Factors resulting in 360-degree development of an MBA graduate into a professional

ImageTo enter the corporate world as a successful professional is the major purpose of every aspiring MBA student. However, what does professionalism actually mean and what prepares you to transform from just a “student” into a “professional”? Read on the following post to know this and much more…

Not all employees are professionals! Professionals are the employees who are always considered for challenging roles, promotions, and rewards. Climbing the ladder of success step-by-step is not that easy. It requires true professionalism.

Life from a college is entirely different from the competitive corporate scenario. Therefore, how can an MBA graduate plan to face the world outside B-school where managers will replace classmates and meetings will replace classroom lectures?

How can you develop “Professionalism”?

We all know what important role does professionalism plays in career development and therefore wish to develop this vital characteristic. For MBA professionals, professionalism becomes even more important to fit into different managerial roles.

Though MBA colleges offering courses  in various specializations prepare students to face the competitive job market, yet there is much more that you should work upon to ensure a 360-development of your career path.

There are several factors or rather “attributes” that result in a 360-degree development of an MBA graduate into a professional.

Some important attributes include:

  •  Competency

Competency is one important attribute that defines a professional. These people are reliable, competent, and understand the importance of delivering work on time. Scholars see competency as a unique combination of theoretical and practical knowledge, behavior, and cognitive skills. Moreover, professionals do not make excuses and are keen on finding solutions.

  • Specialized Knowledge

To become a professional, one needs a specialized knowledge in the area of his work. A commitment to develop the required skills is important to cover the path from a student life to that of a professional. Some fields such as Finance, IT, Operations, and Computer Science demand specialized knowledge.

  • Integrity

It is important that as a professional, you exhibit important qualities such as integrity and honesty. Honesty for professionals means never compromising on business ethics, values, and social responsibilities. As an MBA graduate, you may have all the knowledge of business practices and presentation skills, but important attribute like humbleness is not taught by any B-school. Such qualities need to be worked upon by you to handle things that fall outside your area of expertise.

  • Self-Motivation

Professionals stay self-motivated and do not work only when someone pushes them. Real professionalism comes when you are self-regulated, and meet deadlines even under huge work pressure. Managerial roles in challenging industries such as finance and banking require professionals to deal with customers where one needs to face at times irate customers without getting upset. Hence, self-motivation is an attribute that you need to develop to become a professional.

  • Accountability

With every job role comes responsibilities. Accountability is an important factor that presents the real side of a professional. A manager should be accountable for every word, action, and decision. No professional escapes from a situation where he has to stand for his action and its result.

Strategies to Build Professionalism

Now when you have a clear idea of the “attributes” that constitutes professionalism, the next step is to exhibit them. It is likely that you have one or the other factor in you. All you need to do is identify the other areas where you need to improve in order to become a true professional.

Strategies to become a true professional:

  • Build expertise in your industry and focus on staying up-to-date
  • Focus on developing (EI) Emotional Intelligence that is important to work with people
  • Keep your promises made to anyone such as colleagues, clients, or boss
  • Never make excuses for any mistake and be accountable for your work
  • Be punctual and plan your work

Entering into a corporate environment from a carefree life of a student may pose several challenges to you. However, these attributes can be gradually developed with practice and can help you in your career progression.

Author bio:

Swati Srivastava is an avid writer and blogger who loves to share her knowledge and ideas on a wide range of educational and career related topics. Her articles are published on various reputed websites like Shiksha.com. Follow her on Google+

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A HUMBLE STEP OF GOING DOWN

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                                                                         A HUMBLE STEP OF GOING DOWN

“DO YOU WISH TO RISE?BEGIN BY DESCENDING.YOU PLAN A TOWER THAT WILL PIERCE THE CLOUDS? LAY FIRST THE FOUNDATION OF HUMILITY”

                                                                                                                                                             ST.AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO.

Behind every success stories there is a humble step taken and is hardly known to the world . As the quote says if you wish to grow bigger ,  then never hesitate to go down. Ever noticed the construction of a skyscraper ? The taller the building is, the deeper the foundation would be. We always dream about the process of getting bigger, but we really miss one basic step of going deep down to set up a strong foundation to our dreams.

