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Top 5 Distance Universities With Placement Assistance in India

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In India, many universities, be it central, state or deemed offer distance learning programs. These universities/colleges provide degrees/certifications courses relating to many fields.

However, it is less likely that completing degrees and certifications from many such colleges, may lead to any constructive gains in terms of job enhancement, salary increase or for that matter finding a job for yourself at entry level.

Here we try to cover some distance universities and programs which has best industry acceptance and offers placement assistance:

 

Top Distance Universities With Placement Assistance

 

1 – IGNOU, Indira Gandhi National Open University

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Est in 1985, by an act of parliament. IGNOU is central university. There are many courses which university offers ranging from liberal arts to science to management programs.

Its offers programs for all levels starting from undergraduate to PhD.

It also offers placement drives to its learners from time to time via messages.

Packages offered are modest around 3 lakh per annum.

 

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2 – Sikkim Manipal University

Sikkim Manipal University

A University of Manipal group separately dedicated to distance learning program. This university is recognised by UGC. It offers range of courses related to commerce and Management.

Offers both graduation and post-graduation courses.

Has a dedicated placement cell for students. Companies which have hired from Manipal distance learning are Amazon, Flipkart, IBM, Lenskart, Kotak Mahindra, Vodafone, Wipro, Genpact and many more.

 

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3 – Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS)

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NMIMS is institute. NGA-SCE (Global access school for continuing education). It is recognised by UGC (University grants commission).

Mainly offers programs in Business management.

It has the best corporate acceptance, where companies like American express, Jet airways, Vodafone, IBM and others are likely to hire you.

 

4 – Distance learning from Amity University

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Amity University offers Distance learning programs, which have good corporate acceptance as well as its own tie ups with companies such as Airtel, LG, Wipro, Indian Oil, American express, Samsung etc.

Your chances of getting placement from here is better that other open/distance learning Universities.

It has wide ranging courses from Bachelors/Diplomas to Masters/PG diplomas to short term certificate courses.

Amity university is recognized by UGC.

 

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5 – Symbiosis Center for Distance Learning

Symbiosis Center for distance learning

Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning (SCDL), is a distance learning school which provides management and other demand driven courses in its ODL (open distance learning) program.

It is UGC recognized. The school offers placement assistance where a student is offered to participate in interviews.

Better for those who cannot leave their jobs but strive to increase their credentials to get placed higher.

As doing a course from SCDL, has good industry acceptance and is considered valuable.

 

There are many other universities offering attractive distance learning or correspondence but it less likely you would get any placement assistance.

Best of luck!

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5 Ways to Get Bank Jobs without Giving Bank Exams

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Banks jobs are lucrative, especially when you want a good salary and job security. Problem with getting bank jobs is usually you must give an exam based on general aptitude. Seeing the current level of competition, it is daunting to sit and prepare for exams.

Moreover, exams today have become highly competitive. If you are preparing for other jobs or are working, it becomes difficult to prepare for it. Most banking exams are conducted by IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) for Public sector. Some others by banks individually by SBI or other banks like Bank of Baroda, ICICI etc.

5 ways to get Bank Jobs without giving bank exams

 

1. Grade B in research

RBI (Reserve bank of India) offers research positions at Grade B level which is one of the top high paying jobs you.  RBI is the top regulating body in the banking sector.

Eligibility, those who have completed Ph.D. in Economics/ Finance or equivalent,

Only Interview,

Age limit is 34 years,

Gross Salary 85,000 INR monthly.

 

2. Office Assistant

An office assistant is a very common job when it comes to banking. There are many openings for this post all year long. An office assistant assists the Director and faculty in day to day functioning of the bank.

Graduation is required, usually, those who have done B.Com/Ba with knowledge of computers. Probably best way to get a bank job without giving bank exams.

Only Interview,

Age limit is 35 years,

Salary is variable depending upon which bank to apply for can be anywhere between 20,000 INR up to 38,000INR.

 

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3. MBA from Symbiosis Institute from Banking and Finance (SSBF)

Doing MBA from here guarantees you a job in the banking sector. The only problem is you have to crack SNAP test to get into it.

You need a score of 70 to get a call from SSBF. Which regarding other Symbiosis colleges is relatively easier. Comparing to IBPS, it’s easier.

You get hired by Axis Bank, HDFC, JP Morgan, ICICI, PNB etc.

Salary is 50,000 INR to 60,000 INR,

Career Mobility, switch from banks and companies.

 

4. HR specialist,

Another way of getting into the banking sector is do MBA HR. You will be hired by the banking industry as an HR specialist.

SBI recruits HR specialist based on work experience and profile. Also, you can start as an HR intern in banks. Many have walk in interviews for HR Interns and HR Assistants are conducted regularly.

