How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

MHRD accepts Justice Reddy Committee Recommendations on open, distance education programmes

How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

New Delhi: The central government has accepted the Justice Reddy Committee recommendations regarding the Distance Education Programmes being run in the country by various universities. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted a three members Committee after the Supreme Court directed it to constitute a three members Committee to examine the issues related to distance education in the country and also to suggest a road map for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues.

The court has ordered to constitute the committee comprising of eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level.

Now, the Ministry has notified following instructions to all the stakeholders based on the recommendations of the Justice Reddy Committee on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Courses:

1. The list of approved courses offered under ODL mode, institution – wise every year is available on UGC website at www.ugc.ac.in/deb.

2. No course, other than the one that finds place in the list referred to above, would be recognized and a candidate who studies unrecognized courses cannot claim any benefit.

3. Under no circumstances, retrospective or ex-post facto recognition to any course through ODL mode shall be granted by UGC.

4. Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are required to comply with all the provisions of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments. If any deviation by the HEI is noticed, the same would entail not only withdrawal of permission/ recognition for such ODL courses but also for other courses offered by the institutions, on regular and conventional mode.

5. The UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 are applicable to all HEIs as given at Clause (3) of sub-regulation (1) of Part – I of UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017. It is further clarified that the private universities created under the State enactments shall be under obligation to strictly follow the requirements, stipulated by the UGC, issued from time to time including those under the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017.

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UPTET 2018 Result Today? Check Update Here

UPTET 2018 Result Today? Check Update Here

UPTET 2018 revised answer key was released on December 1, 2018 and with the release of the final answer key, the drill for the UPTET 2018 result has begun. The final result will be prepared on the basis of the revised answer key. Candidates can go through the revised answer key and can get a fair estimate of their scores in the UPTET 2018 exam. UP Basic Education Board is yet to announce the date for UPTET result declaration.

The UP Education Department, in October 2018, had said that the result for UPTET 2018 will be announced on December 10, 2018. While December 10 could be the official result date, several media outlets have speculated that UPTET 2018 result may be released in next 2-3 days.

While the air around UPTET 2018 result declaration remains uncertain, the registration process for 68,000 teacher vacancies in the school education department in Uttar Pradesh will begin from December 11. The registration process for the vacancies will be undertaken on the official website of the Board, upbasiceduboard.gov.in.

These vacancies will be filled on the basis of the marks scored by candidates in the UPTET 2018. However, success in UPTET 2018 does not automatically mean that candidates would be selected for the teaching vacancies. Selection for teaching vacancies will be subject to fulfilling the eligibility criteria prescribed by UP School Education Department.

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Is Your Open And Distance Programme Fake? Check UGC Recognised University List Here

Is Your Open And Distance Programme Fake? Check UGC Recognised University List Here

Several students who enrolled into distance education programmes offered by the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) of the University of Mumbai woke upto the news recently that their Institute no longer has the required recognition from the UGC, official government body responsible for the Open and Distance programmes run in the country. University Grants Commission (UGC)’s Distance Education Bureau on October 3, 2018 released a list of Higher Education Institutions or universities in India recognized by the commission for academic year 2018-19 and onwards to conduct programmes through the Open and Distance Learning Mode.

How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

According to the list published by the UGC the some universities have their recognition to run the Open and Distance programmes till 2019-20 academic year, while some are allowed to run their courses till 2022-2023.

(Click here to know which courses are recognised by UGC)

Complete UGC Recognised University List

Check the complete list UGC recognised HEIs here (state-wise as on October 3, 2018):

