The 3 Most Effective Ways to Beat Stress

The 3 Most Effective Ways to Beat Stress

Stress is one of biggest causes of concern with regard to your mental health and wellbeing. That being said, there is a lot that is written on how you can avoid stress in your everyday life. Of course, it is important to avoid stress to lead a healthy life but there are times when it is practically impossible to beat stress. There can be times when you are completely bogged down professionally or personally and you can’t do much to avoid feeling stressed out. During these times, it becomes important to find ways that can effectively reduce your stress levels so that you are able to get a hold on your life soon.

Suffering from stress? Here is how to overcome it!

Like mentioned above, it is not always possible to avoid stress so it is important that we all equipped to dealing with stress to ensure that it has the minimum impact on our health and wellness. Here are three very effective ways to reduce stress levels and keep you motivated to work better and live better. These little things can drastically improve the way you feel; you have to try it to believe it!

#1. Perform some power yoga

Your body is your reflection. It is your personality. It gives the impression of what you truly are. Not just for others, your body is important for you too to feel good about yourself. When you know you are healthy and fit, it shows on your confidence. Confident people are often less affected by stress than those who feel intimidated by others because of their appearance.

In order to enhance the physical appearance of your body, power yoga is very effective. A few minutes of practicing power yoga everyday can have a huge impact on reducing cortisol levels in your body, those compounds that are responsible for causing stress.

#2. Keep calm, you can always start over

Always believe in yourself. There may be times when you feel you have totally lost control of your life either personally or professionally but remind yourself that you can do better. Start afresh and to do that, you only need your own self. It is no exaggeration to say that there is never too late to start again and yes, life does give you many second chances. So relax and stay calm during your crisis while telling yourself that you are capable of dealing with the issues at your hand and that you can quite easily get over them.

#3. Chocolates are the best stress relievers!

Chocolates for chocolate lovers are heavenly. You might have seen many people binge on chocolates when they feel sad or low. The fact is that chocolates can be immensely effective in reducing depression and stress. There is science behind this and not just myth – chocolates stimulate the brain and trigger increase in the release of the compounds serotonin and phenylethylamine. These compounds increase your heart rate and this helps you focus and concentrate better. When your focus is right, stress might not seem too huge to deal with. Hence, if you are feeling low, grab a bar of chocolate quick!

The above three ways to reduce stress are simple everyday hacks that you can try anywhere. Just remember that stress is not good for you and for your loved ones too. Just this belief can help you greatly!

The Last Minute Job Interview Preparation

The Last Minute Job Interview Preparation

Attending an interview is often an overwhelming experience. This is particularly the case if you are a fresh graduate and are looking out for your first opportunity to get started on your career path. Of course, it is true that not one interview can determine your destiny but it is also true that it takes only one good interview to start building your destiny. That being said, people generally spend days and weeks to prepare for their upcoming interview in the perfect manner. But what if you don’t have all that time? What if, you are called for an interview immediately the next day after you made the application? Would you deny attending the interview for lack of preparation? Of course, not – a missed opportunity is usually a lost opportunity. Here is what you can do when you have less than 24 hours to prepare for your interview.

Last Minute Preparation – Is that feasible?

You may have read time and again that last minute work can spell doom. When it is for something as important as a job interview, you may want to be even more careful with a perfect plan. However, as mentioned above, there can be a situation when you may have to be rather quick with your interview preparation.

To be true, you can quite outshine at your job interview with just a day’s preparation. Following are four tasks that you should do. These tasks combined together may take you four hours or a little over that but this last minute preparation can be good enough if you take these tasks seriously.

  1. Ask questions

This is perhaps a no-brainer. You have to know where you are applying and what role you are applying for. Before you get into the ‘research-mode’, ask some basic questions. Check with the person who called you on who would be interviewing you – would that be a manager or a HR person? This would give you a good idea of the interviewer’s expectations. Check what is the appropriate dress code – you should neither be over-dressed or under-dressed according to the company norms and culture. Take proper directions if you are not too aware of the location. Plan your travel in advance so that you don’t get stuck up in traffic or get lost trying to locate the interview venue.

  1. Conduct basic research

After the phone call, sit back with your computer and do your research on the company. Understand the mission of the company, its core business and operations, where its facilities located are and what are the company’s expectations from its employees. It will be very beneficial for you to get information on aspects such as –

  • The annual sales or turnover of the company
  • The number of employees
  • The products and services that the company deals with
  • Any recent news such as change of top management, press releases about any company notifications, any new products or facilities launched, etc.
  1. Prepare on your CV

Go over your resume and think of different aspects that you need to emphasize about it. Talk about your achievements with specifications such as saying “increased sales by 20%” is a better point to state that saying “contributed effectively to growth of sales”. Not just work related, you may also want to specify non-work related achievements such as any philanthropic tasks you have done in the past or any significant academic awards that you may have received. Understand the highlights of your CV and prepare yourself on talking about them.

