Business Administration Degree Broadens Career Horizons

There are two types of employees as far as an organization is concerned – those who lead and those who follow the leaders – and both have their own place and importance in an organization. If you fall in the former category, then you have crossed the first hurdle towards becoming a successful manager.

Amongst all the skills needed for a career in business administration or management, leadership skills perhaps rank the highest. The ability to direct others, motivate them to perform, lead by example, while working as part of a team are hallmark of a great manager.

The lure of becoming a leader apart, there are several reasons why a business administration degree is one of the most popular college degree programs of our time. The first reason, of course, is the golden gate to opportunity that it opens. Students who graduate with a degree in business administration are sought after by companies looking for confident individuals skilled in critical decision-making, strategic planning, leading teams, and devising ways to make businesses viable and profitable.

These skills are sought after not just by the private sector, but also by the government and non-profit sectors. In fact, widespread job losses in corporate America have led many B-school graduates to turn their interest towards the government and non-profit sectors. And the interest is mutual with federal agencies and non-profit organizations looking to hire more and more business administration degree graduates through innovative recruitment programs.

While graduates are aware of the difference between a corporate and government salary, many take up federal opportunities in order to use their skills and knowledge to do things that have a much larger impact than their corporate jobs can ever have. Some of the federal agencies that actively recruit business administration graduates are the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Postal Service, Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense, etc.

According to Call to Serve, an organization dedicated to providing information on federal careers, more than 200,000 individuals are employed in business careers across the various federal agencies and departments.*

Even though several indicators point to growth in employment of business students in these sectors, it is safe to assume that the first choice of most business administration degree graduates remains the private sector. One of the main reasons, of course, is the huge earning potential that corporate jobs have. Although the compensation package given to business managers may vary, they can earn anywhere between $30,000 and $100,000 an year.**

Other than financial security, the corporate or private sectors offers them ample job opportunities, diverse roles, plum positions straight out of school, faster advancement to key leadership roles, challenging work environment, and a chance to work in a geographic location of their choice.

Whether you want to tread a different path by opting for a federal or non-profit opportunity or chart your own course in a corporate job – a degree in business administration is your ticket to success.

* http://www.makingthedifference.org/federalcareers/business.shtml

** http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos010.htm

Nokia N95 Black Adds To The N95 Sand And Plum Nokia N-Series Range

The Nokia N95 is the manufacturers flag ship model exhibiting the highest specifications and features available at the present time, the N95 was the first of the new 5.0 megapixel camera phones to make it to market but has now been joined by the Samsung G600, Sony Ericsson K850i and the LG KU990 Viewty.

Although all of the above models offer the top end camera they also have some very different and unique features but the N95 is the more popular choice holding the brand name that is now synonimous with the mobile phones industry.

The Nokia N95 was available in two colours with different network operators choosing to work with the one they felt best expressed their packages, the more expensive of the two models is the Plum edition which can be found on all networks excepting 3 Mobile, the network operator chose the Sand version for their offering.

Alongside featuring the highest specification camera, it also offers a flash for poor light conditions, auto focus for quick and easy picture capture, digital zoom for close up photography and video support for recording and playing back short video clips. The lens is features Carl Zeiss Optics which produces DVD like quality imaging not found in any of the other 5 megapixel models.

The is also a second VGA camera located on the front of the handset which along with 3G enablement allows for face to face video calling so the user can see as well as hear the person they are talking with. This services provides many more opportunities than merely seeing a caller, businesses are using the service for a wide number of situations to help cut costs and expand productivity, one example is of estate agents taking a 3G enabled device out on the road with them and calling a second device in the office, they can then show potential property buyers around a house via video calling.

3G also opens a gateway to a wealth of mobile entertainment and information with direct access to streaming media such as new and sports headlines, weather forecasts, movie trailers and new music videos. Users can also quickly download new mobile content such as ringtones, games and themes as much faster speeds than GRPS and EDGE technologies.

The N95 can also be used as a satellite navigation tool with maps which are pre-installed for over 100 countries that can be updated by downloading direct to the handset and sat nav software which can be programmed for journey planning, route finding, tourist attractions, places of interest and user inputted locations.

There is also a media player for downloading new music tracks which can be controlled with some dedicated music keys hidden beneath the phones unique two way sliding mechanism. The first slide reveals the large keypad for text input and menu navigation whilst sliding in the other direction reveals the music controls and protects the main keypad.

The Nokia N95 offers a large memory for storing the vast amount of files that the phone produces such as photo, video and music files and can be expanded with MicroSD cards up to 2GB, enough to hold up to 1800 songs.

The addition of a Black version of the N95 sees the final colour variant release although there are plans to launch an 8GB version of the N95 very soon.

The Voice of Experience in Business Management One Size Does Not Fit All

In management as in life one size seldom fits all. What is appropriate for a given company, firm, organization or set of employees at one point in time, or their growth state or maturity may well not be appropriate or the best at a given point in time. Yet many companies, firms, organizations or management structures still apply a cookie cutter one size fits all.

Where does this come from? Lack of depth of understanding is one cause. Often in business – the flavor of the year – used elsewhere and in other settings is taken totally out of context by staff or management with little frames of reference and depth. Take just in delivery of supplies as one example taken to extreme. In Japan with small distances this may well have made sense. Yet taken to North American manufacturing it was often taken out of context to ridiculous levels. Distances and logistics are certainly different in North America – that is the US, Canada and Mexico. Whereas in Japan the country is fairly small and distances large, in the US distances and the span between suppliers may be on a vast scale. Thus American business and manufacturing was often laid out on a practice of storing large amounts of manufacturing stock and supplies. To specific cases of American business and manufacturing it made good sense to have stock on hand.

Enter Japanese style “Just in Time” delivery practices as an important basis of how the “Japanese are beating American businesses” and you have examples of a philosophy, tactics and strategies of business and management practices taken totally out of hand and context. Stories avail and are now routine of courier drivers having a plum job of driving one small part from a factory in the Canadian parries all the way to the American Midwest just to deliver that one part “Just on Time”. In the same manner it is no accident that high end just in time courier delivery services flourish.

What is the lesson of all of this? In management it is seldom a case of one size fits all.If something is working in your business or even if its not working 100 % it is not a good idea to jump on the latest fad or favor of the year just because either “everyone is doing it “, “it is hot” and as well to put new & potentially exotic well meaning ideas as well as innovative and far reaching procedures of doing business in context. Next take the time, effort and energy as well to apply apply some depth of understanding and context into systems of analysis and eventual integration if so chosen. In solid truth and practice the lessons of experience teach that overall you can count on the fact that one size in management does not fit all.