FUN BEGINS AT WELINGKAR’S INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS

What’s the next best thing to a lecture? If you are thinking of cafeteria, here is an option to consider – go for a workshop!

The traditional education system sometimes breeds a dislike for attending lectures, and there are good reasons why this happens. After all, a lecture is usually a one-sided performance, and there are limits to how long one can concentrate. After a while, attention drifts, and one is left to run over notes to absorb the main concepts.

Interactive workshops are a learning phenomenon by themselves, as anyone who has attended one would testify.

Why everyone should attend an interactive workshop

Unlike lectures, a workshop is essentially a participatory platform. It is where participants get to think for themselves, receive inputs from others, and learn as a single group.

Among other things, you will find the following features that make interactive workshops unique:

  • Participatory approach to learning
  • Variety of learning methods: audio/video/role playing/presentations
  • On-the-spot assignments and feedback by the presenter and the group
  • Workshops given by specialists and industry experts
  • Exposure to different perspectives and opinions
  • Networking with peers who share similar interests
  • On location or getaway spots that stimulate thinking
  • Fun and games

Welingkar’s workshops are designed to offer a complete package of practical and interactive learning. Their aim is to broaden perspectives that relate to your chosen stream, whether it is a diploma in marketing management, a healthcare management course, or an MBA in banking.

Among other things, you can attend these workshops to gain new ideas in your field, re-learn basic concepts in a new setting, get to know your peers and forge professional bonds, try class room concepts in practical and fun ways, and find solution to your specific problems.

In short, these interactive workshops are a high energy learning experience packed in a short duration. In the end, you will come away with a different outlook on your chosen subjects.

Check out this leadership trek to the Himalayas recently organized by Welingkar’s Hybrid Distance Learning Program:

For more information on Welingkar workshops, visit www.workshops.weschool.in

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THE CHANGING FACE OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

A popular joke on developing human resources went something like this. A CFO objected to the CEO’s training plan by asking what if they invested in it and the employees left? The CEO famously replied, ‘What would happen if we don’t, and they stay?”

The methods of managing and developing human capital today attract much attention. Not surprisingly, practices in this field have caught up with other advancements and changing workplace dynamics.

 

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Let’s take a look at some of the trends which have and will be shaping the way human resource management works.

Building and integrating a global workforce: In the global economy, multi-national and other corporations are looking at flexible structures that allow smooth functioning as well as leveraging of local culture advantages.

Use of Big Data insights: The use of Big Data goes beyond marketing and strategy. HR departments have been deriving benefits from such insights and using analytics to determine the potential of recruits.

Maintaining corporate brand image: The competition to acquire and retain the best talent means companies are trying to extend their brand image inside as well. The HR strategies are therefore aligned with the overall brand image.

The two-way channel of social media: HR marketing through social media is indispensable as it facilitates two-way communication, acts as an evaluation platform for branding initiatives, reaches out to a vast pool of talent and aids in verification of background information during recruitment.

The rise of contingent workforce: Whether to meet short-term organizational goals or fill up temporary gaps, contingent workers with special job skills are in demand. This makes HR departments plan ahead and offer the needed benefits, pay policies and likewise.

In addition to the above, it is now common to find worker friendly policies in place that provide benefits of flexibility, alternative career paths, a family-friendly organization, telecommuting, and many others.

If you’re pursuing an MBA in human resource management or a diploma in human resource management, keeping abreast of evolving HR trends will aid in building and managing the workforce of the future.

To know more about Human Resource Management, check out what Welingkar’s Hybrid Distance Learning Program advises here:

 

 

The 5 must-know benefits of Welingkar’s Hybrid PGDM programs

When the internet ushered in easy access to information, it also opened up gates to higher education. And as competition rose, it became easier to boost career prospects with greater choices in basic and add-on qualifications through online education. Today, online learning is here to stay, and more so with hybrid programs, which provide the flexibility to pace your studies as per your convenience.

The anytime, anywhere nature of hybrid programs has made them popular with working professionals. Technology enables them to easily acquire the degree or diploma of their choice and do it all online – from enrolling to attending lectures, paying fees and completing the exams.

