Thursday, November 29, 2012

EDUCATION TOP 20


EDUCATION TOP 20
  • Finland
  • South Korea
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • UK
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Switzerland
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Poland
  • Germany
  • Belgium
  • USA
  • Hungary
  • Slovakia
  • Russia
UK education sixth in global ranking
The UK's education system is ranked sixth best in the developed world, according to a global league table published by education firm Pearson. The first and second places are taken by Finland and South Korea.
The rankings combine international test results and data such as graduation rates between 2006 and 2010.
This composite picture puts the UK in a stronger position than the influential Pisa tests from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - which is also one of the tests included in this ranking.
Global competition
The two education superpowers - Finland and South Korea - are followed by three other high-performing Asian education systems - Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.
The UK - which is considered as a single system, rather than four devolved administrations - is then ranked at the head of an above-average group including the Netherlands, New Zealand, Canada and Ireland.
These are ahead of a middle-ranking group including the United States, Germany and France.
Looking at education systems that succeed, the study concludes that spending is important, but not as much as having a culture that is supportive of learning.
The success of Asian countries in these rankings reflects the high value attached to education and the expectations of parents. This can continue to be a factor when families migrate to other countries, says the report accompanying the rankings.
Looking at the two top countries - Finland and South Korea - the report says that there are many big differences, but the common factor is a shared social belief in the importance of education and its "underlying moral purpose".
Teacher quality
The report also emphasizes the importance of high-quality teachers and the need to find ways to recruit the best staff. This might be about status and professional respect as well as levels of pay.
The ranking for levels of school choice shows that Finland and South Korea have among the lowest levels of school choice. But Singapore, another high performer, has the highest level. The UK is among the upper levels in terms of school choice.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Migration to Canada


Migration to Canada
Canada is a popular migration destination for UAE expats. Why do people opt for Canada? What are the challenges?
Every year around 250,000 people migrate to Canada. The UAE seems to be a popular place of departure to the Far West [and Far North] for the expatriate population in this country. For many, life here is a stopover, and Canada has turned out time and again the number one final destination.
However, the window of opportunity may be closing fast for hopefuls as rules are becoming more limiting and open categories are getting filled up speedily.
“At the moment applying for the skilled work permit is not advisory for most people,” says Kim Krisko, a Canadian lawyer and immigration consultant at Krisko & Associates. “The Canadian government has seriously limited these options. If a person qualifies, the only option might be to apply for a business visa.”
But the ‘Land of Snow’ is still a big draw – and with reason. According to Kim, Canada is a country that people generally do not want to leave. “With the exception of people with a wanderlust, the inhabitants of Canada generally never think about migration, because they are happy where they are.”
It therefore more makes sense that a large migration flow comes from the UAE, Kim believes. “People come to the UAE for work and the duration of their stay here totally depends on this their career path. People normally do not consider it as their final destination.
“Once they have experienced the modern lifestyle that the UAE offers, they find it difficult to move back to their country of origin because such way of life does not exist there. They want to permanently live in a society with the modern infrastructure and Canada becomes a very suitable option.”
Throughout the UAE there are dozens of migration consultants and companies that assist the process from application to settlement. A real necessity, believes Felix Roy Tom, migration consultant at Vision for Canada. “The process is a very complicated one. Often people make minor mistakes in their paper-work, which eventually leads to denial of a visa. We advise and monitor, in order to guarantee that people have the best chance to make it there.”
Many consultants would say that Canada offers plenty of opportunity for immigration. The total area consists of 9.9 million square kilometers and it is thereby the second-largest country in the world. However, it only inhabits 33 million people and the indigenous population is on decline due to a negative birthrate.  “Canada basically need immigrants to sustain the population and for the economy to keep on running,”says Kim.
Immigration Laws
However, Canadian visa regulations are very changeable, says Kim. Although Canada is generally considered to adopt a more lenient immigration policy than any other country, this policy is subject to heavy fluctuation. At the moment there are a few challenges.
“According to most recent changes, skilled work visa are limited by the number of labour categories open for selection, and each category has a limited number of available applications. Last year, this limit was reached in some categories within weeks after opening,” tells Kim.  
At the moment there are 29 eligible occupations for which skilled worker permits can be obtained, of which 12 have already reached the limit of 500 applications. Plenty of applications are available for less popular jobs, such as plumber, machine operators and jobs in the oil, gas and mining field. However, job categories in the field of science, catering, business, healthcare or architecture were quickly filled. Categories will be reopened on June 1st.
According to Felix, it is important applicants are aware of their chances of obtaining a visa before they decide to go through the whole process of applying.
Education & Work Experience
Important factors for migration to Canada are education and work experience. “These weigh very heavily in the assessment, because these are criteria that determine a successful application,” says Felix.
One year of work experience in any field is required, and more than four years preferable. For the education standard chances decrease when a university diploma cannot be presented, and a doctorate is highly preferable. A successful IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required in any case.
Benefits
Beside these challenges there are quite a lot of advantages in choosing for Canada as a country to settle down. “After 3 years and one week of uninterrupted residence in Canada any migrant is eligible for Canadian citizenship,” explains Felix. And obtaining citizenship has many advantages. “Up to the university level education is free, which many migrants find a relief when starting a family in Canada,” he adds.
“Canada has a high per capita GPD, a politically stable environment, a lot of space, fresh air and is a relatively safe country to live in,” adds Kim, who came to Dubai to reach out to potential customers. “Accommodation may be a little expensive in the big cities in Canada, but is very affordable in the smaller cities and villages. You could easily trade in your two-bedroom road-facing apartment in the Springs for a three-bedroom villa and a couple of cars in Canada. Your dollar goes a long way there.”
Because the application for a visa to Canada could easily take about one-and-a-half years, people are advised to anticipate on migrating to Canada and take all challenges and restrictions in consideration. “We never ask people to start their application before we know they have a chance. It is people’s future we are dealing with, and it takes a lot of efforts to prepare for such a move,” says Felix.
According to Kim, people should not be tempted to apply for a work permit at the moment regardless of the promises and advertising of immigration agencies. “The chance of getting a work permit is just very small at the moment, and a person needs to do their due diligence on a consultant promising such work permit,” he says. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spain offers Resident Permit


