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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

11 Resume Myths Busted: Realities Revealed

Crafting the perfect résumé is a hard-enough challenge before trying to factor in all the myths there are about the process. However, some of those common myths — including your résumé can't be more than one page or it's OK to have some white lies on your résumé — hold very little water among companies looking to hire employees. To separate fact from fiction, several experts gave the truth behind some of their favorite myths on what companies look for in a résumé. 
Myth: Grade point average is a top consideration
Truth: I don't even consider it when I am interviewing potential employees. I know that a 4.0 can mean that you took relatively easy classes to pad your GPA. I also am aware that you can be excellent in your major and have non-related topics destroy your GPA. For me, that was Spanish and statistics, neither of which is necessary or relevant in my chosen line of work. What I am more interested in is examples of your work as a showcase of your ability. – Shelli Dallacqua, president, Shelten Media
Myth: Résumés should be one page.
Truth: Résumés are allowed to be two pages unless you are stretching the information. One page just isn't enough, unless you are right out of school. — Jill MacFadyen, career and outplacement coach
Myth: Achievements should be highlighted in a separate section.
Truth: By separating accomplishments from the experience, recruiters are more likely to overlook this section. Instead, showcase them by bulleting them in the relevant sections. —David Hardtke, chief data scientist,
Myth: Résumés should have your entire work history.
Truth: If you have been working for 30 years and the first few years were in an outside field, you can certainly drop selective things. Same thing is true about internships after you have 10 to 15 years of experience, unless those internships or prior employers and your work are awesome examples of what you are capable of or the employer's name itself may garner some interest. – Tiffani Murray, résumé writer and career coach, Personality on a Page
Myth: Your résumé should be general to increase your chances of getting a job.
Truth: Highly customized and targeted résumés are the only ones that are successful in securing interviews that can lead to job offers. Instead of marketing a general résumé, job seekers should take the time to do extensive research to understand the required skills, expertise, experience and qualifications for their job target. This information can used as a guideline for tailoring résumés and other marketing materials. – Abby Locke, executive career architect at Premier Writing Solutions
Myth: Paper résumés are enough.
Truth: LinkedIn is changing hiring. In another few years, employers will not be able to hire without it and the LinkedIn profile is replacing the need for a résumé. – Tom Armour, co-founder High Return Selection
Myth: Don't include social media information.
Truth: Because most recruiters are now visiting your publicly accessible social media pages anyway, it is a good practice to include them in your contact information on your résumé. Specifically, you should include a link to your LinkedIn profile. Just make sure to keep your social media pages consistent and professional. Information on your LinkedIn profile should match your résumé — be sure to check that dates of employment and other key facts are consistent. — Eric Semon, director of customer success Hiring Thing
Myth: White lies are OK
Truth: Honesty is the best and only policy.  A résumé is a factual history of your work experience. Do not embellish or overstate your accomplishments or responsibilities. Employers value integrity and you demonstrate that by being honest and forthright in all your interactions, starting with your résumé. Many companies will use outside firms to perform verifications with prior employers and schools. – Lynne Sarikas, director ofNortheastern University's MBA Career Center
Myth: A PDF is better than a Microsoft Word document
Truth: Résumés should not be posted in PDF format. PDFs can sometimes prevent keyword- scanning software on job boards or applicant-tracking systems from picking up critical information that allows you to be found or captured — in essence making you invisible. —Megan Pittsley-Fox, career coach, résumé writer and recruiter at Work Life Careers
Myth: A good résumé will get you a job.
Truth: A good résumé will get you an interview. Once you are in front of the hiring manager, you will need to sell yourself even better than the résumé sold you to gain the phone call. The résumé is only one step in the very involved job search process. – Melanie Denny, professional résumé writer and president Résumé Evolution
Myth: Don't sweat the small stuff on your résumé — a few grammatical errors or typos are expected.
Truth: Sweat the small stuff because it shows that you pay attention to detail, and are serious and professional. Otherwise, you come across as careless and most employers don't want to hire careless people.

