Inspiring speeches are one of the ways to address budding managers which train them to be perfect in the long run. One such inspiring speech is yet to be delivered by none other than Dr. Pawan Agrawal (Mumbai Dabbawalas fame). Asia Pacific Institute of Management is happy to invite Dr. Agrawal to address the large crowd of management graduates. The event is scheduled for 4th August 2017 and will be held at AIM’s premises.
This news has created quite a buzz on social media as everyone wants to listen to Dr. Agrawal. Students are excited enough that they are already in process of preparing questions to be asked to the speaker. What’s more, AIM team is also curious to have been given an opportunity to listen to the man behind Mumbai Dabbawalas.
As eagerly as the students are waiting for the D-day, faculty at AIM is also waiting for the day to come soon as this would be the first of its kind event at Asia Pacific. Dr. Agrawal would talk about his personal experiences as to how he manages his business and earns profit out it. He would also be addressing the students on points like customer service, management skills, product delivery, etc. Besides, he would also talk about his journey in becoming a big tycoon in his field. All his hardships, challenges and struggles will also be a part of his speech.
The event will start at 10:30 AM and will end around 12:30 PM. In these 2 hours of knowledge-sharing session, students are sure to take some learning from Dr. Agrawal that they can inculcate in their daily routine. AIM is all excited about the event and you can have a glimpse of the event by connecting with us through social media. Students are counting the days, so is the whole team of AIM.
Now days you will rarely find any person who spends his entire life in a particular company or in a particular industry. Infact many people would agree to the notion that if you are looking for the fast track to gain the skills, competences or network to launch your career in a new direction or start your own business, a popular way to do it is through a management course from a good PGDM institute. Leadership, critical thinking, cross cultural awareness, communication, knowledge about current technology, intellectual creativity are some of the skills that is being developed or strengthened during pgdm courses/MBA program and has been widely accepted and recognized by the top mba colleges in Delhi. In fact it has been accepted by many research firm that two-thirds or more graduating use MBA degree as a means of launching pad in their career.
The career switchers look upon the mba degree as a way to expand the career opportunities. I personally went to do mba in marketing after completing my graduation from arts background. I realized that the MBA experience opened my mind to various new opportunities/possibilities. Without a doubt I can say that I never would have achieved what I have today without an MBA. Since admission season is around the corner so I would like to suggest to those applying to an MBA program in the coming time. Doing management course from a good pgdm institute demands a lot of investment in terms of time, energy, money, so be mentally prepared to face all the challenges thrown at you. Make a solid case of yourself and show to the management and the companies that you what the industries requires.
Delivering a presentation can be difficult, exciting, energy-draining, fun, or all four together. The ability to give a persuasive presentation is a tremendous career booster for a person. For many individuals the first important presentation they deliver might be to the selection committee. It might be labelled as a “job interview” but it’s really a presentation. Success rides on their presentation outshining the competition. Presentation can be defined as a formal event characterized by teamwork and use of audio-visual aids. A presentation is a means of communication which can be adapted to various speaking situations, such as talking to a group, addressing a meeting or briefing a team. To be effective, step-by-step preparation and the method and means of presenting the information should be carefully considered. The main purpose of presentation is to give information, to persuade the audience to act and to create goodwill. A good presentation should have a good subject matter, should match with the objective, should best fit the audience, and should be well organized. Some of the key essential points that a person must kept in mind before giving a presentation are:
1.Preparation is the most important thing you can do before a presentation in order to do a good job during the presentation. The speaker must plan how to begin the presentation, what to speak in the middle of presentation and how to end the presentation without losing audience interests at any point of time.
2.Rehearse and practice the presentation. This will help the speaker to be more confident and self-assured. The more the speaker rehearses the better the presentation turns to be. Communicate ideas and facts verbally in a clear and organized way. Adjusts style, tone, and level of verbal communication to fit the audience and situation.
3.A detailed audience analysis must be made before the presentation, i.e., an analysis of the needs, age, educational background, language, and culture of the target audience. Their body language instantly gives the speaker the required feedback.
4.A good presentation should be concise and focused on the topic and should have the potential to convey the required information. It should not move off-track.
5.To communicate the desired information, the speaker should use more of visual aids such as transparencies, diagrams, pictures, charts, etc. Each transparency or slide should contain limited and essential information only and no slide should be kept on for a longer time. Organize all the visuals for making a logical and sound presentation.
6.The speaker should encourage more questions from the audience. He should be honest enough to answer those questions. If any biased question is put forth by the audience, rearticulate it before answering. Summarise the presentation at the end and give final comments.
Business leaders and managers are often expected to present their message with confidence and clarity to staff, clients, partners, investors and sometimes the public. Thus developing good presentation skills is as important as gaining relevant experience in a business organization. Experience develops one’s wisdom, strengthens one’s knowledge, but in order to make it obvious, there is a need for powerful presentation. Visit www.asiapacific.edu for details.
