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DLP India- Best distance learning and online education system provider

DLP India is an online education portal offering a varied range of courses that include regular, distance learning and online skill development courses. It is an online education portal offering a varied range of courses that include regular, distance learning and online skill development courses. Get the top online courses on Banking, Information technology, marketing, and many more. Also get high-class Bachelor and Master Degree programmes as well as PhDs and short courses from top universities worldwide. We have enrolled more than 15,000 students globally in different specializations, and now you can also be the part of it.

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What Makes Australia the Most Preferred Study Destination | DLP India

What Makes Australia the Most Preferred Study Destination | DLP India

Katherine, a student from Belgium, needed a change in her life, so she decided to study in Australia. She was good at French but was unable to speak English, so she opted for the English language study in a Sydney school for 18 months. Given the need to pay for transportation, food and a place to live, she accepted a job as a cleaning assistant. Now, she is planning to take Business Studies course at CQ University.

“What I like the most about Australia is safety, another advantage is public transport and it fascinates me that society has a relationship with nature…. I did some research and Australia was my first choice for studying,” Katherine.

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For many people like Katherine, Australia is one of the first options that come to mind when they think about studying abroad; that is why it is not strange that in this country around 20% of the students of higher education are foreigners, a figure that made Australia the country with the highest concentration of international students in the world.
Australia is listed as one of the best countries to live in the world. This nation has the safest cities in the world, in addition to providing a high quality of life and great study offers. However, when you want to emigrate and study there, the same question always arises: “Will it be a good investment for my future?”

Here are some facts that can help you choose Australia as your study destination:

Scholarships

Looking to keep things the same way, the government and some universities in the country grant more than 200 million dollars (Australian) in scholarships for international students with high academic performance. So, if you get to work, you can claim some of that sum for you.

Top Ranking Universities and a Good Educational Environment

According to the QSRanking, there are around seven Australian universities in the top 100 and many more are there in the top 300. It means the environment for education is quite competitive. Educational institutes try to come with up with the best practices, courses and programs in order to remain ahead of the competition.

Employment

Money is the single most factor that affects and concerns international students all over the globe. The unemployment rate in Australia is well below 10%, which means it is easy to get a job if you seek one. Current minimum wage stands at $18.29 an hour and one can make a decent living (as a student) working part-time.

Beaches and Nature

If you love nature, you will absolutely love Australia. There are great beaches, scenic natural landscapes and unique wildlife. There are thousands of places that you can visit and have a great time.

Public Transport

Australia has a well-established public transportation network. So, you live in suburbs and still reach your workplace or college in the city center with comfort and ease. According to the 2015 Fare Benchmarking Report by Brisbane-based consultancy Nine Squared, capital cities of Australia are ahead of London, New York, Berlin and Paris in most affordable places for public transport.

Hence, Australia is a great study destination where you can meet a lot of different people and where you would want to travel to different places.

The American author Mark Twain put it best when he said: “Traveling is fatal to prejudice, fanaticism and narrow-mindedness.” In a world that is more connected than ever, open appreciation and understanding of other cultures are essential.

*Read Also: *How does Six Sigma help in Process Improvement?

The friends you meet in the Australian universities will be part of your network for life. Along with the creation of rewarding personal friendships, the connections you make are the most valuable asset you can have in your professional life. Wherever your career takes you, having international connections can open the door to unexpected opportunities. As the saying goes, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.

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Career Growth- How does it help to stay active | DLP India

Career Growth- How does it help to stay active | DLP India

The term ‘career growth’ rings a bell and suddenly a mind map is formed where you can visualize a fat paycheck, better emoluments and a boss-like feeling suddenly. Isn’t it too lucrative? After all, when you join a company, you do aim at a rising career graph wherein you eventually want to settle in the shoes of the boss. Sounds too good to be true, but isn’t that the real motivation you slog for all the years?

You join a company when your personal goals align with that of the company. You wouldn’t settle for anything less than what you deserve. Career progression is one such major factor. It gives you an adrenaline rush, you are motivated to be the best and you work harder to outperform the rest.

The increased responsibility and challenges that ensure the career growth are intoxicating enough to keep you active. You are driven to accept new challenges that come with your new job role and you are motivated to crack new deals and meet the new deadlines and targets.

There are other bits which enumerate the relevance of climbing the corporate ladder:

A fat paycheck

Money is the most important driving force and you work that extra 24*7 just to gain higher monetary perks and the other benefits that are accompanied herein. Who doesn’t want a bigger bank balance, lavish accommodation, better living standards and a refurbished lifestyle for the family? The perks and prosperity are a benediction and you’ll leave no chance to grab them. Even if it means working a little harder or learning new skills to meet the changing demands of your job, you would be more than willing to do it.

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A happier and motivated you

Doesn’t a career progression calls for a big celebration? Your joy knows no bounds when you climb the corporate ladder and this gives you a sense of purpose, a sense of accomplishment and a deep sense of satisfaction. You would agree that all this opens up faucets to a higher productive, motivated and self-channelized inner soul.

Sense of security

Switching over jobs to reach a higher position or staying in the same company and climbing the ladder- which option would endorse a sense of reliability and security? The latter, of course. When you work with the same organization, you tend to identify with its every goal and purpose and this helps to build a rapport with the other employees too. You and even other employees associate with the company goals and feel secure with a higher growth chance anticipated ahead.

Hones leadership skills

You will act and feel like a leader once you see the possibilities of career growth. The job growth doesn’t only boost your decision-making abilities but also makes you an asset to the company you are working for with your experience and performance.

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Job satisfaction and alleviation of stress

The study shows that a person changes jobs ten to fifteen times on an average in his career. Each time you change a position and escalate further, job satisfaction comes in, which makes you work in the best interest of the company. Your morale is at its peak. You are ready to work that extra inch to retain the top position. This ensures that you are relieved of the stress of proving your mettle.

Getting to the zenith of glory and staying active

Apart from the soft skills like courtesy and empathy, you need to exhibit a great deal of professionalism in your work. You need to be well qualified for the current job and work hard to elicit returns for the organization. Be ready to help your coworkers and develop a friendly rapport with them as well as bosses.

Career Moves

Life is unpredictable and there are career moves that can go wrong. There will be times when a career progression may involve a change of location which doesn’t suit you or it can be that the new job doesn’t click with you. Each time you are given an opportunity to climb the ladder, you must, therefore, make sure the new job profile is suited to your interests and you are well equipped to take the job challenges and requisite training required for the same.

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Last words

Success and growth aren’t miraculous or attained overnight. You have to make your way through it and once you climb the ladder, you have to work even harder to retain the newly acquired position. There will be stress involved but the endorphins released with the career progression will keep you motivated and you will find yourself active and recharged to take your company to a new level.

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Why is growth mindset important | DLP India

Why is growth mindset important | DLP India

Are you one of those who think the learning process gets over as soon as you get a degree in your hands?

If this is true, what you must know is that even a random thought of this kind can be disruptive for your career. Consider this:

Have you ever analyzed how many thoughts, on an average, run through your mind on a daily basis?

It is these thoughts that form the basis of your mindset and determine where you’ll be reaching in your career. A right mindset is important in order to take charge of your learning process and possess what is known as the “growth mindset”.

A “growth mindset” is often described as a new psychology of success. This mindset has to do with a belief that you are capable of constantly developing and nurturing your skills regardless of anything else. This belief is something that helps you reach your full potential and zenith of glory in your life.

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There are many people who tend to believe that the power of their brains along with the talent they possess is limited and there is nothing much they can do in order to enhance them further. This is, however, far from the truth. In fact, it is nothing but a misguided assumption that only harms their career and lead to stagnation in their lives.

A growth mindset is important for more than one reason and these reasons are as listed below:

  • The amount of success you gain in your life is directly proportional to the amount of belief you have in your abilities. Your mind will achieve only what you will instruct it to accomplish. This is because depending on your beliefs and instructions, your mind prepares your body to face challenges and hardships that are eventually going to find your way.

  • It is only when you strive for more, the success comes to you. It is with a growth mindset and desire for more, you start putting in more efforts and hard work and start believing in never giving up in life at least without a good fight.

  • The career paths students are likely to settle for in their lives depends majorly on the characters that are displayed by them. The character of an individual is nothing but the reflection of a mindset. Depending on the mindset, there are two types of characters displayed by individuals:

a. The Fixed Character: The individuals with a fixed mindset are inclined towards settling for careers that require almost no or little creativity. Even though people with this mindset can manage to be successful in their lives, they are not likely to tap their full potential as they don’t believe in working towards improving their intelligence. Such people would want to look smart all the time but fear risk and challenges.

b. The Growth Character: People who believe in growth have flexible minds and tend to be a lot more creative than those with a fixed character. These individuals are open to learning, trying new things and expanding their skill-set. They are the ones who don’t believe in giving up. Instead, they are the ones who actively seek growth and learning opportunities all the time to accelerate the growth rate of their careers. As simple as that, belief leads to action and it is only a belief that empowers an individual to accomplish more in life.

  • The individuals with a growth mindset believe in climbing the ladder of career success and growth. They are not the ones who would sit back and continue waiting for opportunities to come their way. In fact, they are the ones who believe in creating opportunities and a career of their dreams on their own.

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Thus, growth-minded individuals tend to develop every day of their lives. The growth for individuals with a fixed mindset, however, remains on the same level throughout their lives.

Some Final Words

A growth mindset with a commitment to lifelong learning is arguably the most powerful factor determining the career growth of an individual. This mindset is important to be possessed by individuals at all the stages of their careers, most importantly as early as possible in their lives to be able to stretch themselves and achieve maximum growth.

After reading all that is written above, do you feel convinced that a growth mindset is important for the higher levels of career success?

If yes, it’s time to ask yourself- what is it that you want to accomplish next in your career? And, what will it take to accomplish that goal of yours?

Remember, a growth mindset requires a lot of practice, determination and humility. While awareness is the first step, attitude and action play an equally important role.

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Here’s why people still want an MBA degree | DLP India

Here’s why people still want an MBA degree | DLP India

In today’s time when many would agree that a right skill-set holds more significance than a degree or a diploma course, there are many who still feel that an MBA degree is a prized possession. There is no dearth of applicants applying to MBA schools even though casting doubts on the merits of pursuing an MBA degree has become one of the latest fashions.

With millennial joining the workforce and flexible work on the rise, a majority of candidates are keen on living the life of digital nomads and taking up freelance gigs based on their hobbies and skill set.

In a given scenario, it might seem that degrees like MBA, which predominantly focus on imparting knowledge related to a business along with quantitative and analytical training, are losing their significance. This is, however, far from the truth. There is absolutely no difference in the number of candidates sending their applications to business schools. Having read that, you might want to question:

What could be the possible reasons for people to still consider MBA as one of the top degrees?

What are the reasons for candidates getting rejected by top-ranked MBA schools year after year?

