THE EVER-EVOLVING ROLE OF A FASHION STYLIST

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From working under big designers to getting bylines on luxurious fashion magazines, stylists have experienced an evolution in their own journey. Nowadays, they are the go-to person for eminent designers.

With the ever-evolving digital landscape, the role of fashion stylists is also evolving. Throwing light on this very topic, Shalini Gupta, Head of Department – Styling, and Beauty, School of Fashion, Pearl Academy takes us through the various aspects of Fashion Stylists.

 

WHAT IS FASHION STYLING AND WHO ARE SOME OF THE FAMOUS FASHION STYLISTS?

Images have become central to the way we consume culture, make fashion and lifestyle choices and even stay updated on current global affairs. A fashion stylist is the ‘Image Maker’. Be it for magazines, brands, people or films, a stylist works on building characters we can relate to and aspire to be like. Some of the most famous stylists are Anahita Shroff and Vijendra Bhardwaj for Magazines, Rhea Kapoor and Ami Patel for celebrities, Niharika Khan and Manish Malhotra for films.

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FASHION DESIGN AND FASHION STYLING?

Fashion Design gives us products whereas Fashion Styling weaves stories around the product to make it relatable and places it in our own life and context. Based on consumer preferences, audience profiles, and aesthetic compositions, fashion styling bridges the gap between the product and the buyer. It builds connections with you as a consumer and builds aspirations.

 

WHAT ARE THE SKILL SETS REQUIRED AND WHAT ARE THE CAREER OPTIONS?

To be a good stylist, you should be a keen observer and stay updated with current affairs. Doing research is very important. Graphic visualization skills, photography, make-up, and hair and editing skills will be a plus point to help with visual and digital communication.

You can work as a stylist for magazines, television, films, web series and celebrities. Additionally, you can work for brands, on social media campaigns, for commerce websites, as a fashion show director, visual merchandiser as well as in public relations.

 

IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A FORMAL EDUCATION AS A STYLIST?

Because of the growing competition, formal education will give you the skills you need to prove yourself faster as you will gain experience while in college by working on projects. You will be able to think on your feet and create original work due to the theoretical and practical knowledge you will acquire through class work and projects.

 

WHAT THINGS SHOULD A STUDENT LOOK FOR WHILE CHOOSING A DESIGN SCHOOL FOR SUCH COURSES?

A student should look for a good team of faculty with relevant teaching and industry experience. Also, it is important to see that they have a good alumni pool in the industry which will provide a lot of opportunities to engage with the industry. Becoming a stylist today takes as much work as any profession and one should not get swayed by promises of quick results. Like any other profession, it takes sustained effort and a lot of practical work.

 

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ENDLESS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES : ABOUT TRAVEL AND TOURISM

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The travel and tourism industry in India is currently experiencing unprecedented growth. The industry is one of the largest and most profitable industries in India and contributes significantly to the foreign exchange earned. As per various studies, the industry is expected to create over 45 million jobs in India by 2025.

Students have endless career opportunities in this fast growing industry of travel and tourism. Candidates looking to pursue their career in the industry can choose to work for travel agencies, government tourism departments, tour operations, immigration and customs services, airlines, hotels, and the list continues.

Candidates can pursue a degree, diploma, or certificate course in travel and tourism at graduation or post-graduation level. Candidates can also pursue PhD in their chosen subject of travel and tourism to build their career in the field of research.

Know what all a travel and tourism course has to offer in terms of the course curriculum, job profiles, top recruiters, and more.

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REQUIRED SKILLSET FOR TRAVEL & TOURISM

 

Professionals working in the industry of travel and tourism are concerned with providing quality services to people who are away from home on a holiday or business. Candidates looking to pursue a career in tourism industry must have a love for travelling along with the hunger to learn new things and knack of staying up-to-date with the latest news as well as socio-economic trends of the world.

Some of the traits and skills that candidates should have to build a successful career in travel and tourism industry are:

Skillset for Travel & Tourism Candidates
Confidence Excellent communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills Pleasant and well-groomed personality
Diligence Flexibility
Commitment Enthusiasm
Good administration and management skills Patience
Good research and planning skills Problem-solving skills
Organisation skills Time management skills
Strong networking skills Teamwork
Hardworking Leadership skills

 

TRAVEL & TOURISM: ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

 

There are many colleges and universities in India that offer undergraduate or postgraduate level degree, diploma, certificate, distance learning, and online courses in various sectors of travel and tourism. Some such sectors include tourism management, tour operation, airline management, airline ticketing, travel administration, etc.

Given below is generic travel and tourism eligibility criteria for UG as well as PG courses. It may be noted that the eligibility criteria might vary depending on the policies of the college/ university in which a candidate is applying.

Eligibility Criteria for Bachelor Degree Courses: Candidates should clear Class XII in any stream from a recognised board with a minimum aggregate percentage (usually 50% – 60%).

Eligibility Criteria for Master Degree Courses: Candidates should clear graduation from a recognised institute/ university with a minimum percentage (usually 45% – 60%). Preference for admission is usually given to candidates who have proficiency in any of the foreign languages.

