Sunday, August 18, 2019

What is Skill Gap?

Skill Gap is the difference in the skills required on the job and the actual skills possessed by the employees. Skill gap presents an opportunity for the company and the employee to identify the missing skills and try to gain them.

It is common these days to hear people talking about skill gaps. A skill gap is a gap between what employers want or need their employees to be able to do, and what those employees can actually do when they walk into work.

Skill Gap Analysis:

Identifying skill gaps is essential for the companies to ensure that the workforce is well trained, knowledgeable & better equipped to perform the job. An Employee Skill Gap analysis helps achieve the following objectives:

1. Helps one refine and define skills the agency needs, now and in the future

2.Make employees aware about the critical skills they’ll need to grow

3. Helps in recruiting efforts when current employees don’t have the skills or the interest

In terms of banking, an example of a skill gap could be if an employee lacked the ability to cash government bonds.

Example of Skill Gap:

If a job role requires an employee in technology company to know a programming language and a database and the employee knows only one language. This means there is a gap in skills. The employee can improve this by learning the missing skill.

Skills gaps are imaginary. Just because a hiring manager says that they want a person who can fly and sing Italian opera while they're writing code does not mean that such people exist, and certainly not for the designated salary. Strong leaders operate in the real world.

Skill Gap Solutions:

There are several ways in which employee skill gaps can be reduced thereby benefiting the organization. Some solutions for skill gap are:

1. Better training of employees so that they acquire the required skills to complete a particular task

2. Skill gap can be reduced by exposing employees to better resources & help them improve their knowledge

3. Hire a third party which has got the required skill to execute the job

4. Recruitment and selection of better skilled employees can remove the skill gap as a long term perspective

Hence, this concludes the definition of Skill Gap along with its overview.

Disclaimer: Following article sources are mbaskool & Forbes.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Best Paying Tech Jobs In India

India’s booming IT scene is creating a wealth of high paying opportunities, according to a new study identifying the country’s five most lucrative tech professions right now.

The new report from jobs site Indeed found that technology roles in India have grown consistently over the past five years, as more companies are expanding their IT capabilities. What’s more, employers are willing to pay well for top talent who can lead the way, particularly in the fields of development, analytics and data.

Technology jobs in India increased by 8% in the five years from February 2014 to February 2019, the study found, based on posts to its jobs site. In the past year alone, technology job postings on the site shot up by a dramatic 31%.

The majority of jobs were concentrated in the vibrant tech city of Bengaluru (25%), followed by Pune (9%), Hyderabad (8%), Chennai (7%) and Mumbai (5%).

“Job seekers, therefore, must continuously up skill themselves in order to enhance their career prospects for the long run.”

1. Data warehouse architect

Median annual salary: 1,500,000 Indian rupees (approx. $21,110)

Upper annual salary: 2,500,000 Indian rupees (approx. $35,228)

In computing, a data warehouse — also known as an enterprise data warehouse — is a system for reporting and analysis, which is considered a crucial aspect of business intelligence.

A data warehouse architect is responsible for designing such data warehouse systems and improving existing ones to support businesses.

2. Senior technical lead

Median annual salary: 1,200,000 Indian rupees (approx. $16,909)

Upper annual salary: 2,500,000 Indian rupees (approx. $35,228)

A technical lead is a common role within the field of IT development, and typically involves designing and building complex software solutions.

3. Analytics manager

Median annual salary: 1,150,000 Indian rupees (approx. $16,207)

Upper annual salary: 2,400,000 Indian rupees (approx. $33,828)

With the ability to analyze and assess complex data sets, analytics managers combine their technical skills with industry knowledge to help businesses with their decision making processes.

4. Technical project manager

Median annual salary: 1,000,000 Indian rupees (approx. $14,096)

Upper annual salary: 2,400,000 Indian rupees (approx. $33,828)

A technical project manager is responsible for leading assigned projects, and overseeing each project’s life cycle from conception to completion, with an emphasis on technical soundness and resource efficiency.

5. Lead developer

Median annual salary: 1,000,000 Indian rupees (approx. $14,096)

Upper annual salary: 2,400,000 Indian rupees (approx. $33,828)

A lead developer is a software engineer with responsibility for one or more software projects, which may range from app development to program creation.