The truth is that young people still remain passionate about pursuing MBA.

You might want to contribute money and power as reasons to making someone highly interested in doing MBA. It is generally perceived that all prospective MBA applicants are after money and power. While these reasons can’t be denied completely and they might be true in some cases, they are not always true and are necessarily not the only reasons in people wanting to do MBA.

Learning and Skill-set Expansion

The findings from different surveys reveal that the younger generation is interested in the actual learning and skill-set expansion. They are inclined towards gaining knowledge and acquiring skills that will help them pursue what they are most interested in. Furthermore, they want to expose themselves to opportunities that will help them make a transition into a new career or make career progression within the same industry. For the same reasons, the students are not at all reluctant in enrolling themselves in second- and third-tier business schools or even opting for distance MBA learning.

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The younger generation, these days, looks forward to meeting new people and gaining an exposure to interesting work opportunities. Because an MBA degree guides them towards a path that guarantees them all these things in their careers and a lot more, why would they not want to explore this field of study?

Career Prospects

While an exposure to interesting career opportunities remains one of the top reasons for candidates to consider studying regular MBA or distance education MBA, there are quite a many applicants who want this degree in order to have an exponential rise in their salary and pay cheques.

Learning in Groups

Because the business schools emphasize group learning, the students get to learn a lot from their fellow students. The fellow students become fellow alumni after the completion of a course, thereby, offering MBA school pass-outs the access to a network of influential head honchos, depending obviously on the choice of a business school and program. Access to such a powerful network is one of the most valuable benefits of pursuing an MBA degree and a reason strong enough for students to still want an MBA degree.

Interpersonal Skills

Leaving aside the candidates who have better career prospects as one of the reasons (direct or indirect) in pursuing an MBA degree, you’ll be amazed to find that there are many candidates who wish to study this masters degree in order to become capable of making a positive contribution towards society and make this world a better place to live in. Because the young people are very well aware of the fact that business schools make leadership and interpersonal skills a high priority, they make a quick choice of doing an MBA in order to get right guidance for the accomplishment of their goals.

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The business schools are famous for conducting experiential activities with an objective of bringing students together by helping them analyze and understand their strengths and weaknesses. With an objective of promoting self-awareness, the activities conducted in business schools follow a completely different approach from the ones conducted in traditional classroom learning.

Over to you

While the reason people want to or don’t want to pursue an MBA degree remains personal, it is crucial to determine whether the things an MBA degree offer align with your expectations or not. This is important so as not to have any regrets later in your career. It might help you to ask yourself:

Are MBA programs under your consideration specialize in offering leadership and management training?

What are the experiences of students who have already completed these courses and if they got any benefits by pursuing them?

Will the courses under your consideration help in honing your practical skills?

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Prince2 Foundation | DLP India

Prince2 Foundation | DLP India

Prince2 Foundation

INTRODUCTION

PRINCE2® is a flexible method that can be adopted for running projects irrespective of type, size and scale. Examination voucher included with the course.PRINCE2® is recognized in UK, Europe, and Australia.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

  • Extensively used
  • Accredited to People
  • PRINCE2® Foundation certification exam

    COURSE OUTCOME

  • After completing this course, the learners will be able to:

  • Understanding the characteristics and context of a project and the benefit of adopting PRINCE2®
  • Understanding the structure of PRINCE2® – the four integrated elements : principles, themes, processes, and project environment
  • Gain high level knowledge of the purpose, objectives and context of the PRINCE2® processes
  • The purpose of PRINCE2® roles, management products and themes.

    CONTENT

    Introduction

  • Key Concepts of PRINCE2

  • Structure of PRINCE2
    Principles
    Seven Principles of PRINCE2
    Themes

  • Business Case

  • Organization
  • Quality
  • Plans
  • Risk
  • Change
  • Progress
    Processes

  • Starting up a Project

  • Directing a Project
  • Initiating a Project
  • Controlling a Stage
  • Managing Product Delivery
  • Managing Stage Boundary
  • Closing a Project
    BENEFITS

  • Knowledge and understanding of benefits associated with PRINCE2®.

  • Understand the significance of a business case in initiating a project.
  • Understand the characteristics and context of a project.
    WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Project Managers

  • Project Coordinators
  • Project Leads
  • Program Managers
  • Program Directors
  • Portfolio Managers
  • Individuals who are involved in the design, development and delivery of the projects
  • Project assurance,
  • Project support and project/program office personnel
  • Entry-level project management staff wishing to learn about project management and PRINCE2® ### Fee

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Big Data or Six Sigma? | DLP India

Big Data or Six Sigma? | DLP India

In this fast pacing world of increasing uncertainty, fiercer competition and fast changing businesses, what makes the difference is the “speed”.

The winners have short time to market, so they need to have:

  1. Exceptionally fast development to new offers
  2. Lightning fast reaction to unpredictable changes
  3. Quick reaction to solve customer complaints and meet their requirements

Six Sigma or Big Data?

The point which needs attention is that both affect the bottom line but in different ways. Six Sigma aims to eliminate errors in the business process which may result in defects in any product or service and offer a seamless workflow optimization.

Big data corresponds to the large amounts of data produced by any company or organization in its day to day activities and then predicting the trends. Data collection is a traditional activity. The difference is that today digitization has made the things go easier. Now the data can be collected, monitored and maintained in real time as well.

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Six Sigma’s intelligent strategy and statistical tools help in improving the process performance and quality. Big Data and Six Sigma complement each other if blended properly. Six Sigma gets sub-optimized without Big Data and Big Data turns ineffective without Six Sigma.

Working on Big Data

After gaining relevant Six Sigma experience and knowledge, there lies an opportunity for the organization’s data analyst to get a good hands-on experience with Big Data, indeed with some learning curve.

Lean Six Sigma focuses on reducing process variation. Lean Six Sigma green belt certification helps the trainees to attain perfection in identifying and eliminating the defects. This results in better quality output and reduced defects, ultimately resulting in better customer loyalty and ROI.
The Lean Six Sigma’s trained belters are fully equipped with statistical tools that are coupled with change management and project management skill set.

In this digital world, the future of every company is IT-reliant. Statistician or Data Analyst mine and analyze the data that is acquired from internal or external resources. Analysts with strong analytical and data mining skills will churn out the results from the input data to valuable insights. These insights actually help the organizations in understanding consumer usage behavior, market trends and aid in designing future strategies.

Getting the best from one another

The Six Sigma equips the Six Sigma belters with adequate tools that help in efficient problem-solving. Talking about the Big Data world, data here is heavily crunched in order to find the correlations. A correlation is basically a skill set that is already being acquired during the Measure and Improve Phase of the DMAIC strategy.

The thing which is missing from the equation is the knowledge on how to mine the data and perform predictive analysis on it. All this requires a bit of learning curve.

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt professionals are those invaluable gems that can help in your Big Data projects and on the other hand, data analysts can prove to be an excellent resource for the Six Sigma methodology implementation.

Why Big Data Needs Process Improvement Experts?

For the organizations having thousands of employees, the analysis of large data set could turn out to be complicated. The statistics, numbers and figures could be overwhelming for an untrained person. This is the main reason for which process improvement experts are inclined towards studying the analysis of Big Data. The IT managers are redefining their approach towards the data by strategically planning all the dimensions of Information Management.

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Lean six sigma workflow optimization focuses on making decisions by skillfully acquiring data about any problem. On the other hand, Big Data gathers information/ data to answer the most challenging questions for which no one knows the correct answer in the business world.

Six Sigma uses small (sample sized) data to unlock any problem domain. On the contrary, Big Data uses huge (population sized) data and works on statistical trends to unlock the knowledge. Big Data requires huge computer software and lightning fast power to operate quickly and accurately but there is no such requirement for Six Sigma.

When the organizations aim for business improvements, the business leaders should try to strike a balance between both Six Sigma and Big data. By studying the quality management trends 2018, it is evident that these two concepts cohesively work together by passing wisdom and insights back and forth just like old friends.

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Lean Six Sigma: Top tips worth remembering | DLP India

Lean Six Sigma: Top tips worth remembering | DLP India

There are many organizations where the process improvement is done only verbally or given a lip service and is considered sufficient. In such cases, the deficiencies are often exacerbated. This ultimately kicks off a battle to maintain and sustain the process improvement which sometimes overshadows the strategic approach followed by the members directly involved in CI capability development programs. This article shares some interesting insights on top Lean Six Sigma tips which could be beneficial for the organizations in their next Lean Six Sigma Green Belt or Black belt project, activities or other problem-solving tasks.

1. Customer-centric approach

The organizations should not forget that they don’t only have the customers but they are themselves the customers as well. The metrics for a successful project should be well defined and the organizations should be upfront regarding what they need from the sponsors, process owners, colleagues and other related departments/ suppliers. All these needs should be clearly communicated along with the consequences in case any of the suppliers fail. This will help the organizations in having a backup plan and be ready with an alternate solution.

2. Be aware of the improvement opportunities

There is a possibility that the organizations may not work on strategy changing projects as they channelize the underlying opportunity of making small enhancements and improvements everywhere. By making such small improvements, the organizations may witness slow but gradual improvements in the long run.

There always lies a better way which is by adopting latest technologies and resonates well with the changing customer needs and requirements.

3. Be clear in your vision and approach

If the organizations want to touch that extra mile, then they have to be very clear about their vision and approach in attaining the project success as this will have a direct and very strong impact on the stakeholders. Clarity of vision is very essential among the stakeholders to drive the project else they won’t be able to give their 100% to the project.

4. Know your stakeholders

Apart from knowing the customers, the organizations should also make efforts to win both the heart and mind of the stakeholders. In this competitive world, it may happen that even the brightest of ideas are required to be sold again and again. The organizations should be able to read the stakeholder’s mind and offer them something which actually sticks with them and make them understand the merits of the idea.

5. Aim for simpler solutions

The analysis part is often tedious and complex. But, the stakeholders are interested in the solutions part only. They are least bothered about the approach or the strategy that is being followed. So, the organizations should aim for a simpler solution- something which the stakeholders can understand. This certainly boosts the approval procedure and the organizations can expect the stamp of approval soon. The organizations should aim to keep the conclusion simple and ensure that the communication priorities fall as per the predefined sequence.

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6. Opt for advocates

It may happen that the journey may get tough and the organizations need support for implementing organizational change. In such a scenario, the organizations may need supporters or advocates to carry out the required changes seamlessly. The advocates may include senior management, sponsors, executives, project champions and opinion formers from all levels.

The organizations need to get them by their side so as to achieve the goals quickly and have the right backing from the initial stages itself. This should be done as early as possible so as to rule out any project stalls or delays.

7. Admire perseverance only up to a point

It does take a lot of effort and time for the executives to support their point in front of stakeholders and sponsors. Perseverance and persistence are admirable qualities but only up to a point. It is really important to understand when to let it go and move ahead. It may happen that the organizations have to invest their passion in alternative projects so as to ensure long-term success as well as flexibility.