Eligibility Criteria for Diploma Courses: Candidates should clear Class XII from a recognised board with minimum 50% – 60% aggregate marks.

Eligibility Criteria for PG Diploma Courses: Candidates should clear graduation from a recognised university with minimum 50% – 60% aggregate marks.

Eligibility Criteria for Certificate Courses: Candidates should clear Class XII from a recognised board with at least 45% – 50% marks.

Eligibility Criteria for Distance Learning/ Online Courses: Candidates must note that Travel & Tourism distance learning/ online courses are offered at all – degree, diploma and certificate levels. Therefore, eligibility criteria for distance learning programmes remains the same as mentioned above for different courses.

 

COURSE CURRICULUM FOR TRAVEL & TOURISM

 

Curriculum of a travel and tourism programme depends on the course a candidate is pursuing – degree, diploma, or certificate. However, to get an overview of the subjects taught in some of the popular travel and tourism courses (mentioned in the table below)

Popular Travel and Tourism Courses
Certificate course in Travel & Tourism Cruise Line Operations and Management
Airfares & Ticketing Computer Reservation System
Bachelor of Tourism Administration BA (H) Hotel Management, Travel and Tourism
BBA (Tourism and Travel Management) BCom Tourism and Travel Management
Executive MBA in Tourism, Hospitality and Aviation Programme Master of Tourism Administration
MBA Tourism and Travel MBA Tourism and Leisure
MBA International Business (Tourism) MBA Tourism and Cargo Management
PG Diploma in Travel and Tourism MA in Travel and Tourism
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Tourism PhD in Travel and Tourism

 

TRAVEL & TOURISM: JOB PROFILES & TOP RECRUITERS

 

While experience is a significant factor to grow in the field of travel and tourism, there are endless job opportunities that candidates can avail in both private and public sectors after pursuing a course in the same. Some of the popular job profiles in travel and tourism are:

    • Holiday/ Travel Agent: A travel agent evaluates the requirements of tourists and help them make the best possible travel arrangements. Many hotels and travel groups hire travel agents to sell their tour packages to clients.

 

    • Travel Executive: A travel executive is responsible for managing different aspects of a travel including transportation, flight booking, hotel accommodation, destination information, etc.

 

    • Tourism Manager: A tourism manager promotes tourism in his/her region through different advertising strategies and campaigns. The manager also offers assistance to tourists of different cultures and traditions. Travel Officer/ Coordinator: A travel coordinator finds best prices on hotels, flights and rental cars; processes employee travel expenses, sets up corporate discounts with travel vendors, creates itineraries, etc.

 

    • Airlines/ Ground Staff: The ground staff plays a crucial role in areas such as commercial activities, running of airports, airline operations, etc. The job of ground staff is vast and include responsibilities such as inspecting, storing and transporting luggage; and stocking the aircraft with food and beverage items. Tourist Guide: A tourist guide helps tourists visiting different tourist places and provides them information on cultural, historical and contemporary heritage of religious and historical sites, museums and other places of interest.

 

    • Transport Officer: A transport officer is typically appointed by a state government or local transport body to carry out activities like maintenance of the vehicle fleet, overseeing vehicle establishment programmes, certifying ground transportation budget etc.

 

    • Travel Counselor/ Consultant: A travel counselor has the responsibility of providing complete guidance on travel to clients. A counselor ensures best travel deals for the clients. Tour Operator: A tour operator is a professional who organises tours and manages the travel and stay of tourists. There are many companies which operate tours for domestic as well as international clients and thus require tour operators.

 

    • Travel Writer: A travel writer is responsible for writing an array of stories related to travel such as historical places, vacations, adventure, hotel industry, culture, etc.

 

Some of the top recruiters in the field of travel and tourism are:

Top Recruiters in Travel & Tourism
Cox & Kings Ltd Thomas Cook (India) Ltd
MakeMyTrip (and GoIbibo) Balmer Lawrie Travel & Vacations
Yatra ClearTrip
Jet Airways India Healthcare Tourism (IHCT)
Flying Fox SOTC India
Kuoni Travel East India Travel Co
Kesai Tours Club Mahindra Holidays
Expedia TravelGuru
Air Asia American Express Global Business Travels
Travix Leisure & Travels Pvt Ltd

 

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TEST ANXIETY & HOW TO TREAT IT

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Most people get nervous before taking a test. In fact, feeling nervous motivates us to study so we can pass! But for some students, it goes beyond feeling nervous to the point that it causes them to freeze up and be unable to perform well. In this section, we discuss the definition and symptoms of test anxiety and how students can prevent it from getting out of control.

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WHAT IS IT?

 

Students with test anxiety become so anxious that it causes a physical response. They may feel their heart beating fast, begin to sweat and become nauseous. Unfortunately, the more they are preoccupied with the anxious feelings, the more anxious they become, creating a seemingly never-ending cycle. In other words, it’s the worrying about worrying that gets in the way.

 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

 

The main symptom of test anxiety is an accelerated heart rate. However, there are additional physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms that can occur. For instance, students may feel light-headed, have digestive problems and sweat profusely. It’s also common to become angry and scared and feel disappointed in yourself. All these symptoms make it impossible to concentrate.

