For many college seniors, it’s hard to imagine how many things will change after graduation. Many college grads will be thrust onto the job hunt, moving back in with their parents, or moving out of the state in order to land a job in their field.With so much uncertainty, how can one plan for the future? Here are a few ways to plan for post-grad life while still in school:Build and maintain your professional network.It’s important to network before you need it, particularly when you’re planning on being new to the job-seeking world. Whether you realize it or not, you already have a network of professionals at your disposal—even if you’re not connected to those individuals on social networking sites yet. Find former supervisors and co-workers, professors, classmates, mentors and current colleagues online to strengthen your relationship with these individuals. That way, once you’re on the job hunt, you can leverage these connections to help you land an ideal job in your field.Research target companies and areas.The job search is an overwhelming process, particularly if you don’t have a specific focus. If you’re planning on moving out of state, research areas first to determine where you could afford to live and how you’ll relocate if you do find a suitable job opportunity. You might also want to pick an area where you have friends or family to stay with in case you need to visit for an interview at the last minute. Then, make a list of five to 10 target companies within the area to focus your efforts on. This makes the job search much more manageable as opposed to aimlessly searching job boards and company websites in hopes of finding something up your alley.Receive recommendations and nail down references.Once you’ve connected with your network on social networking platforms, ask for recommendations or referrals to display on your profile. Ask former and current supervisors, professors and colleagues for letters of recommendation that you can display in your professional portfolio or on a website. Confirm with these folks that they will be willing to serve as a reference during your job search, too – reference calls can often make or break a job opportunity.Have a solid “Plan B.”You probably realize that you’re graduating in uncertain economic times. In many areas, job openings are highly competitive or only available to former interns or internal candidates. What will you do if your job search takes longer than six months? Do you have the option to move in with a family member if you cannot find a paid job? Do you have money saved up to get you through several months of job searching? Unfortunately, you must prepare for the worst, while still hoping for the best and maintaining a positive attitude.What else do college seniors needs to prepare for before graduation? Do you have any advice from personal experiences that seniors can learn from? We’d love to hear you – you can share your comments below.
Even in a good economy, switching careers is never an easy proposition.You’re competing for jobs with experienced workers, and you often have to work twice as hard to convince employers that you’re worth a look. And switching careers in a down economy can be downright brutal.But it’s not all bad news. Switching careers early in life puts you in a better position—the other people in the same age demographic don’t have decades of experience on you, and in some cases, they have nearly as little time in the field as you do. As long as you play your cards right, you can be just fine with a little persistence and a lot of hard work.Pick your field carefully. This should go without saying, but for many people, it doesn’t: think long and hard about the new path you’re choosing. Ideally, your new path should both be something you love and it should be in an industry with solid job prospects. Obviously, at least one of the two should be present (who switches to a career they hate that isn’t hiring?). Do your research before you make your move: read up on the industry, check out the statistics on the jobs you’re thinking of looking at with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and talk to people in the positions you want.Look for internships or volunteer opportunities. The best way to build experience in a given field, of course, is to find a job. However, if you can’t find a job because you don’t have experience, you’re caught in a catch-22. In that case, the best way is to work for free. No, you won’t be paid in money, but you’ll be given something valuable all the same: experience and contacts, the two most valuable things in the job hunt.Don’t be afraid to take an entry-level job. If you’ve been on the job hunt recently, you probably read this line and laughed—getting an entry-level job isn’t as easy as it once was. But if you’re offered one, think long and hard before turning it down. In fact, check that: don’t think at all, and accept it—unless you’ve got multiple offers on the table, in which case: why are you reading this?Play up your current experience. Re-visit your resume. Think of things you did in past jobs, internships, or coursework that are relevant to your new field. Don’t just brush off your old career as useless in your new job search. There are plenty of skills useful in nearly every industry (solid communications skills, computer software or hardware capabilities, financial knowledge), and you might be surprised what employers are looking for.All told, switching careers isn’t easy. You’ll often have to swallow your pride and move down a couple of rungs on the ladder. But switching careers early on is easier for one simple reason: you haven’t got as many rungs below you to drop. So keep your chin up, keep trying, and good luck! – Original post by myFootpath’s Nate Abbott
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said he is still learning to adapt to the demands of English football as he seeks to end his club’s five-game winless run against rivals Manchester United in the League Cup on Wednesday.City made a blistering start to the campaign, winning their first 10 games in all competitions, but momentum has been stalled in recent weeks, and Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Southampton marked the fifth consecutive game without a victory.Guardiola’s side are also trailing Barcelona by five points in their Champions League group after three games. (De Bruyne to miss derby clash due to injury, says Guardiola)”Our last few games have been tough,” Guardiola told British media. “If you are winning a game 3-0 in the last 15 or 20 minutes you can have more control and it gets a little easier.”But we were playing 10 against 11 against Barcelona, it’s physical and tough in the Champions League. (Champions League: Messi hits treble as Barcelona sink Guardiola’s Man City)”After that there was the game against Southampton, when we made a mistake to go behind. Three days after Manchester United it is West Brom, then Barcelona and they are so important as well,” he said.”I am still learning about football in this country.”Guardiola has told his players not to lose faith in his high-risk, high-reward style of football, but has said he needs time to assess his side.”Even when we were winning 10 games in a row I felt we had to make a lot of effort to win those games. You cannot win any game here without spending a lot of energy,” he added. (Manchester City penalty woes allow Arsenal to join them at the top)advertisement”I am still learning how the team reacts to winning and not winning, to playing at home after a Champions League game, and I am pretty sure I need time.”City, still top of the league on goal difference ahead of Arsenal and Liverpool, travel to face West Bromwich Albion in the league on Saturday.
