Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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How to crack an MBA Admission Interview

MBA interviews can be daunting to say the least and requires a lot of preparation on the candidate’s part. If you want to be successful in a B School interview and want to secure the odds of you being selected in the MBA programme and finally get into a career of your choice, you need to prepare for the Personal Interview effectively. For nearly all B Schools, the PI is the last element of the admission process and holds significant weightage. It’s not only your knowledge that is evaluated but the kind of person you are and what abilities you possess as a future manager matter as well. Let’s take a look at some effective principles you can apply to your interview preparation to increase the odds of you being selected in the B School of your choice. 

Identify possible questions:
There are plenty of coaching institutes and other publishing houses that come up with books that detail interview experiences at top B Schools. Knowing what might be asked at a B School interview will allow you to be prepared for the interview better. Some B Schools are completely dynamic and it’s hard to identify a pattern but most institutes stick to a tried and tested format and you can safely trust your instincts and prepare for the commonly asked questions. 

Be prepared with your coursework:
MBA interviews are not your average job interviews and it’s very likely you will be asked questions on your last qualification. Ensure that you have the concepts of your subjects clear and you also need to be able to apply your knowledge in real life scenarios. Many interviewers tend to ask case-study type questions and you should be thorough with all the key concepts you picked up in your graduation or any other professional course you have pursued. 

Do not succumb to pressure:
Many students are put through a ‘pressure test’ at interviews. If you notice that your interviewers are constantly criticising every point you make and if you firmly believe that whatever you have stated is correct you should not change your viewpoint just to please the interviewer. Interviewers often try to identify candidates who do not succumb to pressure and can keep calm even when they are thrown repeated questions. You might be grilled for no reason and you need to be calm no matter what. If you are able to pull through a grilling phase effectively and can prove to your interviewers that you can take managerial decision under pressure and do not change your beliefs even if the tides turn against you. 

Breed positivity: Being positive always and the ability to learn from mistakes are two qualities that make a great leader. You need to be able to show your confidence and positivity. Every time mistakes are pointed out or you are offered suggestion in the interview you should accept them with a smile and consider them to be constructive feedback. In no case should you be arguing with your interviewer. It’s not the answers that show you are positive or not but the approach you take. You should keep your body language in check and avoid any kind of aggressive reactions to anything.

Think about what you add to your CV: You should always carry a CV with you to the interview so the interviewers can have an overview of your skills and capabilities. If you mention that you are good at something, you might be asked to prove it. You should be able to answer anything that’s asked to you based on your CV. You might be asked for justifications based on what you put down on the strengths and weaknesses sections or questions related to your hobbies. 

Know your weaknesses: One of the most daunting questions that are asked in MBA interviews is ‘Tell me about your weaknesses’. It is often a deciding factor in interviews and you should be able to put an honest representation of your weaknesses to the interviewers. You should know what your weaknesses are and show the interviewers you know how you cope up with them and have been able to overcome them. We all have weaknesses, but being able to put them aside and using them as our strengths is a quality of great managers and that is something that B School panellists look for. 

Pull the interviewer towards your comfort zone: If you want to crack a B School interview you should know how to make the panellists play into your strengths. If you are able to have full control of the interview and make the interviewers ask the question that you can answer comfortably, then you will be able to sail through the interview with ease. All interviews have a logical flow that is followed and you need to be able to make the right moves so the interview plays out just the way you want it to. 

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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Restaurant Management courses in India

In today’s times, many people are taking vacations or are going out to dine with their families. This has created a need for restaurants. This need in turn has fuelled the need for restaurant management staff. Consequently, there are many colleges, which offer courses in Restaurant Management. Restaurant Management is a field of study that deals with managing a restaurant. It is considered a part of the hospitality sector. In keeping with the tremendous demand, various institutions today offer associate, bachelor, graduate,and post-graduate degree programs in restaurant management for those who are interested in the field.