 

HOW CAN STUDENTS HANDLE IT?

 

Therapist Jessica Tappana explains that knowing how to breathe is an important part of fighting test anxiety. “Breathing helps us to ground and center and feel present. The increased oxygen flow to the brain will help students think more clearly.”

Getting a good night sleep and eating a balanced meal in the morning is mandatory, adds mental health professional Stefanie Juliano. College students should avoid substances such as alcohol before a test.

Juliano stresses that knowing your triggers will help. “If you feel yourself tensing, getting a headache, feeling your back hurt, or so on, take a quick break either standing (if able) or seated and continue to breathe. Older students can also investigate alternative practices prior to major tests, such as acupuncture, essential oils, massage or chiropractic care.”

QUICK STUDENT STRESS BUSTERS

 

Learning how to recognize signs of stress and practicing ways to address these symptoms are important steps on the path to good mental health. Here are some activities from our mental health experts that parents and educators can teach children and teens to get them started.

 

FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS

 

DRAW YOUR FEELINGS

Children respond well to visual manifestations of stress. Ask them to draw their feelings of stress on a piece of paper. They can use crayons, markers, colored pencils or even paint. Then ask them to crumple up the paper or tear it into pieces. As they get up to throw the paper away, explain to them that they are also throwing away the negative feelings and stressors.

 

DEEP BREATHING EXERCISES

Breathing exercises are good practice for learning how the body responds when we breathe correctly. Ask children to take a deep breath through the nose and then slowly, slowly, slowly breathe out as though they are blowing bubbles, dandelions or candles on a birthday cake. Remind them to pay attention to how their stomach and chest move in and out.

 

PROTECTIVE BUBBLE

This activity models how to feel safe even when feeling stressed. Instruct children to image they are in a big bubble that surrounds them completely. Inside the bubble are all the people and things that make them feel safe like family members, friends, pets and stuffed animals. Let them sit for a few minutes as you prompt them to listen to how their bodies feel in a safe space that they can go to in their minds when they are feeling stressed.

 

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS

 

SILENT CATCH

This activity requires complete silence, so children should be instructed that there is no talking at all. Use a lightweight ball such as a nerf ball to ensure nobody gets hurt. Tell the children to throw the ball to each other but that they can’t throw it to the same person who threw it to them. If they miss, they must sit down. This activity can relieve stress and calm down an anxious classroom.

 

LEARNING TO STRETCH

Teach older children how to stretch correctly to relieve tension and help their bodies relax. It can be done at any time of day for a quick break.

Neck: Put your hands behind your back, grasping your right wrist with your left hand. Use your left hand to gently straighten your right arm, pulling it slightly. Lower your left ear toward your shoulder and hold for 30 seconds. Switch to the other side. Repeat with your left wrist and right hand.

Back: Lie on the floor stretching your arms above your head and pointing your toes. Bend your right leg to your chest with your hands behind your knee and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat with the left leg.

 

FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

 

PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION

Progressive muscle relaxation is a useful tool for teens to relax, especially at night when having trouble falling asleep. They can sit or lay on the floor. Instruct them to relax each part of the body, starting with their toes and working up until they get to their heads. Take time to address each part in detail. Instruct them to repeat what you say in their heads, “I’m relaxing my toes, relaxing the top of my foot, bottom of my foot, etc.”

 

DIAPHRAGMATIC BREATHING

Because breathing becomes erratic when we are stressed, it’s helpful to practice breathing from the diaphragm which is the natural method. Lie down, place a hand on your chest and a hand on abs. Breathe in through nose and out through mouth.

 

EXPERIENCE CLASSICAL MUSIC

Classical music slows your pulse and heart rate, lowers your blood pressure and decreases stress hormones. Make it a habit to play classical music in the classroom and at home to reduce stress and prevent distractions. Free classical music is available on Spotify and YouTube.

 

FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

 

VISUAL IMAGERY

Visual imagery involves using the imagination to create soothing feelings. Using free guided imagery scripts like those available from Healthy Place PSU at Plymouth State University, teaches students how to use visual imagery to feel calm and centered.

 

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

There are many benefits associated with mindfulness including lowered heart rate, decreased stress hormone levels, and better physical and emotional health. Instruct students to sit on floor with their legs crossed. Posture should be straight but relaxed. Have students place their hands on their legs. They should become aware of their breathing, letting their thoughts go. It’s alright if a thought comes, in which case they should acknowledge it and let it go while continuing to breathe in and out.

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9 WAYS TO OVERCOME CHALLENGES IN JUNIOR COLLEGE

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It is a big struggle when we encounter problems in school. May it be a personal or academic problem, it can really affect your performance when it comes to your school work. But always keep in mind that there are ways to overcome these challenges and will also help you achieve your goals in life. Obstacles in life are there to shape you and be a lesson for you to improve yourself.

 

HERE ARE 9 WAYS TO OVERCOME THE BARRIERS TO YOUR ACADEMIC SUCCESS:

 

 

  • Manage your time well.

