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Is Your Child Ready to Fly Abroad?



Often parents who want to send their children for higher studies abroad worry whether it is the right time. The fear of the unknown, the newness of the experience, and the temperament of their child are some of the reasons for parents to feel hesitant about sending their kids abroad. If you, as a parent are unsure about your child’s readiness to go abroad, here are some key points to help you cross the bridge.

How to Know If Your Child is Ready to Go Abroad for Higher Studies

Is Your Child Mature Enough to Live and Study Abroad?

Maturity comes at different stages to different people. Some kids grow responsible and mature early on, while others may take much longer. To know whether your child has attained some maturity in thoughts and actions, by evaluating the following:

Is Your Child Responsible?
Some kids adapt quickly. They can pick up social cues, and learn to reorient their behaviour accordingly. Some like to be accepted and appreciated by all, and hence they usually are happy to conform. Others use social signals to take an assertive position. Which one of these behaviours is reflected in your child? Does your child manage his/her own tasks?
Do you have to constantly push your child to perform everyday chores? Does your child demonstrate an appreciation for safe practices, even without being told?
Even if your child does not display the winning traits of maturity, don’t write off the study abroad program just yet. Many parents have claimed that their kids picked up vital life skills when thrown in the deep end. A mother once wrote to us saying that her son, who did not know how to boil an egg learned how to fix a complete dinner after staying abroad on campus. There is a good chance that your child will develop the life skills needed when push comes to shove.

Is Your Child a Self-Learner?
You’d have probably learned by now what your child loves to study. You may find your child fussing about completing homework. However, if you observe that your child has a knack for picking up skills from the environment, initiating projects without your intervention, and pursuing areas of interest beyond the school curriculum, then you don’t have to worry. Your child is a self-starter, with a budding interest to go beyond his or her horizon of learning. Students who are self-learners can motivate themselves to push harder. They can bring in ingenuity into their learning.

Does Your Child Like to Do Varied Activities?

If your child is free-spirited and loves to learn new skills, that’s great. A program abroad will require your child to be a part of the larger pool of students and build a variety of skills: both academic and life skills.
Are you a proud parent of a child who is not only academically inclined, but a talented artist or a spirited athlete? Does your child love to take initiative and is quite a little entrepreneur in day to day activities? These are signs of a child with a holistic personality and has great potential to be highly successful during their time abroad.

Does Your Child Exhibit the Ability to Cope with Different Teaching Styles?

In an international educational program, schools follow a different pedagogy, compared to those in India. Students have to work through interactive classes, assignments, projects, and group study. Do you feel that your child is ready to accept new teaching methods? Have you noticed a keen interest in your child to experiment and go beyond scholastic learning? Understand your child’s awareness and interests. You will pick up telling signs that indicate your child’s capacity to learn in unstructured format.

Do You Find That Your Child Can Easily Adjust to Cultures Different From Your Own?
In most cases, children are more progressive than the older generation. They are more willing to accept different cultures, cuisines, and art. They enjoy experimentation, especially in food, dress, and customs. Does your child blend easily when put in a different environment? Does he or she emulate foreign ways, dressing style, food habits or art forms when you are vacationing abroad? Do you find that your child easily accommodates people of other cultures? It’s one thing to be fascinated for a short duration, but a completely different experience to live the experience every day. However, if your child finds that it is not difficult to adjust, then he or she is the right fit for study abroad.

Does Your Child Make Friends Easily?
While some kids are outgoing and easily make friends, a few remain shy and reserved. With a little encouragement, your child may find it easy to communicate with everyone in the group. Find out if your child has a wide network of international friends from school or on social networking sites.
If your child is empathetic, non-discriminating and keen to know about people belonging to an unfamiliar culture or demography, your child will have a smooth journey during study abroad. Even if that is not the case, kids pick up these skills soon enough. Some kids are adept at building relationships quickly; others like to take it slow after evaluating their options. In either case, they will learn to blend in their new surrounding.

Is Your Child Willing to Work Hard?

Get your child to value the education by encouraging your him or her to find employment on campus. By working on foreign campus, your child will pick up important work ethics. Emphasize the important of learning on the job. You can pick up signals about your child’s willingness to be self-sufficient when you express your views.

Does Your Child Demonstrate the Ability to Diversify the Learning?

There is a plethora of academic choices available, and you might find your child in a dilemma over what to choose. If your youngster consistently achieves outstanding grades in more than one subjects, besides their passion for those domains, study abroad will help them realise their dreams of discovering the desired areas. For example, US universities allow students to explore their academic interests in the first two years of undergraduate studies, and then choose to double major or major in one subject and minor in another, if that fits their need.

Is Your Child Alert to Safety Measures?
To prepare your child for a life abroad, it is necessary to teach him or her the importance of safety. Ensure that your child understands the need to practice safety at all times. Here are some safety tips that your child should follow:
1. Know Your Host Country.
Learn about their demographics, socio-economic profile, population density, language, culture, and their inclusivity.
2. Teach Your Child to Take Care of Valuables.
Ensure that your child is aware of dangers lurking in the form of street mugging, cheating, forgery, and fraud. While there is no need to unnecessarily alarm your child, it is important to be safe.
3. Stay Healthy.

Advise your child to take adequate rest from the daily grind. Prepare him or her to undertake every safety measure, should there be an illness or an accident.
4. Talk to Your Child About Bullying and Substance Abuse.
Though most universities have strict policies against college bullying and substance abuse, a few may escape the radar. Your child needs to understand the importance of raising an alarm in case he or she is affected by unwanted elements. Educate your child about the dangers of bad practices. At the same time, be open-minded and have a measured reaction to any news your child shares with you. You don’t want him or her to clamp up.
5. Teach Your Child Money Matters
Teach your child how to handle their finances by preparing monthly budgets, clearly demarcating “needs” from “wants.” Make them understand the credit system of the country where they will be studying and how to build a strong credit history. Assist them in researching the best student bank account options, before they open a local account. Guide them on how to identify verified and accredited sources when exchanging money.
6. Learn All Communication Channels
Communicating and keeping in touch with your child is very important. Exhort your child to communicate with you on regular basis, but be prepared to adjust according to their busy schedule once they have settled in their college life.

Let Go.
This is easier said than done for most parents. It is time for your child to fly away from the nest. Take a backseat as a doting parent and play the role of an effective guide. You will not be there with your child in the foreign land. Your child has to take their own decisions. Be a guide, not a supervisor. Facilitate them with the information and resources to take the right decisions. Let them know that if they will fall, you are there to catch. Be the pillar of strength.


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Is Your LinkedIn Profile Click-Worthy? 8 Ways to Improve Your Profile



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Some people believe that LinkedIn is just a social networking site with a briefcase. However, in the past few years, LinkedIn has emerged as the go-to destination for all business professionals, job seekers, industry gurus, and market watchers to see and be seen. According to analytics, LinkedIn has long been especially popular with college graduates and high income earners, and this trend continues to hold true. 50% of online adults with college degrees are on LinkedIn. If you are a prospective candidate, looking to enhancing your business or educational skills, you cannot but help be a part of the LinkedIn family. Now that we clarified that bit, let us evaluate how to best position your profile to get maximum attention.

1.Love at First Sight? Yes, Magic Still Holds True.
Your LinkedIn profile should be appealing, honest, and click-worthy. Everything counts. A clear picture with a good background. Make sure to add a good headshot. Don’t put a picture of yourself in a party mood, if you don’t want your potential business colleagues or clients to form baseless first impressions. Prepare an updated resume. An interesting looking skills section that employers may actually want to see. Videos and slides in your profile to make it look sassy.
Employers looking for potential candidates don’t want to waste time reading long, boring, resumes to figure out whether you are the right match. It has to be love at first sight for them to be interested in your profile. If you have not used a catchy headline or a title to immediately summarize who you are as a professional, you will miss the bus.
Avoid inconsistencies. Don’t hype your profile. Resume padding is frowned upon by most professionals. In any case, your case will fall through like a ton of bricks when you will go through the interview process. Hence, it’s best you don’t portray what you aren’t.
Brass-tacks. Make sure that everything you put out there is: a) extremely important b) absolutely relevant and c) completely honest.