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If you are curious to know what factors make Welingkar’s Hybrid PGDM programs popular, here are the top five benefits:

  1. Higher education for all: If you missed out on that essential professional qualification, the hybrid program presents a range of choices – from diploma in banking, marketing management and hospitality management courses to tourism and HR.
  2. With you throughout the course: The hybrid programs are structured to allow everyone to complete the course with least disturbance to their personal and professional life. So you receive a rich and multi-formatted education without facing the usual stress.
  3. Hybrid makes it all flexible: Through online lectures, webinars, experiential workshops, industry visits, teamwork and a host of other activities, you receive a sound and creditable qualification that cultivates new perspectives and ways of thinking. Great flexibility means you don’t miss out on anything.
  4. Good tutor support brings best of both worlds: As the above point illustrates, the hybrid course adds to rather than diminish the quality of teaching and mentorship. It provides the best of both the old and new methods.
  5. A time to learn time management: Putting you in control of your learning and schedules makes for a good experience in time management. It also gives you self discipline that comes in handy in your professional growth.You can explore the world of Welingkar’s Hybrid PGDM programs in more details through this video:

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5 Illusions about Interviews- Busting the myths

After  years of studying, you are armed with your cherished degree or qualification. It is time to go and realize your dreams. But there comes yet another exam! Whether you are a student of distance learning programs or full-time classes,

Now that’s enough to make anyone nervous, and mull over doubts like, “What if I don’t fit in with the vision of the ideal employee that the organization is looking for?”

While you might assume that the employers have already scanned everything about you, here is a startling insight from David Couper, Career and Executive Coach and author of ‘Outsiders on the Inside: How to Create a Winning Career … Even When You Don’t Fit In!’. He states, “In reality, most interviewers are not prepared for the interview. They usually just wing it based on their own experience.”

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Here are 5 popular illusions interviewees have:

1.“Tell me something about yourself” is about your interests: A common assumption is this famous catch-all question. If you think they are interested about your hobbies, dismiss that thought immediately. Grab the opportunity to highlight your capabilities, qualifications and why you are fit for the role.

2.You need to stand out to prove your mettle: The fact is, those at the other side of the table are usually looking for someone who can work along with them without complaining too much. According to Couper: “Interviewers are looking for someone who can do the job, fit in with the culture and not cause trouble. If you can demonstrate that you can do that, you will get the job.”

3.“Where do you want to be/see yourself in five years?” is about your life goals: Another common question thrown during interviews  The ideal answer would be to tell them about your ambition, how you think the company might be able to help you, and that you’re willing to stick with them.

4.Qualifications are all they need to know: Of course, qualifications matter but not much during interviews. As long as you’re eager for the job and appear to be friendly, you have got a good chance to crack the interview.

5.Your values are different from that of the organization: Your values and ambitions must be aligned with that of the organization for you to get that appointment letter.

Learn how to crack that long awaited interview with workshops on “Mastering the Interview” by Welingkar’s Hybrid PGDM Programs.

WHY PROFESSIONALS MUST NOT IGNORE FINANCIAL PLANNING

The times, as always, are changing, and the future will certainly be different. The prospects of a successful life full of abundance and security have to travel through many years and stages of life. So when young professionals start out on their careers, or when working executives wish to achieve growth, they must also adopt financial planning as an integral part of living their dream life.

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A carefully thought out financial plan revolves around many wider objectives – housing and marriage, higher education, job changes, starting one’s own business, tackling emergencies, and retirement. Add to it further complexities such as moving abroad or taking a career break, and the importance of having money to back it all up grows.

Unfortunately, many professionals either lack basic financial literacy, or do not consider it of much importance. A 2012 survey conducted in the US by Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards revealed only 31 percent decision makers had a financial plan in place. The figure for having a plan to tackle emergencies stood at 35 percent.

How financial road-maps make a difference

Whether you are beginning your professional journey, or are in your middle-life stages, financial planning can make long-term goals look concrete. Apart from being a life savior in critical times, it can also help you achieve more.