Winding Up

It is important that all the improvement activities and projects should be robust but it doesn’t imply that deep analysis and great complexity is required on all the occasions. The more the things are kept simpler, more are the chances of success and approval from the stakeholders and sponsors.

Always remember over processing is considered to be the deadliest waste by Lean Six Sigma!

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Diagnostic Imaging Improvements with Lean Six Sigma | DLP India

Diagnostic Imaging Improvements with Lean Six Sigma | DLP India

The field of diagnostic imaging witnessed the biggest revolution with the inception of X-rays back in 1895. Within a couple of years, X-rays became an indispensable part of the medical field. The following decades continue to deliver a steady stream of innovative developments such as the advent of MRI (magnetic resonance Imaging), PET (positron emission tomography), nuclear medicine, computed tomography, Ultrasound, multi-slice CT scanners, RIS(radiology information systems), molecular imaging, speech recognition and digital mammography.

These devices have proved to be lifesavers and have played an indispensable part in diagnosing heart ailments, cancer and other fatal diseases. But with an increase in the number of patients undergoing these tests, the effectiveness of these devices is getting negatively affected.

So, to curb all this, more and more health care providers are opting Lean Six Sigma methodologies for a seamless delivery process and to eliminate the problems which are associated with the increase in patient traffic.

Using the advanced and latest six Sigma strategies have opened up new life-saving possibilities for the patients. Now the diseases can be diagnosed and treated earlier, that too with greater accuracy. With a sharp increase in consumer demand for this fast and smart technology, there is a need to hire and retain some lean six sigma green belt and lean six sigma black belt professionals. These professionals will help to strike a balance between traditional workflow and advancing technologies.

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Problems Facing Imaging Technologies

Imaging technologies in today’s time offer greater speed and stellar image quality. But the organizations and the patients may not be able to realize the benefits due to the inefficiencies prevalent in the traditional workflow.

Even after installing the latest equipment, most of the healthcare providers still face a lot of problems, errors and inefficiencies such as:

  • Increased length of stay
  • Emergency department bottlenecks
  • Delay in diagnosis and treatment
  • Long waiting time to see the doctor
  • Patient dissatisfaction
  • Referring physician dissatisfaction
  • Loss of revenue
  • The potential loss of outpatient business

Optimizing Technology through Process Improvement

In order to improve performance, technology should be optimized. Also, the technology should be appropriately aligned with the processes and should ensure cost-effective and safe patient care. Six Sigma has already proved to be effective by implementing technical strategies along with Lean and other cultural tools which help in accelerating the change and building acceptance.

The application of Lean Six Sigma in diagnostic imaging promises:

  • The optimization of time and equipment resources,
  • The improvement of service delivery
  • Elimination of manual errors (caused by nurses, staff, radiologists, physicians etc)
  • Cost reduction
  • Significant improvement in revenue and brand value

Lean Six Sigma methodology uses the DMAIC methodology i.e. Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control to eliminate the non-value added steps (defects) that cause delays, identify and remove errors and variability issues and remove inefficiencies as well as redundancies that undermine the organization’s best efforts.

A hospital or diagnostic imaging center can achieve their goals in an optimal way by creating a team and getting them trained in Lean Six Sigma certification courses. The certified professionals will be given a Lean Six Sigma green belt, white belt, yellow belt, black belt or master black belt as per the course selected.

The six sigma professionals will maximize the organizational benefits by examining the entire workflow processes such as service cost, service cycle, market potential and service quality.

Using DMAIC in Improving Diagnostic Imaging

DMAIC methodology is essentially designed for already existing processes such as diagnostic imaging. Have a look at how DMAIC helps in improving Diagnostic Imaging.

Define Phase

All the common problems associated with delivery processes and diagnostic imaging are identified and classified in this phase.

Measure Phase

In this phase, the impact of problems on the overall quality of services is assessed.

Analyze Phase

Here all the related business processes are analyzed in order to identify the root cause of the problem.

Improve Phase

Here alternative solutions are researched and the best one is implemented based on its ability to improve the efficiency of diagnostic imaging devices.

Control Phase

Control Systems are implemented so as to maintain the consistency amongst the services.

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Final Words

The organizations should focus on providing the much desired Lean Six Sigma training to nurses, physicians and administrators and most importantly the diagnostic imaging professionals. Enroll in the courses now!

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5 Quality Management Trends to Watch Out! | DLP India

5 Quality Management Trends to Watch Out! | DLP India

It was back in 1920 when the concept of “Quality Management” was incepted with an objective to produce quality products in large numbers at a lower cost. The prime approach followed at that time was to use a formula based on certain statistical methods. This formula helped in optimizing quality management across the products with improved efficiency.

In today’s era, quality is still considered to be one of the key characteristics as far as the customers are concerned. “Quality Gap” is a term which is often used by the entrepreneurs and leads them to get a competitive edge over their competitors.

The “Quality Gap” is actually the difference between the qualities of the same products which are provided by the competitors in the same market.

Lean Six Sigma Professionals

Before moving ahead with the latest trends, let me throw some light on the experts in the field of “Quality Management”. These are known as Lean Six Sigma Professionals. These professionals are present over three levels:

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Professionals

These professionals are well acquainted with the fundamentals of quality management.

  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Professionals

These intermediate level professionals have a thorough understanding of Six Sigma methodologies.

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Professionals

These professionals are expert in explaining and applying Six Sigma principles as well as practices.

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Latest Quality Management Trends

Now, let’s move on to the latest quality Management trends to watch out in the coming year and which are likely to impact all the industries.

1. The Cloud Technology

Cloud technology has already become a mainstream asset for almost all the industries. The integration with cloud-based platforms will help the quality managers to optimize process visibility as well as seamless system integration across the entire supply chain. With the upcoming subscription-based models along with the minimal on-premise infrastructure, manual processes can now leapfrog directly over these stellar cloud-based platforms for quality management.

2. Omni-Channel Communications

As more and more mobile innovations are coming on stream, instant communications can be made from any remote location. These omni-channel communications offer a real flexibility in the supply chain management which further minimizes errors and data losses.
All thanks to the ubiquity of mobile devices!

3. Data Analytics

A detailed audit trail of assets and activities across the organization are presented by Data Analytics when integrated with the enterprise system. These statistics prove to be a valuable aid to the quality managers. The grip of Big Data will be strengthening in the upcoming years which will help in receiving predictive analytics and industry compliant data.

4. Internet of Things

The Internet of Things or IoT connects all the electronic devices to the internet which aids in real-time communication across diverse locations. IoT helps to eliminate human errors, improve quality and cost, and most importantly to assess the delivery timelines.

5. Supplier Specific Quality Standards

There are a number of issues associated with the tools and processes of the supply chain management. Resolution of these issues costs a handsome amount for the organizations. A Lean Six Sigma Green Belt professional will help you in understanding and identifying the business problems. By utilizing supplier specific quality standards, you can effectively minimize the risk associated with the time uncertainty for your supply chain management.

6. Globalized Quality

Gone are the days when quality management was restricted only to the manufacturing and IT industry. Quality management has spawned across all types of industries and is given prime importance. Globalized quality management is now practiced across all major public and private sectors. It is no longer the sole responsibility of suppliers to maintain the quality but also of the end users.

7. Customer Expectations

The ultimate goal of every Quality Management activity is “customer satisfaction”. By managing the quality of your products/services, you do not only meet the customer’s expectations but also look out to improve their standard of living. All this is achieved by providing quality products which are affordable, user-determined and perfect for their needs.

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Wrapping Up:

After considering these emerging trends, we get an enticing picture regarding the transformed visibility and reliability across the supply-chain management as well as the organization which is all set to mark an inevitable positive impact on all the industries.

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Things to Know About Green Belt Certification | DLP India

Things to Know About Green Belt Certification | DLP India

High Quality is the key factor for every business to remain competitive and profitable in the disruptive marketplace. As the face of business continues to transform, the establishment of an effective Quality Management system with an organization is vital in order to identify and eliminate defects in a business process while promoting superior quality in products and services. Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification holds quite a high potential to maintain quality which will eventually pave the way to sustained business excellence, customer satisfaction and greater profitability.

What is Six Sigma Green Belt Certification?

Six Sigma Green Belt Certification is an integrated methodology to capture the company’s weaknesses and strengths as a complete system; to deliver the required quality of services and products. It is well-accepted and used as a credential by various companies across the globe for quality improvement by solving major complicated quality-related issues in the existing business process and deploying strategic solutions to prevent them from occurring again and getting the positive output. The Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification has always been an essential requirement (and will forever be needed) for business efficiency improvements.

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Everything You Need to Know About Green Belt Certification

Discussed below are some questions every Six Sigma aspirant should ask and know before planning to pursue Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training:

  • Among all the belt levels, Green Belt certification is the most prominent certification that aims to give a solid understanding of the effective statistical tools, DMAIC model concepts, Six Sigma and problem-solving techniques.

  • No mandatory (or strict) eligibility criteria have to be followed in order to enroll for an LSSGB course conducted by many prestigious Training Institutes where the programme is available in both online and offline (classroom-instructor led) mediums.

  • Anybody with (or without) a non-quality background can pursue this training programme. However, a good hands-on experience of Six Sigma techniques or quality management role will be an added advantage for all those individuals who are in non-Six Sigma roles.

A certified professional will support all kind of project improvements within an organization and provide help with statistical analysis and may be expected to lead projects.

  • The course provides a deep exposure to different structured methodologies like control charts, dashboards and governance structure which a certified professional can achieve by using tools like Affinity Diagram and PICK charts.

  • Green Belt Certification will add competitive advantage to participant’s career graph by developing his potential skills and capabilities for data-driven problem-solving. Presently, there is quite a healthy job market for professionals with the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

  • After a successful completion of the Green Belt Training, one would be able to analyze and solve quality problems; implement process mapping and measurement techniques within the business operations, and enhance business productivity by strategic elimination of process defects.

  • A trained professional shall be able to measure and quantify process performance by keeping a close watch and by securing costs along with time savings across all business operations.

  • For all those people who are planning to apply quality control process, efficiency, and methodologies to an existing problematic business process; the Lean Green Belt Certification would be a wise investment.

  • Efficiently aligned with ISO 13053 Quantitive methods in process improvement, this training certificate is also beneficial for high potential employees, finance and commercial managers, HR managers, data scientists, project engineers, management consultants, operations managers, quality system managers, production and material supervisors.

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Some Final Words

Six Sigma Green Belt Training is a great way to open the doors to exciting career opportunities and achieve success in your life in today’s fiercely competitive work environment.