2. Do to Others as You Would Have Them Do to You.
Would you like someone sharing or liking your comments or posts? Would you feel pleased if others responded to your messages? Well, if it makes you happy, quite likely it makes others happy too. Don’t shy away from social niceties. This includes, sending out ‘likes’, ‘share’ or ‘follow’s. If you have a relevant comment to make, don’t hesitate. Some of the best friendships have sprouted from a mere comment on social media sites.
Having said that, you don’t have to go all guns blazing, and ‘like’, ‘share’ or ‘comment’ everything you see. Be selective in whom you want to engage with.

3. Be a Picky Reader and Share Only What Looks Good on You.

As an Editor, I always make it a point to write, comment or share topics related to writing. I believe it strengthens my case. If you seek to build yourself as a social marketing guru, it does not help your profile to share articles that are not in sync with your profile. While the occasional article you share on football are okay, you don’t want to seem like the guy who can’t think beyond NFL. Potential employers also want to know what you like to read or engage in during your spare time. I always tell my readers, “it’s not what you say that speaks about you, but rather what you choose to not to say that reveals the whole story.

4. Leave a Digital Footprint That Would Make You Proud.
Your LinkedIn profile is your showcase. A window to your personality. You don’t want to put your personal pictures, preferences, or your goofy side on a professional platform. Leave the unsavory images and videos for your private consumption. As far as your digital footprint goes, keep it clean.
Design your LinkedIn profile in a way that it leaves recruiters curious to know more about you.
Bait them with interesting information bytes.
Use action words to show what you accomplished in each job.
Add more meat to your profile by linking it to relevant visual media that grab eyeballs.
Make sure to link to relevant Facebook, Twitter, and other social media posts, or articles published on your blog or outside publications that add weight to your profile.

5. You are Known by the Company You Keep.
Do you know the CEO of Pepsi Co.? Or someone important at Google? Well, if you do, now’s the time to show off. Your LinkedIn profile gets more clout by the heavyweights you have gathered around you. That’s a no-brainer. So go ahead, and connect with the best of the best in your industry. In today’s age of hyper connectivity, your connections matter the most. So keep working on the company you keep.

6. Network, Network, Network!
Don’t have a cool gang to call your own? That should not stop you from networking. Every person you aspire to connect with are just a few degrees removed from your connection. LinkedIn has this great feature that tells you how you can connect with someone through a known friend or a friend of friend. Use your ammunition to connect with the industry’s top guns. It seems obvious, but it is easy to forget. You need to keep growing your connections as you meet people. Having a lot of connections helps to keep you visible to others because of LinkedIn’s system of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree connections.
That being said, while you can connect with people you don’t know, it’s preferable to connect with individuals whom you know personally, have worked with, or met in a professional capacity. If you want to latch on to another person to build your contact list, do so by gently developing a rapport or engaging with small talk and take the relationship forward.

7. It’s OK to Stick Out Your Neck for a Cause You Strongly Value.

Keen to talk about your project on waste management? Feel strongly about environment pollution. If there is a topic that sets a fire in your belly, don’t hesitate from talking about it. Potential recruiters want to see the spark in you.

8. Look Who’s Stalking!
LinkedIn has this unique feature where you can find out who has been checking out your profile. Here is your chance to break the ice and engage with top shots at the industry. Take the opportunity to network with relevant people in your industry. Work on your LinkedIn profile to attract attention. Right from the choice of picture, to the content you post, or the people you are connected with is the sign for others to engage with you.
Your LinkedIn profile is your gateway to corporate growth and professional success. Keep the relationship growing.

9. Ask for recommendations.
This is a big one. Think of people that you’ve developed a good working relationship with in the past. When you edit your profile, there is a link to click that says “Ask for Recommendations.” Click on it. You then choose what you’d like to be recommended for and can choose a list of people from your connections. Send it out and hope you get some great feedback.
Recommendations are a key to making your page stand out. Employers want to know that others have approved of your work.
Help your karma out and recommend some of your connections back.

10. Keep your page active.
LinkedIn is more than an online resume. It’s a networking social media site. That means to get the most out of it, you need to remain active. Check out what other people are posting. Engage them with thoughtful comments. Like and share posts that strike you as helpful.
Join groups that are on LinkedIn. Whatever your professional interests are from marketing to accounting, there are going to be groups talking about it. Join one or two and interact within that group. It’s a great way to meet some new people and share ideas.

11. Check your profile strength.
If you look at your current LinkedIn profile, there is a gauge on the right hand side that gives you a “Profile Strength” measurement. Essentially, this is telling you how completely you’ve filled out your profile. Keep adding more and using the site’s tips until that gauge rates you “All-Star.” It’s simple, but it can help you realize if you’ve overlooked something.

LinkedIn is a powerful tool and one that’s really easy to use. Make the most of it by optimizing your profile to grab attention, sell your skills and validate your accomplishments. You want your page to be visually appealing to visitors while making it easy for them to get a feel for who you are and what you really can do for them professionally. These 10 tips make a great start for building your winning LinkedIn profile.

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Hacking the MBA Program at Cornell Tech



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Have you ever wondered what it must be like within the hallowed halls of an Ivy League business school? Did you ask yourself at some point whether it makes sense to try for higher studies abroad? It’s natural that you have these questions. Sitting here in India, it is difficult to visualize how life will be on the campus of a foreign school. Since the academic curricula, pedagogy, and teaching facilities are starkly different from what you may have experienced here, it is not easy to fully grasp the nature of the education program and what will be the outcome of such an education.
ReachIvy invites its students to share their campus experience with young aspirants. We aim to create a knowledge sharing platform, where students who have made it to their dream colleges, can guide the others who are trying to achieve their own dreams. This exercise of lending a helping hand brings about a greater synergy of ideas, develops a rich network of alumni contacts, and helps everyone strive towards a greater economic growth.

Read how Aamer Hassanally completed his graduation in May 2017 at a prestigious MBA program at Cornell Tech.
After a successful completion of Bachelor of Arts in Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship at the Brown University, USA, Aamer wanted to learn to build new, technology-led solutions. With over 3 years of valuable work experience at various reputed firms, Aamer decided that now was the right time to target the top B-schools in the USA. Aamer had his sights set on Cornell Tech, among other schools. Aamer had partnered with ReachIvy to fulfil his dreams. After a gruelling round of application, and tests, Aamer finally got admission to his coveted school. A year after his program, Aamer is now poised to launch his own startup. His success serves as an inspirational story. Once you read Aamer’s success story, you will realize that hard work and patience knows no failure.

Here is the Aamer Hassanally Success Story:

I graduated from the one-year Johnson Cornell Tech (CT) MBA in May, which was an absolutely incredible experience. My life at Cornell Tech changed my perspective on work entirely. Here’s what I have learned:
The MBA Course and Curriculum
The program consists of 3 semesters and a winter break immersion, each with a different focus with respect to the core curriculum:

1. Summer — Core Business:
The summer semester in Ithaca comes with a highly intensive course load, covering what is traditionally the “first year” of a traditional MBA program. On Cornell University’s beautiful Ithaca campus, you learn core subjects like leadership, critical thinking, statistics, finance, marketing, strategy, and the like. Most of the courses are taught in a lecture format, with plenty of case discussions to supplement. It’s very fast-paced, with a heavy workload, but absolutely worth the extra effort to jumpstart the next two semesters spent at the brand new campus in New York City.

