IBPS recruitment 2018: Apply for 10,190 vacant posts on www.ibps.in

IBPS recruitment 2018: Apply for 10,190 vacant posts on www.ibps.in

IBPS recruitment 2018: Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) has invited applications for 10,000 posts of officers (Scale-I, II & III) & office assistants (multipurpose). Interested and eligible candidates between the age of 18 to 40 years can apply for the job before July 2.

IBPS recruitment 2018: Educational Qualification and Experience
Office Assistant (Multipurpose): Candidates applying for the post must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
Officer Scale-I (Assistant Manager): Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
Officer Scale-II (General Banking Officer, Manager): Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 2 years of experience.
Officer Scale-II (Specialist Officers, Manager)
Information Technology Officer: Candidate applying for the post must have a bachelor’s degree from recognised University in Electronics/Communication/Computer Science/IT with one year experience.
Chartered Accountant: Applicants must have a certified Associate (CA) from Institute of Chartered Accountants with a year of experience.
Law Officer: Law Degree with two years experience is must for this post.
Treasury Manager: Chartered accountant or MBA in finance with a year of experience is required for this post.
Marketing Officer: A candidate applying for the post must have an MBA in marketing from a recognized university with a year of experience.
Agricultural Officer: Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/ Horticulture/ Dairy/ Animal Husbandry/ Forestry/ Veterinary Science/ Agricultural Engineering/ Pisciculture from with two years of experience in a relevant field.

IBPS recruitment 2018: Age limit
For Officer Scale- III (Senior Manager): 21-40 years
For Officer Scale- II (Manager): 21- 32 years
For Officer Scale- I (Assistant Manager): 18-30 years
For Office Assistant (Multipurpose): 18-28 years

IBPS recruitment 2018: Selection procedure
The selection procedure would be through a written test followed by an interview. For Officer Scale I and Office Assistant (Multi-purpose) the examination will be two-tier i.e. the online examination will be held in two phases, preliminary and main.

IBPS recruitment 2018: Application fee
General Category: Rs 600
SC/ST/PWD/EXSM: Rs 100

IBPS recruitment 2018: How to apply? 
The candidates can apply online through the official website of Institute of Banking Personnel Selection: www.ibps.in

IBPS recruitment 2018: Important dates
Last date for application submission: July 2
Pre-exam training for officer scale-I: July 30 to August 4
Pre-exam training for office assistant: August 6-11
Online examination– preliminary for officer scale-I: August 11,12,18
Online examination –preliminary for office assistant: August 19, 25 & Sep 1
Online exam result –preliminary: September

source:-Zee businessa

What’s Really Driving High Tuition In Online College Programs

Most online college programs cost the same as on-campus alternatives. Some even cost more. There’s evidence that pricey online tuitions may be driven by hidden, expensive costs in designing, delivering and marketing those programs.

Still, online programs at some schools are generating profit.

A plurality (45%) of schools surveyed in The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE2) by Quality Matters and Eduventures/Encoura – a survey of 182 academic and institutional officers in charge of digital learning at their schools – said their online programs were a “revenue generator.” Just 18% said they cost more than they generated.

There’s also, according to CHLOE2, a correlation between the size of the online program, tuition rates and profits. The largest online programs, ones like those at Arizona State University (ASU), for example, are twice as likely to charge higher tuition for online classes as they are to offer lower tuition. ASU does charge in-state students more to take online classes than on-campus ones. Those larger programs are also the most likely to say they are revenue producers.  ASU, for example, told the Arizona Board of Regents that its online programs, “… will also be a substantial source of incremental net revenue for institutional investment” – a number it estimated to be about $40 million annually.

The reality that schools are profiting from their online programs, while charging increased tuition, has sparked some observers to label it a betrayal of what was supposed to be a significant, core benefit of online education – it was supposed to be cheaper for students.

Education investor and author Ryan Craig declared, for example, “… postsecondary providers are pulling a fast one on students by failing to charge less for online programs. The 60% responding [in the CHLOE 2 data] that online costs the same or more to deliver are saddling students with cost of their own incompetence.”

