3 in 4 S.Koreans support shift to ‘living with Covid-19’: Poll


Seoul, Oct 22 | Three quarters of South Koreans agree with the need to shift to the “living with Covid-19” scheme, a poll revealed on Friday, as the government is moving to phase out coronavirus restrictions under the new policy next month.

According to the survey conducted earlier this month on 1,083 people aged 19 to 69, 76.5 per cent expressed support for the government’s planned transition to the coexistence with the coronavirus pandemic, reports Yonhap News Agency.

In a similar poll carried out in August, only 56.9 per cent were in favour of the switch to the policy.

The government has said it will seek a step-by-step recovery of daily life from November by shifting its focus to the management of the number of critically ill patients and deaths.

Specifically, 70.7 per cent of respondents supported the transition from minimising the number of confirmed cases to minimizing the loss of livelihood and daily life, according to the survey.

Seventy-four per cent agreed that the health care system should be changed to minimise the number of seriously ill patients and deaths, while 63.1 per cent supported a transition to eased social distancing regulations.

As for the timing of policy shift, 41.8 percent said “now is most appropriate”, while 27.5 per cent said the policy should be changed later and 20.6 per cent said it is already too late.

About 57 per cent said they can accept new daily Covid-19 cases of 1,000 to 2,000 after the policy change, while the majority of the respondents said an annual death toll of 1,000 to 2,000 can be tolerated.

The poll also found 53.2 per cent believing that social gains from the “living with Covid-19” scheme would be greater than the losses.

As for the possible introduction of the so-called “vaccine pass” system, which requires a vaccination certificate or a negative test result for entry into restaurants and other multi-use facilities, 74.9 per cent expressed opinion of agreement, whereas 20.2 per cent opposed.

Slightly over 80 per cent said they are opposed to the lifting of the current mask requirements in indoor settings even after the “living with Covid-19” scheme is introduced.

Meanwhile, the ratio of respondents who express fears of being diagnosed with Covid-19 has steadily fallen from 69.7 per cent in February and 64 per cent in August to 56.8 per cent this month after peaking at 71.8 per cent in January.

About 46 per cent said the coronavirus situation will likely continue for another one to two years, while 31.5 per cent said it will persist for longer than two additional years.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal


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