Avika Gor talks ‘about things that matter right now’

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    Mumbai, April 28 | Actress Avika Gor on Wednesday evening posted an imaginative set of Instagram pictures to catch the attention of fans, so that she could send out the message she considers the most important right now – about the danger of the ongoing Covid pandemic and the need to follow safety protocol.

    Avika posted a long emotional appeal alongside the images. She wrote: “Now that I have your attention: Let’s talk about things that matter right now.

    “It’s scary out there. Almost 2 lakh people have lost their lives according to the official figures, & we all know the real numbers are at least 4-5 times. More than 17 million(officially) have been impacted by the virus in our country, a lot of whom might suffer some health consequences in the future. Our healthcare system is overburdened & there isn’t much that can be done about it right now. All we can do is support each other in whatever way possible & do everything to stop the spread ASAP. So, when you see a request & you think “why should I share this, I only have 200 followers”, please think again. One or more of your 200 people could be the savior today. Yes, it’s come down to this. We all need to try.

    “My family has gone through the battle, and it wasn’t a pleasant feeling. It was scary. I’m glad they survived, but I wouldn’t want anyone to go through it.

    “For those who have fought the battle and won it, please donate plasma! It doesn’t take much from your body, & hospitals are being very careful in extracting.

    “Whenever it’s your turn, please get vaccinated! It might not protect you from getting the virus, but it’ll protect you from the impact significantly.

    “I’m not here to preach, I’m just here to request you to stay home (if you’re privileged enough) unless there’s a really important reason for you to go out.

    “We have to fight this together. We almost beat it once, we can do it again, but let’s finish the job this time so that we can all live freely again. I promise you all, that I will also do everything in my power to make a change.

    “And I don’t need to say this, but please wear a mask. Wear 2 in fact!” she concluded her post.

    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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