Only interview,

You get shortlisted based on your Resume,

Salary is 50,000 INR.

 

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5. Bank Sales executive,

Usually, you are required a graduate degree in any discipline with a preference towards B.Com. Also, you are required to have knowledge of computers.

Only interview,

Salary is 18,000 INR to 25,000 INR. (variable)

There are many openings in banks which are specialized. Which come from time to time as per vacancies in the bank. If you are struggling to clear bank exams you can try doing MBA.

Even post graduating from an average college in MBA provides a good enough salary to match bank junior manager (minus the perks).

So these were the top ways to get a bank job without job exams. Did we miss anything? Do let us know in the comment section below.

Good luck!!!

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11 Best Career Choices in Photography

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I am sure almost all of us have engaged in photography of some kind be it taking selfies or capturing a mesmerizing scenic view or just capturing the moment.

It is increasingly becoming popular among youth and those who love it for what it is, be it expressing yourself or capturing the beauty in all forms at the right moment.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a career out of it? In this article discusses on how your hobby/interest can help you earn, make a living out of it.

10 Best Career Choices in Photography

 

Freelance photography

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These are the self-employed individuals who work for many clients. These clients may be big companies, Ad agencies, Travel companies etc. Usually, one is assigned a project work that has to completed per the client’s demand.

A bit of reaching out must be done, to build a good network. It basically depends on the quality and efficiency of the process. Sometimes you are hired to click photographs sometimes you have to sell your photographs.

 

Food Photographer

food photographer

If you are interested in food and photography. Then this is the career for you. A Food Photographer takes pictures of food for Magazines, Promotional work, cookbooks, and advertisement.

If your good, then a big food corporation may hire you to promote its products with a handsome salary.

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Architecture and Design Photography

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This type of career option merges interest for Architecture and photography into one. As an Architecture/Design Photographer your photos are used for commercial purposes like promotion, cataloging, postage, publishing online or in brochures.

Here, usually, you are self-employed or are called on project work basis.

 

Scientific photography

scientific photography

With a good earning and growing demand. Scientific photography can be a good choice. Here one is required to have some knowledge of chemistry, physics, engineering, aerodynamics, medicine, biology, Biotechnology etc depending upon field your working in.

Spectral imaging, Infrared imaging, Thermal imaging, and Optics and illuminations are included in Scientific photography.

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Industrial Photography

industrial photography

Your direct link with industry as you will be promoting work, process and innovation by clicking photographs. Shooting for industries require certain conditions which is Industry specific.

Your work as Industrial photographer covers range of areas from the act of building, creating or making something pertaining to the industry.

 

Photo Journalists

Photo Journalists

As a photojournalist, you are covering news and culture. You can be sent to a sporting event, a conference, an award show, or any event of Regional, National or International significance.

For it to happen you have to get hired by news agency or magazine Co. A good portfolio will secure your seat as a photojournalist.

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Wildlife Photography

Wildlife Photography

Farhan was interested in wildlife photography in 3 idiots, you guys must have made the connection. It is a career choice that demands traveling. Mostly your studio would be a tropical jungle or a Rainforest.

Here, you are hired by Companies and NGOs or International societies working on environment, wildlife and species. You can also work as freelance selling your photographs. Who knows your photo might end up in NatGeo Magazine.

 

Fashion Photography

Fashion Photography

One of the most sought-after careers related to the fashion industry. A cut-throat competition exists in fashion Photography. Here a fashion photographer is responsible for highlighting style, apparel, accessories, and models.

Many photographers in this field are recognized as brand names example Steven Meisel, Daboo Ratnani and many more.

You are paid well here.

 

Event Photography / Wedding Photography

Wedding Photography

Event photography is a broad domain where you cover events such as conventions, conferences, weddings, corporate events, formal parties, etc.

As an Event Photographer, you are paid hourly for an event. If your work is appreciated, you get more assignments and get paid hefty.

This is also a high paying job provided you are in demand.

 

Forensic Photography

Forensic Photography

This is also a mainstream profession and you can also work both as contractual or in a government entity. Taking photographs of a crime scene to preserve the smallest details is a highly demanding skill.

Photographs were taken by the experts later to be used as potential evidence.

 

Photo editor

photo editor

Your work happens to be a post processing domain. To put simply you are more concerned with to editing a picture to look more attractive after it has been clicked.

You are hired by various kinds magazine companies and fashion industries. You have a good understanding of the tools and software required to edit a photograph.

You can earn well depending upon which field you are placed in.

 

 

A career in photography is an eccentric choice but can be well fetching given that you are ready to put effort and show creativity as and when required.

8 Best Career choices for Humanities students

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Humanities or popularly called Arts is a subject which deals with History, Political Science, Sociology, Economics, Geography, and Psychology. Often it is observed that our choices are guided by the advice of our parents and peers. Acknowledging that they have our best interest we often rely on their advice, but do we know that 5-6 years down the line, all is going to be well?