 

 

    1. Balancing your time well can be a big help in doing your school works. Do not let your social relationships take over all of your time. Don’t lose sight of doing well in school especially when you have goals in life.

 

    1. When torn between hanging out with friends and your school work, make sure that you have set a schedule when meeting up with them. In that way, you will not cram in finishing your works that need to be done.

  • Tell someone if you’re being bullied or threatened.

 

 

    1. Bullying is a serious issue in school, you shouldn’t hide it when you are experiencing it too. You should stand for the people who bring you down. And when the situation really gets worse, do not be afraid to talk to your guidance counselor or your parents. Never be afraid to tell anyone, they will help you with what you are going through.

 

    1. Drama can be very damaging especially when it gets worse. Avoiding it as much as possible will help you be stress-free. Do not spread rumors about other people and when you experience it too, do not hesitate to stand up for yourself and tell other people. Nobody deserves to be disrespected like that.

  • Choose your friends wisely.

 

 

    1. Having true friends in school is good especially when you need to vent out problems and other frustrations. Choose your friends who do not take you for granted and will only talk to you if they need something. A true friend will be there for you even when they don’t need anything from you. And a true friend also influences you with doing well in your studies as well as enjoying your social life.

 

    1. Have a friend who is someone you can lean on in good times or in bad times. And of course, someone who will encourage and support you to be better and will be there for you every step of the way.

  • Rethink your constantly up and down relationships.

 

 

    1. Having a partner when you’re still studying can be a good thing but it can affect you in a bad way when you have a toxic relationship. Try to reconsider if it still works for the both of you or it’s already affecting both of you badly. Romantic relationships can motivate you to do better in school but if your relationship has been on and off for so long and it affects both of you then it’s time to reconsider if it’s still worth it or not. It is better to let things go than to keep something that will not be beneficial for the both of you.

  • Have a positive attitude.

 

 

    1. Life can make you feel discouraged and lonely but always keep in my mind that it will all get better in the end. Being optimistic can help you feel less worried and start looking forward to the future. A negative mind or thinking will not give you a positive life. Life can be really hard but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. Focus on the things that are important and will make you achieve your dreams in life.

  • Open up to your family.

 

 

    1. Whenever you’re struggling at school, do not hesitate to open up to your parents or siblings. They know you better than the others. They can give you the right advice and will support you in what you are doing. Their support alone can encourage you enough to conquer any obstacles you face in school.

  • Prepare.

 

 

    1. Nothing can beat a person who is prepared. Organizing your schedule, and having a to-do list can be a big help in doing your school works. You can also avoid cramming when you have a list of what project/school work should you do first. This will also help you to be less stressed whenever there are a lot of things to do.

  • Get rid of distractions.

 

 

    1. When you are working on an assignment or a project, avoid getting distracted such as using mobile phones or laptops to watch a movie or scroll through your social media account/s. There is a time for everything, you can finish your work on time when you’re not distracted.

  • Reward yourself.

 

 

    1. When you have achieved something whether it is a big thing or not. You should reward yourself once in a while for doing well. In that way, you would not feel burned out in studying and doing your school works. This can also be your way of relaxing after all the stress you’ve encountered. You deserved it.

 

    There will always be challenges that will come to you as a student or life in general. Applying these ways to your life can help you become less stressed on how you handle problems. Always know that problems are temporary and they are there to help you improve to become the best version of yourself. And no matter how hard the problems or challenges may be, remind yourself that you are not alone in this battle and you are not going to be stuck in that situation forever.

 

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10 TIPS ON HOW TO OVERCOME LAZINESS IN STUDYING

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One of the things a student experiences, whether s/he’s already having a master’s degree or still a fifth grader, is the struggle in overcoming laziness in studying. It is the time when you have tons of school works to do yet you don’t feel like doing it. Laziness keeps us from doing important tasks and it could hinder our studies. If it continues, it will become a habit that could have a negative implication to your grades or worst to your future endeavors. Sounds horrible right? But then, just like any other things, you can get rid of it.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS THAT COULD HELP YOU OVERCOME LAZINESS IN STUDYING:

 

1. BE IN A COMFORTABLE PLACE

One thing that could help fight laziness is finding a good location. Being in a comfortable place whether it’s in your favorite coffee shop, or just in your own bedroom that is free from distractions could help you to relax your mind and focus on studying.

 

2. MAKE A STUDY PLAN.

Having a study plan will help you organize and track down your tasks easier. Make a timetable wherein you set a time schedule for a certain subject and other tasks to do. List down your assignments that are due and arrange them like a calendar. In this way, it could help you prioritize and get it done on time.

 

3. TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME

Taking actions one step at a time will help you beat laziness. Breaking down bigger tasks into smaller tasks will help you avoid being stressed. This will make your tasks a lot more manageable. Completing a sub task will serve as a motivation for you to continue other sub tasks thus, helping you finish your overall task in a more convenient way.

 

4. MAKE A TO-DO LIST

There are times that because of so much things to do, just like preparing for major exams, you lost track of other things that need to be done. You could make a to-do list with just a piece of sticky note since it’s handy and you could place it anywhere. Placing a to-do list where you could see it every time, will help you remind what to do next. Also, making a to-do list will help you focus on doing your tasks especially that distractions are just around the corner.

