not good enough for sociology but very soon to her surprise she cleared the entrance of an even better institution as rated by many surveys. This was Delhi School of Economics, which falls under Delhi University. Wow the name itself sounded so good. This she felt was her time as she now had the subject she wanted as it would be her choice for the upsc exam and she had the tag of the institution that has world class faculty and brains. She was not keen as much to learn sociology as she was to acquire knowledge for the sake of upsc exam.   Well, then the course started. MA sociology course in DSE is dealt with quite extensively. There are 4 semesters in the two year course and each semester has four papers thus making it a course with a total of 16 subjects to be done in the 2 year period. There are courses varying from sociological Theories in which Karl Marx, Weber and Durkheim, the three main sociologists are done extensively to Sociology of India, Religion, Political Sociology, Economic Sociology, and Urban Sociology. There are specific courses on Gender, Industry and Society, Organization, Symbolism, Population and Society, Sociology of Development and others. The course requires dedicated hard work and sincere study of the subjects one opts for. In the 1st two semesters all subjects are compulsory and are to be done by all students but in the last two semesters there are electives and one can choose them from within the department or from any course in the DU's masters program depending on subjects availability and one's interest. After the 2 years spent reading sociology I surely without a doubt can say that it is a subject that one would really like to know for the love of it. It is a subject that opens up one's horizons and ability to think and understand things and society in a better way. It is a subject that can allow you to be critical and question the given and the commonsensical. It allows one to see the larger realities of the very society we live in and the other societies, various strata of it and it gives one an empowered perspective to look at things and question them rather than simply absorb and accept them. It has the power to convert you into a hard core feminist with proper reasons; along with the power to understand the various prisms and specific differences between them. It has the ability to awaken in you a spirit of inquiry and humbleness to relate to the larger society and not just simply your individualistic world. It develops you not just intellectually but also as a human being as you start to give thought to the way different strata in the society are and if so then why and invokes the hidden passion in you to question that which once you thought was unquestionable. Apart from development as a person this subject also opens up wide fields for you to choose your career path as. Of course one of the bright paths is the path of upsc, along with opportunities in the social sector. With the increasing role of civil society one can always think of using the sociological studies in this area for the welfare of the larger society. One can enter the corporate world too if one desires. One can think of pursuing the course further and do M.Phil and PhD and such research works and make teaching his/ her profession. It is a subject that basically evolves you as an informed and intellectual being who is able to look at things critically and have a perspective which is not dictated by the society but is one's own. In the end I would just like to say that the school kid mentioned in the first paragraph had the great two years of learning experience with sociology and she doesn't regret changing her streams and subjects so many times as it has only helped her widen her horizons to a great extent. She still has the burning desire to have her own 'lal batti' ambassador with the government of India plate on it. In an ever changing world her childhood dream has been alive since a long time and studying sociology has only added fuel to her burning desire. So you too go ahead and explore it for your own self as experiences and paths may vary. So have faith in your own instincts and be confident of what you choose and make an unforgettable path with your footsteps on it. Good luck and god speed! iDC is focused on helping students choose a career in which their potential is maximized. In case you are confused about pursuing your in Sociology, please post your queries here: SUBMIT    ________________________________________________________________________________________ Author - Sanjana Arya, an alumnus of Lady Shri Ram College and Delhi School of Economics