Q:I have completed BCom from Garhwal University this year. I had been working at call centres in Delhi for the past three years. Owing to some family problems, I came back to my home town, Dehra Dun. Here I have been working as a merchandiser for Aspen Crew. I want to continue in this field as I can see a good career ahead. Can you please tell me what courses should I go for and are they available through correspondence' I can't afford regular courses.
A: It would have been ideal if you could have joined NIFT. But you have already said that you cannot join a regular course. A very attractive option would be to learn on the job. You will find that merchandising skills can be easily picked up on the job. Therefore, you should continue with your present job till you are confident that you are adding value to your profile. After that, you can look for other options.
Q:I'm doing a diploma in modern office management. I have completed my Plus Two in science. I have bought a PC. Please suggest a course that will help me learn the computer basics and get a job easily. I don't want to go for long-term courses as I want to get a job as early as possible. Also, the course must be related to what I have studied.
A:It would be a good idea to visit a recognised training centre that offers computer training such as NIIT. They have experienced counsellors who can suggest the course best suited for your needs. In some instances, they can also prepare a course to take care of your needs.
Q:I have a diploma in electrical engineering and am working as a manager at Tata Steel. Kindly let me know how I can get a degree in technical education or management through any correspondence course.
Pradip Kumar De
A: I think you will get information from the All India Council for Technical Education's website ' www.aicte.ernet.in. It gives a state-wise listing of institutions accredited to AICTE.
Q:I have a diploma in automobile engineering. I have been working as a service advisor in Tata Service Centre for the past six months. I find there are very little chances of growth here. Can you suggest some other options'
A:Maybe you are not finding your present job very challenging and therefore you feel that you are stagnating. Why don't you seek employment in an automobile plant or an ancillary unit of the automobile industry and gain some hands-on experience' Your qualifications are suitable for a job in the operations or maintenance department of an automobile plant. The experience will be more rewarding in terms of gaining knowledge and will also lead to job satisfaction. Moreover, there will be ample opportunities for growth.
Q:I am 38 years old with five unrewarding years in IT in terms of salary and job satisfaction. Now I plan to go for a foreign language course. I have a flair for languages. What are the prospects' Also, at this age, can I hope to get job offers' My educational qualifications are BSc, ICWA (inter), MCSE and CCNA. Will a combination of foreign languages and IT add any value to my CV'
A: I see you giving up one set of troubles for another! Your CV will look good only if additional qualifications are there to help you build on what you are already doing. Otherwise, you only arouse suspicion and appear confused about your career plans. You are welcome to learn a foreign language and become an interpreter, but do remember that gaining fluency in a language takes a lot of time, practice and patience. Probably you have not positioned yourself well in the IT industry and hence your disenchantment with your job. Your first attempt should be to work in an environment which is conducive to your temperament and do work which does not stress you. You can always start learning a language as a hobby and later on who knows'..Hobbies have been known to be very rewarding!
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