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*What is Private Equity?*Private equity first emerged in the early 1980s, with Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts (KKR) opening the first, and still among the largest LBO (Leveraged Buy Out) firms. The logic for LBO firms, at least initially, was this...
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Knowledge helps you to reach your destination, but what if one is not aware of what his destination is. If we are not aware of our destination we will reach nowhere. This statement truly describes the power of goals in one's life. Goals give direction to the efforts and this direction helps us focus all our energies towards achieving the desired thing. Unless we focus, we cannot achieve our goals. The importance of focus in our life can be explained well with the help of an example form Hindu Mythology where Guru Dronacharya was testing his disciples while teaching the art of archery. He placed a wooden bird as the target and asked his disciples to aim at the eye of the bird. All the disciples were asked to describe turn by turn what they saw; everyone was able to see many other things like tree branches leaves etc. while aiming at the bird but when Arjuna was asked the same question, he could only see the eye of the bird and nothing else. He was not distracted by anything, his mind was not wandering, he was fearless, he was doubtless, and he was focused on one. With this kind of focus even you can achieve your goal. There might be distraction, problems or hurdles which make it hard for you to achieve, but by bringing back all your attention to the goal you will sail through the problems. Distractions can be of two types, one that comes from outside, i.e. from people, place, time etc. someone might tell you can't do it, or the environment in which you are in might not be favorable for your preparation. The internal distractions are your own thoughts, your fears and doubts. One who does not get dragged by any distraction, is focused, he is victorious.

You have the capability; you have all the strength in you, a lot of potential, and if you don't direct it towards a goal it will go waste.

Great minds have purpose, others have wishes.

- Washington Irving

Being an MBA aspirant your ultimate goal is to grab a job which offers a descent enough designation in one of the multinational company along with attractive pay package. Now if this is the goal, let's work backwards towards achieving it. In order to achieve your goal have a focused effort, one needs to be vigilant about the path to be adopted to follow one's dreams. So first you need to think that which platform can take you closer to your dream job. The most certain answer to this question is a business school that provides ample opportunity to the students to get grabbed by the best of the Industry leaders. Now such a school is one part of the story, because only by getting a platform where such big multinationals are dropping for placements is not enough what more is required??? It is the ability of a b school to transform its students into employable products that are need of the industry. Thus when you are on a lookout of the best place for you to study business management you should always see both the aspects one is the placement side and the other one is grooming skills. This will help you to narrow down your choices and then with the narrow choice spectrum you can work towards the ways of getting into such a B school which fits your set of requirements.

Once you are clear with what you want for yourself and what the school is offering you can come up with clear cohesive series of efforts that will help you march towards your ultimate long term goal.


This article has been written by Prof.(Dr.) Deepali Bhatnagar , Amity Business School, Jaipur.







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A friend who had migrated to Canada two years ago, had visited me recently. In one of our conversation he told me “Mr. Gupta, life is very busy there with no time at all, we even have to prepare our one week supply of chapatis and store them”. I couldn't respond in any other way but to laugh. I asked “Mr. Ajay, (not real name) “When you were in Jobs in Delhi, you used to work for 12 hours a day and 7 days a week, while your wife used to work more than 8 hours, that too 24x7, and to top it all she took care of your baby boy and still, you used to have fresh food all the time”.


Now, in contrast, you have the convenience of your home office in your Career and your wife works for 4 hours, as part timer. Your son is also grown up. Both of you work for 5 days a week then where does the time flies?” Apparently my friend did not answer, but I believed that I had given him something to think about and he later on thanked me for enlightening him to introspect as to what was wrong somewhere.


This is not a story of Ajay, only “Time Hi Nahin Milta” is a common statement in today's world. While the fact is that TIME is an equally distributed quantifiable resource. Every person, rich or poor, successful or failure, young or old, has 24 hours a day. No More No less. A businessman who is managing internationally widened businesses is also managing all the business activities along with expansion and all other routine life activities in the same 24 hours, which a common man possesses. It is also visible that successful people are able to spare time for their entertainment and families as well.