  1. Choose your outfit and sleep well

Get everything in place; your complete outfit so that you don’t have to rush or panic in the morning. It is true that your appearance can have an impact on your personality so dress well. Sleeping well is also important so that you are active and fresh the next day.

Data Science: Predictive Modelling

Data Science: Predictive Modelling

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                                                             Predictive Modelling

 

Predictive analytics is not only describes what’s happening, they predict what WILL happen in the future.Predictive modelling is the process of creating, testing and validating a model to best predict the probability of an out come.

 

                                                         Predictive Model Life Cycle

 

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                                                 Define Business Problem/ opportunity

 

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                                                Key metrics and data procurement

 

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                                                         Analyze and enrich the data

 

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                                                          Model building and validation

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                                                                  Model Deployment

 

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                                                                 Monitor and Improve

 

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Sexiest job of the century? Data Analytics

Sexiest job of the century? Data Analytics

Sexiest job of the 21st century is Data Scientist

But What skills you should attire if you are “Aspiring Data Scientist”?

Most of us are now quite familiar with terms like Big Data , Analytics, Data Science and Data Scientist.

But to be a data scientist you should have right mix of knowledge on business, technology and statistical methods.

Technical Skills :

Start Learning R and Python and Jasper, Tableau : R and Python are the two most widely used programming languages used by lot of analytics professionals along with SAS. having these languages in your armory is going to be a huge advantage for you.

Statistical knowledge :

You need expertise in supervised, unsupervised machine learning algorithms.

Example: logistic regression, cluster, factor, decision trees, CHAID, neural networks. Time series and forecasting models.

Business understanding :

Understanding business is key to be a successful data scientist. How do you gain this?

1. Learn From Peers : Lot of professionals in data analytics field are posting their work on their blogs, or sharing the links of their git-hub repositories. You can find many useful posts on blogs like
R-Bloggers , FiveThirtyEight ,Revolutions and websites like Kdnuggets.

Join Data Science Competitions : There are lots of different forums like KaggleCrowdAnalyticx , DrivenData etc. where you can participate in data science competition. You gain lot by applying knowledge on real data sets and also comparing yourself against your peers. There are lot of useful forums and discussion boards on these platforms where you can learn new techniques and approaches.

Develop the Ability of Story Telling : Data Scientist is someone who is not just required to understand the technical and business aspects of the problem, but also needs to explain the end results to top management and CXOs in the form of a story that will enable them to take right business decisions. So start practicing explaining complex business problem and its solution to a person who don’t know anything about it.

Write Blogs , Share Articles : Writing blogs about your work and sharing with it with others is a great way to showcase your work as well as to help others to learn from you. Writing a solution to a complex analytics problem you solved and explaining it in the form of a story can be a great practice to your story telling skills as well.

 

Make Learning a Lifelong Experience

Make Learning a Lifelong Experience

Most people often associate learning with formal forms of education. People have this misconception that people learn when they are in school, college or university. But the fact is quite different. Good education is just a part of learning. Of course, formal education is important and so are the qualifications but in real sense, learning encompasses practical experiences apart from the book knowledge. Schools and colleges give us the foundation that we need but to build a successful structure (life), we need various other forms of learning.

Learning – it is continuous and life long

When you are done with your formal education, it does not indicate in any sense that you are no longer a learner. As a matter of fact, your real learning starts when you are out of your school or college. This is the time when you will have the real experiences that will mould you as an individual in your personal as well as professional life. This is perhaps the reason why successful people place high degree of importance on lifelong learning. Lifelong learners need to make a deliberate and conscious effort to learn and develop. They do so because they realize that lifelong learning can help in enhancing their understanding of the world around as well as provide them with better opportunities to improve the quality of their life.

How can lifelong learning be beneficial?

Learning, in its basic sense, is immensely beneficial to each one of us. Lifelong learning extends the under mentioned benefits throughout our life and this only means that you tend to have continuous and consistent advantages. So, what are these benefits?

