Monthly Archives: November 2014

Can an MBA give you success in the banking industry?

There are many people who wonder what the value of an MBA is in the world of banking. The answer to that question primarily depends on what the current role and field of the individual is. There are many people in banking who do not have fancy degrees. They joined at a very low position. Then through dint of hard work, and a little bit of luck, they rose through the ranks. After having spent a few years in banking, and having worked in different departments, and having gained a lot of experience, they become invaluable to the company. This gives them a lot of accolades and they get promoted quickly from one rank to the other. Towards the middle and end part of their careers, one can find many of these people occupying top positions in their respective organisations.

Then there are many people who do not want to go through this grind. They want to rise to the top quickly, and they wish to handle key responsibilities at a very early age. So they enrol themselves in an MBA course. One of the reasons that many people do an MBA course is because it teaches them about management. Once they have a management degree, they think that many doors will open for them, and they will find themselves in the top echelons of their industry.

This is not always true. Yes, the MBA degree does open many doors. This is especially true in the initial stages of one’s career. An MBA does not have to start at the low positions and meagre salaries that some of their less educated compatriots do. They get a pretty decent position at the very beginning of their careers. But whether they reach the top or not is another question. That mostly depends on how they perform.

There is a lot of difference in acquiring an education degree, and being successful at the workplace. When one is studying, marks were very important. But once one goes to the workplace, they have to deliver results, achieve targets, and lead people. Many MBAs falter in the real world. They are unable to turn their academic inclinations into real world success. They find that the task of people management is too difficult for them or that achieving targets in the workplace is not as easy as it seems.

On the other hand, there are many people who did not do well academically, but armed with the right people skills, and ample knowledge acquired through experience, quickly make their way to the top positions.

Getting an MBA degree is good, and also quite useful. It teaches you many things. But success at the workplace and reaching top positions depends on many factors. In conclusion it would be fair to say that while a management degree can open many doors, and get you entry into many roles, sustaining that success and reaching a high position depends on what kind of talent and soft skills a person has.

All about being an environmentalist

There are many people these days who venture into unusual careers. They want to do something that is out of the way. They have made up their minds a long time ago that the run of the mill careers is not for them. They have causes that they want to fight for, and they want their lives to mean something beyond rushing to office every day, being a part of the rat race, and making a living.

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Some people want to become environmentalists. They have a passion for nature and they decide that they want to do something for our planet. This is not a normal run of the mill profession that has ample information on it like engineering or medicine. In many cases it need not even be a profession. It can simply be a passion. People can take up environmental causes in their spare time. But it does not really matter whether it is a passion or a profession. Those who undertake this noble task will find that it is truly rewarding, fun and fulfilling.

The first thing that people can do is to see how they can help. What are the causes in their area that needs that attention? Some people will find that the garbage has been left uncollected in their area, and this is causing quite a mess. Other people will find that there are factories in the vicinity that are polluting their environment and causing harm to the people in their area. There are times when they will be walking on the road, and they will look at cars emitting dangerous amounts of carbon dioxide in the air. Something in their heart will tell them that this is not right, and they will decide to take this up as a cause. So one can deduce from all this that to be a good environmentalist, one needs to have a cause that they are willing to fight for.

Then the next thing they need to look at is whether they have the talent to achieve their goals. Yes, they are concerned about our world, but can they translate this passion into meaningful achievements. It mostly depends on what kind of skills different individuals possess. Some people are introverts, but they are good at writing. So they espouse their cause through the power of the pen. Others are extroverts. They are good with people. They have the ability to raise money for charities, get groups of people together for a march, organise functions, and generally make sure that things involving people get done.

There are a myriad range of activities when it comes to saving the environment, and it requires people of all hues to achieve different things. So people simply have to look at where their skills fit in and make themselves useful in that particular range of activities. Becoming an environmentalist is primarily about passion, and there are no economic rewards that can be gained here. So make sure that you are in it for the right reasons.