25 Nov 2016
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Demand for MBA’s in the market

  Going to business school can boost your career prospects, and in many industries having an MBA will give you the edge over competition. A good MBA program can give your career the push that it needs. Each year, more MBAs are added to the workforce, and pursuing the right field is the only way […]

 

Going to business school can boost your career prospects, and in many industries having an MBA will give you the edge over competition. A good MBA program can give your career the push that it needs. Each year, more MBAs are added to the workforce, and pursuing the right field is the only way to ensure that your career shapes up the way you imagined while studying for the MBA.

Selecting the right career path is critical for all MBAs and prospective MBA students. The reason is simple – every MBA wants to see a return on their investment. Why MBA has become such a sought after course in the last few years is the sheer spectrum of career options that you can opt for after completing the course. From marketing to advertising and even finance is great career choice. An MBA could help financial advisors attract clients. For those who are not self-employed, an MBA can make it easier to move into a management role.

This is the reason why MBAs are always in high demand. Many consulting firms like Deloitte, Accenture, and Bain etc. want managers with an MBA, as these candidates tend to have the analytical abilities and software knowledge required to do the job. Companies that have a high demand for MBAs include SBI Capital Markets, Motilal Oswal & Bank of America Continuum among many others.

The demand for MBAs for consulting jobs is perennially high since they have the acumen to analyze what fits best for the client. The demand for MBA graduates is more in the Asia-Pacific region, including India with 84% employers planning to hire fresh graduates against 73% last year. The survey has projected an increase in salary packages in this year. Globally, 54% of employers are likely to increase the salary package for MBAs at the rate of inflation.

The year 2016 might be the year of MBA graduates. At least 96% employers across the globe believe that MBA graduates create value for their companies, according to the year-end poll of employers of 2015, an annual survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC).

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23 Nov 2016
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Career Opportunities after MBA in Finance

  MBA in Finance is no easy course, think of it as a training for one of the most liable roles in the world.Yes, you will be handling the finances of the business and as everyone knows finances run an enterprice and you will be in charge of that. There are multiple of opportunities for […]

 

MBA in Finance is no easy course, think of it as a training for one of the most liable roles in the world.Yes, you will be handling the finances of the business and as everyone knows finances run an enterprice and you will be in charge of that. There are multiple of opportunities for finance grads and the reason for this magnetism is the various subjects taught to the students in the course of 2 years. They include corporate valuation, Investment management, Management control system, Taxation, Financial  statement, Tax planning, Analysis and reporting of financial services.

Career Growth

An MBA in Finance grad has ample of opportunities waiting around, all he needs to do is grab it. All of this because of the diverse skillset he possesses. There are thrilling careers in financial consultancies, financial institutions and banks. To be more specific, you can get into fields like merchant banking, investment and  consumer banking, international finance, corporate finance and institutional finance.  Once you build up your work experience then you can serve on government committees  and add your inputs to the policy-making issues. You can also provide consultation services  to government and corporate organisations.

Jobs after MBA in Finance

  • Accounting Manager
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Cash Managers
  • Manager Consultants
  • Investment Banking Associates
  • Credit Managers & Specialists
  • Financial Analyst
  • Corporate Controllers
  • Finance Officers & Treasurers
  • Insurance & Risk Managers
  • Investment Bankers
  • Investing Sales Traders & Associates

Salary

Lets talk the money, majorly the pay scale depends on the business school from where you are graduated. The greater the reputation of the b-school, better the pay package, also the financial guys have always got the creamier pay package even better than the marketing guys. Tier 1 colleges that include Top MBA colleges in India like IIMs, ISBs, SOIL and the likes provide financial students with placements  at an average of 10 – 15 lakhs per annum, quite a wealthy salary for a fresher. If you have work experience  and want to pursue a PGP course in finance then an executive MBA in India is the right fir for you . Its a one year MBA course and inculcates all of the teachings of the full time MBA, so if you’re thinking of pursuing an MBA in Finance, go for it, the future looks amazingly bright for you.

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18 Nov 2016
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Personal Skills Requirement to pursue MBA in Finance

  An MBA is a course pursued by many, but several of the candidates are just forced into it. It maybe parental pressure or you just want to join the bandwagon, whatever the case, an MBA degree is not to be fooled with, it’s a pretty comprehensive and disciplined course and if pursued with dedication […]

 

An MBA is a course pursued by many, but several of the candidates are just forced into it. It maybe parental pressure or you just want to join the bandwagon, whatever the case, an MBA degree is not to be fooled with, it’s a pretty comprehensive and disciplined course and if pursued with dedication can land you some of the best jobs in the world. So if you truly want to pursue an MBA then, and only then go for it, otherwise you’re wasting time and money.

For the uninitiated, there are several types of MBA courses, majorly 4 specialized fields – Marketing, IT, HR and Finance and in this article we will focus on the latter, that is Finance. As everyone is aware that any enterprise or business thrives on finance, and an employee who is good with numbers and can take financial decisions comfortably gets the top spot in the hierarchy of job positions. But, the interest to be a ‘numbersmith’ should be there from the beginning, you must have a liking towards economics, stock markets, accounting, balance sheets etc. If there’s not even a slight inclination towards these, then the teachings in the course will be boring for you, resulting in bad grades.

There are certain set of personal skills required before enrolling for a financial postgraduate degree. Firstly, you should be good if not great with calculations and numbers, secondly, you should have a good knowledge about stock markets, accounting etc. thirdly, you should be inclined towards reading the Economic times or any such newspapers or magazines.

So if you got what it takes then go ahead and apply for a MBA in Finance degree. Several educational institutions in India offer a one year MBA degree also known as an Executive MBA. If you’ve 2-5 years of work experience then you can opt for the one year course and save on time. Or else, you can enroll for a Business leadership program offered by very few reputed institutions, this program is a specialized course and will inculcate all the teachings from the major fields like Finance, Marketing, HR and IT.

