Back-to-school lessons that hold significance in adult life

The most fun phase of your life is when you are at school or studying in college. You may nod your head in disagreement but trust us – you will say “yes” to this as you grow older and realize your problems as a student were nothing as compared to the mammoth of situations you deal with as an adult.

For 10th and 12th class students, the next few months are tough. Pre-boards, practical tests, viva and then board exams – that’s how the timeline is for most of you. As far as the college-going students are concerned, you have either joined a new institute or are about to join.

Whatever the situation is, it is a new beginning or the start of a new life. It is rather exciting for students of all ages. This is the reason why we have decided to impart a few life lessons that will be handy to you once you become a part of the society as an adult.

There is nothing to feel demotivated or scared about it. Everyone grows up and everyone has to deal with various kinds of situations. So let us not keep you in the dark anymore. Here is a list of 5 lessons you must always remember even after you grow out of the student phase:

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How To Start Branding Yourself Right After College

Till a few years ago, fresh college graduates had no internships or professional achievements to their name. There was a thin line between completing academics and starting a full-time job. But times are fast changing. Today, students are more conscious about getting an early start in their choice of field.

Whether it is a small internship or a part-time stint at an NGO – they are working hard towards building their personal brand. Yes – it is a long process and requires patience but presenting yourself to the world as a “person of calibre” is an achievement in itself!

Before we go any further, let’s try to decode the definition of personal branding:

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Seven Points To Remember While Preparing For CAT

OK – so the date for the Common Admission Test (CAT) to be held is set. 4 December it is. Students have already began preparing for this competitive exam. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam to select students for their business programs and it is a moment of prestige for a student to get enrolled in either of the institutes.

Cracking CAT is considered a feat given its difficulty level and paper pattern. But it is not impossible. With a proper study strategy in place, students can score a thrilling percentile and make their way to the second level of the admission process of IIMs. Sure – it is a tedious journey but the end-result is definitely worth it.

With less than 4 months left till the D-Day, let us not waste time any further. Let’s dive into learning seven basic points that you must keep in mind while preparing for CAT:

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Career Opportunities For 12th Class Science Students With PCM

Life for 12th class Science (PCM) students in India is tough. The pressure to get into the best engineering college or enroll in a medical program is too much to bear. Parents are worried. Teachers expect too much. There are home assignments, practical tests and multiple projects to squeeze in one tiny academic year.

Students often get de-motivated or under confident because of the workload and the overwhelming attention they receive (from everyone else) for no rhyme or reason! Trust us: choosing the right course is not easy. And it is always nice to have some options handy – whether the others like it or not.

You never know which program turns out to be the most appropriate for you and that helps you to achieve your professional goals? So don’t get disheartened if you are not going to pursue the streams your peers are interested in or your parents prefer.

Moreover, the fascination with “engineering” and “medicine”, on the whole, has taken a dip among students in classes 11 & 12. Whether it is due to scarcity of job opportunities in the market or lack of interest—students are now looking beyond engineering and medical courses.

Please remember, it is all about you in the end. You are the one who has to study and sit for exams. So yes – we understand the stress that every Science student goes through. This is why we have decided to list down alternative career options that can be pursued by you.

Have a look:


Biotechnology

A combination of biology and technology, this field of study is widely applied in environmental, agricultural, chemical & energy and pharmaceutical studies. Popular courses you can opt for include Bachelor’s in Industrial Biotechnology, Bioinformatics or Diploma in Biotechnology.

You can be a forensic DNA analyst, microbiologist or a greenhouse and field technician—options are many! Hence, if you are really passionate about organism life, you should take up Biotechnology. A lot of students are now opting for this field because of the varied opportunities it offers.

Thankfully, we have a bucket full of universities that excel at this particular field of study. So make sure you choose the most convenient option.


Pharmacy

A Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy is a 4-year program and gives the students an opportunity in both public and private sectors. If you want to further specialize, you can also enroll yourself for a Master’s course and enable yourself to do the following job professions:

  • Drug Technician
  • Bio-Technology Industries
  • Drug Therapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Health Inspector
  • Research & Development
  • Pathologist
  • Research Officer
  • Scientist

There are many educational institutes in the country who offer exceptional programs in Pharmacy. Some of the most popular universities are J.S.S. College of Pharmacy, Delhi Institutes of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research, Amrita School of Pharmacy and Banaras Hindu University.


Architecture

Love buildings, designs and other structures? Well, architecture is perfect for you. This field of study is not just about constructing buildings, it also takes care of structural integrity, ventilation, lighting, air conditioning system, electrical system and even fire safety!

The job of an architect is to create a multi-dimensional plan for buildings and structures. You can either work with the government or join a private agency. Opt for a Bachelor’s in Architecture Engineering or do a Diploma in Architecture Assistantship—opportunities are many!

Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology University (CEPT) in Ahmedabad is one of the best universities for Architectural studies. You might want to check it out some time!


Information Technology

Our lives revolve around technology. And this field is so dynamic that what was “in” thing last year has already evolved and moved on to the next level. So one has to constantly stay abreast of the new trends and software. So basically – the IT industry is a lot of fun!

A combination of telecommunication and computer equipment, IT includes controlling, gathering, retrieving and storing information after processing, along with manipulating and transmitting data and analytics.

After pursuing a degree in Information Technology, you can find a job as a Web Designer, Software Developer, Technology Engineer, Programmer, Quality Analyst and PHP Developer to name a few. Being a geek is cool these days. Plus, getting into this field will help you earn big bucks too – think about it!