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Can Sabbatical Help You Find a Direction in Your Career? | DLP India

Can Sabbatical Help You Find a Direction in Your Career? | DLP India

Are you daydreaming about the healthy work-life balance in your life? Maybe it’s high time to block date on your calendar to revive your soul, explore new directions in your life and make more space in your busy office life to pursue a career shift by temporarily opting out of your 9-to-5 job and going on a career sabbatical.

Episodic jobs, an increased competition, a feeling of getting stuck in the wrong career path, and the lack of skills has made “sabbatical programs” increasingly popular nowadays. Thus, many people are opting for long-term career breaks (paid/unpaid) approved by their employers to do some brain accounting. In today’s fast-paced corporate culture, sabbaticals have become the unsung heroes of the career paths because they provide an opportunity to focus on career development and personal enrichment.

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Various myths are associated with sabbaticals like:

-Only people working for an organization for a long time (7-10 years) are eligible for a sabbatical.

-Sabbaticals must be always job-related activities or research.

-Almost all the sabbaticals are paid.

-Sabbaticals must be always planned either between high school and college or after at least 7 years of work experience.

-Taking a sabbatical can articulate complex circumstances and you need to over justify yourself when you come back.

Sabbatical is a solo effort (that could be paid or unpaid) meant to get a renewed perspective by going away from the daily hustle-bustle of workplace and attain something great in the right frame of mind. It is an ideal way to experience positive emotions and achieve a renewed sense of self-awareness because nobody wants to live and die like a worker bee. Embarking on a sabbatical may open the door to revelations in the form of different work opportunities, networking and leadership skills that may change your entire life.

Such types of structured career breaks are definitely a great step towards achieving a good work-life balance. Arranging a sabbatical from work is like opening a window of opportunity. It allows you to make some much-needed (quality) time for your passions and set off to fulfill a lifelong dream. They allow you to create a psychologically healthier work-life balance and come back rejuvenated with a stronger commitment and a clear perspective. After spending time away from the workplace, you return as an incredible ROI with lots of motivation and a renewed focus, which is surely beneficial for both – you and your organization.

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How to Plan a Sabbatical in Your Current Job?

Pursuing a sabbatical for you can be a daunting task and required a lot of proper planning. Given below are some useful tips on how to make it happen for you and find a new direction in your career:

-Invest a good amount of time in “Research” by finding out what interests and passions motivate you to go on the long-term planned break. Ask yourself how the sabbatical is going to help in your personal and professional development. Also, you must spend time in brainstorming how to manage your financial burdens when you’ll be on sabbatical.

-Proper planning is indispensable and gets you on the right side of this battle. Decide carefully the length of your sabbatical and how to budget the same if you’re planning to pursue a new career or learn a new skill. Do not forget to delegate all your job responsibilities to the right person while you’re on an extended career break.

-Right execution will increase the chances of success and you may reap the benefit. It is important to document your sabbatical experience carefully and come back at the workplace with a great story about what you learned or the new skills you acquired. Make sure your break experience will provide the insightful perspectives backed by the inspiring and of course, well-founded reasons for why you were on a career break, and why have you opted to join back.

-“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Stepping onto the long-term career break is difficult, but you must always remember that it is not more difficult than getting stuck in a situation where you’re not happy. “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

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Why Are You Never Too Old to Change Your Career? | DLP India

Why Are You Never Too Old to Change Your Career? | DLP India

Because you deserve a second chance rather than feeling stuck and struggle miserably in an odd job.
Although this mere thought of switching career in pursuit of exploring new career goals or assessing different interests may run a cold shiver down the spine in even the most confident person’s heart. But, you must go ahead by ditching the conventional career rules and find fulfillment by pursuing the role that seems more satisfying to you.

And now the answer to the million dollar question “Is it too late to change your career path?”

There is no “correct” age to pursue your passion and take it forward as a career that makes you happier. Don’t be resistant towards a transition because our career interests continue to change as we grow and explore a broader perspective on the corporate world. For sure, switching the career goals may require lots of hard work and determination a lot more than you expected but it is always worth taking the risks.

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Here’s why:

  • You’re not alone in this mess. There are countless people who ditched their old careers in pursuit of following their passion and embraced the new growth opportunities later in life. Our career paths don’t always tend to go in the right direction leaving us puzzled and the best way to solve the complex zig-zag path is to make the decision for you.

  • Following your passion is superb. Rebooting your career choices to match your passion is surely a wise decision as it makes you feel happier in the long term. There is no point in pretending that you’re happy when you’re truly dissatisfied with your work life. Be open to change and follow your real passion and it will surely bring you a maximum level of job satisfaction and a sense of worthiness.

  • Your capabilities grow with age. As you grow older, you become more mature about your key strengths and weaknesses and your capacity than you were when you were 24. What’s more, you likely become the master of so many essential skills such as organizing tasks, managing your time, problem-solving abilities, decision-making skills, self-confidence and interpersonal skills, which are absolutely required in almost every field.

  • Whether it’s your own business or a company, following your own guts and passion is a sure shot formula for success. While success is always misinterpreted for money, it is, in fact, the happiness which is a true parameter of success. Just because you started or picked up a career in your early years doesn’t mean that you should be stuck with it for the remainder of your lifetime. Changing a career for the sake of happiness is something which one should do as soon as possible as everyone on this earth deserves to be happy.

Switching career paths may seem downright terrifying when you’ve invested many years (or even decades) to run jobs on a smooth road of success. Fear kills willpower and your resistant brain stops you from becoming what you want to become and accomplish heights you could easily do. Pull up all your courage to fight back against this active and relentless force “RESISTANCE” that is indeed blocking you from achieving the higher goals like J.K. Rowling is one prominent personality who was fired from her secretary job because she daydreamed about a preteen wizard and then, she wrote Harry Potter novels after she lost her job. Like her, there are many other brave souls who pushed their luck hard when life called for bold strokes and chose to go ahead with their true ambitions. Oprah Winfrey, Amitabh Bachchan, Larry Page & Sergey Brin (owners of the search algorithm ‘Google’) are few of those people who continued to do what their passion was and the rest is history.

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Maybe everything will look extremely difficult at first, but you should never let the fear and panic render you paralyzed from going ahead with the career options you dearly wanted to do no matter whether you’re in your 40s? Or 50s? Or 60s? Or 70s? Or even later. Put in all your efforts to meet the standards of purpose and get your foot in the door of a new industry where you are free to do what you’re good at and what you enjoy doing truly.

Final Words:

The time for action is always now and it’s never ever too late to be what you desire to achieve in life no matter how far you’ve actually walked on the wrong road. Stay motivated and keep working very hard towards achieving your goals every single day so that you can come close to where you always desire to be tomorrow.

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The Advantages of Obtaining a Degree | DLP India

The Advantages of Obtaining a Degree | DLP India

A majority of students consider pursuing a degree as they consider it to be the gateway to their dream job. While a degree maximizes your chances of landing yourself a satisfactory job, it doesn’t guarantee you a job. Having said that, it might raise your doubts and you may start contemplating if there is any use of pursuing a degree. After all, obtaining a degree means investing a lot of your time and resources. What you must know is that even if a degree doesn’t offer too many monetary benefits, the several other benefits offered by it make it completely worth to obtain a degree in the field of your study.

A degree can be obtained both via regular and distance learning mode. A regular learning mode referred to as a traditional method of learning exposes you to university life which offers personal development, encourages learning and can also be fun. In today’s fast-paced and digital connected world, the second method of learning that is distance education is gaining a lot of importance due to flexibility and convenience it offers. Degrees obtained via distance learning mode hold the same reputation and significance as degrees obtained by a traditional method of learning. In today’s gig-based economy which is indeed dominated by hustlers, everyone out there wants to lead the life of a digital nomad- be it a student or professional and thus, their demands are being catered to by offering location independent learning courses.

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Having discussed that distance learning is at par with regular learning, there is no need for learners to curb their dreams of going for a higher education in case they are working or are not in a position to relocate them to a place where the university is located. Instead, what is important is gaining insights on benefits offered by a degree and they are as listed below:

  • By equipping yourself with advance knowledge in the field of your learning, you start attracting high-quality jobs which is not likely to be the case with non-graduates.

  • list text hereIn a majority of cases, the driving force behind pursuing a degree is the ability to earn more money. A degree is considered to be the most common route to making a career in the fields that demand higher skills and offer higher salaries and fancy job perks. The findings of the research suggest that graduates (both bachelors and post-grads) earn significantly higher than high-school pass-outs.

  • list text hereA degree helps you to expand your skill-set and it widens your horizons, thereby, helping you become more employable and job-friendly. Besides getting trained in your field, your analytical and critical thinking skills get a boost and even more, you become a better decision-maker; these skills are of paramount importance in the workplace and determine how far you go in your professional journey.

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  • list text here The research suggests that graduates tend to be more health conscious and are, therefore, not likely to indulge themselves in things that can have a negative effect on their health. They understand the importance of exercising and healthy living.

  • list text hereA degree tends to make you an active and responsible citizen. As a result, you are willing to work for the welfare of your country and fellow human beings.

  • list text hereGraduates get exposed to a plethora of career opportunities with an option to advance themselves in the field of their choice.

  • list text hereDegree holders are, generally, found to possess a growth mindset. Even more, they like to have a flexible approach towards work and maintain a positive attitude in the workplace.

  • list text hereHaving a degree is associated with having a better job security. By having a degree, you become invaluable to your employer. Your employer will never want to replace you with someone who has just completed a high school or has a lower degree than yours and thus, you become less vulnerable to layoffs. In fact, educated employees are vital to the company’s growth and success. This is the reason employers are happy paying for their employees’ tuition and training as they know their investment will bring substantial rewards to the company.

Some Final Words

As a graduate, you are more likely to enjoy your job and get satisfaction out of your career. The reasons are obvious. When you enjoy higher levels of income, employment benefits and get exposed to advancement opportunities in your career; you are bound to get satisfaction and happiness in pursuing your job. You will feel a lot more inspired and motivated to accomplish your career goals and objectives.

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Is Self-Doubt Good For Your Career? | DLP India

Is Self-Doubt Good For Your Career? | DLP India

Do you suffer from self- doubt?

Well, it’s absolutely alright to have self-doubt because it’s not just you. In case you didn’t know, some of the highly successful and famous people have too felt it in their lives in one or more forms.

While there are plenty of ways to conquer your self-doubt, it might interest you to know that self-doubt doesn’t do any harm to you. In fact, it actually offers many benefits which can help you advance your career but that is possible only if you want to believe it and think about it that way. So, it’s time to shun all your negativity and avoid being drowned in your thoughts and remind yourself of the benefits that a self-doubt offers:

1. Self-doubt encourages you to continue your learning

Doubting yourself every once in a while makes you feel inspired and motivated to improve yourself. You start questioning your skills and there is a desire to learn new things, enhance your knowledge and expand your skill-set. When there is no self- doubt, there is no inclination towards learning new things and making any progress. As a result, your skills tend to stagnate and you put your career at a standstill because there is no motivation to work harder or pick up something new to stay fresh and updated.

