Thursday, 23 April 2015

4 Top IT Career Opportunities in 2015

Transitioning from college to career is not always easy, and this is especially true for recent college graduates.

Software jobs, in particular, have become a major focus of interest among the youth because of its challenging and lucrative nature.  While most of these jobs require a Bachelor’s degree at entry level, further qualifications - a diploma, degree or certification enhances the prospects for the IT career aspirant.

Let’s take a look at some of the highest paying software jobs in the IT field in India:

Software Consultants
Software consultants provide advice and solutions to IT clients on how to enhance their current systems or build new software systems. They generally do performance assessment of client’s current business and its existing software systems. Then they devise strategic plans and offer solutions for implementation of new systems or processes which can fulfil client’s business objectives.

Application Architect
The field of Application Architect is different from that of the Software Engineer or Software Developer. The role of an Application Architect is to use a broader view of the overall software architecture footing of an organization. Along with this, they also handle project management and software development in order to design and create applications that help serve the purpose. All this is carried out by strictly adhering to the organization’s software policies and ethics.

Software Development Manager/Senior Engineer
The basic qualification required for this position is a degree or diploma in software development and application. The roles and responsibilities include managing resources associated with various software projects. A software developer can work on wide spectrum of projects; from financial or information databases to manufacturing robotics, or on embedded software (consumer electronics, mobile apps etc.). As a Software Development Engineer, it is important to be up to date with the latest advancements in technology and, contribute to technical design.  With experience, one can move into related areas or into project management, planning and research.

Mobile Application Developer
With a plethora of mobile development platforms, There has been an exponential growth and the need for mobile applications which has further led to an increasing demand for mobile application developers. The past 3 years has seen rapid growth and the trend is expected to intensify further. A mobile application developer can either work individually or as a part of a team. There are some mobile application developers who offer specialized services, i.e. they develop applications exclusively for iOS, Android or Windows platform exclusively.

The IT sector in India has emerged as the most lucrative sector in India, followed by Finance. It is showing growth and expansion like never before. The IT arena has been attracting a lot of young talent chiefly because of better prospects and amazing pay packages. So take your pick of a dream career and we wish you all the very best!

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Top 10 Skills you need to be a good Java Developer

Java Development or Java Programming career involves high level of programming knowledge and long hard working hours. Java professionals are recruited in organizations where Information Technology plays a major role, especially companies that deal with website development, database designing, software testing, cell phone programming, internet or intranet designing etc.

Here are the 10 things you can do to become a sought-after Java Programmer:
  1. Keep coding: To begin with, learn the basics. Go through a tutorial, do the exercises, and as you go through the lessons, try writing a code. While writing, make sure you understand each line. Write code on paper which has a good chance of compiling. Write/copy-paste same piece of code/configuration again and again. Keeping configuration snippets like, jdbc configuration etc. and utilities like StringUtils, ReflectionUtils, DBUtils – these are always helpful.
  2. Build a strong foundation in OOPS:  For a Java Developer having strong understanding of Object Oriented Programming (OOP) is a must. Without having a strong foundation on OOPS, one can't realize the beauty of an Object Oriented Programming language like Java.
  3. Practice, practice, practice and follow technology trends: Look out for new framework and stay updated. Write a simple client server TCP service such as chat or read up on Design Patterns and try to use them. You can learn when they help and don't help. Study the source code of various successful, popular frameworks where you can see the internal working mechanism of the framework and lot of best practices.
  4. Keep solving problems:  All software is designed to solve some user problem and a wide array of smaller problems that make it up. As a good Java developer you should understand the class loading process and how it works, have an understanding of garbage collection, when is it triggered and even know how to minimize it. Know when to use design patterns such as Singleton, Factory, Fly-weight, Builder, Object Pool, Iterator, Strategy, Visitor and Composite.
  5. Master the core APIs: You may be strong in theoretical knowledge, but one should have very strong hands on experience on core APIs like java.lang.*, I/O, Exceptions, etc. And when it comes to Web application development, no matter which framework you are using, having strong knowledge on Servlets, JSPs is a must.
  6. Participate in conversations: When you start working on a new technology the best and first thing to do is, subscribing to technology forums. Whatever the issue you are facing, someone else might have already faced it earlier and might have found the solution. Follow good blogs and respond/comment on posts with your opinion. Enthusiastic technology freaks share different perspectives of same technology on blogs.
  7. Display an ability to deal with people: Beside technological skills, a Java developer should possess a set of personality traits. As a software developer you should be able to effectively deal with other developers, managers, and even customers.
  8. Possess excellent written and communication skills: As a good Java Developer you should build upon research and analytical skills, problem solving and lateral thinking ability to challenge, conceptualize, and recommend simpler, improved, and alternative solution(s) within your team. After all, you need to deliver results.
  9. Reflect your leadership skills: Being a good leader, listener and mentor with ability to provide advice and feedback, share knowledge, face challenges, handle pressure, and admit mistakes.
  10. Keep going: There is always something to learn. Never stop reading. Create a personal brand for yourself and build a reputation for yourself in the industry. Take part in software and architectural development activities. Set aside time to practice your skills and to write code and build things. 
There is no such magic or a quick fix that can make one a good Java Developer. The basic thing to do is to follow a step-by-step method to reach a point of proficiency, and one day you will be there, as a good developer.

