Overseas travel to Ireland continues to recover

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Dublin, June 1 | Overseas travel to Ireland continued to recover in the February-April period of this year, figures released by the country’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) revealed.

In April, a total of 69,400 passengers arrived in Ireland from overseas, up 13 per cent from 61,400 in March and up nearly 27 per cent from 54,800 in February, Xinhua news agency reported citing the CSO as saying on Monday.

Compared with April 2020 when the country was hit hardest by the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the April 2021 figures for overseas passenger arrivals represented a 331 per cent increase.

The CSO figures also showed that in April 2021, nearly 89 per cent of international travellers arrived in Ireland by air, with the remaining people arriving in the country by sea.

Of all the overseas passengers arriving in Ireland in April, 21,600 persons or 31 per cent of them came from the UK, excluding Northern Ireland, followed by the Netherlands, Spain and Poland.

In the first four months of this year, the number of international passenger arrivals in Ireland totaled 293,700, down nearly 91 per cent year on year.

“This illustrates the ongoing dramatic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on international travel to Ireland,” said Gregg Patrick, a statistician with the CSO.

The Irish government recently announced that starting from July 19, it will start operating the European Union (EU) Digital COVID Certificate for travel within the bloc and the European Economic Area, if the public health situation at the time permits.

More than 2.6 million doses of Covid vaccines had been administered in Ireland.

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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