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The ever-growing NGO industry

The ever-growing NGO industry

Developing countries like Bangladesh are rife with corruption and poverty, as a result of which the government is often unable to provide public goods efficiently. It is this gap in providing public service goods that non-government organizations (NGOs), which operate independently of government authorities, attempt to fill in.   At the time of independence, Bangladesh fell under the category of the development 'basket case' (as described by Henry Kissinger's state department), i.e. a country that would always depend on aid. Despite such predictions, major development indicators have shown remarkable progress. Girl-child enrolment rates in schools...

British Council's Tell-Your-Tale award ceremony

British Council's Tell-Your-Tale award ceremony

Starting with modest beginnings in 1934, the British Council is currently operating over 190 offices in almost every part of the world, and with over 60 years of operation in Bangladesh, to mark the occasion, British Council Dhaka organized a nationwide competition called Tell-Your-Tale, held across October and November. In response, people across...

Masters of Ideation 2014 kicks off

Masters of Ideation 2014 kicks off

NSU Young Entrepreneurs' Society (YES!) is hosting its signature event Masters of Ideation from the 9th of January. The event – which came to life in 2012 – is in its third year and comprises of two phases, the intra NSU round and the Nationwide Inter University round. Masters of Ideation is a Business...

This week's free course is “Generating Creative and Innovative Ideas: Enhancing Your Creativity”

This week's free course is “Generating Creative and Innovative Ideas: Enhancing Your Creativity”

Overview What makes a person creative? Do you consider yourself creative? Certain personal characteristics have been linked with creativity – for example, a willingness to take risks, the ability to connect diverse ideas, and open-mindedness. Most important, perhaps, is believing that you are creative. Many people get stuck because they think 'I'm not a...

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Chemical dreams

Chemical dreams

As technology becomes more and more rampant in our everyday lives, the search for competent experts who understand the flow of technology also continues to increase. One of the concurrent and fundamental sectors for young graduates in the field of technology is the energy and petroleum sector. Although there is a growing search...

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Top 5 careers in engineering

Top 5 careers in engineering

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS You would have to show exceptional skills within electrical systems and power system modeling, as well as strict time management, but, we doubt, this would scare you. With such a degree you would be able to find a job in the US, United Kingdom, as well as various Asian countries such as...

Published Date: December 12, 2014
Writing for Technical Professionals: Effective Writing Techniques

Writing for Technical Professionals: Effective Writing Techniques

Overview Once you have planned the structure of a writing project, you need to plan your writing approach based on your target audience. You must take a different approach, for example, if instructing technical students how to implement a technology from the approach you would use to describe a technology's benefits to the general...

Published Date: December 5, 2014
Everyday heroes

Everyday heroes

Growing up, we dream of a variety of careers, with occupations such as doctor or pilot capturing young minds with ease. Regardless of what we dream about in childhood, the hero factor and the spirit of adventure are constant. What almost nobody dreams of at an early age is becoming a Chartered Accountant....

Published Date: December 5, 2014
Dissecting the illustrious MT program

Dissecting the illustrious MT program

Management Trainee (MT) Programs are special job curriculums that are designed for fresh graduates to make their entry in the corporate world interesting and learning. In our country, business students are often more acquainted with the concept of MT programs compared to students of other schools. The cool part about MT programs is...

Published Date: December 5, 2014
“Improving Your Emotional Intelligence Skills: Self-awareness and Self-management”

“Improving Your Emotional Intelligence Skills: Self-awareness and Self-management”

Overview Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and deal with emotions in a healthy and productive manner. Many people don't realize that their emotions are determined by what they think, and that concrete self-management techniques exist for gaining control of feelings. In this course you'll focus on the competency areas of self-awareness and...

Published Date: November 28, 2014
A guide to Blogsville

A guide to Blogsville

Blogs are not only the tools for expressing personal opinions, creativity and heritage – a blog is also a great way to advertise merchandise or service. The loyalty of the followers depends on the content and popularity of the posts. In Bangladesh, e-commerce has flourished through online ads and pages and we have...

