Flow


After a gap I have gone back accepting global assignments in ERP consulting again. Iám also studying MBA under Andhra University.  I accepted part time work  so that I can spare time for my passion for teaching. I was once a Mentor for MSIT (Master in science and information technology,   under “Center for Higher learning”) course,   in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (USA) at JNTUK campus.  Juggling between global software project work , studying MBA and teaching needs proper time management schedules and I  follow a certain flow  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology) for doing my best. I  love getting to my peak performance at anything i take up  pretty quickly. In other word I want to get back to flow. It took a while for me to find the rhythm I needed. But I felt that I should share my experiences with my students and others  who read  my blog. While interacting with students I  found that many are struggling to get the best out of their day  and to find success in whatever they dream of doing.  But many are not able to focus on neither studies nor in other positive actions, that contribute to their success due to lack of willingness to work hard towards their goal, lack of focus ,concentration and the facebook effect  (https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2012/05/27/facebook-or-other-social-websites-are-harmful-to-you/ ) .  If you are building a new machine or developing  software games or you are a software coder you cannot achieve peak performance at your work with just a couple of attempts. It takes some time and good effort to find a rhythm and consistency at your work. If you want to become expert in one area , it takes ten thousand hours of practice to achieve perfection in whatever you do. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/on-luck-success-and-10000-hours.html Here are some ways of getting back to your peak performance of whatever you want to do.

  1. Yoga, Meditation is a proven way of getting back your focus. Try learning the right way of yoga/ meditation and practice it. Yoga improves your health tremendously, and Meditation brings peace and tranquility to a turbulent brain.
  2. Visualization .Imagination.  Many from sports use it. It is mental rehearsal. It enables them to find some way of achieving what they want to. More about it here. http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/sport_psych/a/aa091700a.htm
  3. Try doing something that scares you,  for example presenting in front of audience. It is emotional feelings  that have to be controlled to bring the best out of you.
  4. Your study room matters a lot. Keep your table tidy. Remove the mountain of books on the table. The more clutter you find on your table the less you ware inspired to study. Otherwise find a serene place where there is good lighting. Well lit parks are good places for yoga,  studies and physical exercise .
  5. Moods matter a lot in whatever you want to do. If the mood is not good then listening to music and going to gym or parks is a good way of relaxing your brain.
  6. For some,  Coffee gives the relaxation they need but too much of coffee is not good for health.
  7. Visiting temples, church or mosque gives the peace of mind you need so that you can come back with peace and work on your assignments. Try that out.
  8. Finding the best time of the day for studies also helps to prioritize what you want to do at that time.
  9. Everyday exercise , morning or evening walks in parks  helps to tone up your body. Prayer, meditation helps your mind.
  10. Doing what you love the most is what matters. So from early stage of life try finding what you love the most and develop the skills you need and find success.

Competency based education


Time and again I’m revisiting education because there is a seismic change happening in Educating our young population. I have written blogs that focused on the the changes that are happening due to Massive online open course ware (MOOC) movement, big companies such as Microsoft, Wipro, IBM’s investment in this sector, how universities, colleges , students need to re orient themselves to stay relevant  to the present conditions and how to learn smartly using technology tools in the following blogs.

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/classroom-learning-with-concert-of-technology/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/uncommon-sense-and-common-nonsense/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/chance-favors-the-connected-mind/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/free-online-resources/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/students-this-is-for-you/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/where-there-is-a-why-there-is-a-way/

But most of these practices are still not able to make students employable right away after coming out of colleges. There are still many factors that contribute for  success of new employee other than the core skill that is basically needed to work. Realizing this, below universities along with industry collaborations came up with a new way of imparting skills to students. This approach is considered more relevant to industries needs and is called competency based education. I want students to take a look at the following universities that are providing this education because getting jobs is very much likely.

https://www.brandman.edu/cbeducation

http://www.capella.edu/flexpath-self-paced-learning/

http://flex.wisconsin.edu/

http://pl.nau.edu/

http://collegeforamerica.org/

http://www.wgu.edu/why_WGU/competency_based_approach

I personally feel that time has come to club medicine, engineering , agriculture, life sciences and other fields together, create a course and impart training to solve some of the great challenges of the world.  I wrote about my opinion here. please check http://www.ghdonline.org/innovation/discussion/5-innovations-in-global-health-maybe-not-what-you-/?ref=dashboard#reply-14103

 

So why waiting just start learning. your feedback is appreciated.