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Monday, 30 March 2015

5 Things to Research before a Job Interview

It’s an interview that you have been getting ready for but have you done your homework? Have you searched and researched about the company that you are interviewing for?

It is critical that you should know about the company – it demonstrates that you have a reasonable understanding of the organization and their business and most of all that you will take your work seriously and are likely to be an engaged employee. Having a good background knowledge about the company gives you an edge.

Here are the 5 things you must do to ensure you have an intelligent conversation at the interview:
  1. Understand the Industry Context
    What is the industry all about? What are the market trends? How does the company work? Who are the different players? What services  are they involved in? What products do they offer?
  2. About the Company
    Spend a lot of time on the company’s website. Read about their Mission and Vision Statements, Location, History, Press Releases, Annual Reports, Blogs and more. Know how the company has positioned itself differently from its competition.  Being able to confidently talk about the company, backed by facts, makes an extremely good impression in an interview. 
  3. About Community Interaction
    Google and you will get a lot of information about the events and happenings. It may be possible that the interviewer may mention recent events during the course of the interview.
    Peep into LinkedIn and check on company page for updates. (At the same time, update your profile too) They may notice that you have viewed their profiles. Follow their conversations on Twitter and check the Facebook page for interactive posts. 
  4. About Company Structure
    It is also important to know about the hierarchy or the chain of command. Each company has its own organization structure. Understanding the organization structure gives you an insight into the business' objective, the different functions, enterprise or department and the nature of the company. 
  5. About The Company Community and Employees
    Will you ‘fit’ well in the company? It is equally important to know about the company culture if you want an answer to that question. Find and connect with past or current employees to understand why the company is special to them and topics to avoid during the interview. 
The more you research about the company you want to work in, the better prepared you will be to answer at the interview. This will make you more confident and that in turn will set you apart from the rest of the candidates.

So go ahead and ACE the interview like a PRO! 

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3 Things you should NOT do while attempting an Aptitude Paper

Aptitude Test is the first hurdle and the top most topic that is on a student's mind when it comes to the recruitment process for a government job, a private job or for that matter entrance exams for further studies. Aptitude round evaluates a student’s basic arithmetic, mathematical, logical and analytical skills.  Though it is simple in nature, students find it difficult due to lack of preparation and the right approach.  In this article, we provide insights on how to approach the aptitude topic for any competitive exam.

Here are the 3 things to avoid while dealing with the aptitude round during the recruitment process:
  1. Following the Order:  Many of us have the habit of mechanically attempting questions from the beginning to the end in objective tests and then complain  about  insufficient time to solve the paper.
    However, it is not time that makes us fail but attempting questions in an orderly way irrespective of the nature  of the question that is the real problem. Student don't give enough thought to how  difficult or easy a question is, in terms of methodology and the amount of time it takes to solve it.  So the right approach to apply will be to skim through the questions within a minute and identify and attempt the easy questions first.