It is always depressing to go down .when you start going down you realise you are below the ground level which makes you think that you are inferior to everyone else .Working from depths towards your building can be real tiring that there is no light. you look around and see only darkness and nobody from outside will be able to see you or appreciate your work. But after the foundation ,the building starts to come up , first reaching the ground level and then going to reach the clouds .Now the building is able to capture all the light,everyone’s attention is on it and finally the work is appreciated.

If we are in the foundation level now with our dreams, then it is a beautiful position to be in where we can really work towards its strong building and come up as a strong structure on which the world will keep its hope .But always remember that it is those humble steps of going down which leads to giant leap….

posted by: sini christy , mini christy 
supported by:Media Rangers
MBA 2nd sem

 

HEMOPHILIA AWARENESS PROGRAM AT MARC SCHOOL OF BUSINESS.

gjghjkhjMARC School of Business organized a session on hemophilia on 11th March 2014. Vishal, Member of Hemophilia Society, Bangalore, was the guest speaker. A young and inspiring hemophilic boy who is pursuing MCA gave an energetic presentation. This session consisted symptoms, basic care treatment and intensive treatment for Hemophilia.
What will you do, if you had a cut on your finger? In reality we don’t have to worry much about it. But, the irony is that this can be fatal for a hemophilic person. Hemophilia is a genetic disorder that impairs the body’s ability to control blood clotting or coagulation. It can be due to heredity or gene mutations. Hemophilia occurs much more in males than females. Mostly females remain as asymptotic carriers.
Hemophilia A & Hemophilia B are the most commonly occurring (due to mutations in the F8 and F9 genes of the X-chromosome(s)) conditions. This condition lowers the level of blood plasma clotting factors needed for a normal clotting process, the missing coagulation factors prevent the synthesis of fibrin, which is necessary to maintain the blood clot. On the basis of severity, hemophilia can be classified as mild moderate and severe. The treatment also goes in the same order & is very expensive and is not affordable by Indian middle class families.
Apart from physiological conditions, hemophilics also suffer from social stigma (mainly in rural areas). Therefore, the individual also suffers from psychological stress. Our government is not much interested in welfare of hemophilics. Our government is also not willing invest in R&D and to manufacture the medicines in our country. But, many NGOs are trying to get the government’s attention regarding this serious issue.
It was an info session conducted by MARC School of Business in hands with Hemophilia Society, Bangalore, to create awareness about Hemophilia and its effects.

ARTICLE BY: ARSHAD RAWTHAR
SUPPORTED BY: MEDIA RANGERS (STUDENT MEDIA TEAM AT MARC)

Bombay Stock Exchange CAPITAL MARKET TRAINING PROGRAM

(Authored by Mr.Alwin Don Sequeira – MBA 2013 Batch)Image

An educating session was held by Mrs.Devangi bhuptani from Avigna financial services, a partner with Bombay Stock Exchange on 26th November 2013 at MARC SCHOOL OF BUSINESS S, Bannerghatta road, Bangalore.The session educated the students the various types of investments available and the inner meaning of investments.

She started with a quote “The current youths are the upcoming future of the country” Mrs. Devangi who has a decade of experience in investment banking, Financial Advisory Services and Financial Training was here to bring awareness and share the knowledge of financial aspects and capital markets.

WHICH IS THE BETTER WAY TO INVEST FUNDS?

WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL PLAN YOU HAVE DONE?