 For more information on this, visit the link: 

Courses in Restaurant Management 
When selecting a course in restaurant management, it is necessary to know what a student is looking for. If he expects placement from the institute offering the course, then he should do the course from a reputed educational institution. However, if he is looking for education from the institute, then he should assess the type of content imparted through the course. A majority of students enrolling today  in restaurant management education, look for placement assistance from their respective institutes. Therefore, there is a tremendous need for branded institutions covering this course. Given below are some institutes, 

i. Chitkara University-Chitkara College of Hotel Management and Cateringoffers a 3-year BSc in Hotel Management and Catering technology. Students who have passed their HSC are eligible to apply for the same. It charges an academic fee of approximately Rs45, 000 for each semester along with hostel fees, miscellaneous fees and transport fees. For more information, students can go to their website  

Here students can check out all the information they require about fees, placement facilities, college infrastructure, etc. 

ii. Institute of Hotel and Restaurant Management, Goaoffers Masters, Bachelors, Diploma, Post Graduate and Certificate courses in restaurant management. While the Masters course goes on for 3 years on a full time basis, the Bachelors course is offered for 3 years full time basis. Other certificate and diploma courses each have one-yearduration. While the Masters and Post Graduate courses take in graduates from  recognized universities, the eligibility for Bachelors course is a 10+2 or equivalent from a reputed board or university. 

Also offered are certificate courses which take in students who have passed their 10+2 or equivalent from a recognized board. More information about placements, college infrastructure, teaching faculty, can be had by visiting the site or calling on the number 24568086. Students can also visit the site for more information.

iii. G.D. Goenka School of Hospitalityoffers Bachelor, Masters and Post Graduate programs in either restaurant management or culinary arts management. While the duration for the Bachelor program is 4 years, the Masters courses are taught for 2 years. Its Post Graduate diploma course is taught for a period of one year. Talking about eligibility, for the Masters course, students should have passed their 10+2 from CBSE or equivalent qualification apart from clearing the Goenka Aptitude Test for Admission and a personal interview. The Bachelors and Post Graduate courses take in graduates in any stream from any UGC approved university in addition to requiring students to qualify in the Goenka Aptitude Test for Admission and a personal interview. For more information, aspiring students can visit the link: 

which will lead you to the website of the institution, where you will obtain the contact numbers of the institute and you can clear all the doubts pertaining to admission criteria and placements, not to mention college infrastructure. 

This article has attempted to list down the prominent institutes offering courses in restaurant management, their eligibility criteria and fees. Wherever, more information is required, aspiring candidates can visit the websites of the respective institutions and seek more information. This article was a small attempt to impress upon the readers that restaurant management is the new field on the horizon, which is likely to grow rapidly. Just as we had a boom in the IT industry during the turn of the century, the next 5 years are devoted to a boom in the hospitality and tourism sector with an increasing number of people taking vacations. Restaurant management is a part of the hospitality and tourism industry

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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A financial planner is an individual who is a financial consultant  responsible for looking after the sales of financial products. Financial planners earn an income by helping people choose financial products. This also includes financial investments like insurance and other financial products. Apart from all this, they also do retirement planning, college funding, and estate planning and general investment analysis. You will find that more than half of the financial advisers work in banks, insurance companies or financial advisories. Invariably a license is not required for a financial planner, however, those who have a license sell stocks, bonds, mutual funds or insurance. These licenses are Series 6, 7 or 63. 

Where do Financial Advisors work?

More than half of the financial advisers work for finance and insurance companies including securities and commodity brokers, banks, insurance carriers and financial investment firms. However, it will also be seen that four out of 10 personal finance advisers will be self-employed and operating through small investment advisory firms, usually located in urban areas. As per the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment of certified financial analysts and personal finance advisers are slated to increase faster than the average by 27% or more for all occupations through 2014. 