  2. Attempting Easy but Lengthy or Difficult Questions:   Generally in Aptitude exams viz. Bank exams/ SSC etc, we get 36 seconds to solve a question. Sometimes this whole process of solving difficult questions becomes tricky as it plays with the ego of an intelligent mind acting against them and as a result a lot of time gets wasted.
    One must  understand the fact that, marks are awarded equally for both difficult and easy questions so completing all easy questions before attempting the difficult ones  is very important. This aids in attempting a  good number of questions altogether in the Aptitude Paper.  Keep in mind “Even Kohli does not play all the balls of a good bowler rather he hits boundaries when a loose ball comes around”. So, the game plan should be to apply this strategy of completing the easy questions first, making time as your friend and easing the situation for yourself.

  3.  Doing Simple Calculations  viz. 12X18 or 14X17 or 272 : Were the answers flashing in your mind while reading or are you thinking of picking up a pen and paper to solve it? If you answered them like 2X3 or 22 , your preparation is on the right track else  you probably neglected the simple stuff which could cost you dearly in the Aptitude Section.
    These simple calculations take 5 to 10 secs to solve for some and 1 sec for those who memorize simple tables, squares, cubes etc.. “Even the best batsmen  practice their signature strokes without exception” so why not you?
Aptitude tests no longer have to pose a challenge. You have all the tools that you need, you just need to put it in practice. As much as knowing what to do is good, knowing what not to do is equally important so learn to focus on the right approach and save time. Keep practicing!

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Friday, 20 March 2015

5 Interview Mistakes You Should Avoid

You are appearing  for your first ever job interview and you want to make an impression. Your resume talks so much about you, but are you ready to match not only what you've put down on your resume but also about what it takes to get the job? Employers are very particular about who they hire. Even a small mistake can get magnified when it comes to competitive jobs and opportunities.

Therefore, it is imperative to be aware and understand how to avoid these 5 common interview mistakes.
  1. Not researching about the company and the job that you have applied for
    If you have no clue about the job or the company you are interviewing for, you appear clueless about what you want and may automatically get disqualified. You should understand the company’s current needs - tap into social media, search for blogs or articles and keep yourself well-informed.
  2. Not appropriately dressed
    This is one of the biggest mistakes; wearing the wrong attire for an interview. One doesn’t have to make a fashion statement nor does one have to spend a lot of money to buy expensive clothes however it is important to look well dressed, professional and polished. First Impression matters. Experts say we size up new people in somewhere between 30 seconds and two minutes. So pay attention to your grooming.
  3. Arriving late    
    Job candidates who arrive late reflect poor time management skills. Always respect the interviewer’s time; it shows that you are reliable and mean business. If you are not serious and professional enough to be on time for your own interview you leave a very poor image of yourself and lose your chances of getting hired.
  4. Helping yourself to a chair before it is offered to you
    It is polite to wait to be offered a seat. Don’t just enter and sit without being asked to. This can even amount to arrogance. Basic courtesy and professional etiquette is extremely important. You need to be aware of how to conduct and present yourself irrespective of the confidence you feel in an interview room. 
  5. Over-explaining answers
    Answer to the point. In order for you to do this, you need to have clarity on the question. Take a couple of seconds to structure what you need to say to be specific. Do not rattle off as this leads to rambling. It is a sign of nervousness when you start sharing information that is irrelevant.  Do not bore your interviewer by being too talkative either. Remember to stay on track while answering. A good idea would be to practice ahead hypothetical interview questions, this increases your confidence. And when you are confident, you tend to relax, actively listen and respond appropriately.
"The will to win is worthless if you do not have the will to prepare."
 The better prepared you are, the better your chances to ace ‘the’ job interview. 

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10 Must-Have Skills to Start a Successful Career