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By continuing your learning, you tend to stay forward in your career. Learning also opens doors to exciting career opportunities giving you a chance to discover new fields of work that you may start enjoying more than what you are currently pursuing.

2. Self-doubt brings out the real greatness in you

When in a state of doubt, you have a natural tendency to engage yourself in relevant and meaningful conversations. Honest discussions with others reinforce your faith in your abilities and you get a boost to move ahead in your career. When transparent conversations take place, others get to see a genuine side of yours and this indeed brings out the real greatness in you.
Furthermore, a bit of self-doubt makes you do a task with dedication and an alert mind, thereby, making your experience of performing a new job role or task interesting and a lot more challenging.

3. Self-doubt makes you humble

A self-doubt makes you learn more about yourself- it makes you understand that it’s a part of life to make mistakes and not excel in everything. You stop looking at things with a biased mind or pre-conceived notions. Rather than complaining about problems that exist in your life, you start looking at ways that can help you find solutions to those problems. It makes you complacent and someone people can easily trust and depend on.

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4. Self-doubt encourages you to take corrective measures

When you start feeling insecure about something, it happens because you are either not enjoying what you are doing or you are not qualified to do so. In either case, you need a proper analysis to figure out what is not working and what are the actions you need to take to fix things. You feel pushed to take actions that will help in improving your situation which might not be possible without any self-doubt.

Handling a Self-Doubt

Having already discussed the benefits of a self-doubt for your career, the next thing to learn is how to handle a self-doubt so as to not get overwhelmed with its feeling but rather use it to your advantage.

  • list text hereBy recognizing repetitive patterns in your thinking- irrational and unrealistic thoughts and by actively changing your mindset, you can get control of your inner critic.

  • list text hereIf your fears are holding you back from doing something, you will be better off conducting a true assessment of your skills and abilities and then taking a final call.

  • list text hereIt’s common to experience fear and stress whenever it comes to embracing change and uncertainty. By simply telling yourself that it’s a normal thing to happen and everything out there goes through the same, you give yourself the required push and not let the fear come in your way of purpose.

  • list text hereEven by pursuing skill-enrichment courses and advancing your knowledge by enrolling yourself in a regular or distance learning programme, you can give your mental strength a boost and get your mind rid of negative thoughts and feelings.

Over to you:

The emotions- good or bad are best put to use when you begin to see them as your strengths and not as your weaknesses. Remember, your emotions are always your most valuable tools in accomplishing things you desire for in your life.

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Take actions to reach your goals | DLP India

Take actions to reach your goals | DLP India

Do you have your eyes set on something in your life?

Is there anything you want so desperately that you can do anything to make it happen?

Yes? But have you been taking any actions to accomplish the desired achievements?

If not, it’s time for you to know that taking action is one of the most crucial steps in making your dreams a reality. You might argue that it is extremely tough to take that first step and it doesn’t happen on its own. Many of you might already by trying to do it for a while now but with no success.

An important thing to know is that you have to continue trying even if you fail. You need to gather your willpower and tell yourself that you have to do it even if it is something really difficult. And you need to stop procrastinating.

Remember, there is no way you can stop setting goals in life and taking actions to reach those goals. It is because goals give your life a purpose and a sense of direction. Without goals, there will be no motivation either. In case you are wondering the right actions to be taken to achieve goals on your bucket list, here’s what you need to know:

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1. Get ready with your action plan.

An action plan is the first thing you need- it’s a roadmap for you to follow to get closer to your goals. You can use your action plan to divide your bigger goals and objectives into mini-goals so as to take smaller steps and accomplish milestones on your way to attaining something big. You must, however, be specific about what you want all the time.

2. Set milestones

Besides getting your action plan ready, you need to make your goals measurable by setting benchmarks for yourself. By setting milestones, you ensure that every small step you take builds up to your bigger goals and you even make your mini-goals measurable. This helps you to stay on track and avoid any distractions that may come your way. You must, however, be wary in setting only those deadlines that are reasonable. There is no use setting unrealistic goals in life and then feeling disappointed at every step.

3. Develop a positive mindset

“If you really want something, the whole universe conspires to make it happen.”
It is only when you desperately want something and you believe it can happen; it will happen. Believe it or not, the amount of success you attain in your life is determined by your mindset. A positive mindset which is generally described as a success mindset determines how far you go in your life. This mindset is of paramount importance in staying positive despite all the odds and it even helps you visualize your goals.

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4. Keep your motivation high

By setting realistic goals and the goals that have got some meaning in your life, you tend to stay encouraged and motivated all the time. The best goals are indeed the ones that give you the motivation from deep inside- they concern things that you’re extremely passionate about in life. When you are really passionate about something, you automatically tend to get the courage and motivation to accomplish things dear to your heart.

5. Measure your progress

By making it a routine to measure your progress on a regular basis, you tend to take time out to reflect on things that are not going as per your plan. Besides measuring your progress, you must also hold yourself accountable by defining your responsibilities and making it clear to yourself that it’s you who can either make it a success or do nothing about your goals. And, it’s you who have to take ownership of your goals. No one else can do anything for you or your goals if you yourself are not willing to do anything.

6. Weigh your strengths and weaknesses

To be able to accomplish your goals, you’ll have to train yourself in seeing a larger image. A part of it will include taking a tough look at both your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll need honest answers to questions like:

  • What are the areas your talents and abilities best suited to accomplish?
  • Do you possess the necessary skills and expertise to accomplish your goals?
  • What are the areas you need to work on or strengthen to be able to accomplish your goals?
  • Are you weaknesses likely to come in your way of achieving your goals?

7. Expand your skill sets

Success doesn’t happen overnight– it’s about working day in and day out to make it happen. There will be many new things that you’ll be required to learn and you’ll also have to work towards honing your skills and increasing your productivity. You’ll have to learn the significance of prioritizing tasks and maintaining focus on your goals.

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Some Final Words

Actions are important. They are needed for you to start somewhere and reach your ultimate goal. What you must remember is that nothing happens if you don’t take actions. Even if it seems scary or it requires fighting with your own self to gather the amount of courage you need to take that first step, you must do it.

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6 Reasons to Start a Side Gig | DLP India

6 Reasons to Start a Side Gig | DLP India

A side gig or a side hustle- pursuing a hobby or something you’re extremely passionate about is crucial in changing times.

This is important if you don’t wish to work in the same cubicle for months and years with all your energy and interest drained out, wondering every day if there is an escape route to a boring life of yours. It is even more important if you don’t wish to simply walk or stand still in life. For you to outpace others and for many more reasons, you need a side gig.

Here’s more as to why you absolutely need a side gig:

1. You get additional money

Because wages have been stagnant for a number of years and the raises tend to be paltry, it has become extremely difficult to keep pace with inflation and break even considering the fact that the cost of living just keeps shooting up. Because the prices are continually rising without any significant increase in what you get for your work, it makes sense to find ways to make some additional money.

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2. The way people make money is changing

In case you didn’t know, the gig economy is going to be the future. Many companies are now outsourcing their work to freelancers in order to cut their expenses. As a result, many people are motivated to take up freelance gigs considering the huge demand freelancers have in the changing economy. Besides generating a lot of money, freelance gigs offer a lot of flexibility and locational independence. This is one of the main reasons that the skill development courses along with distance education programs are gaining a lot of popularity amongst both students and professionals.

3. Expand your Network

Side gigs are an excellent method of growing your network as every time you get into the conversation with a potential client or land yourself a gig, you make a new connection. In case you didn’t know, these connections you build go a long way in giving you an access to exciting career opportunities and ensuring you a successful professional journey ahead.

4. Widen your horizons

In today’s fast-moving world when everything is possible at the click of a button, you can’t afford to stand still and not do anything to expand your horizons. The times are changing fast and you need a back-up for everything, even for your job. If one thing crashes, you must not lose everything else in your career. A side gig creates a safety net for you in a volatile job market by making you capable of taking more than one job role.

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You might argue that it’s not possible to replace all of your income with a side hustle when things go wrong. In that case, it’s better to have at least some money coming in than having nothing at all. Another thing, there are numerous stories of people who earn a lot more than their full-time job by pursuing their hobby or what they are most passionate about. You might already know how Bloggers are earning their livelihood by doing what they love the most- writing. Thus, what you get out of pursuing a side gig depends majorly on your future goals and objectives.

5. Become a Digital Nomad

The internet has made so much possible that you are no longer required to pursue a traditional 9 to 5 job in order to mark a niche for yourself in the chosen field of your work. These days, all you need is a laptop and reliable internet connection to make money (as much as you want) and that too, from all possible locations of the world. Due to the same reason, people who are fond of traveling are now taking the idea of becoming digital nomads more seriously than ever before. It is because they are happier pursuing their hobby in the form of a side gig from different exotic locations of the world than having to work in the same cubicle every day of their lives.

6. International Market

You don’t remain confined to a local market by working online on a side hustle. Because everything gets done on the internet, there are no geographical constraints and you don’t even have to conform to the whims and fancies of local clients who generally want everything done by paying you peanuts. You can work with clients in the international market, gain more exposure and get more value for your work.

Does that excite you but is it that you feel you lack the skills or confidence required for pursuing a side gig? Or, is it that you think you lack specialization? In that case, you may consider doing a short course online or any of the skill development courses in order to explore abundant career opportunities that are available in today’s digitized world.

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Different Ways a Vacation Can Help Your Career | DLP India

Different Ways a Vacation Can Help Your Career | DLP India

Remember the reason that motivated you to take a vacation last time?

Was it to break free from the daily grind?

Have you ever thought about taking a break for it to be an escape plan for your career?

Why is it that you always want to take a vacation to stop thinking about work and never take a vacation to think more about your work?

Besides breaking your everyday monotony and giving you time to rejuvenate yourself, a short break or vacation can be quite useful in helping you identify new career opportunities or planning your career path. With work from home and distance education courses becoming popular choices, it has become really important to take a few days off so as to clear your mind for fresh ideas to come in. A short break can be a wonderful thing to get out of everyday routine, get a career boost and also to find time to think what you love doing the most.

Given below are different ways a vacation can help your career and help you climb the ladder of success in your professional life:

1. Changes your perspective

By exposing you to new ideas and thoughts, traveling allows you to see life from a different perspective. It lets you appreciate the beauty and vastness of life. Getaways from your routine life are often invigorating; they infuse you with a lot of energy and motivate you to come up with unique and creative solutions to problems that have been on your mind for a long time.

2. Enhances your productivity

If you take short but fulfilling vacations, your productivity in the workplace is likely to experience a boost. This is because a holiday refreshes your mind and as result, energy oozes out of your body. It is this energy that gives you the power to accomplish a lot more than your usual self. You even feel encouraged to work harder and smarter in order to accomplish your professional goals and get closer to the dream of your careers.

