Tarun Sheth answers questions related to your career.
Q: I have been working with an audit firm over the past few years. I am planning to do an online one-year diploma in logistics and supply chain management offered by an Indian institute. Are such courses acceptable to the retail industry? What other options are available to me?
Yes. Such degrees are accepted and will facilitate your entry into the retail segment. However, an online diploma is not going to catapult your career in terms of growth and position. There are various retail management courses offered by reputed institutes-these may be of one- or two-year duration, but more rigorous than the online diploma. An MBA with specialisation in operations, supply chain and logistics will give you a broad arena in terms of other industries.
Q: I am in the final year of graduation. I want to pursue a career in event management. What course should I take up after graduation? Please advise.
You can take up a postgraduate course in mass media or advertising. Depending on what kind of events you would like to get into, you might consider short-term courses in specialised subjects. I would also recommend that you start working part-time in the industry as this will give you a feel of things and will also add to your experience.
(Answers to your career concerns are contributed by Tarun Sheth (Senior Consultant) and Shilpa Sheth (Managing Partner, US practice) of HR firm, Shilputsi Consultants. Write to Help,Tarun! c/o Business Today, Videocon Tower, Fifth Floor, E-1, Jhandewalan Extn., New Delhi-110055.)