2. Fall — Product Studio:
The bright colored falling leaves of fall in New York bring with them a roller-coaster ride of coursework and intensive projects. In the second semester in NYC, the core curriculum focuses on product development, with mandatory enrolment for Masters students in computer science, operations research, connective media, health tech, law and business. Cornell Tech uses a proprietary algorithm to create student teams based on functional expertise, domain knowledge and industry preference. These teams spend the semester building technology products with guidance from a mentor, matched with them from organizations like Amazon, Merck, the New York Times, Capital One, and the New York Mayor’s Office.

For example, I worked on a team of 2 CS students, 2 MBAs and a law student to respond to a challenge proposed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: “How might we improve financial health for low- to mid-income Americans?” By the end of the semester, we had interviewed stakeholders at policy think tanks, fin-tech start-ups, local credit unions, and low-income communities to develop a prototype of a lottery-based savings application (54% of Americans play the lottery while only 40% have a savings account). Meanwhile, the Studio faculty guided teams through the product development process, and organized monthly sessions for each team to get feedback from practitioners in the tech industry.
In parallel, I was enrolled in MBA classes like Operations Management, Digital Marketing, Designing Data Products, and Entrepreneurial Finance, which dovetailed nicely with the core curriculum.

3. Winter Immersion: iTrek (Optional)
Over the snow-filled winter break, students can participate in a 2-week, optional immersion in Tel Aviv for course credit. During the prior semester, teams that enrolled in iTrek were assigned consulting projects with two Israeli startups. Teams worked remotely with the start-ups to complete the projects in the fall semester and travelled to Israel over the winter break to showcase their findings to local investor panels. My team presented a go-to-market strategy for an accounting software company and an acquisition strategy for a healthcare device manufacturer.

4. Spring — Startup Studio:

In the final semester of the program, the core curriculum focused on startup formation and the dynamics of the venture capital industry. These classes are also mandatory across all degree programs, but in this semester, students self-organize into teams based on the startup ideas they generated during the fall semester. The class is taught by David Tisch, one of New York’s most prominent venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Start-up teams who wish to seriously pursue their ventures after graduation can also attend Startup Clinics, which are organized at school with advisors from New York’s booming tech ecosystem.
During this semester, I worked with a team of CS, MBA and Parsons design students to develop a usage-based insurance application for freelance workers seeking temporary coverage on specific gigs. We were able to reach out to advisors we had worked with in the fall semester, from Prudential and McKinsey to help validate and refine our idea. We also took our idea to the Fintech Hackathon at MIT, where our prototype was awarded the Grand Prize. Moreover, we were invited to deliver our pitch to Michael Bloomberg, and the Board of Cornell Tech.
In parallel, I was enrolled in MBA classes like Business Models, Sales & Business Development, Negotiations and Tech Strategy.

5. Life After Graduation — Startup Award:
At the end of May, two of my classmates and I applied for the Startup Awards to pursue our new venture full-time. We were among four teams selected by a panel of professors and professional investors to receive an investment from the University. We are now based in the new co-working space on the Roosevelt Island campus, which accommodates not only student startups, but also innovation teams from established companies such as Two Sigma and Citibank. We’re building an income management platform for the freelance economy, starting with a product that aims to improve the financial health of our customers.
I’m very excited to see how the next few years will unfold, with the challenges of starting this new venture, and also with the support of my amazing classmates and the University. I could not imagine myself in another MBA program, being happier or more successful.

Cornell Tech MBA Program

The curriculum was fast-paced, practical and implementation-oriented, and connected with current, real-world problems outside of the ivory tower of academia. More importantly, the relationships I’ve built at Cornell Tech are with some of the most diverse and resourceful people I know. I can now reach out to my friends who think like developers, data scientists, lawyers, designers, and business people, and who are all passionate about technology. This is definitely the most valuable thing I’ve gained.

Highlights of the Johnson Cornell Tech MBA Program:
The program is geared specifically towards management and entrepreneurship in the tech sector. So while the program won’t necessarily appeal to a general MBA audience, there are a several things that make it attractive, compared to a traditional MBA. A perfect example of this is the network that an MBA offers. Many of my friends from Cornell Tech are trained in disciplines ranging from law to computer science – this is something that a traditional program simply cannot match.
Who Should Apply for CT MBA?
Having said that, the Cornell Tech MBA may not be well-suited for everyone. For those who have career ambitions that are removed from the technology sector, or for those who may benefit from a more traditional business education or summer internship, Cornell Tech’s unique offering may not be a good fit for their educational needs. Cornell Tech is a new school, creating an entirely new type of business education – so things move and change fast. Prospective students should be prepared for this kind of environment.
My Message to Students Aspiring to Study Abroad:
There is a whole world of opportunity you need to explore. Don’t limit yourself to specific domains or interest groups. Come out of your shell and see the world for yourself. Every student who wants to study abroad faces roadblocks, but they should not deter you. Steel yourself for the long haul, and prepare yourself for a rollercoaster ride of learning and experience. The world is your playground.

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10 Point Plan to Help Kids Plan and Prepare for a Bright Career



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The good part of living in these exciting times is that unlike the older generation, the new generation of kids have a plethora of career options to suit their needs. The challenge however, is that without a focused approach, and a broad spectrum understanding of skills and knowledge, kids will be left far behind in the competitive space. As parents, we’d hate to burden our kids by making them focus on more and more skills. We need to teach our kids to harness their skills in a way that can bring out the best in them, without diluting their interest.

Here are 10 points parents need to keep in mind in order to ensure their kids have a bright career ahead:

1. Work on Your Academic Records
Get your grades to shine! As a high school student, your grades speak a lot about you. It tells a prospective employer or school whether you are a diligent, hardworking, intelligent candidate. For example, if you choose to apply for higher studies in UK, your grades will be an important factor in the admissions criteria. UK Universities have entry requirements that you need to meet, which are usually in the form of grades. Some of the top academic universities in India and abroad need high grades for most courses.

2. Focus on Improving Your Subject Knowledge
If you are aspiring towards a certain stream, think about if you are hitting the right marks academically. For instance, if you plan to pursue a career as a zoologist, you should demonstrate good performance in your subjects in related areas. If you choose to go abroad for higher studies, you may need to start planning about taking relevant standardized tests such as start SATs and ACTs, and English proficiency test like TOEFL. You can even join specialized courses to build on your latent skills. These help to build a strong profile which are looked upon favourably by both admissions officers, and potential employers.

3. Build on Extracurricular and Co-curricular activities.

All study and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? This is the ideal time for you to build an all-round personality. Take part in various activities that are organized by your school. Whatever your activities and interests, find a way to delve into them further. If you are passionate about foreign film, take online courses on film appreciation and volunteer with organizing local film festivals. Or learn a skill that is important for achieving your goal. Example: If your goal is to become a translator, then start learning the foreign language you enjoy the most.

4. Sign Up for Summer Jobs or Internships to Get a Feel of the Workplace.
One of the most effective ways to ensure that you get hands on experience for your desired goal is to take up a summer job or an internship. Getting an internship at a related company or organization will not only help you explore, but will also help you cement your interest in this sector.

5. Watch and Learn From Motivational Speakers

Some of the most memorable lessons in life come from stories. You will find tons of inspirational speeches online that you can listen or watch. Most of the reputed speakers offer valuable nuggets of wisdom from their personal experience. Make it a point to read or watch at least one motivational talk a day. Make your own notes on key takeaways and keep the positivity flowing.

6. Network or Shadow Influential People

Don’t stay out of the loop. A lot of learning takes place when you network with the right kind of people. Meeting up with people is a great way to exchange ideas. Also, shadow influential people who inspire you. They help shape your thoughts and personality. You can glean a lot of information from your peer group too. Network with like-minded friends. Tag friends who share similar interests and organize group activities that build on your profile.