ANDHRA PRADESH

1. ACHARYA NAGARJUNA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

2. SRI PADMAVATI MAHILA VISHWAVIDYALAYAM (STATE UNIVERSITY)

ARUNACHAL PRADESH

3. RAJIV GANDHI UNIVERSITY

ASSAM

4. ASSAM DON BOSCO UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

5. KRISHNA KANTA HANDIQUE STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

6. GAUHATI UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

7. DIBRUGARH UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

8. TEZPUR UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

BIHAR

9. LALIT NARAYAN MITHILA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

10. NALANDA OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

CHANDIGARH

11. PANJAB UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

UGC Urges Universities To Submit Social Science Research Proposal To IMPRESS

CHHATTISGARH

12. PT. SUNDARLAL SHARMA OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

13. C.V.RAMAN UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

DELHI

14. INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

15. UNIVERSITY OF DELHI (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

16. RASHTRIYA SANSKRIT SANSTHAN (DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY)

GUJARAT

17. DR. BABASAHEB AMBEDKAR OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

HARYANA

18. CHAUDHARY DEVI LAL UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

19. MAHARISHI DAYANAND UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

20. GURU JAMBESHWAR UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

KARNATAKA

21. KARNATAKA STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

22. MANGALORE UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

23. BANGALORE UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

24. KUVEMPU UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

25. MYSORE UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

26. JAIN UNIVERSITY (DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY)

New Approval Body For Journals In Social Sciences, Humanities: UGC

KERALA

27. UNIVERSITY OF KERALA (STATE UNIVERSITY)

28. CALICUT UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

29. KANNUR UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

MAHARASHTRA

30. MAHATMA GANDHI ANTARRASHTRIYA HINDI VISHWAVIDYALAYA (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

31. SHIVAJI UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

32. YASHWANTRAO CHAVAN MAHARASHTRA OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

33. SMT. NATHIBAI DAMODAR THACKERSEY WOMENS UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

MADHYA PRADESH

34. BARKATULLAH UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

35. M.P.BHOJ (OPEN) UNIVERSITY

36. MAHARISHI MAHESH YOGI VEDIC VISHWAVIDYALAYA (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

37. DEVI AHILYA VISHWAVIDYALAYA (STATE UNIVERSITY)

38. M.G. CHITRAKOOT VISHWAVIDYALAYA (STATE UNIVERSITY)

ODISHA

39. FAKIR MOHAN UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

40. NORTH ORISSA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

41. ORISSA STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

PUNJAB

42. PUNJABI UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

43. LOVELY PROFESSIONAL UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

PONDICHERRY

44. PONDICHERRY UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

RAJASTHAN

45. JAIPUR NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

46. SURESH GYAN VIHAR UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

47. JAGAN NATH UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

48. VARDHMAN MAHAVEER OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

49. JAYOTI VIDYAPEETH WOMEN’S UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

TAMIL NADU

50. UNIVERSITY OF MADRAS (STATE UNIVERSITY)

51. ANNA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

52. TAMIL NADU OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

53. TAMIL UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

54. SRM INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DEEMED TO BE UNIVERSITY)

TRIPURA

55. INSTITUTE OF CHARTERED FINANCIAL ANALYSTS OF INDIA, AGARTALA (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

56. TRIPURA UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

TELANGANA

57. KAKATIYA UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

58. MAULANA AZAD NATIONAL URDU UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

59. DR. B.R. AMBEDKER OPEN UNIVERSITY, HYDERABAD (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

60. THE ENGLISH AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

UTTARAKHAND

61. UTTARAKHAND OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

62. UNIVERSITY OF PETROLEUM AND ENERGY STUDIES (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

UTTAR PRADESH

63. ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY (CENTRAL UNIVERSITY)

64. INTEGRAL UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

65. U.P. RAJARSHI TANDON OPEN UNIVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

66. SWAMI VIVEKANAND SUBHARTI UNIVERSITY (PRIVATE UNIVERSITY)

WEST BENGAL

67. BURDWAN UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

68. NETAJI SUBHASH OPEN UNVERSITY (STATE OPEN UNIVERSITY)

69. VIDYASAGAR UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

70. UNIVERSITY OF KALYANI (STATE UNIVERSITY)

71. RABINDRA BHARATI UNIVERSITY (STATE UNIVERSITY)

OTHERS

72. JAGADGURU SHRI SHIVARATHREESW ARA UNIVERSITY (KARNATAKA)

73. JAIN VISHWA BHARATI INSTITUTE (RAJASTHAN)

74. DAYALBAGH EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE (UTTAR PRADESH)

75. PADMASHREE DR. D.Y. PATIL VIDYAPEETH, MUMBAI (MAHARASHTRA)

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Mumbai University Distance Education Programme De-Recognised By UGC

Mumbai University Distance Education Programme De-Recognised By UGC

Mumbai University Distance Education Programme De-Recognised By UGC

New Delhi: 

Several students who enrolled into distance education programme offered by the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) of the University of Mumbai have been sent in a lurch. The distance programme offered by University of Mumbai is no longer recognized by UGC. The Distance Education Bureau, UGC released the list of approved Distance Education Institutes and their corresponding courses for the academic year 2018-19 on October 3 this year.

By the time the list was released, several Open Universities and Distance Education departments had completed the admission process. Students who have taken admission into such programmes and institutes which are no longer recognized by UGC are now in a fix.

