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Your career development is something that starts in childhood and continues throughout the rest of your life. It is influenced by a variety of factors, which include your abilities, interests, background, education, values, and personality. Those that study career development with the purpose of assisting others in making the best possible career choices are known as career counsellors. Career counsellors use their expertise to help people make better education, career, and life choices based upon their individual skills and abilities. They will assist individuals along the way in their career development, and play several integral roles in helping to build a rewarding and fulfilling career. Whether you're just starting out in your career path, or looking for a change, here are some key ways that a career counsellor can help you. Help Discovering Available Career Options "With all the available career options to choose from, locating one that can work for you can at times be overwhelming. A skilled career counsellor can help you find realistic positions based upon your skills, personality, abilities, interests, and background. They can sort through all the available options, and if there's a career that you're especially interested in, but not quite qualified for, they can help set you on the correct path to gaining the necessary qualifications as well. Career counsellors are experts in helping people find the dream job that they may not even know existed," explains Educationist and Career Counsellor, Dr. Karan Gupta, CEO of Karan Gupta Consulting, a leading International Education and Career Counselling firm in Mumbai, India. Help Match You to the Perfect Position Knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are, and which jobs best match up with them, is not quite as easy as it sounds. Many people have unrealistic views when it comes to what they are or aren't capable of. Career counsellors use a variety of tools and techniques to help match your abilities to the perfect career choices. These tools include, but are not limited to, aptitude tests, career assessment tests, as well as long-term experience, and an education in career development. The tests used are designed to not only match your strengths with a variety of career choices, but also to discover your weaknesses and identify which careers that you should try to avoid. Help to Establish Attainable Goals For those looking to start a new career, knowing the steps necessary to achieve your dream job can oftentimes be difficult. One essential role that a qualified career counsellor can play is that of a goal setter. Due to their expertise, they can easily find and establish realistic goals, both short-term and long-term, which will assist you along in achieving your desired position. These goals can be education based, or more along the lines of personal development, but regardless of what they are, they will help you work towards achieving the career that you desire. Help with Education "It's possible that you'll find your ideal position, but not have the necessary education to land the job. If this is the case, then a career counsellor can assist you with this as well. They're well versed in all the degrees, certifications, and experience necessary for landing just about any imaginable position. They can also help supply you with the tools necessary to achieve that degree or certification, such as qualified tutors and study materials. They can be your education coach, supporting you along the way to achieving your perfect career," adds Dr. Karan Gupta. Help with Job Support Once you've identified the position that you think would best fit your life, the next step is trying to land it. This is another area in which career counsellors can be an invaluable asset. They can help you to craft the perfect resume and cover letter for any position, as they know what skills, experience, and assets that should be highlighted for any wide variety of positions. They can even go so far as to assist you with mock interviews, which help give you the confidence to nail the real one. Going into the big interview confident and prepared can make all the difference, so having the assistance of an experienced counsellor can make or break your chances at landing that dream job. "Finding the ideal career can be a long and arduous task. What a person believes to be the perfect job for him or herself can oftentimes become a nightmare. Getting it right the first time and landing that perfect position can save you a whole lot of heartache in the long run. This is why it's so important to take advantage of the skills of an experienced career counsellor. They can help you to locate and land a job that is perfectly suited to your skills and abilities," adds Dr. Karan Gupta.
Choosing the Best Study Abroad Counsellor for You Once you've decided that you would like to study abroad, and which destination that you'd like to study in, you next need to figure out how exactly you're going to get there. Gaining admission to the study destination of your choice, as well as obtaining a student visa, is a difficult and oftentimes overwhelming process. This is why choosing a competent and well-qualified study abroad counsellor is incredibly important at this juncture. With so many education consultants available to counsel you through this process, and all of whom claiming to be the best in the field, choosing the right one is no simple task. Remember to Do Your Research Prior to choosing a counsellor, make sure that you've investigated a fair amount of options. Ask friends and family who may have gone through a similar process which counsellors they used, and how their experiences with them were. Also, use the internet and try and find as many reviews as possible for potential candidates. The