7. Join Student Clubs, Committee, and Organize Events
The best part of student life is to explore your creative and leadership talents. Schools have many opportunities for interschool functions. Don’t miss out on participating in dramas, debates, sports, art and crafts, or performing arts. You may think that these activities don’t contribute to a high-flying career, but the truth is that these activities lay the building blocks to organizational skills, interrelationships, leadership development, and talent management. No book or course can teach you what activities can teach you.

8. Sign up for Summer Camps

An outdoor experience with your school friends builds life skills that is needed throughout your life. Organize camps, cookouts, or social events with your school mates. Learn how to navigate your way outside your school campus. Pick up survival skills by teaming up with your friends in an unknown environment. If you decide to go abroad for higher studies, you can also undertake campus tours of your preferred universities to get a feel of the education in foreign schools.

9. Read, Read, Read!!
I cannot emphasize enough on the benefits of reading. Reading opens your mind to a variety of ideas. Books are the windows of the world. Through books, you don’t just develop insight. You also learn how to think in different ways. Some of the books you could include in your library are: Animal Farm by Orwell, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Ruskin Bond’s Short stories, The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Odyssey by Homer.

10. Introspect on Your Future Goals

Take the time out of your busy schedule to ponder on deeper thoughts. What do you want to be? Why? Where do you see yourself in the future? How will you get there? Once you take a step back and introspect, that will allow you identify your goals, strengths and preferences and move forward in leaps and bounds.
If you are unable to get any direction, seek a discussion with your family and loved ones. Discussions are the best and most interesting way of exploring any topic. When you are exchanging thoughts and ideas, you get unique insights and different perspectives on the topic, which broadens your horizon and improves your knowledge base.

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5 Mistakes to Avoid While Writing Your Statement of Purpose Essays



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If you are pondering on what to include in your study abroad essays, and unable to come up with a full list of things to write about, here is some help. I can tell you what not to write about. How’s that for a start? Here are a few cardinal mistakes student make when they are in the throes of writing an award winning essay. Your over-enthusiasm can dig you a deep hole in the ground, if you are not careful.

1. Don’t Beat Around the Bush.
Don’t write a meandering essay which does not come to the point. Admissions officers are stretched for time to be able to afford you a soliloquy on your life plans. Cut the flab. Get to the point after a very brief introductory opening line. Write crisp, and direct essays without beating around the bush.
Before you start typing your thoughts, first create a broad outline on what you want to write about. Having made a skeletal structure, jot down points, anecdotes, life experiences, or achievements that you want to talk about. Use this structure to help you set the boundaries and style. Edit your essay after you have written it down. After editing, stay away from your essay for at least a day (if you can afford the time, otherwise an hour is also ok) to let your thoughts unclog and fresh ideas resurface. After the first cut, you will be able to see how the words pan out to create a coherent, persuasive statement of purpose. Revisit the page, and see how best you can improve your language, points, style, and structure.

2. Don’t Lament About Your Family, School, Country or Your Life!
Nobody likes a whiner. Talking ill about your folks at home or the lousy schooling you had, or the lack of facilities in your country is a big no-no. Badmouthing your providers reflects poorly on you. If your circumstances have been difficult, you can portray the same without throwing others down. For instance, a student applying from a war-torn country can still find something positive to speak about his motherland. By speaking badly about your country or family, you show that you don’t have loyalty towards your own people.

3. Don’t Boast or Brag About Your Achievements.

So you have been a national level champion in tennis. Great! Good for you. But don’t toot it with the loudest horn. If your essay reeks of self-importance or conceit, you already lost respect before you earned it. Be humble about your achievements. The university you are applying may have the best brains and specialists on campus. So make sure you don’t step on big toes.

4. Don’t Confuse the Admissions Officers by Contradicting Yourself.

Many students get rejected simply because they send out confusing signals about themselves to the Admissions department. This usually happens when students try to ‘carve’ an image of themselves, instead of showcasing their real self. For instance, if your essay portrays that you love sports, and enjoy being outdoors, but your resume does not show any extra-curricular achievement that points towards sports or outdoor activity, this can be seen as a contradiction. Also if you present yourself in your essay that you are a curious learner, your recommendation letters should ideally corroborate that story with anecdotes or instances. Present a holistic profile instead of a weak, ad hoc one. Let your essay present you as one person, rather look like a case of a split personality.

5. Don’t Write Without Having Done a Thorough Research.
Have you studied the university that you are applying to? Did you read all about the campus, facilities, faculty, courses offered, electives, student community, and other such information? Without delving deep into the program offerings, don’t start your essay. An essay that looks like a machine generated copy without thought or research deserves to land in the bin. One such mistake a student made is to write fondly about a professor and how he is interested to learn from the eminent teacher, without realizing that the aforementioned professor had resigned from the university two years ago. Thus it is important you don’t shoot yourself in the foot by writing without research.

Writing an essay is never easy until you get down to doing it. Once you start, the words will come flowing out of you. Use the help of a friend, teacher and family member to edit out the unwanted. Use this 5-point guideline to avoid common pitfalls.

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7 Ways to Use Diwali Vacations to Boost Your Study Abroad Plans



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Picture this. You have a vacation of about two weeks for Diwali, as your school closes for the holiday season. You have tons of work to catch up with – homework, project, hobby classes – and you have lined them all up to fulfill during the vacations. Since your exams will commence post vacations, you have studies to tackle too.
As Diwali approaches, the festivities, fun, and socializing take over. Parties, movies, and picnics take precedence. The nagging feeling of overdoing the holiday merriment dampens your joy a bit, but not enough for you to take the bull by its horns. And before you realize, the vacation is over. Parties are done with. People have gone back to their routine. And you are panic stricken about the pile of work left untouched. Sounds familiar?

You are not alone. Many students have faced the problem of ‘vacation paralysis.’ A common reason why talented students fail to make it to the college of their dreams is because they did not act when the time was ripe. Does that remind you of Aesop’s hare and the tortoise fable?

Immerse Yourself into the Culture and Festival Fervour
Diwali is a great occasion to absorb the culture, and participate in the festivities. It is important to be a part of family gatherings, social do’s, and public programs. Festivals give you an opportunity to celebrate your tradition, your lineage, and your ancient history. They make us who we are. You carry a part of this heritage with you wherever you go. When you go abroad for higher studies, you become the ambassador of Indian culture. So, while you delicately balance your work and study priorities, don’t relegate Diwali as an unimportant aspect of your life.
If you plan to pursue higher education in a top ranking school abroad, you will need to plan ahead, and stay committed to your plans. If you are committed to the dream of going abroad, and can sustain your commitment, you will certainly succeed in your mission. Remember, success kisses the one who has the ability to sustain. Here are 7 non-academic ways to utilize your Diwali vacations and bolster your study abroad plans.

1. Take your standardized tests.
Ideally, you should be done with the tests, before you even start your application. If you plan to go abroad soon, now is a good time to attempt your SAT, GRE, or GMAT, depending on what course you wish to pursue. Prepare with the help of mock tests, or quiz templates to familiarize yourself with the test. Study the test pattern thoroughly, as these tests are unlike what you have encountered in your school or college education.

2. Dig deeper into extracurricular activities.
If you haven’t already, start building a robust extracurricular profile. Most colleges prefer to take in students with a well-rounded personality, rather than students who are skewed towards academic brilliance. So, don’t give up on your musical, sports, or writing talents. These attributes will help you showcase yourself as an ideal candidate.

3. Get a short internship.
Internships are a fun way to learn about work life. Take up an internship position at a company to learn the ways of the corporate world. If you have a specific career you are looking to pursue post education, or any specific subjects you would like to study, a part-time or full-time internship at a related company or organization will not only help you explore, but will also help you cement your interest in this sector.

4. Scour college websites.
Learn more about your target school’s curriculum, pedagogy and academic rigor. It is important to know what is in store for you at your college of your choice. Does the academic program suit your need? Will you get to learn from top professors? Read student testimonials, industry analysis, or any information that you can gather about the college of your choice.

