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Telecom Jobs poised to grow

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Kalyan Sagar Nippani, chief general manager, National Academy of Telecom Finance and Management (NATFM), BSNL,  on emerging trends in the telecom sector. The industry supports more than 10 million people directly or indirectly. This figure is estimated to triple in the coming decade.

Telecom Jobs poised to grow

Telecom Jobs poised to grow

India is the second largest wireless network in the world, with a teledensity of 77%. Currently, there are over 900 million mobile subscribers. Of the many new technologies in the telecom arena, 4GLTE (long-term evolution) represents the present and the future.

The expected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) is around 20% in the coming few years. The FDI in telecom sector was US$12,889 million between April 2000 and December 2013.

The mobile advertising market itself is estimated to reach Rs 3,000 crore by 2016. The mobile gaming market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 24% and reach an estimated Rs 18 billion. India is at the threshold of a broadband data boom with the evolution of broadband mobile data based on 4GLTE technology.

The telecom sector is a huge employer of engineers with graduate and postgraduate qualifications. Career opportunities are plenty in areas including network deployment and management, operations and maintenance and network optimisation.

The industry supports more than 10 million people directly or indirectly. This figure is estimated to triple in the coming decade with a substantial chunk of opportunities in the areas of sales, marketing, finance, customer service and support.

Employers in this industry expect students to be `industry ready’ when they are recruited. On the technical side, proficiency is expected in the application of their knowledge.

In marketing and customer service, what is expected is a thorough knowledge of customer needs and the ability to match those needs.

There is an increasing emphasis on soft skills and interpersonal excellence even from those with knowledge in core technology backgrounds.

In a highly volatile and competitive telecom sector which is constantly changing, the employers do not have the inclination, resources and time to recruit a student and then impart training.

There is undeniably a perceptible gap between the practical and real-time needs of the industry. There is a lacuna in practical inputs that are required in the telecom network and its overall management. There is thus a gap between knowledge and skill sets on the one hand and industry expectations on the other.

Source: The Times of India

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Top design companies in India to work for Part II

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Top design companies in India to work for Part II

In my yesterdays post  I had mentioned about the 12 different areas in Design.  Here is a recap of the 12 areas, they are -

  1. Architecture Companies
  2. Broadcast Design Companies
  3. Communication Design Companies
  4. Engineering Design Companies
  5. Game Design Companies
  6. Graphic Design Companies
  7. Industrial Design Companies
  8. Interaction Design Companies
  9. Interior Design Companies
  10. Logo & Branding Design Consultancies
  11. Package Design Companies
  12. Web Design Companies

Today we will look at some more areas

Broadcast Design Companies

Top design companies in India to work for-Broadcast Design

A broadcast designer is a person involved with creating graphic designs and electronic media incorporated in television productions that are used by character generator (CG) operators.

Source: http://www.wikipedia.org/

Dynamite

Dynamite is a full-service broadcast design and branding agency based out of Bombay. We help channels brand themselves, their shows, and related properties.

We provide comprehensive turnkey solutions for:

  • Channel packaging
  • Show packaging
  • Off-air design
  • Brand + identity development
  • Promo and ident production
  • Animated and live-action shoots

 Renderon

From new network branding graphics packages to complete brand overhauls, advertising, brand consultation to local affiliate and syndicated broadcast & webcast designs. Renderon is your one-stop shop to invent or re-invigorate your brand with our world class total branding solutions.

Founded in 2002 our studio started with the idea of building a creative agency that would serve our clients with stunning design and brand strategies. Our work captures emotion through engaging visuals and world-class design. Our creative team uses its diverse background in broadcast media to produce unique imagery and ideas to deliver strong creative messages and clear branding solutions.

Communication Design Companies

Top design companies in India to work for-Communication Design

Communication design is the practice of planning and shaping a message in content, form and delivery. Communication designers craft effective and expressive ways to share ideas with others, using an approach focusing on both problem-solving and persuasion.

Communication design is a both a broad term and field. It potentially encompasses a number of design practices, including information design, information architecture, advertising and marketing. Communication design is about message and effect; it focuses on touching people through transmission of ideas. Therefore communication design comes with a responsibility to compassionately understand the recipient’s existing perceptions and systems of beliefs, while designing solutions that fulfill the sender’s goals in sharing his/her ideas.