Most often you find students complaining about the number of subjects they are taught in MBA courses. The students argue that if they want to make their career in Marketing then what is use of studying finance. This argument holds only till you consider subjects as silos with no connection to each other. The moment you look at the bigger picture you realize the underlying interdependence of all these subjects in the strategic decision making of the organizations.
These PGMD Degree courses are there to prepare students for employment in holistic way. The study of different subjects and preparation for different jobs require attention to different things. The job details of their choice of career are mostly unknown at the time of study. Indeed, students may not know the use of some of these subjects until several years later in their career as a management professional. The knowledge imparted during the course equips them with the tools to understand & analyse the situation better and prepare befitting responses to them. Thus, the relevance of courses, taught in MBA program, to later working life for many graduates will lie in the realm of generic and transferable skills rather than specific competencies needed for a first job after getting the degree. The competences are not unimportant but the graduate’s employers are generally much better equipped to provide them than a best PGDM institutes. So the role of the educational institute is to ensure that the graduate acquires the necessary skills which facilitate the learning of competencies later on.
Higher education is about preparation for whole working life, not for a specific job in the first couple of years after graduation. Graduates who have studied the more academic subjects will require a longer transition period into employment than those who have studied more vocational degrees. Work experience prior to the course or alongside, as part of study, can help in this transition of the student. The emergence of graduates from higher education without any employment experiences is neither in their own nor in their employers’ interests. That is one of the reasons PGDM colleges have mandatory summer internship program for students at the end of the first year of education. In this the students work with companies and try to experience the corporate culture and working style which can help in transition from raw talent in to skilled professional. The transition may well entail further training in a professional field, which either the employer or an educational institution may provide. The short term projects are also incorporated as the additional assignments at some B-schools for this purpose. They give students a flavor of working in different set-ups and different problems.
Higher education is for the long term. Universities, employers and students should realise that the course curriculum designed in PGDM colleges are there to transform them for life. All types of graduates are likely to change their jobs several times over their working lives and a holistic approach to education will help them in achieving them the milestones of success.
If you ask the above mentioned question to students, many would shout: “No!” But the actual findings may change their minds. It has been found and validated by many studies that when a PGDM Institute creates or generates more research from students, its placement/salaries go up. Since, organizations are paying these higher salaries; they are obviously recognizing the value of students educated in a more research-oriented environment. Equally important, from the B Schools point of view, it has been found that when the number of faculty research publications increases, students’ evaluations of professors also go up.
Addressing the importance of research in academics, Asia-Pacific Institute of Management (AIM), one of the top MBA College in Delhi has constituted an extraordinary Research Development Center in its one of a kind endeavor to advance administration research. The prime target of this Center is to elevate/hoist the benchmarks of academic and applied management research. It additionally endeavors to urge significant commitment to the business. The Center has pulled together a gathering of researcher who has PHDs from top Indian management institutes with diverse management background in the areas of HR, Marketing, Finance, International Business, Economics and Operation Research. The division energizes interdisciplinary and between institutional exploration. Scientists and professionals from both the educated community and industry over the globe are welcome to attempt incredible cooperative exploration assignments with the Center. The productivity of such initiative can be seen from two perspectives. First, researchers can teach students state-of-the-art knowledge, including the latest models, findings and frameworks. A second is that research professors can conceptualize problems, generate logically valid hypotheses and then test them with relevant data and appropriate methods. An understanding of this knowledge-discovery process is essential for students who must “learn how to learn”, so that their education remains relevant in a fast-changing world.
Some of you may have the interview call letter or some of you might be expecting an interview call for the top b school for the PGDM program as admission season is around the corner. Interview is the first formal interaction point between an aspirant and the management schools. That is the time you convey your talent, drive and personality and you don’t want to take chances at that moment.
Having a feel of the question questions can certainly reduce the level of nervousness during any interview and preparing accordingly will smoothen your professional skills and strength. But always remember one thing the interviewer is always looking to know you as a person. Whether or not you would be fit for the college’s culture, how are you going to contribute to the college as a student, would be you be able to cope up with the academic assignments, projects etc.
Before applying to any top colleges in Delhi, the most important thing you need to work on is on your resume. Know your resume in and out. Don’t mention anything that you are not aware of. What I have observed is that the candidates, in order to differentiate their resume, add up unnecessary things which are not required. Remember one thing you have to differentiate yourself not your resume to impress the interviewer or to get selected. After crystallizing your resume, ask yourself these key questions:
- Can I clearly articulate my career plan and future goals? (talk about your specialization and the industry that you are targeting at to join, in future)
- What is my motivation to obtain an MBA? (talk about opportunities in the field of Management with reference to the current market)
- How do I plan to use my MBA in my career? (skills and competencies)
- What do I really want from my MBA experience? (talk about what you have read and heard about the course, and your expectation from the course and the college)
- Why is X business school the right place for me? (do a research about the college X, visit their Website)
- What can I bring to this MBA community? (talk about your contribution to the college)
- Where do I see myself in 5, 10 or 15 years?
If your are clear about these questions and can convince the interviewer, consider your admission done so far as the interview round is concerned, for any top b schools in India.