5. Shadow people.

You may have been positively influenced by a role model, a friend, or relative, who has mentored you into following a career path. Take this opportunity of Diwali vacations to get to know your role model well. Ask if you can join them at work so you learn a thing or two by watching them. Shadowing influential people helps you pick up important traits and lessons that will be valuable for life. I have seen many students transformed after they chose to shadow their role models. By watching and learning, you shape your own value systems and work ethics too.

6. Streamline your social media presence.
Social media can help you enhance your story and make your application credible. If you have not been diligent on what you post on social media, use your vacation to sweep clean of all the unwanted stories that can potentially damage your admission chances. Build a strong case for yourself, as you streamline your social media presence and pitch yourself as a worthy candidate.

7. Read! Read! Read!

Reading is a good way to absorb. Don’t restrict your choice of genre, or author. The more you open your mind to new books, the richer your experience will be. See the world through the eyes of eminent writers, and you will gain valuable lessons from them. Join a library or spend time at book clubs to build your knowledge about books.
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Top 10 Reasons Why an Executive Education Program Can Change Your Life



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So you have been in the corporate jungle, wondering how you are going to climb your way to the top of the food-chain. You have realized by now that moving laterally, horizontally or in any diagonally is not the way to the top. Having hit the glass ceiling, do you feel stifled by the lack of growth?
Enter into the world of executive education programs. Like you, many managers feel either pressured or frustrated by the career roadblocks they face in their life. Professionals with two years or more work experience get stunted because their current work does not offer them a chance to develop cutting edge know how.

What is an Executive Education Program?

Top colleges abroad have realized the need gap that is faced by the industry and its people. Many companies who want to upskill their employees find that the courses available locally don’t offer the global exposure. Also executives who did not get a Masters or MBA in one of the top ranking colleges abroad fail to make the cut for the position of a global manager.
Executive education, is usually made up of short, intensive courses to help students build specific skills. Many top business schools offer a wide range of executive education courses, in topics ranging from leadership to soft skill and negotiation. The objective of an executive education program is to enrich the students’ skillset and promote career growth.

How is Executive Education Abroad Different from a Traditional Masters’ Degree Course?

First off, the executive education program requires you to have at least two years’ work experience to enroll for the course. A masters’ program may or may not emphasize on work experience as mandatory requirement.

The course follows an integrated approach, covering theoretical as well as practical modes of learning. In most cases, learners can access the class either from the test centers or can have the convenience of learning through the remote login. According to surveys on executive education in India, majority of the professionals prefer face to face lectures. However, there is an equally strong base who prefer online and blended mode of delivery.

Executive education programs are often focused on individual executive responsibilities or customized to suit the specific needs of an organization, offering a customized learning solutions for executives within a single company. Some executive education courses are also modular, where courses build on each other, and many programs will work directly with firms to develop courses addressing individual concerns and topics.

A traditional MBA or Masters course requires you to commit a large amount of money and time for a qualification. In a full time post graduate course, students attend classes, workshops, and seminars through the day. In a sense, executive education requires a lot of commitment and dedication as you would be juggling between job responsibilities, family commitments, and executive education program deadlines.

The students in an executive education course are older with a wider range of experience. The same cannot be said about the full time masters’ degree students.

Top 10 Reasons Why a Professional Should Consider the Executive Education Program?
1. Simply put, it adds to your CV.
Add a badge to your name that carries the glory of international education. Your CV will attract the kind of employers you seek, once you have an international executive education under your belt.

2. It will help you develop as a business leader, entrepreneur, or a strategist.

Not just for decorating your resume, an executive education course opens your breadth of knowledge and vision. Interacting with the best brains in the world, and working in close collaboration with a set of peers from across various continents can add clarity to your dimensions.

3. You get a global exposure.

Does China solve its economic problems the same way as India does? Do the farmers in Peru face the same environmental threats that those in Cambodia? Learn how the world works. Broaden your vision to think global.

4. You learn from the best teachers from around the world.

You get to interact with Nobel Prize winners, industry thought leaders and movers and shakers of the industry. The vision and wisdom they can impart can impact your life.

5. It’s a good return on your time and money investments.
Compared to a full time program abroad, with the costs of tuition and living thrown in, the executive education program is lighter on your pocket. Moreover, you can continue earning while studying. The only real investment you will have to make in an executive education course is time. If you are a good time manager, this program will work for you.

6. You don’t have to take a break in your career to complete your education.

You neither miss out on earning your paycheck, nor lose touch with the industry as you study while you work. Also, your company will value the lessons you bring to the table and appreciate your efforts.

7. You build a network of global managers and business leaders who are your classmates.
Network-building is one of the reasons most often cited for pursuing executive education, as reflected in research by the International University Consortium for Executive Education. With an expanded network of talented peers, you can leverage your career goals to take you to the next level.

8. An executive education gives you immediate business insights as you apply your knowledge in real life cases.
Unlike a traditional Masters’ degree course, where a student picks up theoretical knowledge without practical applications, the executive education program gives its students an opportunity to apply concepts in real-life scenarios. The immediacy of feedback from the environment is a great enabler for deeper learning.

9. You pick up high value skills that put you in a growth trajectory.

According to the Executive MBA Council 2013 Student Exit Benchmarking Survey, the average salary and bonus for EMBA graduates increased by 14 percent from the time they started classes until they graduated. Many students found that the program was remunerative, not just monetarily but also from the standpoint of career development.

10. Many cohorts offer in-class education coupled with campus visit to foreign schools.
Executive education programs have moved from the model of being providers to partners. Many top ranking business schools have tied up with local institutes to offer a holistic experience to professionals who seek specialized skills. You can sign up for a modular, face to face or online mode of coaching. In addition, you can also visit campuses abroad to enhance your learning and interact with the faculty and students on campus.
Executive education, as one industry professional puts it, ‘is the true rigor of education’ as the executives have to juggle time to balance many responsibilities. If done well, executive educational program is the ideal fit for any professional looking to sharpen his tools of the trade.
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Why Cyber Crime Should Be a Concern for Parents of Young Kids



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Anushka (name changed) spends most of her time on her laptop. The 8th grader has to submit school homework, complete school projects, and other class activities online. Also, most of her friends are on social media, where she interacts with young friends from different parts of the world. However, she encountered many threats online. From cyber trolls, to anonymous stalkers, she faced many uncomfortable situations. Sites that were not suited for kids to view promoted on various channels showed her unsavory images that badly scarred her. And then she came across the Blue Whale challenge. Curiosity goaded her to find out more, but the more she got involved, the more she detested it, but was unable to break free from the game maker’s clutches. It was only when she sought help from her parents, and then from the cyber police that she finally managed to set free.

Anushka was one of the lucky few kids who managed to escape unhurt. The recent viral spread of the Blue Whale game had many schools, sociologists and cyber police in a conundrum. Reported deaths of students succumbing to the pressure of cyber bullies is a matter of growing concern. It has become highly important that we eliminate the threat and restore normalcy in the lives of affected kids. For this reason, cyber security has become very necessary.

Cybercrime is a concern not just for parents and teachers, but schools and educational institutes by large. We are all a part of this virtual world, and it is difficult to stay out of it. Though we may feel that cybercrimes don’t affect us, it is a fact that these crimes affect the social conditioning on a deeper level.

With the rampant spread of social media, cyber criminals have discovered new avenues to push forth their crime. Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and others realize the gravity of cybercrime, and employ sophisticated cybercrime detection mechanisms.