 

5. REMOVE ALL DISTRACTIONS

Being distracted while studying will make you lazier. It is better to get rid of all distractions such as turning off your TV or internet connection or just by simply switching your phone to silent mode or you could even ask your roommate or family member to give you privacy. Keep in mind that avoiding these disturbances will aid you to concentrate and study effectively.

 

6. FIND MOTIVATION

One of the top reasons why many students are lazy to study is due to lack of motivation. Finding motivation will help you to concentrate and think about the benefits after studying, just like passing an exam and getting high grades or recognition from your teacher or you will be noticed by the cutie you have a crush on when you got the perfect score. Visualize yourself after studying and think of its positive outcome. In this way you could study effectively since you already have that will to achieve something.

 

7. THINK ABOUT ITS CONSEQUENCES

Thinking about the positive outcome of studying could be a motivation for a person to start studying. If you have this kind of motivation in your mind, yet you still do not have that willpower to start it and laziness still dominates you, how about trying the other way around? Instead of thinking the benefits of studying, think about the consequences if you don’t study. You could possibly have a failing grade and will be forced to take up the same subject again. It sounds terrible. So have this as a motivation to get up, flip the pages of your notebooks, start reading and learning.

 

8. DO EASIER TASKS

One thing that could be a problem in studying, is actually how to start it. You tend to be overwhelmed with bigger tasks and how to start it and finish it on time. Take it easy. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself as it could add up to your laziness. That feeling when you want to give up even though you are not yet beginning. Overcome it by starting with easier tasks. For example, start to study topics on a certain subject that is easier for you. Once you successfully completed studying that topic, you will have the confidence to move on to more difficult ones.

 

9. DISCIPLINE YOURSELF

This is the most important thing. The key to beat your laziness is to discipline yourself. In order to achieve something successfully, you must need to stop certain habits or behaviors. As with studying, you must need to stop certain things that could distract you and lose your focus and start doing things that could contribute to accomplish good results. If you easily get distracted with gadgets, put them away while you are studying. Make this a habit so that the next time you have to study, you will get used to it. Keep in mind that these little sacrifices will have great results in the future.

 

10. REWARD YOURSELF

Overcoming laziness is really a struggle, so every time you manage to do it, have yourself a reward. Like if you study for 20 minutes or finish an assignment without any interruptions, give yourself a treat, whether it is your favorite bar of chocolate or favorite ice cream. This will help you build a mindset that making efforts results into positive outcomes.

 

Being lazy with studying is a normal thing. Everyone experiences it, especially if there are a lot to study on and you don’t know where and how to start. However, whether it is for a major exam or a small quiz, you have to take it seriously. Commit yourself to break the habit of laziness. Work harder! Keep in mind that the harder you try, the greater the result is.

 

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MANNERS FOR A GLOBAL STUDENT

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IN AMERICA, YOU HAVE TO BE ON TIME…EVEN FOR PARTIES:

 

There is UK punctuality and Australian punctuality but the degree of American punctuality is the highest. Americans are so damn punctual that they don’t even want you to come late for parties. Just in case you get late, you have to inform the hosts so that you are not welcomed with a frown. At max, someone will wait for you for 15 minutes, post that it’s late.

Says Avneet: “In America, even when you are going out with friends at night, you have to be punctual. Australians too take punctuality seriously. Punctuality in the UK differs from situation to situation. One thing to keep in mind is never to arrive too early. Either be on time or at a max, arrive 15 minutes late after the stated time

 

DID YOU KNOW? 6 HOURS LATE IS ON TIME IN GHANA

 

 

  • High five isn’t the best way to meet and greet the Brits:

 

 

    • We have heard a thousand Brits complain about how some people find it really cool to pass a high five every now and then, and why it is the worst thing to do. Also, for Brits, a peck is acceptable only if you are meeting friends or acquaintances after a very long time.

NO! A WEEK ISN’T THAT LONG TO KISS.

Says Avneet:

    •  “The English culture demands a sense of formality while addressing someone, which is why the same is done with terms like ‘sir’ or ‘ma’am.’ Politeness, reserve and restraint are admired in someone they are meeting for the first time. Most Americans believe in equality and thus end up deferring usage of overtly formal words like sir, and ma’am and call people by their first names unless it is someone of a senior rank. This applies especially to the Northern and Central sections of the continent. In Australia, the greeting system is informal and people commonly greet each other with an informal ‘Hi’ , Hello or ‘Good day.’ In all three of these countries however, it is considered appropriate to address people in a respectful way with a ‘Mr’ or ‘Ms.’ Remember that when you visit a friend’s parents, ‘uncle’ and ‘aunty’ are not terms that are recognised in their culture. This happens only in India! It is always appropriate to address a lady as Ms., irrespective of her being married or not. If she’d like to be addressed as Mrs. wait for her to tell you.