Monday, 22 September 2014


Want to study abroad but concerned about how to finance your education?
Here are a few awards that can aid you in your pursuit of a degree in some countries
Studying abroad is an expensive proposition, but some financial support can ease your cost burden -completely, if you bag an all-expenses-paid scholarship. You can find a host of full or partial scholarships and fellowships for different levels of study, from various governments (including Indian), universities, trusts, companies and other organisations. A good point to start your search for funds is the website of the embassyhigh commission or the education promotion agency of the country you wish to study in or of the institution you intend to attend. Here is a small slice of numerous awards for international students in different parts of the world:

Fulbright-Nehru fellowships: These include a broad range of awards like the Master's, doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships among others. The fellowship benefits include J-1 visa support, round-trip economy class air travel from the fellow's home city to the host institution, fees, living and related costs. However, sometimes the fellowship may not cover the entire costs and the awardee may have to supplement grant benefits through other resources.
● Rotary scholarship: Rotary offers fully-funded academic fellowships to study at its peace centres in different parts of the world, including the US. These cover tuition and other fees, room and board, round-trip transportation and all internshipfield study expenses. The fellowships are for short-term courses as well as full-time Master’s lasting for 15-24 months with a practical internship.
● Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation scholarships: Meant for postgraduate (PG) level study in the US and in Europe, the scholarship pays for tuition fees, living expenses and one-way travel for a specified period. In the case of specific programmes, the financial coverage would be discussed directly with the candidate.
● Commonwealth scholarship and fellowship plan: The scholarships are for PhD programmes of up to three years’ duration (one year for a split PhD), one-year taught Master’s and six months of clinical training. These are for engineering and technology, science (pure and applied), agriculture, social sciences and the humanities. Winners receive funding for economy, return international travel, tuition fee and maintenance and other allowances.
The fellowships are for postdoctoral study.
● GREAT scholarships: GREAT provides 370 scholarships worth about Rs 100 million to Indian students in 260 undergraduate (UG) and PG courses at 36 UK institutions. The award value varies from institute to institute.
● Gates Cambridge scholarships: This covers the full cost of studying for a full-time PG degree in any subject at Cambridge. Apart from the airfare, visa costs and tuition fee, students receive a maintenance allowance. They may apply for discretionary grants like family allowance, academic development funding, among others, as well.
● Rhodes scholarships India: Funding PG study at Oxford, this award provides for all fees, a personal stipend, private health insurance and airfare costs.
Erasmus+ scholarships: These fully-funded awards cover all costs including travel, living, insurance and visa. Under Erasmus+, India is a partner country, permitting Indian universities to link up with their European counterparts to become a member in a consortium.

Australia awards: Funded by the Australian government, these international scholarships and fellowships offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development.
● International postgraduate research scholarships (IPRS): These scholarships are aimed at international students to pursue a PG research qualification in Australia and gain experience with leading Australian researchers.
● Joint academic scholarships online network (JASON): Developed jointly by a number of universities, it is meant to assist PG aspirants find information regarding funding opportunities through various scholarship programmes run through universities, charitable foundations, government and private institutions

New Zealand India sports scholarships: These were recently launched for Indian students intending to study Bachelor's degrees, graduate diplomas or PG sports-related programmes at New Zealand universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics in 2015.
A New Zealand government funding scheme means that all international PhD students accepted for enrolment in New Zealand pay a substantially reduced tuition fee.

 Source - times of india sep 22

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Bright kids fly out with scholarships