Rangana Herath grabbed Zimbabwe’s final three wickets to return figures of 8-63 as Sri Lanka wasted little time in finishing off the hosts on the final morning of the second Test at the Harare Sports Club on Thursday.The home side, teetering on 180 for seven overnight, survived 13 overs before being bowled out for 233 as Sri Lanka won by 257 runs to compete a sweep of the two-match series. (2nd Test: Rangana Herath spins Sri Lanka to the brink of Zimbabwe sweep)Herath, standing in as captain for the injury-hit Sri Lankan side, finished with 13 wickets in the match as he fully exploited a turning surface to dominate the Test with his spin. (2nd Test: Herath joins elite club as Sri Lanka eye series win against Zimbabwe)Craig Ervine, the only home player to provide any significant resistance, was first out on Thursday, adding seven runs to his overnight 65 before a sharp catch from Dhananjaya de Silva at slip gave Herath his first wicket of the morning. Carl Mumba departed for one run soon after and Chris Mpofu was the last wicket to fall, trapped leg before for a quick-fire 20.Sri Lanka’s victory proved a lot easier than their success in last week’s first test when they almost ran out of overs before eventually dismissing Zimbabwe to win by 225 runs. (Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 225 runs in first Test)The two sides will next be joined by the West Indies for a triangular one-day international series in Zimbabwe, which starts in Harare on Monday.advertisement
Chelsea’s Premier League game at Manchester City is a good chance to show they have rediscovered their best form following last season’s problems, manager Antonio Conte said on Friday.Chelsea, who finished 10th in May, retained their place at the summit with a seventh successive league victory over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend ahead of the trip to third-placed City on Saturday.”I think tomorrow it’s a really tough game. It is a great test for us, for our formation, to continue this way,” Conte told reporters. (Antonio Conte’s high-flying Chelsea face tough test at Manchester City)”We know that it won’t be easy because tomorrow we face a really great team, with a great idea of football. I think tomorrow is another step to show if something has changed compared to the start of the season.”Chelsea have scored 19 goals and conceded just one during their winning run and Conte is unlikely to make changes to his starting line-up at the Etihad Stadium.”I’m pleased for all the players that are playing. Those on the bench understand. There is the right atmosphere,” the Italian added. (Five-goal Chelsea ‘fantastic’, says delighted Conte)City’s Kevin De Bruyne, who left Chelsea in 2014, has emerged as one of the world’s finest attacking midfielders since falling out of favour with then-manager Jose Mourinho.”He’s a great player. It’s a pity now he is playing for another team because he’s a fantastic player. I wish for him the best… after our game,” Conte said.British media reported that Chelsea’s Steve Holland is wanted by manager Gareth Southgate as part of England’s backroom set-up and Conte said was happy with his assistant’s commitment amid speculation. (Diego Costa sends Chelsea to top of Premier League)advertisement”The situation is very clear. Steve is one of my assistant coaches and working very well. He is working for Chelsea for many years. I’m very happy for his commitment, attitude and work rate,” Conte said.”I don’t know what happens in the future. This matter is for the FA. But now I am pleased to have him.”
Santiago Solari refused to be drawn on incoming transfers at Real Madrid despite admitting the club only has one ‘number nine’ – the injured Karim Benzema.Benzema fractured a little finger during Sunday’s victory at Real Betis and is unlikely to be fit for this weekend’s La Liga clash with Sevilla.With the January window now open, there was speculation Madrid may look to reinforce their attacking options but coach Solari refused to comment, suggesting all transfers are handled by the club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Copa del Rey second leg against Leganes – they lead 3-0 from the first game at the Santiago Bernabeu – Solari said: “I always say it is not my position to explain the policy of signings. The squad we have is marvellous, with a lot of young players, a lot of experienced players and they are all 100 per cent committed.”Asked to assess his forward players, he added: “They are all different players, not necessarily specialist ‘number nines’. The specialist we have is Karim Benzema and he is injured.”With Spain playmaker Isco currently out of favour, Vinicius Junior’s importance continues to grow with the Brazil youngster starring in the victory at Betis despite struggling with a heavy cold.”He has all the talent and he shows it when he has to; in games,” added Solari.”He only came here this year, having only just turned 18, and to have developed in the short time that he’s been here, there’s a lot of merit in that.”We still have to look out for him, though.”The weight of the competition is always more on the experienced players but we can be excited about the young players.”Sometimes the youngsters have to grow up quicker than usual. They bring vibrancy to the team, supported by the more experienced players.”There were a lot of young players who played at Betis but for every one there was a [Sergio] Ramos or a Casemiro to support them.”