Is it financial comfort or team, or some other factor, which multiplies the outcome of the time in few people's life while masses always complaint of shortage of time? No, it is not. In real, it is the Art and Science of Time Management. How smartly you manage yourself within a specified time period that decides your performance? How intelligently you enhance the value of every moment of life that makes your life valuable? Time is highly perishable with no shelf life. It is being consumed.


What outcome of that particular moment you are able to derive, that decides your success. Time is irrecoverable, irreplaceable and irreparable resource; understand it to make best use of it before it slips away.


Unlike canals, if time is channelized in such a manner that utilization of every moment leads towards specified objectives and priorities are set and accomplished in the same manner, there is no scope of betrayal in whatever walk of life one practices. Failures can be converted into success. Low performance can be replaced by high performance. Stress can be won by happiness without exerting much effort or any record keeping of time management. Also, keep an eye upon the time stealers, especially unplanned, unorganized working and procrastination giving priority to urgent over the urgent and important, interpersonal conflicts and poor communication, unorganized phone calls or social networking, interruptions flexibility of time frame etc.


Time can never be managed, one has to manage himself/herself to get best of the time, which is equally distributed in a day but total quantity of time available to an individual, is only known to the Almighty.


Deepak Gupta


(Business Management Consultant & Speaker & HR Jobs In Delhi Firm)

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A new, free online course has just launched on edx.org that will help thousands of learners study macroeconomic accounts, their interrelationships, and analysis of economic developments.This course is offered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) with financial support from the Government of Belgium.

In just 8-10 hours a week for six weeks, Financial Programming and Policies, Part 1: Macroeconomic Accounts & Analysis, taught by the impressive staff at the IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, learners will be introduced to a framework to analyze the current state of the economy, forecast where the economy is headed, and identify economic policies that can change the course of the economy.

MOOCs (massive open online courses) provide greater access to learning, and edX's courses come from the finest institutions and organizations in the world, including MIT, Harvard, Caltech, UC Berkeley, the University of Washington, among others.

How healthy is the state of the economy? How can economic policy help support or restore health to the economy? These questions are at the heart of financial programming. In this course you will learn the building blocks of how to answer to these questions.

In Part 1 of the FPP sequence, presented by IMF's Institute for Capacity Development, you will learn the basic skills required to conduct financial programming. The course presents the principal features of the four main sectors that comprise the macroeconomy (real, fiscal, external, and monetary); demonstrates how to read, interpret, and analyze the accounts for these sectors; and illustrates how these sectors are interlinked. (Part 2 of the FPP sequence will cover preparation of a baseline forecast and design of an adjustment program.)

During the course, economists from the IMF will lead you through the accounts and analysis of an economy. Besides engaging with lecture videos, you will answer questions on the concepts explained, solve short numerical exercises, discuss economic developments in your country with fellow participants, and work with data for a hypothetical country. Whether you are a civil servant working on economic issues for your country, a professional working with economic data, or you are simply interested in better understanding the developments of an economy, this course will provide hands-on training on macroeconomic analysis.

This course is taught by Paolo Dudine - Senior Economist, Adolfo Barajas - Senior Economist, Eric Verreydt - Senior Economist, Luisa Zanforlin - Senior Economist and Nan Li, Economist, IMF's Institute for Capacity Development. And, all course and reading materials will be provided to you.

The course starts 2 June 2014, and registration is ongoing. There are no prerequisites, and as an online course you can study at your own pace.


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BCA, abbreviated as Bachelor of Computer Applications is one of the undergraduate programmes gaining immense popularity nowadays. The aim of the three year course is to impart comprehensive knowledge in the field of information technology by laying an equal emphasis on theory as well as practical. A BCA graduate is taught the way to utilize the contemporary information technology in order to analyze and design effective business systems.

BCA is a three year full time course, the objective of which is to provide a strong academic base to students so that they can advance their career in the field of Information Technology. It builds conceptual grounds of using computers in practical business application thus making the graduates suitable for any entry level job in the IT sector.

Syllabus:

The program is designed in such a way that it keeps in mind the requirements of professionals in the IT industry. For students who wish to pursue MCA (Masters of Computer Application) programs from various universities across the country as their post graduation course, BCA lays a strong foundation. Experts from the industry and academia have worked together to evolved the contents of the course by putting extensive inputs. To sum up in layman's language, the course cover core computer science topics, programming languages, software skill subjects and application oriented subjects. In their final semester of the course, students need to develop an application based project which can be launched in the software industry.