There is a stigma attached to Humanities as courses not fetching decent jobs. We would like to tell you that this is a myth. There are many well fetching jobs which you can ascribe.

Here are some best career choices for humanities students that surely help you make good career choices be it for undergraduate or graduate or postgraduate Arts student.

 

1.    Assistant Professor:

 

This is a reputable and good earning career which should be pursued. To become an Assistant Professor the fastest route you can take is to do Masters in your field or any other which is of two years minimum. Then you can go for NTA (National Testing Agency) conducted NET (National Eligibility Test) which happens twice a year. After clearing NET, you get certified to become an entry level Professor in colleges for which you must individually apply. But from 2019, Ph.D. will be a mandatory requirement for the post of Assistant Professor.

·      If you want a reputation and less hectic career with a handsome salary, then this is your choice. Most importantly you get to teach, contribute to society and nurture aspirations.

·      This career choice works best for Introverts and Extroverts.

·      Can get anywhere between 40,000 – 75,000 INR/monthly.

 

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2.    Research:

 

If you have an analytical bent of mind and you feel that you can contribute to subject you have studied/studying then you can work to build a new theory/find patterns/draw inferences/write a book (earn royalty) and study subject at deeper level. You can pursue this career by doing Masters in any subject and then you can either apply individually to colleges for M.Phil. (Master of Philosophy) or Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy).

  •  M.Phil. is basically an advance research degree that best works as an initiation to Doctoral Program. However, if you are running out of time or want to directly jump to Doctoral program then you can give NET (National Eligibility Test) as some colleges accept it as good enough marker to admit into M.Phil./Doctoral programs all other factors being conducive. If you have cleared NET JRF then in many colleges, you don’t even have to give entrance exam. But esteemed universities like DU, JNU and HCU will conduct tests and interviews for selection purposes, even if  you have cleared your JRF exam.
  • If you are an Introvert or who likes to do work on your own with less involvement of others, then this is certainly the career for you.
  • Initially will get 30,000 – 40,000 INR/monthly graduating to 70,000 INR/monthly if you opt for lectureship.
  • If you clear NET JRF then UGC gives you 25,000 INR/monthly stipend if enrolled in an M.Phil or Ph.D. course

 

3.    Mass Communication/Journalism:

Can be best described as Managing, Producing and Disseminating information. It is best transmitted through Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Internet, Television and Radio. This type of career promotes people to people contact. You can do Graduation/Post Graduation in Mass communication and Journalism. Following are best colleges from where you can pursue:

  1. MICA (Mudra Institute of Mass Communications), Ahmedabad
  2. IP University, Delhi
  3. Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune
  4. Manipal University, Karnataka (Udupi District)
  5. St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  6. IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication) promoted by Government of India, registered as an autonomous society under the Ministry of Broadcasting.
  • If you are an extroverted individual with good command over language, good social skills or you enjoy socializing, then this is certainly a good career choice.
  • At entry level expect to get anywhere between 25000 – 35000 INR/monthly, graduating to 1,50,000 INR/monthly depending on your educational qualifications.

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4.    Public Relations:

public relations

Public relations could be categorized as an offshoot of Mass Communications. However, this assumes a category of its own as it works for companies, institutions, persons, and governments. It basically about managing reputation. You can pursue a course in Public Relations from these Top colleges:

  1. SCoRe (School of communications and Reputation), Gurugram, Perhaps the only institute solely dedicated to PR Program and is endorsed by Public Relations Consultants Associations of India.
  2. Xavier Institute of communication, Mumbai
  3. IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communications), Delhi
  4. SIMC (Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication), Pune

 

  • Best for ones who are good with public dealing have good social skills, debaters or efficient communicators are best suited for it.
  • Salary depends on where you are working for example in the public sector can be around 40,000 INR/monthly. In the private sector, it varies highly from 20,000 – 55,000 INR/monthly.

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5.    Civil Services:

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Most prestigious exam in the country. It is also one of the toughest to crack. However, you from humanities background can best take advantage of your choice already made. Since it is grossly dominated by Arts subjects you have an advantage over other students coming from different fields.

  • You become an officer who is posted by central govt to various departments and cadres depending on your choice and merit. Most sought after services are IAS (administrative service) and IPS (police service).
  • If you are a person who likes to be boss of important matters or one with cause to develop our country, then this job is tailor-made for you.
  • Salary entry level grosses roughly to 75,000 INR graduating to 2,00,000 when retiring.

