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Dated January 25, 2006

(Questions answered on career concerns)

What are the career prospects for graduates in Art?

Aparna Krishnaswamy
Trichy

Art students have a broad spectrum of options in front of them, ranging from working in art studios, advertising companies, publishing houses and fashion houses to teaching and specialised writing. Other related careers are direction, photography, television, writing for on-line services, software companies, publishing houses and advertising, promotion and product design.

"Why do you want to work for our company"? What is the right way to respond to this question in an interview?

There are several ways to respond to this question. You could say,

"You've been the market leader for the past because of the reputation of your products and quality of customer satisfaction and I would like to contribute my services to continue the organisation's successes."

"You've been the market leaders for the past five years, and I think it would be really great for my career to work for your organisation."

This question is one you should anticipate because it gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of the company. You could even discuss the company's reputation, its highly touted management, recent growth or acquisitions, and other positive information you have gathered during your research.

Always avoid answers that focus on the benefits to you of working for the company. instead, focus on what you can do for the company.

No matter what, you should always ask a question when the interviewer asks if you have any questions about the job or the company. Is it true?

M.V. Shastri
Mumbai

This question is one of those `tricks of trade ' that employers use to make a quick judgment about a candidate. Thus a person who does not have any questions equates to a person who really is not interested in working for the company.

So, even if you think all your questions have been answered, you really need to have a few special questions in reserve -- ones that can also show off your knowledge about the company.

How can one create employment opportunities in a competitive job market?

Ravindranath
Chennai

One in six people get their jobs through speculative applications. Rather, you should try and identify a specific need within an organisation and then demonstrate why you are the person to cover it.

Get the necessary information from specialised magazines for your profession and from job fairs oriented to your line of work. Talk to people and accumulate as much insider information as possible. Being seen is always important. Give potential employers every opportunity to know that you exist.

Use newspaper and journal information intelligently. If an article tells you about a resignation, a retirement, a promotion or a shake-up in a company there are likely to be job opportunities somewhere in the structure. Information about companies which have won contracts, relocated or opened new offices may also tell you about job opportunities. Use all the information you have available to find out who is the best person in the organisation to write to and then get in touch with that person.

What are the career prospects for aeronautical engineering?

Sravan Kumar
Delhi

There are many career opportunities open to aeronautical graduates. Besides the obvious ones within the aerospace industry, aeronautical graduates are in constant demand in other manufacturing industries and engineering consultancies. These include all forms of transport (air, road, rail and marine), nuclear reactor technology, offshore structures and the electricity supply industry.

Jobs are available with aircraft-manufacturing units. In the Indian context, the defence service and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) happen to be two major employment providers. Moreover, aeronautical engineers often get employment in organsations such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Defence Research and Development Laboratories, National Aeronautical Lab, Aeronautical Development Establishment, Civil Aviation Department and such other places.

The FAQ column deals with career concerns addressed to the C&K Management Ltd. P.O. Box 2178, Secunderabad 500003 or emailed to faqs@cnkonline.com

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