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Networking for Career Success

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Imagine this – You are on a look out for job change. You are searching for some good openings in leading news papers and job portals. Not a single job that matches your requirement and your qualifications. On the other hand you happen to meet an old friend who has recently got a good job from a company in which you were seeking an opportunity. Your dream company to work for! And you start wondering from where did he have this opportunity? It was not posted in any news paper nor any job portal and your recruitment consultant is absolutely have no idea about this company is in need of such position. But the job position did exist and it is filled. With a dismay in heart but a fake smile on your face you congratulate your friend and casually ask- From where did you got to know about this opportunity? The answer your friend gives- Through Networking!

This is the power of networking in this 21st century for career success. Networking has become important for your professional career success, whether you admit or not. So if you are not a good networker chances are that you will lag behind.

Why is networking important for your professional career success

Just have a look at these Google search results – “Importance of networking in career” 2670 results, “Importance of networking in career development” 479 results, “Importance of networking in job search” 10,500 results, “Networking for Career Success” 2,22,000 results.. Did you notice these results are in”…… “i.e. exact words matching results. Sounds interesting? Get started, start building your network.

Networking is the single most powerful marketing tactic to accelerate and sustain success for any individual or organization! – Adam Small

Ask any senior executive, politician or successful salesperson which single skill or habit helped them excel in their career – an overwhelming majority will respond with one simple word… Networking. In a nutshell Networking is important in all career fields and at all professional levels.

So what is Networking?

Networking is about making connections with people. These people could be from school, a part-time job, a friend of a family member, or somebody you met at a careers event.  Networking is not just about people who you have met face to face. Online social networking is also an important option to explore. There are Facebook groups for various professions and LinkedIn, so you can start to build up your network in a number of ways relatively quickly. 3 Easy Ways to Strengthen Your LinkedIn Network

Once you have made these contacts it can be difficult to know how they could help you and what you should be asking them! This will probably depend on what stage of your job search you are at.

If you are deciding what sort of career area might be right for you try the following sorts of questions?

  • What made you choose this career?
  • What is the biggest reward you get from your job?
  • What is the main reason people leave the job?
  • Can you describe some actual examples of the sort of activities that your job involves?
  • What is a typical day at work like for you?

If you are job hunting you could ask:

  • What background experience is useful and how do people typically obtain it?
  • Are there any particular types of experience or any courses that would be helpful to get into this area?
  • Where and how are vacancies advertised?
  • How did you get into this job?
  • How competitive is the job market?

If you are making applications or preparing for interviews the following questions could give you information to help you impress employers and show that you really understand the role and the industry you are applying to:

  • What are the most important current issues in this sector?
  • Looking at the next 5 years, what do you think the main challenges facing the industry will be?
  • Who are your major competitors?
  • What would you look for on someone’s CV?
  • What advice would you give to someone in my position?

You may decide that you know your contact well enough that it is appropriate to ask for favours. Make sure you consider this option carefully, as you don’t want to risk causing offence and risk losing a potentially helpful person in your network.

  • Are there any opportunities for work shadowing / voluntary work with you?
  • Would it be possible to let me know if anything comes up which might be suitable for me?
  • Who else do you think it would be good for me to talk to?

With this new knowledge which you have learned and acquired the skills of networking, you have taken the first step for your professional career success. I am sure in coming months you will also get the dream job and some other friend of yours will start wondering from where did he have this opportunity? Do tell him about your new acquired skills of Networking. Let’s spread networking!


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How to change career after 30?

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Here are some tips on how to change career after 30:
Ask the all-important question

If you’re unhappy in your career, then you’ve likely toyed with the idea of starting over. But maybe your fears of the unknown are holding you back. That’s a perfectly natural and positive reaction. Anyone who jumps headfirst into a new career without a bit of fear isn’t being smart.

The way to push past this fear in the beginning is to ask this all-important question: “Will I regret not going for it?” Will you look back on your life in five, ten, or twenty years and think, “If only I’d taken the initiative to start over when I was (fill in the age)”?

You have plenty of time to start over now and build a new career. Don’t live with regrets. You have to try in order to find out if you can succeed.