Disclaimer: Following article source is CNBC

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Jobs In Demand

With machine learning, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other
high-tech advances, most of us have wondered if our jobs will be taken over by
technology. The bad news is, this is already happening for some professions
doing rote work, such as telemarketers.

The good news is, studies show that some jobs are less at risk than others,
because they are complex rather than predictable, or require the kind of
creativity or emotional intelligence that machines don’t yet possess. So here
are 25 jobs that will not disappear anytime soon.

1. Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

These health care professionals are “what you probably think of when you hear the word ‘therapist.’ They have ongoing clinical relationships with individuals, couples, families, and groups in community treatment programs, schools, or office settings.” These complex human relationships and insights into what drives behavior make the profession nearly future-proof.

2. Choreographers

A choreographer is an artist who designs and directs dance routines and
performances that will entertain, inspire and sometimes challenge audiences.
A quintessentially creative profession-combining music and
movement-choreography is beyond the capability of machines right now and
for the foreseeable future.

3. Teachers

Teachers not only need to know a lot, they must shape the development of
their students, with keen insights into their character, their abilities and what
motivates them. Empathy and a nurturing nature are important characteristics.
While teachers increasingly must know how to use new technology to do their
jobs, they are unlikely to be replaced by it.

4. Supervisors of Police and Detectives

These law enforcement professionals, including police sergeants and captains
are tasked with coordinating criminal investigations, providing their expertise
and guidance to investigators. Their work requires leadership and
problem-solving skills, a thorough knowledge of police procedures, grace under
pressure and other qualities.

5. Clergy

In different religious traditions, a clergy person is an ordained member who
conducts religious worship, carries out official rites and provides spiritual
assistance, moral guidance and support to congregation members. Dealing
with personal, emotional, spiritual, societal and other issues makes the clergy’s
job hard to replicate by machines.

6. Marketing and Professional Drivers

According to The Independent: “Machines aren't great at critical thinking, or
coming up with new and exciting ideas.... People who design for a living, or
who work with ideas, words and images will probably survive the increase in
automation, because machines don't function like humans. Not yet, at least.”

7. Psychiatrists

One of the things that’s hard for machines to replicate is emotional intelligence.
A fair bit of this is required by psychiatrists as they diagnose, treat and try to
prevent a variety of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders in their patients.

8. Human Resource Managers

While computers may search resumes for the right keywords, narrowing down
the field for job candidates, human resources managers also have insights into
what makes people tick personally and professionally that they rely on as they
recruit, interview and hire new staff. Mediating disputes, handling disciplinary
actions, planning strategically to make the best uses of the workforce’s talents
also require serious people skills.

9. Athletic Trainers

As much as fitness devices like Fit bit are all the rage, it still takes the personal
touch of a fitness trainer to keep people motivated and on track for their
exercise goals. And with an aging population, and all the associated maladies,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that from 2016 to 2026 the
profession should grow by 23%, much faster than average.

10. Data Scientist

While machines are great at amassing data, sometimes it takes a human to
understand the story it is telling in its algorithms and code. According to the
book Doing Data Science: “A data scientist is someone who knows how to
extract meaning from and interpret data, which requires both tools and methods
from statistics and machine learning, as well as being human.”

11. Marriage and Family Therapist

These therapists also need emotional intelligence and human insight to do
their jobs, as they “treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including:
depression, marital problems, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and
child-parent problems.” With a 23% predicted employment growth from 2016
to 2026, their job prospects outstrip many other professions.

12. Gig Workers

In today’s growing gig economy, temporary, flexible jobs are becoming more
common, with numbers of freelance workers and contract employees growing
compared to full-time staff. Often their work is related to technology, such as
Uber and Lyft drivers, and food bicycle delivery people. The work requires
flexibility and independence—something machines aren't known for.

13. Dentists

People aren't crazy about other people poking around their mouths; they’re
even less eager to have machines take over the role. With nice salaries to boot,
(human) dentists will continue to find a growing demand for their services,
diagnosing and treating problems of the teeth, gums and other mouth parts.

