Inspired by clouds

Take your time.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger.

When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Breathe the world.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms. The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water.

— Christopher Morley

Enjoy the morning.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever. I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300.

It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Free your mind.

The best way to get better at photography is start by taking your camera everywhere. If you leave your house, your camera leaves with you. The only exception is if you’re planning for a weekend bender — then probably leave it at home. Other than that, always have it slung over your shoulder. It would probably help to get an extra battery to carry in your pocket. I’ve got three batteries. One in my camera, one in my pocket, one in the charger. When it dies, swap them all.

I’ve got a Fujifilm X100s. It runs about $1300. It’s easily the best camera I’ve ever owned. I take care of it as best as I can, but I don’t let taking care of it impact the photography. Let me elaborate on that a bit better. You’ll get better at each section of what we talked about slowly. And while you do, you’ll be amazed at how much easier it all is and how the habit forms.

For me, the most important part of improving at photography has been sharing it. Sign up for an Exposure account, or post regularly to Tumblr, or both. Tell people you’re trying to get better at photography. Talk about it. When you talk about it, other people get excited about it. They’ll come on photo walks with you. They’ll pose for portraits. They’ll buy your prints, zines, whatever.

Photography is better shared.


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Just the other day I happened to wake up early. That is unusual for an engineering student. After a long time I could witness the sunrise. I could feel the sun rays falling on my body. Usual morning is followed by hustle to make it to college on time. This morning was just another morning yet seemed different.

Witnessing calm and quiet atmosphere, clear and fresh air seemed like a miracle to me. I wanted this time to last longer since I was not sure if I would be able to witness it again, knowing my habit of succumbing to schedule. There was this unusual serenity that comforted my mind. It dawned on me, how distant I had been from nature. Standing near the compound’s gate, feeling the moistness that the air carried, I thought about my life so far.

This is what has happened to us. We want the things we have been doing forcefully to fail. And then maybe people around us would let us try something else or our dreams. We are accustomed to live by everyone else’s definition of success. We punish people for the things they are passionate about, just because we were unable to do the same at some point in our life.

I was good at academics, so decisions of my life had been pretty simple and straight. Being pretty confident I would make it to the best junior college of my town in the first round itself, never made me consider any other option. I loved psychology since childhood, but engineering was the safest option. Being born in a middle class family, thinking of risking your career to make it to medical field was not sane. I grew up hearing ‘Only doctor’s children can afford that field’ and finally ended up believing it. No one around me believed in taking risks. Everyone worshiped security. I grew up doing the same.

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‘Being in the top will only grant you a good life’ has been the mantra of my life. But at times, I wish I was an average student. I wish decisions would have not been so straightforward. Maybe I would have played cricket- the only thing I feel passionate about. Or maybe I would have studied literature (literature drives me crazy). Isn’t that disappointing- me wishing to be bad at academics. It’s like at times I hate myself for the stuff I am good at.

I feel like these concrete buildings have sucked our desires and our dreams. We are so used to comfort that compromise seems like a taboo. We have lost faith in ourselves. If we can make through it right now, we can do the same in the days to come. You only need a desire to survive and nothing more- not money or cars or designer clothes.

Staying locked up in four walls have restricted our thinking. I feel like our limited thinking echoes through this wall. We are so used to schedules and predictable life that we have successfully suppressed our creative side.

When you step out of these four walls on a peaceful morning, you realize how much nature has to offer to you. Its boundless. Your thoughts, worries, deadlines won’t resonate here. Everything will flow away along with the wind. And you will realize every answer you had been looking for, was always known to you.

It would mean a lot to me if you recommend this article and help me improve. I would love to know your thoughts!


Online MBA – A Movement to Empower Women

Women, ever imagined what our lives would be without them? They’re the ones who bring balance and a sense of purpose in our lives. And now, women have learned to defy stereotypes and stand for themselves. They’re not just good, but one of the best minds in the game. Yet there is a need to empower women for the socio-economic, and political outlook on women is still not at equal terms as men.