Source: Luminant Design

I-FIZZ

We’re an Integrated Marketing Communications consultancy operated by communication experts and designers who bring historically proven communication principles, the highest quality production values, and a fresh perspective to every project.

VIAMEDIA

We believe that Design is an approach to addressing needs for businesses, adding value to products, environments & services. We help organizations stand out and succeed. We work across diverse clientele from small start-ups to large organizations.

Identix Design Co.

identiX Design Co. provides design and consulting services in corporate identity, promotional literature, exhibition, branding, advertising, web media and production. We work together with the corporate, industrial and arts sectors to produce a variety of striking communication materials.

Engineering Design Companies

Top design companies in India to work for-Engineering Design

Definitions of Engineering Design on the Web:

  • The systematic and creative application of scientific and mathematical principles to practical ends such as the design, manufacture, and operation of efficient and economical structures, machines, processes, and systems.
    www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/scitech/2001/resources/glossary.html
  • Engineering Design is the creative, iterative and often open-ended process of conceiving and developing components, systems and processes. Design requires the integration of engineering, basic and mathematical sciences. A designer works under constraints, taking into account economic, health and safety, social and environmental factors, codes of practice and applicable laws.
    www.ee.wits.ac.za/~ecsa/gen/g-04.htm

VIDVUS

VIDVUS provides design & engineering solutions aimed at giving you the competitive edge in the market place by differentiating your products at a lower cost and a shorter time to market. Our innovative but pragmatic approach to product development ensures ideas don’t remain just ideas but are transformed to reality.

Our focus and expertise is in providing product development solutions to the discrete & process manufacturing, architecture and construction sectors. Our team consists of experienced engineers and consultants with specialized knowledge and experience to provide innovative and optimal solutions.

 Note: The list of companies in not full-fledged and comprehensive. Readers are advised to do more research if they are looking for more information or job opportunities. I am sure that there are other companies who are providing such kind of services and doing well. In no way we at carrerfutura.com endorse any of these companies, in what so ever nature, mentioned in this article.

Source: http://www.dexigner.com/directory/loc/India/Firms.html

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Top design companies in India to work for

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Working in the Creative Industries is appealing so many young and talented people. Would you like to know more about what are the different designs Industries look like? Find out more about the different designs Industries and companies in India to work for.

Top design companies in India to work for Part I

Top design companies in India to work for

Broadly speaking we can categories these companies in 12 different areas.  Do take a note that I have categorized them alphabetically and not the best area or most in demand area to work for. They are as under -

  1. Architecture Companies
  2. Broadcast Design Companies
  3. Communication Design Companies
  4. Engineering Design Companies
  5. Game Design Companies
  6. Graphic Design Companies
  7. Industrial Design Companies
  8. Interaction Design Companies
  9. Interior Design Companies
  10. Logo & Branding Design Consultancies
  11. Package Design Companies
  12. Web Design Companies

Today we will look at the first area Architecture

Top design companies in India to work for- Architecture Companies

Architecture Companies -  Architectural companies play a significant role in the development of urban infrastructure and renovations. These companies have architects that consult on and design for the construction of buildings, bridges, railway stations, parks, apartment complexes, malls and other structures. Here are the top 10 architect companies in India:

Architect Hafeez Contractor

Recognized as one of the top architects in India, Hafeez Contractor has made a global name for himself and his company, which he has named after himself. Started in 1983, the company has designed some of the most impressive and award winning structures in India including Mumbai’s Hyatt Regency, Infosys buildings in Pune, Mysore and others, and the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in Pilani.

C.P. Kukreja Associates

Based in Delhi, C.P. Kukreja is one of the top architect companies in India. It is involved in consulting in the areas like town planning, urban building and landscape design, and quantity surveying. The company has won several national and international awards for its architectural designs.

Oscar & Ponni Architects

Chennai based Oscar & Ponni Architects, also known as Oscar Concessao International, is one of the world renowned architect firms in India. It was established in 1996 by the husband-wife duo Oscar and Ponni Concessao. Its portfolio includes several award winning structures and green buildings.

Kembhavi Architecture Foundation

Founded in 1972, Kembhavi is a renowned architecture firm in India, specializing in environment friendly constructions. It offers a range of services including structural engineering, architectural designing, infrastructure project management and interior designing.

