Wednesday 3 April 2013

Career Dilemma ... Ask Our Career Counsellor - Farzad Minoo Damania in Parsi Times

Hi Friends,

Check out my publication in Parsi Times Newspaper dated 30th March 2013, answering various queries and questions from student and parent community.

Article Title: Career Dilemma… Ask Our Career Counsellor
 Article Date: 30th March, 2013
Article on: Parsi Times Newspaper
Article Author: Farzad Minoo Damania

You can read the entire transcript of the article below:

P.T. Writer and Career Counsellor, Farzad Minoo Damania answers queries of students and parents on wide range of topics.

Question: I am in my final year of B.A. in Psychology from Mumbai University. What are my options for post graduation? – Parinaaz
Answer:  After completing your B.A. in Psychology, you can go for M.A. in Psychology which is a 2 years course. Depending on your interest area, you can go for specializations during your M.A. into Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, Industrial Psychology or Counselling Psychology. Also, pursuing short term certification courses along with your studies in counselling, guidance, psychotherapy can be helpful.

Careers after 12th
Question: My son is in FYJC Science stream. Please suggest his career options after 12th? – Mr. Mirza
Answer: This is a very broad question. Your child will have to make his career choice based on his abilities, aptitude, interests, skills and nature. After his board exams, you can consult a career counsellor and undertake an aptitude and psychometric test. This will help you and your child decide his right career field. As far as the field of science goes, he can consider courses in engineering, architecture, medicine, computers and information technology, basic and applied sciences, merchant navy and many more. Remember, some of these courses will require him to take an entrance exam for admission to the undergraduate degree courses. Other than science, he can also look at options in commerce, arts, management, design, law and hospitality.

Question: I have completed my Bachelors in Financial Markets. What post graduation courses can I opt? - Hoshang
Answer: After graduation, you can opt for Masters Degree courses such as MBA (Finance), MFM (Masters in Financial Management) or M.Com. You can also pursue diploma or certification courses in banking and finance, risk management, financial planning and wealth management. You can consider certification courses such as CFP (Certified Financial Planner), CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), and NCMP (NSE Certified Market Professional).

Information Technology
Question: I am working as an IT Systems Administrator for 2 years.  I am interested in enhancing my skills in IT networking and operating systems. Please suggest some short term certifications for the same. - Darayus
Answer: There are several certification courses available for IT professionals. You can consider IT networking certification courses from Cisco (CCNA, CCNP, CCIE) or CompTIA (Network+). Regarding operating systems, Microsoft offers Windows Server Administration (MCTS) certification courses in active directory, network and application infrastructure. If you like Linux/UNIX OS, you can look at Red Hat (RHCSA, RHCE), or Oracle Solaris (OCA, OCP, OCE) server administration certifications.

What after 10th?
Question: My daughter is giving her 10th SSC board exams this year. She enjoys biology subject and is interested in taking up genetics for higher studies. Which subjects should she choose in her 11th standard for this? – Mrs. Irani
Answer: Your daughter needs to take Science stream with subjects of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics. For graduate degree courses she can opt for MBBS or B.Sc. in Biotechnology, Life Sciences, or Microbiology.  Later, she can specialize in Genetic Engineering or Genetic Sciences at post graduate or masters degree level.

Fashion Design 
Question: What are courses in fashion designing after 12th? Also give me names of few good fashion design institutes. - Tanaaz
Answer: You can consider diploma, graduate and post graduate courses in Fashion Design, Textile Design, Apparel Production, Accessory Design, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Management, Jewellery Design and Luxury Brand Management. Some of the colleges for fashion design are National Institute of Fashion Technology, Pearl Academy of Fashion, National Institute of Design, and Symbiosis Institute of Design.

MBA versus Masters Degree 
Question: Which of these two courses should I take in order to get a better salary? MBA in Pharmaceutical Management or M.Sc. in Microbiology. - Shiraz
Answer: Higher salary is not dependent on type of course you choose. It depends heavily on your performance on the job, your abilities and talent, and your interest. The best answer to this would be that you should go through the syllabus of both the courses, look at your long term goals, and then make a choice.

Company Secretary 
Question: Can you provide me information on company secretary course? – Shahzad
Answer: Company Secretary (CS) course is provided by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). You will play the role of a compliance officer. To be certified as a CS, you need to pass the Foundation Level, Executive Level, and Professional Level exams conducted by ICSI. To be a member, you also need to undergo pre-membership practical training or internship.

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

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