It’s not clear that online programs are cheaper. Nonetheless, it’s impossible to ignore that some, perhaps even most, online programs are generating net revenue while charging higher tuition. In those cases, failing to pass that savings along to students may be incompetence. But it may also be fear. Or necessity. Or greed.

Leaders in the online college industry have openly discussed that one reason colleges don’t lower their online tuition costs is that they’re scared to. If tuition rates are lower for online classes, they worry no one will take on-campus classes. They’re also worried that lower online tuition will signal a lower quality product. If online is the same quality as on campus, as they insist it is, they want to charge for it that way.

It’s also possible that the colleges generating profit from their online efforts are using that revenue to keep the doors open in other programs while public financial support and enrollment are on the decline. That would not be unprecedented or even unusual. Colleges use profitable programs and students to subsidize unprofitable ones all the time.

Motivation and greed may also be keeping online tuition higher than it could be. John Katzman, who has worked with colleges to build, market and deliver their online programs, said that the online program design and marketing companies that sell their services to colleges, “have a good thing going – they have promised their stockholders outsized returns” and need to deliver.

From that view, if you’re a for-profit company taking a cut of the tuition or one selling course design services, or the Dean of an online program that’s making money, there’s simply no incentive to reduce tuition and make less money. Demand is growing, profits are up, times are good.

Consider this quote from an ASU online marketing document, “A number of prior studies focused on the cost of online learning to the student, suggesting that it was more expensive, but they did not fully take into account the operating costs to the institution.” That is true. Almost no one considered what a good deal it could be if online college programs cost the schools less, but they could charge students the same, or more.

Still, if you’re a believer that online classes will eventually have lower tuition, there are signs that may yet happen. A strong majority (62%) of the leaders of programs that did charge their students less for online tuition said they did so because of “Pricing constraints in a competitive market.” And 40% said online tuition was cheaper at their school because of a “Lower cost of delivering online instruction.”

“Online programs are less expensive to give and should be less expensive for students,” Katzman said. “And I’m very optimistic that will happen. Sustainably lower costs with more transparency and more flexibility will translate into lower net tuition,” he said.

Until it does, it’s time to ask whether online tuition is still high because online programs are simply too expensive – as some evidence suggests – or whether colleges and for-profit companies are simply too scared or too greedy to lower tuition – as some evidence also suggests. Either way, what we have now – high costs, high profits and inflated tuition – is not the future that online learning promised.

source:-Forbes

How to Prepare for Rising Student Loan Interest Rates

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Federal student loan interest rates just went up again for the second year in a row.

Interest rates for student loans borrowed under the Department of Education’s direct program rose by 0.6 percent for the 2018-2019 school year. Undergraduate direct loans now carry the highest interest rate since the 2009-2010 year during the Great Recession. Effective July 1, undergraduates who take out a federal direct loan will now borrow at a 5.05 interest rate – a 13 percent increase compared to the 3.76 percent rate from the prior school year.

Graduate students will also pay more. The new interest rate for a graduate unsubsidized direct loan is 6.6 percent – up from 6 percent from the 2017-2018 school year – and the rate for a PLUS loan for either graduate students or parents is now a staggering 7.6 percent – the highest rate in more than five years.

Over the last two years, federal student loan rates have risen by 1.29 percentage points.

The current system for setting rates on direct loans has only been in place since July 2013 and was introduced under the Obama administration. Under this system, the Department of Education changes fixed-interest rates on direct loans each year based on the 10-year Treasury note auction in May.

Student loan experts say consumers should expect interest rate hikes on federal student loans to become the new normal. College students may see higher rates each year they take out a federal loan, they say.

“The trends and predictions indicate that interest rates are going to continue to trend up,” says Amy Glynn, vice president of financial aid and community initiatives at CampusLogic, a software company that provides student financial services. “The current rates for the 18-19 aid year are inching closer the statutory maximum interest rates.”



Increases in interest rates make higher education even more expensive. A higher interest rate can raise monthly loan payments and total repayment costs when borrowers are paying back thousands of dollars. A college grad paying back $30,000 in student loans can rack up around $8,721 in interest under the standard 10-year repayment plan at the new rate of 5.05 percent. Compare that with the direct undergraduate interest rate from two years ago under the same plan, which was $6,039.