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18 Oct 2016
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MBA: Personal Interview & GD Tips

  The 2 monsters that you’ve to battle and triumph prior to getting admission in any business school are the group discussion (GD) and personal interview (PI) round. If you thought preparing for the entrance exam was the worst then you’re highly mistaken. GD and personal interview makes the entrance exam look like cherry pie […]

 

The 2 monsters that you’ve to battle and triumph prior to getting admission in any business school are the group discussion (GD) and personal interview (PI) round. If you thought preparing for the entrance exam was the worst then you’re highly mistaken. GD and personal interview makes the entrance exam look like cherry pie dipped in maple syrup because in GD there are about 5-10 candidates who are hell bent on outperforming you. The personal interview depends upon the characteristic of the interviewer, he/she may be intimidating or lenient but we can’t leave it to fate and rather be prepared for the worst. Following are tips and tricks on how to excel in your GD and personal interview session.

Group Discussion

A room filled with your competitors and most of them probably have more brains than you, so how do you stand your ground here? Read below.

  • Do be ready with a 20 seconder introduction that covers – your name, your residence, last degree you got and the name of the university you got it from.
  • Do not address the moderator but only the group members, once the GD starts the moderator should be invisible to you.
  • Be crisp and concise in your communication.
  • Ensure that you actively participate in the GD and comment at least 5-6 times in a 20 minute GD round.
  • Carry a pen and a notepad.
  • Do not prove the other members wrong, there are no brownie points for that. Just make your point and move on.
  • Eye contact with group members is imperative.

Personal Interview

You must be aware of the basic etiquettes like neat formal dressing (that means formal shoes too and not sports shoes on a shirt and a trouser) and also be on time, they are not going to entertain you if you’re late.

  • Be prepared with the ‘Must know’ questions, these revolve around your career, ambitions, life and of course ‘Why MBA?’
  • The interviewer will check your confidence level by noticing your body language, your speech and fluency. Don’t be over confident as that may negate your points.
  • Honesty is the best policy and it works wonders in the PI round, don’t lie as you may not be able to back it up, be truthful as it works the best.

Also know how to tackle MBA interviews with ease.

Follow the aforementioned tips and tricks to excel in your GD and PI, these tips work irrespective of a one year MBA, executive MBA, 2 year full time MBA or a part time 3 year MBA.

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18 Oct 2016
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PGP in Management vs. PGP in Leadership

  A lot of young guns out there who desperately want to pursue their post-graduation course are muddled about the field they want to gain expertise in. Also, educational institutions are coming up with innovative courses to mold the student into a ‘master of all trades’. The School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) is one such […]

 

A lot of young guns out there who desperately want to pursue their post-graduation course are muddled about the field they want to gain expertise in. Also, educational institutions are coming up with innovative courses to mold the student into a ‘master of all trades’. The School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) is one such institution that has created a groundbreaking and efficient module to train their students. PGP in Leadership – a course that is similar to management but with a cherry on top. Now all of you confused humanoids must be thinking, is this course genuine? Is it related to marketing? Will it make me a better marketer? Stop overthinking and just continue reading ahead, I will give you a thorough understanding of both.

PGP in Management

This course is a 2 year, full time course in management that teaches the students all about business and management. The course enables you to take on bigger roles and responsibilities in an organization, the module may or may not have internships or summer projects in between the 2 years. The faculty will inculcate teachings that will allow the students to take on the increasingly complex and dynamic global marketing scenario.

PGP in Leadership

This is a one year PGP full time course that churns out leaders every year. The idea of producing post graduates after completing a PG course is eliminated by SOIL. Their focus is to produce leaders, front runners of the global marketing scenario. Subjects in this course are crafted accordingly and the students are trained in the skills, knowledge and values to be a leader. There is a mandatory internship phase, a mentorship module and a Social innovation program in this leadership program.

So now that you’ve an idea about both, hopefully it will be easy to make a decision. For me it will be the PGP in Leadership because of two reasons – firstly, you save on time as it’s a one year MBA course and secondly, as the course clearly mentions it is about creating leaders, so why settle for anything less?

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13 Oct 2016
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Executive MBA – Opportunity or Challenge

  There are several types of people out there, a certain group believes that time synonyms life, you can’t make up for lost time. Physicists and astronomers have gone bonkers in finding a solution to stop time or travel back in time, but why all of this over here? It’s imperative for you to know […]

 

There are several types of people out there, a certain group believes that time synonyms life, you can’t make up for lost time. Physicists and astronomers have gone bonkers in finding a solution to stop time or travel back in time, but why all of this over here? It’s imperative for you to know the importance of time. For some, executive MBA is a waste of money and time, probably thinking that ‘What kind of knowledge will I gain in a year?’ But for some this is an opportunity, a chance to excel at what others took 2-3 years to complete, don’t be naïve by thinking that a one year MBA is easy, on the contrary it’s a grueling course and only your dedication and hard work can push you across the finish line. So let’s focus on the most debated question in the history of management studies – Executive MBA – Opportunity or challenge?

  • Saving up on TIME

Yes, mentioning it again, you save on time but does that make it an opportunity or a challenge. A bit of both is where my money’s worth, it’s an opportunity because you outsmart the rest and and gain palpable knowledge in a short amount of time and a challenge because you’ve to keep up with the teachings among all the extracurricular activities like interning, social programs and more.

  • Enhance your skill set

To pursue an Executive MBA you need a minimum 2 years of work experience, this means that you’ve already experienced the corporate scenario. An EMBA hones that existing skillset of yours and makes you even better. Certain educational institutions like XLRI, IIM, and SOIL have leadership modules that mold you into a business leader. It’s all opportunity here, all you need to do is rise up to the challenge.