This is a direct result of increased investment by businesses and individuals, with a rising number of self-directed retirement plans, which are usually located in urban areas. As per the recent Labor Statistics, the overall employment of financial analysts and personal finance advisors is expected to increase faster than the average by 27% or more for all the occupations through to 2014. 

Is a career in Financial Planning made for you?

It is always better for a financial planner to have a network. His network helps him develop his business Earning a substantial amount of compensation through commissions is possible only if he has the right connections and energy level to engage that network, Only your network will enable you to succeed in this tough career. 

  1. A Financial planner endeavors to obtain new business through referrals from satisfied clients who are an important source of new business. 
  2. These clients are responsible for helping the planner make his fortune. 
  3. A financial planner is responsible for identifying the personal and financial goals of their clients and the time of their investments or savings for planning their funds. 
  4. They evaluate the capacity and the financial strength of their clients for them to utilize their funds better. 
  5. They are responsible for studying the market potential, investment avenues, instruments of investments, the financial products available and they educate, suggest and advise their clients.
  6.  A career in financial planning is suitable for you only if you have the capacity to do all of the above. 

Future prospects of a Certified financial planner

At the outset let me make it clear that the career path of a financial advisor is not very easy. Initially, he starts his career with a wealth management firm, HNI, tax consultancy, insurance product distributors or pension funds, financial services firms, banks and financial institutions, etc. Later on after gaining adequate experience, he can be absorbed in middle level positions as a sales manager, wealth manager or relationship manager. On gaining more experience, he can further rise to the level of a functional head in a department managing investments. 

Even real estate trusts require a certified financial planner to manage their funds. Experienced financial planners can find satisfying careers in investment banking, financial consulting, financial analysis companies and insurance companies. Even knowledge processing firms require financial planners to work as data analysts, market researcher, client development analyst, derivatives analyst, equity research, research associate, etc. 

Thus, we have seen that the future of a certified financial analyst depends on his network, his business savvy and his selling skills. 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Interview with Big Data and Analytics Solutions Professional Amar Naik

With Social Media and advent of technology lot of data is being produced by individuals, lot of them leave traces of information in the browsers, facebook updates, blogs, Lot of data is flowing in print media and television media as well, This has lead to a new domain Big Data And Analytics which provide insights to organizations about what consumers are thinking about their product, where on the earth their business coan do more better  etc,   I am stopping her and handover to  Amar Naik who is working as a Data Analytics Manager with Mu-sigma.

Tell us about you in few lines ?

I am a Computer engineering graduate with an MBA from IIM lucknow. I presently work in Mu Sigma, which is a leading provider of Big Data and analytics solutions for Fortune 500 organizations

I am working as a delivery manager of a team at Mu-Sigma. I believe in managing but it is also important to have hands-on experience. Getting hands dirty by coding is what I like.  Solving different problems along with some of the best people in analytics industry is what I am enjoying these days.

About your profession in few lines job responsibilities, lifestyle, overview etc

This video at the link below should give you an idea about life at musigma

Career Prospectus of a Analytics Professional 

1. Career Growth  : 7 /10

2. Job Satisfaction  : 8/10

3. Challenge : 8/10

4. Stress and pressure: 8/10

5. Respect and Fame in society : 7/10

6. Family life : 7/10

Things you like about your profession ?

  1. Solving challenging problem for clients
  2. Good learning curve
  3. innovation culture that drives me
  4. helps me to be financially independent
  5. -Good growth curve

Things you dont like about your profession ?

I do not believe in cribbing. If I did not like my profession, I would have quit it by now :D

Working hours of a Analytics Manager ?

working day starts at 9.30am. The end time depends on satisfactory output that I manage to achieve with my team on any given day. do not worry. we all enjoy our life in and post work.

Are you engaged in job related work even after working hours

This is a need based situation. there are days when I do it.

work location & job availabilty for Analytics professionals  in different countries?

Analytics is a field in demand across the world.

please explain us typically, how a career graph of Analytics professional will be ?