[Read: How to Learn About College Affordability in High School.]

Amid rising interest rates, here are a few strategies for current and prospective students to reduce the amount they pay in interest on student loans.

Students should limit borrowing. Students and parents should try to reduce reliance on student loans, experts say.

One way to reduce student loan dependence is to limit borrowing to direct costs, the amount actually billed by a college, and cover living expenses by alternative means like working, says Glynn, who used to work as a financial aid director at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

“Alternatives like 529 plans, scholarships, payment plans and employer reimbursement should seriously be considered by families to reduce reliance on student loans,” she says.

Private education loans may be cheaper than parent PLUS loans. Parents who are paying for college with loans should look at the private lending market before signing on with a federal parent PLUS loan, says Stephen Dash, founder and CEO of Credible.com, a multilender marketplace focused on student loans. He adds that parent PLUS loans are different than other federal student loans because these loans don’t carry the same protections, such as eligibility for several different types of income-based repayment plans.There’s also an upfront disbursement fee associated with the PLUS loan – it puts the APR at over 8 percent. So if you qualify for a private loan and you’re looking at PLUS loans versus private loans, private loans can make a lot of sense because you are comparing an apples-to-apples comparison,” he says.

MBA students may find better rates in the private market. “Graduate schools students, such as MBAs, who are unlikely to be in a loan forgiveness program should be particularly hard hit,” says Alexander Lowry, a professor of finance at Gordon College in Massachusetts.

Lowry says MBA students are paying hefty tuition, sometimes more than $100,000 for their education, and are unlikely post-graduation to go into the nonprofit and public sector, where the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness could be an option. PSLF discharges student debt for eligible borrowers after they’ve made 120 on-time payments.

But experts says there are alternatives, such as specialized MBA loans that offer lower interest rates compared with federal graduate loans, which include PLUS and direct graduate Stafford. Direct graduate Stafford loans typically carry a lower interest rate than graduate PLUS loans, but there’s an allowable maximum borrowing limit of $20,500 per academic year.

The current fixed rate for a 10-year fixed-rate loan for MBA students at New York-based CommonBond starts at 6.58 percent – more than a 1 percentage point difference compared with graduate PLUS loans. Discover Student Loans, headquartered in Illinois, offers variable rates as low as 3.99 percent for MBA students.

“When it comes to the graduate Stafford loan, you want to be confident that you would never need those protections. And it depends on the saving as well,” Dash says.

For some graduate students, he says, it can be worth paying extra in interest for federal student loans because of their protections, such as possible loan forgiveness and flexible repayment plans. “The additional cost is like an insurance premium,” he says.

Trying to fund your education? Get tips and more in the U.S. News Paying for Collegecenter.

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UGC NET Admit Card 2018 available for download at cbsenet.nic.in

UGC NET Admit Card 2018: There will be two papers conducted on the same day.

The Central Board of Secondary Education has released the admit card for UGC NET examination, which will be held on July 8, 2018. The admit card can be downloaded from the official website, cbsenet.nic.in.

Here’s how to download

* Log on to www.cbsenet.nic.in.

* Click on the ‘Download Admit Card’ link.

* Key in required details.

* Download your admit card.

The CBSE conducts the National Eligibility Test on the behalf of the University Grants Commission (UGC) to determine the eligibility of candidates for the post of assistant professor in Indian universities and colleges as well as the Junior Research Fellowship.

Candidates applying for the exam should have secured at least 55% marks in a post-graduate or equivalent examination from universities/institutions recognised by the University Grants Commission. Candidates from Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to the non-creamy layer, Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and people with disabilities (PwD) are eligible if they have secured at least 50% marks in postgraduate or equivalent examination.

For JRF, candidates should not be more than 30 years on July 1, 2018. There is relaxation of age for SC/ST/OBC (non-creamy), transgender, women, candidates having research experience, etc. For assistant professor exam, there is no upper age limit for applying.

Examination

There will be two papers conducted on the same day.

Paper 1 will have 50 objective type compulsory questions carrying two marks each. The questions will be of a general nature, intended to assess the teaching/research aptitude of the candidate. It will primarily be designed to test reasoning ability, comprehension, divergent thinking and general awareness of the candidate.

