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Career dealing with human mind

Subhankar Choudhury (name changed) assistant manager in a foreign bank has a schedule busy enough to wipe off the Sundays from his life. Four months back he had an accident and was in bed for two weeks. In the competitive world he feels he has lost a lot in those two weeks. This very thought and pushed him into a phase that many would call abnormalcy. He has taken up drinking and his finding it hard to sleep without sedatives. His social life is declining at a rapid pace.

Somewhere in the same city is Abhishek Mallik (name changed) who is just about to finish his work at the rehabilitation & counseling center. His day starts off at around noon but mainly picks up at the late afternoon. The patients he meets are often victims of severe mental stress, depression, and also victims of substance abuse or alcohol.

They may not have crossed each other but somewhere in the vicinity of the urban silhouettes is share a connection. Both of them showcase the present life – one who is losing the battle of life while, the other making a life by guiding these individuals towards the brighter road. Research says that out of every 7 people 3 are likely to be victim of different mental disorders. Targets, meeting and booming economy is taking a toll on human life.

Not just restricted to the IT sector but individuals with mental disturbances can be found anywhere and in every strata of the society. What adds to it is the unstable family life that is often the result of job profile. Counselors like Abhishek are the people who are in demand now. Many companies and organizations often take the services of psychologists to ensure the individuals associated with them are not emotionally disturbed.

Psychology is a branch of science that deals with the most difficult area part of the human body – the human mind. The job is difficult as one need to study and understand the pattern of human thoughts, process, motives, reactions, feeling and its nature. The field is not much related to medication as a psychologist’s task is to bring in a change in the thought process of the patient.

A psychologist is required for his expertise in various types of cases ranging from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) to paranoid personality disorder. Often their help is taken to provide pre-operative and post operative counseling, especially during critical treatments. Their work is influenced by the areas of their specialization. With the increasing stress level and depression their job is often integrated with that of a HR. Many companies hire counselor to increase their human resource potential. Apart from this they also have opportunities universities, colleges, schools, government agencies, NGOs, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and research establishments.

There are several specializations in this field: Clinical Psychologists, Educational Psychologists, Social Psychologists, Counseling Psychologists, Developmental psychologists, Industrial Psychologists, and Research Psychologists.

The demand for this course was not high few years back keeping in mind the number of enrollments taking place in different institutions. One can take up psychology at Plus Two or equivalent level. After graduation one can go for M.A. or M.Sc. in Psychology. Further, a student can also enroll for doctorate level programs like Ph.D. or M.Phil. There is also Diploma program of one year in Special Education or Mental Retardation.

Like any other job, this too has its work pressure. Often solving others problem and finding a way out for a depressed person can make one develop a state of mind. So experts say unless one has the urge to serve the society and individuals, the profession may prove to be difficult. In the beginning of the career a trainee is expected to get around Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 6,000. With experience the remuneration is likely to go up around Rs. 15, 000 or more.

With the growing problems of the urban plethora the demand for professional psychologist have increased and if you feel you have the ear to hear out others problem then the line is sure to offer you a complete job satisfaction.

Few Institutes where you can study:

  • Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
  • University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • University of Calcutta, Kolkata
  • Bangalore University, Bangalore

The Ten Biggest Lies of B-School

By Eric Jackson | Forbes – Wed, Aug 10, 2011  - I went to B-School about 10 years ago.  I remember the good times, the parties, the camaraderie.  I also remember the long hours in the library, working on team projects with other keen classmates, and the sense of accomplishment at graduation.

However, 10 years later, Business School missed out on a lot in terms of teaching me the skills needed to succeed in my career and life.

Here are the ten biggest lies of B-School you should protect yourself against:

1. You will be rich. My experience (and from talking to others) is that it will take you 2 or 3 times as long as you think it will take to succeed after Business School.  So take it easy running up yourstudent loans and credit card debts expecting you’re going to be a rock star later.

2. You are smarter than people without an MBA. You were smart enough to get in to Business School.  That doesn’t mean you are smarter than other people without an MBA.  Stay humble.