Modern ways to prepare Resume


For those employees who are thinking of getting another job or final year students who are readying themselves for jobs it is time for having a resume ready.  Catching the attention of the potential recruiter is very hard with millions of me too like resumes that reach their desk’s.

Hiring trends have changed a lot with explosive growth of technology and social websites. Resumes are now scanned by software to align potential job candidates to the position offered by the companies. Social websites like twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are becoming a platform for hiring prospective employees too. While many students have the luxury of campus recruitment everyone is not lucky enough to get the job they are dreaming of. Even those who join a company thru campus are finding hard to adjust to the jobs they are hired thru campus.

Your resume and cover letter play a vital role in catching the attention of the prospective employer. In order to catch the attention of the prospective employees many have charted new paths in presenting their resumes. See how some people got jobs by becoming creative in presenting their worthiness to prospective employers here.

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/creative-social-mediafacebook-twitter-linkedin-resume-tips/

https://skillsnest.wordpress.com/2011/06/07/facebook-and-qr-codes/

https://pathbrite.com/  helps students and fresh employees to visually show their accomplishments historically

There are oodles of resume guiding websites online.  Here are some cool websites that will help you to develop your unique resume.

http://www.resumeedge.com/resume-writing/resumes/

Resume builder by livecareer.com. You can start with your already built resume or use their tools to build a fresh one. Check more here http://www.livecareer.com/lp/lcarsmsm31.aspx

Linkedin. Many students don’t know the power of social websites. These are platforms for networking, getting jobs and also learning what the industry is looking in students as potential job candidates. One such wonderful website is Linkedin. Your profile in Linkedin is a resume itself. So what ever you write in your profile matters. Also Linkedin is the platform for joining professional groups to discuss subject matter, get tips about personality development, career advice and job listing. They also have a resume builder tool. Try this here http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/

Rezumme : Once you post your resume here , out of kindness and helping nature people will check your resume and help in shaping it properly.people  read your resumes and add notes and advice with comments. A numbered scoring tool also allows resume pros to rate you on your Resume sections, formatting, language and potential to be hired.  It is like Facebook comments and likes.  Nice and 100 percent free for job seekers. http://www.razume.com/

Cover letters: Cover letters are very important to let the prospective employee know for which job you are applying and what makes you fit for that job. If the letter is not written well in spite of having all the qualifications you need  you know you won’t be getting that interview call. Here are some cool websites to help you in writing covering letters.

http://content.monsterindia.com/resumecenter.html

http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/citation/passive-voice

Facebook is another place to find cover letters samples. Use Facebook for your benefit. There are several job listings, companies, groups on LinkedIn, Facebook and twitter and real jobs are posted on these websites. So spend time looking for the groups and jobs other than posting pictures, chatting and commenting on others photos. Good luck. For more advice leave a comment and I will answer your query.

Some more resume advice websites to look at http://www.gm4jh.com/

http://physical-therapy.advanceweb.com/Student-and-New-Grad-Center/Student-Top-Story/Resume-Extras.aspx

http://vizualize.me/

http://resume.github.com/

Talent cannot be hidden


I was reading a telugu news paper and came across an article mentioning about Geetham students going to NASA to  build a device to mine special materials from Moon surface. I felt very happy and pleased to know that in the world of Facebook, twitter , movie culture there are students who are working towards reaching outstanding goals in their life and in turn raising the nations talent levels. MY best wishes will always be with them. I know we have many hidden gems in our student community with brilliant ideas. In the form of supporting them  i strive to bring some of the best from across the world to enrich students thru this blogs’. This blog is to let you all know that Intel conducts  science talent every year. I’m pleased to say that the first prize this time went to 17 year old Nitin Tumma for doing research on breast cancer. Here  is the link

http://newsroom.intel.com/community/intel_newsroom/blog/2012/03/13/teenager-unlocks-potential-pathways-for-breast-cancer-treatments-wins-intel-science-talent-search