Paper 2 will have 100 objective type compulsory questions carrying two marks each which will be based on the subject selected by the candidate. All the questions of Paper – II will be compulsory, covering the entire syllabi of the earlier Paper II and Paper – III (including all electives, without options).

source:-.hindustantimes

London School of Economics Announces First Online Cryptocurrency Course

A student loan would obviate the need to disturb your own investment portfolio and help preserve your financial goals, including retirement plans. Photo: ThinkStock

Education is expensive, be it in India or overseas. However, as a parent, you are always in a quandary whether to tap into your savings or avail an education loan. In India, good quality higher education can cost anywhere from ₹10 lakh to ₹30 lakh, while sending your child overseas can cost at least ₹30 lakh.

For those who maintain significant fixed deposits, it’s an easy choice: to not take an education loan priced at, say, 13% and to re-allocate a portion of bank deposits (yielding 7% per annum) towards children’s education. For a vast majority, however, it isn’t quite so straightforward. Most have to disturb retirement or emergency funds or liquidate assets like real estate, equities and gold. So, it is important to be familiar with the available options.

Education loans

Education loans or student loans are applied for by the student, along with her parent, guardian or a third-party guarantor. The purpose of the loan is to cover all expenses incurred while studying, which typically include admission, tuition, examination and library fees; boarding and lodging; cost of computers, books, and other equipment; travel expenses and health insurance.

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At public sector banks, for a loan up to ₹4 lakh, parents serve as co-applicants; between ₹4 lakh and ₹7.5 lakh, parents are co-applicants and a third-party guarantor is also required; while for loans over ₹7.5 lakh, banks additionally ask for collateral. Women applicants are entitled to a 0.5% interest rate concession.

Being a priority sector lending, most banks and non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) are keen to disburse education loans but the loan application process, along with terms and conditions, vary between institutions. Some private banks and NBFCs offer a wide selection of high-ticket unsecured education loans for up to 15 years. Normal credit appraisal criteria notwithstanding, the maximum loan amount is predicated upon ranking of the college in which admission has been obtained.

Why choose an education loan

Protects savings: A student loan would obviate the need to disturb your own investment portfolio and help preserve your financial goals, including retirement plans.

Contingency: If unprecedented events prolong the course’s duration, your funds can be a back-up to safeguard your child’s education schedule.

Tax deduction on interest: Under Section 80E of the Income tax Act, you can claim unlimited tax deduction on interest paid for 8 years. There’s no tax benefit on principal repayments.

Moratorium on repayments: EMIs can be scheduled to commence 6-12 months after completion of the course. That can be a relief for young professionals.

Build credit history: Timely loan repayments build the child’s credit history and enhance her ability to access credit facilities in years to come.

Teach responsibility: Managing loan repayments will impart financial discipline in the child.

Alternate options: Education loan approvals are not a cakewalk. Student loan (unsecured) portfolios have not been performing as envisaged. Banks and NBFCs are facing high delinquencies. So, prepare for a robust evaluation process which could result in either rejection or downsizing of the loan. You can explore personal loan or loan against property too, but they have their own pros and cons (see graph).

When to use your own funds

For children’s education many of us have been regularly investing. Unless you are anticipating any other major call on your money, go with your own funds instead of creating the attendant stress of managing loan liability. Accordingly, at a rate of return of 10% or less, use own funds.

Both my children studied at American universities, and I went for a judicious mix of own and loan funds, retaining the option to react adroitly in any situation. For more funds, one could negotiate an increased loan amount and a longer tenor. If nothing came up, one could prepay the loan and rest easy. With the benefit of hindsight, I must confess that the combo route worked well.

Your own funds or loans or a combination, there is no one-size-fits-all. Assess your own priorities and personal financial landscape, and do seek professional advice, if necessary.

source:-.livemint.

Husson University’s online courses now recognized in Massachusetts

— Massachusetts officially joined the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement in mid-June. This interstate educational agreement makes it easier for colleges and universities to offer online courses outside of their home states. Massachusetts students interested in online education will benefit as a result.

