The “Land of the Rising Sun” is a country where the past meets the future. It is known all over the world for its electronic products. Japan is a land of corporate conglomerates such as Nikon, Sony, Hitachi, Suzuki, Mitsubishi etc. Japan has the highest number of science Nobel Laureates in Asia. Japan, in spite of being a small country and prone to many natural disasters, has made its presence felt across the globe. It is seen as a perfect combination of tradition and modernization. You will see skyscrapers everywhere, and then suddenly you will bump into a wooden entrance of an old monastery.
What comes to your mind first when anybody asks you in which foreign country you would wish to intern? Every Indian from childhood dreams of going to ‘Amrica’. The United States of America is one of the most powerful and influential nations of the world today. It is known across the globe for its world- class institutions like the Harvard, MIT, Stanford and many more. It has become a “melting pot” of cultures from around the world with Indians being in majority to migrate to the USA. Once you reach the States, you will not feel away from home! Also remember that it is not a land of television and the movies. It is large, complex, and diverse, with several distinct regional identities. Read more…
Some wise person has correctly said that necessity is the mother of innovation. Remember Aamir Khan’s definition of a machine in the movie 3 Idiots - “anything that makes our life simpler and easier in a cheaper and faster way is a machine!”? Technology is not just reading about the electrons and protons in an engineering college, but it is developing anything useful for anybody anywhere!
Here are a few cool innovations by an aam aadmi around us:
We see so many online articles on resume-writing tips and tutorial videos about how to make your resume more beautiful and well-formatted. But, what most of us forget to do is possess equally meaningful content to do justice to an intricately designed and edited resume.
For most of us young interview candidates, when someone asks us what our hobbies and interests are, we seem puzzled and start to think ‘Okay what is it that really interests me and that I can openly admit and not even feel embarrassed of?’
Suddenly, we make our thinking as self-centred as possible but fail to come up with a single convincing passion that can help us safely get out this awkward question.
We end up with the depressing feeling, ‘Is my life really that boring and lame?’
Have you also faced a similar situation in life or rather in the middle of a high-stakes interview?
Being the biggest country of Central Europe, Germany is one of the most influential European nations culturally and one of the main economic powers. Known around the globe for its engineering universities and high-tech products, it is equally known for its old-world charm and simplicity. If you have perceptions of Germany as simply homogeneous, it will surprise you with its rich history, architecture and diversity.
Is the thought of improving your ‘English’ not letting you have a good night sleep? There’s only one solution to it. Read, read, and read!
Why is it important to have good English?
Where don’t you need English? Today, wherever you go, whether be it for job or future studies, you need to have good communication skills to present yourself in front of others. There has been lot of buzz lately around about how companies incessantly complain about the poor communication skills of fresh graduates. Read more…
Many of us will be securing our internship in the coming months after having tried so hard and will be nervously waiting for the first day. Unless you are the founder or CEO, you will have to work under a mentor or manager, scarily known as a Boss in the real world. So what if you got that dream internship but failed to leave a mark on your boss? Here are some ways to avoid doing just that.
Disclaimer- The below in no way, directly or indirectly, relates to me or my boss ;)
Many of you reading this article might have an internship or two under your belt and chances are more than 90% of those came from absolutely no help from your college. When it comes to asking our colleges’ Training and Placement cell for some help in securing internships et al, we are met with questioning eyes as to how dare we disturb them during their lunch time. Internship, they presume, is just a show-off for adding lines to your resume. When in fact, it is quite the most important thing during your college life.
Let me share my experience with you. Being a non-IITian, getting an internship in a big multinational was naturally tougher. At the end of my first year, I went to the T&P of my college and asked for an internship recommendation.
With successive cases of sexual harassment of interns coming out of the woodwork, it is helpful to look at the kind of policies India has in place against sexual harassment at the workplace, and how these apply to interns. There is indeed a specific law to prevent and deal with sexual harassment at the workplace – it is called The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013.
What should I do after graduation? I am totally confused. Don’t know what next?
If such questions are bothering you, you are not alone. Every college student goes through this phase (especially in the last year) and while you will have to figure this out yourself, the list below presents some of the options that you may consider and could be a good starting point.