Bangalore is the IT hub of the nation. A BCA graduate from Bangalore has the maximum probability of getting a job compared to a BCA graduate in any other city in India. The Top 10 BCA Colleges in Bangalore has top notch campus placements. The faculty is highly qualified and experienced and the infrastructure of the colleges is excellent. Being centrally situated in Bangalore, the BCA colleges offer excellent market exposure which cannot be compared to any other city.

AMC Institution is one of the Best College for BCA in Bangalore. The faculty for BCA is highly qualified and dedicated. To have a perfect coordination with the upcoming modern technologies faculties and students maintain a continuous interaction with the industry. Teachers maintain a healthy relationship with the students and help them to the fullest with subjects, project work and other research activities. The college has well equipped labs and comfortable classrooms in order to create a comfortable learning atmosphere.

Eligibility for Admission to Bangalore BCA Colleges

Any student who has passed his/her pre-university studies or equivalent 10+2 from a recognised board is eligible to apply for BCA in Bangalore Colleges. Another important criterion is that the candidate should have had Mathematics as one of the major subjects in the qualifying examination.

BCA is one of the few undergraduate courses which can ensure for a promising career, strong basis for higher studies and a high paying salary in the long term. This is the reason why this course is gaining so much of popularity with every passing day.


AMC Group of Institutions provides the students with degree in BCA. The qualified staff, Labs, Library, Infrastructure and all facilities needed. Our Institution is the best sought College for pursuing Bachelor of Computer Applications in Bangalore.

http://amcgroup.edu.in/Top-10-BCA-Colleges-in-Bangalore



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As a layman would think, business schools teach the skills and help students to acquire abilities required to make a business work efficiently. Technically speaking, this is what exactly a business school teaches but in a more professional way. Business executives need to take up challenges during their career. There might be situations at which there might be situations where there might be intense pressures to handle certain situations. At times like these, the things learnt at the B-school are a sure help. It helps you acquire these skills that managers at business firms need to possess.

A business school offers various undergraduate and post graduate courses that can help you or a company with their business needs. The undergraduate courses may be BBA (Bachelor of Business Admiration) or BBM (Bachelor of Business Management). The post graduate course offered at a B school is MBA (Master of Business Administration). An undergraduate level gives a brief idea of the master's degree. Getting a seat in a MBA College is not an easy task. Therefore, a bachelor degree at a business school will do no less than laying a strong foundation for those who wish to study further at one of the Top 10 Business Schools in Bangalore.

AMC Institutions is one of the best Business Schools of Karnataka. Just like the other Good B Schools in Bangalore, AMC College works under the Bangalore University. Both its undergraduate at post graduate programmes follow the university norms. The faculty at AMC is a highly qualified, experienced and dedicated one. The college has well equipped labs and comfortable classrooms in order to create a comfortable learning atmosphere. To have a perfect coordination with the current market scenario, the faculties and the students maintain a continuous interaction with each other and the industry. Teachers maintain a healthy relationship with the students and help them to the full with subjects, project work and other research activities. Regular seminars, group discussions and project work keeps students involved and interested in the course. The placement cell at AMC Institution is active and work hard towards improving the campus placements with every passing year.

Bangalore is the IT hub of the nation. It is a city which has uncountable number of business firms already established and large number coming up with every passing day. The need for business managers at all these business firms is essential. Thus an MBA graduate in Bangalore has the maximum probability of getting a top notch job as compared to an MBA graduate in any other city in India. Being centrally situated in Bangalore, the BCA colleges offer excellent market exposure which cannot be compared to any other city.

A professional course from a Good B School will help you in framing your entire personality. You acquire communication skills, presentation skills and also the ability to debate. For all those, who wish to become managers at reputed business firms or wish to become successful entrepreneurs some day, MBA could be the first stepping stone to their career.