Spain offers residency to anyone buying a home worth more than £130,000 in bid to save its housing market
 Spain has more than 700,000 unsold houses after real estate market collapse
 New policy would see foreigners given residency permits if they buy houses worth more than 160,000 euros - approximately £128,500
Spain plans to offer foreigners residency permits if they buy houses worth more than 160,000 euros - approximately £128,500 - to try and reduce the country's bloated stock of unsold homes.
Spain currently has more than 700,000 unsold houses following the collapse of its real estate market in 2008.
Trade Ministry secretary Jaime Garcia-Legaz said the plan, expected to be approved in the coming weeks, would be aimed principally at the Chinese and Russian markets as the domestic demand was stagnant and showed no sign of improving
The country's economy is still struggling and is currently in recession with 25 per cent unemployment.
Thousands of houses have been repossessed by banks and their owners evicted because they cannot pay their mortgages.
The government last week approved a decree under which evictions would be suspended for two years in specific cases of extreme need.
The country's offer beats others in bailed-out countries such as Ireland and Portugal, where residency papers are offered to foreigners buying houses worth more than 400,000 euros - around £322,000) and 500,000 euros - approximately £402,000 respectively. It was not immediately clear if the residency would only refer to Spain, and not the European Union.
The stricken state of the country's real estate market was highlighted Monday by figures from the Bank of Spain which showed that the level of bad debt in the country's banks had risen to a record 10.7 per cent of their loan total in September.



Monday, October 29, 2012

Australian new migration policies target skilled workforce


Australian new migration policies target skilled workforce
Riding on an ambitious plan to tap Asian region, Australia is all set to woo highly skilled population from Asia, in a bid to create an educated, productive work force to boost its economy.

According to Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Bowen, the government in its 'Asian Century White Paper' released on Sunday, has highlighted the opportunities for the nation's growth by building deeper and stronger links with Asian region.

"Even with the government's unprecedented investment in tertiary education and upgrading Australians' skills, we need migrants who bring their specialist skills to Australia," he said.
Seven of the top 10 source countries in Australia's 2011-12 migration programme are in the Asian region: India, China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Skilled Immigration to Canada


Canada's new class for immigration targets UAE applicants
Federal Skilled Trades Class open to selected trades persons with experience in occupational areas
The Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) announced proposed amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) referred to as the 3-pronged approach. The approach includes the introduction of a new class - the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC).

"The new FSTC is open to selected tradespersons with experience in the occupational areas," explains Deepak Kohli, President of Transcend Consultants, a regulated Canadian-based immigration consultancy office.
"This is a pass/fail system, meaning that the applicants are assessed based on a set of criteria (as compared to a points system). The applicants meeting all the criteria are selected."
The minimum criteria to be met for the FSTC class are the following:
·         Ability to work in one of the trades (up to 2 job offers or assessed qualifications);
·         Proficiency in official languages (minimum CLB 5);
·         Previous work experience in the selected trades (minimum 2 years full-time); and
·         Meet employment requirements of the selected trade.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Career in Finance and Banking


FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
To have a successful career in this sector, you ought to be educated of the varied roles that money corporations, the classic job duties, talent sets needed and the career prospects that wait for you in this occupation.  Being one of the most lucrative careers, the financial industry offers various career probabilities.  Study of finance today offers perhaps one of the most Lucrative career options for the dynamic student. This decade has seen the study of finance attaining almost a scientific temper
Financial planning and decision making is crucial to every business enterprise private or public. The financial executives involve themselves in the management and control of finance in an organization.
Financial management in corporations has two primary goals, reduce expenses and increase profits. A financial manager focuses a company's activities to create shareholder value for investors, who often look to the financial analysis of a company to make wise investment decisions.
A career in finance - essentially perceived as a back office record keeping job, has become much more challenging and interesting these days with the liberalization of the Indian economy. Today, it is seen as a career that provides a greater role in decision making, planning and controlling operations in any organization.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Careers in Accounting


Careers in Accounting
You do not have to have a degree in accountancy to become an accountant. Neither do you need a degree in business administration, math’s or any other specific subject – graduates in all subjects, from Anthropology to Zoology can and do become successful accountants.
Careers in accounting and finance are routinely listed among the best available, and for good reason. Increased financial regulations mean that there is more demand than ever for qualified candidates to fill positions like accountant, bookkeeper, revenue agent, financial analyst, and auditor. To qualify for one of these positions, or another in this growing career field, you will attend accounting schools or finance schools, so that you can obtain the best accounting degree or finance degree possible.
An accountant’s main role is to prepare business accounts, either to be reviewed externally, or for internal use by the client itself. Accountancy has an important function in all industries, covering both the public and private sectors. Accounts give an overview of an organization’s financial status, which is essential for forward planning. Accountancy also plays a fundamental role in ensuring that organizations of any size and nature are being run in a transparent way and identifies financial irregularities.


