Wednesday 20 February 2013

Career Planner for Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 - Studies in USA

For all the aspirants who want to pursue studies in USA starting from Spring 2014 and Fall 2014, here is a short snapshot of a career planning chart that you can follow:

Career Planner Chart for Studies in USA for Spring 2014
January 2013 to March 2013
Shortlist your Universities
January 2013 to March 2013
Create your Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts
January 2013 to March 2013
Send your applications to Universities
March 2013 to May 2013
Apply for your F1 USA Visa
September 2013 to December 2013
Departure for USA
December 2013 to January 2014

Career Planner Chart for Studies in USA for Fall 2014
March 2013 to June 2013
Shortlist your Universities
June 2013 to August 2013
Create your Statement of Purpose, Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts
July 2013 to September 2013
Send your applications to Universities
October 2013 to December 2013
Apply for your F1 USA Visa
April 2014 to June 2014
Departure for USA
July 2014 to August 2014

Note: The date ranges listed in the above charts are for reference only. These charts are to help you plan your application process in systematic and smooth manner.

Best Wishes,
Farzad Minoo Damania
Career Counselor, Career Nurturer


Friday 15 February 2013

Courses with Job Placement Guarantee. Worth it? – Farzad Minoo Damania’s Interview in Homemaker Magazine – February 2013 Edition

Hi Friends,

Check out my interview in Homemaker Magazine's with Shweta Singh on the topic "Courses with Job Placement Guarantee – Worth it? (
प्लेसमेंट के चक्कर मे गुमराह तो नही हो रहे आप?)”  - Homemaker Magazine February 2013 Edition.

Article Title: Courses with Job Placement Guarantee – Worth it? (प्लेसमेंट के चक्कर मे गुमराह तो नही हो रहे आप?)
Article Date: February 2013
Article on: Homemaker Magazine
Article Author: Farzad Minoo Damania & Shweta Singh

For all your career queries, reach out to me on or 9833971773
Your feedback is highly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Farzad Minoo Damania
Career Counsellor & Corporate Trainer

Tuesday 12 February 2013

So, You Wanna Be A Game Designer? - Farzad Minoo Damania's Newspaper Publication in Parsi Times

Hi Friends,

Check out my article on Parsi Times Newspaper dated 2nd February 2013, on “So, You Wanna Be A Game Designer?”.

Article Title: So, You Wanna Be A Game Designer?
Article Date: 2nd February, 2013
Article on: Parsi Times Newspaper
Article Author: Farzad Minoo Damania

Career in Game Design -  Newspaper Article by Farzad Minoo Damania

You can read the entire transcript of the article below:
Let’s discuss a Career Option where Passion Meets Profession. Welcome to the world of Game Design…
Career in Game Design:
Many of us have spent our childhood days playing video games and computer games such as Super Mario, Road Rash, Mortal Combat, and Need for Speed. Kids and teenagers today are hooked onto games such as Angry Birds, Farmville, Rock Band, Grand Theft Auto, Counter strike, and Ages of Empires. If you are crazy about playing video games, and possess a creative and logical flair for designing, then you may consider a career in game design.
Personality Attributes:
Possessing strong interest and liking for video and computer games is the first basic criteria for being a professional game designer. But that is not all. You should be good in drawing and sketching. You need to be creative, innovative, detail oriented, patient, and systematic in your work. A successful game design is only possible by a combined effort of several gaming professionals. Thus you should have the capability to work well in a team or group setting. Other skills required are strong analytical, time management and leadership skills. As a game designer, you should also possess good sense of colour, size, proportion, excellent visualization power, and follow a multidimensional approach to design. You need to follow the 3 C’s – coordination, cooperation, and conciliation. 
Scope of Opportunities:
There are several parts to designing a game. Developing the overall theme, design, storyline, characters, animation, programming, level setup, sound effects, background setup are some of the stages involved in game design. Thus several people are involved in creating a game. You could be working as a game designer, game developer, game programmer, game artist, game tester, game script writer, game manager, network programmer or sound engineer. Game Designer is responsible for the playability, fun factor, game level designing, and user interface of the game. Game Developer works on software development and deciding the rules and theme of the game. Game Artist uses his/her creativity to create characters and animate them in 2D and 3D. Game Programmer is involved in designing and developing the program code of the game. Game Tester performs quality assurance and works on finding mistakes and bugs in the game. Game Script Writer creates the story of the game, and writes dialogues for various characters in the game. Sound Engineer is responsible for the overall acoustics and sound effects of the game such as explosions, crowd noises, and stormy weather conditions. Network Programmer develops the program code for game usability on the Internet or LAN setup. Game Manager ensures that the game is developed on time and within budget. 
Education Qualifications:
If you are looking for a job role such as game designer, developer, programmer or engineer then you should possess strong technical background in computer science, programming, networking, engineering, and information technology. Thus, a graduate/postgraduate in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Applications and Information Technology would be preferred for these job roles. If you are applying for job as a game artist, sketch artist, storyboard artist, or script writer, then you should possess strong creative background in animation, 3D modelling, visual communication, graphics, VFX, sketching, caricature art, and creative writing. A graduate / postgraduate in Animation, VFX, Fine Arts, Game Art, and Digital Media would be preferred for these job roles. With growing interest in the field of game designing, many institutes are now offering courses with a specific focus on game art, game development, and game design. 
Pros and Cons:
Pros: First of all, career in game design provides you a platform where your profession and passion are the same. If you are skilled in your work, you can get a good salary. Since this field requires you to be creative and logical, you get 360° knowledge of both the fields of Arts and Information Technology.
Cons: This career requires a detail oriented approach. You will be following tight schedules, and you should possess the ability to work in stress and pressure situations. Also, working hours can stretch to 10-15 hours a day. Since this is an evolving career in India, there are limited job opportunities. However, the scope of growth of gaming industry is very high.