Determine your life priorities

If your life was relegated to five main priorities, what would they be? For me, they are:

  1. Good relationships with family and friends;
  2. Meaningful work that pays a livable income;
  3. A comfortable, safe place to live in an interesting community;
  4. Time and enough money for fun, some travel, and relaxation;
  5. Living authentically and without pretense or the need to please others.

I prioritize these 5 things over expensive material things like cars, furnishings, jewelry, etc.

And I prioritize them over trying to impress others, having a powerful prestigious job, or making a huge income at the expense of my inner peace or happiness.

That is where I am in life, but YOU must determine what is most important for you. Starting over in a career may involve some initial sacrifices, so you must decide what you can and can’t live with.

Have a sound financial plan

  • Do you have an emergency fund?
  • Do you have a chunk of money put aside for retirement and savings?
  • Do you have equity in your home?
  • Could you afford to take a salary cut if necessary or take some time off to go back to school, build a business, or look for a new job?
  • Would you be willing to downsize your home if necessary in order to have a new career?
  • Do you still have college or other expenses for your kids?
  • Is there a way for you to work part-time or take a side gig?
  • Could your spouse go back to work?

All of these questions help you prepare for the financial realities of changing careers. Once you are 30 or beyond, you’ve likely built a life that is financially and personally complicated. It will cause short-term discomfort to arrange your life and finances to prepare for a career change if it means truly starting over.

Even if you change careers to an industry where your skills and experience make the transition smooth and less risky, it’s always smart to be prepared financially and have a back-up plan.

If you’ve prioritized meaningful, passionate work as one of your top life priorities, and you don’t want to live with the regret of never trying to make a change, then the relative short amount of time it takes to prepare your finances and save money will be well worth it in the long run. It might take a few years to do this, but you’ll have a lifetime to enjoy a career you love.

Analyze your current career

Spend some time thinking about the career you have now that you want to change. Make a list of “things I hate about my career” and “things I love about my career.” The hate list will be longer, but there must be a few things you want to carry over to a new career.

Be crystal clear on what you want to take with you and what you want to leave behind. This is valuable information as you work toward a new career.

Also, be sure it’s the career itself that’s causing the dissatisfaction — not the work environment, the people you work with, your particular job within the career, or the particular organization. Taking a career assessment will help you clarify this if you haven’t done so already.

Entrepreneur or employee?

If you’re going to make a change, this is a good time to decide whether you want to work for yourself or for an organization. If you know you’re more comfortable in a secure and predictable environment, then working for an organization is likely the best choice for you.

If you long to make your own decisions, have flexibility, don’t mind taking personal responsibility for your success, and are willing to live with a certain amount of uncertainty, then you might love being an entrepreneur.

If you aren’t sure whether or not you want to be an entrepreneur, check out this assessment to help you.

Seek out your passion

Before you launch into a new career, be sure it’s something you’re going to love to do day in and day out. You don’t want to switch careers only to be in the same dead-end kind of job you have now. Spend time learning about yourself, what skills you find deeply satisfying and fun, and what you’re naturally wired to enjoy.

Before you even think about the financial potential or what it might take to get a job in a particular field, find the thing you love. The energy and enthusiasm of finding your passion will propel you to find a way to make it happen.

If you need support and guidance in finding your passion, check out my Passion which leads you through all of the steps of learning more about yourself, your aptitudes, your inner roadblocks, and the steps you need to take to actualize your passion in a career.


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Mistakes Done in GD and Personal Interview

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1. Emotional outbursts:
This is the biggest mistakes done by students during Group Discussion. Sometimes topic is close to their heart and hence they sway from the topic. They usually get emotional while discussing such topics and thus, tend to forget for a while that they are being evaluated. They aggravate other members on purpose, once they find out what a person is particularly touchy about. This is one of the common mistakes done in group discussion and personal interview.


2. Talking endlessly:
In some cases students enter the room determined to talk non-stop without considering what they are saying. Other candidates do not get a chance. But they end up forming a negative impression upon the panelists and sometimes the rest of the group. Moreover, unless you make a meaningful contribution to the Group Discussion, the panelists know that you are speaking just for the sake of it. You cannot prioritize quantity over quality.