Published Date: November 28, 2014
Innovation Xtreme makes its mark on the startup scene

Innovation Xtreme makes its mark on the startup scene

Let me paint you a picture from the recent past, at best ten years back. A young graduate after finishing his or her studies would aspire to work for a local corporation or a MNC. Why? Because it gave him or her stability, a steady paycheck at the end of the month, and...

Published Date: November 28, 2014
ABCs of startups with Kalsoom Lakhani

ABCs of startups with Kalsoom Lakhani

Kalsoom Lakhani is the Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate, or i2i, which supports startups and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem in developing markets, beginning in Pakistan. She is a Global Ambassador for Sandbox, a global network of innovators under 30, and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers. She has trained young entrepreneurs and change-makers in tech forums in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Kiev, Ukraine and Almaty, Kazakhstan. The George Washington University graduate shares with Shahriar Rahman from The Daily Star about how someone should get started with their very first startup.     If someone has a startup, what are the things they need to address first? Whether you are currently running...

Published Date: November 28, 2014
“Professional Networking Essentials: Finding Opportunities to Make Connections”

“Professional Networking Essentials: Finding Opportunities to Make Connections”

Overview   In the modern connected business environment, knowing the essentials of professional networking is a major asset and key for success. Networking is all about people and making beneficial connections that will help you build a stable and fulfilling career. Unleashing the power of a network isn't something to be taken lightly. Poor networking...

Published Date: November 21, 2014
Scoring with the big shots

Scoring with the big shots

Although the hours can be long and the environment is bound to be fiercely competitive, sports marketing and management offer many rewards. Competitive compensation, challenging work, excellent perks such as free tickets to sporting events and the chance to meet professional athletes are only a few of the reasons sports marketing is a popular career aspiration. Most corporations rely on sports marketing to associate their brands and products with the excitement, enjoyment and admiration devoted to games and athletes. Globally, Emirates and Etihad Airways have followed this tactic quite intelligently to build their respective brands. Locally, brands like Beximco have also focused on brand building through sports marketing and management. Where...

Published Date: November 21, 2014
“Business Writing: Know Your Readers and Your Purpose”

“Business Writing: Know Your Readers and Your Purpose”

Overview To write effective and appropriate business messages, you need to know your readers. Are you addressing multiple readers or a single reader? How much knowledge do your readers have of your subject, and what issues concern them most? Closely tied with knowing your readers, is knowing your purpose for writing. Do you need...

Published Date: November 21, 2014
A young turk in management consulting

A young turk in management consulting

Mohammed Masudur Rahman, a bright young professional who graduated from the BBA Program of the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), University of Dhaka and currently is a Business Development Officer at e.Gen Consultants Ltd., a multidisciplinary international management consulting firm of Bangladesh, speaks to Next Step on his rollercoaster ride in the consulting...

Circular economy

Published Date: November 14, 2014
Why aren't we funding this?

Why aren't we funding this?

Though concepts like circular economy have been around for a long time, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation took it to the next level. The foundation was established by Dame Ellen MacArthur, a living legend in sailing and the fastest person to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe. In her speech at One Young World 2014 she...

Telenor Youth Summit

Published Date: November 14, 2014
Two youths embark on the journey for a digital tomorrow

Two youths embark on the journey for a digital tomorrow

The transformative power of mobile and digital communication is shaping the world every day. And at the forefront of this movement are youths - the opinion leaders of tomorrow, the digital rebels. A platform for such rebels is the Telenor Youth Summit. Telenor Youth Summit is a platform where everyone with a brilliant idea...

Published Date: November 14, 2014
Interpersonal Communication: Communicating with Confidence

Interpersonal Communication: Communicating with Confidence

Overview Are you reluctant to voice your opinions to your colleagues for fear they'll be judged negatively? Do you find yourself avoiding awkward communication situations? Confident interpersonal communication skills are essential for healthy and successful relationships, whether personal or professional. Communicators have an enormous advantage if their relationships are based on rapport-building trust...