Depends upon the company and your performance. In my present company we get good challenges and exposure which very few companies in the industry offer. If you are looking for challenging work in analytics space then do come to Mu Sigma. Average salary of Data Analyst is motivating.

skills or qualities required for this job skill set & personality traits

Willingness to work hard is important. Companies will not only assess your academic ability or aptitude but also your whole personality. Check this video on how Mu Sigma accesses a candidate

Your suggestion to aspirants who want to choose Data Analytics as a profession ?

what they need to sacrifice and what they get

1. Be clear on what you want.

2. You cannot get everything in life. It is important that you get a balance between reality and dream

3. Before you crib remember there are many people who fight for the same role or think about those people who are below you. Looking always above you will not give you peace. I feel it is important to strike a balance. Find a solution to your problem or quit

4.It is your life and there is only one. Take a decision and stand by it. Do not do something for which you will have to repent later or you feel I could have done this another way.

How to become a Data Analytics Manager?

For experienced people : bachelors or masters in engineering, business or economics or MBA are welcome. others if you feel you have the right knack for it they give a shot at the rigorous recruitment process. the open feedback process will teach you a lot even if you cannot wear a Mu-Sigma tag

Name 5 top Analytics Firms across the Globe ?

There are many analytics companies today. Besides most IT companies have also started their own analytics wing. based on your interest just search the companies before you apply/join them.

Contact Details

Email id:

Linked in:

Career teacher thanks Amar Naik for his valuable time and insightful informartion about the profession Data Analytics
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Monday, July 13, 2015

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Subhadip Mukherjee talks about Career in Web and IT Application Development

Subhadip Mukherjee is a Web Application Development manager  by profession and photographer by passion, he is going to explain us about this profession, how he manages to maintain work life balance , interview with him will help students understand what will their life will be like if he chooses to take up Web Application development as a profession.

Tell us about you in few lines ?

School was a mixed bag of emotions for me since my father had a transferable job so we shifted from one place to another. I have studied in around five different schools. Did my graduation from Calcutta University and my Masters in Computer Application from Manipal University.

I was introduced to the world of computers in 1989 and since then I knew that its got to be my friend for life. 1995 when Internet first came to India I was lucky enough to have an Internet connection in my home at my disposal and a world of opportunities opened up. I love the web and web designing to be specific. By 1999 I was developing websites for various clients and at that time there were very few with this knowledge. 

Unfortunately there was this great dot com bubble burst and everything web fell apart. Not too many companies were investing in web portal but I decided to stick on since I was more or less convinced that web would be the future sooner or later.

In 2005 I joined Apeejay Oxford Bookstore as their Web Designer. This company basically is into retailing of Books, CD/DVD and Stationery products. Oxford Bookstore also has an online division which mainly takes care of its e retailing part.

How did you become a Web Application Developer ?

Right after finishing my education in 2004 I joined an IT company but my stint over there did not last much longer but then I was lucky enough to join Oxford Bookstore as the Web Designer. Oxford Bookstore started their e business quite early in 2001 and somehow hang on despite the market scenario. By 2005 - 2006 web was back in business and several small e-retailers started its business in India. Slowly the Indian population started shopping online and thus started a new revolution of e business in India.

By 2008 my organization decided to migrate its ERP from a custom developed application to a much sophisticated SAP IS Retail since it understood that in order to expand it needs its foundation right. It was during this time that my company asked me to play a key role in ERP migration, thus a new chapter in my life started as a Project Management specialist.

Post migration my responsibility shifted to maintenance and management of the ERP on a day to day basis. Another vital responsibility would be to maintain the MDM (Master Data Management) in SAP which is a critical aspect of maintaining a clean high performing ERP.

I like to maintain a good balance between work and family. To do this I usually plan my work for the day in the morning and usually I come to office and hour earlier than the rest so that I get a head start. Usually I avoid taking work home but for very critical work which requires urgent attention I finish them up by staying a bit late which is better than coming home and getting back to your laptop.

