Archive - November 2018

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What can CGC offer you that other colleges can’t?
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5 things to do while you are looking for a job
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What do recruiters look for in today’s students?

What can CGC offer you that other colleges can’t?

CGC, since its inception, has climbed the ranks steadily and become one of the well-known higher education institutes in Northern India. CGC has two campuses, one in Landran and the other in Jhanjeri. Both the campuses are located within traveling distance from the City Beautiful, Chandigarh!

The administration and leadership at CGC have worked long and hard to create programs and initiatives to benefit students. Some of these programs are unlikely to be heard before. So, let’s delve a little deeper into what CGC has to offer that other colleges can’t.

 

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Earn while you learn

Students in the West have been doing this for a long time, but the concept is still new to India. Working while you study is almost unheard in India. But, CGC has introduced this concept to its students. Currently, it has tied up with over 6 major companies to offer part-time employment opportunities to the students. This allows students to pursue work opportunities after class hours or even during holidays and vacations. This has a two-fold benefit: It allows the students to learn more about the corporate world and also helps them earn money for their expenses.

 

International tie-ups

CGC has tied up with some of the top universities across the world to create exchange programs for students in CGC and other universities. These international tie-ups give students the opportunity to pursue summer or winter school at universities or study abroad for a semester or even intern abroad for a period of time. This international exposure is vital for the students of today who are exposed to the global market phenomena. CGC also regularly arranges programs where students from foreign universities visit CGC, a great opportunity for CGC students to interact with the international students.

 

NCC

The National Cadet Corps or NCC is a student organization that teaches students some extremely valuable lessons. The NCC in CGC is affiliated to 23 Punjab Battalion, NCC Ropar. This organization aims to teach students courage, camaraderie, discipline, leadership, and other values. The NCC is rigorous and demands a lot from its members. That’s why we have a wing of NCC at CGC. We believe that discipline, motivation, leadership skills, and humanitarian skills can be learnt with the right teachers and the right set of rules.

 

NSS

The National Service Scheme is an organization with roots in social service. CGC wants its students to become well-rounded and good people, not just good employees. NSS helps them take part in social work, allows them to organize tree plantation drives, drug de-addiction program, anti-dowry and women empowerment program, blood donation programs and much more. Students work with the aim of educating their fellow students as well as their community on various important issues. The NSS is the pride of CGC.

 

Industry-Academia Interface

CGC has made it easy for the students to get opportunities to interact with the industry stalwarts. This gives CGC students an edge because they already have a foot in the door due to various programs and events organized by CGC. Under this initiative, CGC has established the Entrepreneur Development Cell (EDC) and the Management Development Projects (MDP). These programs play an important role in helping the students develop their entrepreneur ideas and take up research projects to further develop their interest. Various training programs, networking events, and conferences are organized with industry experts to educate the students.

 

Student Care Center

Most colleges have a complaint box or a place where they can submit their grievances, but CGC is one of the only colleges that have established a Student Care Center. The center falls under the Dean of Student Welfare who oversees all the complaints that go through the SCC. The SCC was established to give students one place they can approach for any issues. Plus, the SCC administration makes sure all issues are resolved within 24 hours which is great for the students’ morale. Students are encouraged to approach the SCC with any sort of problem they might be facing.

 

CGC Restaurant

A restaurant on campus? Yes, that is right. CGC has its very own restaurant that caters to the entire visiting faculty, dignitaries as well as guests who visit for workshops or training sessions. The restaurant is well decorated with a unique ambience. The restaurant itself is an amazing feather in CGC’s cap since not many campuses cater to its visitors in this manner.

 

E-Library & Journals

CGC has one of the most well organized libraries in the region. Called the Knowledge Resource Center, the library has books and technology that helps students study. Not just that, CGC has also subscribed to various national and international journals and periodicals which help students stay updated with the latest happenings in their field. They have a vast collection of books and e-books to assist students with their education or research. Audio-visual materials are also available for the students to browse.

 

Sports Facilities

The Sports facilities at CGC are extraordinary. CGC encourages competitive training as well as recreational training in sports. It has a hockey team, a basketball team, a badminton team, and an athletic team among others. The university often participates in sports competitions and organizes the same on campus as well. The gym is a great place for the students who want to work out and stay fit. At CGC, students are given much more than just books and homework; they are given the opportunity to learn and grow.