Monday, September 24, 2012

Opportunities Abroad


Blue Card advantage: Opportunities for Indian techies in Germany
Ever since the German green card scheme, that was meant to attract IT professionals from non-EU countries, was discontinued in December 2004, Indian techies have missed it badly. The introduction of the new German 'blue card initiative' from August 1, 2012, skilled and highly qualified workers from India can again look forward to tapping opportunities in Germany.  Along with the new scheme, the German government has also announced the Recognition Act, which facilitates the recognition of foreign professional credentials.
Bid to Tap Skills
The changes to the Residence Act include regulations regarding the issuance of the new EU blue card which is a residence permit intended for highly skilled non-EU nationals seeking employment in Germany. It also offers new benefits for foreign students. "The new EU blue card is one step towards providing better access to jobs in Germany for skilled international workers. India has a young workforce and an enormous potential to become the country with the largest number of qualified young people.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

How to Choose a Course


How to Plan Career

The basic foundation of building a career is the quality of education and training to which a person is subjected.
A natural question that comes up is what course of study would ideally suit him. Identification of the right course of study involves a detailed analysis of diverse factors, The most important among them are:
1. aptitude of the student
2. learning ability of the student
3. financial position of the family
4. proximity of the educational institution
5, sex difference (boy/girl)
6, potential of the program for early placement
It may be remembered that there is no child without an aptitude for anything. Any raw stone has a Beautiful hidden statue inside, it is the duty of the parents, teachers, and well-wishers to play the role of a gifted sculptor and identify the hidden statue in the child.
If a child is pushed into a field of study in which he has no interest or aptitude. He may struggle to survive there. No good parent will desire this to happen; but they often do not contemplate such a possibility when they compel the child to fall in line with their blind wishes.  A total neglect of this important aspect may land the child in a career that is not to his liking. He may not therefore be able to excel in the profession. A person may have aptitude not for just one thing; there may be a variety of aptitudes in him.
If we should be able to learn the best course of study for a child, the first requirement is sound knowledge of the available options.  It is very rarely that parents prepare themselves by gathering detailed information on courses that may suit their children.


Monday, August 27, 2012

MBA Best Rewarding Career

MBA the Best Career

India's romance with MBAs is clearly not over yet. A new study by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) has indicated that graduates from full-time two-year MBA programs in India this year with job offers expect an increase in earnings of more than 200% from their pre-degree earnings, much higher than the 80% salary increase for all full-time two-year MBA graduates worldwide.
Not only are the salaries higher but 88% of Indian employers plan to hire MBAs in 2012, in line with the 89% of Indian employers that reported hiring MBAs in 2011.
Demand for MBA new hires in the Asia-Pacific region is also expected to be strong in 2012, with 80% of companies reporting plans to hire MBAs in the coming year, an increase of 9% from last year.
The GMAC conducted a survey of graduate management education students in their final year of business school. This survey collected responses from 5,366 graduate management students at 136 business schools worldwide in February and March of 2012.
Overall, 62% of job seekers in the class of 2012 had an offer of employment at the time of the survey. Offers of employment for 2012 graduates of part-time and executive MBA programmes were high as well with 64% boasting of job offers in hand. This nearly matched the all-time record set in 2001, when 66% of students had job offers.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