The millennial children have been exposed to digital world at an early ages. They are far more savvy in networking, social media management, understanding app interface, and employing technology to everyday problems. Many of them love to explore and experiment, as children have always done. Today’s young people have no qualms baring intricate details of their life on Twitter and Facebook. They tend to make silly or mean comments on other people’s websites. Often they join spurious clubs and forums online, chat with strangers, share photos of themselves, and risk their personal information by entering private details on their phones, tabs, and other devices. Thus they become easy targets for cyber criminals. Not just do they expose themselves to crime, they also put their families and loved ones at risk.

If you are a parent of a young teen, and concerned about his/her wellbeing, here are some ways to protect your child from cybercrime:

1. Recognize the fact that cybercrime exists, and your child is the most vulnerable.
Shake away that overconfidence that nothing is going to happen to your child. Even the most astute cyber specialists have fallen into the honey trap. Whatever is shared online can make its way to data hackers, and malware specialists. There is no such thing as a safe zone, when it comes to online interaction. Check what kind of private information is your child sharing on any online platform, whether social media, ecommerce, or a p2p site.

2. Report cybercrime however big or small.
If your child has faced an issue of cyber bullying, for example, it is better to immediately approach the authorities. Cyber bullies prey on the fears and insecurities of people to make sure that their crime is not reported. You can help nab some of the biggest cybercriminals, with your alertness, and ingenuity.

3. Educate your child to avoid visiting and sharing on sites that have a dubious record.
The highlight of the internet is that it offers anonymity. However that can be a big disadvantage because you don’t know who is watching you and what they plan to do. Often students fall into the trap of freebies, easy and free access to files and media, torrent sharing, and other nefarious activities. To save up a little money, or simply to have fun, you may end up in a tangle of crime. Avoid file sharing p2p sites that escape the radar of cyber officials. Data hackers can access not just your files in your system, but also the files of people who are connected with you.

4. Educate your ward about cybercrime.
While most students are aware of cybercrime, they may not understand its magnitude. As a parent, it is important that you talk to your child as frequently as possible about the nature of cybercrime. Alert them about situations where they can become vulnerable to crime.

5. Keep a check on your child’s activity.

Without invading on your child’s privacy, look out for signs that tell you what your child has been doing online. Also, keep the conversation between your child and you easy and flowing. It is important for your child to feel secure enough to confide in you, lest a problem takes place.
Cybercrime is a reality of today, and we can no longer afford to look the other way. The sooner we grow alert to the ramifications of cybercrime, the more we can help.
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Top Emerging Courses for Undergrad Science Students



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How often have your parents and loved ones advised you against pursuing a course of your own choice, because ‘it does not pay well?’ In fact, in most cases, career counsellors are often questioned by parents on what careers will guarantee them good money, comfortable lifestyle, and less stress. So here is a quick lowdown on top 7 emerging careers if you are an undergraduate science student.

New Age Engineering Courses
In the new millennium, tech-based industries will rule the charts. Many new courses for engineering programs are being developed to meet the changing climate in communications and technology.

Environmental Engineering:
An off-shoot of civil engineering, this branch is garnering attention because of its importance in restoring our planet’s health. Since environment has become an important worldwide issue, careers made in the field of environment – be it marine biology, environmental engineering, biogenetic engineering, nanotechnology – have tremendous scope in India, but more so in developed nations of the world. Many engineering schools now offer Environmental Engineering as a recognized specialization that are increasingly picked by students.

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Robotics is a branch of technology which deals with robots. On the other hand, Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that involves developing computer programs to complete tasks which would otherwise require human intelligence. AI algorithms can tackle learning, perception, problem-solving, language-understanding and/or logical reasoning. Robotics involves building robots whereas AI involves programming intelligence. Robotics helps you understand, and acquire insights about automation and machine learning and how they are an answer to our need for accuracy, speed and efficiency.

Interdisciplinary Engineering:

Due to the overlapping of many industries, we have a plethora of interdisciplinary branches like Mechatronics (mechanical and electronics), biomechanical (biology and mechanical), biochemical (biology and chemical) etc. This approach has opened the doors to innovative enterprises and lucrative roles in diverse sectors.
Thinking about Medical field? The medical science arm has proliferated into diverse branches beyond traditional fields of medical practices and nursing. Today, if you do not want to be a doctor yet passionate about the medical field, consider other specializations that offer equally good, if not better career opportunities:

Genetics:
There has been a tremendous growth in the realm of genetics. From genetic engineering to Applied Genetics, Stem Cell & Tissue Engineering to Genomics, the choices are limitless. It offers a long list of career opportunities in research science, biochemical industry, pharmaceutical and agrochemical industry.

Pharmaceuticals:
The drug industry has been a pivotal industry since the birth of medicine. And it continues to be so. Given the importance of drugs and medicines in healthcare, popularity of pharmaceutical studies has seen a steep rise. There are many courses that you can pursue such as Pharmacy technology, Forensic Science, Pharmaco Vigilance, and the like. If you like research, pharmaceutical studies will provide unlimited opportunities.

Nutrition and Dietetics:

Fast foods, unhealthy eating and lifestyle has given an added edge to the importance of nutrition and dietetics. This career has greater scope with low cost of operation and high scalability. You can choose to join the food and healthcare sector or even become a professional expert in the area and start your own consulting practice.

Data Science Management

Data Science has become the pre-requisite of all industries. Whether business house, medical facility, banking or public service sectors, the relevance of data is common to all. The field of data science will make you adept at data handling and also ensure a thriving career. Along with it, you can opt for Machine Learning & AI (Artificial Intelligence) which is implemented far and wide in all industries to generate automation of processes and also to drive better accuracy and efficiency. Cross-collaborative studies like MBA in Engineering, Masters in Information Systems, and the like will help enable a high growth curve.

Beyond these 7 courses, you will come across many that will suit your interest and career goals. Map your career aspirations, your preferences, and your aptitude to find what’s the best fit for you. Seek a career counsellor who can guide you by using a scientific evaluation tool to help you nail the right path of action.
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5 Golden Rules to Begin the Second Innings of Your Career



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For many reasons, you may have wanted to take a career break. In the case of women, the common reason is that they have decided to get married, have kids, raise a family, go on a vacation, or recuperate from a long term illness. In the case of men who usually are the breadwinners of the family, they may take a sabbatical to explore their entrepreneurial aspirations, go on a long vacation, or to support their working spouse by becoming a stay-at-home dad. When personal life takes priority over professional, most people find it difficult to maintain a healthy work life balance.

This state of affairs has created record levels of career mobility – but it has also lead to more uneven career paths. Extended breaks from the workforce was uncommon earlier, but these days, they’re not all that unusual. As the workplace becomes increasingly digital, work from home opportunities have created the availability of a talent pool that was so far not available to the job market.

If you are coming back after a long sabbatical to join mainstream corporate jobs, you may find it difficult to re-enter. There are numerous reasons for this barrier to entry:
The world around you has gone through a sea-change, since you quit your previous job.

You probably have not been in the loop, but a lot of things may have changed since your previous role. Job requirements change; roles and responsibilities may have evolved. Companies may be reluctant to invest the time and effort in re-training you.
You may have lost your edge.
Companies shy away from picking applicants who have been out of the radar. Even a job which is a step-down from your previous role may seem like a challenge.
You may lack self-esteem.
In many cases, job returnees tend to undervalue their own potential. They have self-doubts, often stemming from poor self-esteem. You may fear that the younger crowd has moved ahead far too rapidly for your comfort.

Returning to work after a long career break may seem impossible to some, but it is not all that difficult. You require to pursue the job hunt with zeal. And with the right attitude. Here are 5 golden rules to adhere to if you choose to get back to the workplace:

1. Start Networking and Building Corporate Relations
You’d be surprised how many job opportunities are out there waiting to be tapped! Right from friends who connect at a kiddie birthday party, to connections in your yoga class, to your neighbourhood dog park. Sources suggest that as many as 80 percent of available jobs are never publicly advertised. These “secret” openings comprise the “hidden job market” – and the only way to tap into this market is by networking smartly.
Start opening casual conversation with friends, family members, former co-workers, to find out what’s going on in the world. Talk about yourself, the work you did and the achievements you had in the past. Establish your authority in the domain that was your speciality by offering advice, free service, or help if possible. Showcase your personal brand as unique, with the level of experience and expertise you have gathered. Make it known loud and clear that you are planning to get back to the job scene, and you are open to exploring new careers. If you get into the game early, you greatly increase your chances of landing a job.