When it comes to starting your career, keep these basic rules in mind -
I started Internshala as a blog and at that time the only skill I had was I could write. Three years later, with Internshala being where it is today, I feel this skill played a BIG role throughout Internshala’s journey.
Writing, seemingly boring, highly under-rated, and often ignored skill, can do wonders to you as a person and to your career, if you nurture it well. Here is how?
1. Writing brings clarity of thought
In my first job as an analyst at Capital One, we all used to make presentations to senior management on new projects and ideas. And these presentations used to be full of jazz – the fancy graphs, cute animations, exaggerated lingo. The life was a smooth sail. Then one day, the presentations were banned across the company. We were asked to submit all the new ideas/proposals/analysis as 1 to 2 pages long word documents. And suddenly all hell broke loose.
This July a million more would graduate from our universities, ready to join the corporate world. For a large number of students, particularly those hired by mass IT recruiters like TCS, Infosys etc., this would mark the beginning of an agonizing period of seemingly endless wait – for the joining letter or the joining date.
Human psychology is the most intricate thing to deal with, and it’s really a daunting task to judge someone in a 20 – 30 minute chat . But still, if interview is done smartly, there is a high chance that you’d get all the required information to take a final call on a prospective intern. In our experience, these 5 questions are a great help to understand whether a student is a good fit for the internship or not.
Arguably, having an internship programme is the best way to tap into young talent, however intern hiring is no cakewalk. While young interns have immense potential, and they can do wonders (Internshala itself is a perfect example of what interns can do, as entire company has been built with the help of interns only- Internshala hired its first full time employee two years after it was started), finding right ones is still a challenge.
Some summers are not meant to be spent doing internships. They are meant for you to sit back, enjoy life, and…eventually get bored. There are several things you can do once the boredom sets in. We’ve made a list of skills you can pick up over the course of a summer, sitting at home. You might be interested in some or already an expert in others, but you will get ideas on what to do apart from catching up with TV shows:
This post is for those students who by choice or by chance find themselves in colleges which do not enjoy the same brand reputation and infrastructure that IITs and NITs do and hence feel disadvantaged when it comes to competing with students from premier institutes for internship and career opportunities. While it would be foolish to state that college brand does not play a role in deciding your career path in a country where dowry rates depend on the chip you carry on your shoulder; my experience of interacting with thousands of students over last 2 years, suggests that not all hope is lost if you are determined to fight against the odds!
“Bridging careers, building careers.” That’s the slogan in a promotional video released by the Board of Apprenticeship Training, Western Region. That is indeed the idea behind the Apprentices Act, 1961: to help fresh engineers (who just graduated) get valuable experience and hence improve their employability. Along with on the job training, students have the possibility of being offered a permanent position post training. For companies, it is a one-stop destination to recruit trainees and possibly full-time workers. There are four regional boards under the Ministry of Human Resources Development. The Act, like any other Act, is boring and sleep-inducing, so we created an infographic aimed at students:
Sounds cheesy? But this mini poem best describes the situation in almost 85% of the cases of office romances. Be it your boss or your partner, things generally turn out bad. Though the unfortunate end is inevitable, there may be exceptions.
Does being smitten by a co-worker lead to ignoring the work and distraction?
There are more than 1 million students graduating in India every year, but nearly ~75% are labelled unemployable by industry. In addition, many students, in absence of enough practical exposure, land jobs in fields other than their specialization or remain unemployed. What is the reason behind this? Where are we lacking? What could we do to bridge this gap between what academia produces and what industry wants?
The world of internships and interns in India is by no means tiny. It is mildly disturbing, then, that there are absolutely no laws that cover interns in India. The Industrial Employment (Standing Orders) Act, 1946 does make a mention of apprentices but applies only to industrial establishments that employ 100 or more workers. The rules pertaining to this Act include some very good ones about legal redressal related to removal from service etc., but all the laws that apply to permanent workers do not apply to apprentices.
We all know (only too well) that unpaid internships aren’t illegal in India. Interns aren’t even entitled to get minimum wages. The Minimum Wages Act, 1948, covers mainly the unorganised primary sector. This means you aren’t entitled to get minimum wages unless you work in, say, a toffee factory or are engaged in the “handling and care of elephants.”