Aus state urges public to follow Covid restrictions

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Sydney, July 5 | Authorities of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) have urged the public to follow Covid-19 restrictions for a smooth exit from the two-week lockdown, as 35 locally acquired cases were reported on Monday.

Of these local cases, 33 were linked to previously confirmed infections or clusters, among which 20 were household contacts, and the source of infection for two cases remained under investigation, reports Xinhua news agency.

Two new overseas-acquired cases were recorded in the same period.

NSW Health said among the 35 cases, 24 were in isolation throughout their infectious periods and four cases were in isolation for part of their infectious period.

Seven cases were infectious in the community.

The state government thanked the majority of people for following the imposed restrictions but also cited that a small number of people breaking the rules will result in more cases.

“I can say that the lockdown certainly has been effective in not doubling and tripling the figures that we were worried about, it’s given our contact tracers the ability to maintain control over the virus,” said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.

“Unfortunately, having a party when you’re not supposed to have a party is not doing the right thing… Some of the cases today are the result of incidents where people have done the wrong thing.”

NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said over the past 24 hours, 125 infringement notices were issued to people in violation of the health orders.

“Some of those were for people in shopping centres… People should be particularly concerned about wearing a mask and there were many people who chose not to do that, and they were reported and infringed by police,” he said.

NSW’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant said that “what is most important at the moment is for the community to continue to follow the public health advice, continue to wear masks in indoor environments, and continue to come out in testing in the large numbers they have”.

Altogether 58,373 tests were conducted in the state in the past 24 hours.

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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