2. Build Yourself With Glowing Recommendations
An influential inside contact who can vouch for your character and skill is your gateway to your new career. Find people who will speak highly of you.

3. Carve Your Niche and Hold on Tight.

The worst thing to say is: “I’ll do anything.” Such job seekers come across as “desperate and unfocused.” It also makes it difficult for others to know how to assist in your job search. If you are good at website designing or sound mixing, that’s what you want to talk about, not that you can do anything. To carve your niche, a good first step is to look at each of your prior, significant work and volunteer experiences. Break them into components and identify which of those components you love the most and are best at. If you go through this process for each one, you’ll end up with a list of transferable skills and experiences that can be applicable to new career paths.

4. Skill Up. Get Ready for the Big Game.
Fix a target, goal, and timeline for yourself. While you do so, be flexible and open minded in eliminating any sort of pressure from your mind. Taking up a course and finding out new options for yourself is the first step. Since you have been on a break, see what it is to move out and the problems that you face while doing so. Internships and a part-time job could also help in the initial ice-breaking. You can take many online courses that are being offered by reputed MOOCs. YouTube is also a storehouse for good video tutorial on just about anything. If you are looking for a hands-on experience, take up apprenticeship or internship with someone for a short period of time. Make sure to get good recommendations so that you can use this to launch yourself to the next level.

5. Harness Your Social Media Platform Connections to Maximize Your Reach
Join various groups available on social media networking sites. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are great sources to scour information on job trends, career opportunities, among others. Use this media to help you reach out to your potential employers.
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On Thanksgiving Day, you don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb! If you are a student in USA, UK, or Canada, you’d probably catch the Thanksgiving fever soon. Wherever you go – shops, restaurants, malls, school hall, cinema theaters – every place will be abuzz with the holiday excitement. Offices close early, families travel long distances to reunite, and shoppers throng at the markets to buy fresh produce, and of course, turkey. Many restaurants offer unbelievably good, but most people prefer to host a Thanksgiving feast at home in the company of their loved ones. On TV, weeknight Thanksgiving specials, comedy shows and movies add to the holiday cheer.

What Is Thanksgiving?

Though Thanksgiving is celebrated all over the world, it is essentially an American holiday. It is a day when families gather together to feast on a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal, and offer their prayers of gratitude for the feast, the company of the loving family. The tradition originates from the days when the first settlers called the Pilgrims came to this new land called America, which was inhabited by the Native Americans. After suffering the hostile land, famine, sickness, and loss of life of many, the Pilgrims finally managed to harvest a bumper crop in one season. That year, the Pilgrims hosted a sumptuous feast, thanking God for the bountiful crop, and taking care of them despite hardships. The tradition of Thanksgiving, that is saying thanks before a feast, continues to this day. A special prayer is said on the table, expressing gratitude for the little blessings that make our lives complete.

What You Should or Should Not Do at Thanksgiving Dinner?


1. Thanksgiving is not a ritual oriented holiday, so there are no social taboos. However, there are some customs that are considered a part of the Thanksgiving celebration.On Thanksgiving, it is customary to roast a turkey. A traditional meal includes roast turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet yam casserole, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and some pie, which could either be a pumpkin or apple pie. The spread is usually large, and servings are plenty. Thanksgiving also includes popular cocktails and wine.

2. Thanksgiving is all about connecting with family and friends, sharing, and bonding. So, it would be considered rude if you choose to stay alienated or stick to your cellphone. You can talk about almost anything, as long as you are culturally sensitive, and polite.

3. If you have dietary restrictions, or specific preferences, it is always better to inform the host in advance rather than throw them a curve ball. If you are vegetarian, don’t make a big deal about your food choices. Simply select what you can eat, and pass the meat. If the food is not to your liking, don’t make a disgusted face. Some Indians may find American food strange to their palate. That’s fine. But you ought to have known that before you go for a Thanksgiving celebration. A part of the learning experience while living abroad is to also expose yourself to different cuisines and cultures. Allow your mind to absorb the new tastes, feelings, and experiences to build cultural diversity in your personality.

4. Football is an integral to the Thanksgiving celebration in many American households. If you are not familiar with the sport, now is a good opportunity to learn all about it. While you may still feel disconnected, make an effort to participate as much as you can.

5. Offer to assist in the kitchen. Your hosts may be grateful for an extra pair of helping hands. This will also help you warm up to the host and the family members.

6. Being an Indian in an American household, it is natural for Americans to be curious about your country, culture, and habits. In a way, you are the unofficial ambassador of your country. Whatever you say, or do will invariably reflect on your country’s reputation. Steer clear from negative comments about your nationality. You don’t have to run your country down to win over American hearts. On the contrary, nobody likes unpatriotic talk. At the same time, you don’t have to make chest-thumping claims about the greatness of your country. Keep the conversation casual, without making a big deal about your country, culture or habits.

How Indians Can Add Their Own Touch to Thanksgiving
If you are planning to host your own Thanksgiving, you can add your own touch to the celebration. You can invite some of your classmates for a Thanksgiving with an Asian touch. Since you are the host, you can try an Indian menu or keep it completely traditional. Offer grace with your friends, and ask them to say a personal prayer of thanks. You can add a touch of Indian theme with cuisine, costume, and colors.

What You Get to Learn From the America’s Favorite Holiday
Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to bond with family. Brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and parents travel long distances just to be together for the Thanksgiving meal. It is important for families to value these ties, and keep the bond growing stronger. Thanksgiving teaches you to appreciate the little gifts and blessings we receive every day. You offer thanks for every moment you live, and the untold joys that surround and enrich your life. These experiences will make your study abroad education far more enriching than what you learn within the walls of a classroom.
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It’s not just the money, honey! The whole gamut of handling the finances, budgeting, saving, and securing yourself against a financial crisis can break any student’s resolve to study abroad. Thankfully, with a bundle of financial packages, loans, credit facilities, that are available, students can heave a sigh of relief and go ahead with their study abroad aspirations.

Be penny wise. While abroad, make sure that every penny counts. Here are top 5 tips on how to manage your finances while pursuing your higher studies abroad.

1. Find Out Everything You Need to Know About the Foreign Currency.
Most of the time, people wrongly compare the price of a product in India, and convert the value in foreign currency. Prices don’t work across borders like that! You can’t compare the price of apples in India and those in New York, and expect parity. Sure, some products may be cheaper here than abroad, while the reverse is also true. Inflation works differently in every economy, hence it is important to understand basic economic and financial indicators of the country you will study in.

2. Learn How Currency Mobility Works Abroad, and the Best Ways to Transact.

Where you plan to study will determine what kind of money you can use there. In some countries, cash is highly fluid, and you may need to use actual currency to go about your business. However, in other countries, you may be able to work with credit or debit cards. Many banks in your home country may have agreements with banks in foreign countries and that may mean you pay little or no fees to access your money in foreign ATMs.

3. Use Student Credit Cards That Have Little or No Foreign Transaction Fees

Work with a student credit card. Avail of exciting offers that credit cards give you along with the card. Many of these cards don’t have foreign transaction fees and when you use them during your time abroad.
Before you sign up for a student credit card, make sure to employ due diligence. Check whether your cards will be accepted in the country you’re planning to study in and find out what foreign transaction and foreign ATM fees cost.