New Age Skills


New Age Skills

The 21st Century requires global perspectives with ability to work seamlessly with people from diverse backgrounds. International education is an effective way to acquire skills that are essential if one wants to be a part of global teams. Universities in every corner of the globe welcome Indian students as they add a different perspective to a class.
In a new trend, students are opting for unconventional programs like fashion styling, film-making, script writing, acting, music production, adventure sports, production design, environmental sciences, sustainable energy, culinary arts and games development, among others.
Courses in water management, brand management programs are new trends. Universities in Germany are making waves with their research initiatives in modern transport engineering, bio-sciences and energy solutions.
The popular courses at the UG-level include computer science, engineering, business management and liberal arts. You can consider applying for a course in medicine, dentistry or even marketing in the UK. For automobile engineering, Germany offers several options. And for design and luxury brand management, take a look at colleges in Italy and France.
Career in Forensic Science and Criminology
Forensic science is the application of science to the investigation of a crime. When a crime is committed, there are different types of evidence found at the crime scene. It could include traces of an object, paint, soil, blood, saliva, body fluids, digital evidence, plant material, bones, documents, fingerprints. Forensic science uses physical science such as chemistry, biology, and physics to analyses the evidence found at the crime scene and uses that analysis to help the law enforcement to catch the criminal and most importantly, present that evidence in court.
While criminology is the study of crime, a criminologist uses different social sciences such as sociology, psychology, to understand crime and criminal behavior. Criminology typically includes studying different types of crime, causes behind the crime, occurrence or incidence of crime in various parts, the consequences of the crime as well as society's perception, different rules and punishment and preventive strategies for crime.
EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION
To become a forensic scientist, one needs to first complete a Bachelors' in Forensic or Physical or Biological Science and further pursue MSc (Forensic Science). To become a forensic pathologist, one has to complete an MD in Forensic Medicine after successfully completing his/ her MBBS.
There are graduate as well as postgraduate courses in criminology. One can pursue it either after 10+2 or after having a graduate degree in arts or science. Criminology is also offered as a specialization at the masters' level in social work.
JOB PROSPECTS
A forensic scientist can work as a crime scene investigator, forensic pathologist; trace evidence analyst, and expert analysts in forensic specializations. A criminologist can work as an analyst, teacher, reviewer and reformer of law, revising ways of criminal rehabilitation and as researchers working to improve the criminal justice system.
Crimes have been committed from time immemorial and continue to happen in today's world. With the increasing need for effective measures to stop and prevent crime, forensic science and criminology have become a necessity. This field is constantly evolving with the development of new technology and new ways of investigations.
Science of makeup
We live in a world that values the way one looks and presents himself or herself, and the cosmetics industry plays a vital role in helping one achieve that look. The way one looks can be a calling card for personal and professional growth. Today, the makeup industry is a global multibillion dollar industry and growing. A makeup artist is intimately involved in the most important and exciting events of people's lives, from weddings to the Academy Awards.
A career in the cosmetics industry is not all fluff and glamour. Working in this field takes dedication, a knack for accepting change and a desire to help others look their best. The job opportunities vary from being behind the scenes, creating a product to showing beauty techniques to the public or acting as the face of a company. Professional makeup has evolved as much as a science as it is a customary art form. The understanding of arch light conditions , the advancement in camera and transmission technologies, the complex ingredients and the chemical engineering itself that goes into formulating the right makeup products is as much of a pre-requisite as an inherent creative skill to achieve the best of makeup design work. It is much more than what meets the eye in the glamorous world of fashion and makeup, which are intricately linked.
A robust 15% annual growth despite the global economic slowdown of recent the years; no wonder it is often referred to as a recession-proof industry.
GROWTH AREAS
There is a demand of professionals in various areas including film, television, theatre, media , fashion, video, photography and bridal design work in broad categories like professional makeup, camouflage makeup, fun faze makeup, face and body painting, special effects makeup and prosthetics apart from recent innovations like high definition and air brush make up. Professional makeup artists are more in demand than ever before. Globalization, influx of MNCs, etc, are all expanding the professional makeup market segment. The customer awareness is contributing to create a high demand for skilled and trained makeup professionals. Supporting the claim we find make up schools and academies mushrooming in urban and semi-urban India, attempting to close this demand-supply gap.
Environmental Science
"The sustainable management of biodiversity is one of the most important challenges facing humanity; one that requires active participation of dedicated professionals who are committed to the interdisciplinary nature of the subject. Our generation has the unenviable task of making hard, possibly irrevocable, decisions on natural resource, allocation and management issues at local, regional and international levels. In this context, the aim of this appreciation programme is to provide a critical and conceptually sophisticated understanding of biodiversity science and the socio-economic, political, cultural and institutional environments within which management and policy decisions are made.  
The broad areas that will be covered include biodiversity and its importance, agro-biodiversity , threats to biodiversity , sustainable use of biodiversity and at the end of the course, students will have to undertake a project. "The purpose is to provide an opportunity to students to apply the knowledge they have acquired in the course of studying scientific principles and technological methods underpinning the concept and pathways of sustainable management of biodiversity.
Electronics and communication
The ECE branch provides the ground and flexibility for those students who wish to opt for other streams. The curriculum for the first year of the course is the same for all the branches. The diversity of the curriculum becomes clear after the first year. The course comprises sufficient papers on all major fields of engineering - electrical engineering, computer science and control engineering. The final two years, however, are devoted almost entirely to advanced topics in electronics and communication engineering such as digital signal processing, microwave engineering and bipolar and MOS Analog IC design.
As far as career prospects are concerned, many students from the ECE branch often decide to pursue postgraduate studies to continue research in diverse areas. A number of students also continue with post-graduation at the Master's and PhD levels in well-known US universities.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

High Tech Worker Shortage: Has Anything Changed?

Where is the talent ?

Alarm bells over the lack of high-tech workers in the U.S. have been ringing for years, turning the story into near-legend. ut is the worker shortfall still a fact? While a consensus is elusive, many industry experts say yes, and the problem is growing.

"When I hear from employers that there is a shortage, I believe them," says Steve Langerud, director of professional opportunities at DePauw University and a workplace consultant.

"Firms know how real it is. They see how much money it costs them by having to pay a premium for talent, and they see the money lost in services they cannot provide to clients because they don't have workers," adds Langerud.

The long-term scarcity springs from a deficient educational system, says Terry Howerton, managing partner of TechNexus, a tech incubator firm based in Chicago.

"There's been a lack of emphasis at U.S. high schools on tech education and career paths for some time," Howerton says. "Most colleges will tell you the low number of computer science students coming in is related to the shortage of graduates coming out in this field."

Concern over the high tech shortage dates to the 1980s, with a crescendo of alarm hitting in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The issue is heating up again as more companies embrace the advanced manufacturing model.

For Bob Slapin, executive director of the San Diego Software Industries Council, time has only made conditions worse.

"We've been dealing with the lack of workers over the years, but not like this," Slapin said in an email. "We currently have more than 5,000 openings, tech job openings in San Diego, that we can't fill. There is a severe shortage."

The lack of IT skill sets in particular is what's keeping many tech firms from finding the workers they need, says Ed Nathanson, director of talent acquisition for the IT security firm Rapid7.