  • In Australia, don’t visit someone without a gift:

 

 

    • You parents already do that in India, and so should you when you move abroad. ‘Khaali Haath’ is just not cool in Australia. You have to carry something which is preferably of your country. So, the next time you visit an Australian family, gift them a scale size replica of Taj Mahal, and not of Sydney Harbour.

Says Avneet:

    •  “It is considered etiquette to bring a small gift when invited to someone’s home preferably something that is native to your country, but even a bottle of wine or flowers is appreciated. Americans usually don’t have any qualms about gifting. They are particular about RSVP’s to plan social engagements accordingly. In the UK thank you notes are considered very polite.

  • Never ever kiss or hug a Brit in public:

 

 

    • Even if you know them. If you are meeting them at a public place or at a formal gathering, a firm handshake is what you should aim at. Just make sure that you don’t crush the lady’s hand like you want to take squeeze some juice out of it?

Says Avneet:

    •  “The British are not overly affectionate, they mark their personal space evidently and one should be wary of hugging, kissing and general show of affection in public. Americans are very particular about personal space. Keep your distance while having conversation as they may automatically step back if they feel you are invading their personal space. Australians are friendly, but extremely particular about personal space too. 1-3 arms distance is the key

  • You don’t show a victory sign to Australians:

 

 

    • How many times do you flash a ‘V’ sign during a day? 5 times atleast? Don’t do it when you are in Australia? They consider it vulgar. Why just America? You should just not flash your local gestures when you are not in your country because you never know what it stands for in a foreign land.

Says Avneet:

    •  “’V’ sign is assumed to be a very vulgar gesture. It does not communicate peace in their culture. The thumbs up sign, which is used very casually across the world, is also considered obscene in Australia. British desire privacy and it is thus considered rude to pry into their personal lives or ask questions about how much they earn. Certain terms or words to describe different races are a huge taboo in all three countries and completely unacceptable as racism poses as a serious problem.

  • Never address the waiter as ‘boss’:

 

 

    • No it isn’t cool and if you call someone with such names, most likely, you will be loathed for it. Also, you can’t use both your hands to eat. It isn’t done!

Says Avneet:

    •  Americans and Australians usually practice eating with a style known as Switch and Switch. It involves you having to cut your food one morsel at a time. The concept behind this style of eating is that a person should be involved with their food as well the people they are dining with. Americans raise their index finger silently to make contact with the server. In Australia and England diners don’t call out to the servers in restaurants but summon them with a quiet hand motion instead. Usage of terms like boss, hero, ‘chote’ is inappropriate.

  • Work etiquette:

 

 

    • Consider yourself lucky that your parents don’t ask you to fend for yourself when you are in need to money, abroad it isn’t the case. Most of the students, once they reach a certain age, work to take care of their need, and that’s why you need to know a lot about work etiquettes.

Says Avneet:

    •  “Student life in America and the UK is extremely expensive – even more so than in Australia. But in all three countries, students tend to get part time jobs, which is why understanding the basics of work etiquette is imperative. Anything that isn’t a corporate job in America or Australia will have a semi formal setting and pay employees a minimum wage or on an hourly basis. So one tends not to get too tied down or attached to the work place. In the UK however, even student jobs are taken seriously and one must maintain good, formal work etiquette. In a business situation, men and women are equals. The men need not hold the door for a lady; hold her chair to get seated etc. Save the chivalry for your date. However, don’t treat all the ladies like your best buds either. Respect one’s personal space at workplace; maintain 1-3 arms distance. While making presentations, present your business case with facts and figures. Emotions and feelings are not important in any business climate.

 

 

A FEW MORE THINGS YOU NEED TO CONSIDER

 

 

  • How to introduce one person to another?

 

 

    • Often, there is confusion as to how to introduce people in a social and work setup. In a social setup, introduce the younger person to the older person. At workplace, introduce a person of lower rank/status to a person of higher rank/status. Do not introduce based on gender. Ladies are not always first. In a social setup, when two people are of similar age and rank, introduce the one you know better to the other person first.

  • Body Language:

 

 

    • Australians are more open or ‘chilled out’ about back slapping, or hugs, or even just shaking hands; that is true for Americans too as long as it is outside of a professional setting. Body language is important for personal presentation on the whole and is not particularly subjective to countries. Respectful, yet friendly body language will go a long way in any circumstance. Make sure your handshakes are firm. Limp and lousy handshakes project under confidence

  • Dressing:

 

 

    • In the modern world, this shouldn’t surprise you as India has taken western fashion to the next level. Formal and informal wear will be the same except more pants and less salwars on women. Jewellery should be small and minimal. Avoid chunky gold jewellery that cause distraction.

  • Telephone etiquette:

 

 

    • The simple rule you have to follow with a person in the UK is to be polite and concise while addressing them over the phone. In Australia and America, being slightly informal over the phone is fairly acceptable. The terms ‘English’ and ‘British’ do not mean the same thing. ‘British’ denotes someone who is from England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. ‘English’ refers to people from England. People from Scotland are ‘Scots’, from Wales ‘Welsh’ and from Northern Ireland ‘Irish’. Be sure not to call someone Welsh, Scots, or Northern Irish ‘English’.