  • Learning can boost your confidence and help in improving your self-confidence.
  • Learning makes us more adaptable to changes and helps us become less averse to risk of failure.
  • Learning makes us achieve more satisfaction that tends to positively impact our personal and social lives.
  • Learning tends to change our ideas and beliefs for better.
  • Learning can be fun. It tends us to keep us motivated and makes our everyday activities more fulfilling and interesting.

Learning for personal and professional development:

Learning can either be aimed at personal or professional development, while it is true that one aspect of learning can definitely have a positive impact on the other, it still makes sense to understand how your personal and professional life is affected as this would motivate you further to acquire new skills and continue gathering more and more learning experiences.

Learning for personal development is to acquire knowledge and skills that help you in building your overall personality. This could be learning about a medical condition or a type of diet plan that will help you with your personal conditions. It could also be about taking any of programs or trainings such as language training or communication skills that will help you develop your personality for the better.

Learning for professional development, on the other hand, is specifically learning skills that will have a direct impact on your present profession. In this regard, transferable skills that may help you perform better in other areas of work can be considered as a significant advantage by your potential employers.

Mastering your lifelong learning

Lifelong learning is just not about acquiring new skills consistently. It is about mastering these new skills and in order to do so, you will need the following –

M – Motivation

A – Ability to acquire new skills

S – Search new skills that are relevant for your personal and professional development

T – Trigger generation to help you remember your newly acquired skills

E – Examining your knowledge regularly on newly acquired skills

R – Reflect on your newly acquired knowledge

Learning gives you strength and it gives you self-confidence. Make it a regular aspect of your growing and you will eventually see its positive impact on your life.

Aspiring to be a DATA Scientist?

Aspiring to be a DATA Scientist?

To Learn Data Science For Free
This Desk will help you to ASK, ANSWER, SPEAK, LISTEN, READ and GROW

who should learn data science?

– People starving to provide solutions to real time business challenges through Analytics
– People aspiring to be a data scientist
– Interest to know business dynamics
– Love spending time with Data & finding hidden patterns
– Analytics as a career choice
– B-tech grad, Science discipline in Mathematics and Stats, Business Administration (MBA), Pharmacy discipline
– People having a job or study related to finance
– People having a job or study related to Marketing
– People who are very analytical and want to see how this field is related to them
– Students who want to explore this career option

Why you should learn data science?

– Data scientist “the sexiest job of the 21st century”
– Not just data scientist. These mechanisms can be used in varied fields like BFSI, Health Care, Travel and Tourism, Retail & CPG, marketing and many more
– Huge career growth opportunity for free
– Learning is not difficult if you have Analytical mind set

How you should learn data science?

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Our experts in the field will help you out with how to get going about it

  • You will get to hear from domain experts
  • Tech geeks will help how BIG you need to aim technically
  • Statisticians share advanced modelling experiences
  • You will get to hear on innovations in the data science industry
  • You will get to know market trends and insights

What you should learn in data science?

  • Three WH’s you should be asking your self
  • What subjective knowledge I need to learn?
  • Who will get me domain knowledge?
  • Which technical knowledge gives me advantage?

What careers you can think after learning data science?

– Statistician
– Social Media Analyst
– Business Analyst
– Digital Marketing Analyst
– Data Engineer
– Machine Learning Expert
– Mathematician
– Financial Analyst
– Data Scientist

“Sharing is caring”

In an attempt to through light on those unsolved, untold, unseen, unknown sides of the Analytics world.

This is an attempt to bring together the wide voluminous knowledge spread across length and breadth among this group to the focal spot of every individual.

To enlighten everyone on all those “WHYs”, “WHATs”, “HOWs” of the analytical process that has been put to some cold storage of the brain by each one of us.

Well the journey has begun with a lot of motivation but it’s the habit that will keep us moving.
The habit to explore, learn and share one’s learning with others

Have a ASK (Attitude to Seek Knowledge) and keep watching this space for more on data science

What Tools Do You Need To Learn English The Right Way?

What Tools Do You Need To Learn English The Right Way?

Tools you Need to Learn English

Learning English is not rocket science. But of course, it does require a certain amount of focus and determination. For that matter, learning any language does require some basic effort because learning new words, new grammar and an all new way to communicate and express does imply leaving your comfort zone and trying. For many, this can become quite overwhelming. In reality, learning English is not just about understanding the way the language is spoken; it is about adapting yourself to it so that the language becomes your regular communication tool. In order to achieve this, there are some basic tools and approaches that should be used.

What tools are right to learn English?

