Education
Are you interested in applying for an MBA degree? Well, you can be successful if you avoid mistakes with you application, essay and when choosing schools

So you want to get an MBA degree. Well, the competition is definitely tough out there, especially if you want to secure a spot in one of the top business schools. Your GMAT scores, profile, volunteer experience and extra-curricular activities all matter, but there is a lot more which is involved if you want your application to be successful.

So how can you get attention? How can you be sure that you are the one selected among the long list of candidates? For starters, you can be sure that your application is flawless. Your essay should be well up to the mark, and most importantly, you should wisely choose a business school. Here are the three most common mistakes most MBAs make.

1. Choosing the wrong MBA School

There are so many potential MBA students who end up choosing the wrong schools for themselves. Colleges which charge more are not always the best. Plus, whichever college you choose, it should be the right fit for you. Consider all colleges that may accept your score. Apply to these colleges as well to those known for selecting candidates with a higher score than yours; you may have some extra qualities that might help you get in.

So try to select some few good schools, and then apply. Also don’t just blandly sign the forms when you get your first admission offer. Wait a while because you may be selected for a better school as well.

2. Not ensuring your essay is up to the mark

Your MBA essay is one of the best ways to stand out from the crowd, and tell the admission committee why they should particularly select you, and not anyone else. Your score might not be so good, but with a solid essay, chances are still there.

When writing the essay, make sure you do not neglect the question or get off the track. Doing so will make you look like you are a poor fit. Be careful of the language which you use. Industry jargons and hi-fi terms don’t always give a good impression. Write in simple terms, but sound convincing. And throughout, make sure you are mentioning the truth only. Admission committees are often capable of pinpointing lies.

3. Not ascertaining that your application is error-free

Before you fill up your application form, come up with a solid career vision for yourself. Don’t think that you will get to explore options after enrolment. You should know what you want done right from the start. So prepare a vision for yourself, and then make sure your application is conveying the same well enough.

Which extracurricular activities do you want to put on the form? Many MBA students think that only giving back to the community is enough, and that is what the admission committee wants to see. Not the complete truth. The admission committee also wants to assess your leadership skills, so highlight that as well.

Avoid the above mistakes, and you should get into a good MBA school.
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Education
Many students who dream of pursuing an MBA degree end up choosing the wrong college. This blog talks about how this can be avoided.

So you want to be an MBA graduate. Where does this journey start? When it is your first day in your chosen MBA college? No, it starts a lot earlier than that; right when you decide that you want to pursue an MBA.  What’s the first step now? You understand what’s involved, and starts listing down schools to which you can apply. Sounds easy? Not really, because this is where most of you are bound to make a mistake. Is there something that you can do to avoid? Read on, and you’ll find out.

It all starts with a lack of research

Why do most MBA students select the wrong college for themselves? Because their research is not thorough enough. There are tons of MBA schools out there, and you must research each of them well. Yes, your scores will help you in cutting off a few names, but there are other things to consider as well. The faculty, the reputation, the fees, the alumni and their success stories, the electives offered, the support provided plus other factors. Evaluate schools on the basis of all of these, and then decide the ones that you can target.

And then it’s about not taking enough chances

A lot of prospective MBA students simply cut off schools because they think they will not be able to get in. This might be true if your scores are on the lower side, but we’ve still seen many applicants who underestimate themselves. They don’t even try out and decide without even applying that an MBA college won’t take them in only because it caters to certain ‘cream’ students.

Be realistic, but take chances. Who knows you might be able to get through.

Don’t just apply to one or two MBA colleges

There are so many MBA students who will apply to only one school. Wrong approach. Apply to a number of them, even if they are not your top choice. Ideally, your targeted MBA colleges should contain a mix of options. Use your scores to gauge your candidacy, but don’t limit yourselves to colleges with an average score about the same as yours. Also go for ones with average scores higher and below yours. Cut-offs change every year, and you can never know when things will tip in your favors.

Fees: Highest isn’t always the best

There are several MBA colleges that offer quality education and do not charge on the high end. So many prospective students believe that only the most expensive schools are the best, but not always.

Time to consider the offers!

Awesome! Because you just got an offer from one of the MBA colleges that you applied to. Should you go ahead with the process, and fulfill all the requirements immediately? No, most of the colleges give ample time for this, and you should wait a while. There is always a chance that you may just get an offer from a better college.
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Education
Will an MBA degree help you in landing the job of your dreams? No, not always! And so it should not be your primary reason for pursuing an MBA degree

An MBA degree is one of the most sought-after qualifications in the education industry. Students pursue it for so many reasons, be it for improving their skills or earning more money.

And there are some MBA students who also believe that this degree will help them in landing that dream job with industry leaders.

Is that really how it is? If it were, shouldn’t all the MBAs have nailed the best jobs by now?

The reality is so different from perception.

An MBA degree will not always help you land that job you’ve been eyeing. In rare cases, yes, provided luck is with you. But most of the time, the answer is no. And so if you are seeking MBA degree just to get a better job, you may be highly disappointed after spending a significant amount of time and money.

The Efforts Involved

An MBA degree does not come easy. You have to spend a good amount of time on it. Agreed, this won’t be an issue for many of you. But when you see your other non-MBA friends kicking it out there, you definitely wouldn’t be so eager to put your head back into those books.