Funding Comes From Cambridge, LSE and Ivy League Universities
For the cream of Bangalore schools, the world is in their pocket. It's raining    scholarships, making the foreign education dream all too real.
Students of the class of 2014 at the International School Bangalore (TISB) have got a whopping $9.1 million in scholarships to study in foreign universities. Anindya Sharma from National Public School, Indiranagar, got a 100% scholarship at the prestigious Cambridge University .
“The scholarships are from prominent universities like London School of Economics, Russell Group Universities, UK, Stanford University , California Institute of Technology . The scholarships are only going up every year,“ said NPS chairman K P Gopalakrishna. At Canadian International School, all 54 students have got scholarships to the tune of $1.6 million, said school executive director Shweta Sastri.The story is no different at Indus International School (IIS) where at least 50 students have got $4.22 million to study undergraduate pro grammes at foreign universities. Lt. Gen (retd) Arjun Ray , CEO of IIS, said the quality of teaching, job opportunities abroad and research facilities in these universities is attracting students.
Interestingly , it's not just UK and the US. At Greenwood High International School (GHIS), 15 students have obtained scholarships worth $1.7 million. GHIS trustee Niru Agarwal said students are also heading to Singapore.
This year, around 20% of students got scholarships at Inventure Academy. Nooraine Fazal, managing trustee and co-founder of IA, said the entire four-year programme got a $350,000 scholarship while last year's scholarshipamount was significantlylower.The scholarships take care of tuition fee and living expenses, she added.
Santanu Das, principal of Sarala Birla Academy, said, “Around 60% of our students got the scholarship, approximately each student got $5,000 in scholarship on which they will go abroad to pursue UG courses in industrial engineering, journalism, sound system and other subjects.“
Clocking 97.6% in his Class 12 examination, Anindya Sharmafrom NPS Indiranagar bagged the Dr Manmohan Singh Award given by the Cambridge Trust. The 100% scholarship from the prestigious Cambridge University takes care of his tuition fee and boarding.
Winning is second nature for him. He won the bronze medal and a Best Solution award at the World Olympiad in Beijing, and was placed among the top 1% at the Physics Olympiad. “I'm taking up a four-year course in computer science and mathematics at Cambridge. I had to choose between IIT Chennai, IISc Bangalore, Indian Statistical Institute, Chennai Mathematical Institute and Cambridge. I'm looking forward to do research in computer science with mathematics once I complete my course,“ he told TOI.

Source : TOI 18th Sep 2014

Sunday, 10 August 2014

What Is a Good GMAT Score?

A 780 is a great score, sure—but you don’t need that kind of score. You probably do need something higher than 500, though. How good is good enough?
The short answer to the question is this: a good score is a score that will make you competitive at a particular school. So the first question to ask yourself is where do you want to go?
Then, hit the Inter-web and find out what kinds of scores those schools report. Most schools report both an average score and a “middle 80% score” (the latter gives the score range for the middle 80% of people admitted in that year).
So, if Stanford has an average of 732 (which is what their website says as I write this!), then clearly you need a 750, right?
Wrong. Really wrong, in fact. I was inspired to write this article because of two recent blog posts written by my colleague Jeremy Shinewald, founder of MBA Mission. The posts are fantastic—and they are both linked in this article. They are mandatory reading for all of my students (and not because he mentions me in one of them!).
First, remind me what the word “average” means.
Right … in other words, many of the admitted students scored below 730. In fact, Stanford’s reported scoring range is from 550 to 790. (Yes, someone got into Stanford with a 550! I’m sure that person was absolutely amazing in some other way or ways, and so the admissions committee didn’t care about that one below-average data point.)
I’m not suggesting, of course, that you only need a 550 or even 600 to get into Stanford. Ideally, you want to be pretty close to the school’s average. The school is not, however, going to ding you for getting “only” a 700. (You might get dinged for other reasons of course … )
What’s a good quant score? What’s a good verbal score?
Schools do check the Quant and Verbal sub-scores as well as the overall score—and this is another source of anxiety for test-takers. Have you heard about the 80/80? Many years ago (actually, we could be speaking in decades at this point), some people did talk about wanting to see 80th percentile sub-scores for quant and verbal. I haven’t been able to verify whether actual business schools ever said they wanted this, but the topic has been around for a long time.
As of early July 2014, there are now only two Quant scores above the 80th percentile: 50 and 51. Clearly, the top business schools don’t admit only people with 50s and 51s any more than they  admit only people with 750 scores. There wouldn’t be enough people to go around!
So what’s going on? Percentiles are a relative ranking; they change over time. The sub-scores themselves are fixed. The skill level that it takes to score 45 today is the same skill level required to get a 45 five years ago, or fifteen!
In 2007, a Quant score of 45 was the 77th percentile; today, a 45 is the 63rd percentile. But the underlying skill needed to reach that score hasn’t changed one bit, and here’s the important part: the schools know this.
They aren’t actually interested in how your percentile ranking stacks up against the rest of the pool of test takers. Their main goal is to make sure that you can handle the rigorous work that will be required of you when you reach b-school. Pay attention to the actual scoring level, which tells you something real. A quant 45 was once “good enough” for schools and nothing has changed: it still is today!
But seriously … If I just get a 750, I’ll be a shoo-in, right?
Wrong. The schools don’t admit based on GMAT scores. The GMAT is more of a threshold indicator: show me that you can handle my rigorous program, and then I’ll consider the other (more important) parts of your application, such as your work history, your essays, your recommendations…in short, your story. That’s how I’ll actually make my decision about your application.
Seriously, consider who’s telling you that you don’t actually need these crazy high scores. I work for a test prep company; our whole reason for existing (and making money!) is to help people get higher scores. If even I’m telling you that you don’t need a 750 or a 50 or 51 on quant, then believe it! :)