The day you start your college, is the day you should start updating your skills. This way slowly and surely you will build all the necessary skills increasing your chances of success at that first job interview significantly. Take a look at the 10 skills you must start developing today for a better career.
  1. Start building a global mindset –  Get an insight on how firms operate, what is happening in different industries, how they work across geographies and get to know about their products. In other words - expand your general knowledge.  
  2. Develop the ability to communicate better – It is important to be able to converse with people inside and outside an organization effectively. The more people you talk to, the better your chances at the interview. The interviewer wants to hear you and also wants to know how well you can articulate or explain an answer.
  3. Sharpen leadership skills – Can you prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well? Can you think creatively about problems? Take responsibility for your own ideas? Able to motivate and direct others? If not, then it's time to hone these skills.
  4. Perfect your teamwork skills – Being able to work with other people is a key skill that employers look for. Put in your thoughts but also try to understand others’ opinion. Eventually it is collaboration at work that helps deliver positive results. 
  5. Flexibility – Adapt successfully to changing situations and  environments.
  6. Practice Time Management – Working life presents many challenges. Learn how to prioritise assignments and prepare to work on deadlines. ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’.
  7. Refine your Communication Skills – You need to be able to express yourself concisely, but you also need to be a good listener and good at asking questions. Your ability to communicate well will be one of the most noticeable things about you during the job hiring process.
  8. Develop Problem Solving Skills – This is all about using logic, as well as imagination, to make sense of your situation and come up with an intelligent solution. It can be about anything - from trying to solve a computer problem to organising a company event. 
  9. Practice Confidence – Learn the art of striking a balance of being confident in yourself but not arrogant; to believe in your colleagues and the company you will work for. If you are confident, then you are capable.
  10. Enhance office etiquette – Everything is new for you, but knowing how to act in an office is extremely important. The way you sit, say goodbye and shake hands, all make a difference in getting a job.
Take time to think about the skills listed above.  Write down some examples and see where you stand. Identify your skills and the possible gaps. Use it as a benchmark to improve and differentiate yourself.  An excellent academic record alone will not compensate for a weak skill set as employers expect today's graduates to be a high performing employee.  It is a challenging world out there; be prepared to face it with skills that matter.

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Sunday, 8 March 2015

International Women’s Day!

March 8, 2015 is International Women’s Day. And, what better way to celebrate it rather than ask some of the women who run TalentSprint about what Women’s Day means to them! Here is what they had to say.

Sabina Noronha,
Executive Assistant,

What does Women's Day mean to you?
Celebration of being a women as I play a integral part being a mother, wife and daughter.

What is your take on the theme 'Make it Happen'?
Women word itself means "Make it Happen" come what may.

What is 'the one thing' that you hope will change for women, next year, by this time?
NO RAPE/ CASES - fingers crossed. Hope this happens!!

What is your mantra to a good ‘Work Life Balance’?
Time Management

Your ‘Wow’ Moment as a Career Woman till now?
When my son gave birth to a "MOTHER"

Sylvia Fiona J, 
Senior Consultant – Delivery,

What does Women's Day mean to you?
A time to remember the struggles women have in common and the strength and courage they display in those times and continue to move forward with hope. A Time to be Proud of being a woman and it's special to know we have a day to celebrate that.

What is your take on the theme 'Make it Happen'?
It's engaging and encouraging. ‘Make it Happen' reiterates that Women deserve to be acknowledged and appreciated for their efforts.

What is 'the one thing' that you hope will change for women, next year, by this time?
Violence against Women (Rape, Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment, women trafficking, forced prostitution etc). That there would be more stringent action and immediate punishment against such violence.

What is your mantra to a good ‘Work Life Balance’?
Communication and Setting the Right Priorities

Your ‘Wow’ Moment as a Career Woman till now?
Quite a few - to list a couple - When I was recognized for my contribution to the Online Training Business and the feedback I receive from my students.

Saloni Gupta, 
Senior Manager,

What does Women's Day mean to you?
Woman's day reminds me of the gender gap that exist in the world today and the need for us to envision a day of the world without it.

What is your take on the theme 'Make it Happen'?
The world needs more peacemakers, more healers and more storytellers today. Women can make it happen!

What is your mantra to a good ‘Work Life Balance’?
Work Hard. Be Nice

Your ‘Wow’ Moment as a Career Woman till now?
I have met some extraordinary Women Leaders who have changed the world and are true inspiration in my career.

Vathsala Narasimman,
Manager – Delivery, 

What does Women's Day mean to you?
The ability to nurture life makes woman the most powerful and strongest being. In my opinion Women's Day is an opportunity to revel in the fact that we are not only winners but we also create winners & celebrate our remarkable contribution to our society

What is your take on the theme 'Make it Happen'?
"Yes We Can"
 This is how we will do it
  • Believing in ourselves
  • Not be afraid to learn
  • Engage and collaborate with other women
What is 'the one thing' that you hope will change for women, next year, by this time?
The one thing that I hope will change for women, next year is that men will take the Ariel Advertisement “Share the Load" seriously and this is not just for the urban women, it should reach every nook and corner of India.