Lionel Messi and has added to the growing calls for the search for Emiliano Sala to be resumed, with the family of the missing Cardiff City striker hiring a private company to continue looking for the footballer.Guernsey Police called off the search for Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on Thursday after three days of searching for a plane that went missing over the English Channel on Monday, with an extensive operation having covered approximately 1,700 square miles.Sala’s sister Romina and father Horacio both expressed their shock and dismay at the decision, although a statement from harbourmaster captain David Barker released via Guernsey Police gave a detailed explanation. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “We reviewed all the information available to us, as well as knowing what emergency equipment was on board, and have taken the difficult decision to end the search,” he said. “The chances of survival at this stage are extremely remote.”The #NoDejenDeBuscar (#DontStopSearching) hashtag has been used by a wide range of football figures to urge authorities to reconsider their decision to stop the search for Sala and his family are planning to launch their own operation.”If the authorisation of the British police is obtained this afternoon, the search for Emiliano with a private rescue company will be resumed,” family friend Martin Molteni said to La Nacion on Friday.”We still do not know where the investigation of this fact is going to be carried out.”Calls for the authorities to rethink their decision to halt the search for Argentinian forward Sala have grown, with Messi among the football stars to show their support for the campaign. “While there are possibilities, a minimum hope, we ask that please #NoDejenDeBuscar,” Messi posted on his Instagram story. “Emiliano. All my strength and support to the family and friends.”Diego Maradona also posted a photograph of Sala to his Instagram account with the campaign hashtag.”Hope never dies,” the World Cup winner wrote.On Thursday, Manchester City’s Argentina attacker Sergio Aguero was among those to call for the Sala search to resume.”We don’t want to give up, we want to hold on to hope,” said the City striker. “That’s why I also wish #NoDejenDeBuscar – don’t call off the search. From the start, my thoughts have been with Emiliano, his family and friends #PrayForSala.”Aguero’s City team-mate Nicolas Otamendi added: “I’d like to express my sympathies to Emiliano’s family, and urge the police to keep searching for the plane. There’s still hope to find them alive.”And their Argentina colleague Gonzalo Higuain said in a video message: “I ask all the people of the world to continue the search for Emiliano Sala until the last moment. There is no stopping and you have to go to the end. Thank you.”Sala became Cardiff’s record signing when his move from Nantes to the Premier League side was confirmed on Saturday.Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman stated Sala had made his own travel arrangements, while Mark McKay – an agent involved in brokering the player’s transfer – confirmed he had organised the flight but denied the missing aircraft was owned by him or his family. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Paris Saint-Germain’s dominance in Ligue 1 continued on Sunday as they produced a clinical performance to defeat Rennes 4-1 at Parc des Princes.Edinson Cavani was the star of the show, scoring twice and turning in an exemplary display of centre-forward play over the course of the game. The opening goal was particularly pleasing, with the Uruguay international’s dummy setting free Angel Di Maria down the left. His cross was pinpoint, picking out the run of the striker, who was left with a free header at close range.His second was a rather more straightforward effort, tapping home after being set up by Kylian Mbappe.Cavani’s contribution was so strong that he tops this week’s Ligue 1 Performance Index, which measures how well each player in the league plays out of 100. With a score of 95.5, Cavani has topped the charts having finished second behind Mbappe last weekend. Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mbappe is another to make consecutive top-10 appearances, coming in seventh this week thanks to a goal and an assist.Meanwhile, a PSG hat-trick in this elite bunch is completed by Di Maria, who had a fine game out wide. The Argentine found the net with a trademark dinked finished, which was the highlight of his evening.Coming in second this week was Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, who provided yet another virtuoso display for Christophe Galtier’s side as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Marseille away from home. Pepe opened the scoring from the penalty spot then added a second late on as LOSC picked up three important points to cement themselves in second.The match was also notable for the return of Mario Balotelli to Ligue 1 action. Signed from Nice earlier this week, the Italian came off the bench and made a tremendous difference to Marseille’s attack, grabbing his first goal of the season with one of the final touches of the ball. There were very positive signs for Super Mario, whose cameo has placed him at sixth in the standings this week.His former team-mate at Nice, Allan Saint-Maximin, is the man who completes the podium, having run Nimes ragged on Saturday as Patrick Vieira’s men kept up their push for European football with a 2-0 victory. Saint-Maximin was, of course, on the scoresheet.Nice’s chief strength this season has been their defensive work, with goalkeeper Walter Benitez in particularly impressive form for much of the campaign, and that was emphasised as his score of 88.9 carried him to fifth in the rankings this week.He was not, however, the league’s outstanding goalkeeper, with Regis Gurtner taking that prize. The Amiens shot-stopper became the first keeper to make 10 saves in a game this season as his team went down 1-0 at home against Lyon on Sunday.Amiens remain close to the relegation spots, despite Monaco and bottom club Guingamp both losing. The principality men suffered a terribly damaging loss at Dijon, where Naim Sliti built on his Coupe de France hat-trick against Saint-Etienne by putting the 2017 champions to the sword. His display was worthy of ninth in the ranking.Gaetan Laborde is the player to round things out this week, with the Montpellier striker on target as they beat Caen 2-0 at home to keep their European aspirations alive.Next weekend kicks off with an interesting duel between Lille and Nice in the north and concludes with Lyon hosting Paris Saint-Germain in the headline match of the weekend.