Plus you may not be learning all the skills

A good job requires a lot more than what books teach. So chances are even with an MBA, you may still not learn all the skills required in your industry of interest. Another reason why your MBA may not help you get ‘that’ job.

So what can you do?

An MBA degree is not preferred as much as the problem solving and critical thinking skills. And there are plenty of ways to improve these rather than signing up for higher qualifications such as seminars, conferences or short educational courses. Not only will you be spending a less amount of time, but less money as well.

But that does not mean, you should not get an MBA

Do does all this imply that you should not opt for an MBA degree at all? No, it only means that you shouldn’t be getting if you are targeting a better job.  There are scenarios in which an MBA degree can be highly beneficial, such as if you were to start your own business. Challenging path, but definitely not impossible.

So many MBA students turned to entrepreneurship after completing their degrees, and were quite successful. Indeed, they had to put in efforts and time as well, but the output put is definitely worth it. Entrepreneurship is so much better than limiting yourself to a job. You do what you are passionate about without limiting yourself to a fixed routine. And if you do it right, you’ll be leaving an impact and magnifying your earnings in the time to come

Do go for an MBA degree, but just ensure that you are pursuing it for the right reasons.
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Education, Innovation
Find out why the big thinkers can influence and help the educational sector.

Education is one of the biggest evolving industries for big thinkers. Wondering why? Let’s jump straight to it because the answer is simple: the big thinkers of today will influence the big thinkers of tomorrow. Here are some of the reasons:

Create problem solvers

There is a growing need of solutions to real world problems and many people in the educational sector don’t realize it. However, the earlier the children get exposed to scenarios where they need to use their critical skills in order to solve real world problems, the better they would become. Yes there might be a genius or 2 who will come up with a new way of farming vegetables in your backyard or reducing the carbon imprint, but that’s rare. The new era is coming up with multiple problems. Multiple problems need multiple solutions and multiple solutions are only generated when there are multiple people working together.

New ideas

The one key thing about every thought leader or big thinker is that their ideas are always unique that makes them stand apart from the rest. They use never old techniques and strategies in coming up with solutions. Big thinkers can come up with new ideas and propose them to the schools and universities so that the students view education as something instrumental in their lives.

Contributing to the world

Using the “pay it forward” strategy, the big thinkers can contribute to the education sector by helping them devise plans and methods to effectively teach in the classrooms. They can have a mentoring program for students that show interest and skills in a particular field. By doing so, they can hone their skills so that they become future leaders.

 

Teaching the teachers

Big thinkers and thought leaders can enlighten the teachers and the educator’s community to adopt new styles and teaching methodologies that can create a better learning experience for the students. Skilled teachers will result in better students.

 

Rethinking the value of education

Students these days think of education as 2 things:

  • The road to a big fat paycheck
  • An ocean of debt
Either way, it’s all about money. New programs that are competency based and not involve heavy student debts that scare off potential students into getting higher education should be introduced. Students should also be told that a diploma or degree is not the primary face of a good education. There are innovators and thought leaders who had no degrees but they have excelled in life by taking risks, learning from failure and learning through both books and real world problems. We have examples such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Michael Dell to name a few. They need to know that money is not the main aim for getting education.
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Education, Innovation

The educational sector has a dearth in innovation these days due to many reasons. Learning is different from what it was 2- 3 decades ago. There needs to be educational reforms in order to improve the literacy rate and enhance the quality of the education system in America. However, some things need to be addressed and tackled before any progress happens due to them being obstacles in the path of education.

Parents

It is the job of the parents first to ensure that the children are receiving a good education from the school. If the child doesn’t do well in school, then ask them what could be the reason instead of just blaming it on laziness. There could be an undiagnosed learning disability. They should attend all the PTA’s and ask the teachers what strategies they use to teach their kids. This in turn will help them know what more needs to be done in order to make their children learn effectively. After all, they know their children more than anyone. Most parents are too occupied with their work to even care about such things and leave entirely everything on the school board.

 

School board

The school board always makes promises by talking about introducing innovative concepts in teaching and learning at their schools but back out when it is actually time to act out on it. Teachers don’t want to get out of their old teaching bubble by employing new strategies because they are new or uncomfortable to them. The result is the same old teaching methods to a generation of students that is so different to the ones they taught in the 90s.

 

Old and scripted curriculum

Although the concepts in the subjects are the same, but the approach to teaching them should be updated and renewed every few years. There should be special textbooks for students with learning disabilities like dyslexia and ADHD. Textbooks can be made in different formats to be more appealing to the students so that they grasp complex subjects easily. For e.g. there is a manga (Japanese style comics) textbook series that covers some of the basic subjects like math to complex ones such as quantum physics.

 

No room to grow

Classrooms should be a place of fostering the minds to grow both intellectually and artistically. Often students are kept in a virtual box by the teachers and are not encouraged to explore outside the bounds of a textbook and a rigid learning method. There should be project based learning where the students can learn by doing their own research and analysis.

 

Report card mentality

Report cards should not be the only yardstick to gauge the talents, skills and mental faculties of a student. Google encourages its employees to fail and knows that success only comes after learning from failing. Don’t make failing a sin for the students. Encourage them to value the learning process more than the end result which is just a letter on card.
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Business, Education
If you are an MBA graduate who has just stepped out of college, you should be thinking about entrepreneurship as the next move.

