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A graduate degree program is demanding. In addition to your classes, you may even be working a full-time job. So why should you forfeit some of your precious time to attend seminars and workshops? Consider the following benefits from taking the time out of your schedule to attend seminars and workshops offered by the Daniels College of Business.

01. Encourage Dialogue-
Unlike lectures, where a speaker will address the audience, seminars and workshops are led by someone acting as a mediator. This allows for opening up the floor for discussion pertaining to the business world and hearing about other ideas on the topic – in a setting that encourages conversation.

02. Receive Fresh Perspective-
There are lots of different topics of professional significance. Workshops and seminars can address common problems or issues that business professionals may face on a regular basis. Participants can share their insights and thoughts on how to resolve the problem, which can offer a fresh perspective when dealing with the problem.

03. Develop New Ideas-
As you listen to other people’s ideas, you may find inspiration that can help you in the workplace. You may come up with a new way to handle things or a new ideas that you never considered before. Networking and listening to others share their ideas may be the ticket to get your wheels spinning. You could end up coming away with your next big idea that you can incorporate into your business. For example, Urban Land Institute associates recently came to campus to discuss their organization. It gave students the opportunity to ask questions, network with employees of the organization and find ways to apply the information to their businesses.

04. Improve Your Skills-
You can find a seminars or workshops to help you develop new skills that can help you get ahead. For example, in our upcoming Training the Street Financial Modeling Workshop, attendees will learn how to use Excel, interpret data in a spreadsheet and manipulate and manage data. You will learn the best practices of using Excel to help you get ahead.

05.Network for Your Career-
Getting a job often depends on who you know rather than what you know. That’s why you should take the opportunity to network whenever you can. We have workshops designed for you to network with companies for potential career opportunities. One of these upcoming events is our Leads Networking Group for MBA, MS students and Alumni, where you’ll have the opportunity to network and gain contacts at targeted companies. It’s a highly interactive 2-hour session that will get you some great networking leads.

You’ll find that these and other seminars and workshops aren’t just important to your graduate experience – they can make a positive impact on your career. Find the ones that interest you, and take full advantage of the opportunity to learn about each topic or subject to further your education and your career. Let us all gain that knowledge required to make our career bright.


As per the existing socio-cultural practices, a community like ours value CGPAs very highly. Students firmly believe that obtaining a high CGPA is the only gateway to secure a good job. Therefore, most students spend their academic career chasing high grades, instead of spending time to build and develop the much required soft/life skills.

CGPA reflects an individual's efforts only in academics. One could argue that a poor CGPA reflects less effort whereas a higher grade reflects the opposite. It can hardly capture someone's ability. Surely ability and effort are two different entities, and one can never substitute the other. Thus, we will find many who have struggled in academics have flourished in their career.

However, the fact is that CGPA often works as the first parameter when applying or being considered for a job. This is not because it presents a comprehensive idea of the candidate's skills to the employer, but to shorten the list of applications. Mostly, during job interviews it has been observed that if a student graduates with a minimal or low CGPA to meet the circular pre-requisite, employers tend to focus on their skills instead of their grades.

Nowadays, employers/corporations look for skills, qualities and experience; attributes that aren't always captured by one's CGPA. In other words, your CGPA may get you to the door, but it is not going to close the deal. There are other important factors — your creativity, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, team spirit, decision making skills, and presentation and communication ability — that are likely to be far more relevant than the grades you received in your student life.

My main objective of writing this article is not to de value the CGPA. If you obtain a high CGPA, it is an outstanding achievement in itself. But if you do not have a high CGPA then do not give up. My point of writing is to remind young graduates that there are other ways available to stand out in your career.
Therefore, do not only run after grades but also focus on building relevant skills during your student life. CGPAs can serve as predictors of success, but they are not a more important measure to employers than actual experience. So, get involved with student clubs, event organisation, cultural practice and charity/volunteer work during your academic life. All these will give you first-hand experience of the real world. Also, these will help you to build your personality and other traits. You will learn how to work in a team, how to manage others, how to resolve conflicts, how to take an effective and timely decision, and most importantly how to communicate and lead effectively. These experiences will make you a complete, all-rounded choice for the employer.

Recruiters look for a 'COMPLETE PACKAGE' when hunting for prospective employees for their organisation, instead of looking out for the 'best student'. Your CGPA/grades are surely an important part of this package but you have to remember that they are not the entire package. There are other valuable attributes that are needed to be obtained to be a versatile asset for any organisation. These are soft skills - often known as life skills – such as self awareness, critical thinking, effective communication, decision making, creative thinking, problem solving, empathy and ability to build interpersonal relationships. If one can achieve a good enough CGPA along with relevant life skills and experience, they will be the complete package that employers look for during recruitment.
Also, always try to build and expand your network. This is the age of communication and networking. The bigger your network, the higher will be the chances for you to get a job offer. This is the current worldwide trend and will remain so for at least the next few decades.