3. Insecurities:
Sometimes student show that they have a good knowledge about topic and they underestimate other students. Hence ensure that you are not among those students who get plagued with their own insecurities and consequently do not give themselves a fair shot. Students usually complain that the other participants were too good and they could not even think of competing with them. Have some faith in your capabilities and do not let such thoughts keep you down.

4. Language:
Many students participate in GD and PI without working on their language, accent, grammar and communication skills. Sometimes even if students study hard, they are not able to talk properly which makes it impossible for them to communicate the knowledge they have. Students lacking communication skills are nervous in their GD and PI rounds. To make a valuable and meaningful contribution you need to work on your communication skills.

5. Quantity vs Quantity:
Assessment is not only on your communication skills but also on your ability to be a team player. Evaluation is based on quality, and not on quantity. Your contribution must be relevant.

Avoid all these common mistakes in group discussion and personal interview.

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Common Mistakes Done During Exam

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1. Spotting Questions:

It is a general tendency of the students to spot questions from previous years’ question papers. But this is a malpractice. The students are actually supposed to spot the important topics. Their learning should be topic oriented and not question oriented. This is one of the most common mistakes done during exams.


2. Cramming Too Much Information Into Memory:

Our brains can often only retain 10% to 20% of the information that we read. So, instead of trying to memorize, you should concentrate on understanding what is written in those pages. You should be able to explain them in your own words!

3. Panicking Before Or During A Paper:

If you experience anxiety and panic, you can never give your best. One of the worst things that you can do before and during a test or exam is to lose confidence. Once you panic, your mind is in frenzy and your performance will not be up to the mark.

4. Arriving Late For A Paper:

Latecomers may sometimes be barred from sitting for the paper. Even if you do get to sit for the paper, much precious time would have been lost. On top of that, your mind would still be reeling from the rush.

5. Failing To Scan Through The Questions Once:

Always scan through a paper before you begin writing. Give yourself about 2 to 5 minutes to read through all the questions. Check every page of the paper to make sure that you do not miss any question.

6. Failing To Allocate Time For Each Question:

Some questions deserve more time than others. Always devote your time to each question based on the marks allocated to it. A question carrying 10 marks should be given more time than a question carrying 3 marks. And remember to bring along a watch or clock to time yourself.

7. Starting With The Most Difficult Question:

Always start with the easy questions. It makes you feel good about the paper and boosts your confidence. Attempting a tough question is a bad start to a paper. Your mind gets stumbled at the very beginning of the paper. You rack your brains trying to come out with the answers for that agonizing question. You begin to feel exasperated. Your mind loses its calm.

8. Jumping Straight Into Answering A Question Without Proper Planning:

Proper planning ensures that you have considered all the major aspects of the question before you start to write your answer. It would save you much time later when you write the answer. A carefully planned answer would also get more marks than an unplanned or poorly planned answer.

9. Misinterpreting A Question:

Misinterpreting a question can cost you dearly in a test or exam. This is especially if the question is worth 10 or 20 marks out of 100. You would be spending precious time producing an incorrect answer. The only way to avoid mistake i.e. of misinterpreting question is to read through the question at least twice.

10. Producing An Incoherent Answer:

One of the worst things you can do to put off the teacher or examiner marking your paper is to write incoherently. That is, your thoughts and ideas are badly expressed and very difficult for the marker to understand. In short, your writing does not make sense.
The only way to make sure that you do not write incoherently in a test or exam paper is to practice writing answers more often.

11. Not Sure How To Start Or End An Essay:

How much more time are you going to waste trying to figure out a superb start to your answer? Just get to the point! Remember this is a test (or exam) paper! Time is precious!
While having a good writing style is important, the emphasis here is about the flow of your ideas.
As long as your last paragraph ends your essay nicely, it would not be a problem.

12. Writing Illegibly:

Illegible handwriting is a common mistake done during exam and is a cause of low test and exam scores for many students. Terrible handwriting makes reading extremely tough and slow for the marker. It can even put off the marker. Some markers give up beyond a certain point and skip parts of the writing. This means that your answers may not be completely read and graded accordingly. You lose precious marks.