It’s a known fact that every would-be mother needs some time off to take care of themselves and their child. However, it’s a harsh reality that many organizations look down at this practice. Women who have a gap in their career face a lot of ordeals to get back into the corporate game. With a lot of struggle, women somehow manage to get back, but mostly at a lower experience role. Despite having all the required experience and capabilities, they have a tough time getting a job in the caliber they truly deserve. This demotivates many and only a few are able to rise against this hurdle. This is the epidemic that has plagued us today. So, what can be done about this?

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The once considered unconventional mode of education, online MBA, has become not just an accepted mode of higher learning, but the preferred mode. It is a favorite among working professionals looking for an upgrade, and now among women who’d like to revamp their career.

An online MBA is the epitome of flexibility. These programs are designed in such a way that working professionals and stay-at-home moms can study at their convenience. One of the greatest advantages you get from online MBA courses are the wide-range of specializations offered by top universities in the country. This enables you to do one in the specialization best-suited to your qualifications and soon enough, you’d be back on your feet. It’s like your career just underwent a spa treatment of online MBA that has refreshed every aspect of its being.

The advantages offered

Once a woman becomes a mother, it’s very difficult to spend time for a full-time MBA. An online MBA is designed keeping this in mind. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages that makes it so popular:

Flexibility

Online MBA provides you with a lot of flexibilities. You can study at the comfort of your home, or while traveling, or at the park, basically wherever you like. All you need is a smart phone and a good Internet connection.

Validity

Just because this is an online mode of learning, it doesn’t mean that it’s not valid. The ones having the right accreditations are not just valid, but sought after by Fortune 500 companies. Hence, getting an online MBA degree from a reputed institute or university does wonders to your otherwise dry career.

Affordability

Compared to full-time MBAs, these are cheaper and hence, more affordable. Most universities have a vast range of EMI options which makes the fee payment easier and hassle free.

Better connectivity

In a traditional set-up, you interact only with the students and the faculties present in your classroom. In online MBA, your classmates and faculties are from all over the world. From this interaction, you get to expand your outlook and absorb so much from your peers.

More up-to-date

Unlike traditional MBAs that follow the same age-old syllabus, online MBA programs undergo change frequently to keep up with the industry standards. This ensures more latest and upgraded knowledge, which is definitely a bonus for you.

International MBA

This is the latest MBA. With a global outlook, companies are looking for candidates with the skills this type of MBA provides. With companies looking to expand overseas, it’s very important for them to have someone who understands the global market and the cultural implications of that particular country. An International MBA equips one with these qualities and thus, would expand your career graph to great heights.

Hence, Online MBA is proving to be not just another mode for acquiring an MBA, but a movement in itself. It has been an integral mode in empowering women to follow their passions and contribute to the society. Women, one of the most underestimated people today, once again can find their way out of career stagnation.

If you have any stories to share about your experience in revamping your career after a break, feel free to leave a comment.


Celebrating Woman Power at Jaro Education

Jaro Education left no stone unturned to make the women employees feel special on their day. All the women were delighted as they were welcomed with a red rose, a chocolate and a greeting card as soon as they stepped in the office. The little purple greeting card read, ‘jaro wishes you a Happy Women’s Day’.

The celebration did not end here. Jaro Education took further efforts to thank each woman employee personally. The respective managers spoke about their good qualities and valuable contribution to the organization. The teammates spoke about each other too.

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By the end of the day, there was a celebration where all the employees assembled together. All the pretty ladies were dressed up in pink. A beautiful audio visual was played which had a message for all the women to stay strong and powerful. There was music and dance, followed by cake cutting. It made the women feel elated.

It is not just celebrating a gender, but appreciating strength, strong will-power and untiring spirit. It is about being grateful for the abundant care and wholehearted support.


Stumbled the concept

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. I stumbled upon the concept of margin while reading a post by Michael Hyatt, which led me to design my ideal week.

Richard Swenson, M.D. (who wrote the book: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives) describes margin like this:

Last year I wrote about why booking too far in advance can be dangerous for your business, and this concept of margin so eloquently captures what I had recognized had been my problem: I was so booked up with clients that I wasn’t leaving any margin for error, growth, planning, or reflection. I wasn’t really growing my business in a sustainable way; I was just booking one client after the next. At the time this seemed like a good thing: doesn’t growing my business mean getting more clients?