  • Reward for your employer

If your existing employer permits you to pursue a one year EMBA degree and resume the job a year later then he is benefitted even more than you. You will be molded into a leader after the course and with your enhanced skill set, you will definitely be a valuable asset to your company. So definitely an opportunity for your employer, but which one to you?

I will like to keep this open ended and let the candidates decide whether a one year MBA in India is an opportunity or challenge. Frankly, they are the two sides of the same coin, you can’t just flip it without seeing the other.

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10 Oct 2016
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3 reasons why applying early to SOIL allows you to cut through the competition

  Finally you’ve come to your senses. After all the years of troubling your parents, spending their money incessantly, you’ve decided to get off your posterior and go get a management degree. If you think that this means the battle is won, well, it hasn’t even started yet. There are a lot of people out […]

 

Finally you’ve come to your senses. After all the years of troubling your parents, spending their money incessantly, you’ve decided to get off your posterior and go get a management degree. If you think that this means the battle is won, well, it hasn’t even started yet. There are a lot of people out there who are more talented and hardworking than you are and working towards achieving the same goal. In order to avoid competing in the rat race you must be smart. A one year MBA degree comes with its own sets of pros and cons, and if you’re not careful, then the cons will outweigh the former. Here’s what you need to do to cut through the competition –

  • Decide

Do your end of the research and decide which college you want to be a part of months prior. For instance, you’ve decided to do your MBA in Delhi and the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) is the educational institution you’ve shortlisted. So now that you’ve set your aim all you need to do is pull the trigger, didn’t get? Well, the gun is you, the target is SOIL, the loaded bullet is all the grueling rounds of entrance exams, group discussions and interviews, so in order to reach your target you’ve make sure that your bullet pierces through and in this case you excel in all of those aforementioned assessments.

  • Time is your friend

If you decide early then time is definitely your friend. So you now know that you’ve to get into SOIL and nothing else, so unlike others you’ve eliminated the tiresome process of selection and instead can start working towards achieving the goal. This means you’ve ample of time to prepare for SOIL’s entrance examinations, the kind of group discussions in their module and personal interviews. Also you can start saving up or apply for a student loan so that it can be processed on time.

  • Peace

More time means less stress and abundant peace, you can focus on your studies better, change your daily routine easily and inculcate new methods that focus on achieving your goal of getting into SOIL. Peace of mind is an important aspect required to concentrate and achieve what you’re aiming for.

If any of this makes sense to you then do apply these methods, also SOIL is not just any shady institution, it ranks among the top business schools in India with several innovative modules in their course including the leadership program. So do give a thought about SOIL while researching during the selection process. Godspeed!

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6 Oct 2016
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SOIL PGP- One year MBA inclusive of the Social Innovation Program

  A master’s degree is often confused as a portal to a much better remuneration, if you thinking on these lines then you’re as mistaken as formals on a Friday. Top honchos cozying in their luxurious glass cabins are not fools to hire any tom, dick and harry with an MBA degree, even if you’re […]

 

A master’s degree is often confused as a portal to a much better remuneration, if you thinking on these lines then you’re as mistaken as formals on a Friday. Top honchos cozying in their luxurious glass cabins are not fools to hire any tom, dick and harry with an MBA degree, even if you’re qualified from an Ivy League institution. The one that excels has the complete package, not just theoretical or practical, but the entire package. No one is born with such talent unless you’re Clark Kent then that’s a different story, but for us mere mortals we need training and guidance and that’s where a reputed institution comes in to play. Take the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) for instance, a top business school located in Delhi that offers a 1 year post graduate course in India.
They do not believe in creating “MBA graduates” but overall leaders. Front runners of the ever-evolving business platforms. Individuals that take decisions with authority and have the courage to take risks while doing so. As mentioned earlier if their curriculum consists of practical and theoretical modules what separates SOIL from the rest? SOIL offers a one year MBA course that includes a pioneering module called the Social Innovation Program (SIP) among several others.

What is Social Innovation Program (SIP)?
SOIL believes that candidates must inculcate the qualities of a leader rather than just of a post graduate. In doing so they have left no stone unturned, their affiliation with an array of NGOs is testament to that. A cohort of students are assigned to an NGO and work closely towards community development. Candidates apply the knowledge acquired in the MBA course towards the development of the NGO, like innovative ways of income generation, developing more with less and so on. The module begins in the second term and the student spends one day every week with the assigned NGO.
After the course when your resume reflects these extra-curricular activities that too during the one year PGP course, the recruiter will for sure know that you’re not just a bookworm but believe in getting out there and doing something.

Do check out SOIL among other top educational institutions while browsing for a business school for your one year MBA degree.

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5 Oct 2016
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The happening week | 2nd week of Second Trimester

  The Self Starters batch entered into the 2nd week of their Second Trimester. The students are back with a bang as they got an opportunity to do their internships with some of the biggest names in the industry and finally term 1’s theories have had their applicability tested. Section ‘A’ got a flavor of Cognitive Computing and Data […]

 

The Self Starters batch entered into the 2nd week of their Second Trimester. The students are back with a bang as they got an opportunity to do their internships with some of the biggest names in the industry and finally term 1’s theories have had their applicability tested.

Section ‘A’ got a flavor of Cognitive Computing and Data Analytics by understanding the simulation of human thought processes in a computational model. Everyone got a fair idea on how to get meaningful insight from any random data set.  On the other side, students of Section B were trying to deep dive in CF2 and MM II. The coin is all set to flip this week with the vice-versa courses happening in the other sections. Check out our blog on one year MBA program.