internet is a priceless tool when it comes to researching study abroad consultants, so make liberal use of it. Make sure that the counsellors you're considering cover a large number of universities spread across many different countries as well. If a counsellor only covers a few countries, then they will tend to push for one of the few that they deal with, regardless of what's best for you as a student. Remember, this is an important decision, so narrowing down a list of a few solid counsellors is definitely worth investing some time into. "Students should do their homework and understand the difference between consultants and agents. Agents work with specific universities only and therefore promote those universities, irrespective of a student's actual requirements and profile. Consultants, on the other hand, work with just about any institute in the world and are not inclined to recommend any specific institute," says Dr. Karan Gupta, Educationist and founder of Karan Gupta Consulting. Thoroughly Investigate Their Background Once you've done your research and narrowed down some potential counsellors, it's time to dig in deep and investigate their backgrounds. You only want to hire someone who is highly qualified to help you get into the best possible programme. One important thing that you should be aware of is how long they have worked as a study abroad counsellor, and how many students that they have helped. Those that have been helping more students, for a longer period of time, will be more experienced and better suited to successfully land a student in the programme of their choice. It's also important to know their success rate, if they have a great track record of successfully placing students into their ideal programme, then chances are they're going to also be able to do a great job helping you out as well. You also want someone that is willing to get personally involved with your case, so find out if they will have a hand in your application process, or if they generally just leave it up to staff. Those that take a personal interest in each of the applicants that they assist tend to do a better job. "Most study abroad and career consultants don't have any formal education background or training in guiding students. It is imperative that students visit consultants who have been trained to provide career guidance to students," adds Dr. Karan Gupta, a Harvard Business School alum and a recipient of the Career Advising Certificate from the University of California San Diego. Find Someone Experienced in Working with Your Ideal Location This is an important step that can be easily overlooked. Many counsellors can have amazing track records, but their expertise may be more specialized. An example of this would be a counsellor, with an impressive 95% success rate, but only when sending students to Singapore. This may look great on paper, but may be of little use to you if you're looking to attend a university in the United States. To overcome this, make sure that any potential candidates have knowledge in how to land students in programmes that are in your ideal location. And Finally, Trust Your Instincts! To trust your gut can oftentimes be one of the best pieces of advice that a person can give. If something doesn't feel right, or you just can't seem to be able to trust a potential counsellor, then chances are that it's not a wise choice to continue working with them. A good counsellor is there to serve your interests, and to assist you in living out your dreams. If they're pushing for something that doesn't sound right to you, it's time to move on.
Youth Incorporated & Education Times Rankings For seven years in a row Youth Incorporated, India's leading and award winning youth magazine, has continued to rank the world's top institutes. Youth Incorporated, currently included in the '100 top youth blogs worldwide' along with their Media Partner Education Times has released their 2018 ranking of the world's top 100 undergraduate and MBA and top 50 Masters in Finance, Masters in Management, Online MBA, Masters in Marketing and Executive MBA programmes. Youth Incorporated is the only Indian organisation which ranks international institutes. The magazine focusses on education, careers and issues that face today's youth. Youth Inc's 2018 international university rankings are a result of a mammoth effort where over 2230 institutes are considered for the undergraduate rankings compiling responses from thousands of current students and alumni and recruiters. At the MBA and Masters level, over 1650 institutes are considered with responses from over 16000 recruiters. "There are over 200,000 Indian students who go abroad every year for higher education. There is a strong need to provide such students with information about the best institutes overseas. Youth Inc is proud to present rankings of the world top's institutes at both the undergraduate and graduate level so that students can make an informed decision about their university choice. We have been ranking institutes for the past 7 years now and our rankings are based on responses we receive from the institutes themselves, current students, alumni and recruiters. Indian students are especially concerned about finding jobs after they graduate and hence our ranking methodology gives strong emphasis to alumni and recruiter responses," says Nitish Shah, Editor-in-Chief of Youth Incorporated. The Top Undergraduate Rankings 2018 lists the top 20 institutes of the world as: 1.Harvard University, USA 2.University of Pennsylvania, USA 3.Stanford University, USA 4.Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA 5.University of Chicago, USA 6.Princeton University, USA 7.Yale University, USA 8.California Institute of Technology, USA 9.Cornell University, USA 10.Columbia University, USA 11.University of Cambridge ,UK 12.University of Oxford, UK 13.Brown University, USA 14.University of Waterloo, Canada 15.London School of Economics, UK 16.New York University, USA 17.Imperial College London, UK 18.Carnegie Mellon University, USA 19.Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India 20.IE University, Spain This interesting analysis of the schools shows that most of the best institutes of the world are located in the US. Having the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in the world's top 20 institutes is a testament to the growing popularity of Indian institutes. University of Cambridge, Oxford University, London School of Economics, and Imperial College London are the 4 British institutes in the top 20 while IE University in Spain is the only top European university ranked in the top 20. The University of Waterloo in Canada is the sole Canadian university in the top 20. The Top MBA Rankings 2018 lists the top 20 institutes of the world as: 1.University of Pennsylvania, USA 2.Harvard University, USA 3.Stanford University, USA 4.London Business School, UK 5.INSEAD, France 6.Columbia University, USA 7.MIT, USA 8.IE Business School, Spain 9.Cornell University, USA 10.University of Chicago, USA 11.Yale University, USA 12.IESE, Spain 13.Northwestern University, USA 14.New York University, USA 15.IIM Ahmedabad, India 16.Dartmouth College, USA 17.ESADE, Spain 18.IIM Calcutta, India 19.IMD, Switzerland 20.Hong Kong UST, China At the MBA level, several top business schools are located in the US, UK and Europe. Two Indian business schools - IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta have made it to the top 20 world's best business schools. For more information on the rankings, methodology and to view the entire list of institutes ranked click here
Do you wish to study abroad? Don't let lack of funds deter you from pursuing your dream. Studying abroad is an exciting yet expensive affair. Education and Career Counselor, Dr. Karan Gupta of Karan Gupta Consulting, tells us, "There are always avenues open for funding and students should know where to apply for them. This year alone we have helped students get over $15 Million Dollars in scholarships and funding to study abroad". Most countries other than the US allow students to work off campus while studying. In the US, students are permitted to work on campus for a maximum period of 20 hours per week and while other countries also have a similar limitation on the number of hours, they give you permission to find jobs off campus as well. "In Canada you can apply for a permit that allows you to work off campus for a period of 20 hours per week during the academic session and 40 hours per week during vacation period. The rules are not very different for students who wish to study in UK and Australia. By working on or off campus, you can expect to earn sufficient funds to pay for your personal expenses and sometimes even living expenses, but very rarely will you be able to fund your entire education from this part-time work. The average minimum wage in the US is $8.25 per hour and working for 20 hours at the minimum wage can fetch you a good $660 a month," says Dr.Gupta. "If you cannot work on or off campus, you can always apply for funding to the university itself. Most universities in the US and some universities in Canada and Australia offer students graduate assistantships. A graduate assistantship is an award which pays for your entire tuition fees and you get a monthly stipend which pays for your living expenses. Students who get graduate assistantships can be teaching assistants or research assistants. Typically the job profile of a graduate assistant is to assist professors in grading papers, teach smaller classes and help with research. Graduate assistantships are very difficult to get and are extremely competitive. Only students with excellent grades and sometimes past work experience are chosen to be graduate assistants. Approaching professors for graduate assistantships while you are studying is a good idea because if you manage to get one, the rest of your education will be fully paid for. The stipend you earn can be around $1200 per month", adds Dr.Gupta, If you don't land up with a graduate assistantship or an on or off campus job, you can still apply to your university for merit or need based funding. Many universities have scholarships that are offered to students who have excellent grades. Such scholarships are of course competitive but sometimes are also based on need. Hence, if you can demonstrate that you actually need the funds, you may have a better chance at getting funding directly from the university. Such scholarships generally range from 10% to 75% of your tuition fees. Finally, if you have no other choice you can apply for loans from India. The State Bank of India offers loans of up to Rs.1.5 crores for your education. The interest rates for these loans is around 11.5% and the repayment period starts one year after completing the course or six months after getting a job, whichever comes earlier. The loan must be paid up within 7-9 years and the security required to get the loan would be around 115% of the loan amount. Do keep in mind that these terms and conditions will vary from bank to bank and some private lenders may offer loans of greater amounts with higher interest rates. If you have a US citizen or a green card holder who acts as a guarantor, you can even try to get a loan in the US itself. Banks in the US give loans to international students without security only if a US citizen or green card holder with good credit history guarantees the loan. The benefits of this loan include lower interest rates of around 4-6% and repayment period of close to 25 years. If you need more information on getting scholarships to study abroad, email Dr. Karan Gupta or call him on +91 22 23517748 / 23526372.