What is your mantra to a good ‘Work Life Balance’?
"No one can do it alone", A support network is crucial both at and outside work. Collaboration is the key to success. Whether at work or in life when competing turns to collaborating we succeed. Of the many paths to success, none can be walked alone.

Your ‘Wow’ Moment as a Career Woman till now?
Every-time I hear from a colleague or my trainees that I have contributed to his or her success I think..." Wow I have made a difference to someone". I am fortunate to have got many such Wow moments. As I reflect on my career as a trainer before I joined TalentSprint and now as a mentor and Principal Business Communication trainer at TS in the past 4 years. I realize I have come full circle.

Gayathri C V, Consultant – Delivery, Chennai

What does Women's Day mean to you?
Makes one feel proud to be a woman.

What is your take on the theme 'Make it Happen'?
Encouragement and recognition of women in service must become an everyday habit, something we do as a routine part of our lives rather than remember it once a year on Women’s Day. Let’s #makeithappen!!!

What is 'the one thing' that you hope will change for women, next year, by this time?
I sincerely hope crime against women comes down and some stringent law comes in place to protect women.

What is your mantra to a good ‘Work Life Balance’?
Enjoy what you do be it office work or personal. Give your 100% to both and you will hit the balance.

Your ‘Wow’ Moment as a Career Woman till now?
My wow moment happened when I was doing CRT training and in a particular batch all my students got placed and my students came and told me “Mam, you helped us get placed”. For me the happiness in their faces was my “wow” moment!

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Indian Budget 2015-16 Highlights

  • Fiscal deficit seen at 3.9 percent of GDP in 2015/16
  • Will meet the challenging fiscal target of 4.1 percent of GDP for 2014-15
  • Current account deficit below 1.3 percent of GDP
  • GDP growth is seen at between 8.1 percent and 8.5 percent Year/Year
  • Expects consumer inflation to remain close to 5 percent by March, opening room for more monetary policy easing
  • Monetary policy framework agreement with the RBI clearly states the objective of keeping inflation below 6 percent
  • Revenue deficit seen at 2.8 percent of GDP
  • Non-tax revenue seen at 2.21 Lac Crore Rupees
  • Net receipts under market stabilisation scheme estimated at 20,000 Rupees 
  • Total stake sale in 2015/16 seen at 69,500 Crore Rupees 
  • Sets stake sale target for 2016/17 at 55,000 Crore Rupees
  • Propose to merge commodities regulator with SEBI
  • To bring a new bankruptcy code
  • Amending the RBI act this year, to provide for a monetary policy committee
  • To set up public debt management agency
  • To establish an autonomous bank board bureau to improve management of public sector banks
  • To enact a comprehensive new law on black money
  • To launch a national skills mission soon to enhance employability of rural youth
  • Allocates 34,699 Crore Rupees for rural employment guarantee scheme
  • Government defers rollout of anti-tax avoidance rules GAAR by two years
  • GAAR to apply prospectively from April 1, 2017
  • Retrospective tax provisions will be avoided
  • To abolish wealth tax
  • Replaces wealth tax with additional 2 percent surcharge on super-rich
  • Proposes to cut to 25 percent corporate tax over next four years
  • Corporate tax of 30 percent is uncompetitive
  • Proposes to rationalise capital gains tax regime for real estate investment trusts
  • Expects to implement goods and services tax by April 2016
  • To reduce customs duty on 22 items
  • Basic customs duty on commercial vehicle doubled to 20 percent
  • Proposes to increase service tax rate and education cess to 14 percent from 12.36 percent
  • No revision of income tax brackets
  • Limit of deduction of health insurance premium increased to 25,000 Rupees from 15,000 Rupees; limit increased to 30,000 Rupees from 20,000 Rupees for the elderly
  • People aged above 80 and not covered by health insurance to be allowed deduction of 30,000 Rupees for medical expenses
  • Additional deduction of 25,000 Rupees for the disabled
  • Limit on deduction for contributions to the pension fund and new pension scheme increased to 150,000 Rupees from 100,000 Rupees
  • Additional deduction of 50,000 Rupees for contribution to new pension scheme under section 80CCD
  • Monthly transport allowance exemption doubled to 1,600 Rupees
  • Government to provide 79,400 Crore Rupees capital infusion to state-run banks
  • Public investment needed to catalyse investment
  • Plans to set up national investment infrastructure fund
  • Proposes 5 "ultra mega" power projects for 4,000 MW each
  • Second unit of Kudankulam nuclear power station to be commissioned
  • Will need to build additional 100,000 km of road
  • Plan expenditure estimated at about 4.65 Lac Crore Rupees
  • Non-plan expenditure seen at about 13.12 Lac Crore Rupees
  • Allocates 2.46 Lac Crore Rupees for defence spending
  • Allocates 33,150 Crore Rupees for the health sector
  • To launch gold deposit accounts and sovereign bond
  • Import duty stays at 10 percent; disappoints jewellers
  • To work on Indian-made gold coin to cut imports
  • Raises excise duty on cigarettes by 25 percent for cigarettes of length not exceeding 65 mm and  by 15 percent for cigarettes of other lengths
  • Food subsidy seen at 1.24 Lac Crore Rupees
  • Fertiliser subsidy seen at 72,969 Crore Rupees
  • Fuel subsidy seen at 30000 Crore Rupees
  • Major subsidies estimated at 2.27 Lac Crore Rupees
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Monday, 23 February 2015