But … But … This is the only thing I can control …

Here is the heart of the anxiety around this test. Your GPA is already set. Your work career can’t be substantially changed in a few months; your history is what it is. So you feel as though this is it: the GMAT is how you can give yourself the best possible chance to get in!
You can’t bomb the test, of course, but there are a lot of other things you can be doing with your very valuable time than chasing a 750 (or even a 720). You could actually pick up an extra project at work, try to get yourself into a team leader or mentor role, or work towards a promotion.
Also, don’t underestimate the time and effort required to put together a great application package. Ideally, your package will tell a coherent story, something that fits together across all pieces of the application and jumps off the page so that the admissions committee can really visualize you and get a sense of who you are and why they want to have you at their school. For instance, have you thought about what you want to tell your recommenders to emphasize (in terms of both strengths and weaknesses) so that their recommendations dovetail with your own essays?
Source : Beat the GMAT 

Thursday, 31 July 2014

UK set to toughen student visa rules further from Nov 2014

From November it will be more difficult for Indian students to travel to the UK. Britain on Tuesday announced a fresh crackdown on student visas as further measures of the Immigration Act came into force.
Tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK from November.

Currently educational institutions can enjoy highly trusted sponsor status if the home office rejects 20% or fewer student applications. But that figure will be cut to 10% in November after a three-month grace period for colleges and universities to re-examine and improve their admissions procedures. If more than one in 10 applications are being rejected from November onwards educational institutions could lose their right to bring in new students from overseas.
The change will ensure all institutions are administering immigration rules to enjoy the benefits of bringing in foreign students.
The numbers of students to all universities coming to the UK from India fell by 38% between 2011 and 2012.
It is estimated that the overall value of UK higher education exports to the economy in 2011-12 was around $17 billion. Income from international (non-EU) students generated through their tuition fees in 2012-13 came to $5 billion, which represented around 30% of all tuition fees. Data revealed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England shows that the number of Indian students fell from 18,535 in 2010-11 to 13,250 in 2011-12 and further to 10,235 in 2012-13.

UK has recorded a sharp dip in overseas students enrolling in universities -the first fall in 29 years -thanks to Indians giving it a skip.
Home secretary Theresa May said, “We are building an immigration system that is fair to British citizens and legitimate migrants, but tough on those who abuse it or flout the law.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Pharmacy - Prescription for a rewarding Career

Careers in Pharmacy 
In India, the pharmacist’s career is still synonymous with dispensing medicines.
A peek at pharmacy career abroad reveals all of the mentioned below….
Well-rounded: Exciting blend of health care, direct patient contact, business, and technology
You  can choose a two -fold career path 
People Driven   Vs Industry driven
People Driven : Community Pharmacy/Hospital/Managed Care(review therapy) /Consulting/Drug Stores. Majority of pharmacists work in community pharmacy, but growing number of pharmacists working in other health care settings, such as…
 Industry Driven:
Pharmaceutical Companies: Pfizer, Merck --- research, Sales ,QA, Marketing.
(for Marketing/Sales look at special courses as in MBA in Marketing Mgmt offered at USP)
Govt labs: FDA ,NIH
Biotech Industry: Mol Bio techniques
Academics: Teaching & research
Medical publishing/Technical Writing:
Special career tracks like hospital management/administration –You  can Requisites : work experience of 2+ yrs , GMAT and TOEFL, MBA in Health Care Administration/ or University of Wisconsin - Madison
M.S. Program (with concentration in Hospital-Pharmacy Administration)

