22 Mar

How to keep ahead of the pack in your career

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A routine complaint

While working and even at the peak of the careers, one of the most common complaints is that people feel stuck in their careers. They’re swamped by having a lot on their plate but they don’t know the reason for not feeling content and not getting ahead.

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Heard of it?? Familiar right??

It turns out a big reason people get stuck has to do with a difference in the perception people have while pursuing professional advancement: the difference between knowledge and what we do to upgrade that knowledge.

If you want to be the cream of the crop there are lot of factors you must consider.First and foremost is the ability to do your work in an incomparable manner.This will require knowledge.If you are sales manager; you need to master the techniques required for making deals and know-how of all the skills required behind closing that one remarkable deal then only you will be able to sell ice to Eskimos; If you’re a programmer, you must be outstanding at coding ;If you’re an entrepreneur, You have to be up to date about market; competitive landscape etc.

However apart from knowledge it is equally important to upgrade your existing skills and a know-how of how to advance in your career.

Many people are unaware about this aspect of career advancement throughout their life. From the cradle to grave people often don’t know how to succeed beyond their current station. Sometimes it leads to frustration as all their coworkers are getting ahead even after working hard.

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How to find out what is needed to advance in career?

For every field there is different skill set required. Discovering that how your field really works is not a cherry pie but it is really important.If you are aware of the skills worth investing you can easily find out the stepping stones and get ahead of milestones in your career. The main route to meta-knowledge is good, old fashioned research.

Best advice you can ever get for advancing in this field is talk to people who are already at position where you want to reach. Interacting with such people helps you to make successful strategy to isolate which skills and assets you need to develop. Think about: what is the people who are successful doing differently than the unsuccessful one? You will be amazed to find out that your interpretation about it was incorrect.

Also, don’t just randomly ask people for advice. By this random approach you will get obscure and ambiguous answers which will increase the uncertainty. Be investigative like a researcher and dig deep like a journalist to acumen what all you need to advance in career. You can also watch our career guidance show on ML-TV(https://www.millionlights.tv/)  on Asianet, Nextgen and Den which will provide you all the insights ranging from career options to skills needed, certifications provided.

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Also, open resource learning is one of the finest ways to upgrade your skills.  Millionlights is an online content provider with a vision to be avail the online content professed by best instructors from topmost universities and institutes so that anyone and everyone can excel by enhancing the skills and climb the ladder of success. We have distinguished courses(https://www.millionlights.org/Course/AllCourses) from our superlative partners like Microsoft, saylor, IIT Mumbai etc on really interesting topics like html, Photoshop, Datascience etc.

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So now as you have learnt the ropes just play your cards right and soon you will have an ace up your sleeve.

01 Mar

Millionlights across OTT. Whats the play here?

 

Millionlights will soon be seen on various OTT service providers globally

 

 

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What is OTT?

 

OTT (over-the-top) simply means delivery of media content over internet, to the general public, bypassing the traditional modes of distribution.

 

Growth in OTT?

The market is estimated to grow from USD 28.04 Billion in 2015 to USD 62.03 Billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 17.2%. The availability of high speed internet has opened up new avenues for OTT applications. The rising demand for improved automation of business processes and their execution in compliance with business and government policies are the driving forces of the OTT market.

Data from – http://www.marketsandmarkets.com/PressReleases/over-the-top-ott.asp

 

Millionlights and OTT – whats the play here?

 

We are committed to working out solutions that reach our end learner seamlessly and with least expenditure. Our TV Channel was a step in that direction. Open access to content on our TV channel allows our learners to view content on their TV screens and we have priced it so that the service becomes extremely affordable.

Our OTT play is being rolled out with partners who have existing OTT platforms / applications. We will be providing them access to our premium education content to offer to their users at a nominal yearly fee. Mobile Learning or Mlearning is an potent medium to reach content to the masses.

The users get access to ALL our premium content including live lectures from distinguished faculty, career guidance and education related news, reviews about certifications, industry thought leadership content and much more.

The OTT apps will reside on the phone of our users – both IOS and Android and we will beam directly into their handheld. Our belief is to free users from the constraints of a laptop and give them access to content wherever they might be.

There is a fair bit of technology involved – the diagram below tries to simplify it

 

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Our tech team is also working on porting our live lecture stream into our TV channel – this feature will be unique and again will give a boost to all our learners who have access to the channel. They will be able to ask questions, reply  and interact with our faculty realtime (SMS, FB, Twitter).

Our first major partnership will be rolled out and announced in the coming weeks – keep a lookout for that press release.

With this OTT play, we are now across all connected devices globally – broadband, OTT, Mobile and of-course TV.

