Q:I am a 25-year-old BCom graduate. For the last two years, I have been managing the content of an international organisation's website. My current pay package is quite good. However, I am uncertain of the future. Are there any courses in content development that would enhance my prospects'
A:You can enrol in short-term multimedia and content development courses offered by institutes like Zee Interactive Learning Systems, Arena Multimedia, NIIT, etc. These courses would equip you to look at other job options like animation and gaming, apart from strengthening your basics. These institutes will be able to tell you which course would serve your purpose the best.
Q:I have a diploma in shipping as well as an MBA. I have nearly 20 years' experience in international trade in minerals. However, I am without a job for the last two months. What should I do' Will it be wise for me to take up courses in international trade or should I intensify my efforts at job search'
A:Given your current situation, I suggest that you continue looking for a job. However, there is no harm in augmenting your skills through short-term courses. These courses will definitely increase your employability.
Q:I have completed my MPhil in commerce with specialisation in financial analysis from Berhampur University, Orissa, in 2005. In May 2005, I got a job as an assistant professor of management. I rejected the offer due to stiff contract conditions. I am now doing a PhD in commerce management. I want to switch from academia to industry. However, I am only getting entry-level job offers where the qualification required is a simple graduation. Will a PhD in commerce management help' Or should I pursue an MBA'
Arun Kumar Panda
A:Since you have no previous work experience, you are being clubbed with freshers. Sadly, most Indian firms don't value postgraduate degrees, especially in commerce. Therefore, you have to be mentally prepared to start at the same level as the graduates. An MBA might help you gain a middle-level entry.
Q:I am working as an engineer in a thermal power plant in a remote district. I want to upgrade my software skills in the field of computational fluid dynamics, thermal analysis, etc. Do let me know which courses would best suit my purpose and the institutes where they are offered.
A:Since you are posted at a remote place, I am not sure about the institutes that offer software courses there. Your best bet would be to check out Internet-based courses. However, make sure the connectivity in your area is good. Otherwise, you might end up wasting money.
Q:I have completed an MBA in marketing and HR from Dibrugarh University. And I am working in the marketing division of a software company. Could you suggest some courses that would boost my career prospects'
Abdul Hannan Ahmed
A:The choice of the course depends on what you want to do with your career. It also depends on your aptitude, interests and aspirations.
Q:Since 1997, I have been working in a government concern in the power sector. My present job responsibilities include preparation of accounts and budget of the unit, financial supervision of construction activities as well as finding out ways to increase revenue. I am a CA and have also done a certificate course on treasury and forex management from ICFAI. My present assignment offers job security but I feel bored. I also feel that my professional capabilities are not tested enough. Will it be possible for me to find placements in the private sector' Will it help if I enhance my professional qualifications in the area of finance and management'
A:You will not get the answers unless you try. Prepare a good r'sum' highlighting your achievements and send it to a few consultants. With your work experience, I am sure you will find a job that will be challenging enough for you.
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