Home favourites India overcame Spain 2-1 to set up a semi-final clash against Australia in the Hockey Junior World Cup at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium here on Thursday.Marc Serrahima’s successful penalty conversion had given Spain a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute. But India fought back in the second half with penalty corner conversions from Simranjeet Singh (57th) and Harmanpreet Singh (66th) to march into the last four stage.After this win, Harendra Singh-coached India will face the task of going past Australia, who got the better of European powerhouse the Netherlands 2-1.The last time India reached the semi-final of the tournament was in 2005 in Rotterdam. They had finished fourth then.The other semi-final will be played between double defending champion Germany and Belgium. While Germany eased past England 4-2, Belgium edged past Argentina 4-1 (1-1) via penalty shoot-out.The match between India and Spain turned out to be a tough fight and the European team stifled the hosts with strong man-to-man marking. Spain curbed India’s flair and managed to keep them at bay.India got a couple of penalty corners but due to technical flaws like poor trapping and bad execution, they were not fruitful.Spain, meanwhile took the lead after earning a penalty corner in the 22nd minute. Serrahima’s powerful flick to the right low corner beat Indian goalkeeper Vikash Dahiya to give Spain a 1-0 lead, much to the frustration of the decent crowd in attendance.Spain managed to keep their lead till the half-time and in the second half, it seemed the equaliser was difficult to come by as the Indians kept making a mess of penalty corner opportunities.advertisementBut in the 57th minute, it changed. Even though it was a poorly executed penalty corner, Sumit managed to hit a powerful blow straight at the Spanish goalkeeper Albert Perez, who blocked it before the ball popped out. Simranjeet tapped the ball in quickly before the goalkeeper could react to make it 1-1.After the equaliser, the confidence of the Indians grew and with the crowd behind them, they pushed hard for the lead.Nine minutes later, Harmanpreet made amends for his earlier mistakes to fire a grounder past Perez to make it 2-1 as the crowd erupted in joy. The strike marked the third goal for Harmanpreet, who was being criticised for his poor penalty corner conversions in the 16-nation tournament.
At least 10 people were killed and 17 others wounded on Thursday by a suicide bombing in the Kafarsuseh neighbourhood in the capital Damascus.Two suicide bombers detonated their explosive belts near the Muhafaza sport club in Kafarsuseh west of Damascus, Xinhua reported.Meanwhile, the state TV aired footage of the blast site, showing bloodstained walls and charred car cases as a number of policemen holding their rifles roaming the area.The explosion comes as the Syrian army and allied Shiite fighters are so close to capture the Barada Valley region northwest of Damascus, in a bid to secure the Ain Fijeh springs, the main water source feeding the capital.SYRIA ACCUSES ISRAEL OF TARGETING KEY AIRBASEMeanwhile, explosions rocked a key military airbase west of the capital Damascus after midnight on Friday, in what believed to be Israeli rocket fire targeting the facility, local media reported.The state TV said several explosions were heard in the vicinity of the Mazzeh airbase in the Mazzeh neighborhood west of Damascus, Xinhua reported.Pro-government Sama TV said the explosions are believed to be Israeli rocket fire targeting the airbase, the main military airfield in Damascus.The vicinity of the airbase was heavily hit last month and the Syrian army then said that Israeli rockets landed near a base.Also read:Syria: At least 43 killed in car bomb explosion in northern Aleppo Syria ceasefire deal backed by Russia and Turkey takes effect
If you think only Ranveer Singh has the brains and the brawns to push the boundaries of men’s fashion in India, you’re wrong.Fellow-actor Shahid Kapoor has also been making some outstanding statements with his apparels recently. If you were totally taken by the asymmetrical kurta (designed by Shantanu and Nikhil) he wore to the Filmfare Awards, here’s another treat for you.For his latest GQ cover shoot, Shahid is sporting, wait-for-it, palazzo pants!Also read: Ranveer Singh and SRK are here to make January 10 times hotterBefore your mind goes into an overdrive, allow us to share that Shahid sports these pants in one of the inside shots. His Gucci-clad cover page look is also effective, but it’s the palazzos that literally blew our minds. The actor posted his cover and inside shots on his Instagram.The striped shirt and flared palazzo pants are designed by Rajesh Pratap Singh. Picture courtesy: Instagram/shahidkapoor If you thought these flared pants can only look good on women, Shahid’s look will stun you. The pants, as well as the striped black-and-white shirt, are designed by Rajesh Pratap Singh.The Udta Punjab star is really pushing the boundaries of men’s fashion in those pants, and we’re not complaining (at all!).