Don’t forget to use Oust

Yeah! Amidst all the chaos, the bustle and noise and the stress – please remember to prepare for PCM on the app. We have a large question bank and you can make complete use of it. Finish the modules, improve your time management skills and of course, gain lots of confidence.

Download the app HERE.

 

Good luck!

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What Students Are Never Told After Graduating

Students often think their first job is exactly what they want or the line of profession chosen by them is apt for them. Trust us – this doesn’t always stand true. Yes, sky’s the limit once you graduate. Your mind is bustling with ideas and you want to conquer the world. You may do so – but that doesn’t mean that every step taken by you after graduation will be correct.

The point is even if you don’t get what you expect, you will always learn valuable lessons about work, relationships and life in general. The journey will not always be joyous. And there are going to be times when you will want to quit your job and move on to the next one.

So to make sure that you take thrill in each and every minute of your “professional life” from the start, here are 7 points you must always remember:

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The Mysteries Of Placements And How To Solve Them

Placements have kept many a graduates up way past their bedtimes. This is what they’ve been working hard for and this is what will make the four years of slogging count. But, they’re not easy. Like everything students have been through in college, placements and their procedures are enigmas to crack. But, unlike the other mysteries that accompany every college experience, you just have a single chance to get this right.

What exactly are placement procedures?

Every year, from January to Graduation, the placement fever takes over college campuses all across the subcontinent. Conversations surrounding everything else take a back seat and the one question on everybody’s mind is, “Who will make it this year?”

If we were to believe the maxims we’ve been taught all throughout our lifetimes, nothing is impossible. Just like a particularly hard question on an absurd differential equation, placements can be tackled in a systematic manner by keeping a few things in mind.

These are-

Placement Tests

These are most often the first step in the Selection process. They provide companies with an efficient way to check the technical knowledge of an applicant. They also are concise methods of eliminating applicants that are not suitable for the available position, on the primary level. These skills are often categorised into either ability tests or aptitude tests and both of these types are easily conquered with a simplified and diligent approach.

The only way to easily get past this formidable (seemingly?) barrier is practise.Take a month to regularly practise and you’ll be moving on to the harder stages of the placement procedure in no time. Apart from the more common ability and aptitude tests, certain companies also prefer testing an applicant’s preferences through means of Interest tests, handwriting through Graphology tests etc.

Sell yourself like a marketing executive

Before an actual interview, all applicants are represented by their respective resumes and curriculum vitaes. Take as much time as you want but, get it perfect. This is important because remember first impressions are always the last impressions. Clumsily formatted CVs with abundant spelling mistakes and typographic errors are likely to hinder all your chances of getting to the Interview round.  Research the companies you’re applying to and the job profiles you’re applying for.

Edit and customise your resume on the basis of these. Do not fall into the trap of complacency and get your CV reviewed by close friends, family and acquaintances well established in the professional spectrum. Once you’re completely sure about your CV, move onwards to your Facebook account.

With the advent of social networking, companies have begun scanning through the social media accounts of prospective employees. This provides the employers with a deeper insight into the life they lead outside of the Conference room they’re being interviewed in. Clean your Facebook account and remove everything that is questionable to your suitability as an employee. Also, be ready to be questioned on each and everything mentioned in your CV.

Know what to say

Once you’re done selling yourself, it’s time to come face to face with the Kraken. This is perhaps one of the most important steps in the Selection process and needs your undivided attention. Hence, we’ll divide this further into “what to say” and “how to say it. “What to say” deals with the kinds of questions you are likely to be asked. These can range     from simplified questions about your past work experiences, technical knowledge to convoluted questions about your future goals and ambitions.

The only way to be confident about what you’re saying is to be well prepared. Look up and write down the answers to some of the most frequently asked Interview questions. Ask friends and family to practice with you and research all probable counters and derivatives of the statements you’re making and the stances you’re taking. As far as questions based on academic prowess are concerned, know that companies are not looking for students that can solve complex questions as quickly as possible.

Instead, they’re looking for employees that are well versed with the basics of their respective fields and understand the real world applications of theoretical concepts.

Know how to say it

Once you’re done with worrying about what to say, the next step is to work on how to say it. Regardless of how smart you are or how structured your answers are, the confidence with which you present them is what matters the most. Work on it. Dress appropriately for the interview and don’t go overboard with the aesthetic, especially not on the cost of comfort. Work endlessly on your spoken english skills, your handshake and posture. Learn how to stand by your words and not fumble even under the most intense gazes. Also, learn how to accept a mistake with grace and humility.

With the pace of today’s world, an hour everyday for preparation is hard to come by. To-be-graduates have several other things on their to-do-lists and hence, diligence and perseverance are virtues that have been reduced down to mythical elements that invoke a unfamiliar nostalgia.

Oust, with it’s user friendly interface allows students an effective platform to practise and master skills necessary for placement tests in an easy and time-saving manner. The app has several interactive exercises that seek to reduce the plight of preparation to an enjoyable experience. Effectively planned sessions ensure that all the time a user spends in travelling on public transport, waiting in never-ending queues and other ludicrous pursuits does not go to waste and students can perform to the best of their abilities on the day that counts.

So, even though placement season is perhaps one of the scariest times for a to-be-graduate, it’s nothing but another battle that can be easily won with an efficient utilisation of time and the resources available.