“Students in The Bay State now have expanded access to educational offerings from colleges across the country,” said David Haus, Ph.D. an associate professor and the director of online and extended learning at Husson University, Northern New England’s leading professional educator. “More online educational opportunities and competition will help keep the cost of college down and enhance the overall quality of distance education.”

Thanks to SARA, Husson University’s courses are now recognized in 49 states and Puerto Rico. California and the Marshall Islands are the only two areas that do not participate in SARA.

“A strong online learning program can help adults achieve career success,” continued Haus. “Preparing students for career success is in integral part of Husson University’s mission. In fact, according to the most recent data, 98 percent of Husson University graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school within one year of completing their degrees.”

Accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEASC), Husson University holds the highest level of accreditation available. Online courses from non-profit Husson meet stringent educational standards.

In addition to providing students with a high-quality education, Husson University prides itself on its efforts to keep college affordable. The University is the lowest net-priced, private four-year college in Northern New England accredited by NEASC.

Husson attained this distinction through a combination of low tuition and low fees. “The net-price students pay needs to take both tuition and fees into account, along with financial aid. Colleges with low tuition may appear to be a bargain at first, but if they have numerous fees or expensive fees, cost savings can quickly evaporate. At Husson, we strive for transparency. All of our fees and tuition are clearly spelled out to our students,” noted Haus.

Another way Husson keeps education affordable is through transfer credits. Online students who have completed courses at other colleges and universities will find that Husson has a generous transfer policy and accepts credits from various accredited institutions and/or programs. The more transfer credits a student receives, the fewer courses he or she will need to complete a degree.

Another unique aspect of online courses at Husson is their student-centric nature. On campus and online classes average a mere 20 students. As a result, online Husson University students get just as much personalized attention as students who take courses in a traditional classroom setting.

Students who take online courses from Husson University can choose from among a variety of programs. Degrees students can attain include the following:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and Public Health
  • Bachelor of Science in Integrated Technology
  • Certificate in Data Analytics
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • MBA in Biotechnology & Innovation
  • MBA in Data Analytics
  • MBA in Healthcare Management
  • MBA in Organizational Management
  • RN-to-BSN (Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing)

These degrees are suitable for anyone interested in advancing their career to the next level through education. Traditional and non-traditional students can both participate in online courses. Geography does not affect participation. Students from coast-to-coast can take online classes from Husson University.

Online students can also structure their studies in ways that make sense for their unique life circumstances. A course can be completed over the course of 14 weeks or students can opt for a seven-week accelerated course offering.

At Husson, online students have access to a variety of services that are usually only available to traditional students. For example, online students can work with our Career Services department to help secure internships and job placements, the same way our on campus students do. In addition, after graduation, online students are welcome to attend Homecoming and other alumni activities as full-fledged members of our Alumni Association. The University is committed to consistently making opportunities available to all students, regardless of the way they take courses.

For more than 100 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. Many members of the Board of Trustees were, at one time, students who attended Husson University.

With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education centers in Southern Maine, Wells and Northern Maine provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

sourcE:-bangordailynews

Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Margaret Atwood Tells Online Writing Class Those “Bad Things” Really Happened

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Now that you’ve seen the Season Two finale of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale – or even if you haven’t yet – author Margaret Atwood has something she’d like you to know about her original 1985 book, or more specifically, all the “bad things” included therein.

“I didn’t make them up,” says the writer in this exclusive new trailer for her Masterclass sessions. Atwood is the latest high-profile instructor to offer writing classes with the online education company, joining Aaron Sorkin, R.L. Stine and David Mamet, among others.

“When I wrote The Handmaid’s Tale,” Atwood says in the promo, “nothing went into it that had not happened in real life somewhere at some time. The reason I made that rule is that I didn’t want anybody saying, ‘You certainly have an evil imagination, you made up all these bad things.’

“I didn’t make them up.”

Atwood’s creative writing class is open for pre-enrollment at masterclass.com/ma, with price points at $90 and $180. Atwood says she’ll “share how I wrote my stories, and my processes and tips, with people who want to write fiction themselves.”