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3. Increases your joie de vivre

By working day and night and not rejuvenating your mind by taking short breaks or planning travel, happiness tends to take a back step in your life. The effect of a holiday, however, is such that you stop waiting for happiness to find its way towards your life. It automatically lifts your mood and as a result, you come back as a happier person full of enthusiasm and energy. Even the findings of a research suggest that the mood of an individual gets a maximum boost during the process of planning a vacation.

4. Expands your network

While traveling, you get abundant opportunities to make contacts with people who can be helpful for your career. The travel, therefore, allows you to expand your network and make some meaningful connections. You never know when you may require the support of your network in your professional journey. Or, it could also be that your new contacts could be your avenue into a new career.

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5. Diversify your skill-set

When traveling to a new place for a decent number of days, you get an amazing opportunity to expand your skill-set while you are on the move. This might not be possible back home when your only focus is your work, which leaves you with no time for anything else in the world. Vacations are always a good time to introduce you to new activities and short-term courses available in the destination you’re traveling to. Or, you may even consider pursuing a distance education program for the expansion of your skill set. Distance learning is of great significance in today’s time especially when millennials are a lot more inclined towards becoming digital nomads and taking up freelance gigs than pursuing traditional 9 to 5 jobs.

6. Healthier relationships

By taking short vacations at least twice a year, you are less likely to become tense and experience burnout. You will, rather, find yourself a lot more satisfied with your work as well as personal life. Returning back from a short getaway makes you calmer and better connected at work. Thus, vacations help you develop better relationships with your co-workers, thereby, enhancing your productivity in the workplace and maximizing your chances of growth.

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Some Final Words

Travelling is important because it changes you in a way you never know it is even possible. It turns you into a more confident and rounded individual. And it gives you a chance to take your career to a different level. But all this is possible only if you believe it to be true and only when you’re ready to take that first step of planning a vacay!

To more adventures and trips of a lifetime experience!

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Role of the Latest AI Technology in Helping Your Resume Stand Out | DLP India

Role of the Latest AI Technology in Helping Your Resume Stand Out | DLP India

Like almost every other industry, the hiring industry is continually evolving. The advent of technology and social media has made it highly competitive for job applicants to secure a job of their dreams. In case you are one such applicant seeking a job, there is a lot more for you to know.

One job opening attracts more than 250 resumes on an average and more than half of the applications are rejected by an Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) in the first round of screening itself. These systems are automatic and they screen applicants on the basis of right keywords.

Having known all this, can you afford to take chances with your resume?

You would agree that you will need to have all the components of your resume intact in order to land yourself a satisfactory job.

Because the Applicant Tracking Systems are automatic, having the right keywords in your resume is the key to avoiding rejection by these systems. In order to draft a perfect resume for the systems to accept it, it must incorporate all the elements of the job description. And to make this happen, the use of technology and the latest mediums is more important than you think.

One such trending medium is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Having touched different areas of life such as education and healthcare, it has even found its way towards the recruiting sector.

Let us begin by understanding what is Artificial Intelligence (AI)?

It is an area of computer science focusing on developing machines that work and react like humans. The use of this technology that is tailored to machines has gone a long way in making the world far more responsive than earlier times.

The Use of AI Technology in Writing Resumes

In terms of resume writing, you provide some basic information to the machines using AI and your job gets done within minutes of providing the information and that too in a relevant manner.
There are several websites like skillroads.com and glever.com that offer resume writers (free and paid). These websites combine user input with AI technology in order to give the keyword friendly output within just a few minutes.

The use of AI technology in writing resumes is significant as it comes with a potential to change resume writing in different ways as listed below:

1. Helps in saving a considerable amount of time

With its potential to look at your LinkedIn profile, it can extract all the information related to your previously held roles and all other important points to be put on your resume. Thus, you are simply left with a task of editing and making a few adjustments, rather than having to write from scratch.

Read Also:The Use of EdTech in Keeping the Learners Active and Motivated

2. Fact-check your resume

Whenever you are sending your resume for a job application, it must not contain any errors or there shouldn’t be any misrepresentation of information. Even a single mistake in your resume has the potential to ruin your chances of landing a job. The use of AI technology can radically improve resume writing by highlighting errors along with some facts that could otherwise be misrepresented or don’t seem to be right.

3. Making recommendations based on trends in your industry

Based on the industry trends, AI resume software can make some really useful recommendations by studying a wide variety of resumes. It can throw light on what is missing in your resume or how you could improve it further to maximize your chances of getting hired.

For example, it could send a notification like: “66% of the job applicants use sales metric along with their job roles for the given job title but your application is missing this metric.”

4. Guide you through the process

The use of AI makes it possible for a resume builder to guide you through the process of resume writing by simply asking you questions section wise. Thus, you don’t have to start writing your resume on a blank sheet of paper wondering where to start.

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5. Add keywords

As said before, the keywords are important to be put on resumes as the use of applicant tracking systems like Recruiteze is becoming wide and popular. The resume AI can make the process simpler for you by recommending keywords based on the common usage of words by job seekers, job descriptions and more such factors. The use of AI can, therefore, help you get past ATS.

6. Translation

With the rapid improvements taking place in AI technology, it has become a possibility for you to write your resume in one language and have it automatically translated into others. This feature is quite useful especially for candidates seeking jobs in the international market.

Read Also: Here’s why people still want an MBA degree

Finally, the use of artificial intelligence makes it possible for you to secure more interviews, look for high paying career choices and get hired faster.

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8 Tips to Kick-Start Your Motivation Now | DLP India

8 Tips to Kick-Start Your Motivation Now | DLP India

Do you have to drag yourself to work every morning and tell yourself “One more day and it’ll be fine by tomorrow”?

Does it get really difficult to concentrate on the task and give your best shot?

Have you started developing a feeling that the place of your work is not where you wanted to be and you would do anything to get out of there?

Well, the good news is that it’s not just you. It’s a common feeling and it happens usually when there is a lack of motivation. It’s just that different people experience this feeling at different times in the span of their careers.

Waking up to the realization that a majority of individuals feel this way at some point of time in life doesn’t help. You need to work towards getting over with slacking attitude of yours as it may otherwise have an irreparable impact on your career.

Given below are a few tips to kick-start your motivation:

1. A positive frame of mind

Resetting your mind to think positively makes you feel motivated, a lot more efficient and effective in your work. Consider grabbing a book on the positive mindset and you may even listen to podcasts or an uplifting music while you’re on move. In changing times, YouTube videos are also a powerful medium for changing the frequency of your mind and in order to start thinking positively.

2. Go slow

Sometimes you don’t realize but flying under the radar all the time drains your energy and brings you down. In times like these, it helps you to slow down a bit and start taking new tasks slowly. The change of pace is always a great way of getting unstuck and start moving again. It helps you break out of what has been holding you back from what you think you are capable of doing. By doing simple things like raising hands for only those projects that you are actually interested in doing can help you get back on track.

3. Take a break

Consider taking a few days off to be able to find time for doing things you like the most. It could be taking a break traveling or spending time with friends and family. Or you may simply take time off to laze around. Joining a class, workshop or seminar that fascinates you also helps you get your drive back. There is a wide variety of amazing continuing education opportunities available in every city. You may even consider enrolling yourself for a distance education program in case you want a flexible studying schedule and location independence.

Time off helps you recharge yourself and get your priorities straight so as to jump back to work with high levels of energy and motivation.

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4. Stop seeking perfection all the time

It’s a good practice to stay organized and do things with perfection but not every single day of your life. The moment you find your head spinning, it’s time to let yourself lose and give yourself a permission to move forward. Sometimes, it’s more important to get started with a thing or to simply to move on than over analyzing things and trying to figure out the perfect blueprint.

5. Do what works for you

To get the push you need to get through in challenging times, consider creating your own mantras and doing things that work for you. While inspirational quotes work amazingly well for some, listening to music yields the same results for others. The secret lies in picking your favorites and not copying others.

Read Also: How to become your most creative and innovative self?

6. Condition your body

If you are really inclined towards finding and sustaining motivation, start taking care of your body. By grooming and conditioning your body emotionally, physically and spiritually, you start getting back on track. When you set yourself up for your wellbeing, it shows your willingness to change things up and embrace positivity in life. And your body starts reacting accordingly, thereby, maximizing the chances of keeping your mojo flowing.

7. Build a network of positive people

By building a circle of positive and like-minded people, you tend to keep negativity at bay and surround yourself with people who like to stay motivated all the time. In challenging times, you may even seek their support as people with a positive bent of mind tend to be encouraging all the time.

8. Start writing

Writing is one of the most powerful exercises that help you get rid of your negative thoughts and emotions. It helps in streamlining your thoughts and takes you closer to your inner self. You get greater self-awareness and it also helps you to zero in on the most important aspects of your life. By focusing your energy on the things that matter, you lead yourself on a path towards greater success.

Read Also: Why do business leaders never hide their weaknesses?

Some Final Words

Staying motivated is important so as not to let the negativity creep in your life and also, to ensure that you never get too far off the track. Here’s to a fresh start, a more positive, loving and motivated you!

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Why must you Blog in today’s time | DLP India

Why must you Blog in today’s time | DLP India

Like several other hobbies, Blogging might just be seen as another hobby that you embrace over the course of your life. But this is one of those very few hobbies that have a potential to change your life in a really big way. There are numerous anecdotes of individuals who started Blogging merely as a hobby but it changed their lives so radically that they went on to make it as their full-time career choice.

Why must you Blog?

This article is about how Blogging is a lot more than just writing stories or keeping a journal of your travel experiences and why it has become crucial to blog in today’s time:

1. To live a more meaningful life

Because you may want to argue that how can blogging help someone lead a meaningful life, here’s an answer:

Thumb rule, Blogging requires a filter. To start off, you just can’t sit in front of your laptop and start writing on everything that comes your way. When you take up to Blogging, you’ll realize that there are only a few selected topics that you feel comfortable writing about. And those topics are likely to be the ones revolving around the most meaningful events in your life. Thus, Blogging helps you gain an insight into things that are of great significance in your life. For some, it could be traveling and for others, it could be parenting- it’s something you see only when you take the initial step of getting started with Blogging.

2. Blogging hones your critical thinking and analytical skills

Blogging requires delving deeper into the events happening in your life and surroundings; stopping and taking a break from everything else to be able to write your thoughts. It certainly isn’t an easy task and it is for the same reason, many quit Blogging even before starting it in the right manner.

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3. For your career

In today’s time when almost every organization- from small to big, is taking to Digital Marketing for the success of its business, you can’t do without a Blog. You need a blog not only to increase the traffic to your website but also to show your expertise in your domain which will eventually help you back up and gain more recognition in your career.

4. To make some additional money

Blogging is a hobby that pays you back in more than one ways. In case you didn’t know, your Blog can act as a source of both passive and active income and help you make a lot of money. Having known that, there are Bloggers who have taken to Blogging as their full-time career and are making an unbelievable amount of money from the same.