Shilpa Architects

Founded in 1979, Shilpa Architects is a multinational architectural company in India with offices in Seoul, Chicago, New York and Chennai. This award winning firm specializes in environmentally sustainable structural designs. Its portfolio has structures like the Reserve Bank of India, Paranur Railway Station and Radisson Hotels.

Talati & Panthaky Associated

TPA, established in 1975, is one of the oldest architectural companies in India. Its services include architecture designing, construction supervision, urban planning and interior designing. Over the years the company has won several awards for its designs. Its previous projects include Jindal Mansion, Palais Royale, and Birla Group Corporate Building.

Christopher Charles Benninger Architects

CCBA is a famous architect company in India, well known for designing the Tsechu National Ceremonial Plaza in Thimpu, Bhutan. Its other projects include the Ashoka Universal School in Nasik, India House in Pune and the Institute of Social Sciences in Delhi. The company is headed by world renowned architect, Professor Benninger.

Manchanda Associates

Founded in 1993, Manchanda Associates is an architectural consulting firm that specializes in urban, health care and environmental construction planning and design. The company has experience in designing hospitals, industrial buildings, corporate offices, and housing complexes.

N.M. Roof Designers Ltd. 

N.M. Roof Designers is a famous architect company in India. It deals with consulting and designing infrastructural projects like bridges, factories, apartment complexes, malls and other buildings. The company was established in 1986 and has since done remarkable work in the structural and construction designing fields.

Architecture Brio

Architecture Brio is among the top architectural companies in India, well known for its elaborate yet green designs. Some of its well known works include the Biodiversity Training Institute in Sikkim, Dunhill Beach Cottage in Goa and Lighthouse Village in Sri Lanka. The company is based in Mumbai.

In my coming posts I will share information about the rest of the categories, till then happy reading.

Note: The list of companies in not full-fledged and comprehensive. Readers are advised to do more research if they are looking for more information or job opportunities. I am sure that there are other companies who are providing such kind of services and doing well. In no way we at carrerfutura.com endorse any of these companies, in what so ever nature, mentioned in this article.

Source: http://www.bestindiansites.com/top-companies/architech/

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Why Women Should Have Career Mentors

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Why Women Should Have Career Mentors? 

Before that we will have a look at Who is Mentor and what do Mentors do? 

No matter what we do in life, there are many times we need some help and support from someone we respect. A mentor is someone who provides help and advice to a less experienced person. Mentors can be male and female, older and younger. Mentors have real world experience; they can provide you with useful knowledge and insights.

 

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Here is a nice article from forbes.com which I would like to share for all Career-minded women.

You can learn from their vast experience: I once worked for a very large, global company that was very male-dominated. One of my mentor’s was a woman several levels above me whom I greatly admired. She helped me learn and then navigate through the layers of company politics so I could gain more support for my projects, prove myself, and then be considered for larger and more difficult jobs. Navigating the political labyrinth at work would have been almost impossible to accomplish without the help of my mentor.

Why Women Should Have Career Mentors

They will help you define your career goals: As a career coach and mentor/trainer to more than 1,700 women over my 20+ year career, I’ve found women are much more successful when they have a mentor to help them define their career goals and objectives. If you don’t know where you want to go, how will you determine how to get their? A mentor will help you put a clear plan in place to ensure you achieve your career aspirations efficiently and quickly. As one happy mentee commented, “My mentor helped me clarify my career aspirations and figure out the actions I needed to take to achieve my career goals.”

They improve your accountability: A mentor brings accountability and this breed’s responsibility. I’ve found that within a very short period of time, my mentees fall into the habit of holding themselves accountable for completing their action items. They learn from me, as their mentor (and I learn lots from them!), and then the excitement of completing tasks and seeing the results motivates them even more to hold themselves accountable and strive for achievements they previously thought were impossible.

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They will keep private conversations confidential: I once became a mentor to a woman who, previously, had never had mentors. The problem she ran into is that because she had no one else to speak with, she had been discussing difficult issues with her manager and even with a colleague, whom she thought she could trust. This backfired on her because some of the information she had discussed with her manager ended up in her annual performance appraisal. In addition, the co-worker used some of the private information against her in order to gain a promotion. This situation underscores the need to have mentors you trust and with whom you can discuss confidential information to gain different perspectives and ideas.

Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/lisaquast/2011/07/18/why-women-should-have-career-mentors/

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10 Skills IT Pros Need for Cloud Computing

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IT professionals have to work constantly to ensure that their skills are up to date. Today, IT pros must guarantee that their cloud-focused skills are resume-ready. And just what are those skills?

Here is the list of 10 Skills IT Pros Need for Cloud Computing

10 Skills IT Pros Need for Cloud Computing

1. Business and financial skills

The intersection of business and technology is always an overarching concern, but it is especially so when it comes to cloud-based computing.

2. Technical skills

With the cloud, organizations can streamline their IT resources, offloading much of day-to-day systems and application management. But that doesn’t mean IT abdicates all responsibility. There’s a need for language skills to build applications that can run quickly on the Internet.

3. Enterprise architecture and business needs analysis

Cloud computing requires that IT pros cross disciplines, especially where service-oriented architecture comes into play.

4. Project management skills

Organizations must not let the flexibility of the cloud lead to missed deadlines or amorphous goals. That could negate the cloud cost advantage.

5. Contract and vendor negotiation skills

To deal with service-level agreements—and the problems involved when those SLAs are breached—IT pros need experience with contract and vendor negotiations.

6. Security and compliance

IT professionals dealing with the cloud must have a firm grasp of security protocols and the regulatory mandates related to their industries, both within and without the United States.

7. Data integration and analysis skills

IT pros may not be data scientists, but to take advantage of big data, they do need to help data scientists hook up big data, internal ERP, data warehouse and other data systems, and work with the business side to make effective use of big data.

8. Mobile app development and management

Organizations need to think about what kind of mobile experience they are offering to customers via the cloud and how they would like to improve that down the line.

As enterprise cloud computing evolves, it is important to add two more skills to the list:

9. Knowledge of open hybrid clouds

IT is not homogeneous, and neither should your cloud computing model be. IT pros need to understand how to build and extend their companies’ cloud computing infrastructure in a way that is open.

10. Understanding of OpenStack

In order to build the kind of flexible, secure, interoperable cloud infrastructure mentioned above, IT pros must have a strong understanding of the technology required to make it so. OpenStack is a key component. OpenStack, a collaboration of developers and cloud computing technologists, comprises a series of projects delivering various components for a cloud infrastructure solution.

What other skills do IT professionals need to have in order to enable their organizations to successfully tap into the benefits of cloud computing? Are there any IT skills that the cloud is making obsolete? We welcome your insight in the comments section.

Source: http://www.buildyourbestcloud.com/147/10-skills-it-pros-need-cloud-computing

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8 Bad Habits That Can Harm Your Career

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What Is a Habit? A habit is a learned behavior that a person repeats so often that he or she begins to do it without even thinking about it. Certain habits can be helpful, like the habit of brushing your teeth before going to bed or buckling your seat-belt when you get into a car. These are habits that a person builds on purpose, to achieve a positive objective.

Repetitive behavior is imprinted on neural networks regardless of whether this action is benefiting you or hurting you. This means that if you engage in a negative behavior often enough, it is going to become a bad habit. It all happens unconsciously, and it takes as little as 21 days for repetitive behavior to become habitual. Picking up a bad habit is easy, but overcoming it can be far more of a challenge. One of the problems with habits is that it can sometimes be difficult to decide if they are working for us or against us.

If a bad habit is preventing you from getting ahead in your career, you are going to be able to take action to overcome this behavior. Making this type of change isn’t always easy, but you can once you have the right motivation. The problem with habits that appear harmless is that they can be damaging your reputation without you even realizing it.

8 Bad Habits That Can Harm Your Career

8 Bad Habits That Can Harm Your Career

1. Complaining About Your Job

If you have had a stressful day at the office, it is understandable that you are going to want to let off some steam. It’s human nature to occasionally complain about having an ungrateful boss or incompetent colleagues. The danger is that if this venting is witnessed by the wrong person, it could harm your reputation or even put your career in jeopardy.

One thing you definitely want to avoid doing is complaining about your boss or company on social media. You can never really be sure who is going to be reading your comments, and it looks unprofessional anyway. If news gets around that you are harming the reputation of the company, it’s not going to make you popular in the office – at least not with people who could help your career.