How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

As reported by Mumbai Mirror, the Mumbai University Distance Education Programme lost its recognition because of the University’s lack of a NAAC grade. As reported by Mumbai Mirror, the University had completed admission process to the distance education courses on October 30, which poses the question as to why the University went ahead with the admission process when UGC had de-recognized its distance programmes.

Is Your Open And Distance Programme Fake? Check UGC Recognised University List Here

It’s not just IDOL, Mumbai University that has lost its recognition. As opposed to 118 Open Schools and Universities that were recognized by UGC in the list released in 2017, there are only 75 universities in the list released in 2018.

There is no word form UGC yet about the plight of these students and what steps could be taken to rectify the mistake and not allow one academic year to go into waste for these students.

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Mumbai University Distance Education Programme De-Recognised By UGC

Mumbai University Distance Education Programme De-Recognised By UGC

Mumbai University Distance Education Programme De-Recognised By UGC

New Delhi: Several students who enrolled into distance education programme offered by the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) of the University of Mumbai have been sent in a lurch. The distance programme offered by University of Mumbai is no longer recognized by UGC. The Distance Education Bureau, UGC released the list of approved Distance Education Institutes and their corresponding courses for the academic year 2018-19 on October 3 this year.

By the time the list was released, several Open Universities and Distance Education departments had completed the admission process. Students who have taken admission into such programmes and institutes which are no longer recognized by UGC are now in a fix.

How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

As reported by Mumbai Mirror, the Mumbai University Distance Education Programme lost its recognition because of the University’s lack of a NAAC grade. As reported by Mumbai Mirror, the University had completed admission process to the distance education courses on October 30, which poses the question as to why the University went ahead with the admission process when UGC had de-recognized its distance programmes.

Is Your Open And Distance Programme Fake? Check UGC Recognised University List Here

It’s not just IDOL, Mumbai University that has lost its recognition. As opposed to 118 Open Schools and Universities that were recognized by UGC in the list released in 2017, there are only 75 universities in the list released in 2018.

There is no word form UGC yet about the plight of these students and what steps could be taken to rectify the mistake and not allow one academic year to go into waste for these students.

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How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

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How To Ensure You Are Enrolled In A Recognised Distance Learning Course

MHRD accepts Justice Reddy Committee Recommendations on open, distance education programmes

New Delhi: 

The central government has accepted the Justice Reddy Committee recommendations regarding the Distance Education Programmes being run in the country by various universities. Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) constituted a three members Committee after the Supreme Court directed it to constitute a three members Committee to examine the issues related to distance education in the country and also to suggest a road map for strengthening and setting up of oversight and regulatory mechanism in the relevant field of higher education and allied issues.

The court has ordered to constitute the committee comprising of eminent persons who have held high positions in the field of education, investigation, administration or law at national level.

Now, the Ministry has notified following instructions to all the stakeholders based on the recommendations of the Justice Reddy Committee on Open and Distance Learning (ODL) Courses:

1. The list of approved courses offered under ODL mode, institution – wise every year is available on UGC website at www.ugc.ac.in/deb.

2. No course, other than the one that finds place in the list referred to above, would be recognized and a candidate who studies unrecognized courses cannot claim any benefit.

3. Under no circumstances, retrospective or ex-post facto recognition to any course through ODL mode shall be granted by UGC.

4. Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) are required to comply with all the provisions of the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 and its amendments. If any deviation by the HEI is noticed, the same would entail not only withdrawal of permission/ recognition for such ODL courses but also for other courses offered by the institutions, on regular and conventional mode.

5. The UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017 are applicable to all HEIs as given at Clause (3) of sub-regulation (1) of Part – I of UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017. It is further clarified that the private universities created under the State enactments shall be under obligation to strictly follow the requirements, stipulated by the UGC, issued from time to time including those under the UGC (ODL) Regulations, 2017.

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Why the world’s wealthy are investing more in companies that care, Aecon’s tumble and where Prem Watsa sees opportunities

A global investment club for the wealthy whose members aim to bring about social or environmental change as well as making a profit has grown by more than US$1-billion in two years, according to a report.

Toniic said its members now have a combined US$2.8-billion in what’s considered impact investments – capital placed with companies and organizations that can demonstrate they benefit society or the environment – up from US$1.65-billion in 2016.

Members, who include families and foundations as well as wealthy individuals, said the industry was becoming more mainstream.