Overall book retailing is a nice environment where you can enjoy being among knowledge and still can maintain a sane lifestyle.

Advantages of being a Web Application Developer?

1) Challenge to explore new avenues to make day to day process easier and simplified.

2) You can contribute to cross verticals and your contribution to each department will be well acknowledged

3) People love books and I have not met anyone till date who do not like them, so its good to be in a profession where you get respect from every quarter.

4) It has a huge potential and you can make it happen so the better I perform the better my organization performs thus indirectly it make my growth better

Cons of being a Web Application Developer?

Brick and Mortar retail is facing a stiff competition for E Retail companies so change is the need of the hour for its survival into the next decade. Thus the entire business is going through a sea change and you need to adopt fast.

working hours of Web Application Developer?

Mon - Fri = 9.30 AM - 06.00 PM
Sat = 9.30 AM - 01.00 PM
Sundays = Holiday

However if you are working at the store you will have shift work.

Do Web Application Developer work even after working hours 

After office I usually devote to increase my own knowledge. Usually I read about some new technologies or pen down my Blog. I love photography so during the weekends its usually a shoot with my friends.

Work location & job availability in different countries for a web Application Developer

Metro Cities in India, good opportunities in Europe and America (N).

please explain us typically, how a career graph of a Web Application Developer will be 
( 2yrs,5yrs,10 yrs, 20 yrs and 30 yrs) in terms of designation and pay 

Average 13.5 % salary hike every year since 2004

2005 - Web Designer
2007 - Senior Web Developer
2010 - Assistant Manager Web and IT Application
2014 - Same designation but reporting directly to group CTO

Skills or qualities required to become Web Application Develpoer?

People Management, ITIL, MCA, Process Management, ERP Management, Eager to learn and implement etc.

your suggestion to aspirants what they need to sacrifice and what they get ?

Sacrifice your short term goals and get a long term future with a solid foundation

how to become Web Application Developer?

Retail Experience, E Business Experience and certification in Retail Management can help.

Name 5 top companies in your profession 

  1. Crossword
  2. Landmark
  3. Starmark
  4. Amazon
  5. Barnes and Noble

Subhadip can be contacted at 

email id :


Career Teacher thanks Subhadip Mukherjee for contributing his valuable time and wisdom, If you are also passionate about your profession please tell us about your profession and Be a Role Model 

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Friday, July 3, 2015

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Quanity Surveyor as a Career in India

In my earlier article, I have discussed the employment prospects for civil engineers. You can access this article by visiting the link:

In this article, I am covering all aspects of taking up Quantity Surveyor as a career. The first step to becoming a successful quantity surveyor is to understand the role a quantity surveyor plays in construction projects. By definition, “A quantity surveyor is a professional who manages all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, right from the initial material quantity calculations to the final cost figures on a project. Surveyors seek to minimize the costs of a project and enhance the value for money delivered by a project, while at the same time maintaining the standards of quality.”

Career as a quantity surveyor
As a quantity surveyor, you will be required to work on:
  • Housing and industrial sites
  • Retail and commercial developments
  • Roads, railway and waterways
On most of these projects, your role would entail:
  • Carrying out feasibility studies to estimate materials, time and labor costs
  • Negotiating and drawing up bids for tenders and contracts
  • Monitoring each stage of construction to make sure that costs are in line with the forecasts
  • Providing financial progress reports to clients
  • Advising clients on legal and contractual matters
  • Acting on clients behalf to resolve disputes
  • Assessing the financial costs of new environmental guidelines, such as using sustainable timber
In doing all these duties, you will be using sophisticated software to make your task easy. In addition, you will be keeping records, preparing work schedules and writing reports. You will also be involved in managing costs of maintenance and renovation, once the buildings are occupied.