  • Inside and outside voices:

 

 

    • It’s not a great idea to be too loud around people or in a conversation. But again, your behavior has a lot to do with your environment. The British, as mentioned before, are extremely polite – remember to maintain that conversationally. Being too outspoken or too loud will not go down well with them.

 

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER OPTIONS, SALARY, COURSE AND COLLEGES

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Watching the world through the lens provides a different perspective through one’s eyes and if photography is a passion which you want to pursue, wait no longer as there are many photography courses offered which can help you make your passion into a profession.

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The Reasons why choosing photography as a career will turn out great for aspirants. From freelance to reporting, if you want to build a career in photography, there are diverse options nationally which can assist the candidate to learn, grow, develop to understand the ethics of working with the camera. For a candidate who wishes to enter the field of photography and pursue a career behind the lens of a camera, the minimum requirement is a high school diploma or a bachelor’s degree. Candidates generally pursue a course in photo-journalism, fine arts or a full- edged bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. However, other than theory, it is the practical work that candidates should improve upon as theory in this course is basically a manual to the camera. It’s the years of practice that makes a photographer better by understanding the aperture, shutter speed, landscape/portrait mode, rule of third and how to work on the manual mode in the camera.

HOW TO BECOME A PHOTOGRAPHER

 

Photography starts as a passion, becomes a hobby and eventually learn and grow along the way.With the booming media industry, it is not the degree but the hours spent behind the camera which makes a great photographer. From getting the technique right to learning the angles, vision and the light, photography is what an image a person sees before capturing the vision.

During colleges, candidates will be provided with assignments which can help the aspirant understand the working of a camera better. From outdoor shooting to indoor, the working of the aperture in a camera, to portrait shots and the list is endless. The assignments can add great value to the candidates’ portfolio which can help aspirants in search of a job in the field.

ENROLL FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE

 

To pursue a photography career, the first step is taking a photography course. With technology growing rapidly, the working of a camera is also steadily improving. Candidates need to understand the working of a camera, the theoretical and practical part of photography as the course trains candidates in the required skills and techniques. You can apply for admission in various colleges which o er photography or pursue a diploma course as well.

GET THE BASICS RIGHT

Once the candidate has enrolled in a college/university/institute, if the candidate has knowledge on the working of a camera, the theoretical part will be simpler for the aspirant to understand. However, if aspirants are new to the camera, the candidate will have to understand the basics first:

    • Rule of Thirds:
      The frame is divided into nine equal rectangles, three horizontal and three vertical across the frame. The general idea of the rule of third is to understand the framing of a photograph that is being clicked. The grid can help the aspirant to get all the important features in a frame and nail the composition.

 

    • Shutter speed:
      The shutter speed is the unit of measurement which determines how long the shutter of the camera remains open while the picture is being clicked. Shutter speed goes hand in hand with the aperture. The shutter speed is all based on motion.

 

    • Aperture:
      The aperture is the unit of measurement that defines the opening of a lens to control the amount of light entering the digital sensor of a camera. The aperture is measured in F-stop.
      Understanding the basics can immensely assist the photographer take balanced and interesting clicks.

 

 

DO AN INTERNSHIP

After understanding the basics and the working of a camera, candidates are advised to take up internships. This can allow the aspirants to explore the outside world and gain knowledge from professionals in the field. The internship can not only help the aspirant grow, but also meet people who can come handy in the future.

Other than internships, aspirants can also sign up for competitions held around as it can be a platform for you to showcase your talent and skills. The work is eventually evaluated and can give the candidate an idea on what to work on. And if you win competitions, there are great opportunities to work with professionals let alone a certificate and prize.

BUILD A PORTFOLIO

With the work done over the years, the main backup is making a portfolio, blog or website as it displays your work done over the years. The portfolio is your USP (unique selling point) which can add immense value in the market as the need to professional photographers is rapidly growing. The blog/website/portfolio online gives you a chance to get noticed and thus build a healthy photography career.

SKILLS TO PURSUE A CAREER IN PHOTOGRAPHY

There are certain skills which a candidate needs to perfect, which will eventually develop over time. From the composition of the photography to its USP to what the click represents, a photographer needs to master these skills:

    • Vision:
      The first skill a photographer must have is vision. A vision as to what exactly a photographer is clicking. One will have to nd ways to make their images creative. Through a vision which one sees, is imprinted through a photograph. The photograph clicked helps you communicate and inform others as to what you have envisioned.

 

    • Communication:
      What you have clicked, the image should speak for itself. As the saying goes, ‘a picture says a thousand words’, the image needs to stand out and represent itself rather than the photographer having to explain what it is about. The photographer also needs to enhance his communication skills as it is quite essential in relationships with clients. A client and a photographer need to be on the same page as to what is required and what is exactly needed to be done.

 

    • Technical Skills:
      One needs to fully understand the technical parts of a camera in order to operate smoothly. All the settings, modes need to be fully understood before working. Other than the camera, a photographer needs to understand the working of different lenses, a tripod, covering videos and more. Other than clicking the photograph, one also needs to know how to edit the picture If need be.