“Impact investing is not some minority sport by some hippies on the fringes,” James Perry, chief executive of the Panahpur charitable foundation, which has investments worth 4 million pounds (US$5.34-million).

Toniic found 82 per cent of members who participated in its study had portfolios that met or exceeded their financial expectations according to the report, released on Thursday.

A majority said impact investments yielded returns on a par with traditional investments.

Perry cited Auticon, a British IT consultancy that helps integrate employees with autism into workplaces, as a successful impact investment in the Panahpur portfolio. Auticon’s shares rose in value recently after it expanded into other countries.

“Clear dissatisfaction in the way the economy is going and emerging data around changing ecosystems have woken people up. People are seeing they can’t carry on like they are,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The amount of money going into impact investing is rising by about 18 per cent a year, according to the Global Impact Investing Network, whose 2017 survey found the market was worth at least US$114-billion.

However Damian Payiatiakis, head of impact investing at Barclays, said the industry was still in its infancy.

“The industry has progressed from the stage of visionary innovators and is now entering one of early adopters, but the majority of investors aren’t yet aware of or being offered this opportunity,” he said.

— Lee Mannion, Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Stocks to ponder

CI Financial Corp. (CIX-T). The S&P/TSX Composite was more or less flat for the trading week ending with Thursday’s close, easing lower by 0.2 per cent, but the benchmark remains in overbought, technically vulnerable territory according to Relative Strength Index (RSI). The RSI level of 73 is just over the 70 sell signal and miles away from the oversold RSI buy signal of 30. There are four oversold, technically attractive index constituents trading below the RSI buy signal led by Aecon Group Inc. Dorel Industries Class B, CI Financial Corp. and Extendicare Inc. round out the list. Scott Barlow focuses on CI Financial as he was surprised that a company with its fortunes leveraged to market performance was not following the benchmark higher. (For subscribers).

Quebecor Inc. (QBR.B-T). This stock appears on the positive breakouts list with its share price closing at an all-time high on Thursday. Analysts have positive outlooks on the security with 14 buy recommendations. Earlier this month, the company announced a change to its dividend policy, which is expected to result in meaningful increases to its dividend over the next few years. Quebec-based Quebecor Inc. is a telecommunications and media holding company with an 81.5-per-cent interest in Quebecor Media Inc. Quebecor has three key business segments: telecommunications with its core asset, Videotron Ltd.; the media segment, with the television broadcaster, TVA Group; and its smallest segment, sports and entertainment. Jennifer Dowty reports (for subscribers).

Aecon Group Inc. (ARE-T). Aecon Group Inc. didn’t work as a short-term takeover target. Perhaps the stock will look better as a long-term investment. The construction firm had seen its share price soar to a 10-year high of $20 in April, ahead of a proposed $1.5-billion takeover by the financing unit of China Communications Construction Co. Ltd. (CCCC), which is majority-owned by the Chinese government. But on Thursday, the shares tumbled to levels seen 4½ years ago, down 15.4 per cent for the day, after the Canadian government blocked the deal on Wednesday, citing national security. David Berman reports (for subscribers).

Watsa shuns China as Fairfax looks for investment in India, U.S.

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Watsa shuns China as Fairfax looks for investment in India, U.S.

Prem Watsa, the billionaire head of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., sees plenty of opportunities for investment in the U.S. and his native India. He’s less interested in the other Asian powerhouse. “In China, we are less invested,” Watsa said in an interview with BNN Bloomberg Television Friday. “We like democracy. We like business-friendly policies.” Watsa, who emigrated from India 46 years ago, is most excited about the opportunities being created there due to the policies implemented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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How Do You Package Yourself Into One Coherent Personal Brand After Multiple Career Changes?

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This Washington, DC reader has changed careers multiple times and is stymied on how to explain her diverse story (different industries, different functional roles) in a way that resonates with recruiters, hiring managers, and her broader network:

I just read your article “Personal Rebranding: How To Be Seen Differently” as personal branding is something I have struggled with and something I am currently working on. About 3 years ago, I decided to switch careers to [a different industry] and it’s been a great experience! I am somewhat of a unicorn in that I have multiple skills which I am having a hard time “packaging” for recruiters and hiring managers. I find that, when I talk to recruiters, they want to quickly figure out what box I can fit into (sales? client services? operations? business development? project management?), and that approach is not working for me. Same with networking. I like the idea of having multiple personal brand stories to pull from. Can you help me get unstuck and think through how best to build my story?