14. Music Directors and Composers

Creativity is the hallmark of the composers who write and arrange original
music and the directors, or conductors, who lead musical groups during
performances and recording sessions. With the number of people attending
musical and theatrical performances expected to stay steady in the years
ahead, the profession will still be needed, although with increased
competition for jobs.

15. Registered Nurse

An aging baby boomer population will ensure that demand stays high for
registered nurses, who work in hospitals, clinics, assisted-living facilities,
homes, schools and more. They also provide specialized care in areas such
as cardiac care, midwifery, family practice, geriatrics, labor and delivery and
emergency nursing.”

16. Conservation Scientist and Foresters

The continuing need to prevent and deal with forest fires, as well as consumer
demand for wood pellets, will ensure that conservation scientists and foresters
are around to plan, maintain and preserve public and private woodlands. In
the future, the best job prospects will be for the professionals who well know
geographic information system (GIS) technology, remote sensing and other
software tools.

17. Cybersecurity Experts

With the growing number of cyber attacks threatening our increasingly
connected workplaces, cybersecurity is a profession that will continue to
command good wages and grow—conservative estimates predict that job
growth in the sector will be 37% a year through 2022. Good for those in the
field; alarming for the rest of us. And a case of how technology is creating new

18. Multimedia Artists and Animators

With the high demand for animation and visual effects in video games,
television, movies and online, employment prospects for this profession will
remain steady. While multimedia artists and animators must use the latest
technology in their work, the creativity they bring to projects keeps the
machines as tools, instead of masters.

19. Chief Executives

Whether an organization is large or small, its chief executive has their hand
at the helm, devising strategies and policies to ensure that it stays on track
and meets set targets. Long hours, high stress, and plump salaries and
bonuses are part of the job for both public and private sector chief
executives. As long as there are organizations, there’ll be a demand for

20. Dietitians and Nutritionist

An aging and increasingly obese population, and the rise of diseases such
as diabetes and heart disease, will help keep demand for dietitians and
nutritionists high, with employment projected to grow by 14% over the next
decade. These professionals are experts in using food and nutrition to
promote healthy lifestyles and manage disease.

21. Mechanical Engineers

While machines are on the rise, you still need people to create and care for
them. Mechanical engineers help design, make prototypes, test, refine and
produce just about any kind of machine you can think of. These include ones
for the automotive industry, aerospace and transport industries, power
generation, refineries, insurance industries, building services, railway
systems design and other sectors.

22. Coaches and Scouts

Coaches and scouts find and refine athletic talent. Coaches give amateur
and professional athletes the training and skills they need to become
contenders in their sports. And scouts track down new players, assessing
their skills and how likely they are to be successful. With high interest in
college and professional sports, the demand for this profession will grow at a
rate faster than most other jobs.

23. Physicians

“Some say technology will replace 80% of doctors in the future.
I disagree,” writes Dr. Bertalan Mesk√≥. “Instead, technology will finally allow
doctors to focus on what makes them good physicians: treating patients and
innovating, while automation does the repetitive part of the work.”
A growing and aging population will help ensure the demand for physicians

24. Recreation Workers

Recreation workers keep people active and healthy with fitness and
recreational activities in sports centers, camps, nursing homes, community
centers, parks and elsewhere. With an increasing societal focus on lifelong
health and wellbeing, these professionals will continue to be in demand to
work with people of all ages in a variety of settings.

25. Executive Chefs

While automation will take over some food production jobs (and already has),
people will always want a good meal out. Combining manual skills with great
creativity, an executive chef knows how to mix flavors and create innovative
menus in ways that will future-proof their profession. Fast-food chefs, however,
are susceptible to automation and AI burger-flipping assistants.

