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January 22, 2008

Tarun Sheth
Tarun Sheth
Q: I have been working with the packaging development division of an MNC for the last two years. Now, I want to further my career in finance or purchase. What should I do?
I am assuming that you have a diploma in packaging, but not a full-time MBA. It is a good idea to widen your base. It will be easier for you to move to purchase as it extends and uses your commercial understanding. A diploma in Materials Management from either the Indian Institute of Materials Management or any other management school will help your cause. Also, request your company for a lateral move. Get yourself familiar with current developments in materials management by reading and interacting.

Q: I am currently pursuing a Masters in Mathematics. I am interested in joining a data analytics firm. What are the prospects of this industry in India and what additional qualifications do I need?
Data analysis doesn’t have as bright a scope in India as other functional disciplines like marketing, finance, etc. Companies, market research firms and other service providers will offer you some opportunities. An additional qualification will definitely help you, but ideally, go for it only after you have spent at least a year on the job.

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.

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