We believe in giving our students the best of everything. The world-class facilities, classrooms equipped with technology, and career advancement opportunities make our students one of the best in the country. We want to create good leaders, not just good students.

5 things to do while you are looking for a job

Looking for a job is much more than just e-mailing the resumes or applying online via job sites. Looking for a job is no reason to slack off and sleep till late. If you want a mediocre job, then your job search can be mediocre too, but if you want the job you have always dreamed of, then your job search must be beyond excellent. So while you are proactively looking for jobs, here’s how you should spend the rest of your time.

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Learn a new language

This is the age of multi-lingual ism. The more languages you know the better for you. As in India, you always have the advantage of knowing at least two languages. But, if you plan on travelling or working outside India, it is great to know another language. Plus, you might be surprised what doors can open when you add that language to your resume.

 

Learn a new skill

It is never too late to learn a new skill. Online courses are extremely common and it is easy to find an online course you really like. From hand lettering to graphic design, from learning how to cook to how to make paper, online courses cover everything. When you have free time in your hands, it is always a good idea to use that time wisely. And learning a new skill can help you down the line.

 

Network with industry professionals

Networking events happen regularly at big companies. You can also attend your school or college’s networking events since they often invite alumni students. Networking is one of those silent things that has incredible benefits. You never know if the person you are talking to could pass your resume to the right people or schedule a job interview you have been waiting for. It might seem a little weird to go around a roomful of people talking about your skills, but it is worth it in the end.

 

Call your contacts

Every student has done at least one internship during college. For those who are a little more adventurous, two or three internships are not out of the ordinary. It is smart to build a network of people in the company where you did your internship. This can help you in the future and is one of the first exercises you will ever do in networking. Call them, e-mail your resume, ask if they know of any job openings, and even better, connect with them on LinkedIn to see if they can put in a good word for you with another professional.

 

Get your references in order

Companies still require references. If you have worked summer jobs or have previous internships, now is a good time to make sure your references are in order. Give your references a call, catch up with them and just gently remind them that they are on your reference list. Make sure they know that they might get a call from a potential employer inquiring about your work.

 

This gap period when you are looking for jobs is you should not spend sleeping or wasting. Hone your skills, network, catch up with friends, and pass around your resume like it is nobody’s business and you will definitely land that dream job.

 

What do recruiters look for in today’s students?

Today’s employers have different expectations from their potential employees. Today’s workforce is dramatically different as well. Therefore, it becomes imperative for the students about to enter the workforce to understand what their employers expect of them. And these skills are not for any specific industry. They work for every single industry that could potentially hire students. Let’s go through the list and understand the importance of each skill.

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Ability to learn new things

The world is changing at a mind-boggling pace. Today’s student who is about to enter the real world is expected to keep up with the changes in hisindustry. He is expected to stay updated with every new discovery. A new discovery could dramatically alter the direction of any industry and abilityto learn new things is the key to success. For example, computer programmers or Computer Application students are expected to keep up with new programming languages.

Communication skills

 Communication skills are incredibly important in today’s job market. As companies go global and teamwork is given the priority, communication becomes the key. Not just communication, but clear, precise, and concise communication is essential. Today’s student is expected to be able to holdthe conversation with a client, colleague or a superior. They are expected to convey business matters in a certain language with a certain tone. And you might not know this, but clear communication can make or break a business deal.

Being proactive and responsible

 Employers today want students to take ownership of their work. They want employees to be responsible and accountable for all they do. And not just that, they want employees to be proactive and go beyond their prescribed job role. The workplace is not just about playing within well-defined boundaries, it has become about how far you can push the boundaries to establish yourself as a good employee.

Problem-solving skills

 An employee who can remain calm in the state of pressure or crises is the ideal employee. Most companies want employees who think on their feet and can resolve issues and problems without any sort of escalation. Problem-solving skills are extremely important because they are the key component of creative solutions to everyday problems.  This is one of the most valued skills in any new age company. So make sure you work on it from early on.

Teamwork

 Teamwork makes the dream work. More and more companies put an emphasis on teamwork because that is how they can ensure the success of their projects. Teamwork is important because most projects require a set of vastly different skills. Being a team player also helps in personal and professional growth of a person. It creates a better understanding of the human nature and is good for the company’s overall health.

It is important for the students to understand that only technical know-how in their field cannot help them. They need essential soft skills to succeed. Technical skills combined with soft skills create the perfect recipe for a good employee.

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