Published Date: November 8, 2014
Leadership Essentials: Leading Innovation

Leadership Essentials: Leading Innovation

Overview Creativity and innovation are critical components of just about every organization. But innovation doesn't pertain only to new inventions, products, or reworked designs. It also involves incremental improvements to the way things are done. Knowing how to build and support an innovative culture is an important skill for any leader to master. The...

Careers in corporate law

Published Date: November 7, 2014
Lawyers making it big in multinationals

Lawyers making it big in multinationals

The law has its own sense of appeal. Nowhere is this fact more evident than amongst our burgeoning young middle class population, which has grown up with American drama series and movies. Today, characters like Harvey Spectre from Suits and Alan Shore from Boston Legal are not just household names among the youth,...

Published Date: November 7, 2014
Innovation Xtreme: The wait is over for startups

Innovation Xtreme: The wait is over for startups

Fayaz Taher, Cofounder and CFO at Startup Dhaka, said  “After holding GIST boot camp competition, Grameenphone  Demo Day, Telenor Digital Winner – we wanted to show case the opportunities not just within our border but in this  region so that greater investment flow and partnership happens in the ICT sector.”    Grameenphone and StartUp...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
When we met the world

When we met the world

Stepping out of the airport, the first things to grab my attention were the gigantic banners all over the city saying 'Welcome OYW delegates'. Every corner of the city was filled with the white and blue of OYW, welcoming young minds from all over the world. There was no doubt that the biggest...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
What not to say

What not to say

In our desperate attempts at making small talk and appearing oh-so down-to-earth, we often make the mistake of blurting out the inappropriate at interviews. And even if it's just an informal meeting with potential bosses or co-workers, there's a limit to what you're at liberty to say. As important as it is to...

Press Release

Published Date: October 31, 2014
MoU between BRAC Business School and Sapien Strategy Consulting & Research

MoU between BRAC Business School and Sapien Strategy Consulting & Research

BRAC Business School's Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) and Sapien Strategy Consulting & Research signed a MoU on October 27, 2014 at BRAC University Campus. As part of the MoU, CED and Sapien will launch advanced management courses for professionals and arrange various training programs to cater to the need of the Bangladesh...

Press Release

Published Date: October 31, 2014
First Bangladeshi elected as President of APFHRM

Md Musharrof Hossain has been elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management (APFHRM) at a board meeting held in Santiago, Chile on 13 October, 2014. APFHRM is a network of human resources and people management associations in the Asia Pacific region. As a collective, the Federation's purpose is to advance the standing of the HR and people management profession within the region. APFHRM is also an active branch of the World Federation of...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
This week's free course is “Business Law and Ethics”

This week's free course is “Business Law and Ethics”

Dealing with the balance of ethics and the law is a day-to-day challenge for many managers. While you might be inclined to act in ways that are legal in the technical sense, there is value also in recognizing the intent behind a law. Meeting the spirit of the law often comes down to...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Fast Food On Wheels

Fast Food On Wheels

CP Food Truck, Matrz, Chopsticks, Yummilicious, Izza Wrap, HM Food, Petuk, Food Street, Spaghetti Wheels, Munchies Republic, Hot Box, Deluxe Street Food, Bon Appetit, and the list never ends! Dhaka has become the new core of the food cart business. These are most often found in Gulshan and Banani, but now the trend is spread into the Dhanmondi area as well. So what is so special about food carts? Well apart from the delicious taste and convenience on the streets, it is a very profitable business if managed perceptively.     Secrets Of The Trade   I talked with Nadvie Ahmed, Managing Director at The Cart Company. Nadvie used to have a food cart...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Promotion

Promotion

The media of promotion is chiefly Facebook. So, you virtually have to spend nothing if you are reaching sufficient people over Facebook. You can alter your choice of social media website based on your target market. For example, food blogging is a rising trend among today's youth. All of these things have made...