4. Budget Your Way Through Everything While Studying Abroad:

A budget is your safety net to ensure that you smooth-sail your way through the study abroad phase. When budgeting, make sure to plan the following:
Fixed expenses such as accommodation, utilities, food, transport, and study material.
Variable expenses such as socializing, entertainment, gifting, or vacationing
Variable expenses such as emergencies.
It is important to clear all your fixed expenses first, as that will leave you with the amount you have to allocate between the variable expenses.
While budgeting, go granular to get down to actual numbers. Things like money spent on food, travel, and the like should be clearly written down. In doing so, be realistic and practical.

5. Live Within Your Means, Even if It Means Sacrificing Some Privileges.

It’s easy to get swayed by the glitzy and fancy shopping that is available in foreign locations. Steer clear from mindless buying. Make sure to spend reasonably. Always compare prices. Unlike here in India, the concept of Maximum Retail Price system (MRP) does not exist in most countries abroad. You may have to check the price of products and services in various outlets before you narrow down your choice.

Get in touch with a local to find out where to get the best deals. Large shopping centers and malls are usually more expensive than the local market. Lots of places organize flea markets which have locally produced goods, these are relatively cheap and you will be able to find good deals.
In many countries, you can avail of student discounts for public transport and other public utilities. To find out more about these discounts you should contact your university.
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Just a couple of decades ago, Indian students who aspired to study abroad looked only towards engineering, medicine, and law. The courses offered abroad were not just costly but not aligned with our education system here. However, things have changed considerably since then. With the progress of education and availability of various scholarships opportunities & loans, students are now exploring options beyond the traditional favourites. Nowadays, we see many students opting for undergraduate education in Commerce, Accountancy, Management in top universities abroad.

If you are looking for world class education in the field of commerce, accountancy, economics or law, there is a plethora of courses to choose from.

Commerce:
If you seek a program in commerce, there is a whole world of undergraduate degree alternatives. In some countries such as UK, it is mandatory for the applicant to have industry experience at least for a year.

Economics:
Students can go for professions like economist, investment banking analyst, data analyst, marketing manager, auditor, teacher and many other business, government, and academic jobs, after earning a degree in economics. Some programs may be more theoretical in nature while some can target Applied Economics. Also, some can be completely math-centered while others may not be. Applied economics is a good course to pursue if you are interested in a career as an economist, data analyst, auditor, or investment banking analyst.

Accounting:
Every organization, big or small require accounting services. The core courses in an accounting program could be business, accounting, finance and mathematics. Some universities may require students to complete courses in Computer based applications and/or business and corporate law.

Marketing:
Marketing is at the core of every business. That book you read, the drink you consume, or the movie you watch? They reached you because of marketing efforts by the companies that created the product. In marketing courses, students are taught about advertising, sales promotion, public relations, and direct marketing, as well as efficient communication technologies. Marketing needs a keen insight into buyer behaviour and how people’s expectations from the company.

Management:
Management is one of the most sought after courses in the commerce field. In management program you learn basic concepts of essential managerial roles. Some of the subjects you learn are Business law, Financial accounting, Information systems, macroeconomics, microeconomics, Business finance, Business statistics, International business, Managerial accounting and Marketing. You can take up specializations such as global marketing, global human resource management, international accounting and finance corporate finance, , international management, operations and supply chain management and project management.

Finance:
If number crunching is your forte, pursue a career in Finance. Here you get to learn basic accounting, microeconomics and statistics.
Specializations may follow in the later years of the undergraduate life.

Mathematics:
If you love numbers, choose a stream that includes pure mathematical research or teaching field. Other interdisciplinary courses may involve combining mathematics with subjects studied by engineers, architects, computer software engineers, physicists, statisticians, accountants, logicians, actuarial scientists and accountants. Have a go at algebra, calculus, and mathematical statistics.
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Which kind of workplace would you prefer to work in? A place where your colleagues give you negative vibes? Or would you rather work in a place where your team mates are gung-ho, upbeat, and enjoying life?

Sheela, a business development executive, applied for a job in many companies. She had a decade of work experiences, in top companies, had hobnobbed with the elite class of business houses, travelled immensely, and wrote extensively. Yet, she did not last at any job for more than a year. Reason? She had a negative attitude towards everything and everyone around her. She complained about the lack of resources in some organizations. At other places, she could not get along with the team. Though her resume helped her get in through many job screenings, she eventually failed to land the job of her choice, simply because she would let her negativity slip into the interview room. Interviewers found her temperament unsuitable for the work culture.

Eventually, she talked to a life coach, who immediately saw her lacuna. Sheela is now on an “attitude correction” course, and she learned to pick some positive attitude. Though it was tough to reorient her attitude, she slowly moved forward to pick up this important soft skill. The last we heard, Sheela had been successfully employed in a top IT firm.

It’s crystal clear. From your boss to your next-door neighbour, everyone wants a friendly face around. Positivity exudes confidence! Positive environment is infectious and has a multiplier effect. When you look at the good side of life, life begins to look good.

At your workplace, a positive attitude is an important trait that employers are looking in their employees. A positive attitude is cultivated as a soft skill in employees through intensive employee training. Companies look for job applicants who have a spring to their feet, and a positive vibe in their being.

10 Reasons Why Positive Attitude an Important Soft Skill at the Workplace:

1. A Positive Attitude Contributes to Your Success

Positive attitude translates to better performance. Instead of finding excuses for non-performance, a positive thinking individual will think of ways to accomplishing his/her task. Positive attitude yields greater progress and hence more compensation or work perks.

2. Positive Attitude Builds Leadership Skills

Often you are required to work in a cross section of functions, departments or teams. In a diverse workplace, it is important to respect and follow everyone in the team. This is possible through the positive attitude. As a leader, you will be required to exude confidence and positivity to lead the team with the right attitude.

3. Your Colleagues Are Happy to Work With You
Your stress level will certainly effect those around you. At a workplace, when the stress levels build up, it will be difficult to keep a smiling face throughout your challenges. However, with a positive attitude, you cannot just sort out your problems, you will ensure that your peers don’t suffer. Happy peers or subordinates are happier to improve their productivity. For little effort, you can get more done. Improving your disposition will have a ripple effect that positively influences everyone you come in contact with. A positive attitude helps subordinates and leaders appreciate each other and work as a team for achieving common objectives.

4. You Don’t Have to Worry About Losing Your Job

A bad attitude can get you fired, as we saw in the case of Sheela above. Bad attitude gets you nowhere. It simply follows you wherever you go, and spreads a bad reputation. So take it down a notch. For your own job security, make sure to never let go of your temper or mood.

5. Make the Right Decisions With a Positive Attitude
Have you seen that some of the best things have happened to you when you were in a happy zone? You found a life partner, when you were in love. You had the best memories with your child, when you did something fun and positive together. The same goes for the workplace. Having a p

6. Find Yourself Empowered to Take Tough Decisions

Positive people are also empowered. They are capable of saying no, or standing up for their rights. Positive attitude gives you the strength to take risks, allow yourself some privileges, and own up a mistake. Empowerment is the consequence of a positive workplace.

7. Innovate and Keep Growing
Employees with an innovative attitude are happy to try something new. Need to think outside of the box? Think positive. With the right attitude, you will be willing to innovate on new ideas. You will not fear failure, as you find your way up the creative zone.

8. Motivate Others Work Harder
Your positive attitude helps to motivate your team to overcome obstacles that they may face during the course of their job. A motivated team is happy to work harder, look for innovative solutions, and feel

9. Improve Your Interpersonal Relations
Positive attitude helps not just the workplace; it also helps to build customer relations. Customers prefer to deal with someone who is positive in nature. A positive attitude enables employees to share a better rapport with customers, earning valuable customer loyalty.

10. Develop a Respectful Attitude Towards Others
Respect is a very important attitude in the workplace. Employees should also have a respectful attitude whether they are interacting with clients and customers or their team mates.
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