Heres to a very exciting 2017.

Team Millionlights

10 Jan

The Impact Of Locally Curated Content By The Learning Platforms On The Indian Education System !

The Impact Of Locally Curated Content By The Learning Platforms On The Indian Education System !

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According to the All India Survey of Higher Education released by the Ministry of HRD (provisional 2014-15 edition), there are 757 Universities, 38056 colleges, and 11922 stand-alone institutions in India. These, together, serve 33.3 million students. There are an estimated 14.18 Lakh teachers which gives a Pupil-Teacher ratio in Colleges and Universities of 24.

According to one report, an estimated 40% of college teachers are non-regular, designated variously as temporary, contractual, ad hoc, guest or self-financing. They usually get anything between Rs 4,000 and Rs 20,000 per month, and work for about six months in a year on contractual basis. They get no other benefits. It is no surprise, therefore, that the quality of teaching in higher education institutions in India is not good.

On one side we have the premier educational institutes like the IITs and IIMs where conscious efforts are made to recruit the best faculty with incentives not only in the form of good pay-scales but also the offer of excellent facilities to do research in the areas of their interest. At the bottom of the totem pole are faculty members who are paid as low as Rs 5,000 a month, not given a permanent job and no facilities.

India today is estimated to have a population of 1.3 Billion of which a sizable number is still below the age of 35. The Census of India 2011 estimates that about 19.2% of the population is between the ages of 15-24. This means that roughly 249 million people are in the college-going age group. As against this, we have 33.3 million students enrolled (AISHE).

This large gap needs to be bridged. It cannot be bridged by building more brick and mortar institutions. Apart from the fact that this would require enormous amounts of money, we have seen that there is already a serious shortage of faculty across the board.

The only viable means of reaching the large underserved population is by using technology. It is an acknowledgment of this great shortage and in an effort to bridge the gap that online learning platforms are appearing on the Indian education landscape.

Platforms set up by Indian companies are more attuned to the Indian environment. Like in most other countries, the Indian platforms also offer advantages like customized learning, anytime-anywhere, self-paced and at lower cost.

While there are international platforms like edX and Coursera etc., that have been around for some time, they suffer from two major problems. The first is that the courses available on these platforms do not match the Indian syllabi and the second is that most of the speakers in these courses use accents that are not easily understood by the average Indian (except for rare exceptions like the courses offered by IIT Bombay on edX).

Indian platforms need to focus on curating locally created content. This is not easy to do especially in the Higher Education space, as there are a variety of different subjects that are taught. However, getting good faculty members to offer courses,though difficult, is not impossible. There are excellent professors available in some of the better private institutions and players like Millionlights have been successful in getting good Indian content to their learners, both on their portal as well as on their dedicated educational TV channel. In the school learning space, we have examples like Byju that are creating Indian content for Indian learners.

Indian platforms like Millionlights have another advantage that they own the entire distribution chain. This means that they can snap-fit the courses they offer to closely meld with the courses being offered by a college. By enabling this, they are helping the colleges to offer courses in the Blended Learning mode which has been found to be very effective.

Needless to say, like in most other products, the quality of the content that is offered by a platform will determine failure or success. Students will always gravitate to that platform where they believe the best and most useful content is on offer.

In the area of Skills and Vocational courses, it is best to offer courses that are designed and certified by industry. By doing so, there is a much greater chance that the person who has successfully completed the course and been certified will get good (or better) employment. In the IT Skills area, most of the major companies that offer widely accepted products are not Indian. Hence, the courseware created by them is mostly in English and with a foreign accent and hence difficult for the Indian learner to understand.

Therefore, the two key issues that have to be kept in mind by Indian platforms are

(a) to offer courses that are aligned with the Indian curriculum and

(b) to ensure that all courses are available in Indian languages and with Indian accents (if in English).

As we have seen above, the requirement is very large. To be able to really take advantage of the “demographic dividend”, the government and private players will have to work hand in hand, with the government formulating enabling policies, and the private sector reaching out to the millions of unserved learners.

(Disclaimer: This is a guest post submitted on Techstory by the mentioned authors.All the contents and images in the article have been provided to Techstory by the authors of the article. Techstory is not responsible or liable for any content in this article.)

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About The Author:

Professor Pradeep Varma, previously an advisor at the National Board of Accreditation (NBA), gave his counsel on critical Senior Management issues. He also oversaw the development of the National Institutional Ranking Framework for the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. He has over 35 years of experience in the field of education, IT and Software and top management in the corporate sector.

At Millionlights, as a non-Executive Chairman, his core focus area is strategic direction setting and evaluating and assisting with current and future business opportunities, including strategic relationships and partnerships.