Behind The Scenes

Published Date: October 24, 2014
How the development sector works

How the development sector works

It is perhaps difficult and mostly improbable to perceive whether any job can be as satisfying as one that relies mainly on contributing towards others. It is widely perceived by most of the people that jobs in the non-profit sector are low-paying and less easy to maintain when it comes to achieving an effective work-life balance. After all, the majority of jobs in this field involve relocating to a new place---usually a rural area----and helping the natives there to develop their society and to attain greater knowledge. However the pay, the career and the overall lifetime of a job in this field should help people look past the minor...

Tech Releases

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Kickstart your career with Core-K’s Online Learning Tools

Kickstart your career with Core-K’s Online Learning Tools

Next Step is partnering with Core Knowledge, an initiative of Rahimafrooz Group, to introduce the best of e-learning to professionals. Skills development is a major challenge across industries and through this partnership we hope to tackle this problem by providing learning options to a broad set of users. Core-K’s Online Learning Tools’ courseware covers...

Food for thought

Published Date: October 10, 2014
Careers in social media and digital marketing

Careers in social media and digital marketing

Businesses took a skidding jolt on the day Zuckerburg decided to open Facebook to people outside the Harvard network. One of the biggest inventions of the 21st century, the platform successfully connected millions of people to the rest of the world and, upon realizing the potential this social network held, businesses have started...

Published Date: October 10, 2014
Your social media checklist

Your social media checklist

1. Research and know your audience. What topics and interests are they most social about? Does the audience on different social media platforms vary? 2. Only use those networks and platforms that best speak to your audience. Do not waste resources, time and effort developing content and strategy for a platform if it is not applicable to the consumers you are targeting. 3. Establish your set of key performance indicators (KPIs). What exactly do you want your efforts on social media to achieve? What does this success look like in quantifiable terms? 4. Write your very...

Published Date: October 3, 2014
Savvy careers in tourism and hospitality management

Savvy careers in tourism and hospitality management

"Come before the tourists visit" was perhaps one of the most famous slogans of the Bangladeshi tourist industry during the 1980s and 1990s. The idea behind this catchy positioning statement was to encourage domestic travellers to travel across Bangladesh and seek inspiration from the beauty of this delta before the country fell on...

Published Date: October 3, 2014
IUT gears up for Battle of Minds 2014

IUT gears up for Battle of Minds 2014

Many things run through the minds of fresh graduates when they have to make that leap from being a student to being a professional; confusion and uncertainty is something everyone faces when they make that transition, and it is not always easy. It is only natural to feel lost and undecided, because the...

Published Date: September 26, 2014
Towards a towering career in telecom

Towards a towering career in telecom

Rubaba Dowla is a highly experienced leader with a successful track record of brand management, product innovation, service delivery and corporate communication. She has been instrumental in building Grameenphone as a premier brand. At present, she is working for Airtel Bangladesh as the Chief Service Officer & Head of mCommerce. She discusses the ins and outs of a career in the telecom industry with Shahriar Rahman from NEXT STEP.    N.S.: How dynamic is the corporate world of Bangladesh, and how does a young graduate cope with the stress of the job, especially in the telecom industry? When we are still studying, we are exposed to a lot of pressure before exams...

Published Date: September 26, 2014
The other side of academics

The other side of academics

Identifying the appropriate career path is extremely difficult for most students. Most of the students simply aren't sure what they want to become. There are a multitude of things to consider – one's own interest, monetary rewards, and family influence. This is why to decipher which career path to pursue a student must...

