Coco Gauff makes big ranking leap before French Open

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Paris, May 24 | American teenager Coco Gauff and Spain’s 23-year-old Paula Badosa made significant movement in the WTA rankings released on Monday, following their title triumphs at the Emilia-Romagna Open (Parma) and the Serbia Ladies Open (Belgrade) over the weekend.

Coco, who had moved up five places to 30 in the rankings last week, jumped another five spots to 25 in singles following her title triumph in Parma, where she defeated China’s Wang Qiang 6-1, 6-3.

Badosa moved up 10 places to a career-high 34 following her Belgrade triumph.

There was no movement in the Top-10, with Australia’s Ashleigh Barty leading the rankings, followed by Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Romania’s Simona Halep.

The 17-year-old Coco also became the youngest woman to sweep both the singles and doubles titles at a WTA event since Maria Sharapova in 2004.

At 17 years, 72 days old, the American is also the youngest player to make her top-25 debut since September 12, 2005, when Nicole Vaidisova did so at 16 years, 142 days.

Coco is the youngest American to make her top-25 debut in nearly 23 years (Serena Williams, June 8, 1998).

After starting the year at No.48, Coco was the No.9-ranked American and has currently improved her current position as fifth in line behind No. 24 Madison Keys, No.14 Jennifer Brady, No. 8 Serena Williams and No. 5 Sofia Kenin.

In four clay-court events in 2021, Coco owns a 12-3 record on the surface.

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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