5 Ways to Stand Out in a Group (Discussion)

Group Discussion is a platform used by recruiters to evaluate aspirant's personality, their ability to communicate with peers and work in a group, to check their subject knowledge and most importantly their social skills. 

Whatever be the nature of job or the position, it demands working in a group and the ability to communicate your views to the group and accept the inputs from the members of the group. 

Here is a 5 Step Process to present yourself effectively in a Group Discussion and also to Stand Out from the rest of the group.


Hold the Group members and the panel’s attention intellectually. The manner in which you present your point, the choice of words, your logical thought flow and the appropriate tone should set the pace. Don’t make light of the tone part as most people tend to lose out even if they have a strong point because they are inaudible. Taking on the role of a facilitator adds to visibility. Don’t be aggressive in your body language and learn to counter the points put forth by your peers intelligently.


Reinforce the meaning of a discussion by reciprocating to your peers point. It is logical to respond either through positive acknowledgement or reinforcement. A simple, ‘that’s a valid point’ or if you are contradicting then, I'm afraid that is not in line with what we were discussing at hand. Support your peer’s point by adding information or examples. Some form of response is critical for the discussion to have vigor and succession. Avoid expressing only points that you have prepared and ensure there is a link to the previous point mentioned.


Always be clear in your head with what you want to say, learn to think on your feet, listen carefully to your peers and respond appropriately and in a timely fashion. Ensure your points are supported by clear and factual examples. Even better, provide famous examples. Something familiar registers easy and fast. Use transitional words and phrases like ‘in other words’ or ‘to rephrase it’ when you want to clarify or t ‘on the other hand’ or ‘on the contrary’ for contradiction. When you want to compare a point, ‘in the same way’ or ‘likewise’ works and ‘to illustrate’ or ‘for instance’ for illustration. Avoid incomplete sentences and don’t be ambiguous jumping from one thought to another.


You can uphold the group by encouraging the shy ones or candidates who struggle to present their points. Many people find it challenging to complete a sentence or are inaudible while others may not get an opportunity to present their points. Step in as a facilitator and give them a chance to share their opinion. Pay attention and keep track of time, remind the team of time left and set the group in preparation for the conclusion. Be assertive but be courteous, do not interrupt another members point but wait to let them finish and then intervene at the right time. Watch your body language and at any point of time do not point fingers or raise hands at a member for the sake of emphasis.


Start by acquiring information. Read voraciously, research relevant points on various current topics. Look at examples and explanations to help support your points especially needed to counter contradictions. Participate in mock group discussion to understand the group dynamics better.

Learn to identify your key skills:
  1. Are you good at listening and drawing points from peers to enhance discussion?
  2. Are you good at being a facilitator?
  3. Are you good at retention and are able to recollect points and present it at the right time, for example, summarization?
Record yourself and see how you articulate.
  1. Are you maintaining the right pace and volume?
  2. Are you comprehensible?
Preparation is a must and the right time is now.

On the whole, be yourself, show receptivity, think before you speak and use facts, quotes and statements to express a clear chain of thought. 

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