What if instead of booking up to 100% capacity (which more often than not ends up being closer to 120%), we only booked up to an 80% capacity?

What if we left more room for growth (personal or professional) and stopped being one with “busy-ness”?
I spent nearly a year turning down every new project (and even getting rid of old ones) so that I could reduce my workload, build in more margin, and create what is now Digital Strategy School. It takes time to build margin into your schedule.

What could you accomplish with 20% more time?

Write a book. Create a program. Update your contracts and proposals (which has been on your to-do list for how long..?) Spend more time with your family. Go above and beyond for a client. Learn something new. Actually follow through on the things that have been nagging at you for a long time.

When you design your ideal week, you start to see that the time you think you have is often not in alignment with how much time you actually have.

After designing my ideal week, I had a much clearer idea of how to create a framework for my week that would empower me to feel more focused by theming days of the week, and even parts of the day. SO simple, I know. Some of you have been doing this for ages and you’re already a pro, and some of you who saw my schedule said “woah, that’s so rigid, I need more flexibility!”

Structure enables flexibility.

If you’re not sure how much time you are actually spending on various tasks, use a tool like Rescue Time (their free version is excellent!) which runs in the background and tracks where your time is being spent. It can even send you weekly reports so you know exactly how much time you wasted on Facebook, or spent in your email inbox! You can assign different websites or programs/applications on a scale of very distracting to very productive, so you can see at a glance things like: which days of the week you’re most productive, which times of the day you’re most productive, and the sites on which you’re spending the most distracting time. Turns out I’m consistently “in the zone” around 3pm in the afternoon; so instead of trying to tackle highly creative work first thing in the morning (when my brain is barely functioning), I handle it in the afternoon, when I know I’m at my peak!

Creating more margin has been game-changing for my business.
What would be possible for yours?


Time is passing by

CSS selectors all exist within the same global scope. Anyone who has worked with CSS long enough has had to come to terms with its aggressively global nature — a model clearly designed in the age of documents, now struggling to offer a sane working environment for today’s modern web applications. Every selector has the potential to have unintended side effects by targeting unwanted elements or clashing with other selectors. More surprisingly, our selectors may even lose out in the global specificity war, ultimately having little or no effect on the page at all.

Any time we make a change to a CSS file, we need to carefully consider the global environment in which our styles will sit. No other front end technology requires so much discipline just to keep the code at a minimum level of maintainability. But it doesn’t have to be this way. It’s time to leave the era of global style sheets behind.

It’s time for local CSS.

In other languages, it’s accepted that modifying the global environment is something to be done rarely, if ever.

In the JavaScript community, thanks to tools like Browserify, Webpack and JSPM, it’s now expected that our code will consist of small modules, each encapsulating their explicit dependencies, exporting a minimal API.

Yet, somehow, CSS still seems to be getting a free pass.

Many of us — myself included, until recently — have been working with CSS so long that we don’t see the lack of local scope as a problem that we can solve without significant help from browser vendors. Even then, we’d still need to wait for the majority of our users to be using a browser with proper Shadow DOM support.

We’ve worked around the issues of global scope with a series of naming conventions like OOCSS, SMACSS, BEM and SUIT, each providing a way for us to avoid naming collisions and emulate sane scoping rules.

We no longer need to add lengthy prefixes to all of our selectors to simulate scoping. More components could define their own foo and bar identifiers which — unlike the traditional global selector model—wouldn’t produce any naming collisions.

import styles from './MyComponent.css';
import React, { Component } from 'react';
export default class MyComponent extends Component {
 render() {
    return (
      <div>
        <div className={styles.foo}>Foo</div>
        <div className={styles.bar}>Bar</div>
      </div>
    );
  }

The benefits of global CSS — style re-use between components via utility classes, etc. — are still achievable with this model. The key difference is that, just like when we work in other technologies, we need to explicitly import the classes that we depend on. Our code can’t make many, if any, assumptions about the global environment.

Writing maintainable CSS is now encouraged, not by careful adherence to a naming convention, but by style encapsulation during development.

Once you’ve tried working with local CSS, there’s really no going back. Experiencing true local scope in our style sheets — in a way that works across all browsers— is not something to be easily ignored.