More than just books

Published Date: September 26, 2014
Grand opening of the new library

Grand opening of the new library

The British Council Bangladesh has inaugurated their new and refurbished library within the Fuller Road Office in Dhaka on 20 September. Honourable Speaker of the Parliament, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP was the chief guest at the inauguration. Baroness Prashar, Deputy Chair of British Council, and His Excellency Robert W. Gibson, CMG, British High...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
I can transform you

I can transform you

“Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilisations, of arts and of sciences.” – Freeman Dyson Dyson, the renowned physicist and mathematician, made no mistake in proclaiming the importance of technology. In every part of the world, big and small, technology has a pivotal role to play. This is best reflected by the list published by PriceWaterhouse Coopers in March 2014, which ranked Apple, Google and Microsoft as three of the top four largest companies in the world by market capitalisation. Technology now holds a stranglehold on the strategic direction of global organisations, thereby...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
A lesson in leadership at NestléBangladesh

A lesson in leadership at NestléBangladesh

Next Step visited the offices of NestléBangladesh and met with the Head of its Human Resources function – Akhteruddin Mahmood, to have a chat. Chances are you are having a cup of Nescafé as you are reading this - that is how big of a company Nestlé is worldwide and managing the HR department in such a large company is no mean feat. But with ten years of experience at BAT behind him, Mr. Mahmood was more than willing to share his insights and his expertise with me and the readers of Next Step.   What do you think is the main role of HR in any corporation? "The most important...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Internet-fuelled job productivity

Browser plugins Enabling better customization through the ability to download add-ons or extensions. * Bit.ly – A URL shortener and reporting tool * Chrome Remote Desktop – Technology allowing secure access over the internet * Advanced Responsive Video Embedder – Fast, clean and easy embedding at a click of a button Online services and software Technological tools to simplify things: * File Management – The widespread use of Cloud storage, Dropbox and Google Drive * Password Security – The use of password manager services such as KeePass,...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
HOTTEST TECH JOBS

HOTTEST TECH JOBS

The technology industry with filled with Iron Men and Women. With lots of vacancies you can wok with super technology, robotics and be part of a digital revolution.                 With amalgamated human physiology Ms Marvel is resistant to most toxins, poisons and absorbs energy. She can survive in space as can you with the latest space technologies.                   It's all about skilled labour, machines, and tools in this job sector. Super charge yourself like the Green Lantern from the DC Universe with high tech activity that gives you the ability to create solid constructs and analyse targets on a larger scale.             Matter-Eater Lad, a DC Universe superhero and a member of the Legion of...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
The rise of CFA in Bangladesh

The rise of CFA in Bangladesh

Businesses in the subcontinent are changing. This change, as much as it has been on the saddles of globalisation, has also been facilitated by the need to provide a sustainable enterprise customised for today's needs. After all, modern Bangladeshi companies do not want to be left behind globally-effective business practices. They can no longer be content with the traditional means of surviving by just making a profit. In the relentless pursuit of professionalism and technical discipline, traditional businesses look forward to a future where they can easily compete on a global scale. Their preference, therefore, is to employ those who have been tried and tested in their chosen field. Job...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
The flip side of entrepreneurship

The flip side of entrepreneurship

Listen to your heart. Follow your dreams. Be who you are. Don't seek jobs, give jobs. These are just some of the teachings we receive from authors, speakers and motivational coaches in this era of startups, bootstrapping and tech wizardry. But we are told very little about the other side of the story...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
The share bajaar

The share bajaar

Remember Chris Gardner from the biographical drama film “The Pursuit of Happiness?” If you do then you must remember his struggle to become a stockbroker which happened to be his dream career. Or take the example of the recent much talked about film “The Wolf of Wall Street” where Jordan Belfort along with...

Published Date: September 5, 2014
When genius strikes

When genius strikes

  Myths are any invented story or concept that we sometimes believe to be true. We believe in it so strongly that we often underestimate ourselves and compare our lives with others. In desperate times, when our head and heart don't give the expected output, we beat ourselves up by indulging in such overwhelming myths....

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Deadlines and drama

Deadlines and drama

Across most occupations and industries at some point you will be faced with a project, task or assignment to be completed within a timeframe. From personal experience, I can tell you as the deadline approaches stress can saturate your body and even the simplest of tasks may become complicated. In my line of...

Published Date: September 5, 2014
What career were you actually meant for?

What career were you actually meant for?