Are you a recent MBA graduate and thinking about what you should do next? What have you decided? Follow the crowd and get employed or break the barriers, and launch your own business.

We think you should go with the latter option, and your MBA degree will highly benefit you along the journey.  Oh, so you think that it’ll help you on your job too? You are wrong, and here is why.

Not paid enough

We’re sure that you think that your degree is the ticket to earning big money, just like the rest of MBA students. You think wrong; even with an MBA degree, your job still limits the amounts you can earn. Whether you put in too much efforts one day or too little the next, you’ll still get the same pay check that you do every time at the end of the month.

Not doing what you love

When on a job, there is very little chance that you will be actually doing what you love. Plus, most of the jobs out there are pretty monotonous, and you are bound to stagnate after some time.  With entrepreneurship, you do what you love, and you can try out something new every day. So one day, you’ll be planning out your product, after some time you’ll be marketing it, and then you’ll be selling it as well.  Thus, you are involved in literally all the aspects and learn so much.

Constantly answering to someone

If you decide to work for a company after acquiring your MBA degree, you will be reporting to someone. For all that you do, you’ll have to answer in the end. With entrepreneurship, you are your own boss. You do what you like and how you want. And no one can tell you anything.

Following your own routines

When employed, you have to follow a certain routine, and so every day will seem typical. However, if you setup your own business, your next day will be different from the previous one. You won’t get bored doing the same thing over and over again, because you won’t be doing the same thing at all.

Limiting your creativity

Employed individuals usually have to follow the already designed processes. And in many cases, there is slay little or no room to flex them. This limits your creativity, preventing you from unleashing your full potential. However, when you are your own boss, you can simply try out any great idea that you come up with. If you succeed, you can integrate it in your processes, and if you fail, you can just use it as a learning experience.

And it’s all going to end

If you climb the highest ranks possible during your job, it will all end the day you retire. And then you’ll have to rely on your savings mostly. Set up your own business, and you can forget about retirement altogether.

 

Do you now agree with us? What’s your next step forwards? Trust us, your MBA is going to be so muchg more useful if you become a business owner.
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Education, Innovation

Schools these days have started to slowly make the shift from traditional forms of education to the more modern and contemporary but there are still many school systems that are staying behind when it comes to introducing innovations in schools. So here are the most reasons why schools need innovative ideas:

 

Learning for everyone

Researches and studies over the years have discovered learning disabilities which were once considered to be something else. Children were that ADHD or dyslexia were thought of as “dumb, slow or lazy kids” who had no interest in studying. This thinking only further deterred those students into thinking that they were not good at studying. But now thanks to research there are special teaching methods and learning styles created to aid these students with learning disabilities and they can now study at the same level as their peers. Now even Children with Down’s syndrome can finish school.

 

Improvement in learning and teaching

People have experimented and created new learning styles and methods that help students to pick up concepts and information easily. There are schools which teach children life skills early on so that their transition to adult life is easier as opposed to the basic textbook method where all they did was read facts and figures.

 

Schools shouldn’t focus more on the regular grading system because everyone has a different learning level. The innovative schools teach children that it’s ok to fail so long as you learn something from it. They also teach children that even if they fail, how can they come up with a better or correct solution to the problem. This in turn increases their critical learning skills.

 

Career shift

Due to technological advancement much of the industrial sector has had a migration of jobs for people. There will be 7 million jobs that will be lost in the industrial sector because most of the work will be done by machines anyway. Children need to learning new and different things that will create a new job market for them and this will secure their future.

 

The good thing about it is there will be new jobs and categories created as well so they have to prepare themselves for the change. Many jobs that we see today won’t even exist in the next 5 years and will be replaced by technology and there will be new kinds of jobs springing up.

 

Staying in touch with latest trends

Schools need to keep up with the technology that is being introduced every day. There new devices, apps and machines that people are using every day. Innovations like the Smart board, tablets instead of books are just to name a few.

 

Easily accessible

Innovation is important in education because it needs to be accessible by everyone even if it’s in other countries. By doing so, everyone can get and share knowledge easily across the globe. Distance learning through the internet has created new opportunities for people to access education which wasn’t possible before. People can teach live online to students across other countries or students can access their lessons from home if they are unable to go to school.
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Education, Innovation
Read on to know why innovative strategies in education can transform the shape of the entire sector.

Everything changes with time and so do the methods and strategies for teaching and learning. The education sector has far too long been employing the same old teaching methods for students. The generation today relies heavily on technology more than ever. Therefore, in order for them to be engaged easily towards education, using technological methods has become necessary. New research has discovered learning disabilities in children that were once unknown. Children with learning problems used to be labeled as dumb or lazy but now they have a name for it. Now solutions are popping up for everything. So why can’t we use some of those solutions for the education sector?

 

Here are some reasons why the education sector needs innovation desperately:

To keep up with the times

Times are changing fast so the schools need to be kept abreast of new and improved teaching methods that they can introduce to their students. This is the age of the internet and more specifically social media and so the schools need to incorporate education into the lives of the students through these mediums as well. This creates a learning environment even outside of the classroom. Using new tools and gadgets will create a spark of interest in the students.