Choosing your specializations 
Choose your subjects wisely:
While taking up a degree program you want to decide on an intelligent mix of courses so that you are able to fit the job market and also match your interests
Apart from interests(align your project work here) consult seniors, faculty,
Study job market – for the past one year the trends are medicinal chemistry /pharmacology ( also applicable to RGUHS)
These are the some of the specializations available at the school of pharmacy – for a MS/PHD program
          Drug Discovery & Design(synthesis of new drugs)
    Fields; Medicinal Chemistry, Combinatorial chemistry, Biotechnology
          Drug Delivery: dosage of drugs
     Fields: Pharmaceutics, Pharmaco-kinetics
          Drug Action: how drug works in the body
    Fields :Molecular biology, Pharmacology, Pharmaco-dynamics, Biochemistry ,Toxicology
          Drug Analysis: Separating,identifying & quantifying components Fields :Analytical Chemistry
          Cost effectiveness of Medicines - Pharmaco-economcis
          Regulatory Affairs: Pharmacy Administration
Some top universities and their courses
Marketing for e.g MS in marketing  Univ of sciences , philadelphia
MS in Hospital administartion –Wisconson Madison ,Ohio State univ
Ohio State University and many other schools also offer Hospital Administration/Hospital Management – MBA

What does the shortage of pharmacists mean for pharmacy graduates?…
Growth in pharmacist jobs
More and more people today have started questioning the medicines they consume.
Due to this…
1.Increased life span
2.Sophistication of medicines
3.Increased emphasis in patient care
Salary Outlook
Placement Services at University of Georgia –Athens organizes career fairs each year –recent graduates have been placed in agencies like NIH, FDA,Pfizer
Their graduates have received multiple offers with a salary of $45,000.
Australia –starting salary is 9, 000 –12,000 dollars
UK the starting salary is 16,000 –21,000 pounds
Ideal career progression in terms of salary the range can be anywhere between 45K  80K  starting from a staff pharmacist to a pharmacy director 


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

MBA Student Testimonial - the Best motivation

Here is a student testimonial This is what keeps me going ..these motivating words of my students...

I was enrolled with iGG during my application process where biruda was my mentor. I had also conisidered a couple of other counselling institutions but I found her the most competent and effective.
My journey with her's been phenomenal. A tremendous advantage with IGG is that you can counsel with her online - skipping the hassle of travelling and waiting for appointments with counsellors. I was surprised to see her respond almost instantly to my queries, and there were barely any barriers for accessibility and I could decide the kind of interaction evertime - be it audio call, skype discussion or email conversation.
Another benefit is an extremely well-organized and professional approach. Her guide documents, application planner, shortlisting criteria for universities and mock interviews proved highly beneficial. I loved the way she organized schools of my choice into aspirational and achievable categories. She always worked towards achieving a mid point between my aspirations and the realistic picture. I'm supremely impressed by her systematic guidance and encouraging attitude.
I also highly appreciated her emphasis on a well - rounded application. She never burdened me with unattainable exam goals but instead stressed upon overall grooming and developing strong documents. Her orientation on starting early was an important step which awarded me with sufficient time to build a very strong application and also gave me reaction time incase of set backs. Most schools I applied to very highly competitive and hence being proactive gave me a strong lead.She is abrest with most of the latest courses and universitites/ schools. I was surprised to receive various tips and guidelines about competitive exams, though out of her scope. In short, she is someone who will deliver results and not just talks."

Nazm Singh - Class 2014 MBA Babson 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Hacking the GMAT in 8 days