Last Wednesday, the batch witnessed the first day of SIP, the most awaited experience in the SOIL Curriculum. Early morning everyone were seen going to their respective NGO’s with a lot of inquisitiveness and excitement to understand and more so feel the experience. The next day, everyone had some amazing stories to share with few of them as eye-openers. Each beaming face was eager to tell about their experience and compassionate human touch they experienced that day. Stories of slum dwelling, children, differently abled people and many more… Everyone is waiting eagerly for the coming Wednesday to deep dive into this new aspect of life.

From our own Guru’s words…
“The Social Innovation Program at School of Inspired Leadership helped me understand how much work is needed at the grassroots in the country to uplift sections of the society that has been left really far behind. I now realize how privileged me  & the people around me are.”

#Apoorva ’s experience in her own words-
“I got the best gift what SOIL could have given to me. The experience of working with Spark Minda’s NGO. I am very excited about the projects that have been allotted to us! We will be working on assessment of a women hygiene project of the Aakarshan School (which offers vocational courses for poor people) and the specially abled people working in the factories of Minda group across India.  I’d really like to thank Anil Sir, ANB Sir and SOIL for giving us such a great opportunity!”
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The students of SOIL had the rare opportunity of listening to Ms. Laura Kohler, whose family runs the Global Kohler Company, one of the member of SOIL’s co-founder consortium. Ms. Kohler is ‎Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Stewardship at Kohler. What a brilliant session it was! She gave a brief introduction about her company, a company which is 143 years old, the one that faced 6 recessions, the business stood strong through several calamities, rebuilt burnt plants and still managed to reach heights in each sector it is into.  Kohler is a $6 billion venture, with a 4 generational leadership running the organization.

Laura called herself as ‘Queen of part time jobs’. She talked about how she used to hide her identity and always tried to prove she’s more than just a member of Kohler family. She loved acting and even ran a theater company at one time. After some diverse trial and errors jobs ,she joined her family business ‘Kohler’. She helped Kohler grow from a company of 1600 to 34000 employees and at the same time managed her family and her three children.  Ms. Kohler also sits on the board of many NGOs as she believes in contributing back to society in diverse ways. She flawlessly answered the bag full questions of SOIL students had for her.

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SOIL Gurgaon Toastmasters club hosted the Division Level Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contest. More than 50 participants from various companies like RBS, TCS, American Express, HDFC, IBM etc. participated from their corporate Toastmasters club. Our very own drama king, Vikas Gupta was one of the contestants in the Humorous Speech. His analogy of ‘She’ and ‘Language C’ made the audience roll on the floor. SOIL students came in full attendance to support Vikas and ANB Sir came to witness Vikas Gupta’s performance. Although he didn’t win, but he definitely won the hearts of the audience and received a lot of appreciation from the SOIL fraternity. At the end of the day it is Participation is more important than winning!! What say friends!!

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Snapshot 2nd October celebration –

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Things to look out for in the coming week:
·         Inspired Leadership Conclave
·         Operations and Supply Chain Management Beer quiz
·         Elective Classes
·         Soil Premier League

Yours,
Communication and Blogging Club.
“We really think we can write…!!!”

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30 Sep 2016
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3 ways in which finding the mentor changes your life

  A mentor to his student is what God is to us, you don’t believe me? Where will you be right now if not for all the teachers that guided you in your education and other extra-curricular activities? In a dump struggling to make ends meet, that’s where you would’ve been. I’m in no way […]

 

A mentor to his student is what God is to us, you don’t believe me? Where will you be right now if not for all the teachers that guided you in your education and other extra-curricular activities? In a dump struggling to make ends meet, that’s where you would’ve been. I’m in no way exaggerating this fact, we owe our lives to these teachers, mentors and guides, who ensured that our future is as bright as the shining sun. Same applies in your post-graduation course too, a hand that will guide you through the ups and downs of the one year MBA course. SOIL has a mandatory mentorship module for all of its students and following are some ways on how a mentor changes your life in the institution –

  • Say no to hardships

You will never walk alone, no I’m not chanting the Liverpool FC slogan but stating that you will always have a person guiding you through hardships. Facing adversities in your one year PG program is inevitable but a driving force motivating you at every step eases the pain.

  • Nothing is off-limits

Have you ever shied away from taking a decision thinking that it may fail? Well, not with a mentor, he will give you that push in taking risky but calculated decisions, never will you be judged on your idea however stupid you feel it is. During your leadership course in SOIL you will be making several decisions related to your academics, internships, social innovation programs and more. All these decisions will be filtered by your mentor but they will never be off-limits.

  • Propel you forward

No matter what, the mentor will always propel you forward. It may take him countless efforts (depending on how dumb you’re), he may yell and scold you in the process but he will ensure that your career moves ahead. After all you’re the reflection of his ideologies and he can’t see himself fail.

The mentorship module in SOIL is built on the same notions mentioned above. Over here you will be assigned with two mentors – an internal faculty member and an external mentor who is a corporate leader. Here you can seek career and academic guidance from your mentors, they won’t disappoint and the 1 year full time MBA in India that you’re pursuing from SOIL will be a huge success.

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29 Sep 2016
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Networking at School of Inspired Leadership

  Most networking experts acknowledge that 99% of Networking is a waste of time. At School of Inspired Leadership, we teach our students how to increase that effective 1% networking to 99%. Effective networking is a combination of the right opportunity and the right approach. SOIL students have ample industry interaction opportunities throughout the year. […]

 

Most networking experts acknowledge that 99% of Networking is a waste of time. At School of Inspired Leadership, we teach our students how to increase that effective 1% networking to 99%. Effective networking is a combination of the right opportunity and the right approach.

SOIL students have ample industry interaction opportunities throughout the year. These include:

1. 1 – 1 Mentoring – Every SOIL student has a mentor from the industry. The mentor is a senior corporate leader who personally guides the student while working on his career path. Many of the SOIL alumni remain in touch with their mentors long after passing out of SOIL.