 

Preparing the students for the real world

School does not on the whole, prepare the children for the world really well. Gone are the days of readin’, writin’ and rithmetic’ and it’s more about project based earning and case studies. Students need to be thrown into the real world problems in order for them to come up solutions themselves. The teachers just need to steer them in the right direction. Students need to be taught critical thinking skills in order to be the future leaders, entrepreneurs and artists of tomorrow.

 

Idea generation

By employing new thinking models in the classroom, teachers can instill in them a sense of idea generation. They should be encouraged to come with solutions to problems and new ideas rather than just be taught from a rigid curriculum. How will they come up with new ideas if they are stifled by rote learning and de-motivating teachers?

 

They are the future

What we sow into the minds of the students today will reap tomorrow so we should do our best to provide them with a quality education. Who knows they might be the future presidents, ministers and lawmakers that can influence our lives.

 

Instill creativity

It has been proven by research that children in Montessori are the brightest because their classroom is a place their imagination can run wild. They can play with objects, build, break, learn, draw and color etc. They tell stories and have a keen interest in the world. But by the time they are in high school, most of the spark has been blown out by the school system. Risk taking and failures are considered shameful, so much of their creativity dies along with them. Students need to be encouraged to be the future artists, designers and creative thinkers of tomorrow.
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Business, Education

There are many problems in our society that only women have to face – to the point where men often don’t even know these problems exist, even though millions of women have been going through them. While things aren’t still perfect by any measure for women when it comes to work, they are better right now then they have ever been. We have a long way to go but we, as a society, have never been more accepting and accommodating to working women at any point in history.

However, while society isn’t progressing as fast as it should, technology and the economy are. This is the perfect time for women to start businesses not because sexism and discrimination is over, but because the market and technology available right now makes it easier than ever before.


Decreasing need to choose between a career and family

One of the biggest revelations that have happened in the previous few years is the effect the ‘work from home’ culture has had. Previously many women had to choose between raising a family and working on their career. This was somewhat mitigated by some companies offering daycare, but most companies didn’t offer anything like that.

However, technology now allows women not just to work from home, but start businesses from home too. Many successful entrepreneurs who are millionaires these days were once homemakers. They started out with a blog and selling items to enthusiasts. Sure, you may not become a millionaire, but you will be surprised at how successful you can become as long as you sells something people are interested in.


Digital Stores and Marketing

We cannot possible overstate how big digital stores and marketing have been for women. If you are a homemaker and want to start a business, instead of opening a bakery or a restaurant (which are very high risk businesses) try opening a small digital store instead. It takes only a bit of money so it is very affordable. It is also a great way to get your feet wet if you aren’t sure about diving in to the world of business. It is perfectly normal to have fears about running a business when you have never done it before, but the very low investment cost required by a digital store will go a long way towards mitigating risks and fears.


Consumers moving away from corporations

There has been a huge societal shift and people no longer like buying products from big brand names. It is now considered much better, especially by younger people, to buy things that are local. The focus now is on discovering things and telling other people about it. This is a fantastic thing for new businesses. When you start selling things, instead of worrying that people don’t know you, the fact that people don’t know you can become your strength.

There is a whole world full of opportunities out there. The opportunities have always existed, but now they can be availed without even needing to leave your home. If you want to start something of your own, do it now.
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Education
An MBA degree is invaluable, yet so many students fail to learn concepts that they should have otherwise learned.

MBA was and still is a valuable degree. The problem? Too many schools offer MBA courses and too many students sign up for it. Every other person out there is an MBA student or an MBA graduate so it is no more something that can set candidates apart.

Business schools laid extensive focus on the quality of education in the past, but not so anymore, and are on the wrong track now. Previously, MBA degree programs earned growing reputation. Only a selected few were admitted, and so the pay packages of the graduates were beyond impressive.


However, in the current era, quality has drastically gone down. Indeed, there are still some good schools out there, but they are limited. The curriculum isn’t designed properly, and so MBA students are not learning as they should have had. They don’t develop the skills that are required, and so fail to be an effective leader.


So what is the root cause? For most of the industry experts, it is the curriculum itself. During the past few years, business schools have developed an inappropriate academic excellence model. They now measure themselves using a scientific model that is based on abstract economical, financial and statistical analysis. The provided knowledge cannot be applied to real life scenarios, and so the current education system has become less practical.


The scientific model that is now used assumes business to be an academic subject like geology or chemistry. But this assumption itself is wrong. The truth is that business is a practical discipline like law and medicine. And just like all these subjects, business requires other subjects to be taught as well such as finance, accounting, mathematics and sociology. Thus, the curriculum is least expected to work until a more appropriate model is replaced by the current model, a model that considers all the essential requirements of a business profession.


So can we get the current dynamics to change? By understanding the profession at a deeper level and dealing with its requirements. Ideally, a profession has four fundamental elements: a body of knowledge that is widely accepted, a certification system that indentifies master of the knowledge body, targeted efforts for general good of the public and an ethical code. The core focus should be on industrial requirements, experiences close to real life scenarios and deeper practical insights. But all this must be integrated with theoretical knowledge as well.


That being said, the faculty should comprise of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. Right now, most of the schools have professors who are intelligent and skilled, but unfortunately have no practical and managerial experiences. Consequently, they fail to identify problems faced in the real world, and cannot teach their students the art of making decisions.