Regardless of where your CGPA falls on the four-point scale, always remember that job hunts are not about displaying your grades but about demonstrating your skills and worth. Ensure that you have relevant experience and projects, a formidable skill set, and a solid professional network — because, no matter what your GPA is, these are the factors that employers today value most.

Source: The Daily Star

Failure sucks, but it instructs. While missing the mark never feels good, failure is one of your best teachers when it comes to life and career advancement.
Once you’re able to move past the pain of failure you can see failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. That's when you’ll be able to forge forward in your career with more perspective and greater strength. In the long run, this can help you advance and achieve in bigger and better ways.

Here are five ways failure can help your career:

1. Consider new opportunities-
As the adage goes, when one door closes, another opens. When you fail, it may be an opportunity in disguise.
Sometimes, you get so lost in the daily shuffle that it’s easy to forget what is motivating you in your career, or what you’re really working toward. Following a failure is the perfect time to take stock of where you are in your career and to consider your ultimate goals. If you’re not working in the direction you truly want to go, this failure can have the silver lining of helping you seek out new opportunities which may be better aligned with where it is you actually want to go.
2. Get out of a rut-
Following a routine is a good thing, falling into a rut is not. Often, it's when you're in a rut that you’re not performing at your best. This is when the mistakes occur that lead to failure. Failure can jolt you out of your rut and back into the present moment.
Failure is jarring, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re in a rut, failure may propel you to be more mindful and careful in the days and weeks following. Simply put, failure can whip you into shape, which will make you a better and more effective worker. Ultimately, that is what will advance your career.

3. Catalyst for change-
Fail is the clearest sign you'll ever get that something you are doing isn’t working. This gives you the opportunity to honestly evaluate what didn’t work, and use it as a catalyst for change. What could you change to reduce the chance of failing again?
It could be some minor bad habit that is holding you back. Failure is when you realize you need to eradicate it. Your failure could be a sign of something larger and more fundamental you need to be changed, like the field you work in or the types of roles you take on at work. Either way, failure can bring your attention to what needs to be changed.
Awareness that a change is necessary is a powerful first step. What do you need to change in order to be successful? Armed with this information, you can begin to take further steps needed to make a real and lasting change that can help your career.

4. Avoid future mistakes-
Failure isn't final -- if you learn from your mistakes. If you keep making the same mistakes over and over, then clearly you’re not learning from your errors.
Once you’ve had a chance to lick your wounds following a failure, honestly evaluate what went wrong and what you could do differently. If you truly do take away a lesson from your failure, then it could potentially shield you from future (and potentially bigger) failures. You’ll never reach a point where you don’t make mistakes, but the idea is to continually make new and different mistakes which you can continue to learn from. Over time, you’ll continue growing stronger and learning new things. A willingness to learn is a common trait of the most successful people.

5. It keeps (or makes) you humble-
When you only experience success and upward ascent in your career, you can start to think you’re invincible. This can distort your sense of reality. You might start to think that the rules don’t apply to you, or that you can’t fail. Unfortunately, this lack of failure can give you a really big head.

Failure has sometimes painful but ultimately positive effect of keeping you humble in your career. When you do experience failure, you appreciate success all the more. Failure in this way can keep you striving for more. You’ll remain motivated to learn more and continue improving over time. As a bonus, by remaining humble, you’ll probably be a more likable person, which certainly can’t hurt your career.

Various Resource for Career Development / Career Management
« on: August 13, 2018, 12:03:04 PM »
Before proceeding to our topic, let us exactly know what does career actually mean? We can simply consider that a career is an occupation undertaken for a period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress. However, there are certain factors that should be kept in mind before choosing our career. These factors in a career planning lists short and long term career goals and the actions we can take to achieve them. Let us consider the following factors-

1.Self awareness-
Before making a fixed decision about choosing a career, we should always understand our own interest, abilities, personal qualities, skills etc. Instead of jumping to others interest/choice, we should focus on the subjects that we can relate easily.

2.Exploring different options-
In order to choose the right career, we should always look for ranges of option that are available for us. How we can take different routes to different options. Even we should also keep in mind about the employment trends and future aspects of every available option.

We have to prioritize one among all the options. The one option that can fulfill our skills, interest, ability, family-friendly benefits and so on.

4.Creating an action plan-
The root requirement for any career is a good academic result. It ensures our proper knowledge. Therefore we should make effort on our result. Beside that there are several steps like attending open events, creating a CV, finding some work experience, finding some paid/unpaid work to help us to develop employability etc.

5.Preparing a CV-
Our CV is the first chance we get to make a good impression on a potential employer. A top-quality CV will considerably boost our chance of getting a face-to-face interview, so it is worth spending time and effort on the content and presentation.

6.Meeting with a career adviser-
There are many experts in specific field. They can help us/guide us through our career planning process in order to select the right option.

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