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BUQUERQUE Is mobile application development a safe career? How much will I earn in this field?
-Ayush Saarthi Mobile application development is the process by which application software is developed for small, low-power handheld devices such as personal digital assistants, enterprise digital assistants or mobile phones. These applications are either preinstalled on phones during manufacture or downloaded by customers from various mobile software distribution platforms. With the launch of services such as 3G and Android technology, the demand for professionals in this area has increased tremendously. You can work as a mobile application programmer who specialises in developing applications for cellphones and help combat security issues.
For a mobile application programmer, a computers or technology background is required as the knowledge of interface design, network communications, web services, SQLite databases, GSP framework and locationbased services is highly recommended for such professionals. A creative mind and an ability to adapt and innovate would be to your advantage. So, there is a huge scope for job opportunities in this area. The pay package varies from firm to firm and the designation you join at.
Should I do CFA?
I have done my MCom as a regular student from HP University, Shimla, and a postgraduate diploma in business administration (finance) through distance education. I have more than six years of experience in accounts. Currently, I work in a pharmaceutical company as an assistant manager — accounts. Big companies want chartered accountancy (CA) or cost and works accountancy (CWA) qualifications for managerial roles. It is not easy to do CA or CWA due to job and family responsibilities. Can I go for a chartered financial analysis (CFA) course? If yes, then from which institute/university?
-Sourabh The CFA programme imparts training in corporate finance, investment management and financial services such as venture capital, leasing and hire purchase, project planning and so on, as well as in international finance and investment management.
The CFA is an internation- al professional certification offered by the CFA Institute to financial analysts who complete a series of three examinations, and have 48 months of qualified, professional work experience. The course is conducted in India through the distance mode with contact classes conducted by ICFAI in major cities in the country. However, this is an intensive finance course, and you may have the same problems you have had with doing the CA or the CWA programmes. So you might like to consider other options after MCom. A good option could be banking, as you have work experience in accounting. You can sit for the bank probationary officer (PO) exam conducted by government banks. The State Bank and other nationalised banks recruit probationary officers through the SBI Central Recruitment Board and the Banking Service Recruitment Boards. For this, you are required to clear a written test and interview. Degree holders in any subject and a maximum age of 28 years can take the PO exam.
You can also take up a course in banking and finance before getting into this field of work. There are several institutes offering PG diplomas in banking and finance through correspondence. In addition, you can consider teaching and lectureship. After an MCom, you can take the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC). After clearing the NET, you can apply for teaching in any college as junior lecturer.
I am doing a distance-learning BCA course from Allahabad University. What are the job prospects after doing BCA from distance education? Would I be eligible to apply for the MCA courses in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University and BITS, Mesra?
-Vishal Puri Due to intense competition, job prospects after doing a BCA through the distance mode are not so good, as preference will be given firstly to the regular course candidates. Of course, you could still apply to many companies. However, if you are interested in jobs at this stage, then you could apply to the many IT companies that recruit BCAs, as a lot depends on your computer skills and knowledge. If you really want to make a bright career in this field, then it’s always better to take an MCA degree. As long as you have done your BCA from a recognised university, even through distance education, you are eligible to apply for the MCA course in any university, including all the three universities that you have mentioned.
Different institutes offering MCA degree have different prerequisites for the entrance qualifications. There are different MCA entrance tests including the NIT Common Entrance Test for the National Institutes of Technology. JNU, BHU, BITS Mesra and other universities hold an entrance test for MCA admission. A graduate with 50-60% marks in the last qualifying exam along with maths in Class 12 and/or graduation may apply in these institutes, after sitting for the MCA entrance test.