3. There’s always a right answer. B-School students are usually very analytical and achievement-oriented. They like to think there’s always a “best” answer. There’s not.  The perfect answer is always the enemy of the good enough one.  You make decisions you can with the best information available.  Life and business today doesn’t let you count how many angels can fit on the head of a pin.

4. If you’ve made it this far (to B-School), you’re destined to succeed. In my B-School, there were always amazingly talented executives coming in to give talks on business and life. They’d always compliment us on what a great school we attended and why we had our future by the tail.  It made us all feel invincible — destined to succeed once we set out on our various career paths.  It doesn’t work that way. I know B-School classmates who’ve failed miserably, under-achieved, gotten divorced, gotten severely depressed, etc.  B-School is a great educational opportunity in life, but you still have to go out there and succeed. Nothing is given to you as a birthright.

5. You know how to “fix” the first few companies you join after school. You’ve probably worked at companies were people who’ve been there for 2 decades roll their eyes telling you about the new hotshot MBA who just started and is now telling everyone how to do their jobs.  It’s so clear to him, yet others find it deeply offensive that he would think he knows how the company works when they’ve spent countless years there and are still trying to figure it out.  All hotshot MBAs should wear tape over their mouths for the first 3 months on the job and not be allowed to “fix” anything.

6. Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) will always tell you what a company is worth. MBAs love DCF. They think the true answer to what a company is worth is always a DCF away.  Just crank it out on a spreadsheet or whiteboard, show the boss, and move on to the next problem.  Unless you’re going to be a sell-side analyst, you’ll never do a DCF after B-School.  And even the sell-side analystsget their underlings to do them.  And no one reading your reports will read them anyway.

7. The “soft” courses (leadership and people management) are least important. I remember talking to the professors from the Management Department at my school who had to teach the courses on leadership and people management.  They used to lament that the MBAs never paid attention to them in class.  Yet, the Executive MBAs (usually in their 40s or 50s) always told them that these courses were the most important of all the B-School classes they took.  You learn after B-School that the perfect answer or strategy means nothing if you can’t get people around you to buy in to it and help you achieve it.  To do that, you need to motivate them, listen to them, connect with them, and support them when they need it.

8. You are going to be more creative and entrepreneurial after Business School than before. In my experience, B-School makes you less creative, the longer you’re in it.  They teach courses on entrepreneurship but it’s kind of an oxymoron the idea of the analysis paralysis B-School Students being entrepreneurial.  You will learn a lot of tools and frameworks in B-School, but you won’t learn how to start a company.  You just need to start a company.

9. Your peers will give you lots of tips and insights that will help you succeed in your career. In my experience, the majority of B-School students are lemmings.  They don’t know what they want to do afterwards, so they just do what their peers say they should do (maybe that’s why they applied to B-School in the first place).  Ten years ago, everyone at my school wanted to be a dot com entrepreneur.  That didn’t work out so well and most students later went back to being investment bankers or management consultants.  Your peers don’t know what you want to do with your career.  You need to start listening to that voice inside your head.

10. The Ivy League MBAs will be even more successful. An Ivy League credential will be a big plus for you on your resume – no question.  However, you have to realize that if you’re getting an Ivy League MBA, you’re probably 10x more susceptible to the previous 9 lies than other MBAs.  Don’t let yourself be the next Jeff Skilling, the smart Harvard MBA, who worked at McKinsey and then went to Enron and drove the company off a cliff.  He had a golden resume – and where did it get him?

If you treat B-School like an amazing educational experience, chances are you’ll get a lot out of it.  Just keep your attitude and sense of entitlement in check.

As Casey Kasam used to say, “Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.”

 

This article was originally published By Eric Jackson | Forbes – Wed, Aug 10, 2011 

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Role of Teachers for International Student!