"Skills for Java, Hadoop and Ruby [programming languages] are in great demand, but there's not enough available pool talent for them," Nathanson says. "That's why there's a lot of competition for those who do have those skills."

But it's not just finding workers with the right tech skills, says Lauren Burris, human resources director at Practice Fusion, an online electronic health records site. Some firms like hers have specific cultural needs as well.

"There's been more difficulty lately in finding candidates that are well rounded and not just an expert in their field," Burris says. "Our mission is to save lives, and all of our employees are driven by that. We don't always find those people."

To solve this lack of home grown workers, some industry analysts want revisions in U.S. worker immigration rules to let more foreign trained tech workers fill the void. Currently, some 200,000 foreign workers with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degrees are allowed into the U.S. each year through various work visa programs.

A "reasonable" change in immigration laws — to allow more foreigners in with high tech degrees — can bridge the worker gap, says Arun Sundararajan, a professor in New York University's School of Business.

"Good immigration policy can be used selectively as a way to get newer and hard to find IT capabilities," contends Sundararajan. "It won't solve the entire shortage, but you can hire higher quality IT workers globally."

The inability to fill jobs in the U.S. has created a high-tech worker's market. The current rate of unemployment for technology workers is around 4 percent, about half the overall jobless rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There's also higher pay. The average salary range for a new tech hire is $80,000 to $120,000 a year, higher than many other fields.

But if workers are scarce and come at a high price, that hasn't stopped some high tech firms from hiring the people they need.

"We think there's an abundance of talent right here in the U.S.," says Jerry Irvine, CIO at Prescient Solutions, an IT outsourcing firm based in Chicago. "It's taking longer to find it but we are."
Prescient, with its 84 employees, made a conscious decision to make Chicago its headquarters, says Irvine, in order to avoid the usual high tech regions like Silicon Valley — and have access to a broader workforce.

Another small firm, Cleversafe, which provides data storage, did the same, says CEO and founder Chris Gladwin. And that's paid off when it comes to hiring.

"We wanted to locate outside of traditional talent clusters but close to academia," says Gladwin. "We have great relationships with local Chicago colleges and universities and established a strong culture of innovation. When you do that, the talent pours in."

For those firms losing out in the talent search, one analyst says the problem is not so much a shortage of workers but how they and prospective hires are connecting.

"Workers and employers are surprisingly having trouble finding each other in this high tech age," says Bala Iyer, a professor of information technology management at Babson College.

"Companies are looking for employees using traditional methods, and it's not working. Employers should be scouring digital communities and new markets for people," says Iyer.

Even if they do make the right kind of hook-up, many tech firms have to slug it out against their more glamorous colleagues for new hires, says Larry Scinto, IT strategy specialist at PA Consulting group.

"The best and brightest are going to the Facebooks and other start-ups where they have a shot at becoming millionaires," Scinto adds. "Going to a traditional tech firm may seem boring and could mean a short career and eventually being outsourced."

It's estimated that by 2018, there will be some 1.4 million tech-related job openings in the U.S., but the country will have only about 400,000 college grads to fill them.

If that equation seems one-sided now, the shortage of high tech workers, for whatever reason, will just keep getting worse, says Alex Camino, vice president of marketing and communications at Softek, an IT solution firm.

"Almost every industry is being transformed by technology," Camino says. "Banking is online, smartphones are replacing cameras. Music, publishing are online. Television is high tech. You name it, and IT has to be part of a company's strategy. So when it comes to workers, demand just keeps outpacing supply."

From CNBC
http://www.cnbc.com/id/46902840/



Thursday, May 31, 2012

Talent Shortages

Talent Shortages in The Time of High Unemployment



48% of Indian employers struggle to find the right candidate

ManpowerGroup survey reveals persistent shortage in skilled trades, engineers, IT
Nearly Half of U.S. Employers Struggling to Fill Mission-Critical Positions

This is the story of the day. Those who thinks there are no opportunities they have to think twice before saying this. There are opportunities and more than enough opportunities for RIGHT KIND OF SKILLS. The right kind of skills are changing very fast. With changing time and economies one cannot think of getting good job with 20th century skills and qualification. These skills and qualifications needs to be upgraded to fulfill the needs of 21st century economy and needs.