Introducing local scope has had a significant ripple effect on how we approach our CSS. Naming conventions, patterns of re-use, and the potential extraction of styles into separate packages are all directly affected by this shift, and we’re only at the beginning of this new era of local CSS.

process.env.NODE_ENV === 'development' ?
    '[name]__[local]___[hash:base64:5]' :
    '[hash:base64:5]'
)

Understanding the ramifications of this shift is something that we’re still working through. With your valuable input and experimentation, I’m hoping that this is a conversation we can have together as a larger community.

Note: Automatically optimising style re-use between components would be an amazing step forward, but it definitely requires help from people a lot smarter than me.


Top 5 entrepreneurs worth taking inspiration from

It always takes me by surprise, the way people keep searching for magic potions and shortcuts to success while the only real way is to stare right back into its eyes and go all the way: real entrepreneurs who start real businesses that employ real people who provide real products and services to real customers.

Yes, it’s hard and involves a lot of work, but that’s how life is. Besides, look at the bright side: you are not answerable to anyone and can do as per your will. But there’s a catch. You have got to be smart and make sure your investments turn into profits at some point in time.

The only way I think one can get started is by learning at least one marketable skill and getting started.  Also, you must make sure you’re heard by the right people and can present yourself well.

If you wish to do entrepreneurship right, here are 5 people whose companies are spoken about more than their own selves.

Pierre Omidyar

In 1995, when Pierre was 28, he first started with the coding of a personal project, an online venture which would involve person to person selling of goods, auctioned by them. He launched his website called AuctionWeb on Labour Day, 4th September 1995. He had created a simple prototype on his personal webpage. It collected so much revenue that he had to eventually hire employees for sorting the finances and fees of the company. The website had to be registered as an Internet business website. It is now popularly known as eBay. According to Forbes, his net worth was $8.5 billion, making him the 123rd richest person in the world. He became a billionaire at the age of 31 with eBay's 1998 initial public offering (IPO). Omidyar and his wife Pamela are well-known philanthropists who founded Omidyar Network in 2004 in order to expand their efforts beyond nonprofits to include for-profits and public policy.

Howard Schultz

Howard once took a trip to Milan and was astounded by the espresso coffee all over Italy, and as they also served as meeting places or public squares. It compelled him to make sure that such coffee is present in his city too! His employer most definitely had zero interests in owning coffee shops but was pleased by Schultz’s zeal. His employer was ready to finance him and his start-up. This coffee that we all pay huge bucks for is called, Starbucks. In 2016, Forbes magazine ranked Schultz as the 595th richest person in the United States, with a net worth of $2.9 Billion.

Oprah Winfrey

Best known as the Queen of all media, the lead woman in the multi-award winning chat show—the highest rated talk show of its kind, the creator of “The Oprah Winfrey show.”

She was born in the poverty stricken rural Mississippi to a single teenage mother. She has often spoken about the hardships she faced in her childhood, and about being raped at the tender age of 9 and 13. She couldn’t tolerate the abuse further and eventually, ran away from home. She became a billionaire at 32 when her talk show went national. Forbes' International rich list has listed her as the world's only black billionaire from 2004 to 2006 and as the first black woman billionaire in world history.

 Li Ka-shing

This Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist, is the richest person in Asia, with a net worth of $31.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

He was born in China and was forced to leave school and take his family’s responsibility after his father’s death when he was just 15.  He found labor work at a plastic trading company and work there 16-hours each day, only to create Cheung Kong Industries.

Li's business covers almost every facet of life in Hong Kong today—from electricity to telecommunications, from real estate to retail, from shipping to the Internet. The Cheung Kong Group operates in 55 countries and employs over 260,000 staff globally.

Dhirubhai Ambani

An anecdote from the founder of Reliance Industry is that, in his childhood he once bought a tin of groundnut oil on credit from a local vendor and sold the oil in retail to a pedestrian. He earned a few pennies as profit from this transaction. Apparently, whenever he got a holiday from school, he would set up food stalls in the village fair to make ends meet at home.

At 17, he visited Yemen and worked as a dispatch clerk at A. Besse in 1949. A few years later, the company became a distributor of shell products, and Ambani always wished to initiate his own oil company which he later realized with his petrochemicals venture. After returning to India, he started his first textile mill in Ahemadnagar. By 2007, the combined fortune of the Ambani family stood at $60 billion, making them the second richest family in the world.