When you talk about learning English to anyone, the first thing that you would probably hear from them is to buy those big books on English language learning that look quite scary to any beginner. The next thing that you may be told to do is join a good Spoken English institute to improve your language fluency. In most cases, both the above mentioned approaches do not work. But because English language learners are not quite aware of what tools they should be using to learn the language in a more efficient manner, they are left with no choice but to use these redundant methods of learning English.
In order to be able to learn English, you have to first understand that English is a skill; it is not a subject. Hence, books on English, no matter how expensive they are, don’t help to a large extent. Truly speaking, the same rules apply to every language. Language learning should never be based on books because books can only teach you as much. To be able to communicate in a language, you need a more practical approach. The right process of learning will make it easier to acquire the language as your communication tool.
Below are the most important tools that you should use to learn English the right way –

1. Vocabulary book:
There is no language without words. Learning a language, in real sense, is learning words. There is no denying the fact that unless you are aware of the words, you will not be able to use a language properly. A vocabulary book may seem to be an uninteresting book but the fact is that, in English, there are several thousands of words and using a vocabulary book can be a lot of fun. The book will contain a list of commonly used words along with other words that may be less commonly used but will improve your communication.

2. Dictionary:
You may want to believe that a dictionary and a vocabulary book are same as these both books deal with words, their usage and meanings. However, that is not the case. A vocabulary book will list words in the order of their usage, with the most commonly words used words listed first. The vocabulary book may only list these words or sometimes, also include their meanings. A dictionary, on the other hand, will not just give meanings but also provide some grammatical information about the word’s usage. Using a dictionary and a vocabulary book together will make English learning easy and fun.

3. Illustrated comic and story books:
In order to get fluent with English and use it as normally as your native language, you have to understand its casual usage as well. Reading comic strips in English, short stories and watching English movies and shows will help a great deal here.
The above tools are the most basic ones. Using these tools will give you a very strong start to learning English.

Things You Don’t Want To Hear At Your Job Interview

Things You Don’t Want To Hear At Your Job Interview

Here the list of things to avoid during job interview

An interview call is a good sign. It is the first step that takes you on your career path however, this can be overwhelming for many. If you are particularly too keen on getting placed with a certain company and are highly hopeful that nothing goes wrong at the interview, you may be too stressed with your interview preparation. All said and done, it is your performance on the day of the interview that will decide your fate. While that does not mean your preparation, your CV, your experience and your qualifications aren’t important – truly speaking, it is these aspects about you that got you shortlisted.

Now, you are all prepared, dressed well and are confident of yourself when attending the interview. You may have made up your mind to perform at your best and ensure that you get the job. But wait, there can be certain very demotivating statements or discussions during your interview that you definitely wouldn’t want to hear. Below is the list of few such discussions and in most cases, it is you who can make or break your destiny (as far as this job is concerned).

What Sounds Discomforting At An Interview?

The below mentioned are a list of things that you definitely would not want to hear from your interviewer. Avoiding these is in your hands and is based on your preparation. You can refer to our post on the job interview tips to ensure that you perform better at the interview and do not have to hear at least a few of the things mentioned below –

  • “I contacted your reference and he has no clue about you”

This is one of the worst things to hear from your interviewer. This indicates only one thing – you have lied about your past experience. Do not assume that your interviewer will not contact your prior company or the professional reference you had mentioned in your CV. If you have seriously messed up with this, you surely don’t deserve the job but if you had been honest, it indicates you weren’t important enough for your reference or your prior company to remember you. In either case, this job is out of your kitty!

  • “You’ve got something on your shirt” or worse, “There seems to be something sticking out of your teeth.”

Your first impression is there to stay for a long, very long time. And, if it is your interview, it can actually play a decisive role in getting you the job. A hiring manager can easily make up his mind about you based on your first impression so make sure that there is nothing obviously wrong with your appearance. A good idea here is to make a quick visit to the restroom before meeting the interviewer, this should help you get a quick check of yourself.

  • “I have some advice for you”

This is a statement that would rarely have something positive coming your way. It is perhaps something in your CV or in your overall personality that has drawn negative attention. It is best advised here to accept the advice from your interviewer with a smile, though it might be difficult.

The 3 Common Bad Habits You Should Quit Now!

The 3 Common Bad Habits You Should Quit Now!

You Should Stop these 3 bad habits with Determination

When it comes to productivity and efficiency, most of us think about time management. Yes, it is true that managing your time right can have a major impact on your performance but the fact is that it is not time management really that needs your focus. What you need to emphasize on is attention and energy management. Where is your energy being utilized? What is it that holds your attention the most? These are the questions that you need to reflect on in order to become efficient and productive in the long run.