2. Being Negative All the Time

Don’t be that person in the office who is like a volcano of doom and gloom. This behavior can feel harmless if you believe you are just telling it like it is, but too much negativity can make you hard to be around. It may even mean that your boss begins to view you as a bit of a liability – it only takes one negative person on a team to lower the overall motivation.

The other danger with such negativity is that it be incredibly disempowering, and it can use up a lot of your energy and focus.

3. Social Media Addiction

Many of us have become so habituated to social media that we can end up checking the latest updates on Facebook or Twitter automatically when we go online. This can become a huge distraction if you work using a computer connected to the internet.

It isn’t only that doing this is a waste of work time, but it can also take a few minutes to regain your focus after this type of distraction. This can mean that your productivity suffers, and this can put your career in jeopardy.

4. Always Speaking Your Mind

There is a difference between behaving honestly and using the truth as a weapon to hurt people or cause trouble. In a work environment it is vital to always think of the possible consequences before speaking your mind.

Saying the wrong thing, even if you believe you are being honest, can hurt people’s feelings and cause a bad atmosphere in the office. Sometimes it is going to be necessary for you to provide criticism, but it is best to use this sparingly, unless you want to develop a reputation as someone who is hard to work with.

5. Acting like the Office Clown

Telling funny stories, playing pranks, and acting the clown can make you popular in the office, but it can also destroy your reputation. It means that nobody is going to take you seriously and you may begin to be viewed as unsuitable for promotion. One of the other dangers of being the office clown is that humor can cause upset when used inappropriately.

6. Self-Handicapping

Self-handicapping is an attempt to protect the ego from failure. Behavioral self-handicapping is where people deliberately sabotage their own efforts – for example, getting drunk the night before an important meeting. Claimed self-handicapping involves providing an excuse for failure before even trying something – for example, mentioning a recent illness as an excuse for not being able to do good work on a project.

Self-handicapping becomes a habit because it can help to protect your self-esteem. If you believe that you tried your best but failed, it is going to be a bit of a blow to your ego. The advantage of self-handicapping is that it gives you an excuse for the failure. The problem is that it means you are never going to be able to give 100 per cent to anything, so you are only likely to achieve mediocre results in life. These days’, being good at your job isn’t enough in many industries – you need to be great at it, but this can’t happen if you are self-handicapping.

7. Underselling Yourself

A bit of modesty can be an attractive personality trait, but it can become a liability if it prevents you from promoting yourself at work. It is unrealistic to expect managers to always be able to spot your hidden potential. There is also the likelihood that unless you speak up, many of your career successes is going to go unnoticed.

You don’t want to turn into some type of ego-manic, but you also have to be careful of underselling yourself. The trick is to develop a good understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses – this requires complete honesty and the ability to be objective about yourself. If you feel that there is a project where you could perform well, or that you are ready for a promotion, you need to sell your suitability to those in charge.

8. Exaggerating Problems

You’ve no doubt heard the cautionary tale about the boy who called “wolf” too many times. Exaggerating problems can seem like a harmless tactic to get other people’s attention, but it can actually damage your career.

It may mean that you develop a reputation for being a bit of a ‘drama queen’, and when you identity real problems, other people won’t take you seriously. There is never any real need to exaggerate problems – things are either serious or they aren’t.

Now you have understood what habits can harm your career, I am sure you must be on the lookout for the Good Habits worth Developing?

Source: http://www.therichest.com/business/salary/8-habits-than-may-be-damaging-your-career/?view=allhttp://www.humanillnesses.com/Behavioral-Health-Fe-Mu/Habits-and-Habit-Disorders.html

 

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Everything you want to know about NATA

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With the booming construction industry and rapid growth in the infrastructure projects in India, a career in architecture is in great demand. The architect does not only design building but also takes into consideration the aesthetic, technical, functional, environmental and social aspects that go into the creation of buildings and living spaces. While designing buildings and other structures, architects make sure that they are functional, safe, and economical and suit the needs of the people who use them. In other words the challenge for an architect is to design a beautiful structure within a limited budget.

Everything you want to know about NATA

Everything you want to know about NATA

What is the definition of Architecture?

The dictionary.com defines Architecture as the profession of designing buildings, open areas, communities, and other artificial constructions and environments, usually with some regard to aesthetic effect.

What are the required skills for Architect?