In January 2011, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ManpowerGroup announced the world has entered the Human Age, where talent has replaced capital as the key competitive differentiator. This concept of talentism as the new capitalism continues to resonate and was echoed as a core theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The battle for the right candidate continues to rage as 48% of Indian employers struggle to find the right candidate for the job. A study on Talent Shortage by staffing firm Manpower Group shows that although down by 19% from last year, India's hunt for suitable employees is high compared to global average of 34%.
The profiles on demand have also altered since same period last year. While it was difficult to hunt for R&D, sales manager and IT staff last year, this year the positions are for IT staff, marketing/public relations/communication staff and engineers. Personal assistants, call center operators, researchers are also hard to find this year
Lack of available candidates, technical competencies amongst those present, refusals to move to another location, poor image of the occupation, weak soft skills and demand for a higher salary have been key reasons in Asia Pacific for the posts to remain vacant.  Owing to high growth in the IT sector and increase in the social media presence of organizations, there has been a surge in the demand for IT staff and marketing/communications staff.  Access to talent is the key competitive differentiator in the Human Age, and the companies that succeed in this new ecosystem will be those that employ a comprehensive workforce strategy closely aligned with business strategy.
The world leader in innovative workforce solutions, warns employers, who are increasingly at peace with failing to find the right talent to fight the perception that specialized in-demand talent is out of reach and develop flexible workforce models comprised of contingent and permanent workers, in order to meet fluctuating demand for their products and services.
ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey, released along with the accompanying insights paper, "Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle, Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage," shows the world is for the seventh year in a row gripped by an acute talent mismatch, as over a third (34%) of employers globally identify a lack of available skilled talent to their organizations. Despite this, a substantial proportion of employers indicate unfilled positions are expected to have little or no impact on key constituents, such as customers and investors; this proportion has grown from 36% in 2011 to 56% in 2012.
"Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle, Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage," details specialized solutions ManpowerGroup has identified for winning today's talent wars, including: developing a workforce strategy, strategic migration, developing flexible work models, hyper specializing work among specialized workers, exploring untapped talent markets and expanding tapped talent markets.
The results of its seventh annual talent shortage survey, revealing 49 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations.
In the United States, the top 10 most difficult jobs to fill are:
Skilled trades
Engineers
IT staff
Sales representatives
Accounting and finance staff
Drivers
Mechanics
Nurses
Machinists/machine operators
Teachers
Summary of Global Results ManpowerGroup surveyed nearly 40,000 employers across 41 countries and territories as part of its annual Talent Shortage Survey. Globally, 34 percent of employers say they are having difficulty filling positions, the three most challenging of which are Skilled Trades, Engineers and Sales Representatives. The reasons most often cited are lack of available applicants and lack of technical skills. Among the 41 countries and territories surveyed, employers are having the most difficulty finding the right people to fill jobs in Japan (81 percent), Brazil (71 percent) and Bulgaria (51 percent).

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Talent Shortages the Biggest Challenge


48% of Indian employers struggle to find the right candidate
ManpowerGroup survey reveals persistent shortage in skilled trades, engineers, IT
Nearly Half of U.S. Employers Struggling to Fill Mission-Critical Positions
This is the story of the day. Those who thinks there are no opportunities they have to think twice before saying this. There are opportunities and more than enough opportunities for RIGHT KIND OF SKILLS. The right kind of skills are changing very fast. With changing time and economies one cannot think of getting good job with 20th century skills and qualification. These skills and qualifications needs to be upgraded to fulfill the needs of 21st century economy and needs.
In January 2011, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, ManpowerGroup announced the world has entered the Human Age, where talent has replaced capital as the key competitive differentiator. This concept of talentism as the new capitalism continues to resonate and was echoed as a core theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The battle for the right candidate continues to rage as 48% of Indian employers struggle to find the right candidate for the job. A study on Talent Shortage by staffing firm Manpower Group shows that although down by 19% from last year, India's hunt for suitable employees is high compared to global average of 34%.
The profiles on demand have also altered since same period last year. While it was difficult to hunt for R&D, sales manager and IT staff last year, this year the positions are for IT staff, marketing/public relations/communication staff and engineers. Personal assistants, call center operators, researchers are also hard to find this year
Lack of available candidates, technical competencies amongst those present, refusals to move to another location, poor image of the occupation, weak soft skills and demand for a higher salary have been key reasons in Asia Pacific for the posts to remain vacant.  Owing to high growth in the IT sector and increase in the social media presence of organizations, there has been a surge in the demand for IT staff and marketing/communications staff.  Access to talent is the key competitive differentiator in the Human Age, and the companies that succeed in this new ecosystem will be those that employ a comprehensive workforce strategy closely aligned with business strategy.
The world leader in innovative workforce solutions, warns employers, who are increasingly at peace with failing to find the right talent to fight the perception that specialized in-demand talent is out of reach and develop flexible workforce models comprised of contingent and permanent workers, in order to meet fluctuating demand for their products and services.
ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey, released along with the accompanying insights paper, "Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle, Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage," shows the world is for the seventh year in a row gripped by an acute talent mismatch, as over a third (34%) of employers globally identify a lack of available skilled talent to their organizations. Despite this, a substantial proportion of employers indicate unfilled positions are expected to have little or no impact on key constituents, such as customers and investors; this proportion has grown from 36% in 2011 to 56% in 2012.
"Break the Crisis and Complacency Cycle, Get Ahead of the Global Talent Shortage," details specialized solutions ManpowerGroup has identified for winning today's talent wars, including: developing a workforce strategy, strategic migration, developing flexible work models, hyper specializing work among specialized workers, exploring untapped talent markets and expanding tapped talent markets.
The results of its seventh annual talent shortage survey, revealing 49 percent of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations.
In the United States, the top 10 most difficult jobs to fill are:
Engineers
IT staff
Sales representatives
Accounting and finance staff
Drivers
Mechanics
Nurses
Machinists/machine operators
Teachers
Summary of Global Results ManpowerGroup surveyed nearly 40,000 employers across 41 countries and territories as part of its annual Talent Shortage Survey. Globally, 34 percent of employers say they are having difficulty filling positions, the three most challenging of which are Skilled Trades, Engineers and Sales Representatives. The reasons most often cited are lack of available applicants and lack of technical skills. Among the 41 countries and territories surveyed, employers are having the most difficulty finding the right people to fill jobs in Japan (81 percent), Brazil (71 percent) and Bulgaria (51 percent).