The Harvard prodigy of Mumbai For nearly two decades, Dr. Karan Gupta, the founder of Karan Gupta Consulting and Karan Gupta Education Foundation, and an alumnus of IE and Harvard Business School has been helping students figure out what to do with their lives. In between his 12-hour workday, we got the time to speak to this incredible influencer, trying to understand his mantras for success. "It may sound cliche, but if you are passionate about what you do, you will not work a day in your life. I have been helping privileged and underprivileged students since 1999 and am glad to have made a positive difference in so many lives," says Dr.Gupta who was recently awarded an honorary PhD in Education from a French university as well as the Times Education Icon Award. "I am most humbled with the recognition received and am proud to further my work helping people to achieve their career goals," adds Dr.Gupta who has counseled over 100,000 students through his personal 1-1 sessions, seminars and workshops. With over 5,50,000 Indian students studying abroad and the numbers growing exponentially every year, the need for career counsellors and study abroad professionals has never been more. So what makes Dr.Gupta's career counselling unique and effective? "I focus on each individual's needs - every counselling session is different from the other as students have different requirements and need to be helped in unique ways. I use psychometric tests to learn more about students and spend time understanding what makes them tick. I draw up timelines and set up reminders that help students put into action whatever we discuss," adds Dr.Gupta who also earned a Certificate in Career Advising from the University of California, San Diego. Dr.Gupta's students have been placed in leading institutions across the world including Harvard University, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, MIT, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth University, Yale University, London Business School, London School of Economics and so on. Some of these students have even obtained full scholarships to study abroad. Given that a large majority of Gupta's students are placed in Ivy League schools in the US and top institutes across the world, it is understandable why parents chase this man. "Every student has a story to tell. Institutes want to hear that story. They want to know what makes you special and what you stand for. Be clear about what your goals are and why you wish to study at a particular institute. Not every student can score well in academics or standardised tests, but there are several other factors that can still help you get admission in your dream institute," adds Dr.Gupta. What happens to students who cannot afford the fees to study further? Education at top institutes not just abroad but even in India is expensive and students who are not from affluent backgrounds find it hard to fund their education. Gupta's NGO foundation, Karan Gupta Education Foundation, provides vocational training and skill development programs for people from underprivileged backgrounds. The foundation also runs programs for people with disabilities and recently conducted a mobile repairing course which was held at the Fellowship of the Physically Challenged in Mumbai. "We pay for students who cannot fund their education. Our scholarships are mainly for the girl-child who are almost always last in line to get funding for their education. Parents would rather pay for the boy and leave the girl-child uneducated. Each year we host an event called ' I Am Woman' which celebrates and awards the inspiration of women. Through this event we aim to encourage and inspire women to make a difference," says Gupta. Besides paying for the education of the underprivileged, we had time to watch Dr.Gupta providing career guidance to students studying at schools in Dharavi. "It's not just about giving money, we need to give time to these children - they are our future," adds Dr. Gupta. And what is Dr.Gupta's mission? "I want to change the world and make a difference. I will achieve my goal by changing one life at a time. I won't forget the words of my dean at Harvard Business School - you come to Harvard not to be perfect but to learn to be courageous."
Attend exclusive Masterclass by IE Business School Fintech Professor, Pablo Soler in Mumbai and Delhi Facilitated by evolving new technologies, such as Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, cloud, mobile networks or even IoT (Internet of Things), new and often revolutionary business models are appearing in finance, an industry that is mostly data driven based and currently has lower than ever barriers to entry. "Billions of VC and PE dollars are being poured into startups worldwide, creating tens of thousands of new jobs, while incumbents downsize or try to develop new capabilities through acquisitions or alliances, or by developing and supporting accelerators and incubators, in a thriving, rich and complex business ecosystem. Market conditions and financial and economic systems in India, China and other Asian countries, make the opportunities for disruption and new business models in finance even greater." says Pablo Soler, Fintech mentor for the international accelerator, Startup Bootcamp and professor at IE Business School. IE Business School has consistently been ranked among the best business schools in the world according to the Financial Times rankings. IE is a top world reputed institution based in Madrid (Spain). Our Master programs are designed to meet the needs of students with different levels of professional experience, going from undergraduates to senior executive profiles. Among our Master programs, you can find MBA programs (full time, part-time and blended), young professional MBAs such as the Master in Management, Masters in Finance and specialized Master programs. Every year, IE receives applications from all over the world from students with different and academic profiles; therefore, many nationalities are represented in every class, providing added value to this highly reputable institution. This gives students the opportunity to progress in their professional careers as they can expand their network with the different clubs and activities that IE promotes and offers on its Campus. The two finance events that we are organizing in India this month are good opportunities to learn about our Masters in Finance programs. According to Financial Times, the Masters in Finance programs maintained its position in the top 5 since 2012. These programs take a detailed and disciplined look at the tools, techniques, theoretical know-how, and practical focus that make it possible to put these functions into practice. The experience is enhanced by additional studies and tools that assist decision-making in areas directly or indirectly affected by the financial manager's actions. These Master programs employ a highly practical approach; students can expect to not only gain theoretical knowledge but also learn how to apply it to today's financial markets, demonstrating their ability to use their skills to generate profit. They may also be required to select investment opportunities for private equity firms, analyze these opportunities, value them, and present a finance plan to the faculty and to a real private equity investor. All of our Masters in Finance programs cover up-to-the-minute knowledge in key areas of finance that now play a critical role in the finance world, such as: risk governance; capital markets; current global economic issues; fintech, financial entrepreneurship; and how to invest in current markets using a market simulation. Furthermore, our full-time students can specialize in different areas of finance through a pool of 57 different electives, unlike other Masters in Finance programs. On the other hand, this year we have included a specialization in Fintech because it is one of the new trends of finance and it is what the market demands to the professionals who seek to pursue a finance career. The Master programs also equip students with the practical business skills they will need in order to succeed as a financier, including presentation and negotiation skills. In our Masterclasses in Mumbai on Jan 15th 2018 and Delhi on Jan 16th 2018, we will explore some global Fintech trends, from three main points of view: technology, "smart" investment, and career opportunities. To register in Mumbai click here To register in Delhi click here