Globally, women have always been the oppressed sex, often on the basis of physical strength, emotional inclination or preconceived gender roles. During the 1960s, the women’s lib movement in developed countries like the US and UK saw a definitive thrust in the direction of gender equality and the rise of feminism. Women in homes, factories and offices grew into stronger roles and made it clear that they are not weak. Can the organizations of today progress further in becoming women-friendly? Here are a few steps companies can take to welcome women employees: 1. A target gender ratio is a common starting point for companies across sectors. Some industries may have a higher ratio than others but there should be a stated aim that[…]

Advances in information technology, robotics and artificial intelligence are disrupting business models worldwide and triggering macro-economic shifts. As certain technologies mature and automation helps innovation flourish to bring cost savings, engineering talent needs to be trained and exposed to international experiences. The profession has become global in nature over the years with major companies having presence in various countries to reach more markets and leverage local workforce for operational efficiencies. New-age skills also make a person receptive to world-class standards of safety and quality. Rise in demand for engineers with multi-cultural exposure: Coming years will see a core need for engineers who are able to work in a diverse, multi-national, multi-disciplinary environment that sparks innovation and creative thinking. It is[…]

Working at a startup is like building a plane while it is in the air. It needs all of three – skill set, mind set and tool set. Startups look for candidates who are willing to work extra hours, ready to wear multiple hats, who are prepared for new challenges and uncertainties every day and are highly self-driven. The current year is not looking as bright as 2014 and 2015, as the focus of founders of some of the startups in early stage and growth mode have shifted from recruitment and marketing to customer satisfaction. As a result many companies have slowed down hiring and in some cases are deferring joining dates. The rules of this game are changing quickly.[…]

Corporate hiring plans for 2017 point to robust employment opportunities for graduates of MBA and business master’s programmes, according to a new employer survey report from the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC). MBA graduates in demand Globally, 86 per cent of companies plan to hire recent MBA graduates this year, up from 79 per cent that hired them in 2016. Demand for these MBA graduates is strongest in the United States and Asia-Pacific, where 9 in 10 companies plan to hire these candidates. “Despite the political uncertainty about the status of immigration and work visas in the United States and other parts of the world, companies are keen to hire graduates from this year’s MBA and business master’s programmes, including[…]

The correlation between a good education and career advancement is no secret. And now there’s more evidence backing the advantages of an advanced degree. According to the recently released Monster Salary Index, higher education, especially a master’s degree, provides a significant wage advantage in India. “On average, employees holding a bachelor’s degree earn Rs 173.7 less per hour (45.4per cent) than employees with master’s degree. Employees with secondary education earn even less, exactly Rs 262.8 less per hour (69.2 per cent),” the report specifies. In previous years 2014 and 2015, the difference between secondary education and master’s degree employee was around 61 per cent. Being a continuous learner, be it by acquiring certifications, earning diplomas, degrees or an executive education,[…]

The growing demand for skilled professionals in the IT sector has compelled many training institutes to adapt advanced tech tools to keep their candidates aligned with the latest skills. Tech skills are more important than ever as digital advancements have radically transformed the working world. The technology changes every month with new updates coming and going. If you work as a data analyst, the online tools you use don’t change quite so quickly, but you can surely update yourself every few years. In coming years, the skills of the digital age will be linked very closely to SMAC i.e. Social-Mobile-Analytic and Cloud. If we look at 2016, it was a year when most of companies laid off their employees for[…]

The job industry is seeing a number of new career fields coming up. But the first word of caution is that the availability of plenty of career choices today also leads to lots of confusion; hence we must take a few basic steps to plan careers effectively and choose the right career. Have a discussion on career choice All parents should ensure that they discuss the aspirations of their children with them. Caution should be exercised such that the parents do not force careers of their choice on the children or force their vocation e.g. doctor, lawyer etc. Do remember that careers in arts and commerce too have become equally rewarding today than ever before and parents should not insist[…]

The oil and gas sector is amongst the core industries in India and enormously impacts other important sections of the economy due to its interplay with foreign exchange and dependency of various other industries. As per industry estimates, India’s oil demand is expected to grow to 458 Million Tonnes (MT) and gas production is expected to touch 90 Billion Cubic Metres (BCM) by 2040. Demand for energy will more than double by 2040 as economy will grow to more than five times its current size. As the sector gears up for this massive surge in demand and operations, it cannot achieve this daunting task without an army of trained professionals across all levels.   Things you must know about career[…]

What are policies? Policies are part and parcel of almost all the countries across the globe. India is one of the countries which has been working on a number of education policies since long. A policy is a deliberate system of principles to guide decisions and achieve rational outcomes. In short, it is a statement of intent, and is implemented as a procedure or protocol. Who makes the education policies in India? Apart from Union Education Minister, all states are free to initiate more education policies. The Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) is the highest advisory body to advise the Central and State Governments.From the ‘No Detension Policy’ to a barrage of new education policies, here’s a look at[…]

In organisations today, employees development has become very important function of human resource management. The organisation needs to ensure that its employees are efficient and in line with the competition prevailing in the industry. To maintain and sustain these valuable resources, organisations are required to look after the job satisfaction and retention of employees. Today most of the companies are investing a lump sum amount of money on the skill development of the employees to have a competitive edge over its competitors and be successful in the long run. Employee development opportunities provided by the organisation not only helps the person in enhancing his skills or competencies but also leaves a strong impact on the organisational level outcomes. Enhancement of[…]