 

6.    Assistant Commandant in Central Armed Police Forces:

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If you want to serve the country as well as want to become a police officer then this job to look at. Central Armed Police Forces comprises of CRPF, ITBP, CISF, SSB, and BSF. These forces operate as per their mandate and work on guarding borders, sensitive areas, disaster management, crisis situations, critical infrastructures. The exam is conducted annually by Union Public Service Commission. Since this paper is heavily dominated by questions from Humanities sections you can fast get an understanding of the structure of this exam.

  • Best suited for leaders as you will have to manage a company of approximately 140 armed personnel. You can think of it as a company commander. This is best suited for those who like to be boss of matters or those who want to serve the country.
  • Salary roughly grosses to 50,000 – 65,000 at entry level itself.

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7.    Event management:

Simply put it is managing of various events. These events can be weddings, parties, conferences, conventions, ceremonies, formal parties etc. This is job entails an erratic work schedule with some days busy and others idle depending on projects you get/assigned. Best colleges to pursue courses related to this are:

  1. National Academy of Event Management and Development, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Ahmedabad.
  2. National Institute of Event Management (NIEM)
  3. INLEAD (Indian Institute of Learning and Advanced Development), ISO certified, offers 100% placement assistance.
  • This job can be best associated with people who are crisis managers, are good with networking, have good communication ability.
  • Since this job depends on your performance salary varies highly from entrant getting paid around 25,000/monthly to anywhere in lakhs/monthly.

 

8.    Social Sector:

 

A career in the social sector is hard imagined. There are opportunities if one makes the correct choice.  However, not many colleges entirely focus on social sector is driven courses or its practical use. However, there is hope, a college which pioneers in social sector driven jobs is Tata institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Its entrance exam is mostly dominated with what you have studied in your humanities.

  • Medha Patkar (social activist famous for Narmada Bachao Andolan), Purnima Mane (also an activist, CEO of Pathfinder International), Sumitra Bhave (Film Director), and many more.
  • Another university which is gaining traction and accepts a score of TISSNET (Entrance of Tata School for Social Science) is Azim Prem Ji University.
  • People with a sense of moral responsibility towards others, high sense of justness should apply or those who want to make an impact.
  • Graduates from this school earn modest from 30,000 INR/ monthly to 1,50,000 INR/monthly depending upon your course choice and performance.
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Awesome Free Online Courses to Boost Your Resume

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There is nothing wrong with learning something new but enrolling into a program and dropping out isn’t always the wisest idea of all. We are asking you to utilize those free hours to actually learn new and interesting things which can benefit you a lot in the long run.

There are some skills which don’t require a degree or license unlike being a doctor or a lawyer. So why not take these free courses in your spare time and make your resume more attractive.

It is also a great way to learn things which are nearby to your craft so that you make increase your arsenal of knowledge. You also have an additional leveraging advantage, by showing initiative to learn something on your own signifies that you are not bound by anyone and always eager to put yourself out there and learn new things.

We have put together the list of some free online courses to boost your resume and to make an impactful impression. There are thousands of classes available online ranging from coding to designing to woodworking to rocket science. Today we will be listing the courses that are short, easy to learn and free.

 

Awesome Free Online Courses to Boost Your Resume.

 

 

 

 

1 – Analysing and Visualising data with Excel

 

Free Online Courses to Boost Your Resume

Microsoft Excel is one of the widely used programs, from college students to working professional everyone uses it.  

This 6 weeks long excel program helps you in learning the functionality of Microsoft Excel and becoming an expert in data sorting, visualization, and analyzation.

Although this course is free if you want to get a certificate you would have to pay $99. Regardless, it is your skills that will define who you are so it doesn’t matter if you don’t have a piece of paper.

As mentioned earlier excel is used in every office and having Analysing and Visualising data with Excel course on your resume would certainly make it stand apart from the crowd.

This course is 6 weeks long course which is perfect if you want to polish your skills with weekend classes.

 

2 – Customer Service

You might be thinking, customer service course is best for someone who wants to build/grow their career in BPO and KPO field. But customer service is one the most crucial part of any business. Knowing the psychology of your customer and listening to what they have to say.

It is one those skills which can be utilized in other parts as well. By Vision2Learn, this is a 9-10 week course.  


They will help you improve your communication skills, and with skills to provide the best customer service experience and skills that can be used in different industries.

 

3 – Social Media Strategy for Small Businesses

social media manager

Social media has become an integral part of any business offline or online alike. So having the knowledge of the latest social media trends is something very impressive.

It is a small course (2-3 Hours) which you can easily learn during the weekend. Provided by Alison, the course is free however if you want to get the certification you have to pay.

 

4 – Academy For Ads by Google

 

 

This is one of those courses which will make your resume 100 times better than your competition. When we talk about digital marketing it is very vast and you have different areas. Search advertising is one of the significant parts of it.