With people living longer and therefore having longer careers, it’s more likely that today’s professional will change careers at least once, if not multiple times. With companies increasingly turning to contingent workers, and more people joining the gig economy, it’s more common for today’s professional to have an eclectic background. Therefore, this reader’s career path of multiple industries skills, and roles likely applies to more and more readers.

It is challenging to develop a succinct introductory pitch when you have held many jobs. It can be confusing for the listener when the jobs are very different. Finally, it can be confusing for you to constantly have to decide what to emphasize in your background, what to omit altogether, and how to embrace your variety of experiences within one compelling story. If you have many different industries and jobs in your background, here are four guidelines to help you package yourself into one coherent personal brand:

Don’t pitch to recruiters

 I’m a recruiter and a multiple-time career changer, and I would never hire myself. My job as a recruiter is to find a clear fit for my client’s job opening – i.e., the round peg for the round hole My client can be imaginative and hire an unusual, “out-of-the-box” candidate, but the recruiter’s role is to find the obvious candidate. Therefore, a recruiter has no use for backgrounds that don’t follow obvious, traditional career paths – e.g., the banker with decades in banking for the banking job.

If you meet a recruiter at an event, find out first what they specialize in, and only talk about your experience in that area. If you don’t have experience in that area but you want to be considered, resist the urge to introduce yourself as someone with translatable skills. Recruiters can’t do anything with translatable – we look at proven only. You are better off referring someone who is excellent and 100% on point with what the recruiter does. This way, you demonstrate immediately that you understand their area, you showcase yourself as connected and savvy to how professional networking works, and you open the door for an ongoing relationship with this recruiter. Who knows? You may get relevant experience down the road that will cause the recruiter to change their mind about you, or you might tap the recruiter for market information, if not a direct lead.

Tailor your pitch to your audience

 Talking to recruiters in a way that caters to their interests is an example of tailoring your pitch to your audience. When you have a varied background, tailoring your pitch to the specific things (whether a job, industry, or expertise) that your listener is interested in is ideal because you make it easy for the other person to relate to you. It’s easier to develop rapport with someone who shares the same interest.

This doesn’t preclude expanding the conversation to mention other jobs, industries, or expertise. When I’m giving a workshop to a working parents’ group, I introduce myself as married with two kids and two businesses. If I’m giving the same workshop – say, it’s about negotiation – to MBA’s interested in banking and consulting, I introduce myself as a former banker/ consultant. Both of those aspects of my background are true, but I’m packaging my introduction for maximum relatability and rapport. Invariably, I talk about my banking and consulting work to the parents and about my busy family life to the MBA’s, but by then, my value and credibility are already established.

If you can’t pick just one thing, pick one common thread

 Sometimes you can’t focus your story because you’re sharing it to the general public, say on LinkedIn. Your LinkedIn summary, a professional bio that lives on your website, or an introduction you include in a speaker’s kit should include a comprehensive summary of your career. When your career is very varied, you can keep it coherent by sticking to a theme across your story .

For example, my career goes from piano to banking to consulting to recruiting to acting to media to entrepreneurship to a little bit of all my previous industries. When I tell it like a laundry list, it sounds scattered. When I introduce myself as a career change expert and extreme career changer myself, I give my story a hook that each distinct thread can relate to.

One client with an MD and an MBA branded as a bridge between the science and commercialization of biotech. Another client with financial services operations as her profession and multiple Board positions as her personal passion branded as a trusted advisor on spending. Her day job was advising hedge funds on back office costs, and her volunteer work included advising diverse non-profits on budget issues, so we picked the overlap in two seemingly different roles.

Package your story for your future, not your past

 Keep in mind that the common thread worked for my financial services client because she ultimately wanted (and landed) a role advising institutions on investing. The science/ commercialization thread worked for my MD/ MBA because he wanted a general management role in biotech. My extreme career changer moniker works for me because my ideal client is an aspiring career changer. The best personal branding story packages you for what you want to do in the future, not just what you have done before.

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Focus on future of farm careers

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Hundreds of secondary students from across Victoria descended on Melbourne University’s Dookie campus last week.

The Food and Fibre Careers Day offered more than a dozen workshops on many areas of modern agriculture, with a heavy focus on technology.

Organiser Karen Edwards said one aspect of the day involved busting myths surrounding a career in 21st century agriculture.

‘‘Any chance we have we talk about where technology works,’’ Ms Edwards said.