“Intel is committed to supporting math and science innovation across all levels of education. The Intel Science Talent Search is just one example of Intel’s support of education at the high school level” More here  http://www.societyforscience.org/

Many Indian students achieve first positions in several competitions ranging from science , maths to spelling bee across the globe. we have students from rural villages in India  with hardly any support or infrastructure becoming IAS officers to holding top ranking positions.  Hard work, focus and sincere efforts to master the subject will always make you achieve great . If you are reading this Hope will be getting inspiration from this success stories and you will reach greater heights too. Let’s build this nation to be top destination of the world.

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success” -Henry Ford.

Some websites that help in supporting rural innovations are here http://www.nif.org.in/

http://www.hotteststartups.in/

http://www.deshpandefoundation.org/

Got Ideas but need help? Then read this.


Other day I read in a newspaper about engineering students making a solar operated car. I was thrilled to know that our students are creative and enthusiastic to do something new. What we may not know is what kind of challenges they faced to build the car. They might have felt frustrated or helpless regarding some design challenges while they are building the car.

“How to do“ videos or pictures offer great ways to learn about science and engineering. But the joys of making a electric car or small robot or a crystal radio set are difficult if we don’t know what are the right steps to follow to build them.

If you have an idea about building something,  you now have a chance to learn how to do it step by step or post your problem so you can get answers from the world audience.  That’s because Web-based instructions — often designed by hobbyists for other hobbyists are now available for you. So go ahead and check these websites and start inventing products that people can use.  Your product invention may make you an entrepreneur one day and help society to overcome a problem they face everyday.   Remember “every problem is a opportunity for entrepreneurs, the bigger the problem the bigger the business opportunity for you if you can solve it”  (This quote is by Mr.Vinod Khosla, the most famous venture capitalist on planet earth)

Bloggers who tinker are creating interactive tutorials, descriptive videos and step-by-step series of photographs that make it easier for all of us to confidently use the methods to overcome our challenges. Here are the links to some websites

http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/HomopolarMotor

http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=37&zenid=47e70654df482b27486f725e3a435271

http://www.ifixit.com/

http://makezine.com/

http://www.bigshotcamera.org/

http://quake.tokyohackerspace.org/index.php/Dome_Kits

An example of how to make a Pot that makes it easy to transfer a potted plant from one pot to other is here.

http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/01/13/the-business-of-re-potting-plants/

A student has made a Bicycle using bamboo. Check the details here

http://www.boobicycles.com/world/index.html

To find whether a patient had Pancreatitis researchers from Texas University came  up with this cheap detector  of the disease check this information here  : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110425173846.htm

There has been a recent explosion of interest in using terahertz (THz) radiation to investigate questions in chemistry, biology, physics, medicine and materials science. Simultaneously there has been a rapid development of a broad array of experimental tools for working with THz radiation. Check this link if interested   http://thznetwork.net/index.php/about

You can also post your problem in the form of a Video to Youtube asking for help. There might be somebody who can solve your problem. You just need to be smart enough to use technologies to your benefit.  As always I’m there to guide you in the process of triggering your inner creative ideas and making your dreams come true.

Here is a challenge to students.  Try and your efforts will give you valuable experience if not the prize of $25000 Dollars from Ingersall Rand Corp.

“Ingersoll Rand has put up >>$25000<< for prizes and scholarships to a
prototyping workshop. Tell us how you would design the $300 House –
submit your ideas, sketches, and videos >>”

If you got an Idea of how to build a $300 Dollar house click the SUBMIT Idea button on the Link below.

http://www.jovoto.com/contests/300house/ideas    Good luck and contact me for guiding you on the project.