5. You can pursue Blogging from anywhere and everywhere

To Blog, you don’t need to be present somewhere or have a particular infrastructure in place. All you need is a laptop and reliable internet connection and you’re good to go. You’ll find there are digital nomads, students pursuing regular and distance education, stay-at-home mothers/ wives, and even full-time professionals who love Blogging from the comfort of their couches. Blogging has indeed revolutionized the concept of work-from-home jobs.

Read Also: Things to for your career before you hit 35.

6. To showcase your work

You may use your Blog as a portfolio to fetch a job of your dreams or gain admission to the college or university of your interest. A well-maintained and designed Blog can help you stand out from the crowd, thereby, maximizing your chances of success in the chosen field of work.

7. To become a better individual

Because your blog serves as a personal journal, it can train you to become more observant and track your personal growth and wellbeing. You become aware of your own self and start understanding yourself in a much better way. Besides, you can always go back to the digital records of your life whenever you want to, given that your blogs are saved online in the “cloud”.

8. To motivate others

Blogging is one of those highly effective methods that can be used to motivate others on a topic that is close to your heart or something that you are sensitive about. It can be used as a medium to educate people on one or more topics, reach out to an audience and even to hear back from those who follow you.

9. To become a disciplined person

Blogging demands a lot of time, commitment and discipline. To get the most of your writings, you would obviously want to enhance your productivity and get more regulated in your life. It will, therefore, be the dawn of time in your life when you will be learning to embrace new things in life- good and positive which will bring out the best in you and make you a better individual.

Read Also: Benefits of Distance Learning for Students and Professionals

Do you wish to start Blogging but don’t know from where to begin? You’ll be surprised to know that there are many distance education short-term courses offered in this field and can be pursued online from the comfort of your home. Contact us for more information.

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How to find your dream job | DLP India

How to find your dream job | DLP India

Is it that you’re feeling lost in your career path and you feel that you are not happy with your job or a kind of work you are being made to do?

You get this thought multiple times a day about changing your career but feel it’s not that easy. It certainly ain’t that easy and it may even seem downright impossible to some.

What you must know is that there can never be any shortcuts when it comes to finding your dream job and planning a big career change. You’ll have to take those first steps towards a change which are indeed the most difficult ones, plan meticulously and work even harder to get closer to your dream job- something that you’re really passionate about and would love to do throughout your life.

The realization about your dream career never comes easy. It may easily take months or even years to find answers to your questions.

You may easily get confused about what it is that you’re truly meant to be doing and what occupation would best suit your interests and goals. But, it is only when you’re ready to find your answers, you’re in a position to explore all the choices that are available and are even ready to face any hostilities that come your way.

Given below are different ways you may try to start honing in on your specific goals with an objective of finding your dream job:

1. Focus on your priorities

It is only when you focus on a particular career path; it becomes possible for you to find a dream job out of it. And to be able to do so, you need self-awareness more than anything. You need to know what it is that drives you the most, what it is that you’re willing to do all the time and you never get bored of doing. The focus is important as it will help you- figure out your top priorities in terms of job position, salary and work culture; pursue your dream and find a job of your dreams.

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2. Earn your dream job

If you think that a formal qualification in today’s time will qualify you to do things you’re most passionate about, you’re mistaken. In fact, you shouldn’t wait until you finish your degree or course to start doing what interests you the most. The same goes for people who are already into a job but are not happy with what they are doing. It is only when you start practicing a thing that interests you, you find yourself going deep into it. You feel aroused to gain even more knowledge and experience in the field of work which eventually makes you a pro in your domain. It is for the same reason that people are pushed to pursue a job of their dreams as it will make them most productive.

3. An internship is always a good idea

It is only by doing things practically and gaining experience in the field you find yourself interested, you get to know the truth and you gain realization if you would actually want to continue in the same field of work for the remaining part of your life. Gaining experience by pursuing internships will also help you to build your resume and it will be of great significance when you’ll be looking for a dream job later in life.

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4. Be on your network’s radar

When you know the companies you would want to work for and the jobs you feel passionate about, you must immediately start leveraging the power of Social Media. You can start networking socially with companies that are on your list and start boasting your skills in a creative yet subtle manner. The idea is to let potential recruiters and hiring managers know about your presence. Because when they know you’re available and when they have been seeing your work through your posts, blogs and thoughts you share; they are most likely to approach you before looking elsewhere.

5. Shape your resume and cover letter

It’s quite a common thing to have your professional qualifications listed on your resume while you’re busy finding your dream job the requirements for which don’t align at all with your formal qualification. In a given scenario, it is crucial to customize both your cover letter and resume to speak to the requirements of a given job. It is an effective way to tailor your experience according to a specific role before sending out your application.

6. Shout out to your referral network

Whenever you’re looking for a job, it is always a good idea to start attending relevant industry events and conferences to build your network and let people know that you’re looking for a job. This is important given that a majority of jobs don’t get advertised and the vacancies for these job positions get filled through referrals only.

Finally, there is no magic formula when it comes to finding your dream job. You need to focus, work consistently and never give up on working your dreams.

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Different Ways to Build Bullet Proof Confidence | DLP India

Different Ways to Build Bullet Proof Confidence | DLP India

You have a board meeting to address and are you already feeling drained out?

A new project is on the way and do you feel like backing off right away?

Are you entrusted with the task of motivating employees and did you say you are losing nerves?

Why is it that your confidence wavers at work? Why do feel nervous the moment you have to address someone? This is because of the low self-esteem you have developed over the years based on what others think about you. What is worth pondering is that is the opinion of others so relevant that you land up tarnishing your confidence and goof-up at work premises?

We all have the right knowledge and aptitude for work. Just a bit of polishing of our talents and uplifting our confidence is the key to nail the targets. All of us want to give the best shot but till the time we are able to communicate effectively and confidently, a lacuna is bound to persist. Let us read a list of to-dos, which will endorse a bullet-proof unwavering confidence at work.

1. Intensive preparation

Be it a meeting or a presentation, never ‘play it by the ear’. You will have immense confidence if you are well prepared and have acquainted yourself with full research and knowledge on the subject.

Even a big head honcho or a CEO never leaves the things to last minute and is well equipped to address the team or clients or even for a big event. How would a child feel if he has learned his answers well? Absolutely ready to rock the exam, wouldn’t he be? Now imagine he hadn’t prepared well, what would be his plight be in the morning? He would be nervous and nearly very upset.

Invest your time and energy in the preparation of the projects, be focused and always be on time.

2. Dress just right

How you dress up really pushes up and gives your confidence a boost. It has been proved that a formal business suit will suddenly lift your mind to the status of a boss and make you feel confident.

If you are going to a meeting or a presentation, make sure you dress in casual business attire. Keep in mind that the clothes you intend to wear are immaculately ironed and neat. You surely will soar higher in the sky. It changes the way you will see yourself and the way others will perceive you.

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3. Analyze yourself

You need to sit and carry out a SWOT analysis, wherein you define your strengths, core areas of competencies and also make a list of all the factors that make you feel go weak in the knees. This will be a guiding light as to how you can capitalize on your strengths and also how to overcome the weak areas. If speaking in public is a trauma, go for a spoken and confidence building class. If you are conscious of your appearance and feel that the coworker does it better because he looks better, do not hesitate to take the help of image consultants sprawling all over the globe.

You need to fight out any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable to climb high on the corporate ladder.

4. Aim at fitness

Howsoever off track this might sound, physical fitness is the best way to exhibit confidence. If you walk or gym or go for Zumba classes regularly, you already are a fighter and you know how to work under strenuous work conditions. Feeling fit will make you uber-confident, no matter how new or difficult a task lays ahead. Physical endurance is synonymous with confidence in terms of how you look, how you feel and how you perceive yourself.

Moreover, only a sound body can harbor and nurture a strong, capable and well-equipped mind.

5. Strengthen your mental aptitude

Do not ever let yourself feel down by merely comparing yourself with others. You are unique with specific persona which should not be undermined by seeing the capabilities of the co-workers.
You have to monitor self-talks and always assure yourself that you are the best and you are giving your best. Keep updating yourself each day and stay positive, there is nothing that can defeat you.
Your actions and words are a direct reflection of what you think and feel. So think positive about your own self as this is the first milestone to attain bullet-proof confidence.

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6. Open arms to criticism

Your friends and benefactors are the first people who guide you to your negative points. All you have to do is be receptive to negative criticism and make it a platform to improve yourself. You should open your ears to all negative feedbacks which help you improve each day.

Last words- Everyone has highs and lows at all points in time. You have to make sure that the duration of the dips lessens each day and the span of highs persists longer. Just smile, be ready to face the challenges, take life as it comes and you are ready to see a ‘new-you’. All of us have the aptitudes and skills; you just need to show it. Confidence comes with preparation and experience.

Keep updating yourself and knowledge will escalate your confidence at work.

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10 Common Job Search Mistakes You Must Avoid | DLP India

10 Common Job Search Mistakes You Must Avoid | DLP India

Are you making a few job search mistakes?

Have you been applying all around the globe for a job?

Have you been trying all the job openings online too?

Are you tired of hunting for the right job?

If you admit in affirmation to any of these questions, you are the victim of job search mistakes. You have definitely been committing one of the blunders of the common mistakes people do.

The hunt for the right job is a big job in itself. You need to meticulously prepare yourself, have confidence in your abilities and be ready with your resume and cover letter. The right man-job match might take a few weeks to a few months, but you must never hastily settle for any job where your goals do not match the organizational goals. As Confucius says, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life”.

You need to be professional and persistent in your outlook and keep trying. However, there are certain mistakes which you must avoid as any one of these mistakes can cost you the job of your dreams.

1. Do not keep your focus online all the time

You must not apply for all jobs and at all places and keep sitting on the laptop all the while. This is quite detrimental because only 5% of the online applications actually make through the job. You need to spend no more than 10% of your efforts and time applying online. The actual jobs are either through references or job agencies in most of the cases.

Swati Gupta, a young lady who is an aspiring content writer, spent almost a year applying and keeping a track of online openings for a content writer. Each day there would be some 20 odd emails but unfortunately none to create a job opening. It was when she met a leading digital marketer that she found her first break.

Hence do not keep yourself glued to online portals and focus on productive networking.

2. Is your resume updated and precise?

Make sure your resume doesn’t have your life or personal history. Keep it short and concise. The recruiters have to just hit the nail in the first one minute. Make it impressive yet not exaggerated. Each time you apply, modify the resume and cover letter signifying why you are fit for the job and what will be your added contribution to the company. Having references lined up in your resume speaks volumes of your professionalism. Mention the correct address and contact information. Your qualifications and experience should be well highlighted.