2. Leadership series – SOIL, due to its partner network of Consortium companies, NGOs, academicians and government officials, has access to a huge pool of leaders from diverse walks of life. Leadership program/series is a medium to facilitate student exposure to some of the brightest minds in the country. Most of these sessions have an informal tone to facilitate networking.

3. Inspired Leadership Conference – This is one of the largest industry events at SOIL. This event has high industry involvement and is completely student run, so that students can showcase their skills and abilities to industry leaders.

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Having the right opportunity in only half the journey. The other half of the journey is getting the right approach to networking. The SOIL values provide an excellent framework for impactful networking:

1. Awareness – From awareness comes the ability to listen fully and intently. A good listener is hard to miss even in a huge crowd. Listening is the first step to driving any conversation with any person. It helps understand the person’s likings, preferences and areas of interest.

2. Balance – Balance gives one the ability to walk the thin line between being friendly and intrusive. The quality of balance helps stimulate the conversation in a manner that it remains interesting and engaging for all parties involved.

3. Compassion – Display of compassion shows the presence of a high EQ. Most industry leaders, spend considerable amount of time at networking events, thus they don’t enjoy networking conversations. Compassion is the ability to understand and drive conversations that are of meaning to the industry leader.

4. Diversity – Taking que from “Nobody likes a networking conversation” we come to everybody enjoys a good story. At SOIL, students are encouraged to be themselves and celebrate their uniqueness. This makes them stand out in the eyes of the industry leaders, they network with throughout their one year MBA program & even later.

5. Ethics – “Give more and take less” is one of the key ethics practiced at SOIL. How can students add more value to the industry leader’s limited time is central to the networking approach at SOIL.

These five values make all student – industry interaction, truly memorable. Many students have found lifelong mentors( Know more about advantages of having a mentor) and strong professional networks using the SOIL networking framework.

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29 Sep 2016
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Find every dream company of typical MBA graduates at SOIL campus placements!

  The moment you enroll for an MBA course, relatives along with other “highly-interested-in-your-education” folks ask ‘Does it provide placements?’ Yes, it ultimately boils down to that, no one gives a rat’s posterior about the knowledge inculcated and the practical experience of interning. It’s all about the money and the pay check you’re going to […]

 

The moment you enroll for an MBA course, relatives along with other “highly-interested-in-your-education” folks ask ‘Does it provide placements?’ Yes, it ultimately boils down to that, no one gives a rat’s posterior about the knowledge inculcated and the practical experience of interning. It’s all about the money and the pay check you’re going to receive after the placement. To be brutally honest, for many people MBA courses in India is nothing but a gateway to minting money. It’s only during the course that they realize its worlds apart, the knowledge received gets embedded to your brain cells and that’s the most valuable aspect to the MNCs. For that ‘knowledge’ MNCs are willing to pay a hefty package but don’t be fooled as this too happens after a grueling round of campus placement interviews.

The School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) is one such institution that believes in imparting knowledge. Their reputation exceeds the boundaries of Delhi as several MNCs realize the kind of training the students receive there. Right from leadership programs to social innovation programs, a mandatory internship phase to a career guiding mentorship module, the candidates trained here are molded into forerunners of the future generation. This is the very reason why top MNCs line outside their door during the campus recruitment stage. Wipro, Vodafone, Microsoft, L&T Finance, Infosys, Cap Gemini and Dabur are few from the 50 plus renowned MNCs that are present during every campus recruitment tour.

In addition, SOIL also has its own Career services office that assists you even after you graduate from the one year MBA course. This office consists of two major academies – Career Services Academy (CSA) and Career Learning Academy (CLA). The former trains the candidate in developing the skills and building the networks that helps in finding the right opportunities and internships, while the latter focuses on personal development like verbal and written communication, public speaking, body language etc. SOIL truly goes that extra mile in assuring you get the best, no wonder they have a record of placing every candidate within three months of graduation!

If you’re looking out for 1 year post graduate course in India do check out SOIL, their website has all the information required and about their repute? You can go ahead and enquire about it in any of the Fortune 500 companies.

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28 Sep 2016
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Welcome Back Self Starters…

  Welcome back Self Starters!! One month of summer internship passed in the wink of an eye! The second term commenced after a month long (pun intended) internship. As usual the enthusiastic Self Starters, for which they are known for, along with some interesting proceedings unveiled one of the shortest weeks. The self-starters were pumped […]

 

Welcome back Self Starters!!

One month of summer internship passed in the wink of an eye! The second term commenced after a month long (pun intended) internship. As usual the enthusiastic Self Starters, for which they are known for, along with some interesting proceedings unveiled one of the shortest weeks. The self-starters were pumped and were ready to take up the challenges in the “Term 2”.

The morning circle commenced with students sharing their internship experiences through power point presentations. The learnings and the experience each one of them had gained must be humongous and it was very evidently visible in some of them as they had come back from their internship energized and rejuvenated.

The week commenced on Thursday, Sep 22nd 2016, with the celebrations of our beloved Anil Sachdev and HRLP fame Amit Kumar’s birthday celebrations. As usual, it was celebrated in SOIL style with videos of all his family members wishing him in their own style. “Now we finally know why Anil Sir is “ANIL SIR” and guys, his family is awesome. From the Communication and Blogging Club, we wish him a long life of happiness and success in all his endeavors.

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There is no place like home and SOIL certainly is home away from home. The academic term 2 started with Bianka Ma’am “Punking” us with her “NO Economics Test Today” scare on the very first day. We were 100% convinced that this was just to make us brush up the concepts before we came back after the Summer Internship. We gotto agree, she knows us better than anyone else.

