Q: I am 24 years old and have done postgraduation in ecology and environment studies from Sikkim Manipal University through correspondence. I have two years’ experience of working as a counsellor. I want to do some courses to improve my job prospects. Should I go for an MBA in human resources or a diploma in public relations?
A: An MBA will open new avenues for you. It will help to develop your personality and give you a good theoretical grounding on different managerial aspects. I would advise you to do a part-time MBA. Also, look for a job by posting your résumé on prominent job portals.
Q: I am 30 years old and have been working in a pharmaceutical company as an area sales manager. I have eight years’ experience in this field. I am now looking for a change. What kind of jobs can I get?
A:Cross-domain movement is encouraged in today’s world. You have not specified why you want a change. Have you identified the reason? I would not recommend a change just for the sake of it. There is a possibility that you might want to change the company you are working in but still prefer to work in pharmaceutical sales.
You can always move to retail. There are plenty of opportunities in your field of work. Evaluate your options and then prepare your résumé and put it on job sites. This process will take time but you will eventually find a job to your liking.
Q:I am a 25-year-old advocate and have been practicing in labour court and high court for the past one year. I am now doing MBA in human resources from Punjab Technical University through correspondence. What type of jobs will I get after completion of the course?
A: Legal process outsourcing (LPO) sector offers promising job prospects and a very rewarding career. LPO industry has been recruiting lawyers for knowledge-based duties such as contract management and litigation document review. The management degree will give you a good theoretical grounding on general managerial aspects. You can also work as a legal reporter for a newspaper. With an LLB-MBA degree, you can work as a law officer, legal assistant or legal adviser. You will get opportunities in banks, factories, industrial houses, companies, railways, commerce and trade departments of government, central or state government offices as well as other statutory bodies.
Q: I have been working in a leading tyre company for the past three years. Our company is a SAP R/3 user. I have done MBA in marketing and have some knowledge of programming. Should I go for training in SAP R/3 or SAP B1 and then do SAP R/3. I want to know the scope of SAP B1.
A:SAP B1 is used by small or medium-sized companies. After completing SAP B1 you can work as a business process analyst, pre-sales consultant, implementation consultant, solutions development consultant and also as a freelancer. SAP B1 is being used by nearly 100 SAP business partners in India and they require certified consultants. Career prospects and development are good and companies are willing to pay a premium to attract good talent.
Q: I am a science graduate and have completed the chartered financial analyst course. I have been working as an assistant finance manager in a multinational company for the last three years. I want to do a course in share trading and mutual fund. Will it improve my prospects?
A: I am assuming that you are not working in the financial services sector. Doing a course in share trading would add to your qualification. However, doing a masters in business administration in finance is definitely a better option.
An MBA degree will give you an overall knowledge of financial services and an overview of the functions of other departments as well.
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