Corporate employers and successful entrepreneurs should play their part as well, and let business schools know of what is expected of MBA graduates. Once they clarify their requirements, business schools will be able to serve their needs and produce more quality candidates.


If everyone gets on board, MBA programs can be improved further, and will teach the right lessons.
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Education

Every entrepreneur should read these 5 books to gain some insight and motivation. Even if you are not an entrepreneur these books are fantastic reads. They are full of life lessons and you are bound to learn a thing or two.

1.     Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

This book is so simple that even a 10 year old can read it but it taught me some of the most important lessons. When I was reading this book, I was in awe of perfectly it fits every situation in my life and how I have exceedingly complicated my professional matters. This book urges you to take matters into your own hands, take action and not be resistant to change. You can easily finish the book in one sitting but the impact is going to last way longer than that. What I like best about this book is that it is so metaphorical that everybody concludes a different message from it making it universally beneficial.

2.     #GIRBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso established a billion dollars empire and a brand name Nasty Gal, out a thrift store haul. This book covers her journey from being a weird teenager, who used to shoplift and think that she was too smart for school, to becoming the power women she is today. This book is a must read for everyone who thinks their ideas are unconventional and don’t fit into the pre-determined cut out patterns of the society. Sophia made us realize that weird is okay and that “the straight and narrow is not the only path to success”.

3.     Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

It is regarded as one of the best self development books of the 20th century. People have mixed reviews about it, some claim that is drastically changed their life some find it vague and annoying. Again with self development books, I think it depends on the individual and what they plan on taking from it. Personally, I think it is a good read and equip you with helpful tips and tricks to lead you on the path of success.

4.     The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

One of the best things about this book is that it involves case studies and real life examples so that the readers can better relate to it. Probably the best lesson I learned from it was that you can’t turn all of your passions into profitable ventures and some dreams are better left as dreams. So the key to success is to decide carefully which passion to follow and find a point of convergence between your passion and value.

5.     Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt

Ok, this book contains some concepts of economics but it does help you in developing your critical thinking abilities. It revolves around the idea that even the apparent random things happening in our everyday lives are not random and that everything follows a pattern, either hidden or evident.
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Education

So you have finally finished your MBA program successfully and are now exploring your options in the job market. Probably one of the reasons you are reading this currently is because you stumbled upon this post while looking for places to apply for job.

Wait! Just pause your job search for a while and hear us out. Well if you really wanted to try your luck at job market, why didn’t you do it after Bachelors? Or maybe even if you did why didn’t you stick to it? Why investing two years of your life in attending classes and paying a handsome amount to an institution when you could very well be cashing your Bachelors degree?

I know what you’re going to say, that it is difficult to land a good job by just doing Bachelors. Good and reputable companies want a person with diversified and skills set and prefer MBA’s over BBA’s.

Take a step back and analyze. Who gave companies that option of hiring over qualified employees for under qualified positions? It is all about the demand and supply. I am sure all of us have read about that during the course of our MBA programs.

The supply of over qualified MBA professionals looking for job increased and why would companies not hire someone with advanced skills set anyways? It is a complete win-win situation for them. But is it a winning situation for us? Not so sure.

Here are some of the reasons why taking up a job after completing MBA is a bad move.

1. You will be living someone else’s dream

You use your skills set and experience to build dreams of your employers. And the worst part is that you feel accomplished doing that. You take up a job thinking that it is a temporary refuge but soon it becomes your comfort zone that you are too scared to leave.

2. It kills innovation

When you decide to pursue a graduate studies program you already have basic theoretical knowledge about the subject through your undergraduate studies. You build up on existing foundations and explore the previously unexplored academic domains. This practice of critical thinking generally transforms into an innovator. When you decide to take a regular job after MBA you basically kill the innovative spirit by taking on the mundane tasks.

3. It is an era of entrepreneurship

There is a significant chance of humans loosing the current jobs to machines because of the rapid digitalization. People have developed complex algorithms for carrying out manual tasks and human expertise are no longer needed in those domains.

The only way to combat the predicted dreaded scenario is b human playing an active role in creative fields. If you still want to be employed in the next decade, utilize your MBA degree, put your creative entrepreneurial hat on and produce something that robots cannot.

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Education, Innovation

New research has confirmed that the old ways of teaching and learning will soon be chucked out the window because new ways of teaching students have been developed. A couple of decades ago there was no way for learning disabilities like ADHD and Dyslexia and kids that had these, were thought of as dumb or lazy. But now scientists and psychologists have also developed ways for these students to learn better and be at the same level as their peers. Thanks to technology, students can’t lag behind anymore and the old school ways are decreased.

Career centric

If technology is used correctly then kids and teens have better chances of choosing the career of their choices and some guidance counsellor who thinks going the run of the mill path is the sure fire way to go. By using smart phones, tablets and apps can make them sharper and see what interests them on a broader scale. No longer will they be dependent on what others decide for them when it comes to their careers. A lot of people who have taken the traditional path of education are often seen quitting their jobs and switching their careers or fields.

Boosts creativity and innovative skills

Technology definitely helps in boosting creativity in children. Watching videos on YouTube, graphic designing classes, using tools that create art, film, sound etc all help kids come up with something new every time. If you think about it, all the big innovators in technology were students when they developed life changing things. The owner of Dell (Michael Dell) was still in college when he created Dell computers, Zuckerberg was in College when he created Facebook and the list goes on.