The description for her class says the author will discuss writing speculative and historical fiction, and “novels based on dystopian societies.” Students also will get a look at Atwood’s research materials, the first handwritten draft of The Handmaid’s Tale, and manuscript draft materials of her 1996 novel (later CBC and Netflix miniseries) Alias Grace.

Highlight of the trailer? Atwood’s idea for a new opening line to Little Red Riding Hood: “It was dark inside the wolf.”

Source:-deadline

Millennials work out career angst and relationships on the Sunshine …

Olivia Hutt and Sara Vickruck star in This, Here, which runs at the Culture Lab from July 18 to 28.

If we are to work, then what are we to work for?

That’s the central question running through This, Here, a new play from Vancouver’s Babelle Theatre. In the play, three characters who have all come to a crossroads in their lives gather on the Sunshine Coast.

“All three are at the point of abandoning what they’re doing or deciding to continue on,” said playwright James Gordon King. “They meet, support and ultimately try to help one another get through.”

The play is set in Gibsons Landing, where Alison (Olivia Hutt) and Maddie (Sarah Vickruck) have come from Toronto to help Alison’s father Brian settle in. Both Alison and Maddie, who have been together for two years, are dissatisfied with their careers; Maddie is burnt out from running a small catering business, and Alison is frustrated with her acting career. Brian (David Bloom), meanwhile, is a playwright who can’t finish the play he’s been working on for the past five years.

King and director Marie Farsi founded Babelle Theatre four years ago. Rivulets: Three Short Plays About a Flood, their inaugural production, garnered seven Jessie Richardson nominations (and won for King’s script). Movements 1&2, their second production, premiered in 2016 to sold-out houses. The company’s mandate is to mount shows that appeal to millennial-and-younger theatregoers.

Olivia Hutt and Sara Vickruck star in This, Here, which runs at the Culture Lab from July 18 to 28. Jackie Dives / PNG

The two believe that the themes in This, Here will resonate with that group.

“They’re really interested in that question of how to live, and whether or not having a career is a worthwhile endeavour,” King said.

He cites as inspiration a friend who decided, after two years’ practice and thousands of dollars in education, that law wasn’t for her.

“Often people don’t know that something isn’t for them until they try it,” King said. “This friend that’s moving out of law — there’s no rational conversation you could have had with her previous to that transition. I’m hoping through theatre to explore this territory.

“We’re interested in using theatre as a metaphor for being, to ask questions about how we relate to one another in the role, what roles we play, which are most important, which are arbitrary and fake. I feel like those sorts of questions are on a lot of millennials’ minds.”

Farsi thinks that the idea of a young woman returning home to spend time with a parent is relatable across generations.

[“Source-timesofindia”]

Want To Pursue A Career In Gaming Industry? Here’s Everything You Need To Know

Want To Pursue A Career In Gaming Industry? Here's Everything You Need To Know

“A decade ago, video games were unchartered territory and Tetris (the addictive tile matching puzzle video game that started the craze!) was perhaps the only video game that we were familiar with. Hand held gaming was still in its infancy and consoles were a luxury that only a few could afford. The phenomenon that gaming has now become can be attributed to a string of factors that revolutionised the industry and made it into what it is today,” says Manvendra Shukul, CEO of Lakshya Digital, a graduate of Delhi University, and a self-taught programmer.

We talked to Mr. Shukul and he gave us these inputs on how to pursue a career in gaming industry:

The gaming industry

“The gaming industry is estimated to be worth $ 100 billion globally and is the largest segment within the entertainment industry; standalone, it exceeds the movies or music segments. The Indian gaming industry is currently valued at over $300 million or approximately Rs. 2000 Crores. With a population of 1.3 billion people and two thirds of them under the age of 35, India has the world’s largest youth population. With this distinct advantage India has the potential to becoming one of the world’s leading markets for gaming.

Gaming as profession

“Gaming is not only one of the fastest growing markets in India, it is also becoming a career option of choice for a vast number of talented young students from diverse backgrounds.  Game Art professionals are in great demand across the globe. The result is that there is huge employment potential for young aspirants within India as it develops as an outsourcing hub for international gaming companies.