AMC Group of Institution has one of the Good B Schools in Bangalore with Highly qualified staffs and well structured Labs and Classrooms. AMC is the Best sought College for pursuing Management Courses in Bangalore.

http://www.amcgroup.edu.in/Top-10-Business-Schools-in-Bangalore


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Ask any MBA students about his learning experiences during his college days, most probably s/he would tell you that most of what he actually "learned" came from beyond classroom experiences. Obviously students not only spend more time outside the classroom but also find more interesting stuff to do outside the classroom. If you have enrolled in prestigious B-school some of these (beyond classroom) learning experience will be part of your programme or pedagogy but if not, you better have a plan for yourself to make most of your MBA. Here are some suggestions for learning outside the classroom

. Travel - You can get lot of opportunities to travel in these two years. You should make a list of "must-visit-places-before-I-complete-MBA". It may include national or international destinations depending upon your budget and capabilities. You may organize study tours which may include industrial visits, company visits, meeting with business executives. Further, there are many events, seminars, conferences being organized by different b-schools around the world. You can register yourself for academic or non-academic events and there are pretty good chances that your organization will provide you some financial assistance also. You may also avail student exchange opportunities if offered by your institute.

. Volunteer - You may say "where is the time" at this suggestion. But I would recommend it another must-have experience. There are many colleges that make it mandatory for their students. So it is better that you make it mandatory by yourself. Besides the cause you choose to help, volunteering offers many benefits to the volunteer as well. It helps you to develop important social and relationship skills which may help in your career. Through volunteering you make friends, develop important contacts which could be very useful in advancement of your career.

. Teach - Joseph Joubert was right when he said the golden words, "To teach is to learn twice". So if you are good in a particular subject, your will for sure help your buddies in their studies. But the experience is more enriching when you formally take a class. Request to your faculty for a regular class, or extra class for those who need help to have a teaching experience. There are also study groups where you can enjoy this experience.

. Meet a lot of amazing people - At your B-school you will get lot of opportunities to talk to accomplished people from industry and academia. Make most of these opportunities. Don't just be present there for the sake of presence. Grab the front seat at the auditorium, listen carefully and interact wherever possible and required. You will also get opportunities to volunteer into hosting formal or informal events where you will meet great personalities. Make most of these opportunities.

. Have Fun - Last but not the least, have fun during your two year stay at campus. Experience a little bit of everything. It is okay to bunk some classes to enjoy with friends. Also understand that your classmate is not your life long competition but may be a life-long support. Investing into relationship always helps in long run. So make good friends and nurture that relationship.

This article has been written by Senior Prof. Ms. Mamta Pankaj Jain, Amity Business School, Jaipur.

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If you encountered a few obstacles cramming the exams or couldn't recall what what you read the last night with the sole objective of passing,here's the road to boosting your memory.I worried a lot because I was a bit disheartened with the fact that after having worked so hard for the exams ,I couldn't deliver my 100% on the day when it was quintessential for me to perform.

I came across certain tricks which I would like to share with everyone.These are :

1. Learning numbers

Eg. Take the number 1975186914981991.this seems really tough to memorize, right? No

worries. Divide it in groups of 4 and assign what amazingly different happened in this year, i.e., 1975-1869-1498-1991(Emergency imposed, Gandhiji's birth, Vasco Da Gama entering India and Economic Reforms).

DISCLAIMER: YOU ARE FREE TO CHOOSE YOUR YEAR'S UNIQUE FEATURE

2. Learning words

A.Eg. you have to learn CONJUNCTIVES, i.e., take their first letters and create a word, i.e., FANBOYS standing for “for,and,nor,but,or,yet,so”.

B.Rhymes: Remember “thirty days are September ,April, June and November.”

They help you remember there are 4 months having 30 days, 11 having 31 days and 1 having

28/29 days.

C.Use sentences: To remember days in a week, say ,My tempting ways to fry sausages surfaced,i.e.,Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday.

3. You have a habit of forgetting to take your tablets everyday .The most pragmatic solution is to keep them with a toaster so that whenever you feel it is not in its position ,you head towards it and find your tablets lying on it. So, in a bid to keep your toaster where it was before, you tend to look at your tablets and obviously, eat them.

