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Q: I am 22 years old and hold a BCA. I want to pursue an MBA in international hospitality and tourism. Is it better to opt for an institute that offers PGDM certification from a foreign university?

Poulami Ray

A: In India many institutes offer a selection of courses in hospitality. There are such courses as a three-year BA in hospitality and tourism management, or a two-year PG diploma in international tourism. If you want to work in India then you can study here, but if you are looking at opportunities abroad, then it will be prudent to do the course in the country where you want to work.

Q: I am studying physics. I want to work in the corporate sector. Should I do MBA right after BSc or wait till I complete postgraduation?

Doyel Barua

A: If you want to do an MBA then why pursue postgraduation? It would set you back by two years. I think the prudent thing would be to do an MBA right after graduation..

Q: I am 22 years old and pursuing MSc in economics from Calcutta University. Could you suggest what kind of jobs I should look for? I am confused.

Sreeparna Roy

A: There are a host of options available for you. You could be a teacher, lecturer, journalist, editor, economist, analyst to name a few. Also, with certain vocational qualifications you could work in the financial sector as a financial analyst or get into stock broking and utilise your qualification. You could also be a business reporter in any newspaper or business news channels.

Q: I am doing BSc in economics. After this I want to study journalism (newspaper editing). What are the prospects of journalism and how much would being a student of economics help?

Ashoke Roy

A: I am happy that you have chosen a path that interests you. Journalism has good prospects in India, as many new newspapers and magazines and also TV channels are coming up. A degree in economics would help if you work for the business news section of a daily or in a pink paper. It would also be of help if you shift your focus from newspapers to business magazines. There are opportunities aplenty in the business reporting section of TV channels.

Q: I am 31years old and have four years of experience in recruitment. I have done MBA in HR through distance learning. I want to shift to IT. Would it be prudent to change gears at this stage in life?

T Ghosh

A: Unless you have a compelling reason, it would actually not be prudent to change stream at this point in your career and age. In case you do not have the requisite qualification, it would be even more difficult for you to cope in a new profession. I would advise you to seek other HR functions in your organisation if you do not like recruitment.

Q: I am doing graduation in economics. I want to pursue MBA. When is the best time to prepare for CAT? What are the prospects for an economics student?

Syed Ahtesham Ali

A: Being an economics student will not give you an extra edge for the MBA entrance exams since the paper is set in such a way that no stream gets an advantage. You can prepare for CAT for a year long period if you so wish to do. But being a student of economics would give you a distinct advantage when you are pursuing MBA because you would be studying several business-related subjects.

Q: I did graduation in bioscience. I am doing postgraduation in dietetics and community nutrition management from Vidyasagar University. Can I become a dietician in a hospital? Do I have to sit for NET to be a lecturer?

Pallavi Majumder

A: If you are doing a postgraduation in dietetics, you are eligible to be a dietician attached to a hospital. If you have to be a lecturer in any medical college teaching your subject, you would need to qualify NET.

Q: I completed BCom and worked in the BPO sector for three years. I am working as an accountant for the past one year. Should I do a part-time or a full-time MBA?

Amit Prasad

A: You can do either. If you do a full-time MBA, keep in mind that you would be effectively six years junior to your current batchmates. On the other hand if you do a part-time MBA, you might not lose years, but the course might not be given the same importance by your organisation as a full-time MBA would.

Q: I am a 22-year-old science graduate. I hold a diploma in hardware and networking. I am also a Microsoft certified professional and currently preparing for the Microsoft Certified System Administrator examination. I have been working as customer support engineer in a small IT company for the past two years. But I am not satisfied with my job profile and salary. Should I opt for part-time BE or BTech to enhance my prospects in the IT sector?

Sharmistha Ghosal

A: I think you could get a decent job with your current qualification. Doing a part-time course would not make much sense as it is not on par with a full-time course. Your current exposure as computer support engineer would come in handy if you are looking for a new job. Do not think about salary at this stage. Choose a job if you think it will provide enough opportunity to learn.

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