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How to start a career in Business Analytics?

April 5th, 2014 No comments

Kunal JainAbout author – Kunal Jain, is an IIT Bombay graduate (Class of 2006), with 8 years of global analytics experience (with Capital One in UK and with Aviva India), and founder & CEO of Analytics Vidhya – India’s leading analytics knowledge portal.

In this article Kunal shares experts tips on how to start a career in Analytics.

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“Maintain that balance between professionalism and student charm” – the student organizer of the St. Gallen Symposium

February 15th, 2013 No comments

Nico (centre) with a faculty member (left) of Fudan University in Shanghai and a Leader of Tomorrow (right)The expert in this interview will surprise you – Nico Lüthi is a second year Bachelors student and also a member of the organizing team for the St. Gallen Symposium, one of the most prestigious conferences in the world and one that encourages dialogue between the leaders of today and those of tomorrow. The “Leaders of Tomorrow” are chosen through an essay writing contest. The Symposium is completely organized by students, and Nico has travelled all over Asia to promote the contest. Excerpts from the interview: Read more…

“It was a turning point in my life” – Kanan Dhru, winner at the St. Gallen Symposium

February 15th, 2013 4 comments

Kanan at the Symposium

Kanan Dhru was one of the top three winners of the essay writing contest at the St. Gallen Symposium in 2011. She is a law graduate from the London School of Economics and did her Masters in Public Administration from IGNOU. She has worked with McKinsey and Company, the Gujarat High Court and the National Knowledge Commission. She has interned at the World Health Organization, Geneva. She is also the Founder and Managing Director of Research Foundation for Governance in India, an Ahmedabad-based think tank. Excerpts from the interview: Read more…

Studying abroad – everything you need to know

February 5th, 2013 8 comments

Lakshmi IyerLakshmi Iyer is currently the Head of Education at Sannam S4. She has worked for Study Overseas India Private Limited for 8 years, and was the head for UK and Ireland. She did her MSc. from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She gives some very useful advice to everyone considering studying abroad, from employability to scholarships to rankings.

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IT in India: challenges and solutions for education and careers

May 25th, 2012 2 comments

Karthik Padmanabhan is the Country Manager for ISV and Developer Relations at IBM. Educated at the University of Mysore, he has been working in the IT industry for more than 20 years now, a period in which he has worked with Microsoft and Wipro among other companies. He talks about how IBM is helping students make an efficient leap from college to the industry and gives very helpful tips to the budding IT engineers of India.

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Summer training programs–all you need to know before you shell out your money

May 11th, 2012 5 comments

Mukesh Kumar is the director of RCPL, the summer-training delivery partner for HP and Oracle among other companies. RCPL has trained over 1 lakh students in the last 7 years with a total of 10 million man hours. Mr. Kumar has been in the industry for over 17 years. He tells us everything one must know about summer training programs, and gives extremely valuable advice to students: Read more…

Higher studies and academic research as a career option – what you should know?

January 25th, 2012 4 comments

Many undergraduate students face the dilemma of whether to go for higher studies (Masters, Ph.D) post completion of UG studies or take up the lucrative job that is available through campus placements.  Also there is a feeling that perhaps higher studies and scientific research are not as glamorous career options as a corporate job but the earlier do seem to offer greater autonomy and more intellectual simulation. Faced with such questions, what should a student do?

We turned to Professor V. G. Idichandy from the Department of Ocean Engineering, IIT Madras, to get his thoughts on the subject. Professor Chandy, in his illustrious career as an academician and an administrator (in his last two roles he served as Deputy Director and Director (Officiating) of IIT Madras) has interacted with a large number of students, professors, government officials, and industry leaders and has insights to offer that all the readers of Internshala can benefit from. Read on…

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How to write a Statement of Purpose (SOP)?

November 19th, 2011 36 comments

With academic internships  on Internshala (likes of CERN, JNCASR, EPFL etc.) ruling the roost, we have been inundated with requests for tips on how to write an impressive Statement of Purpose (SOP). The kind which grabs selection committee’s attention and forces them to accept you in one go. We present, a been there and done that, expert telling you the finer nuances of how to write an effective SOP.

About the author: – Nirmal Jayaram graduated from IIT Madras in 2006 post which he did his M.S & Ph.D from Stanford University. Whether Nirmal is synonymous with the term Academic Brilliance or coined it; I am not sure. Sample this – he graduated with a CGPA of 9.54 from IIT Madras (last 4 sem GPA being 10/10), he had calls from all 6 IIMs and attended interviews of only 2 and converted both including IIM Ahmedabad. But of course he did not join it. He had admits with full scholarships from Stanford, MIT, Berkley, Cornell, UTA, & Purdue. Rumors has it that MIT admission committee stalked him for weeks to swing his decision in their favor and sulked for months when he went to Stanford instead. With these credentials, if I were you I would pay VERY close attention to what he has to say on SOP writing. Happy reading…

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How to write an internship report?

November 14th, 2011 1 comment

Rajeev is confident, as he is most of the times. But last minute work deludes him, just like it troubles most of his peers. He has been intending on writing a report for a major project that he did recently for over a fortnight now. With deadline fast approaching, he finally makes up his mind, opens his laptop and logs onto Google to research and side by side opens a word document. He stares at the screen with a blank mind trying to recollect where he left last.

He also remembers having screwed up reports on tasks which he executed efficiently. He knows well that report writing is a piece of cake but yet, is nervous. Most easy things are the most difficult ones to do with perfection, simply because the brain perceives them as easy. Over confidence overtakes confidence and there goes the A+ grade down the drain.

For Rajeev and his like who do an excellent job of a project only to falter at last hurdle, i.e. Report Writing, here comes the rescue! We get an expert, Prashanth Nadukandi (IIT Guwahati alumnus, details below) to list the most common pitfalls of report writing.

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Acing The Interview – Five Things To Watch Out For

November 2nd, 2011 5 comments

Rajeev is one worried guy these days. He has been toiling hard for the last six months preparing for aptitude tests for the various companies that would visit the campus during the placement season; and also for CAT. Six months down the road, as expected, he cracked the aptitude test for his dream company visiting on Day Zero, and an enviable score in CAT. The only hurdle left between him and a career made of gold is an interview.

And that is what is giving Rajeev nightmares. Last 6 months were all spent preparing for case studies, aptitude tests, and brushing up technical knowledge and he could not pay attention to how to crack an interview.

With Rajeev’s case in hand, we thought we should help him with some necessary tips. Here are our top five, for Rajeev and readers out there who think themselves as Rajeev’s alter-ego.

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“Demystifying the world of finance” – Part I

October 30th, 2011 14 comments

“Governments don’t rule the world, Goldman Sachs does!” (Alessio Rastani, a hitherto unknown trader, during his recent ~4 minutes of fame interview to BBC)

Rajeev looks puzzled these days. First 2 years of the Engineering degree went in a jiffy and now it’s time for him to get serious about his career. He observed something peculiar; many of his seniors are getting placed in ‘Banks’ and he could not quite figure out what an Engineer, a Chemical Engineer to be specific, could possibly do at a ‘Bank’. And these jobs pay rather well, and are the hottest pursuits on the campus. He is wondering if the stardom surrounding the ‘finance’ jobs is for real and what exactly does one do in a ‘finance’ job. The article below, 1st of a 3 articles series, is written by Nimilita Chatterjee (a seasoned banker herself) to enlighten Rajeev and many others like him.

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