13. Failing To Check Your Answers:

Always strive to complete a paper at least 10 to 15 minutes ahead of time. Then make use of this spare time to check through your paper at least twice. You may be pleasantly surprised that you can spot an error or two in your answers, and that you have the time needed to make the required corrections. In this way you can learn to avoid last minute mistakes made by you.

14. Failing To Bring Along Required Stationery Or Items:

List down all the required stationary and items that you will need for all your papers. On the day of a paper, look through this list and get the required stationary and items ready before you leave your house. Where possible, bring along at least two of each item and stationary you need, in case the first one malfunctions suddenly.

15. Forgetting To Write Down Your Names And Other Personal Particulars:

Make sure that you write down your name and other personal details in every page of your answer script. Do check that everything is in order before you submit your paper is the last but not the least common mistakes done during exam. So try to avoid it.

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Chemistry Study Tips

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You must be willing to accept the academic challenge of learning chemistry. So here we provide you 7 important Chemistry Study Tips :


  1. First chemistry study tips is to study very carefully as it contains chemical reactions, formulas etc. which is very difficult to remember and recall. It needs to be practiced everyday. So remember that you may require more time to study chemistry but don’t study it in hurry. For example, it may take you 50 minutes to master 5 pages of chemistry textbook.
  2. To improve your concentration, break up your assignments into smaller tasks. For example, most students concentrate better when they read 5 pages in one sitting versus 20 pages.
  3. Read actively, think and understand everything that you study. For better understanding, you should also summarize and note key ideas in the margins of your text.
  4. When you read and make notes on your textbook, ALWAYS summarize and explain the formulas because these are as important as the words in the text.
  5. As you read and study, identify what you know and what you don’t know. Keep a list of questions so you can seek the answers.
  6. To prepare for the exam, take time to solve a SIGNIFICANT number of problems. The more problems you solve, the better you will perform in the exam. That means you should solve more than two problems for each equation or formula. Your textbook has many problems and sample problems are also available in the test papers.
  7. As you work on problems make sure you are able to answer this question: WHAT KIND OF PROBLEM IS THIS? WHY? One way to test yourself is to check if you can identify and solve a variety of problems of Chemistry. You will come to know where you lack in the Chemistry Subject. You can take help of the above chemistry study tips to learn chemistry and achieve your goal.

If you work hard and utilize all of your resources, Chemistry will be a pleasant experience for you! ! !

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What to do after Graduation in Commerce

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What to do after Graduation in Commerce?

Are you a recent commerce graduate or in the final year of your graduation and wondering what to do after Graduation?  I think most of the B.Com student faces this common question. GraduationWhat they do not understand that the degree has prepared them for any career in management, banking, financial management, accounting and IT. They can also work as accountants in government or in private sector. The degree has given them a good understanding of the economy and the business.  They have learned how a business operates.

There are lot many short term course to 2 years post graduate degrees, which you can take from a range of management, accounting, marketing, finance and banking.

To name few here is the list -

  • Certified Bank Manager Programme
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Certified Financial Planners
  • Certified Financial Planning
  • CRISIL Certified Analyst Programme (CCAP)
  • Diploma in Banking & Services (DBFS) -2 Terms
  • Diploma in Commodities Market (DICM)
  • Executive Education Programme in Operations Management
  • Executive MBA
  • Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP)
  • Executive Program in Applied Finance – IIM Calcutta
  • IIBF-IFMR – Certificate Course in Project Finance
  • International Programme in Management for Executives
  • Master in Management Studies (MMS)
  • Master in Retail Management
  • Master of Business Administartion (MBA)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)- Banking & Finance
  • Master of Business Administration(MBA)
  • Master of Business Administration-Management of Services (Full Time)
  • Master of Business Adminstration (Full Time)
  • Master of Commerce (M. Com.) in Business Management
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How can I Improve My Graphic Design Skills

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A graphic designer is responsible for creating design solutions that have a high visual impact. The role involves listening to clients and understanding their needs before making design decisions.

Their designs are required for a huge variety of products and activities, such as websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity, i.e. giving organisations a visual ‘brand’.

How can I Improve My Graphic Design Skills as a Beginner? Look at the infographics below,


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