Monday, May 28, 2012

Career Opportunities in Humanities


Career Opportunities in Humanities
DESIGNING
Design pervades all spheres of life in the urban setting today. This field has particular reference to daily life and not only to architectural relics of the past. It is more an expression of artistic creativity in form and shape, put together for greater convenience and style in living. This includes Interior Design, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Gems and Jewelry Design and Industrial Design. Industrial Design has assumed importance because of industrialization in the country.
Personal Qualities, Aptitudes and Interests
The designer has to be creative, this is beyond doubt. Art can be taught, creativity comes partially through inheritance and also through nurturance.  Dynamic style and attitude to work will certainly ensure good professional growth.  An aptitude for sketching, drawing and communicating ideas through the art form are prerequisites for success in this profession, three dimensional perceptions, understanding figural relationships are abilities which will be needed. Generally designers have interest in trying out new ideas, experimenting with thoughts and are rather imaginative. They have lots of ideas and like to visualize.
Entry and Career Development
Most designing fields are open to the school leaver. Growth in the career, nevertheless, depends upon innovativeness and expression in terms of form, medium used, shape, as well as functionality.
Mid Life Entries
Designing has most certainly become a very technical field. Creativity generally finds expression in several ways. When changing to a creative career, the aesthetic talent may be used in entrepreneurial work, e.g., in designing pottery, craft, handwork, embroidery, jewelry, etc.
MASS COMMUNICATION
Mass media today has invaded the life of almost every individual influencing his perception, thoughts and action. A radical change in society is noticeable. The satellite and electronic Communication systems have made cross cultural exchange possible, bringing people in all parts of the world closer. This dynamic change has generated a vast spectrum of careers in, e.g., print Media, audio visual communication and also in the commercial use of these mediums.
I am defining careers in advertising, journalism, radio transmission, visual communication and also performing art which forms important ingredients in this Mass Communication network in mass communication.
Aptitude, Interests and Personal Qualities
Mass Communication today offers a wide variety of jobs. Each job requires a varied combination of abilities, interests and personal traits, e.g., while the news reporter must have good verbal ability, social attributes and a curious bent of mind, the transmission executives job demands technical and organizational skill. In the 'ad' agencies there are artists, copywriters and client executives; all with diverse ability and personal traits. The job description, educational qualification and training facilities given in each Chapter will help you match your personal attributes and choices to find a place for yourself in very dynamic profession. If your potential match the job, then growth, linked with success, is almost guaranteed.
Mid Life Entries
Mass Communication offers entry to anyone who has a flair for writing, who can effectively communicate and who' can perform. It also offers avenues for coordinators, financiers, managers, communication technologists etc. This profession in fact could accommodate any Person who is creative, enterprising and dynamic.
MANAGEMENT
Management is one of the most popular career and one of the most rewarding for the persons coming from different streams of education. Management is a factor in every enterprise business and government organization - in fact any operation in which one person directs another. The need for management has grown out of the increasing complexities of world activities today for any field and organization, no matter what its activities are. Here I am will explain about the most popular management fields - Hotel Management, Travel and Tourism Management, Finance and Business Management and also about the emerging fields of Forest Management, Personnel Management, Construction Management, etc.
Aptitudes, Abilities, Interests and Personal Qualities
Analytical, interpretative and assimilative mental activity is an asset for the aspiring Manager. Various branches of management require special skill, e.g., the Marketing Executive must be motivated for peak performance, the Finance Manager must have better numerical skills, etc. Successful executives, however, share a number of characteristics; perhaps the most universal of those is the willingness to work hard. Long work hours, travel on the job, work at home and a 7 days-a-week schedule are accepted as matter of  routine by most Managers. The individuals who think of a job as strictly 9 to 5 will probably not be happy in the management career. Another trait needed is the ability to get along with people, to will their respect and motivate them for peak performance. Finally, successful Managers never allow stop to their intellectual growth.
Entry and Career Development
All branches of Management can be entered after 10+2. The Bachelor’s Degrees in Business Administration, the Graduate Course in Travel Management are popular courses. Hotel Management too permits entry after +2 and later after graduation, MBA, CA, etc. Those who have made up their minds to enter the field of management may decide according to their academic acumen. I feel strongly that skill development is better among early entrants while graduates and post graduates are promising senior executives particularly if they enter after a graduate course from a competitive institute.
Mid Life Entries
Management can be entered at any stage. It has tremendous scope for mid-life jobs seekers. The seasoned managers are welcome in the private sector of business as well as in management schools as teachers. The expertise they have acquired over years in their previous job gives them an advantage in this field of work.
FINANCE AND ACCOUNTS
In this topic I am explaining an insight into professions related to Finance and Accounts. Accounting records and book keeping methods have been used from early periods of history down to the present time. Modern accounting began with the technique of double entry bookkeeping in the 15th and 16th centuries. With the Industrial Revolution, business became more complex and the need for accounting methods grew. Development of governmental and industrial institutions in the 19th and 20thcenturies made it imperative to have accurate information and records for taking decision on economic procedures and management policies and to publish periodic reports for both public and private use. The demand of such services has grown to an extent that accounting and finance are one of the largest fields of employment.
Aptitudes, Interests and Personal Qualities
