LAUNCH­ING TO GREATER HEIGHTS

Ca­reer Launcher be­lieves that set­ting re­al­is­tic goals based on one’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties makes all the dif­fer­ence.

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Ca­reer Launcher ( CL) was founded in 1994 as a guid­ance cen­tre to pre­pare stu­dents for the per­son­al­ity as­sess­ment stage of busi­ness school selec­tions. To­day CL op­er­ates across a broad spec­trum of seg­ments in the ed­u­ca­tion in­dus­try in­clud­ing en­trance test prepa­ra­tion, K- 12 ed­u­ca­tion, higher ed­u­ca­tion and vo­ca­tional train­ing.

“For me it was the qual­ity of fac­ulty mem­bers that made me de­cide upon CL. They’ve given me ex­cel­lent sup­port through­out the prepa­ra­tion process,” says Shash­wat Chugh, a stu­dent at CL. In­deed the fac­ulty at CL have been known to be the cream of the crop. “Each and ev­ery fac­ulty mem­ber here goes through a spe­cially de­signed train­ing pro­gram which stresses on dif­fer­ent teach­ing method­olo­gies, con­cep­tual clar­ity and un­der­stand­ing of the nu­ances of teach­ing. Also, CL fac­ulty mem­bers are made to ap­pear for

THE FAC­ULTY AT CA­REER LAUNCHER SIT FOR ALL THE MA­JOR en­trance ex­ams ev­ery year to keep them­selves up- to- date with the exam pat­terns

all the ma­jor en­trance ex­ams ev­ery year to en­sure that they un­der­stand th­ese ex­ams very well and are able to trans­fer this knowl­edge to the stu­dents,” ex­plains Gau­tam Puri, co- founder of CL. “Many of our vis­it­ing fac­ulty mem­bers are se­nior man­agers work­ing in a crosssec­tion of in­dus­tries ,” he adds. “They give us an insight into how real- world or­gan­i­sa­tions func­tion. They’re a re­ally im- por­tant part of our learn­ing process,” says Chugh.

Apart from con­ven­tional class­room lec­tures, stu­dents can also avail of pre- recorded video ses­sions. “All class­room ses­sions are pre­ceded by pre- class work, wherein a stu­dent is ex­pected to go through the as­signed por­tions of the text book and some e- ses­sions,” says Puri. The grow­ing de­mand from stu­dents at the in­sti­tute for online ma­te­rial has en­cour­aged the CL man­age­ment team to in­tro­duce cer­tain pro­gramme such as Smart CAT Cracker ( SCC) that are de­liv­ered en­tirely through the online mode. There are over 240 video lessons of 4,800 min­utes on SCC which hosts topic wise prac­tice ex­er­cises and have been metic­u­lously put to­gether by Puri and his team.

With CAT dates com­ing closer, Puri be­lieves one of the most com­mon mis­takes that stu­dents make is to “keep solv­ing more and more ques­tions with­out tak­ing timed tests reg­u­larly. They for­get that hon­ing test- tak­ing skills is ex­tremely crit­i­cal.” Puri also feels some stu­dents have the ten­dency to over­es­ti­mate their ca­pa­bil­i­ties and tar­get an un­re­al­is­ti­cally high score in the exam. “As a con­se­quence, they end up putting a huge amount of pres­sure on them­selves and make a mess of the exam. It is im­por­tant to set re­al­is­tic and achiev­able tar­gets based on one’s per­for­mance in the mock tests,” he says.

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