Tuesday, 14 January 2014 - 11:12am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
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I have done MMS in marketing, but I am finding it difficult to get a job in the FMCG sector. Companies mostly go for experienced people. Could you please suggest some FMCG companies that might hire a fresher?
—Aparna Pula
I suppose you have done your full time MMS course from Mumbai University .You need to also decide whether you wish to work in the FMCG durables or FMCG non-durables segment. In the current recessionary scenario many companies have reduced their head count and also minimised hiring at entry-level positions as they prefer people with experience. I suggest that look out for a job in a smaller FMCG or seek a career in a related industry segment such as hospitality or retail and gain some work experience. You may also apply to FMCG companies via their websites and also post your cv on job portals for widening your search horizon.

I have a postgraduate in commerce and also finished my MBA (Finance). I am looking for a job in finance and accounts. However, I am a fresher and employers prefer to hire experienced professionals only. This is a problem with most freshers in the accounts field. Could you please suggest a solution to this problem?
—Sadhana Dubey
The trend of hiring people with prior work experience is because of the state of the economy and companies preferring to hire talent who can contribute from day one itself. However many companies do hire MBA’s as management trainees and groom them for a year before allotting them to an appropriate role. Since you’ve done your MBA(Finance), you could seek options in banks, financial institutions and large companies . Do apply to companies directly via their websites and also through job portals.

I am currently pursuing diploma in Mechanical engineering and have undergone 6 month of in-plant training at IIT-B. I am interested in the Aviation field and planning to go to NUS, Singapore for my BE in Mechanical Engineering followed with a ME in Aeronautical engineering. Is this a wise option in this competitive world? Will I be able to get a job? What are my alternatives?
—Jim Kurian
Your decision to complete your BE and then your ME is sensible. However, you may explore completing the same from the IITs or NITs which are also world class institutions. It is important to complete the above without a break and also with good scores. You can transfer to a good engineering college other than a IIT by earning full credits, through a lateral transfer. You may also consider doing the engineering course with electronics or instrumentation engineering. Further you may explore courses at reputed institutions like Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER).

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