 

TOP COLLEGES TO STUDY PHOTOGRAPHY COURSES AFTER 12TH

 

 Delhi College of Photography, New Delhi  National Institute of Photography, Mumbai
 Light and Life Academy, Ooty  Sir JJ Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai
 Osmania University, Hyderabad  AJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research Center, New Delhi
 National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad  Asian Academy of Film and Television,Noida
 Jawarharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University,
Hyderabad
 Pixel Institute of Photography, New Delhi

PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER IN INDIA

While some photographers freelance, some after gaining years of experience run their own studios or work for companies as salaried employees. There are different beats in photography career as well as it could be related to news, events, sports, wildlife, cultural events, political and much more. The list is long and the need for professional photographers is in demand at the moment.

As exciting the job sounds, the arduous it can get at the same time. But where’s the fun if there is no hard work involved? The field of working behind the lens are improved immensely in the last couple of years as from to just being restricted to traditional media-related work, the expansion in e-commerce, advertising, mass media has created a large demand for professional photographers.

Photography as a career can include work such as:

  • Working in marketing and networking through social media
  • Updating and managing digital portfolio and website
  • Archiving images
  • Staying up to date of trends in market/news
  • Use Photoshop to edit pictures for commercial purposes

LIST OF PHOTOGRAPHY CAREERS

Passion in photography can take a person to great heights (literally as well). The field is growing vastly and now it is pictures which speak louder than words. The job requires dedication as photography requires one to invest time, effort and money towards achieving their dream. Here are a list of modernized photography based career options.

Sports:
From a fast-paced football match to a middle-stump being bowled o in cricket, sports photography is no child’s play as photography in this beat is all about speed and timing, which means the proper use of shutter speed. Sports has always been thrilling and exciting, where many emotions are captured through the eyes of the lens in a matter of seconds.

Travel:
Love travelling? Whenever you discover someplace new, you do tend to take out your phone or camera to click a picture, so why not make it a career? Travel the world, explore new places, capture what you see through the eyes. From picturesque landscapes to beaches and mountains, to the culture and tradition, travelling is generally an option one doesn’t simply turn down.

Environment:
Nature, wildlife? Sounds risky, but the thrills is what keeps a photographer going. To exploring jungles, forests to clicking a variety of shots in any type of weather, nature is simply exquisite. And wildlife on the other hand, that can get your heart racing. Wildlife photography requires intensive training as other than your photography skills, your survival skills are pretty much needed as well.

Product photography:
From jewellery to food items, all which comes under advertising and promotion, is known as product photography. For restaurants to make their dishes more appetizing or for a jewellery to make his products more appealing, professional photographers are hired. The range is never-ending.

Photojournalist:
The photographer is on the run in this beat as a photojournalist is at the forefront of news. The range in the media is never-ending as it can go from culture to international issues to sports or events, a photographer in this field need to perseverant.

Fashion:
Fashion photography is all about the gilt and glamour, but its one industry which is quite tough to make it into. From cover shots of top magazines to keeping up with the latest styles to trends on the runway, fashion photographers need to have a reputed portfolio if they want to join the fashion industry. To shoots from all around the world like Paris, Milan, New York, photography is all about getting the lighting and angles right.

Science photography:
The new beat which has come into play is science photography. To extreme close-ups of cells to ariel photography of a jungle, the need of photography is now in demand in modern science. From capturing solar eclipses to using photographic imaging technology to capture an image of DNA molecules, photography is required to gather data which can’t be processed to seen by the human eye.

Wedding photography:
Weddings are all about emotions and first chances. You may get one shot to capture a moment which may never be repeated again. From a mixture of portraits to culture, wedding photography is the element of getting the best shots that you can. From a couples dance to happiness all round, to the lighting, a photographer needs to be at his best.

PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER: SALARIES OFFERED

Photography as a job profile may sound dreamy, but one point that should be taken into consideration is the cut-throat competition. However, it is the erce competitiveness which can make you stand out from the rest. A career in photography is highly demanding which can take up time. To get the perfect shot, for photographers, it has taken hours, sometimes up to days to get the desired click. Here are some factors which infuence salary in photography careers:

  • The more the experience, the higher one goes in the chain. Be it salary employed, freelance or self-employed, it’s the level of experience which matters at the end of the day in a photography career.
  • One’s portfolio speaks for itself. From the amount of assignments which you have worked on to handling different projects, your portfolio should define what the photographer is all about.
  • If you are self-employed, you can charge the client accordingly.

The average salary offered in India, according to PayScale, is as follows:

 Per annum  Rs 353,619-Rs 1,087,000
 Monthly  Rs 21,000-23,000

 

The average salary offered on a yearly basis is Rs 353,619 per annum, which can go upto Rs 1,087,000. On a monthly basis in a photography career, an average employed salaries begin at Rs 21K-23K and the sky is the limit. Salaries also vary on the designation you are working as or in a particular department such as:

  • Video Editing
  • Film Production
  • Product photography
  • Editing
  • Photojournalism

 

Salaries may vary based on the job profile. However, in photography, it is the experience and the portfolio which matters the most.

 

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