Your energy, your power!

When talking about energy, it is not just the physical energy that needs a mention. We also want to talk about your mental and emotional strength. It is your energy that translates your dreams into reality. It is your energy that contributes to your passion and it is your energy that drives you and motivates you to perform better. While there can be a lot of ways to boost your energy levels, it is important to first start with identifying those traits in you that are draining your energy levels. Eliminating these traits, no matter how insignificant they might seem, will help you raise not just your efficiency but also your self-worth.

Truly speaking, you don’t need to put in an extra effort or look for innovative ways to improve your energy levels. By eliminating the things that you commonly do; things that are draining your energy, you can gain back your focus. So basically, you can improve your energy by doing less not by doing more.

So, what are these ‘common traits’ that can possibly be a cause of draining your energy? Here are 3 common bad habits that you should quit immediately to regain your energy –

#1. Tea and coffee

If you think caffeine boosts your energy levels through the day, you are doing something seriously wrong. Of course, you may get an instant energy boost with a cup of coffee but too much of caffeine is going to hamper your energy levels on the long run.

This is quite simple and logical too – you drink too much of coffee through the day, you feel active but you may have difficulty sleeping at night and waking up again the next morning. Basically, this beverage disrupts your biological cycle. What coffee does is that it emulates the molecule adenosine in your brain. This molecule tends to build up over the day but makes you tired later. Tea does something similar. Cutting down on tea and coffee is hence good for boosting your energy levels in the long run.

#2. Smoking

We all know what smoking does to our health but we seldom understand its long term impact. Smoking cuts your energy levels bit by bit. It makes you lousy and lazy apart from causing you some major health related issues. The nicotine can seem to be a stimulant but it leaves you with a lot of tar that can lead up to persistent cough and thereby making you weak and inefficient.

#3. Procrastination

Procrastination is perhaps the worst habit that eats up your energy and makes your feel low and tired always. Working late in the night may indicate your strong work ethics but this is also an indicator of you being bad at prioritization. Don’t wait till the last minutes, this is only going to make you work more and that with less productivity.

The above 3 bad habits are very common and that might make you feel you aren’t doing anything too bad. However, it is only when you get rid of the above habits that you would realize how much good you have done to yourself!

Why Proper Decision Making is Important To Fulfill Your Dreams?

Why Proper Decision Making is Important To Fulfill Your Dreams?

What is life if there is no goal? Yes, no matter how young or old you are, it is important that you understand your purpose of life, identify your mission and work towards that goal. When there is no goal, there is no meaning to your life. From the selection of your course of study to planning your career path, there is always your goal that needs to be prioritized. That being said, fulfilling your goal is in fact fulfilling your real, big dream that you will have for your life.

Some people truly live their dream while there might be several others who will always fall short of achieving their dreams. Dreams are important as they motivate us to work hard but only hard work will not help you achieve success. Proper planning and strategizing your life is equally important. You need to have your own mission statement and a vision for your future. Once you have that, create a blueprint for your route to success. In order to do that, you need to start early but then, it is never too late!

Recognize and prioritize

Before you begin anything, it is important that you recognize your goal or your mission. This could simply be to be successful in whatever you do. But this goal is too vague. You need to be very specific. This will help you in prioritizing your everyday tasks as well as your decisions so that they are all aimed at your goal. Specific and good goals can be becoming a team leader in your organization in next 3 years or saving 10 lakhs of rupees in 5 years. These are measurable goals that you can track. Such goals require specific decisions that you will need to make. Making the right decisions is all that it takes!

Realizing your goal should be your number one priority!

This might sound selfish but this is the most important thing that you will do for yourself to realize your dreams. Love what you do and yes, love yourself – if you don’t, you will never be able to realize your dreams. Also, when you prioritize your dreams over that of others, you will start feeling important and this will motivate you to work harder. And of course, when you love yourself, you will ensure that you don’t over-exhaust yourself thereby your dreams will become clearer and more achievable.

Hard work is not always important!

The next important thing to realize is that not always, it is the hard-work that helps you achieve your goals. It takes some very clear planning and strategizing. Of course, an essential aspect of this is decision making. You don’t have to over-stress yourself at work and spend extra hours to get an annual hike of say, 2000 INR. Decide what you really want – achieving your dream is not to earn that much extra; it is to live a life that is fulfilling. If you have been dreaming of a vacation and working extra to save that extra money for it, by the time you really accumulate that money you may actually feel too exhausted for that travel. Hence, take right decisions about your dreams and how you plan to achieve them!