10 signs that could mean an impending layoff in India

Written by Sameer Kamat

Layoff in IndiaGone are the days of job security. Layoffs in India have become a bitter reality for the brightest of employees with the best of qualifications.
Call them redundancies or down-sizing or right-sizing or layoffs, the meaning remains the same. Job cuts.
Sometimes it’s a one-off case, but increasingly lay-offs in India are looking very similar to those we used to hear about in USA, UK and other countries.
You may not get a layoff letter out of the blue. There may be early signs that you can watch out for.
If you can’t completely avoid the layoff letter, at least it may enable you to manage the process better.

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Honest MBA Essays: Samples & examples that won’t work – Achamba

Written by Sameer Kamat

Achamba - Super MBAThere’s a reason (five, actually) why you won’t find MBA essay examples on our site. Read it here – MBA Essay samples just don’t work. If you are intending to refer to MBA essays as examples, that’s one thing. Re-using them as templates is going too far. MBA Admission Officers reading your MBA applications have been in the business for far longer than you have.

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7 Problems faced by Women Entrepreneurs in India

Written by Sameer Kamat

Entrepreneurship can be among the most rewarding and demanding career options anyone can take up. With the rewards come the challenges as well.
While most of the issues highlighted by entrepreneurship blogs focus on general problems that aren’t gender or region specific, the problems faced by successful women entrepreneurs in India isn’t talked about much. With the growing number of Indian women entrepreneurs managing successful businesses, we thought it’s a topic worth exploring.
Our guest blogger Seeta Bodke thinks culture and society add a new layer of complexity to the problems associated with women entrepreneurship in India.

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How to become an investment banker

Written by Sameer Kamat

Investment bankingIf you are wondering how to become an investment banker in India or abroad, your friends probably told you that it helps to get an MBA from one of the best MBA colleges in the world that open the doors to investment banking jobs. But the best investment banking courses in India or abroad won’t help if you don’t have the right traits and attitude.
A former bulge bracket investment banker who prefers to go by his pen-name ibanker shares helpful tips that you can use to become an investment banker in India, UK, USA and pretty much everywhere else.

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5 Lessons I got without a college education

Written by Sameer Kamat

Her nickname is Hotwheels (you’ll find out why soon) and she’s a celeb on Quora with over 13,000 followers.
While everyone is fighting hard to get into the best MBA colleges in the world, and hopefully learn life changing lessons, Virali Modi’s education took a different turn and it wasn’t out of choice.
Virali shares the lessons that she was able to pick up without a college degree.

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50 Self Improvement Tips for Success

Written by Sameer Kamat

Self improvement tips
You can stop searching for self improvement tips and articles on blogs spread across the web. We’ve collated the best tips so you can focus your energy on executing them rather than hunting for them. It’s a long list that’ll also test whether you believe in tip number 29. Over to Rohit.

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Why I rejected a Wharton MBA admit with scholarship offer

Written by Sameer Kamat

Wharton MBA with scholarshipAbhishek’s pic above might suggest that this is an article about ‘How to increase your height after 18‘. It isn’t. But it does have some perspectives for those are looking at ways to be head and shoulders above the rest, in the business world. It includes seemingly crazy-sounding decisions like rejecting a $40,000 scholarship offer from Wharton MBA. For Indian students that’s a lot of money to turn down. Read till the end, as the giraffe might have a lesson for us too.

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How I got a free MBA in USA and saved 70 lakh rupees

Written by Sameer Kamat

UNC Kenan Flagler MBA with scholarshipThe green lady you see in the background has been trying hard to woo Abinesh. She made multiple offers he couldn’t resist.
One was worth $40,000 and another that was over $100,000 (70 lakh rupees) in the form of MBA scholarships to come an attend a leading MBA program, virtually gifting him a free MBA in USA.
A top ranked MBA in USA typically gets applicants who have 4-5 years pre-MBA work experience. Statistically, the odds start going down rapidly after a certain age + experience threshold.
So it was natural for Abinesh to target 1 year MBA courses in India like IIMA PGPX and IIMB EPGP, where his profile would have a better match.
But he also took a chance with a select few MBA programs in USA despite their track record for preferring younger candidates and ended up with a free MBA offer.

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H1B visa process after lottery makes it tough for Indian MBA Students

Written by Sameer Kamat

Indian MBA students in the U.S. of America have to go through the visa process twice. The first one is for their F1 visa before they can start their MBA in USA. [Related post: F1 Visa requirements in U.S. for Indian students]

The second one is at the time of graduation when they need to initiate their H1B visa process for the work permit to stay back in America and take up their dream jobs.

While the F1B visa process was never a cakewalk for international students (related post: F1 visa rejection after MBA admission with scholarship), the lottery system has made the H1B visa process more complicated than ever. Now there’s a whole new element of luck added to the mix.

Here’s the lowdown on what’s happening with the U.S. work permit application process and what you need to be aware of as an international student in USA.

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UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business (Ireland) – Sriram’s triumph over adversity

Written by Sameer Kamat

UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business (Ireland)MBA success stories are not always about beating the GMAT exam and entering into the 700+ GMAT Club. Sometimes they are about beating personal challenges and entering into a fighters club of a different kind.
Sriram narrates all the hurdles that came in his way and how he tackled them before he got an admit from the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business (Ireland).

If you ever run out of steam, read this and your problems will seem miniscule in comparison to what Sriram had to go through. Another inspiration booster coming right up.

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