Former cricketers on Friday slammed Pakistan Cricket Board after Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were provisionally suspended on charges of corruption, saying that the latest development arose due to the wrong example set by the PCB by way of recalling tainted pacer Mohammad Aamir to the national team.Both Sharjeel and Khalid, who were representing Islamabad United in Pakistan Super League second edition in Dubai, were being sent back home by the Pakistan Cricket Board.The Board said that the two players had been suspended as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which is believed to be attempting to corrupt the PSL which started on Thursday. (Pakistan’s Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif provisionally suspended over charges of corruption)Former Test captain and batting great Javed Miandad said the latest corruption scandal had again damaged the image of Pakistan cricket.”Only the Board is to blame for this mess. In a population of 20 million people, the Board insisted on recalling Muhammad Aamir to the national side as if they were no other talent available in the country,” Miandad said.”When you set such examples what do you expect from other players,” he added.Aamir was among three players, the other two being former captain Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, who were all banned for five years in 2010 for spot-fixing while touring England.While the Board is yet to recall Butt and Asif after they completed their five year bans in September 2015, it fast tracked the return of Aamir to the Pakistan team early last year insisting he had completed his punishment and was very young when banned for the spot-fixing scandal.advertisementMiandad said that any cricketer could take one look at the dismissal of Sharjeel Khan in the first match for Islamabad United and make out he had deliberately thrown his wicket.”What I am saying is a technical thing but when I saw him getting out it was obvious to me there was something wrong you don’t get out in this fashion.”Sharjeel was caught in front of the stumps in the second over of the Islamabad innings.Former Test captain Aamir Sohail and former Test opener Shoaib Muhammad also slammed the board for showing their weakness on dealing with corrupt players by allowing Aamir back into th national fold.”It was a bad decision and it was bound to have repercussions. Once a player is involved in corruption there should be no leniency for him at all. Unfortunately in Pakistan cricket things have been swept under the carpet,” Sohail, also a former chief selector, said.”Look at some of the people involved in the PSL and with the board. No names but they have been serious allegations and inquiries made about them and fixing,” he said.Shoaib Muhammad said that this controversy would badly hit the credibility of the PSL.”The PCB for long has avoided involving our legends who know the game inside out and with a clean track record obviously this is what will happen.”
Chris Coleman has already declared that the 2018 FIFA World Cup would be his last as the manager of Wales. One name that has already started doing the rounds to replace him is that of former Manchester United midfielder Ryan Giggs.Giggs says that having played and captained Wales, it would be a dream job for him to take over as the manager. “Chris (Coleman) is still in the job. Obviously, when you have played for your country and captained your country, your definite next step would be to become the manager of your team. Coleman is doing a fantastic job at the moment but who knows what happens in the future,” the 43-year-old Giggs, who played all his life with Manchester United, told India Today.Manchester United have done reasonably well under Jose Mourinho, who has already guided the club to League Cup title. But Rooney hasn’t been too lucky with Mourinho at the helm and hasn’t been the preferred choice in the starting XI. At 35, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, however, has been Mourinho’s go-to man. Mourinho’s decisions have received mixed reactions but Giggs feels that the call has to be made by their Portuguese manager, who obviously, has a tough task at hand.”When you have a team it is always about the balance that you have to look at. There should be a good mix of youth and experience and at the moment, Zlatan offers that experience to the side brilliantly. Zlatan has been brilliant as a striker and Jose has to see the balance of the side,” Giggs added.advertisementArsenal manager Arsene Wenger too is under fire and his future with the club, he has been serving since 1996, is also in doubt after a 10-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich over two legs in the Champions League.”When you are with a big club you are always scrutinised. Arsene Wenger is a great manager but to lose 10-2 to Bayern Munich was a big blow. They still have a Champions League spot to go for. What happens after that we will have to wait and see and whatever it may, Wenger has been a brilliant coach for Arsenal,” noted Giggs.