The role of an architect is quite diverse, and so are the skills and personal qualities required:

  • Must be imaginative and creative thinking skills
  • A strong ability to analyse and critically assess problems
  • Very good ability to see the big picture as well as giving attention to the smallest detail
  • Should have the ability to communicate effectively
  • Sound understanding of history, and cultural and environmental concerns

With the given knowledge if you are passionate about entering in to this filed, apart from the basic qualifications, you must clear NATA. Do you want to know your fitment for Architecture? Click here.

This test required for admissions to 1st year of 5 year B.Arch. degree course at all institutes / schools / colleges of Architecture in India (including Govt., Govt-aided, Private Unaided, University Depts., Deemed Universities, etc.), offering courses, and leading to Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.

What is NATA?

The national aptitude test in architecture (NATA) measures the aptitude of the applicant for specific field of study, i.e. Architecture.

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Who should take NATA?

Prospective applicants desirous of taking admission to First year of undergraduate course in Architecture (Bachelor of Architecture) in India should take NATA.

What are the eligibility criteria?

Any person having passed SSC (Std X) or equivalent examination can appear for NATA, however, candidates having minimum 50% marks in 10+2 or equivalent examination with mathematics as one of the subject, only are eligible for admission to B.Arch. Course.

Where to appear for NATA?

You can appear for NATA at designated Test Centres located at centres/colleges / schools of architecture in India.  Updated list of Test centres is available at the website http://www.nata.in

When to appear for NATA?

NATA can be given on any working day from March onwards every year, for current year dates refer the website.

How to register for NATA?

1.   Student need to Purchase NATA Information Brochure & Registration form by payment of NATA fees at selected bank branches of “ICICI Bank Ltd.”.

2.   Fill up the Registration form and procure the necessary registration documents.

3.  Select a Test Centre (from the website http://www.nata.in) at a location convenient to the candidate.

4.   Approach the Test Centre with the filled up form and the documents.

5.   Select convenient date for appearing for NATA.

6.   Request Test Centre to register the candidate on the selected date.

7.   Procure Receipt cum Appointment voucher from the Test Centre.

8.   Appear for NATA on the registered date at the selected Test Centre.

How to appear for NATA?

Report to the test centre at least 30 minutes before scheduled time of test   with Receipt cum   Appointment voucher, valid photo ID and drawing material required for the test. Test Centre personnel will guide you regarding the further process.

When & where is the score card available?

The score cards will be available on NATA website in e-format, usually, on the fourth working day after the test.

What is the passing score at NATA?

As  per  Council  of  Architecture admission  guidelines,  a  candidate applying to any  school / college of architecture in India should have achieved 40% score in NATA, i.e. at least  80/200,  for consideration  of admission into first year B.Arch.

Where can a candidate seek admission on the basis of NATA?

A candidate may  apply   for  admission to  any  of  the  participating institutions  as   per   the  time  schedule  specified by  the  respective appropriate admission authority,  along  with all the documents desired by it.

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5 Questions to ask Before Starting a Business

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Being an entrepreneur is exciting and challenging. Successful business owners find that they can make more money than they ever thought possible, have the flexibility to spend time with family and work in an area where their passion lies. But, starting a business is not for everyone.

5 Questions to ask Before Starting a Business

5 Questions to ask Before Starting a Business

1 Am I willing to make sacrifices to run a business?

Owning and running a business takes a tremendous amount of work and effort. You must be willing to sacrifice time spent on personal pursuits, recreation and relaxation—at least for awhile.

You’ll experience some rough patches with your new business. If you want to be successful, you’ll need to be willing to work long hours for little pay in the beginning.

2 Do I have support?

You can’t be successful in business without a support system. If you have a family, it’s crucial that your spouse or any other family member if you are not married yet be on board with the business plans. You will most likely experience a drop in income for awhile, and you’ll be working long hours in the beginning. Is your spouse or parents willing to support you through the difficult start-up period?

If you’re not married, do you have another support system? Having friends, family or mentors to cheer you on is very helpful when it comes to success.

3 Do I have the financial means to start and run a business?

Ideally, you’ll have a nice nest egg tucked away before starting a business. In addition to start-up costs, it will take awhile for your business to become profitable and you may have several months without a paycheck. You should have a minimum of 6 months living expenses in the bank before starting a business—12 months is even better.