For all your career queries, reach out to me on or 9833971773.
Your feedback is highly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Farzad Minoo Damania
Career Counsellor & Corporate Trainer
Career Nurturer
Mob: 9833971773

Wednesday 6 February 2013

Liebster Blog Award - My First Blog Award

First and foremost, I would like to thank Ananth Vitlani for nominating me for Liebster Blog Award. This is my first blog award, and I am very pleased to receive this award from Ananth.  With great respect, I would like to accept the Liebster Award from you.

What is Liebster Blog Award:
The Liebster Blog Award is given to upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. Liebster is a German word, and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Rules for accepting Liebster Award are:
  1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.
  2. List 11 random facts about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions from the nominator.
  4. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs of 200 followers or less who you feel deserve to be
  5. Create 11 questions for your nominees.
    Leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.
  6. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog.
So here we go…

Thank you Ananth Vithlani (Blog: Relationship) for nominating me for the Liebster Award.

11 Random Facts about myself
  1. I enjoy my role as a counsellor.
  2. I like things to be well planned and organized.
  3. I love eating street (junk J ) food.
  4. I am not very talkative, but easily approachable by people.
  5. I enjoy watching comedy and thriller movies.
  6. I am a good listener.
  7. I like to track the stock markets.
  8. I always want to hit the gym, but too lazy to do so.
  9. I prefer keeping away from arguments and conflicts.
  10. I wish I could do more for the needy and poor.
  11. I keep away from leadership roles. Rather prefer working as a team.
Here are Ananth’s questions that I have answered…
  1. Why do you blog?
  2. At what age you started writing?
    • I started as a blogger in September 2011, around the age of 28. Initially, I seldom used to write blogs, but lately I have been blogging more often.
  3. About what subject you write?
    • I write on topics related to career and professional development. That includes topics related to different career fields, self development, exam news, professional development, and offbeat careers. Also, I write articles for Parsi Times weekly newspaper.
  4. When do you write?
    • I do not have a fixed schedule. Whenever I get time, I like to write on blogger.
  5. What you don’t like in blogging?
    • I have just started exploring the world of blogging. So, I am enjoying every bit of my experience with it and also my interaction with other blog friends.
  6. Do your family members read your blog?
    • No. My family members are not very internet or tech savvy, so they do not read my blog.
  7. What do your family members think about your Blog?
    • They are not following my blog, so can’t comment on it.
  8. How many blogger friends you have?
    • I have started making many friends, thanks to blogger and platforms such as and
  9. How did blogging help you?
    • It has helped me make many new blogging friends. Also, blogging provides me an insight into what other bloggers think and feel.
  10. What is your writing Goal?
    • My goal for writing blogs is to educate our youth on career development.
  11. Give me an honest opinion about my blog:
    • Your blog posts display a great sense of imagination and creativity. Keep up the good work. I would like to suggest that posting blog posts more often will help in increasing your web presence.  
Below are my nominations {in no particular order} for the Liebster Award. Congratulations to all…
  1. Jay Singh – Welcome Home to Sanitarium
  2. Meenakshi Malhotra – Woman ‘n’ Beyond
  3. Anjan Roy – Vision Imagination
  4. Lokesh – Tech Bappa
  5. Khushbu Verma – Corals and Crimsons
  6. Soumabha RayChauduri – Bytes And Banter
  7. Debopam Banerjee – Nature Travel & Photography
  8. Jahid Akhtar - Flashbacks
  9. Vishal Rathod – Travel India
  10. Vinisha Shah – My Mind is Saying That
  11. Arun –Daily Tips and Tricks
These are my 11 Questions for all the above nominees…
  1. What is one thing you love about yourself?
  2. If you were a crayon, what colour would you be and why?
  3. What would be the first thing you would buy, if you won Rs. 1 cr. Jackpot lottery?
  4. If any character from a movie or novel could be your best buddy, who would you want it to be and why?
  5. What is your most favourite social media tool, and why?
  6. You are given an opportunity to direct a commercial Bollywood movie. Which actor and actress would you cast for the lead roles and why?
  7. Who inspires you and what is your favourite quote?
  8. Do you have a special talent? Explain.
  9. What is the funniest thing you have ever done?
  10. Are you a risk taker?
  11. Where would you go for a dream vacation and why?
Congratulations once again to all the nominees…  And special thanks to Ananth.

Best Regards,
Farzad Minoo Damania
Career Counsellor and Corporate Trainer
Career Nurturer

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