Prepares them for the real world

Technology helps in kids develop critical thinking skills as opposed to just boring textbook learning in the classroom. Teachers are creating new syllabi that incorporate more use of technology like using iPads, iPods and laptops. High school students are becoming entrepreneurs and are encouraged to come up with solutions to real world problems like wars, carbon emissions, and economics.

Learning faster through visual aids

A picture is definitely worth a thousand words as proven by science now because it is concluded that humans are visual creatures and they remember things more clearly with the help of pictures and images. The brain processes facts faster if they are shown as opposed to heaps of written or printed text. So using videos in lessons and taking them to educational trips creates long term learning. This is not to say that we must completely remove books because things to be explained articulately will always be required in textual format; it’s simply to use visual aids more. This will help students who dyslexic or have ADHD will also not feel left out or attend special classes.
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Education, Entrepreneurship
Thinking of becoming an entrepreneur? You definitely can go far ahead with an MBA degree than without it.

So you are about to get an MBA degree as the next feather in your cap. How do you go forward from here onwards? Do you want to work for someone or establish your business? We’ll suggest you to take the latter option, and trust us, your MBA will help you a lot.

Here is how an MBA degree can benefit you if you want to establish your own business.

MBA students understand business management theory

When you are done with your MBA degree, you will have a deeper and well founded understanding of management principles: the fundamental concepts, business planning methodologies and what creates the difference between winning and losing.

You’ll learn all of these things and more in great detail, and then apply them when you run your own company.

MBA Students gain operational knowledge

How do you manage your business? There are so many ways, and your MBA degree will teach you all of this. You’ll come to know of the pros and cons of each method, and accordingly, can decide the best one for your particular situation. Plus, you will be solving several case studies which will help you gain an insight into how the best of business leaders think. You can then replicate their strategies and use them for the good of your own company.

MBA students make several contacts

Enrolling as an MBA student exposes you to so many people, with whom you can make contacts for a lifetime. Every person in your classroom today will be a business leader or an industry expert tomorrow. In the time to come, each of you can cash onto each other strengths and steer your way through difficult situations together. So reach out to everyone around, strike conversions with them and make as many connections as you can. Who knows they might be your business partners or clients down the road.

MBA students grow at a global level

An MBA program gives you access to all the tools and guidance that you require to take growth of your company to a global level. Expanding internationally is of utmost importance in today’s market, especially if your industry is nearing saturation or is already saturated.

MBA students gain access to a talent pool

Running a business also means building your team sooner or later. And when you take this step, you will need access to a talented pool of candidates. With your MBA degree, you learn skills that help you judge good candidates and use your resources optimally.

MBA students develop proper business plans

Looking around for investment for your business? Yes, many people will be interested in funding but only if you make them realize that your business is worth the amount of money they want to put in. For this, you need a proper business plan, and your MBA degree will help you with it. Thus, you will be able to draft a plan that convinces the investors and help you get the funding that you want.
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Education, Innovation
Read on to know how giving teachers the right tools to teach can bring huge changes in the education sector.

Times have changed a lot especially really fast in the last decade or so where technology has changed various sectors of the world. The education sector has also been impacted. Gone are the days when teachers used to make the students do rote memorization, reading through lots of texts that not only bored them but also lessened their deter them from studying. Nowadays, thanks to innovative technological advances, teachers are using new methods to teach their kids. Information and knowledge is easy to access and share more than ever so there really is no excuse for someone not getting a good education (at least not in the developed world).

Here are just some of the ways the teachers are using new tools to teach their students:

Smart board

We thought that using white board was cool thing back in the day when they were first introduced to replace the traditional chalk board but now the board has evolved into a smart board which is an innovative technology incorporating the touch screen capabilities on a computer screen that is projected to the classroom. Teachers can now use their computers and also write over them through the use of a special touch pen. There is no need to use chalk or pen and no issue of cleanups.

Cloud Technology

Now the students who have missed their lessons due to any reasons have no excuse to not do their homework or assignments because whatever the teacher taught in the class can be stored or backed up by cloud technology and it can be accessed by the students with the permission of the teacher. It can include videos, audio, PDFs that they can print out etc.

MOOCs 

It is short for Massive Open Online Course and it is a very useful and important platform for people all over the world to access and learn subjects through this innovative way of distance learning. Professors and teachers from different universities collaborate and create subjects that people can study. They get assignments and tests in which they are graded on and at the end of the term they can even get certifications for passing the subject. The students can then put these certifications on their resumes as well.

Apps

Apps for learning and education are also drastically changing the way people learn new things. There are apps for language learning, for math, history and other subjects who anyone wants to delve into. Some are free while others have to be purchased. The best part about them is that they are for mobiles so the students can access them whenever they are on the move.

Podcasts

Teachers can create audio lectures for their students and upload them as podcast that the students can listen to their iPods or other mp3 players. Nowadays, who doesn’t have an mp3 player? And for those who don’t, can listen to them on their smart phones. Podcasts are also an easy way to listen to lectures on the go and it also saves the students’ time.
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Education, Innovation
Technology has advanced rapidly, but education management seems to have fallen behind. Innovation should be brought in for effective learning

They so rightly say that today’s students are the leaders of the future. What this means is that they must be educated effectively.