“Career options in the gaming industry range from Game Animation, Game Art Creation in 3D and 2D, Game Design, Game Testing, Game Programming, Project Management, as well as General Management positions.

Courses for Gaming

“Students looking to make a career in the field of game art should consider applying for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program from a good university followed by a good training programme that is taught by professionals who can share their knowledge and give hands-on training on tools, techniques, and processes.

“Since there are so many different fragments of this industry, it takes a while for students to discover what field is suitable for them and this usually comes through trial and error therefore it makes sense to enrol in a generalized game art program that provides fundamental training and exposure to each of the areas to enable the student to get a more thorough understanding of what skills are required to work in that area.

Skills necessary in Gaming profession

“While artistic ability is a key pre-requisite for a career in Game Art creation, one also needs to be skilled in the use of digital tools like Maya, Max, Photoshop, Z Brush, Substance Designer etc. and have a rudimentary understanding of how game engines such as Unreal or Unity work.
“Finally, one needs to have knowledge of the video game art creation pipeline, and the processes and techniques involved in the creation of digital assets for games. A passion for gaming helps great!

How much you can earn

“Salaries offered in the gaming industry are comparable to other industries and are as per industry standards.   While newcomers start with a modest salary, the average artist salary is around 5-7 lakhs per annum. This can grow to 12 lakhs or more by the time one becomes a Lead (or even earlier) and can grow by huge leaps thereafter.

“Additionally, there are incentives and ESOPs for senior employees in companies with a good track record. Post-employment, the growth potential is immense and while – like everywhere – a lot depends on individual talent, skills, and the aspiration to succeed, gaming offers one of the most challenging and rrewarding employment opportunities in the jobs market today. No one who wants to be part of the future will want to miss this boat!”

[“Source-timesofindia”]

4 Reasons why Germany has become the most preferred study abroad destination

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Home to the world famous Oktoberfest and the Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany has emerged as one of the most popular study abroad destinations in Europe. It’s rich and complex history, invigorating culture and world class universities make it an ideal place to study at.  As per Study.EU Country Ranking 2018, Germany took the top spot for second year in a row based on its attractiveness for foreign students. The countries were ranked according to three categories: education, costs, and life and career. Let’s take a look at 4 appealing reasons why you should study in Germany:

  1. Quality of Education

Universities in Germany offer world-class and up to date education in Engineering, Medicine, Science and Economics. The country provides each student the option to choose from more than 14,500 bachelor and master degree programs. Out of these over 2,000 post-secondary courses are conducted in English language. Moreover, almost every university in the country offers an international study program where lecturers from around the world come to share their expertise.

  1. Minimal or no tuition cost

Cost of education is another appealing factor why you should consider studying in Germany rather than other expensive countries like USA, UK, etc. Educational institutions in 11 out of 16 states in Germany have no tuition fees at all for both local as well as international students. Some universities charge simple administrative fees between €100 and €500 per semester which includes the cost of public transportation.

  1. Internships and job opportunities

Most of the German Universities have designed their courses in a way that mandates internships. Not only do they provide you with excellent theoretical knowledge, but also back it up with meaningful practical experience, giving you an opening to the industry. After you complete your course from Germany, you are also eligible to stay for 18 months to pursue employment options. This is far longer than in the UK, where international students are only allowed to stay for few months after they complete their studies.

  1. Unlock life experiences

Studying there will give you a chance to explore the beauty and diversity, one of the world’s most developed countries has to offer up close.  The country’s rich history and vibrant culture will give you a chance to broaden your horizons and enrich your experiences. You’ll have plentiful options to explore the cities and enjoy a rich cultural experience of both the old and new. For example, you can go to a museum, or a theatre; you can sit in a beet garden or visit an old castle. You can also enjoy a beer at Oktoberfest, watch a Bayern soccer game or eat Würst sausage in Frankfurt.

Germany is home to some of the top schools in Europe, such as the Technical University of Munich, Humboldt University, and the University of Aachen, and one of the best places to broaden your horizons. It is an ideal place to start your journey towards a career.  iae GLOBAL India can help you fulfill your abroad education dream by guiding you step-by-step through the entire admission process. Consult today for more information.

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