4. Imagery, a completely distinctive way to retention , is one of the most interesting pieces I came across.eg the number 90-75-75-08.these are the ages of Atal Bihari Bajpayee, my grandpa repeated twice and Gerard's jersey number. Now, create a storyline: Atal ji bought a flat first, my grandpa bought 2 just below his and Gerard bought another my grandpa's.

5. Keep telling your mind you have a good memory .Repeat it the moment you feel you might not remember a particular answer or idea.

6. Speak aloud what's important for you. For example, when someone invites you for a party, you reply:”9,Race Course Road?7pm?”

7. Reduce stress because manyatimes, we are unable to concentrate due to the underlying stress that stops us from being in the moment and focusing on the present activity, for instance ,studying. Meditation is a key for this since the way you breathe determines what and in how much quantity you inhale all the distractions and external embodiments of negativity straight into your body. Purifying your breath thus helps cleanse your thoughts so that you are able to by enamoured by your own thoughts, which turn out to be your actions.

DISCLAIMER: DON'T HESITATE TO PRACTICE IT IN THE MORNING IN FRESH AIR EVERY DAY FOR 15

MINUTES.

8. Memory tablets may not help but memory food definitely does. Start eating blueberries, berries and grapes for cramming your books so that they get fed in your long-term memory.

9. Last but never the least, try solving puzzles and sudokus within time limits to make you get think faster and enrich the intelligence quotient that enables you to reactively and proactively utilize all your energies on the task at hand.

Thank you!


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This is 2 of a 5 part article that I intend to write, to share with you what actually went into scoring a 99.49 percentile in CAT after securing average marks throughout my academic career.

Now that you have set a goal for yourself, how do you go along achieving it? You have dreamt big and rightly so, but now what? Now begins that hard part. Just imagine for a minute you have a destination, but to reach there you need to know the path leading to it, or a map to guide you. If you don't have a road map you would wander around aimlessly and eventually get lost, still believing maybe that you are on the right track.

So this is the part from where your preparation begins. Start planning. By now you would be thinking when do I stop my gyan and actually get to the business end of things.

To begin with whichever exam you are aiming for, buy a book containing its previous years papers. Though this will come in handy later, but at this time it solves a very important purpose. You get to know whether you are really interested in this.

I bought a 'Face to Face with CAT' by Arihant Publications, and went through a few questions. For me it was love at first site. It didn't matter if I could hardly solve any, but what matters is, that was something I fell in love doing. I could imagine myself spending hours after hours doing that. Similarly, I also borrowed a book containing previous year GATE question papers. After first few questions I thought, if devil himself had designed the course material, it couldn't have been any more scarier. Such was the dislike for that course (even though I was studying engineering), that it wasn't even my stand-by option.

Now what I wrote above will vary from person to person, but before you set upon starting a monumental task just stop for a minute and think whether you will really enjoy the pain.

Okay, so you have fallen in love with a particular line of study, but where is the road map. Well since each of you will have separate destinations, hence the roads leading to them would be separate too. I can just give an example of how to build the road map.

First we need to make small goals, and set about achieving them. You have to micro-plan everything for months in advance. How much time do you have left? How many hours can you devote per day? How many days you need to allot for social obligations? How many days you need for leisure to prevent burn out? Factor all these things in and then set daily, weekly and monthly target. Don't begin by setting a target so big, that like your new year's resolution you run out of steam in the first week. Think about your present situation, how much preparation do you actually need? It will differ from individual to individual the person next to you may do it in half the time, don't get influenced, listen to your heart and start working.

I started out by aiming for MAT (Management Aptitude Test). In order to attempt the MAT in the month of may, I went through the course material and figured out that I needed 40 days of 4 hours each that is 160 Hours to complete a certain book I had bought for MAT. I knew that I have to study for semester as well, I had to be a part of the farewell organized for seniors, I had to party, I had to fulfill social obligations, I may fall sick for a few days, keeping all these variables in mind I decided that I needed to start preparing for from mid – January because our semester exams were in may. My college ended at 5 PM, but I was back by 3:30 – 4:00 everyday and studied till dinner time which was 8:00, I wasn't much of a mid-night oil burner and also movies, parties and sleep were as important to me.