‘‘In adult terms, we talk about increasing productivity, but in kids’ terms we talk about making jobs easier and what kinds of opportunities are open to them.’’

Ms Edwards said modern farming had moved a long way from the traditional family farm model of last century.

‘‘You’re not out there doing manual labour. You’re very much working with technology, working on big business decisions, working with big data,’’ she said.

The workshops included hydroponics, plant science, agribusiness, transport, grains, dairy and drones.

Drone pilot and instructor John Bursill said the day’s idyllic weather had made his job that much easier.

‘‘We’ve had great weather and no wind, a beautiful day for flying,’’ he said.

Mr Bursill said drones were evolving into an important agricultural tool, with more and more uses being discovered every day.

Soon, checking up on pregnant stock will become easier, thanks to research being done at Dookie.

‘‘University of Melbourne is using thermal imaging to determine which stock are about to drop,’’ he said.

Mr Bursill said while most drones were used for asset management, checking up on such things as troughs, fencing and stock and a much wider range of uses was coming online.

‘‘Infra-red (for) looking at plant health, from there you can go to thermal, which is looking at where water density is… where to irrigate.’’

The students also got to perform some hands-on lab work, analysing cows’ blood under the instruction of Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE’s Tanille Baily.

‘‘I’ve been awfully surprised with how well they’ve loved doing blood smears, it’s been very rewarding,’’ Dr Baily said.

‘‘It’s been very hands-on, giving them a bit of exposure to what we do in the veterinary professions.’’

Dr Baily said a few students had asked how to become vets themselves.

‘‘We’ve had a few people asking questions of what they have to do and how they can get into it,’’ she said.

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Circular Economy Pledges from Japanese & Finnish Ministers

December Meeting to Encourage EU to ‘Walk the Talk’Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants – Making the Circular Economy HappenZero Waste Scotland ConferenceIndustry Urges Scotland to Embrace Circular EconomyProcuring a More Circular Future – Event Highlights Economic Opportunity for ScotlandZero Waste Scotland: Procurement A Key Tool to Shape Circular Economy

At the 2nd World Circular Economy Forum, held in Yokohama, Japan from 22-24 October this year, Japan’s State Minister of the Environment, Tsukasa Akimoto, pledged that Japan will advance the circular economy when the world’s third biggest economy takes up the presidency of the group of 20 countries (G20) in 2019.

At the closing event of the Minister said: “Japan will bring the output of this forum to various international conferences such as the Asia-Pacific 3R promotion forum, United Nations Environment Assembly UNEA4 and G20, which Japan will be the chair country of next year, and show strong leadership for the circular economy.”

When speaking to the international media at the forum, Finland’s Minister of the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen stressed that Finland’s EU- and Japan’s G20-presidency in 2019 will be a fantastic opportunity to promote the solutions of circular economy and to fight environmental collapse and climate change.

On Monday 22 October Japan’s Minister of the Environment Yoshiaki Harada and Minister Tiilikainen signed the Memorandum of Environmental Cooperation, which will pave the way for more intensive cooperation between universities, research institutions and companies.

The importance of co-operation was highlighted by Jyrki Katainen, Vice-president of the European Commission: “The circular economy is the industrial leg of fighting climate change”, he stated. “The public sector does not tackle this by itself; we need co-operation with the private sector.”

The WCEF2018 event said the gathering of over 1000 world economy reformers from over 80 countries. The forum presented a plethora of the world’s best circular economy solutions and offered a platform developing new ideas and partnerships. The meeting focused on building a shared vision for the circular economy towards the year 2050.

“We need to have something to strive towards and not let our fears of the unknown and of change limit us and our actions”, said Mikko Kosonen, President of Finland’s Innovation Fund Sitra, when he opened the WCEF2018.

The forum themes included economic benefits and social equity of the circular economy, sustainable lifestyles and consumer solutions, energy and climate, global value chains and trade, as well as the mobility revolution and circular solutions for reducing plastic waste.

“It’s time for us to face the culprit of these crises: the evergrowing consumption of energy and materials, and the unsustainable use of natural resources. We should not only try to treat consequences, but we must address and cure the root cause itself,” said Mari Pantsar, who is leading Carbon-Neutral Circular Economy theme at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra.

The World Circular Economy Forum is the global initiative of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The WCEF2018 was hosted by Sitra and Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and co-organized with selected international partners. The WCEF2019 will take place in Helsinki, Finland in 3-5 June 2019.

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