In today’s world students are going from one country to other country to get or learn better education. The student when approach to new place then the most important person for the student is teacher. The student works or starts study based on the guidance of his teacher. Role of teacher is important but  if suppose the teacher does not help to the student, can the consequences imagine. In this situation the role of the teacher becomes most important to the students to guide him in each situation and help him to do better. An international student goes to attend the college or university under the guidance of the perspective teacher or professor. It happens for more than 80% student, so for there is need to have proper guidance by the teacher.  Teacher can also help the student by taking a role of the cultural mediators to him. So all these statement indicates that the role of the teacher cannot be ignored towards the international student. It causes problem to number of students, so the questions is that does it necessary to help the teacher all time, no it might not be.  For example when an Asian student goes to USA for higher education considering as USA is the best place to study so he will learn more good things there. So for this the student depends on the teacher how will help him to learn more. The teacher role then becomes more important. If the behavior of teacher towards the international student is not kind of racism but instead of that the teacher behavior and attitude is quite good then the international student will not face the problem of cultural shock.

In most cases, when Asian students go to USA or UK then the feel that where he has come as the culture is totally different than in Asian countries. They find themselves not to fit in the new environment there but in these cases the teacher is the only person who works as a cultural mediator between the student and the present environment there. But why this happens, why not Asian country allow their students to involve in various culture so that the there will not be problem.  Cultural shock is a normal problem for the international student but it not much challenging issue for the international student. Some of the international student who is coming from Asian countries faces more direct problems but they can solve those entire problems by their own way but in some cases international student are unable to solve those direct and indirect problems of culture shock there. Then here the most helpful person is teacher and his behavior. Not all students are like Barbara Ehrenreichin ‘Cultural Baggage’ who belong to the multicultural environment and can adopt new things or environment easily so for those international students who are unable to deal with the cultural shocks need help of their teacher. The teacher then helps the student to learn the culture and not worry about the things happening there because of the culture change. He helps them by guiding how to incorporate in the different culture and how to communicate with other students. The teacher also asks other students to help the new international students so that he can learn easily and can adopt in the new culture.

The teacher behavior and his attitude towards the students help him to gain the cultural knowledge and the student can discuss his problems with the teacher easily if the behavior and attitude is good towards the students. This leads the student to encourage developing the multicultural in him. In ‘scholarship boy’ the boy thinks when he reaches to other place for study ‘How could he and still pursue such a contrary life? He permits himself embarrassment at their lack of education’. This means the scholarship boy is now in the cultural shock problem as he is unable to deal or solve the problems as he finds other students better than him. He finds the different culture there and asks himself that how he can pursue in different environment. At this situation Hoggart’s help to guide the scholarship boy to learn the grammar encouraged him to enjoy the environment and after some time the scholarship boy thanks to his parents to ask him to learn English. The scholarship boy states ‘I intended to hurt my mother and father, I was still angry at them for having encouraged me towards classroom English.

But gradually this anger was exhausted.’ So here also can say the teacher’s behavior and help encouraged him to reduce cultural shock. Bell Hooks mentions in her article ‘From Teaching to Transgress: Education as the practice of the freedom’ that ‘Teachers worked with end for us to ensure that we would fulfill our intellectual destiny and by so doing uplift the race. To fulfill this teacher made sure me that they knew us, they knew our economic status, they knew our parents, and they knew our feelings.’ So this means the if the teacher behavior is good towards the students who is there to learn new things, the international student will definitely learn the things easily and will not have the problem of the cultural shock as in this article the teacher behaved her like teacher knew her for a long time and she now belongs to their family. These kinds of nature is definitely an important thing for the international student to come out of the bad dream of the cultural shock and the student will feel more energetic and will see around all things as their own culture and family environment.

Obviously, when some student comes to an unfamiliar place they will be in problem of cultural shock as it will not be easy for them  to adopt the culture and environment present here easily. For some students it will take less time to adopt but for some it will take more time to adopt. But if the teacher will help these students to grasp the things easily and will encourage them to adopt the culture easily, then it will be very helpful for the international students to be in the different environment and learn better. But not all the teachers are enough good some of the teachers create more pressure on the Asian International student and don’t co-operate with them to get rid of this cultural shock phobia. If in this regard if the teacher fully supports to the student to develop his cultural activities and to adopt the environment present there, it will help a student to involve in the USA or UK cultural environment.

