LA health officials recommend indoor masks

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Los Angeles, June 30 | Public health officials in the Los Angeles County have strongly recommended that local residents wear masks indoors in public places due to increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta Covid-19 variant across the US.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a statement on Tuesday that places include such settings as “grocery or retail stores; theatres and family entertainment centres, and workplaces when you don’t know everyone’s vaccination status”, Xinhua news agency reported.

It’s the second day in a row for the Department to urge people to mask up again in all indoor public places, regardless of vaccination status.

Masks are no longer required for fully vaccinated individuals in most public settings in California after the state announced its decision to fully reopen its economy on June 15.

In the week ending June 12, Delta variants accounted for nearly half of all variants sequenced in Los Angeles County, according to the Department.

Health officials pointed out that fully vaccinated people appear to be well protected from infections with Delta variants, but people with only one vaccine dose of Pfizer or Moderna are not as well-protected.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Delta variants are now responsible for about one in every five new infections across the country, up from approximately one in every 10 the week before.

“Fully vaccinated people are well protected against serious illness and disease caused by variants of concern including the Delta variant,” said the county’s Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer in the statement on Tuesday, adding that she encourages everyone eligible and unvaccinated to take another look at all of the mounting information on the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness.

“Ninety-nine per cent of all new cases of Covid-19 and hospitalisations since January have been among unvaccinated individuals and 99.8 per cent of the people who have tragically died have been unvaccinated. Getting vaccinated is the most powerful protection for you and your community,” Ferrer noted.

Los Angeles County, home to over 10 million residents, was once an epicentre the pandemic in California and the country.

But new cases, related deaths and hospitalizations have plummeted in the county amid vaccine rollout.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a total of 1,249,835 confirmed cases, with 24,482 deaths.

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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