It is a free training provided by Google where you can learn so much about Adwords, Analytics, Youtube, local business listing, Waze and much more. So much to learn for free, one should take full advantage of this situation. It is one the most significant and best free online courses to boost your resume. 

 

5 – This Is How You Make iPhone Apps

 

this is how you make iphone apps

One of the best course for any college going students and aspiring computer engineers who are interested in programming.

You never really learn everything at the college but the things you would learn would certainly be utilized by this course.

At the beginner level when you resume show that you know iPhone app development it is the best thing. You can expect a higher salary then your batch mates. This course is free on udemy.com.

 

6 – Introduction to Graphic Design

 

graphic design

This is not a specific course on software design but more of a course on the philosophy of design. What does it take to make an impactful design? It tries to answers to some the most common questions like is it necessary for a designer to know drawing? Or what is the difference between design and art?

And much more. If you are planning to make a career in graphic design, UI/UX then this course is a must for you. Available for free on udemy.com

 

7 – Writing on Contemporary Issues: Culture Shock! Writing, Editing, and Publishing in Cyberspace

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It is a beginner lesson and a must for anyone who likes to write every now and then. Publishing article, writing essay, papers, blog articles that create engagement and invite more audience.

21 lessons and 32 hours of content.

You can easily cover this in a few weekends.

 

8 – Top 5 Machine Learning Libraries in Python

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Machine learning and AI is the future. Big companies are researching on them and have started using them extensively.

Google relies mostly on machine learning and a full stack developer with the knowledge of machine learning libraries can expect a big paycheck.

Available on Udemy, this is one of those courses where you wouldn’t mind paying. There is no requirement of technical background but if you know python that’ll be helpful.

 

9 – Adobe Photoshop CS6 Essential Tools

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Source – Adobe

If you know a little about something other than what you have been taught is always a plus. Photoshop is one of the most powerful tools used by many creative people and in a different field.

Although mastering a tool can take a lot of time and practice but knowing that you can utilize a product is rather important. Alison is providing a free introduction to photoshop cs6.

In the course, how you can use the photoshop and all its features. A digital certificate is free but for a physical one, you have to pay some amount.

 

Bonus Classes

 

It is not easy to sort between thousand of free classes available on various topics.

Here is a bonus tip, check all the sites where we have classes and just search for free courses and begin your venture.

 

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Over to You

 

So these were some of the free online courses to boost your resume. Which free certifications for resume do you think is the most suitable for you.

If you are unclear about which area to focus on, perhaps you should know yourself better with help of our free test series.

In 5 minutes or less, you could get a better idea about your dynamics.

Did we miss anything? Do let us know in the comment section below.

Top 5 Most Asked Questions in a Job Interview [ Most Common ]

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Job interviews are nerve-wracking for any job seeker. Even if you spend hours preparing, you can never be certain you won’t be caught off-guard with a tough interview question — and it can be hard to know in advance whether you are a good fit for the company.

You may spend hours combing through a prospective employer’s company website and reading up on job interview advice and tips for job interviews, but it can still be difficult to anticipate job interview questions and answers.

This article focusses on what are the top 5 questions employers ask in a job interview. These questions are universal, they are meant for both freshers as well as experienced people.

5 Most asked questions in a job interview

 

Question 1). Give a brief introduction about yourself?

 

This Question is perhaps the most asked question in any interview. This question seems simple, so many people fail to prepare for it, but it’s crucial. The question is meant for the Employer to gauge your basic nature. They would like to know your basic background; education, what your parents do, where all have you worked previously (if any), and whether you have any meaningful hobbies or not. All these answers will tell them about yourself in some part or another.

 

Question 2). What are your strengths and weaknesses?

 

This question is meant for the employer to understand whether you might be a good fit for the role that you are applying for. The best course of action here is to read a lot about the position you are applying for and develop an understanding as to what strengths might be important for that role. As for weaknesses, this is a tricky question. Try to answer in a way that your weakness also seems like a strength. For eg: My greatest weakness is that I don’t like getting interrupted when I am seriously into something. Another one of my weaknesses is that I trust people very easily.

 

Question 3). Why are you interested in the Role?

 

This question like the previous one is designed by the Employer to check how much you know about the current company and the job role in particular. As a job seeker, the best way to answer this common interview question is to emphasize the merits and exciting aspects of the position itself to convey your enthusiasm, rather than a time to rehash how your background and work experience is a fit. Think of it this way: Even if you’re the perfect fit, that’s what the rest of the interview is to demonstrate. This is the time when you get to demonstrate your enthusiasm about the work you’re about to do. Actually wanting to do a certain job counts for a lot.

 

Question 4). Why join our company?