Comebacks are rarely successful. Be it in sports, cinema or tech – comebacks usually fail to live up to the huge expectations demanded by past success and end up being a disappointment.Reduced to a pitiable imitation of their former self, the people, companies or products in question fade away into obscurity once the initial euphoria around their second coming dies. The tech world has seen this many times before with companies like BlackBerry and HTC who have tried again and again to recapture their past glory without much(or any) success.Also Read: New Nokia 3310 vs old Nokia 3310: How much difference do 17 years make?Now a new player plans to enter the fray again. A company which was so successful at its peak that it’s very name was synonymous with the product it made. A company whose fall from grace was as spectacular and harsh as its rise ever was.To many, Nokia is much more than just a company which made phones. It represented a new age of communication which gave people the means to remain connected to their loved ones no matter where they were. This was very clearly represented in Nokia’s motto – “Connecting People”.Sure there were many other companies making phones in the 90’s and early 2000’s, but none even came close to matching the level of admiration that the Nokia brand commanded.A history of quirky design and innovationNokia was a company that never played it too safe. It was known for zany, idiosyncratic designs, innovative features and legendary build quality. The company’s products always had a personality – they were fun, adventurous and never dull.advertisementNokia 8110: The Matrix phoneThese attributes can clearly be seen in devices such as the Nokia 7280 a.k.a the ‘lipstick phone’, Nokia 8110 – the ‘banana phone’ popularised by Keanu reeves in the Matrix, Nokia N-Gage – the world’s first gaming focused phone, Nokia 3250 – the phone with a spinning bottom half and the Nokia 3200 – a phone which not only had interchangeable covers but also came with a kit to help you design your own!Nokia also has a history of innovation. The N95 was the first smartphone in the world to ship with a 5MP rear camera, the Nokia 808 PureView had an astonishing 43MP camera sensor on the rear(a feat. which has not been matched since), the Nokia N90 was one of the first phones to have proper video recording capabilities and who can forget the Nokia 9000 Communicator which is widely touted as the world’s first smartphone.Nokia’s fall – a failed tryst with Windows PhoneNokia’s demise started with the launch of the iPhone in 2007. A new era in mobility was dawning, and the company (in arrogance or not, we will never know) miserably failed to react to its arrival.It was slow to come up with capacitive touch based smartphones, it doggedly stuck to the old and battered Symbian OS which was clearly a product of another time and worse of all, it failed to understand the importance of an app based ecosystem.We need to accept that even if these new smartphones have the Nokia label on top, they come from HMD Global and not the company we used to love and revereThe company found itself in a very disparaging situation in 2010 with Android and iPhone rapidly cutting into its market share. The company then made a fatal mistake – it chose Windows Phone over Android and that was enough to drive it into the ground.While initially Nokia saw some success in the budget market with devices like the Lumia 500 and Lumia 735, the company’s smartphone business was eventually bought out by Microsoft who in all honesty made a complete hash of things and squandered even the little success Nokia had seen with Windows Phone.Great smartphones let down by the OSEven though eschewing Android for Windows Phone was a fatal decision in retrospect, even during this trying time Nokia made some iconic smartphones like the Lumia 800 and 920 which stood out from the crowd with fun, colourful polycarbonate designs, great build quality and excellent cameras.Nokia’s grand comebackNow Nokia is coming back – this time with Android in tow.In this interim period when Nokia’s smartphone business was under Microsoft. the company concentrated on its communication and maps business and also release a tablet dubbed the Nokia N1.In May of 2016, Nokia granted HMD Global – a Finnish company, the exclusive global license to create smartphones and tablets with the Nokia brand name for the next 10 years. The company eventually released Nokia’s first Android smartphone (discounting the ill-fated X series) – Nokia 6 in January of this year in China.advertisementIt is possible that HMD Global will develop their own unique personality and become iconic on their own in the long runThe Nokia 6, which went on sale on January 19 was met with a great reception with initial stock selling out in China in less than one minute.The company followed this up by launching the global variant of the Nokia 6 along with two other Android powered smartphones – Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.Nokia’s Android smartphone line-upNokia 6 is the company’s flagship device(as of now) and is precision milled from a single block of aluminium, a process which Nokia claims takes 55 minutes to achieve. It comes with 3/4GB of RAM, 32/64GB of internal storage, a 5.5′ fullHD display and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 processor. On the imaging front, it features a 16MP rear camera with PDAF and an 8MP front camera for selfies.Nokia 6Nokia 5 is the mid-range device and comes with a 5.2′ 720p HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card and the same Snapdragon 430 processor as found on the Nokia 6. On the imaging front, it comes with a 13MP primary camera with PDAF and an 8MP front shooter.Lastly, there is the low-end Nokia 3 with a MTK 6737 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 8MP front and rear cameras and a 5.0′ 720p LCD display. Design wise, it comes with a sculpted polycarbonate body paired to an aluminium frame.Where has the X factor gone?All three smartphones are not bad by any means and represent a solid option at their respective price points.The biggest problem with them though is the fact that they are too safe and too average.They are devices one would buy with their head, not their heart. Devices which tick all the right boxes, devices which represent a safe and solid bet.And that is where the problem lies.Being safe, being adequate, and being a solid bet are not attributes