Our 2nd session on the Design Thinking workshop continued with Professor Vijay. His sessions are no less than awesome. The concepts and the intricacies of all those twisted theories are explained with such ease. Design thinking is the approach to solving a human problem in the most unexpected way possible. His visually captivating complex theories are next expected to be taken during our Sidhbari trip in the month of November 2016 and as we reckon not to be missed out at any cost.

The CMS (Career Management Services) has started working on the placement preparation well in advance and prepared a detailed chart as to how to make this a successful placement year. Mr. Rohit Gandhi shared his detailed plan on how they have planned placements for this academic year. The first step to a successful placement season is a well-planned and a comprehensive mock interview with the alumni coming to our rescue and the industry leaders stepping in, in the coming week. Some of them had their mock interviews for over an hour or even two.

The enthusiasm shown by the global leaders from different parts of the world to learn about India, its culture and our thoughts as future leaders was a huge booster to the program. The campus looked colourful with students dressed in traditional avatars! The day started with a traditional Indian welcome with the Tika and Aarti which was appreciated. The students got a chance to interact with Andy Andrew, Farida, Sushmitha, Gary to name a few. The students and the leaders interacted for over an hour and the leaders were very happy to see the passion and curiosity the students have. The discussion on how to deal with uncertainty was amazing. We even discussed about our mentors at all stages in life and what keeps us motivating. The leaders were more than happy to share tips from their experiences with the students. The best part was they were very keen to know about how things in India are different from that of their countries. They even appreciated how we live with the values here and our culture and agreed to the fact that India’s biggest strength lies in its diversity. A brilliant day comes to a close with students and leaders clicking selfies!!

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Recap of the last month in a jiffy!

  • Global Leadership Conference
  • Internship Selfie Contest
  • IIM – A, Cognitive Entrepreneurship Competition
  • HCL and Yes Bank Case Study Competitions

Things we can look forward to:

  • IBM Cognitive Watson Analytics (Section A)
  • Social Innovation Program Initiation
  • Leadership Series by Laura Kohler(Vice President HR of Kohler)

Yours,

Communication and Blogging Club.

“We really think we can write…!!!”

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28 Sep 2016
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Memories from your MBA days that will always stay with you

  If you’re burdened with studies, submission of assignments, scribbling notes on your journal and honing your presentation skills then welcome to the MBA course. Sleep deprivation due to partying all night or studying for your end terms, doesn’t matter managing time through this entire roller coaster ride is what matters. But however good or […]

 

If you’re burdened with studies, submission of assignments, scribbling notes on your journal and honing your presentation skills then welcome to the MBA course. Sleep deprivation due to partying all night or studying for your end terms, doesn’t matter managing time through this entire roller coaster ride is what matters. But however good or bad or worse you think this MBA degree is, the memories are going to be cherished forever. 20 years down the line when you will be older but richer, buying a BMW or a new sea-facing plot won’t be an issue, but reconciling with the old MBA buddies, the professors, other staff will be an unmanageable task. Are tears rolling down your face? Not yet? Following are some moments that will be missed after you complete MBA –

  • Energy

Remember the times when you used to pull 3-4 all nighters just to study for your end terms? Or go on a drinking binge and party for 2 days straight? Those moments are going to be missed; now you’re in your 40s, all rich and successful but lack of sleep for you can be a gateway to several ailments. It’s the time you realize that aging has drained most of the energy and those MBA days were more than just a degree.

  • Friends

Who on earth can survive without them, let alone MBA students? These are those humanoids that you credit for all the awesome (and embarrassing) moments that you lived during the one year MBA days. But after the course you all stepped out in different directions trying to conquer the world and never looked back. It’s only years later that those nostalgic moments strike a chord in your heart and you miss those annoying brats immensely.

  • Professors

Not all of them, but there were certain professors who have left an everlasting mark in your lives. These are the one for whose lectures you used to wait with baited breath. The way of their teaching, style, charisma and many more used to attract you towards attending their lecture. Some of them used to be your mentors and have guided you through difficult paths in your executive MBA course. 10-20 years later you still need their guidance but they are not around and just their memory remains.

A one year executive MBA course is not only about studies, it’s about bonds and memories. You will acquire academic knowledge, but overtime the writing material will fade away. You will complete the course in one year but the memories will remain forever.

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23 Sep 2016
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How SOIL Career Services helps Students in Personalized Professional Grooming.

  There’s a massive difference in travelling the economy class and the business class, a personal butler, comfortable seats, better boot space, and a bigger entertainment center are some of the features of the latter. But why the reference here? No, we are not providing you with business class tickets to Delhi, rather a similar […]

 

There’s a massive difference in travelling the economy class and the business class, a personal butler, comfortable seats, better boot space, and a bigger entertainment center are some of the features of the latter. But why the reference here? No, we are not providing you with business class tickets to Delhi, rather a similar treatment even after you complete your one year MBA degree at the School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL). Still muddled? Let me explain further, to be brutally honest we enroll for an MBA to be placed at a better organization, knowledge among others are secondary. This is where SOIL Career Services (SCS) comes into play.

  • What is SOIL Career Service?

SCS is a facility that SOIL provides to each student, it’s a highly personalized service that assists and guides the student in preparing for the recruitment process (business class?). The SCS features two major academies –

  • Career Services Academy (CSA)

Over here students are taught to hone their skillset and also build networks that will assist them in business development activities with potential recruiters. This creates opportunities in finding internships and placements.

  • Career Learning Academy (CLA)

The other academy is CLA where personnel of SOIL go beyond academic improvisation and focus on the complete development of the student. This academy focuses on –

  • Written and verbal communication
  • Leadership
  • Teambuilding
  • Time resource management
  • Networking
  • Public speaking

I don’t recall any other institution that goes to these lengths just to ensure that their student gets the best. Kudos to SOIL! Wait! It’s not over yet, there are other aspects also involved in the professional grooming of the student enrolling for the executive MBA courses at SOIL (and you thought it’s over?)