 

This is one of the most common job interview questions. If you’re interviewing for a role that might be relatively ‘standard’ across many other companies, it’s actually a very good question — so it’s a good idea to have a ready answer. It also is a test to see how much you understand about the larger context and employer, itself. Think about the interviewer’s perspective and about the company goals. This is a time to show that you understand the company’s mission, its values or something about its culture. Remember, you want to make the interviewer feel good about where he or she works and make them believe you really want to join them.

 

Question 5). Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

 

This question is again a tricky one. It is meant to gauge your ambition level as well as your future planning and forethought. Remember, if you answer something completely out of the ordinary then there will be more follow up questions. The safest bet is to answer in a moderate light, meaning answer the question so that the interviewer seems content that you will neither leave in a short duration but also that you are not completely lost when it comes to living your life

 

All in all, my advice is to not rehearse these questions, rather give a genuine and natural response in an interview. This way the employers seem a whole lot serious in you. Another thing to remember is that the answers that you give will cause employers to ask to follow up questions. Be smart and know what words you utter. And finally, always remember to keep smiling. Even if you feel nervous or the employers are acting seriously it is important to keep a calm and smiling face. This will ensure a much more positive interview round.

 

Jobs and Skills of the Future: The Future of Employment – Part 2

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In the previous article, I had outlined the rising anxieties with regard to the rise of A.I. and automation in various sectors of employment. As discussed earlier, there are various jobs that may get redefined in the wake of the automation revolution. But what are the jobs that will remain safe? Also, what are the new skills you may need to acquire to get you ready for an uncertain future? In this article, I will try to answer your questions.

So What Jobs are Safe?

The types of jobs that are most secure are the ones that require the creative side of the human mind. Genuine creativity is one of the key things that will take A.I. or robots a long time to catch up to, so for now, humans are still the best at that. So, jobs like designing – graphic, interior, fashion – developing a new software or an app, or creating a new business strategy, are a safe bet, as they require unique human ingenuity.

The second area of occupations that will remain safe is those that involve building complex interpersonal relationships with people. For instance, jobs like building relationships in business with a client or another prime example are of nursing, as nurses have to build and maintain close relationships with the patients.

In fact, the Future of Employment report identifies certain jobs that are safe from automation. They are recreational therapists (be it in rehabs or other care centers), or mechanics and plumbers, as these jobs are based on contingencies that a machine may not be able to handle. Other jobs include social workers and occupational therapists.

Then there are jobs in the hospitality industry like waiters/waitresses, chefs/cooks etc. For a better mapping, look at the below figure based on the U.S. Department of Labour which predicted the jobs of which the demand would grow.

Source: Screenshot from a video by Vox on automation. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOT0GOyw2pY&t=11s

A recent report by E&Y suggests something similar is happening in the case of India, as it suggests that around 35% in the I.T. industry will face an existential threat in the next five years and various job profiles will be redefined to keep up with the changes that are happening. Not only the I.T. industry but various other industries, in the report, are identified that are in the process of redefining current job profiles, signaling a redefinition of the very skill sets that you may require.

 

 

Skills and Tips

So, how to counter these rapid changes and equip yourself to face these shifts? Well, the most important advice is to diversify your portfolio. In order to assure not only your survival but also growth in any job industry, you will need to diversify your skill set. For example, if you are a software developer in a company and know only one particular computer language, it would be better for you to learn different languages in order to maximize your contribution to your company.

Diversification can also come in the form of acquiring skills like writing, learning a foreign language, or getting tech savvy (for those who are technologically challenged), as all of these things ensure that you’re not a one trick pony and are also comfortable doing other things too.

Another important skill that you can work on is your emotional and social intelligence, as it can be discerned from most of the studies that jobs in the future rely most on interpersonal relationships. So, if you feel that you’re not comfortable around people or that you get nervous around social situations, then I think its time you hone your social skills in order to prepare yourself for the future ahead.

As even though the anxieties about future are fixated over automation and rise of the A.I., what is getting sidelined is the by-product of these changes, the increase of interpersonal relationships as an industry. Improving such skills will not only improve your chances at work but will also increase your social network.

Now, I can sense you wondering: What if I don’t know what type of person I am? How do I know if I am ready for this uncertain future? Well, don’t worry as I have a solution for all your confusion as we at Brainpundits are here to help you in every step of the way.

There are various psychometric tests that Brainpundits offer in order to help you know yourself better. All these tests will not only help you realize your true potential but also enable you to prepare for the future. So, what are you waiting for? Go to Brainpundits and start exploring yourself!

Till then cheers and be awesome!

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The Robots are Coming! The Future of Employment – Part 1

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A spectre is looming over the future of employment in the world – the spectre of automation. In a much-cited study by the scholars at Oxford University, aptly titled The Future of Employment, predicted that in the next 20 years around 47% of jobs could be automated, i.e. smart machines would replace humans (2013). Another recent study by McKinsey and Company found that about 30% of tasks in nearly one-third of occupations could get computerised. In fact, famous entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Bill Gates, while worrying about the future, talked about how it could lead to mass unemployment. Bill Gates went as far as to suggest that a time may come when we’ll have to tax the robots!