anyone would ever associate with the Nokia of old. Nokia was never a ‘me too’ company. It always marched along the tune of its own beat. We are talking about a company which chose Windows Phone at a time when everyone was adopting Android just because they wanted to be different and unique.Remove the Nokia branding from the top and replace it with any other Chinese OEM and the smartphones would fit right inNokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 imbibe none of the attributes Nokia used to be associated with. Yes, they come with ‘premium’ designs, but they look exactly like any other metal/glass smartphone on the market.The fact that these smartphones look nothing like Nokia’s of old cannot be denied. Remove the Nokia branding from the top and replace it with any other Chinese OEM and the smartphones would fit right in. Aside from 100% stock Android and the promise of timely updates, there is absolutely nothing in the new smartphones that sets them apart from the rest.advertisementOn the specifications front, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU found in the Nokia 6 does not belong in a smartphone that costs more than 10,000 rupees. Competitors like Lenovo Z2 Plus and Moto G5 Plus come with much more powerful processors. Heck, the Xiaomi Redmi 3S, which is priced at a paltry 6,999 rupees, comes with the exact same SoC as the Nokia 6.Nokia 5While we know specification are not everything and software optimisation matters a lot, the Snapdragon 430 processor is undeniably a low-end SoC and will surely cause bottlenecks. No amount of optimisation can ever compensate for weak internals.Almost every person I know who wanted to buy the Nokia 6 are now thinking twice because of the middling SoC. The fact that the cheaper Nokia 5 comes with the exact same processor does not help matters in the least.Nokia has always been at the cutting edge of smartphone imaging technologies as seen with devices like the Nokia N95 and their PureView line of Lumia smartphones. While final judgement will have to wait until I get my hands on the phones, the cameras in the Nokia 3, 5 and 6 do not sound exciting or innovative in any way.This not the Nokia of old. This is HMD Global.The amount of hype and expectations surrounding Nokia’s comeback was unprecedented. In such a scenario, maybe it is not too surprising that HMD Global decided to play it very safe.Nokia N-Gage: One of the first gaming focused smartphonesMaybe we will see the innovation and design acumen of the Nokia of old in their upcoming flagship or maybe we need to accept the fact that even if these new smartphones have the Nokia label on top, they come from HMD Global and not the company we used to love and revere.It is possible that HMD Global will develop their own unique personality and become iconic on their own in the long run. But one thing is for sure – they are not the Nokia of old. That company is long gone.Also Read: No Android Nougat for you and this is a problem Google can’t fix
New Delhi, Apr 10 (PTI) The Public Accounts Committee has adopted a 2010 Commonwealth Games report that criticised the PMO of Manmohan Singh over the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi as the Chairman of the games Organising Committee despite objections from the then Sports Minister.It also rapped the Prime Ministers Office (PMO) over the delay in preparing reports about the progress of various projects related to the conduct of the Games.The PMO, in 2006, had sought reports about the preparations of the Games, but the first status report on the progress of the preparations for the CWG was generated two years later in 2008, after the Prime Ministers direction, the panel observed.The PMO is duty bound to ensure that instructions of the Prime Minister are followed by all ministries/departments, it added.”The Committee, therefore, reiterate that when it comes to directions of the Prime Minister pertaining to projects of utmost national importance, the PMO, instead of shifting responsibilities, should have ensured their effective followup and timely implementation,” the PAC said in the report.It also alleged that Kalmadi, the Chairman of the then Organising Committee (OC) of CWG, of manipulating the system and said his appointment was objected by the then Sports Minister.The panel also noted that “the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was appointed as the Chairman, Organising Committee (OC) on a recommendation of the PMO in December 2004.””The committee has not an iota of doubt that the imprudent decision to appoint Shri Kalmadi as the Chairman, OC despite serious objections from the erstwhile sports minister cost dear as it facilitated the conversion of the originally envisaged government-owned OC into a body outside the government control, without commensurate accountability to the government,” it added.advertisementThe report further said that it is evident that the lobbying and insistence of Kalmadi far outweighed the concerns expressed by the then Sports Minister.The report has been adopted by the PAC, chaired by Congress leader K V Thomas, but it is yet to be tabled in the Parliament, which is left for the new panel led by another Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. PTI JTR SMJ
Visit your organization’s website; read the last email you sent to your enewsletter list; and, think about that Facebook page you started. Now use these five principles as a checklist to ensure that you’re getting the most effective bang for your online budget and applying your offline-fundraising skills to your online initiatives:People like to give to people-not organizations or statistics. No doubt about it: Many of the causes we support have staggering statistics behind them: how many people do not have clean water to drink, how many local residents will go to bed hungry today, etc. While these numbers may be powerful, they are not necessarily relatable. Tell a story instead of or in addition to those elevator-pitch stats. Highlight one person affected by the situation you’re working on. Show how one person (potential donor) can affect someone or something real (constituent, animal, volunteer, etc.).People need to be asked to give. We all know how difficult it is to “make the ask” for a donation. It’s awkward. You don’t know whether the person will say yes or not. But, that doesn’t make the ask any less necessary! Be sure to include a definite call to action in