Disclaimer: Following article came from MSNmoney

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Fashion Is a Career

Fashion is a very versatile field in terms of careers. Photography is an opening for the fashion sensitive journalists. In fashion photography all the inputs of style are given their simultaneous expression: the fabrics, the stylists, the designer, the model and the fashion photographer.
Much of our advertising is lifestyle advertising, which is not really fashion Photography. In India fashion photography is still at a nascent stage, though it is growing. At the moment it is generally confined to advertising of textiles because the big advertising is or the textile houses rather than the much smaller readymade garment sector. Added to this there is a small market restricted to a glamour market. Apart room the odd page in the weekend newspapers, there s little space available for a photo spread on fashion that would give the viewer an opportunity to understand the style of the fashion photographer. The concern yet is not so much to bring out the style of particular professional so as to make it distinctive ad recognizable in the eye of the Viewer.
Fashion photography is basically the advertising of clothes. Specialist In this field develop a style or feel) to their work which perhaps may be appropriate to the requirements of one section of the fashion industry. Often the photographer attempts to capture an atmosphere at the expense of detail in the clothes themselves. A garment often sell because they are associated with a certain age group or style, a fashion photographer attempts to reinforce this photography is probably the most competitive area of work today and is therefore not easy to break into,
It is a training of the eye, and no amount of technical training and information can make you see things, unless you have that inner ab1il1ity. Equipment, training is all secondary some of the masters worked with very Simple equipment, though of course technology helps. But the basic prerequisite is an intelligent, curious and perceptive mind.
Fashion Photography is a profession as well as an art form. You must have interest in visuals, attentive sensitiveness to color and shape and shadow, interest in light, in observing how colors look on certain days, for example on dull days, or gold sunsets.  For Fashion Photography, one must have a flair for fashion,' and an interest in style, in fact an involvement in the whole world of fashion. It has to be almost a passion. Lot of photography can be learnt from reading. Technical instruction, in the formal sense, is not necessary. Many techniques can be learned simply by assisting other photographers.
Bachelor’s courses in Art (5 years) offer specialized photography courses. 1he reader rnay refer to the chapter on art for information on Art Institutions. However, Photography as a .course IS offered by some institutions and universities. The course is of one year duration and Diploma is awarded.


Fashion modeling is considered glamorous, thrilling and lucrative. However, potential models should be aware that it is a tough, competitive, insecure and short lived career, before committing themselves to a full time career in modeling. The two main areas of modeling are fashion shows and fashion photography. There is overlap between these two areas and many models do both.
Fashion modeling focuses on clothing design and manufacture. The trend setting fashion houses produce collections 'of exclusively designed 'garments' or even accessories. In fashion shows the press, customers, buyers from the most exclusive shops etc. are welcomed. The trends in fashion business are set at such shows.
In live fashion shows fashion models display clothes and accessories to potential customers in a professionally choreographed setting and hence to the best effect. In fashion photographs they model to the requirements of the photographer. The two specialism demand quite different qualities, but there is much overlap and many models do both.
Live Modeling
Designers who build up prototype garments on the model are ramp modeled in fashion shows.
Displaying garments involves details such as how clothes hang the seams and the hems. Models walk with natural, flowing movements, bringing attention of the spectators and allowing close scrutiny. They also answer questions about the clothes. Models often work freelance.
Photographic Modeling
Photographic models work in the studio or on location. Some famous models obtain work with fashion and women's magazines. They also feature in the non-fashion sections such as furniture and carpets.
Models also work in advertising and for magazines for promoting fashion and other products. Models that have exceptionally attractive hair or eyes, may specialize in modeling particular products, such as shampoo or beauty products.
Photographic sessions are long, strenuous and demanding. Models pose for long periods and have to be cooperative and patient while the photographer adjusts the light, set etc. They have to follow instructive even for changing facial expressions, for looking relaxed, natural and lively.
Fashion models body should be well proportioned with good, attractive features, healthy complexion, even teeth and Lustrous hair. Those with an interesting appearance, rather than classical beauty, are often preferred.
Photographic models need to be highly photogenic.
Good health, a high standard of physical fitness, good physical coordination is essential. Models should have a pleasant, outgoing personality. They should be able to work in a group and have interest in drama and dance.
Models may have to spend long periods waiting. Hence they must be patient and interested even when tired or bored. Self-confidence is needed but models   able to accept criticism and rejection.
Modeling needs a professional approach.
Training facilities are limited in our country. However, fashion houses, some ad agencies, fashion show organizers do impart training to their models before they present a show.