 

Is the Hype Real?

 

So, is the anxiety real? Or is it just yet another exaggerated prediction about the future of jobs? In the past 60 years, according to one study, only one of the 270 jobs got eliminated due to automation: of the elevator operator. This overreaction towards the advent of new technology is called the ‘Luddite Fallacy’ where actually technology ends up creating new types of jobs.

Some of the major economists have argued that this sort of anxiety has always cropped up whenever there’s been any technological advancement but they all amounted to nothing. Heidi Shierholz, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, while talking on the issue in a video, argues that automation does indeed displace workers but it doesn’t affect the total number of jobs in the economy because of the new opportunities that arise because of changes in technology.

But some argue that with the rise of intricate A.I. and leaps in machine learning, we may be witnessing a different beast altogether. Let me give you an example of Watson, which is a highly sophisticated computer system that is capable of answering questions in natural human language.

If you are thinking what’s that got to do with the future of employment, then think again as IBM’s machine is already creating a revolution in the field of HR as various employers have started using the power of Watson in future recruitments. In fact, in 2011, Watson managed to defeat two humans in the highly famous quiz game Jeopardy which announced to the world the future of machines is already here.

What is also different this time around is the rate of change in technological advancements which is staggering. Just to give a picture of what I am talking about, in 2004 two different studies assessed on the level of computing power, and the first one assessed the teaching computer to drive on the road is something that is unforeseeable (The Divison of Labour, Frank Levy and Richard Murnane, 2004), while the other study argued that human level speech recognition for computers will remain an elusive goal for the next few decades (Reddy, 2004). And then you think of Siri (introduced in 2011) or Google Assistant (2016) or Cortana (2016) or the self-driving cars we have been hearing about for some years now, which makes you realise how we may be just underestimating the speed of these changes. What may seem unimaginable today may be a reality in 5 or even 10 years.

 

So What Types of Jobs are at Risk?

 

According to Martin Ford, a futurist argues that due to further advancement in automation, certain types of jobs are at a higher risk, especially jobs which are repetitive and predictable in nature (2015). So, job profiles which follow a set pattern are most likely to be replaced by the machines in the coming decades. Going back to the Oxford study, for example, it found that jobs like telemarketing have a 99% chance of being automated. In the west, the trend has already stared where people are receiving calls from robots! Other jobs that the study predicts that are likely to get automated are the job of a loan officer (98%), a machine going through numbers and data to finalise if a person eligible or not for a loan, or a bank cashier (97%).

Even the legal industry is not immune to automation as the study predicts that the routine tasks of assistants to lawyers have a 94% chance of getting automated. According to a recent report by Deloitte around 100, 000 jobs in the legal sector have a high possibility of being automated in the next two decades. The Oxford study even puts the likelihood that the job of a taxi driver being replaced by a robot at a staggering 89%! And with the industry pushing towards advancements in machine learning and a smarter A.I., the feasibility of technological singularity doesn’t seem to be fiction anymore.

Okay, I know you must be thinking of numerous things like it’s not happening now and you should not be worrying about the robots taking your jobs. But it is happening and automation will change the way a workplace looks like. This also means the nature of employment will change, requiring new and different skills for a new work environment. But what sort of skills? What type of jobs of the future are safe from automation? And more importantly what are tips that you can know about thinking about your future. All of your questions will be answered in the next part of the article, till then cheers and be awesome!

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The SOCH Approach | Everything You Need to Know

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What After 10th? The SOCH Approach

 

We all go through the moment when we start our 10th class and feel a certain unease. This unease is about the future that is getting nearer as you approach your 10th exams. I remember when I cleared my 10th, I was confused about which stream to choose out of the options available.

Although some of my friends seemed clear about what they wanted to choose as a stream there were some like me who were confused about what is the right stream.

If you feel the same way now, then worry not as through this article, I will try to ease your confusion and help you understand not only the streams available but also what might be the right stream for you with the use of the SOCH approach. But what first what is the SOCH approach all about?

 

SOCH – Stats-Objects-Concepts-Humans

 

Stats

 

SOCH is the acronym that we at Brainpundits have come up with about four dominant inclinations that we, as people, may have.

These are

  • S-tats (good with data, numbers, facts and figures),
  • O-bjects (good with machines, tools, and new technology),
  • C-oncepts (good in dealing with abstract concepts and being original)
  • H-umans (the more people-oriented person who is comfortable with interacting with people and maintaining interpersonal relations).