  • Industry interaction and events
  •  Leadership series

Ever been in a hall room full of senior leaders, mathematicians and thinkers? Well with the leadership series SOIL not only gets you into that hall room but also have an enlightening interactive session with them, what’s more? They are organized every month!

  • Internships

An integral part of the curriculum, SOIL follows a 1 month internship program which is often after the completion of the first term. SOIL believes that practical knowledge is as important as theoretical knowledge and hence the inclusion of this module in the curriculum.

  • Mentorship

Each student will be assigned not 1 but 2 mentors! A corporate leader and an internal faculty member. Seek and grab the lessons on career improvisation and dive into the pool of knowledge these mentors will be sharing exclusively with you.

Maybe now you understand the similarity between a business class section and an MBA at SOIL, if not, then read the article again! Also, if you’re considering pursuing the one year executive MBA in India, do check out the School of Inspired Leadership!

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21 Sep 2016
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5 Reasons why SOIL’s One Year MBA stands out from the rest

  An MBA course is not for any Tom, Dick and Harry, one can easily secure an admission in a mediocre college, but to be the best you’ve to learn from the best. There is no shortage of reputed educational institutions in India like, XLRI Jamshedpur, ISB Hyderabad, and SOIL Delhi to name a few, […]

 

An MBA course is not for any Tom, Dick and Harry, one can easily secure an admission in a mediocre college, but to be the best you’ve to learn from the best. There is no shortage of reputed educational institutions in India like, XLRI Jamshedpur, ISB Hyderabad, and SOIL Delhi to name a few, but the admissions are not easy here, grueling entrance exams coupled with an intense group discussion and interactive personal interview is your gateway to these institutions. To narrow it down, let’s focus on The School of Inspired Leadership or SOIL, a college located in Gurgaon that provides a one year MBA degree. What’s the advantage of pursuing a degree here? Does it have angels for professors or do the Gods favor them?

Well, we can only find out from the pointers below –

  • 32 Companies fuel SOIL

Not about Gods and angels but realistically SOIL is co-created by a whopping 32 companies including multinational and Indian corporations. They have an involvement in all the programs like workshops, mentorship, projects and job opportunities. No wonder SOIL guarantees a job within 3 months of graduation.

  • Capital Advantage

SOIL is strategically located in the heart of Gurgaon, there are more than 1000 startups and more than 500 corporates here. It’s also the service capital of the globe and business hub of India. Step out of SOIL and voila! All you see is opportunity, opportunity, opportunity!

  • Social Innovation Program (SIP)

There are 2 modules that set SOIL apart from the rest, the first one is the Social Innovation Program. This institute steps it up a notch in ensuring their students foster social responsibility, out of the 100s of nonprofit organizations SOIL is associated with, each student works closely with an organization dedicated towards community development, so their students are not only good marketing professionals but great leaders too.

  • Mentorship

The second module is the Mentorship program where every student is assigned with two mentors –corporate leader and a faculty member. A great way to get career guidance, building network and achieving career goals.

  • Innovative Learning Design

The curriculum is out-of-the-box and is designed by globally renowned academicians. There are separate academic centers for excellence in Marketing, Human resource, Data analytics and finance. SOIL is also a Harvard publishing partner and it uses the same case study approach along with a mix of pedagogy consisting of multiple intelligence.

So if you’re looking to pursue a one year MBA in India then definitely check SOIL out. Don’t know about Gods and angels but they themselves have built quite a repute!

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20 Sep 2016
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MBA in India vs. MBA Abroad?

  We Indians are fascinated with imported stuff, anything that originates from outside of the nation is considered classy and sophisticated. Like apples for instance, the ones grown in India don’t sell much but the apples that have a sticker on it saying ‘Imported’ sell like hot cakes. The point I’m trying to make is […]

 

We Indians are fascinated with imported stuff, anything that originates from outside of the nation is considered classy and sophisticated. Like apples for instance, the ones grown in India don’t sell much but the apples that have a sticker on it saying ‘Imported’ sell like hot cakes. The point I’m trying to make is that India is no less than any other country in the world and this also applies while going for an MBA degree. Every MBA aspirant is muddled about pursuing the degree in India or abroad, some people suggest going abroad while some patriots recommend doing it here. So the million dollar (or rupees) question is where to get that business degree from? India or abroad?

  • All about perspective

There are reputed institutes in India as well as abroad, we have the ISBs, IIMs, SOIL and the likes here while there are top notch Ivy League colleges abroad. Do you picture yourself working abroad in a couple of years? If yes, then the gateway to that will be doing your MBA overseas. If no, then India is your best bet, as a growing nation, India offers some of the best jobs in the marketing field.

  • Money matters

An imperative aspect is money, if you want to go abroad then prepare to shell out a lot of money. Either you should be filthy rich or apply for a student loan, if you’re not a descendant of the Ambanis or Birlas then a student loan is your only option. Be prepared to loan a large amount of money and keep paying it back in hefty installments (read: interest) for several years after your MBA is completed. An MBA in India will cost you a lot less and even if you opt for a loan, it can be easily paid back in a couple of years.

  • Illustrious job opportunities

It’s without a doubt that you will be getting high-paying jobs if you pursue an MBA from any of the Ivy League colleges but anything below that and everything will crumble – pay package, dream job, hope everything, and worst is that you will have to come back to India and work and pay back the hefty student loan. A one year MBA in India from reputed colleges assures you great job opportunities through campus placements and you don’t have to worry much about the loan as it will be easily handled.

My money goes for a one year MBA in India, but that’s just an opinion, you can do more research and make an informative decision. Browse the brochures and catalogs of various business schools in India and abroad, this will assist you further in your decision.