The world is full of infinite opportunities and the doors will never close unless you close them yourself. Your career and time is extremely short, which means that you must do what you must in as lesser time as possible. This is your time, your moment. Just decide for once, and go for it. That’s how real entrepreneurs start.


Advantages of online education in rural India

Sarika Shlke comes home from college at 3:30pm, switches on her PC, plugs in her headphones. The teacher is on screen at 4pm, very far away from her house in Dhule.  This gives her a virtual classroom and she is fully prepared to get started with her scheduled class.

For Sarika, preparing for her Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) exam to get into the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a better move than traveling to a bigger city and spending on the travel, food, and a junior college.

Distance Learning on the rise

Entrance Exam preparations through distance learning is catching the attention of students from small towns including Dhule, Jalgaon, Rajgarh, Aurangabad, Nashik, Kolhapur and many others.

These towns have seen at least a 10-12% rise in enrolments since 2014 for distance learning courses, mainly online.

Course providers say that they have had an increase of 10,000 enrolments from Tier III and IV cities in Maharashtra in the last four years. The trend shows that students from rural sectors of India are taking to online education to prepare for competitive examinations, including GATE, IIT-JEE, Common Admission Test (CAT) and others.

"Online lectures are extremely beneficial as they allow me to view them at my convenience, I can record them, and I don’t have to travel. Concentrating on my junior college studies is easy as the online lectures are held just four times a week and I save up a lot of time on travelling," says Sarika.

There are over 70,000 enrolments at GATE under free subscription, and officials said that most number of enrolments were from Tier III and IV cities.

Facilities provided to enhance rural sector enrolments

The director of the academy said that they have witnessed 100% enrolment from Tier III cities for the distance and online learning programs. Academies now-a-days offer online lectures on the PC, or lectures on phones or tablets, or a cell phone which has all the prerecorded lectures. Thus we realize how Indians today strive to educate the unfortunate. The participation of students from smaller towns is growing rapidly.

When these academies commenced their endeavor to teach India, most of them would target the city-audience as they seem to be the only ones interested. But it is the other way round; Students from the rural areas enrolled the most for these distance programs. Apart from online learning, applications for cell phones are their motive now, as these are available to all, while PCs may not be.

It is definitely a cost saver, as a normal course would cost over a lac per year. An online course would cost just one-third of the normal fee structure.

The improvements

Aditi Avasthi, chief executive officer and founder, embibe.com, said, "A sharp change has been noted in the enrolment structure from the rural sections of the country.  We have been studying the performance structures of students and the toppers are mostly from the rural sectors. Hence, it is not only about the enrolment but about the percentage of engagement in the course. It is safe to conclude that the students from these sectors are more enthusiastic than their counterparts, but the facilities keep them lagging behind."

 


7 Benefits of Distance Learning compared to Traditional Classroom Learning

There are quite a few advantages if you choose to educate yourself through distance learning. As its popularity is increasing, a lot many people are keeping their options open.

The biggest benefit is that you don’t have to adjust your job with your night school. You can easily manage a job along with distance learning and travel only when exams and assignments are necessary to be submitted in person.

Here are the 7 pros of Distance Learning:

Affordability

Distance learning is affordable as you only have to pay the admission fees and the exam fees. At times, universities also have the option of EMIs if the course is too elaborate and expensive. Universities offering International degrees and programs, mostly have the option of paying fees by EMI. The travel cost and the time both, is saved and can be used for other productive activities.

Pace

Distance Education enables students to study and work at their own pace. The exams, assignments and practicals can be submitted and performed when you have the time to. There are no specific timelines given by the college or university for you to follow. If you are working at an organization or are pursuing another course elsewhere, you have the liberty to complete the distance education course at your own pace.

Earn your degree, certificate, or diploma

Learning at your own pace, time and space allows you to go ahead and earn another degree while studying the program you have already enrolled in. If you go for distance education, you have the liberty to enroll for other courses, be it degree courses, or certificate courses. Or you can also immerse yourself in developing your hobbies that you had once developed and could never learn them well, like to learn a language, or a dance style etc.