Don't feel at place in your job? Or just wondering where your true potential lies? Answer these ten questions and find out. 1. When it comes to jobs, you'd rather... A. Do something no one else has done B. Do what pays the most     C. Do what makes you happy D. Do what helps others E. Something else 2. Deep down, you think you're more... A. Intelligent B. Entertaining     C. Creative     D. Serious     E. Something else 3. When it comes to outdoor activities, which appeals most to you... A. Running a marathon B. Kayaking a nice, long lake C. Skydiving off a plane D. Camping out in the forest E. Something else 4. Generally, which would you prefer to do... A. Making something people will...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Kids. You can't make them understand the gravity of a situation without threatening them with the boogie monster, or worse, the prospect of cartoons being banned at dinnertime. We never really grow out of it, and hands on parenting can take increasingly repressive measures to ensure the best for their child as they...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
By all means, please fail

By all means, please fail

Ever wondered about what kept your idol going and eventually reach the height that they did? What sparked their drive to achieve greatness? Something that everyone will agree on is that anyone who has gone on to achieve 'greatness' has the will power to accomplish the things that they did. However, there is...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
10 famous people who failed at first

10 famous people who failed at first

Henry Ford While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn't an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five time before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.           Jan Koum Jan Koum was turned down by Facebook in 2009. Today he runs the...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Harness the power of LinkedIn

Harness the power of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site founded by Reid Hoffman in 2002. This site is available in 20 languages and is used in almost 200 countries all over the world. It is the most used professional networking site in the world. Ahmed Abdullah is working as an accountant at McKesson Corporation in USA....

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Productivity unwired

Productivity unwired

CamScanner CamScanner is a free app that scans documents onto your phone. Instead of taking a picture with your phone, CamScanner optimizes the photo to ensure text and graphics are clear and sharp with the highest resolution. The app gives you the option to scan a single picture or graph, or scan a whole...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem

Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem

On 19 August, 2014 Professor Tarun Khanna, Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute and Jorge Lemann Professor of Harvard Business School, delivered a talk headlined “Developing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Emerging Economies”. The talk was given at BRAC Centre, Mohakhali, to an audience of renowned Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, academics and corporate managers.  The...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Caution: Women at work

Caution: Women at work

We've all heard about the glass ceiling and the failed sexual harassment court cases. But what truly stands in the way between your miserable entry-level paycheck and that one gratifying step up the ladder? We asked around and turns out,real women hardly see the challenges in black and white.   Today more than ever,...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
The real deal with high heels

The real deal with high heels

Although the Carrie Bradshaw's and Kate Beckett's of television reality would have us believe that your average fashion-conscious working woman wears nothing under a six-inch heel, most of us probably know better. And if you don't, it's about time you wake up from your misled Tinseltown stiletto fantasies. Unless you're willing to dish...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Global People Paradigm

Global People Paradigm

  With a view to help the young generation of the country face the challenges of the global job market of the 21st century, the Career Development Center of Daffodil International University organized an exclusive international training workshop on “Global People Paradigm – Shifting the frontier of people management” on August 14, 2014 in...

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Cubicle dramarama

Cubicle dramarama

Whether your company is an early-stage start-up or a huge corporation, you've surely run into an employee who drives you batty. Here's a look at 10 of the most irritating workplace characters--along with some advice on how to get them back on track.   The undecider He takes days to make a decision and then, after it's made, revisits it. Then revisits it again. Then, when things fall apart and he is held responsible for his indecision, he becomes indignant or evasive. "It's not MY fault!" How to cope: Establish a deadline where the decision must be final, and a default decision that will hold true if no decision is made. When the...

Stumped

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Silly interview questions and what they really mean

What is your greatest flaw? Why it's silly: Who in their right mind would give an honest answer to this question? Reveal your flaws to the person who's got your future in the palm of their hands? No thank you. In response to questions like this, we tend to conjure up answers that don't give a completely negative impression, such as “My time management could do with a bit more work. I put in extra hours, even at home.”     What...

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