This question sounds easy but when this difficulty rouse it’s quite difficult to deliberate it. As a student they are not concerned on this query but when it arises they will be mixed up with various product of the mind and it leads to a problem. Very few students know the few types of investment but they are not aware of the outcomes. The different types of investments has different advantages  .As the youths are the future investors her intention was to train and enlighten about the possible ways of investment that the student can start investing even though they don’t have savings to invest. We know the investments can be made on FIXED DEPOSITS, GOLD, REAL ESTATE, MUTUAL FUNDS, BONDS and SHARE MARKETS. Because of the inflation the value of money is tumbling every day. As the inflation rate is 7-8% the interest earned on the deposits will have the same value at end. The money doesn’t gain any additional value and the amount invested on bonds doesn’t earn much income so the expert from BSE advised the youth to invest in capital markets and mutual funds. Mutual funds is also a safe type of investment where there is less returns compared to investing in share markets. Admittedly she also taught the methods of investing to earn profits. Fact is that at present Indians own only 2% of the shares in the whole share market and rest by foreign countries and it is the cause why the currency rate fluctuates when there is an issue in other countries. The objective of the Bombay stock exchange is to achieve at least 20% in the total share market by Indians by 2020. She also explained the importance of financial planning in our life and how the money can be used at different circumstances.

The students were motivated by the session and gained a wide amount of knowledge on the capital markets and equity investing. She also shared some real time experiences and some motivational facts. The valuable three hour session generated the interest in the minds of the students and it was a right time to know the facts about markets and it also instructed the minds and it educated how important the investing and financial planning in practical life.

“Effective Marketing” – An Informal session by Mr.Rajesh Iyer (Associate Professor) BRADLEY UNIVERSITY

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(Authored by Mr.Arshad Rawthar – MBA 1st Semester,2013 batch)

It was an honour to have Mr Rajesh Iyer as a guest lecturer of the event organized on 25th November 2013.Mr Rajesh Iyer is an Associate Professor (Marketing) at Bradley University in South Illinois, U.S.

It was an informal session. The topic of the session wasn’t predefined, it was an open session. All the students assembled in the gallery room. The guest speaker was introduced by Mrs.Satyadarshini Sharma, Chairperson of MARC School of Business.

He gave his valuable insights on Marketing. And then he compared American and Indian culture & scope of different specializations in MBA in the US.

He intimated about two areas in marketing – Branding & Advertisement. Branding in short means ‘Positioning’. He demystified positioning as mind games. Then he explained the characteristics of a brand loyal customer. Brand loyalty encompasses satisfaction with the product, repeated purchase, not engaging in competitor’s offers, and influencing others to buy the products of the brand.

Advertisement is a very important facet, but not necessary for an established brand. To explain this he gave an example of Budweiser Beer. The brand stopped their advertisements for three years, yet the sales did not reduce. But for start ups advertisement is consequential.

The code of conduct in the American universities and corporate is disparate from the Indian universities and corporate, he said. American universities are lenient when it comes to dress code. But he also mentioned that Americans are punctual and they follow low-context culture.

MBA students have good opportunities in the US. Candidates with specialised bachelor’s background are preferred and it is also easy for them to enter the industry.

Finally  the session was concluded by a vote of thanks by Ms.Mini Christy.

“CAMPUS TO CORPORATE” – A Guest Lecture by Mr.Sanjeev Bansal on a Student’s pathway to success .

Authored by : Mr.Arshad Rawthar (MBA 13 -15 Batch )

On November 16th, 2013 Management Academy and Research Centre, Bangalore, had a session on ‘Campus to Corporate’ by the guest lecturer Mr Sanjeev Bansal.

The welcome speech was given by Mr Arshad Rawthar . After the welcome speech, the guest lecturer took on the dais. It was a great learning experience for the students of MARC. Mr Sanjeev’s hold on the subject was very eloquent. And his style of delivery is a great paradigm of his energetic personality.

He initiated the lecture with a loud and awakening “Good afternoon”. He started with the life events of a normal human being starting from birth, education, placements, job, marriage, children and grandchildren to graveyard. He elucidated that career is not everything. Having a great personal life is very much important than having a great career. We should learn to balance our personal and professional life.

According to him we should plan our life and live accordingly, instead of just existing. He explained this by an example of a 4 years kid playing the game of darts. Every individual should have clear goal in his life. Clarity of goals increase the probability of success. The definition of success is not same for everyone. Every individual should have his own definition of success. Lastly he concluded the lecture by giving an assignment of writing down the goals of our life that we want to achieve.

Lastly the session was concluded by a vote of thanks given by Mr. Venkat Vadulla.Image