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Daniel is an INSEAD MBA, class of 1966.
I am a freshman at the University of South Florida and I plan major in general business, with the hopes of becoming a top executive at a corporation. Is this a realistic goal? What steps should I take to achieve my goal? Is an M.B.A. necessary?— Read answer
Prior to applying for my first job as a trainee technical writer in June, I'd like to write an article for publication in a professional journal. I plan to use the piece as a marketing tool in my job search. What type of article should I write?— Read answer
I am a senior in high school. I have to start making choices on what courses I want to pursue in university and what the career will be for my future.
I have always been told that business is a very boring category. I want to know if it is true. I asked people if marketing is interesting, but they say that marketing in Canada can't get me anywhere.
So I just want some advice on the different jobs in business. I am the person who likes to do something different all the time, which means I don't like accounting. Can anyone help me out with my questions? Thank you!— Read answer
I'm preparing to earn a general certificate of secondary education (GCSE), as I want to be a solicitor. I don't know what courses to take and I've been told that I need to study history. I don’t want to do that, but I will if I have to.— Read answer
I'm a college senior majoring in computer engineering and computer science. I am debating whether to stay at my university to earn a master's degree or go to business school. If I stay, I can earn the degree in just a year, while still on my scholarship, and delay entering the lousy job market. However, my school has a poor career-development center and most good business schools have strong ones. Also, I have a strong education but no work experience.— Read answer
I'm studying Spanish and management at University College London, but want to change my concentration because I don't like the courses I'm taking. My goal is to earn a generous income by working in the international marketing or publishing side of the music industry. I speak English and French fluently and have a good understanding of Spanish.
Next year I plan on studying business finance at Durham University or European business at Portsmouth University. Which choice would best position me for achieving my goal? Also, which extracurricular activities should I participate in?— Read answer
A college degree today is almost useless in getting ahead. I worked hard and got my bachelor's degree six years ago, and I can tell you personally that in the jobs I have been hired for, it was totally useless for getting hired. I sweated plenty in having an outstanding grade-point average only to discover that employers don't even bother to look at it for a position. No one is going to hire you just because you have a degree in something. The only thing a degree might do for you is get your resume past the preliminary screening a human-resources person does when initially looking through received resumes for a position.
All the talk about "research" showing "statistics" about how much a college degree increases your lifetime earnings, etc. is just propaganda put out by the college academic community to protect THEIR jobs by keeping up this farce. Don't waste the time and money on a college degree. Get into training for plumbing or car repair, or a skill like carpentry or welding. Don't saddle your kids with four years of sweating over books, tests and a huge debt at the end of it. There are truck drivers in my area who make more money, have a more secure future and are in greater demand than me with my degree.
I dare anyone to challenge the assertions I have made in the above!— Read answer
This June I will graduate from university with a bachelor's degree in biology and for that reason I have started job search in my field. However, I haven't found a job that doesn't ask for previous experience. The problem is, I don't have any previous experience. How do I land my first job with this obstacle? Should I go ahead and apply regardless of ads that state a three-year experience requirement?— Read answer