While I have for now given a very basic understanding of each dimension so that you can easily understand it but it’s a far more complicated and denser concept with various indicators of each dimension, to bring out the best result. All of us have these dimensions, but out of these foursomes are more dominant than others. Using the SOCH-Approach, I will show you how each stream can be understood under this ingenious approach.

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Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Social Sciences or arts and humanities is a major category of discipline that studies societies and human relationships within these societies.

It includes subjects like Economics, Political Science, Sociology, History, Geography, Psychology, and Linguistics.

It’s a very vast field of knowledge and at their core, if one believes in knowing and understanding other people’s problems in the society than all other things, then this might be a stream for you. If you feel your empathetic to people’s feelings and also comfortable in maintaining interpersonal relationships well then you are a good counselor in waiting, and through this stream, you could become one.

This falls within the Human dimension of the overall SOCH approach. Apart from this, this stream would be ideal if you have a strong combination with Humans with Concepts, a dimension which tells you about your ability to think of original and novel ideas.

This stream requires people who are comfortable dealing with abstract notions and coming up with intuitive reasoning to solve problems.

The types of jobs that this stream has ranged from a career in academics, i.e. in research and teaching to a psychologist or a counselor to research analyst at various research centers in India. The nature of jobs in this stream is dependent upon your specialization in a particular subject.

For example, a specialization in history would open your doors to being a historian or an archaeologist, on the other hand, a specialization in geography would mean a job as a geologist, a remote sensing expert etc.

 

Commerce

 

Another stream that is an option after your 10th is commerce. The core subjects in commerce are Economics, Mathematics, Business Studies, Accountancy, and an additional subject. The stream revolves around the study of business, trade, and finance.

It broadly covers the study of exchange of economic activities within a country. Under the SOCH approach, it would be a good choice for you if you have a strong bent towards the Stats dimension. As this field requires you to be excellent in dealing with data, numbers, stats, figures etc.

If you feel you have a knack paying close attention to details and keeping things organized then this stream may be well suited for you.

This stream is ideal for those who want to join jobs in the field of accounts, finance, and the overall banking sector.

The popular and most lucrative job options in this field are Chartered Accountant (CA), Company Secretary (CS), Actuarial Science, Management etc. Most of these jobs are highly lucrative with very good packages.

 

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Science – Non-Medical

 

The overall stream of science is almost all are familiar with. As we grow older we keep hearing about two staple jobs of India – Engineer and Doctor, both of these jobs are the ones that are an option from this stream.

This section is about non-medical which has core subjects of Physics, Chemistry, and Maths (along with English and an additional subject). In this stream, one gets to study about the natural and physical world in detail. In the case of people who opt for PCM, the main jobs revolve around the mass engineering industry.

You should also know that there are various types of engineering – from civil, mechanical, electronics, computers etc. Under the SOCH approach people who have a bent towards Objects and Stats, i.e. who love working with tools, and new technologies, would be better suited for this option within the science stream.

If you love working with machines and seem to have a scientific bent of mind, i.e. following a scientific approach in solving issues then it’s the right stream for you.

The types of jobs within this field largely fall under the engineering industry. If you love computers and working on them then you could go into software engineering.

Or if you love cars then mechanical or automobile engineering is another option. But apart from engineering other options that are available in this stream are of Architecture, Aviation, and of course further research in Theoretical Physics.

 

Science – Medical

 

The other option within the science stream is of Biology (the rest of the subjects are same as in non-medical). This stream revolves around, again the study of the natural and physical world but the later job opportunities mainly revolve around the dominant field of Health Services.

Under the SOCH approach, this stream would best suit people who have a strong bent towards Stats and Humans. As people who love working with facts and figures but also care and understand the needs of others.

It is a complex combination of data and empathy. The reason being people who want to solve big medical problems of human life, with the help of science, would need to have an inclination towards paying close attention to minute details and working in a systematic manner.

Furthermore, since human life is at the center of this stream you should also be able to place importance on other people’s feelings and problems ahead of your own.

While the most famous job profile within this stream is, of course, the profession of the Doctor (MBBS, MD). But there are also various other jobs within this stream that you can do for example a Botanist (also called phytologist) who studies plants in detail or a zoologist. There are other job options available in Pharmacology, Biotechnology, Nutritionist, and others.

 

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Knowing Yourself

 

By the end, I know you must be thinking that you could have read this on any other site about what options are available. What is different here? Well, the SOCH approach, which is a recurring theme, is the different thing here.

Through the paradigm of SOCH you can know about yourself better and after giving a simple Stream Selection test at our Brainpundits page, you will find out about your personality and also know which stream would be ideally suited for you.

We have a well-designed test that you can take in order to know which side tilt towards. So, what are you waiting for? Go to Brainpundits and start exploring yourself! Till then, cheers and be awesome!