From routine book keeping to planning in perspective, the study and work differ to a large extent in terms of personal attributes. Accountant needs to be meticulous, neat and regular, a Chartered Accountant needs to be intelligent, precise and a good manager. The Finance Executives are close to the top people in this field and need to be very logical and-sharp in their approach. Dynamism, professional brilliance, excellent interpersonal skills and problem solving skills are required to reach the top echelons. An aptitude for thinking logically, clarity of both oral and written expression, neat, accurate and orderly habits of work, sound judgment and the ability to make decisions based on such judgments are needed. A college student aspiring to enter this field must be certain that to reach the highest rungs he must be academically superior as well as socially precise. Mediocrity in performance entitles one to the middle level routine functions; however, you are well paid and hold responsible positions.
Entry and Career Development
Entry points are many, e.g., after +2with diploma courses, after / or with graduation and professional training, after post graduate professional courses. What is vital is the expertise derived from practical experience which is at the core of progress in the career.
Mid Life Entries
Many go into professions by accident or chance. This field permits late entries. For those keen on switching to this field of work can refer to the section of ICWA, Financial Analysts, Actuarial Services.
LAW AND CIVIL SERVICES
I have placed information about the Legal Profession .and Civil Services. These two Professions, to my mind, are protectors of the laws of the land - the lawyers interpreted the law and the civil servants run the administration of the State according to the guiding principles of the State.
Legal professionals have wider career options today than in the past. Besides the portals of courts, they are seen in the corporate world as Legal Advisors, as Consultants for legal matters and even as Company Secretaries. The Civil Services have retained its glamour over the years for young aspirants. Many-vie for this coveted service but few make it.
What can bring success?
Personal Qualities, Aptitudes and Interests, Serious efforts , wide awareness and a genuine interest in national and international affairs are perhaps the primary qualities which lawyers and civil servants must possess. One with a logical mind, caring about human affairs, somewhat a philanthropist, would perhaps be best suited to these professions.
In terms of aptitudes, the profession requires logical reasoning and verbal competence. Ability to work with details, special personal characteristic of being meticulous and organized, and an outgoing nature are perhaps essential assets. Social skills are vital and understanding human relationships is important for both professions. A bureaucrat needs also to have innate leadership ability.
Entry and Career Development
You can study Law after the 3 levels of entry, viz., after 10+2, after 10+2+3 and at the postgraduate level. Career progression is primarily hinged to developing practical skill and acumen. If you hitch your wagon initially to a leading lawyer, perhaps you get a better grasp of the profession.
Mid Life Entries
There is no age bar to learning. The correspondence or open education system permits entry into the portals of learning to people of all ages. Higher studies in Humanities or Commerce need only an inclination to learn. Facilities are growing and the educational opportunities are extending to remote corners of the country.
SUBJECT AND CAREER OPTIONS
Here I will cover careers which are related to History, Economics and Psychology. Other disciplines have not been included for the simple reason that they are not popular with the students and have poor employability potential. With the passage of time, some disciplines may catch fancy of the students. Aptitude for business professions, financial operations and interest in commercial transaction is important for Commerce while for study of Humanities an interest in liberal education would be more appropriate. Aptitude, Interests, Personal Qualities Humanities is still the first choice of only a few students. It is ironical that many
EDUCATION
The teaching field covers abroad area of occupations : teachers in public and private schools-kindergartens, in elementary schools, in public and private secondary schools ias:~hool administrators/ supervisors, counselors and other specialists in elementary and secondary , schools; professional personnel in colleges and universities; professional staff members in professional organizations, education departments of the government and educational bodies.
Teaching is in a state of revolution due to the growing and expanding profession and the critical opinion of the recipients of education. Hence this profession needs to be considered with some thought.
Aptitudes, Interests and Personal Qualities
Teaching is a profession to the degree that its members are professionals. An educated person who qualifies as professional in any level or sphere of education, possess specialized skills and knowledge Essential for the performance of his job, makes rational judgments and acts accordingly, accepts responsibility for the consequences of his judgments and actions, believes in service to society, assumes responsibility with his colleges and seeks new knowledge and skills to improve his/her knowledge. Those interested in growth' and the development of the young should only aspire for taking this challenge assignment in the present day society.
Mid Life Entries
Teaching and learning goes through out Life. Private tuitions have become the occupation of several retired persons. Technical and professional institutions look for consultants in various fields of education and who can be more appropriate than someone who is experienced and free to contribute his/her time for educating the young.
PROTECTIVE SERVICES
This Cluster is on Protective Services and includes Military/and Para Military careers. The largest among the protective services of the nation are out Defense Services - the Army, Navy and the Air Force, Para Military services such as Central Reserve Police Force, Indo-Tibetan Border Police, Border Security Force, Coast Guards and Central Industrial Security Force are some of the major Para Military forces.
Job seekers looking for challenge, adventure and those with a nationalistic feeling, often wish to know about the Armed Forces.
Aptitudes, Interests, Personality Traits
In the Forces I have seen people of all aptitudes, interests and personal qualities. From the adventurous combatant to the dedicated medico, from the aeronautical engineer to the Legal officer, the educationist, the accountant, etc., the
Armed Forces offer almost everybody a place. However, the requirements, in terms of physical fitness and personal discipline, for any branch are rigid. Service before self is the motto you would be expected to follow. If you are physically fit and like disciplined, adventurous, challenging life, study each job entry carefully and then select when and how you wish to join the Military/Para Military Services.
Career Growth
Promotions and growth are to a large extent time bound or based on professional performance.
Mid Life Entries
There is little scope for a retired person to enter the armed forces; however, retired service personnel can seek re-employment. Para Military Services, however, welcome retired armed forces personnel for positions in this organization.