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19 Sep 2016
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SOIL’s Innovative Mentorship Program

  ‘A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.’ – Shawn Hitchcock. You as a student have a goal in your head and are striving to attain it. The road to a successful career is full of thorns, potholes and irregularities; you know this very well and […]

 

‘A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.’ – Shawn Hitchcock.

You as a student have a goal in your head and are striving to attain it. The road to a successful career is full of thorns, potholes and irregularities; you know this very well and still have chosen to embark on this journey. Now imagine an angel guiding you through this path, carefully skipping all the thorns and potholes and directing you towards the goal you aimed for. This angel in today’s world is referred to as a mentor, the Yoda to your Luke Skywalker, the Mr. Miyagi to your Daniel, and a mentor is exactly what you need to go that extra mile.

Mentorship in an MBA course is much appreciated, experienced professionals from the industry guiding young guns to better themselves is always a welcome idea. A selected few educational institutions in India have the mentorship program in its curriculum. The School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) being one of them. SOIL is an educational institution located in Gurgaon and is ranked amongst one of the top Business schools in India for its various executive MBA courses; it stands right there with XLRI, ISB, and IIM. Their one year MBA module comes with several new and innovative programs like the Social Innovation Program (SIP) and the Mentorship program, let’s focus on the latter.

At SOIL the student will be assigned with two mentors, a corporate leader as an external mentor and a faculty member as an internal mentor. The mentoring module provides the student an opportunity to seek career guidance from experienced corporate mentors, faculty and practitioners. It also helps to build a network and achieve your career goals. This unique opportunity has transformed into lifelong relations for many students.

If you’re planning for a one year MBA in India, ensure that the curriculum is inclusive of mentorship programs. A 1 year full time MBA in India will be tiring and hectic but with the right guidance, backed by a reputed educational institution there will be no stopping you.

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16 Sep 2016
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How does Social Innovation Program at SOIL help the Students

  Like Ben Parker famously quoted ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ this statement is true on so many levels, but you must be wondering why am I making a Marvel comic reference in an educational blog? It’s simple, in today’s realm the business world is inclined towards social development. MNCs now more than ever […]

 

Like Ben Parker famously quoted ‘With great power comes great responsibility’ this statement is true on so many levels, but you must be wondering why am I making a Marvel comic reference in an educational blog? It’s simple, in today’s realm the business world is inclined towards social development. MNCs now more than ever are participating in social programs with an outlook of giving back to the community. It’s a noble initiative and is also a part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan. In certain educational institutions students are taught about being socially inclined towards various causes.

School of Inspired Leadership (SOIL) is one of those institutions that have crafted a module for such causes and have embedded it in their syllabus for all executive MBA courses. The program is called the ‘Social Innovation Plan’ (SIP), SOIL is associated with several organizations and together with the students they work towards developing a better world. Some of the organizations that SOIL is associated with are –

  • Adharshila
  • Esha
  • National Thalassemia Welfare society
  • Fundacja Arvindam
  • Iamgurgaon
  • Skillshare international
  • Navjyoti Indian foundation
  • Muskaan
  • READ Global
  • Uthaan
  • SOS children’s villages India
  • Saksham
  • Udayan Care
  • Tamana
  • SNS Foundation
  • Sai Bhoomi
  • Ritinjali
  • Aadi
  • NIIT Foundation
  • Bharat Stem cells
  • Salaam Balaak trust
  • Sarthak Educational trust

Phew! Going by the list, SOIL has done some impressive work with its SIP. The students benefit too as they are not only strengthened theoretically and practically but socially too. In addition, it makes up for a great merit in your resume.

Any student from a one year MBA or executive MBA program will be spending a total of 30 days on the field of whichever organization he is assigned to and 10 days in the classroom. He will be evaluated for this and the scores will reflect on his end term mark sheet. SOIL is one of the few institutions that offer a social program in their one year MBA in Delhi. The institution also ranks at the top for several other amenities and is one of the best options if you want to pursue post graduation courses in Delhi.

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12 Sep 2016
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Leadership vs. Management: What should you focus on?

  The much discussed and debated topic, leadership or management which one should I focus on? Well, to begin with, both go hand-in-hand, it’s like the Joker says, “You complete me!” jokes apart; leadership and management are 2 sides of the same coin. Leaders are the ones who take risks, challenge the existing norms and […]

 

The much discussed and debated topic, leadership or management which one should I focus on? Well, to begin with, both go hand-in-hand, it’s like the Joker says, “You complete me!” jokes apart; leadership and management are 2 sides of the same coin. Leaders are the ones who take risks, challenge the existing norms and protocols and hunt for new ways of innovation, while managers are the ones that maintain the status quo. You can notice the stark contrast, but in a company, one can’t just be taking risks the whole time and one can’t just be maintaining the status quo. So what are you cut out for? Are you exceptionally well in innovating and taking calculated risks or are you the one who keeps it cool and plays it by the book.

  • Both are imperative

As I’ve mentioned time and time again, leadership and management both are equally important. A financial institution will teach you both the subjects in the syllabus, which one you find interesting entirely depends on you.

  • High demand

Both the roles have a high demand in MNCs, a leader is required to surpass the cut-throat competition in the market while a manager is necessary to maintain and focus on the existing system and structure.

  • You can be both

Sometimes you’ve to fill in both the roles. It’s definitely not easy to partake in both the roles, but is a requisite of certain MNCs. There are special leadership programs designed for students, it’s a one year MBA course offered by reputed colleges in India like XLRI, ISB, SOIL and IIMs. In this one year post graduate course in India you will get to learn leadership as well as management studies, but the emphasis will be more on the former.

A renowned MBA professor once said that ‘A manager does things right while a leader does the right thing.’ If you’ve understood the difference between these two and have made your mind, then without further hesitation enroll for a one year MBA in India today!

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