4 Am I passionate about this business?

Passion is the thing that keeps you going when your business is struggling and you’re working 14-hour days. If you’re trying to open a business in an industry that doesn’t excite you, your odds of success are slim. Find something you can do that really fires you up.

5 Do I have the knowledge I need to get started?

Running a business is often a learn-as-you-go process, which is fine. But you do need to have some basic knowledge before you jump in to entrepreneurship. Do you have knowledge about the industry of your business? Do you have basic accounting, marketing, sales or managerial experience? While you don’t need a degree in any one thing, you might need a small amount of knowledge in everything.

Source: http://75logo.com/questions-to-ask-yourself-before-starting-a-business

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Nine essential tips for your first day at work

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Congratulations for getting selected for your first job! You want to make a fantastic impression on your first day. Or at least, not to get too much stuff wrong. Believe it or not, it’s possible to thoroughly enjoy the experience, and build on it in the coming days, weeks and months.

Nine essential tips for your first day at work. These tips will help you for that all-important day one.

1. You are what you wear

Nine essential tips for your first day at work

This might be just a case of checking what the dress code is, if there is one. You certainly want to be well presented as it’ll give you a confidence boost and help you impress all the new colleagues you’re going to be meeting. You’re representing yourself, your team and your new company, so be smart about it.

2. Get there early

Nine essential tips for your first day at work- be on time

This may sound basic, but work out which train or bus you need to catch, or where you can park. You don’t want to be caught offering excuses because you’re stuck in a traffic jam. Plan this part, and you’ll have one less thing to think about on the day.

3. Be confident

Nine essential tips for your first day at work- Be confident

The workplace, especially if it’s your first, is almost designed to make you nervous. So just remember that everyone will feel the same on their first day doing new things among new people. You’re not expected to know it all, so just be friendly and start learning straight away.

4. Say hello

You’ll be introduced to people by your manager, but say hello if you meet other people too, whether you’re trying to use the coffee machine or you’ve got lost looking for the kitchen. Keep eye contact, smile and shake their hand. If you’ve prepared a little intro about yourself, use it to create a good first impression.

5. Ask questions

The more you ask early on, the better it is. Better still, try to remember most of it. A new job is the best time to question anything you don’t understand, and you’ll look great if you manage to pick a lot of it up. Try to get organised about that and other things from the start.

6. Remember what you said at the interview

They decided to hire you for a reason, so show that you can do that thing or be that person. (You should make a habit of keeping track of your contributions and accomplishments as well, so that you’re on top of how well you’ve done when performance review time comes around.)

7. Social media

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Remember to update your title across your own social media platforms and to start following your new company and colleagues, if you’re not doing that already. As you meet new people, find them on Twitter or LinkedIn.

8. Develop some great relationships

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Be nice, be friendly, be yourself – but always remember that the best working relationships are based on respect and trust, and respect and trust are based on actions and performance, not just on words. You may not have the contacts, the ability or the experience to do a lot right from the start, but you don’t need skills to be willing to help out and work hard.

9. Enjoy it! Really

Your first day can really be enjoyable if you plan what you can, and show you’re keen to learn. No one will expect you to be brilliant right out of the gate, so don’t stress about impressing absolutely everyone and remember to have fun.

Nestle is the best brand in food and beverage all over the world with a direct employment of around 3, 33,000 as of year 2013.

Source: http://www.nestle.com/jobs/tips/your-first-day-at-work

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9 Tips for Graduates to get ahead in careers

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India produces 5 million graduates every year. This is more than the total population of some of the countries like New Zealand and almost 3/5 of Switzerland and Israel. With such a large number of job seekers 50 per cent of Indian graduates not fit to be hired, says NDTV report.

Those who are not lucky to get campus placements understand the fact that normally it takes six to eight months to find a job. Bear in mind that it takes a lot to build a successful career over the years. Good career choices are extremely important early in your career because you can set yourself up for success later on. Even though you might end up in a completely different career, the skills you acquire and the people you meet are what will open the doors for you.

The following are 9 Tips for Graduates to get ahead in careers.  