your communications and Web copy. The process should be easy and clear to follow through with — if you’re appealing for donations for your new campaign, ask for donations! Lovely messaging is only as effective as its end results.Fundraisers need to be coaxed. One beautiful thing about the Internet is the presence of champions to do the fundraising for you. That doesn’t mean your Facebook fans are telling everyone they meet about your organization just out of the goodness of their hearts. Rather, you need to empower them and compel them to champion your cause. Maybe you’re supplying regular facts or tidbits to spread or sending an advocacy alert. The best way to get action is to make that action easy. (See our tips about “freebies” for your online champions here.)Fundraisers will perform better if part of a fundraising team. This principle does not necessarily apply to all nonprofits, but it’s certainly something to consider even if you’re not in a position where walk-athons, bike-athons, et cetera-athons are a good fit. People are more likely to take action and encourage others to take action if they feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.Fundraisers need to be recognized and feel valued. When someone volunteers at your event or mails a donation, you (hopefully) thank that person. Make sure you’re treating your digital supporters with the same respect and gratitude: Just because a donor clicked or button or asked a friend via Twitter for support doesn’t mean any less effort or support than if he or she stamped an envelope with a check enclosed.How did your online resources stack up against this checklist? Are you noticing any holes or spots where you’ve gotten off the “you, you, you” path and turned it to “me, me, me (the organization)”? Use these tips to shape your next marketing messages and see how the response and results change. Resource made available in part due to the support of the Surdna Foundation
Of course, with all of that activity, the key challenge for fundraisers will be to properly steward these donors to retain and grow them over time. The first step: a really great thank you.For another look at online giving trends, be sure to try out the interactive tool offered by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, powered by Network for Good donation data. How was your year-end fundraising season?At Network for Good, we’re pleased to report growth in all major giving metrics from 2015 and in December. Here’s a brief teaser of our full Digital Giving Index which will be released in the coming weeks. (All stats come from 2015 donation data from the Network for Good platform.) The Last Three Days DominateIf December is the big slice of the pie for the year’s giving, consider the last three days to be the whipped cream on top. December 29, 30, and 31 accounted for 11% of the year’s total donations. Viva procrastination! The Biggest Giving Day of the Year: December 31Even with the growth of #GivingTuesday and other cause- and region-specific giving days, the biggest “giving day” of the year continues to be December 31st. With $15M in donations coming from 40,000 donors, these gifts are driven by the sense of urgency, tax incentives, and maybe a bit of good cheer. December Still MattersIt’s no surprise that we continue to see December be the heavyweight champion of fundraising months. Nearly 30% of all of last year’s dollars came in during the last month of the year. (That said, there’s still a whole lot of giving that happens all year round, so it’s important to have a holistic fundraising strategy for the other 11 months. Need a plan? Download our free template to get started.)
We made it! Welcome to the final post in our series, 4 Lessons from the Trenches to Prepare for Giving Season. We’ve talked about harnessing the emotional power of giving, overcoming capacity challenges, and creating the right mix of funding sources. In this final installment, we’ll talk about how to make the most of your team to win big at year-end.When we Do-Gooders were tasked with a last-minute team building fundraising contest, we quickly learned that the fastest way to achieve the best results was to break up tasks by skill set. Most teams included people from various departments at Network for Good. To win, we had to play to our strengths. We let the customer success manager create the donation page, the marketer write the email appeal, and the sales professionals solicit donors.But how could this apply to nonprofits, who often don’t have a full palette of corporate skill sets to get the job done?In speaking to the nonprofits we supported during our team building exercise, and even our nonprofit customers, we learn that there are often more resources available than they initially realize. When it comes to fundraising, backgrounds in marketing, sales, communications, and even the fine arts can prove to be translatable skills. If you’re lucky enough to have more than one person working in your office, dig deep and pay attention. Your colleagues may have many hidden talents for you to harness.Other opportunities for resources are with your board, your volunteers and your largest supporters. Some may have the skills you need, and may be just waiting for you to ask for help. In fact, it doesn’t hurt to include a line in your newsletter about a certain volunteer skill you’re looking for. And, as we mentioned earlier in this series, there are organizations that specialize in recruiting pro-bono volunteers.And if the skills are not readily available, we are lucky that we live in an age where the internet is full of educational and how-to resources. You can learn a lot for free just by spending some time searching and watching videos. It may be worth looking into some affordable paid resources as well, especially when there’s a wide opportunity for growth.And as a bonus idea, you can use technology to fill the gap in your organization’s skill set. Your donor management system plays a huge role in this, and can make all the difference between a fundraising program that’s rockin’ and rollin’… and one that’s falling flat. You need a system that’s functional, but also easy to use and not over-engineered. Network for Good’s donor management software goes one step further by including access to a personal fundraising coach to help you solve your unique challenges and come up with the best campaigns for year-end. How’s that for filling a resource gap?