Some of the benefits of financial planning are:

  • Making short and long-term goals clear and achievable
  • Enforcing habits of saving with optimized expenditure
  • Making your hard earned money grow with investment portfolio
  • Providing protection to assets
  • Moving your safely through life stages with adequate financial back up

Financial planning is not the preserve only of the smart and savvy, or the super rich. It is an essential tool for professionals in all walks of life as well as business. In the book ‘Financially Fearless’, author von Tobel states, “Just as in personal finances, being very thoughtful, having a plan for almost everything is a crucial financial skill in business.”

So irrespective of the course you are studying, healthcare management or an MBA in media or travel and tourism, learn the basics of financial planning today and hone your financial planning skills with workshops  by Welingkar’s Hybrid Distance Learning Programs and keep your future financial roadmap ready.

THE 2 BIG ALLIES AT WORK: ANALYTICAL THINKING AND CREATIVITY

Ever wondered why recruitment tests include a section on testing analytical skills and problem solving? In the information age, rise in competition and arrival of technologies such as Big Data has made it ever more important for employees across the board to be savvy with these methods.creative analysis

Professional work today involves critical activities such as forming strategies, taking decisions to achieve set goals and resolving conflicts. Thinking analytically allows us to conceptualize, visualize, and make use of available information and data to reach well reasoned conclusions. It is a step-by-step process. On the other hand, creative thinking is what we use to come up with actual approaches to meet objectives.

The many uses of analytical thinking

In a nutshell, here is how being logical can help you in everyday work:

  • Collate and organize information from multiple sources
  • Extract relevant facts and information
  • Recognize anomalies and contradictions
  • Use analysis to recognize patterns and opportunities
  • Convey your findings in a clear manner

Are analytical skills meant for everyone?

In complex business environments and with multi-tasking around, analytical skills are needed across departments and functions.

For a human resource executive, analytical skills will be needed while making hiring decisions, during interviews, and especially while resolving conflicts.

For a public relations, sales or marketing manager, the same skills will be needed to make decisions on company strategies, decoding sales data or for deciding on the packaging of a product according to customer preferences.

For those in customer relationship management, analytical decisions need to be taken when engaging in conflict resolutions. Every customer is unique and so are their demands. While catering to individual customers, a good executive or manager is one who uses independent judgment and critical thinking while giving out solutions within the framework of company policies.

Watch a workshop in progress on using analytical and creative skills at Welingkar’s Hybrid Distance Learning Program:

No matter what course you are engaged in, whether an MBA in media management or a Diploma Retail Management course, make sure to build analytical thinking as one of your core strengths.

A GOOD HABIT A DAY KEEPS FAILURE AWAY

There is a reason why President Obama keeps his wardrobe ready at night. It allows him to hit the ground running, with one less decision to make the next day.

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All of us want to learn from successful people – the super rich, the entrepreneurs, the start-ups that challenge the status quo. And from colleagues and friends who have climbed up the professional ladder. We know there is no short cut to success. But is there anything that differentiates the achievers from the rest?

One of the secrets to success is our most trusted friend – the good old ‘habit’!

Aristotle defined excellence as not an act, but a habit. Whether it is getting up early in the morning, practicing at fixed times, reading, staying in touch with friends, or making sure every given piece of work is finished, small steps lead to victory.

Why habits make for success or failure

You have will power –the ability to do things where and when you want. However, imagine running your entire life based solely on intentional, exerted action! Sooner than later, you will find yourselves exhausted. Not only that, it will be difficult to channelize enough energy and attention to tasks that are important and critical.

But habits are like a double-edged sword! Give in to procrastination, and see your life and career take a nosedive. Again, the power lies in your hands, and in forming regular habits.

Bringing in change

Charles Duhigg, author of New York Times bestseller, ‘The Power of Habit’, makes a case for how harnessing habits can bring about great transformations in personal and personal and professional lives. According to him, successful people achieved their goals by “focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives. They succeeded by transforming habits.”

Watch a workshop on Winning Habits of Successful People in action at Welingkar’s Hybrid Distance Learning Program:

Whether you are pursuing PG Diploma courses or an Online MBA program, cultivating healthy habits can provide you with a sturdy platform for the rest of your professional life.