9 Tips for Graduates to get ahead in careers1. Think of your career as a series of experiences.

The most optimistic and intelligent way to look at your career isn’t how long you stay with one employer or that you focus on what degree you have. You need to collect experiences throughout your careers, whether that is with two employers or four, with one business function or five or in one country or three. The idea is that you need to be a lifelong learner if you want to make an impact, succeed and feel accomplished. The experiences you have will expand your world view, give you new perspectives and make you a more interesting person.

2. Don’t settle for a job you’re not passionate about.

Chances are that you might get frustrated in your job search. 6 months are over and still you don’t have any job in your hand, this can happen. In such case, please don’t just get a job that will pay the bills. Note that some people will push you to take this decision. This isn’t the greatest advice because research shows that you won’t last long there if you do. Furthermore, no smart company is going to have someone who is only there to make money because there’s always someone else who wants it more. When you’re passionate about your job, you’re excited; you work longer hours and end up accomplishing much more. Life is too short to settle for a career that you hate!

3. Focus on making a big impact immediately.

9 Tips for Graduates to get ahead in careers-big impactThe quicker you make an impact in a company the more attention and support you will get. Millennials understand this well because they won’t want to wait five years to get on a project where they can make this type of impact. Starting on day one, you have to learn as much as possible and start mastering your job so you can handle on to the bigger projects faster and prove yourself. By doing this, you will become more valuable in your company, which will increase your pay, title and you’ll get to work on better projects.

4. Take risks – Early and often in your career.

One of the important lessons this economy has taught us is that not taking risks is risky. There is so much out of our control and if we just keep doing what we did yesterday, we can’t get ahead. By taking a risk, you are putting yourself in a position to learn, whether you succeed or fail. You’re also showing to your management that you’re willing to put your reputation on the line to make things happen. As we become an ever more entrepreneurial society, those that take risks, both inside and outside of the corporate walls, will become more successful.

5. Spend more time with people than with your laptop.

Students are plugged in and don’t understand that the strongest relationship are formed in person, not online. I constantly see students looking down at their Smartphone’s instead of at people’s faces and it’s a missed opportunity. Soft skills will always become more cherished in companies so it’s important to drop your technology and actually communicate with people. People hire you, not technology and you have to remember that!

6. Measure your work outcomes and build case studies.

9 Tips for Graduates to get ahead in careers-Measure your workIf you look at any student resume, they almost always look the same. They have the same fields (education, experience, school activities). Under their experience fields, they list a company and then general information such as “Managed XXX project”. They dress up their experience bullets so they can turn menial tasks into something more marketable. The problem is that recruiters today, and especially in the future, are looking for outcomes. They want to know the numeric impact you’re having on a company through your work, which means increasing revenue or decreasing costs. Always think about measuring your projects and keeping track of the results because that’s what’s going to help you justify promotions.

7. Sacrifice today to position yourself for tomorrow.

You can’t have everything you want today so you need to work hard to put yourself in a better position in the future. Try to put in over more hours per week working on something you loved. As a result, if future you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. While others would have used that same time to go out every night and party, you will be creating solid foundation for your successful career and I am sure you can! The more you do early in your career, the more it will pay off later in life and you will be thankful that you did what needed to be done in those early years.

8. Travel as much as you can, while learning about cultures and languages. 

We live in a global marketplace now and companies are looking to expand and hire the best talent, regardless of location. If your career offers you the opportunity to explore new places do take advantage of the same. The more you travel and experience the world, the better you will be at serving this marketplace and taking advantage of it. Furthermore, if you’re learning new languages, you are ahead of the curve. It’s hard for companies to find workers who are fluent in languages so if that’s you, you become more marketable. Please note that it is not at all necessary that travelling means going abroad. It can be moving out of your home town and might be your state and working somewhere else in the same country.

9. Locate mentors who live your desired lifestyle. 

9 Tips for Graduates to get ahead in careers-mentorsMentor is an experienced and trusted adviser. Most students aren’t selective about mentors and just feel fortunate to have them in the first place. I believe you need to choose the right mentor, who you can support and who has time to support you. That person should be someone in your industry who is living the lifestyle that you dream of. This way, they can tell you exactly what you need to do each day to get to their level. For instance, if you want to travel and do consulting in the future then find someone who has a job at Deloitte or Accenture to mentor you. Based on your meetings with them, you might even decide that the consulting lifestyle isn’t a good match for you after all.

Source: http://danschawbel.com/blog/my-10-best-pieces-of-career-advice-for-college-graduates/

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