Technology has advanced significantly today, but unfortunately education is unable to keep up at the same pace. Innovation in education management is absolutely vital so that the methodologies and effectiveness of teaching can be improved.

Education management needs new ideas and strategies, which must be scalable so that they can be used for serving millions of people, including both students and teachers. Plus, they should be able to reach out to students and teachers at all levels.

So how can innovation in education be achieved? Here are some ideas that might work.

Focus on visual techniques

Teachers should ensure that they are not presenting disconnected facts to students. Instead, they should organize all the concepts and details, and explain them out through visual means. What’s the benefit? Knowledge is transferred in a much effective manner that allows students to understand it better and retain it for longer periods of time.

Classroom technology plays its part

If advanced technology is used in education, students’ learning will be enhanced, and the overall experience will be better for them as well as the teachers. Tablets, cameras, computers and even GPS devices play a notable role. Video games can be used for teaching math and languages. Skype and video conferencing can be used for setting up sessions with guest speakers around the world in an attempt to coach students and even teachers.

While extremely advantageous, the usage of electronic devices should be properly monitored as well.

Active learning is an effective form

Active learning includes methodologies such as peer instructions, problem solving and discussion groups. The benefits of this are that students get to think and share information with others as well.

An ideal lesson can be one in which teachers provide a quick overview of the topic, and then present a challenge for the students. The challenge can be in the form of a QA session, puzzles or some other activity. Depending on the complexity and time, students should either be solving the challenge individually or in groups. Once the class ends, each group can quickly go over their learnings.

45 to 60 minutes may not be enough

Traditionally every lesson is around 45 to 60 minutes. However, certain concepts need to be presented for longer periods. Thus, efforts should be made to shift schools from the concept of rigid lessons. In today’s error, education should not be limited to time or even a classroom. As per the needs, it should be long or short, and on or beyond the institution premises.

Learning should be more personalized

Everyone in the classroom does not learn at the same pace and faces different challenges. Educators should focus on the individual needs of every student, and try to address then. Generally, every student in the room is taught in the same way, but new methodologies should make an attempt to break away from this. Digital technologies and project based learning can help change this to a certain extent. If this is paired with frequent and affective assessments, teachers can gauge everyone’s progress.

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Education, Entrepreneurship

Don’t undersell yourself by thinking an MBA will just lead to better job opportunities

You are about to finish off with your MBA degree. Great step ahead. Where do you want to go on from here? Choices there are a plenty, but which ones of them work and which don’t?

We have seen so many MBA students who only see one path after their degree is completed. And that is getting employed. But there are so many other options out there, so many alternatives to choose from. You should try to consider all of these before making a final decision.

Why are we saying this? Because you will only be underselling yourself if you start looking for your jobs right after your MBA. The knowledge that you gain and the skills you learn during the program can be applied in many ways, so why get stuck up in just one job? Jobs are monotonous, dull and boring, and just after a while, you will get stagnant. Plus, you will also not be able to use all that you learn when on the job. Is there a way out? Yes, don’t apply for a job, and tread on a different path.

Let’s take a look at what else you can do after acquiring your MBA degree.

Apply to a conference

Do you have a great idea? Some new product or innovative way of doing something? Awesome, research it well enough, and then apply to a conference. Think about your idea, present it well enough and then pitch it out. If there is any conference scheduled, you should definitely participate. Doing so will help you meet with industry experts, and open up room for some great opportunities.

Start you own business

Is there something which you are passionate about? Well use your MBA knowledge and create your own path to walk on. Get in touch with your instructors, friends, and find a mentor. Discuss your options with them, try to get your idea refined and then look around for investors.

You’ll have to go through some difficult times initially, but down the road, entrepreneurship is rewarding.

Take some time off

Graduation is a tough journey. So why not take some time off, and discover your own self, travel to some places, where you can relax and enjoy. Once you are refreshed, think again, set goals towards yourself and then work on achieving them.

Join a civic organization

There are several civic organizations that are always looking for great members and volunteers, willing to make a contribution. These local chapters are managed by business leaders and industry experts who get together to solve major issues. You could join them, and while at it, you’ll be learning a lot.

 

So do you now see that finding a job is not the only thing that you can do after your MBA. Among all the options available, entrepreneurship is definitely a great choice.

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Education, Innovation

The education system has evolved immensely compared to the last century. New research in teaching and have made learning standards for today a whole lot different. Technological changes have also played a huge part in creating educational reforms for both the students and teachers. It is imperative for schools and colleges across the world to shift towards new styles of teaching so that the children of today can better function in the future in all aspects of their lives.

Here are just some of the new teaching methods that being incorporated in schools in different parts of the world:

Using technology

Schools across the world are using new technology to have the children earn in a better and easier way. Things like Smart boards –touch screen boards that also function as a projected screen for a computer are being used by teachers in their classes. These boards can be written on using a special pen that has sensor that helps to write and erase anything on the board. No more chalk and pens on a regular board. Schools are encouraging kids to be using tablets like iPads and nooks. This decreases their schoolbag load and they can access all of their textbooks in just one tablet.

Shareable education

Thanks to the internet, education can be accessed by anybody across the globe. Students who can’t afford to travel to developed countries for education can access free study materials online or have private online tutoring. This is also very useful for teachers who are looking more a wider level of teaching opportunities for themselves. Professors from reputable universities are now collaborating to create courses that people can register for online and get certifications in the field of their choice.

