Parents played a huge part in my upbringing: US Open champ Raducanu

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New York, Sep 14 | US Open champion Emma Raducanu of Great Britain said on Tuesday that the nerves of steel which she displayed during her run at Flushing Meadows over the fortnight was because of the “tough” upbringing, adding that she still has a lot of work to do to improve her game.

“My parents played a huge part in my upbringing. They were pretty tough on me when I was young and it kind of shaped the way. I think now it is helping on the biggest stages in the world when you really need it,” Raducanu said on ABC show.

Raducanu defeated Leylah Fernandez of Canada in an all-teen affair to lift the US Open Trophy on Sunday, becoming the first qualifier to win a major.

“From a young age I’ve always been brought up to have mental strength,” adding that her Chinese mother and Romanian father were her toughest critics.

“They are my toughest critics and very hard to please. But I got them with this one. It was really nice to talk to them after I won. They were just so happy and proud of me,” said Raducanu, who jumped 127 places on the latest WTA rankings, moving from No.150 to No.23.

Raducanu started the year at No.345 (as the British No.11), but her ranking has been on a rapid climb in the past three months. The teenager has won 21 of her past 25 matches. After reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon as a wildcard, Raducanu’s ranking improved from No.338 to No.179, helping her secure a spot in qualifying at the US Open.

Among those who congratulated Raducanu on Instagram after her US Open title triumph were footballer David Beckham and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. The Queen also sent her a message.

“I’ve just been trying to enjoy the moment. With my team the night of the final we just had a really nice night reflecting. Everything has gone so fast. We were taking care of every single day and before you know it three weeks had gone. We just got to reflect and share a few stories and it was a really nice night to have with everyone.”

Raducanu said that she needs to work a lot more to increase her physical strength to cope with the rigours of the tour.

“Physically I’ve still got a lot of work to do because I’m still new to the game and haven’t had time to really develop,” she added.

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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