Continue to work full or part time

Many a times, your organization is ready to reimburse your tuition fees. Your employers would always encourage you to learn more and refine your skills so that you excel at your job and in turn it benefits the organization. Hence, enrolling in a distance learning program is well accepted by companies as they know you won’t skip a work day to attend classes, as distance education is pretty flexible as a learning tool.

Effectiveness

Its effectiveness is immense as the lectures are delivered online or you can go through the study material at your own convenience. There is no situation where you are forced to learn. The study material is delivered at your doorstep and can be read and studied at your comfort and time convenience. Hence, the effect this matter has compared to the traditional classroom learning with 6-7 hours of continuous lectures is very high.

Selection of Professors

Most of the distance education colleges and universities make sure they give enough of a reason for the students to pick them. They provide us with well experienced faculty and also people who are renowned in your domain so that you get an in-depth knowledge and insight about your field of interest.

Ease and simplicity

It’s extremely simple and favorable to sit at home and order your books, while enrolling into a distance education program. The books and the other study material are delivered at your house. Not just that, but your exam timetable and results can be viewed online too, on the university’s website. Usually, these websites are extremely prompt and provide the necessary information to the students with ease.


How exactly to apply the knowledge you learn at your B-school in your organization?

A lot many skills and courses are taught at a B-school. You must have made up your mind to use certain skills at your future organization to bring a few necessary changes, and give your own input so that you stand out, not just as a “fresher” but as someone who contributed for the betterment of the organization; someone who cares and takes initiative. But that also requires art. If it isn’t expressed well and if you aren’t heard by the right people, your suggestions will go in the dump.

Here’s how to apply the skills you learnt at your B-school, in your organization.

Teamwork

An integral part of any organization is the ability to work well in multiple teams. Whether this relates to group projects, managing staff or delivering presentations to a variety of people, teamwork and social skills are a necessity. Personal interaction in the classroom and in study groups is considered an essential part of the experience of the program.

MBA programs are traditionally taught in cohorts to resemble most management jobs. This is usually a tight knit group of 30-40 students who attend all classes together throughout its duration. The way you interact with your peers will determine the professional contacts you form outside of the classroom. Fellow students will come from a variety of different backgrounds with hiring authority or inner circle contacts that will be beneficial upon graduation. Being a team player and forming strong bonds with your cohort will stand you in good stead at any job in the future.

Emphasis is placed very much on working together and creating cooperative relationships rather than competing with each other.

Increased confidence

Throughout the rigorous program, the skills you will acquire will result in increased confidence in the workplace. MBA programs are designed to help you get accustomed to analyzing different business spheres from the perspective of a CEO—which is extremely beneficial for your work at the organization.

Certain management courses feature modules and extracurricular activities that are designed to improve leadership skills; this is of particular use to students who have not come from a corporate background. In a recent interview with London Business School EMBA graduate Jessica Dugan – an equine veterinarian – she highlights the confidence she developed within her cohort as one of the most significant benefits in her professional life.

“I’m usually the medical expert that people come to for advice; it’s a very quiet role, and so this was my chance to personally achieve my goal of becoming a more confident person and to be comfortable in front of crowds.”

The finer detail

Unless you’re trained in accountancy, tasks such as reading a financial statement can be somewhat daunting. Understanding balance sheets, cash flow statements and income statements are few of the essential skills in a management job, especially when determining the strengths and weakness of a business plan or analyzing a company’s operating environment.

The theoretical elements of your course will also make you more aware of crisis management and how to solve business problems on a grand scale by encouraging you to think critically while applying the practical skills acquired on other modules.

Broader work opportunities

Honing your skills at a B-school can open a variety of opportunities at work. Indeed, some students may find that they are offered new opportunities or bonuses from their respective companies as they build up their business acumen and knowledge. Employees who have acquired a management degree are highly sought after in the job market.  The skills taught, benefit employers just as significantly—companies profit from talent retention and all the new skills obtained as the program progresses.

Another advantage is the new set of business contacts you will build-up with the peers and alumni of the program in which you are enrolled. After graduation, students usually keep in touch with each other and alert their cohort to new career opportunities with their firms and industries.