If the Asian international student can go for lunch or dinner with the teacher or teacher can ask to the native students to take the fellow with them while going for lunch or dinner then this will help the student to come out of fear and earn more about the culture there.  It should be all international students, because it gives them courage to move ahead, if it will not be the students will be in under pressure, so there must be some activities there for the student only then these students will learn how to involve there. Interaction with the native students of the Asian International student will help him to gain the culture, their living life and behavior towards them, as a friend he will not feel lonely to him and will always be in touch of the culture. Thus, the phobia of cultural shock will be out of the student mind and slowly – slowly the student will adopt the culture. In this case the role of teacher is also most important as if he goes out with the students and talks with him out of academics then the confidence level of the student increases and he stimulates to learn more about the things early, easily and eagerly. This not only helps them to learn about the culture but also helps them in encouragement in study and discussion with the other students. Therefore, all cultural activities, going in a group, going with the teacher, discussion with the teacher and help from the teacher will definitely guide the international student to not to worry for the cultural shocks and adoption easily of the culture.

Carroll, Jude in ‘Teaching International Students’ states that for Asian students the multicultural communication skills are not much so they feel problem when goes to a unfamiliar place and find the multicultural communication. Asian culture is mainly concerned on the pride and honor of the students,  through by their teachers but in western culture it is different, the teachers there don’t concerned for pride and honor but they usually mention as right or wrong, justification or non-justification so this kind of culture creates the problem for the Asian International student. The westerns teacher needs to encourage through honor to the Asian international student when in the class the given answer by the Asian international student is wrong.

Technological empowerment in Education

While the use of technology in education is prominent in certain parts of India, most rural children are yet to experience it. A collaboration between Vodafone Foundation and Pratham Education Foundation (PEF) will facilitate cloud-based technology solutions for underprivileged children across schools in India. The collaboration commits to provide learning solutions for over 50,000 underprivileged children. A successful pilot project has been conducted in schools across Karnataka, and the module will be replicated in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Delhi.

While Vodafone will provide internally developed softwares combined with the effects of mobile technology, Pratham will mainly be responsible for informing schools, identifying needy, willing and eligible institutions, orienting teachers in schools, and handholding classroom practices. Digital educational content, aligned to the prescribed curriculum, will be taught using low-cost internet devices that include tablets, smart phones and web box.

The project targets schools that work in low-income areas. In the initial stages, the programme will be established in government, private aided and/ or unaided schools. Working on the feedback received, the module will be introduced to other schools as well. “In a pilot project conducted in schools, our experience was that a significant majority of the parents in the villages did own a mobile phone, and basic technology, although they used it very sparingly. Even though the parents were not very familiar with using SMS, the children were very quick to grasp the nuances and were able to answer the questions presented. Insights gained from our experience with teachers, parents and students guided the product design, thereby providing an option to use SMS as a bearer for delivering the tests and updates as it is something available in any low-end mobile phone,” shares Laura Turkington, director, Vodafone India Foundation.

For technology intervention to be effective, it is critical for the teaching style to adapt to technological advances. Pratham Foundation will train teachers to use the solutions provided besides providing them with guidance on how to get the best out of technology. “We are trying to contribute content that could be used effectively with the help of some content providers. As the project progresses, the foundation will suggest possible improvements and changes,” says Madhav Chavan, chief executive officer, Pratham.

The project has a modular component called V-School that will be used by teachers to track attendance, exam schedules, provide updates to parents, and keep track of a child’s progress. This facility will be accessible via the web box, a simple, compact Android device that connects to any regular TV to provide innovative learning solutions. The schools will be provided with a web box, and other necessary equipment that would make administrative as well as educational functioning easy.

The collaboration, beginning June 2012, looks at establishing technology-based learning in over 1,000 schools in India over the next three years.

WHAT THE PROJECT OFFERS?

• A system to track attendance, grades and other administrative requirements

• Safe access to the internet to explore digital content related to curriculum

• SMS multiple choice tests for children

• A notification service, enabling the teachers keep parents informed

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