The paying prospects
In India, an entry-level quantity surveyor, who is fresh out of college starts at a salary of INR 25,000 per month, in a reputed company, which follows good HR practices. As he grows in his field, his remuneration is increased to INR 4.2 lakh per annum. Slowly and gradually, as he grows further, his cost to company reaches INR 6.0 lakh per annum. Although, the value of a chartered quantity surveyor has still not sunk in the minds of the people in the construction field in India, an entry level chartered quantity surveyor can demand hourly pay as he is an RICS certified chartered quantity surveyor. 

However, here it is necessary to mention that the above figures of remuneration will vary depending upon the region in which the professional is working, the type of project, the type of company, his experience and qualifications and the level of commitment he has to give in his job. The level of commitment required by a private QS practice is comparatively less than that demanded by a private contractor.

The lifestyle of a quantity surveyor
Worldwide, the working hours of a quantity surveyor working for a private QS practice are from Monday to Friday, from morning 9:00 a m until 6:00 p m in the evening. At crunch times, you may be required to work over-time and in some cases, you are paid for it. In India, however, since this field is not that well developed, you will have to work from Monday to Saturday, like in other civil engineering jobs, with one weekly off on Sunday. The job profile of a quantity surveyor working for such an organization involves office work and visiting sites On the other hand, if you are working for a private contractor, you will be posted at site and will be required to work from Monday to Saturday and at crunch times, even on Sundays. 

The demands on a contractor’s quantity surveyor are more as compared to that of someone working for a private QS practice. If you wish to lead a balanced life and would like to work in an independent capacity in future, you can take up a job with private QS. However, if money is your prime goal, then you can pick up a job with a big contracting company.

The growth of a quantity surveyor
A quantity surveyor can work for a private QS practice, who works in an office and advises different clients on project costs along with constructing bill of quantities for different contractors on different projects. This quantity surveyor has a good working relationship with various architects and clients themselves. He is known as a Cost Consultant

 On the other hand, a quantity surveyor working with a contractor works for the same contractor on the different projects that he is carrying out. He carries out estimation, produces bill of quantity, does budgeting, costing, material quantity calculation, tendering, attends negotiation meetings, prepares and submits quotations. This is pre-contract quantity survey

Once the project is awarded, he carries out the calculation of the quantity of the actual work done at site, gets the statement of the same approved from the client or the project consultant and follows up for payment. He also manages the sub-contractors that are working for the main contractor. This activity is called as billing and contract administration or post contract quantity survey

With a private QS practice, you will start as a junior quantity surveyor. Slowly and gradually, as you work for them, you will be promoted to the position of senior quantity surveyor and then to lead quantity surveyor. You can then become an independent chartered quantity surveyor. To work as a chartered quantity surveyor, you will have to obtain a qualification from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

On the other hand, with the contractor, you will start your career as a junior quantity surveyor, graduate to senior quantity surveyor; grow to assistant manager, quantity survey and finally manager quantity survey. You may then grow to become senior manager quantity survey and then head quantity survey. As a chartered quantity surveyor, you can provide your services independently to your clients. This will give you independence, improve your lifestyle, free you from working for a boss, help you fulfill all your goals, whether professional or personal.

Job prospects for a quantity surveyor
A number of jobs are available in India for the position of quantity surveyor on various websites like,,,, etc. You can also try for overseas jobs on websites like,, etc. You can also apply for part time jobs as a quantity surveyor. The website of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors,, also provides job opportunities for quantity surveyors through their website. Although, the immediate prospects for an independent cost consultant are not very bright, this is a promising career for future civil engineers who are good number crunchers. On the other hand, a quantity surveyor working for a private contractor can obtain opportunities with other contracting companies who are always looking for good people.

About the Author - Harish B Desai

 I am a graduate civil engineer of 15 years and a freelance writer of 5 years. My aim of becoming a freelance writer was to communicate to my audience and I feel that is happening through my above article. I wanted to display my experience to the world and answer my detractors. Through this article, I wish to answer all those who have criticized me and belittled me. I hope this article is able to do that.  

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