Read Also: 10 Worst Career Mistakes to Avoid

3. Seek the help of professionals

There are job hiring agencies, resume makers and other specialists who have the expertise in helping you find the ‘right’ job and the salary package much better than your anticipation. What can be taken care of by the specialist must be delegated to them. These people are adept in the job search field and know how to align the right man-job.

4. Seek referrals

Never hesitate to ask your family, friends and other acquaintances to refer you to the job vacancy in their company. References make an added advantage for them in terms of any commission that the company offers for referring. And this definitely makes the job search a cakewalk for you. All you need to do is be cordial and benevolent with all those around you.

5. Never leave a job on a sour note

Whenever you quit a job, howsoever sour your terms might be but never be vocal about it. Always quit on a peaceful note. Any bad reference would be a lifetime blunder for job searches.
You must make sure that you leave on a cordial note.

6. Be clear on what you are applying for

Never apply for a specialist post. Instead always seek to apply for a position. This opens up avenues for more jobs. If you focus on a particular specialist job, you are narrowing your search engine horizon.

7. Do not aim at big companies only

Applying only for Microsoft or Apple might sound fabulous, but that will only delay your chance to seek the job. Focus on smaller companies too as some lesser-known companies sometimes have goals and culture that aligns with your objectives and helps you thrive better. Also, you’ll have a wider search horizon, hence easier the job seeking process will be.

8. Prepare well for the ‘big day’

The interview is the most crucial stage of getting hired. Make sure you dress appropriately, carry all your documents, communicate confidently and just speak the ‘right’ thing. Do your homework well and extensively search about the company, its background and culture as well as about the interviewer. Do not boast too much about yourself yet be assertive in your opinion. Be flexible to the demands of the job.

9. Understand your skills and aptitude

Assess your weaknesses and strengths and try capitalizing on your niche talents. Do not simply follow the availability of the job dictum. Follow your heart’s calling and see where your skills would be most valued. Know what you are good at and not what is available. You are unique and harbor on your uniqueness.

10. Have confidence and faith

This is the most important part for any day of your life. If job search has taken more than anticipated time, do not give up and do not start doubting yourself. The day you lose self –confidence, problems will start mounting up and leave you in a lurch. Have confidence in your capabilities and keep going.

Conclusion- Job search is not an ongoing process and you have to strike the right chord and be in the right place. Be well prepared and network with the right kind of people. With the right attitude and aptitude, you are likely to search the right place and will grow at the right job.

Read Also: Tips to be more professional at your work

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Benefits of Lifelong Learning for your Career | DLP India

Benefits of Lifelong Learning for your Career | DLP India

Even if you possess a doctorate or a PG degree, the chances are that your degree is not likely to give you all the knowledge and skills that are required to sustain your career growth in this changing technological era. To give your career graph a good boost, you are expected to keep learning, grooming yourself and gaining new skills throughout your lives. Thus, in order to achieve your dream goals, you need to pace up with the changing trends and lifelong learning is the best tool for achieving those goals.

Here in this blog, we’ll take deeper insights into what is lifelong learning, it’s benefits and types.

What is Lifelong Learning?

Lifelong learning is a process by which professionals keep on adding and gaining new valuable skills throughout their lives. This process doesn’t only add to their experience but enhances their knowledge as well.

Many professionals choose to pursue higher education for an unprecedented personal development to add full potential. But there are some who think continuous learning as a great medium to take their career to the next succinct level.

Well, lifelong learning is a broad term which covers diverse learning experiences at any point in time. It totally depends on individuals perception that how they want to shape their experience. Lifelong learning not only imbibes self-confidence but also motivates the professionals to grow to an unsurpassed level in their careers.

Why is Lifelong Learning so Important?

Creation of new career opportunities

Acquiring new skills will certainly unfold the doors towards a lot of new and exciting opportunities. You may get your promotion for which you have been longing for a couple of years. In fact, you may become eligible for your dream company.

Most of the professionals learn new skills related to their current job profile. This certainly helps them improve and maintain their skills and as a result, the quality of the product in their organizations gets much better.

Read Also: 10 Worst Career Mistakes to Avoid

Job mobility

Gone are the days when blogging and writing were seen as hobbies. Now the complete world is ruled by content marketing strategies. Blogs are now considered as an effective medium for communicating with the users and the public. By taking a few courses in blogging and related fields, you may easily start work from home and end up as a professional writer.

Pay Hikes and Promotions

By grooming your managerial skills, who knows, you may get promoted as the next team leader or the project manager of your company.

By adding certain professional skills to your profile, you will certainly be able to make the company realize your worth.

The Hiring managers are certainly more interested in people who are certified professionals as it helps them make a positive impression on their clients. Hiring quality and certified professionals as team members also adds value to the company’s profile.

Job Retention

Professionals engaged in continuous learning are the ones who are retained during the recession layoffs. If you are a continuous learner, your knowledge and skills will help you retain your job for a long time as the companies fear to lose their talented bunch of employees.

Confidence Building

Learning new skills definitely act as a booster for your confidence level. It imbibes a sense of accomplishment in you. Also, you will be earning more money than people having a narrower skill set as compared to yours.

This certainly is a great medium to keep boredom and negative thoughts at bay. Keep challenging yourself for newer ‘learning’ as they will certainly leverage a refined personality of yours.

Life Enrichment

A new flavor gets added to your life both professionally and personally. It marks a deep sense of satisfaction that “Yes, I have learned something new!”. You will feel connected to the world too.
Continuous learning is like going to the gym for your brain which keeps your brain muscles in shape and prevents them from deadly corrosion. Keeping your brain in tip-top shape will also help prevent diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Types of Lifelong Learning

There are many ways in which you can keep on grooming your levels of learning depending upon your needs and goals:

Formal lifelong learning

The best examples of this type of learning are the professional degrees such as B.Tech, M.B.B.S, any post-graduate degree etc. Formal lifelong learning forms a part of an organized and well-structured learning framework. It is a part of a scheduled and monitored sequence of coursework. It offers a professional recognition to an individual.

Self-directed learning

In this type of learning, the individual has full control over the pace as well as the path of learning. For example, when you enroll yourself for any kind of online courses or join a coaching center to add on to your knowledge.

These courses do not offer any recognition unlike courses associated with formal learning.

Read Also: Why Shouldn’t You Consider Age as Criteria in Learning?

Professional learning

Professional learning is associated with the profession or job of an individual. It includes professional development learning programs offered by employers through company-sponsored seminars, training, workshops and conferences.

It also includes engaging learning activities such as YouTube, TED Talks, articles, journals, professional blogs etc. And professional learning also includes staying active with the connections in your social network so as to stay informed regarding the current trends impacting your career or industry.

Such opportunities are usually strictly optional, but taking an advantage of them may certainly give you a better professional edge.

A few final words:

Inculcating lifelong learning as a habit leads to a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life both personally and professionally.

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10 Worst Career Mistakes to Avoid | DLP India

10 Worst Career Mistakes to Avoid | DLP India

The Internet has completely revolutionized the workforce landscape in a couple of years. Things like blogging and freelancing which were earlier considered as hobbies now fall into the categories of respected careers and can easily pitch seven figure remuneration.

In today’s digital world, a majority of people live under a constant fear of making mistakes in their job which may end up in headlines and may even cost their job. However, what they don’t know is that making mistakes is not a big deal until they are learning from the experience. Yet another thing to know is that the most common career mistakes are the ones which are slow and progress gradually and often go unnoticed. But these are deadly.

Here are some of the worst career mistakes which if not avoided may take a toll on your career.

1. Being dormant

You may have been celebrating a decade anniversary with your company and would be feeling pretty satisfied and comfortable in your job. It’s not a bad thing unless you aren’t making an effort. It may be your perception that people might not notice, but they do—they really do!

Ensure that you learn new things every day– things that push you towards perfection and add to your experience. Keep making efforts and the results will be visible and magical too. You will be noticed and acknowledged for that.

2. Losing sight of the big picture

Well, it may happen that you are so lost in your project and planning for the same that you lose out on a bigger picture. You may be the most ambitious and the busiest person in the company, but when you are completely bogged in your work, it becomes hard to step back and opt for a wider view. You have to look in all the directions; else all your efforts may be channelized in the wrong direction.

3. Job Hopping

Thinking that grass is greener on the other side will always lend you in trouble. Checking out new industries and workplaces may or may not add to your learning but certainly cast a bad impression on your resume. Be strategic in your approach and do your homework properly before planning to make a job switch.

4. Allowing your skills to become out of date

When technology is advancing, then why not you? With each passing day, something new is coming up. If you aren’t able to sync with the changing technological trends, the company will start looking for your replacement. You would be labeled as someone who can’t keep up with the latest happenings and trends in the industry.

So, keep yourself updated on professional grounds by reading, taking classes, attending seminars, keeping your network (professional) strong and building a strong presence over social networks as well.

5. Quitters are losers

When something goes wrong, what is your first reaction? Do you accept it and start working on it with double the spirit or do you leave everything and just walk away? Most of the employees fall in the latter section.

Leaving at that moment may make you feel better but will cost you later. It’s better to be known as a person who is tenacious rather than a quitter.

6. Not believing in yourself

If you don’t believe in yourself then how will you convince your boss, colleagues, friends and clients? If you lack confidence in yourself then how will your clients believe you? You need to take your decisions confidently and stick to them.

The best way out is that if you can’t think positive about yourself, then you must stop thinking at all. Indulge in activities which act as confidence boosters. Always remind yourself about your strengths and abilities which distinguish you from others.

7. Chasing two rabbits

Well, it’s easy to catch up between being busy and being unproductive. Your hard work is of no use if it’s not adding any value to the organization. You need to be strategic and decisive but remember ‘Everything that shines is not Gold.’

Rather than taking up any random project, be focused on the projects that add value and recognition to your company.

Read Also: How to Become More Professional at Work?

8. Doing it just for the MONEY

Money is not everything. If you join a company just to meet your money needs then at some point in time your career graph will experience a drastic fall. Money is definitely a factor but is not the ONLY factor.

Keep grooming yourself and join a company that gives you deeper satisfaction and a challenging role. This will keep you moving, motivated and offer you exceptional career growth.

9. Job hunting on company time

Now, this is a really serious issue. Despite knowing that all your online history and emails are getting recorded over your company’s servers, you still don’t bother job hunting on company time. This seriously damages your reputation. Avoid this completely. Till the time you are in the office, you need to be loyal to your company. You can do whatever you want after stepping out form the company’s premises.

10. Thinking your job will last forever

Even the top performers are fired at the time of recession. So, be prepared that your job may end up anytime for all random reasons totally unrelated to your performance.

Always stay prepared and stay well connected with connections in your network in case something wrong happens.

The last word

In due course of your career journey, never forget your family who is essentially your backbone towards success. Keep fine-tuning your skills and stay connected over the digital platforms.
Your career and financial success matter a lot. But they should never come at the expense of people whom you love—your family, friends and colleagues.