By April 5, I had completed my book and the 160 hours that I had set for it. In between I had taken a week off during Holi and another fortnight for fest and farewell. My exam was on 6th May. In my first attempt with 40 hours of preparation I had scored 99.93 percentile (800/800) in MAT. Going by the figures released, some 32000 had appeared for MAT that year, which means my rank was around 21, to be honest with you that was roughly equal to the rank I held in my class of 66.

Here lies the difference I was forced into engineering and never fell in love with it, whereas aptitude is something I really took a liking to. The contrast in the results was visible. Engineering was arranged marriage, whereas, CAT was love at first sight.

I hope by now you know, what you need to do in order to construct your own road-map for success.

The next article would be 'Fighting Demons (Maths, English, GK)'.

Cheers!!!

MDI PGPM - 2014-16 (CAT- 99.49, VA-99.09 & QA-98.07 ) myopenpensieve.wordpress.com
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Transcript of slides used in a talk at a career options event for high school students organized by Ireboot, Bangalore.

Teaching Children vs Teaching Adults

Why look at a career in teaching? Teaching is considered a “noble” profession and teachers typically enjoy respect in all parts of the world. Teaching children in school requires very different skills and abilities compared to teaching adults in college. Teachers of children are trained in teaching – B.Ed. and are typically expected to teach multiple subjects. Teachers of adults in college are trained only in the one or two subjects that they may teach and not in teaching itself. Teachers also write about their special subject, about better teaching methods and also help other teachers teach better.

What makes a good teacher?

You do not have to be a topper in school to be a good teacher. Teachers must really enjoy teaching to be good teachers. As you teach you will learn and understand more about what you are teaching. Good teachers can help you learn on your own and show you what areas you can improve on. Good teachers can help you find out what you are good at and what you can be good at in the future. Good teachers can make you a better person and you can often feel the impact that they have had on you in your life.

What does it take to be a good teacher?

School teachers must understand children well. College teachers must understand youngsters well. Each student may have different and unique needs. You have to learn to be fair to all your students. You have to be considerate towards weak students. You have to be very patient – no quick results! You can be creative in trying new ways to teach. Teaching can mean lots of time spent on grading what students write (often with poor handwriting!)

How do you become a teacher?

At the school level you can do a B.Ed. degree after school – there are colleges that give a B.Ed degree. At the college level (graduation) you have to do Master's degree in the subject that you teach – science, commerce, arts. At the university level you usually need to have a Ph.D. in the subject you teach – management, engineering etc. A teacher with Masters or a PhD can also do consulting and research and write on their subject. Teachers also guide their students on project work for companies. For the PhD you are paid typically by the government to study!

Work and results for a teacher

School teachers can make a bigger difference to a child over time as they spend more time with the child. Example - “Taare Zamin Par” College students will see many more teachers but with lesser impact on them from each teacher that they will see. At the school level you will have very high teaching workload and a far lower pay – you have to learn to spend less! At the college level you get a lesser workload and much better pay – but you will not become rich! At the university level you will have lesser teaching and more office work – but pay will be a lot better.

What is a business school?

A business school teaches students how to run a business - organizing people, using technology, knowledge, factories, offices. Business schools give a degree (like MBA). Managers running a business benefit from having this MBA degree but the degree is not essential to be a manager. Managers also benefit from short programs that are conducted in the business schools.

What do teachers do in a business school?

They typically teach MBA/PhD courses. They conduct manager training programs. They do consulting projects for industry. They attend/conduct academic conferences. They publish research papers in journals. They take administrative roles in the business school. They are on the boards of business companies.

Teachers in a business school

Enjoy high visibility/respect within society. They can make an impact by teaching managers. They can make an impact through consulting work. They can make an impact through their publications. Best aspect is that they are their own boss – they decide what to do! They can easily move across business schools based on their track record. They usually carry their reputation across jobs. They enjoy a more balanced work/life situation. They are sought after as there are so few of them!

But there are problems too!

Getting a PhD is tough - takes four or more years. Learning how to do research is very difficult and rarely becomes easier over time. Learning how to teach is difficult initially but becomes easier over time. Yet every session you teach is a new challenge. Students are very smart and very demanding. Teachers have to always update themselves as the business situation changes. Consulting clients may have odd expectations. It is also difficult to assess your own achievement.


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