Easily accessible

Suppose if a student is ill for a long period, injured or has any other strong reason not to attend classes, the solution for him/her is that teachers can have virtual classrooms that he/she can attend from home or see later from a portal. Students can access other study materials, assignments and collaborate with other students as well.

Connecting with nature

Schools in Europe a=have adopted a new style of teaching children that lets them connect with their natural surroundings. They are free to run happily about forest themed classes. These classes have plants, trees, flowers, bushes etc which stimulate their brains and allow them to breathe in a more eco friendly and pollutant free environment. This strengthens their immune system as well and they are able to grasp new and different concepts easily.

Project based teaching

Schools that are innovative are using real world examples as projects for students to work on. This will develop their critical thinking skills and their thinking will not be limited to using a textbook style approach. They learn how to do problem solving and are not easily fazed by problems later on in life. They learn to be creative and think outside the box and this will have higher chances for them to excel not only in their lives but also come up with new ideas that can shape the world as well.
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Education, Entrepreneurship
When you are done with your MBA, is applying to jobs the only thing that you should do? No, try out entrepreneurship and reap in the benefits

Congratulations! You finally have an MBA degree. How do you cash it though? You can step out in the job market, and try out your luck. You can improve your qualification even further or join a college as teacher.

But if you want to really enjoy the benefits of your MBA degree, none of the above options is the best choice.

Start your own business.

Yes, that is what every MBA graduate out there should be doing, but unfortunately only a handful of students choose to tread on this path.

Why, you ask? Because there are so many benefits of becoming an entrepreneur. You practice your passion, you unleash your creativity and you enjoy flexibility. Yes, it does not come without a struggle and a fight, but the end results are worthy of the efforts involved. It’s challenging and demanding, but all of it pays you back.

Is there something that you can do to make sure that you emerge as a successful entrepreneur? Read on!

Should or should you not find a partner?

Finding a partner is absolutely okay as long as you split the ownership and earnings wisely. Most MBA graduates opt for a 50-50 without giving it a second thought. But this is such a wrong approach. There are so many instances when these co-founders give up and sign themselves for a corporate job. That is fine, but not if want to enjoy the same percentage of ownership and earnings.

So research beforehand and decide everything right at the start.

Turn to a mentor

If there is a mentor to guide you along the way, there is a good chance that you can take your startup business several notches higher. Look around in your network and you are sure to come across successful entrepreneurs. Strike a chord with any one of them and get them to trust you. If they like your idea, they will coach you and offer support at every step.

Stay focused and committed

There are so many MBA graduates who live on the fact that they can always step back into the corporate world if their businesses fail. That’s certainly one option; but remember: your business will only give back to you when you give it your 100%.

Deciding a location, arranging the finances, there is just too much that is involved. So you really have to be committed, and focus all your time and energy onto it.

Your product is your top priority

Young entrepreneurs have a habit of deviating from the core, and paying attention to other secondary things. Whether you are right at the first stage or enjoying a blooming business, your product is and will always be your first priority. Come up with something that is new or is being done in an innovative way. Look for ways of improvement and ensure you are tackling the needs of your targeted audience.

So get going and good luck!

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Education, Innovation
Find out how using this innovative technique can vastly improve the learning experience in a classroom.

There’s a growing need for creativity in everything these days so why should our educational system be any different? There is a new approach to teaching students about creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. It’s called the Hurson’s Productive Thinking Model.

It was created by the creative theorist and writer Tim Hurson. This thinking model can be used in organizations to come up with new solutions to the challenges they face and can also be used in schools and colleges. This thinking model which was first published in Hurson’s book “Think Better” (2007) can nurture in children as young as 4 a sense of creativity and unique problem solving skills.

Often times, as children grow up they tend to lose their creative spark with the introduction of textbooks, art being pushed to the sidelines and new ideas as wild as it may seem, are discouraged by the teachers. This thinking model breaks that mold in a 6 step process that people have to go through and by the end of it there are amazing new realizations. This model can be used in every homeroom class for brainstorming or even in a class which a teacher thinks it deems fit.

The 6 steps:

1.    What is going on?

This is the first question that needs to be addressed in solving a solution. It is about addressing the elephant in the bedroom but in this case, the classroom. Doing so, will make every student be on the same page (literally and pun wise as well). This is the most discussed upon question during the 6 stages.

2.    What is success?

Success is relative and students are never taught that in schools. They are only taught that success is getting an A grade and they are set for life. This develops in them a very flawed thinking that what matters in this world is only the outcome but not the process or experience. Everyone has different goals in life so by asking these questions to them they will discover a great deal about themselves and the world.      

3.    What is the question?

This is a question in itself that needs to be asked. They key point is to figure out what questions they should ask in order to reach to a conclusion. Asking the right questions will lead to the right answers.

4.    Generate answers

This is the section where the students can pitch in their ideas to solve the problems. Having a diverse set of ideas will generate so many possibilities and room for modifications to the solutions.

5.    Forge the solution

This is when all the answers are filtered out and concrete solutions are formed and proposed.

6.    Align resources

This is the final stage when the students can gather all their possible resources to implement their solutions.

This innovative new approach to problem solving can solidify as a great habit in students which they can use and implement in any every area of their life later on.
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