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Published Date: October 31, 2014
When we met the world

When we met the world

Stepping out of the airport, the first things to grab my attention were the gigantic banners all over the city saying 'Welcome OYW delegates'. Every corner of the city was filled with the white and blue of OYW, welcoming young minds from all over the world. There was no doubt that the biggest...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
What not to say

What not to say

In our desperate attempts at making small talk and appearing oh-so down-to-earth, we often make the mistake of blurting out the inappropriate at interviews. And even if it's just an informal meeting with potential bosses or co-workers, there's a limit to what you're at liberty to say. As important as it is to...

Press Release

Published Date: October 31, 2014
MoU between BRAC Business School and Sapien Strategy Consulting & Research

MoU between BRAC Business School and Sapien Strategy Consulting & Research

BRAC Business School's Center for Entrepreneurship Development (CED) and Sapien Strategy Consulting & Research signed a MoU on October 27, 2014 at BRAC University Campus. As part of the MoU, CED and Sapien will launch advanced management courses for professionals and arrange various training programs to cater to the need of the Bangladesh...

Press Release

Published Date: October 31, 2014
First Bangladeshi elected as President of APFHRM

Md Musharrof Hossain has been elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Federation of Human Resources Management (APFHRM) at a board meeting held in Santiago, Chile on 13 October, 2014. APFHRM is a network of human resources and people management associations in the Asia Pacific region. As a collective, the Federation's purpose is to advance the standing of the HR and people management profession within the region. APFHRM is also an active branch of the World Federation of...

Published Date: October 31, 2014
This week's free course is “Business Law and Ethics”

This week's free course is “Business Law and Ethics”

Dealing with the balance of ethics and the law is a day-to-day challenge for many managers. While you might be inclined to act in ways that are legal in the technical sense, there is value also in recognizing the intent behind a law. Meeting the spirit of the law often comes down to...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Fast Food On Wheels

Fast Food On Wheels

CP Food Truck, Matrz, Chopsticks, Yummilicious, Izza Wrap, HM Food, Petuk, Food Street, Spaghetti Wheels, Munchies Republic, Hot Box, Deluxe Street Food, Bon Appetit, and the list never ends! Dhaka has become the new core of the food cart business. These are most often found in Gulshan and Banani, but now the trend is spread into the Dhanmondi area as well. So what is so special about food carts? Well apart from the delicious taste and convenience on the streets, it is a very profitable business if managed perceptively.     Secrets Of The Trade   I talked with Nadvie Ahmed, Managing Director at The Cart Company. Nadvie used to have a food cart...

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Promotion

Promotion

The media of promotion is chiefly Facebook. So, you virtually have to spend nothing if you are reaching sufficient people over Facebook. You can alter your choice of social media website based on your target market. For example, food blogging is a rising trend among today's youth. All of these things have made...

Behind The Scenes

Published Date: October 24, 2014
How the development sector works

How the development sector works

It is perhaps difficult and mostly improbable to perceive whether any job can be as satisfying as one that relies mainly on contributing towards others. It is widely perceived by most of the people that jobs in the non-profit sector are low-paying and less easy to maintain when it comes to achieving an effective work-life balance. After all, the majority of jobs in this field involve relocating to a new place---usually a rural area----and helping the natives there to develop their society and to attain greater knowledge. However the pay, the career and the overall lifetime of a job in this field should help people look past the minor...

Tech Releases

Published Date: October 24, 2014
Kickstart your career with Core-K’s Online Learning Tools

Kickstart your career with Core-K’s Online Learning Tools

Next Step is partnering with Core Knowledge, an initiative of Rahimafrooz Group, to introduce the best of e-learning to professionals. Skills development is a major challenge across industries and through this partnership we hope to tackle this problem by providing learning options to a broad set of users. Core-K’s Online Learning Tools’ courseware covers...

Food for thought

Published Date: October 10, 2014
Careers in social media and digital marketing

Careers in social media and digital marketing

Businesses took a skidding jolt on the day Zuckerburg decided to open Facebook to people outside the Harvard network. One of the biggest inventions of the 21st century, the platform successfully connected millions of people to the rest of the world and, upon realizing the potential this social network held, businesses have started...

Published Date: October 10, 2014
Your social media checklist

Your social media checklist

1. Research and know your audience. What topics and interests are they most social about? Does the audience on different social media platforms vary? 2. Only use those networks and platforms that best speak to your audience. Do not waste resources, time and effort developing content and strategy for a platform if it is not applicable to the consumers you are targeting. 3. Establish your set of key performance indicators (KPIs). What exactly do you want your efforts on social media to achieve? What does this success look like in quantifiable terms? 4. Write your very...

Published Date: October 3, 2014
Savvy careers in tourism and hospitality management

Savvy careers in tourism and hospitality management

"Come before the tourists visit" was perhaps one of the most famous slogans of the Bangladeshi tourist industry during the 1980s and 1990s. The idea behind this catchy positioning statement was to encourage domestic travellers to travel across Bangladesh and seek inspiration from the beauty of this delta before the country fell on...

Published Date: October 3, 2014
IUT gears up for Battle of Minds 2014

IUT gears up for Battle of Minds 2014

Many things run through the minds of fresh graduates when they have to make that leap from being a student to being a professional; confusion and uncertainty is something everyone faces when they make that transition, and it is not always easy. It is only natural to feel lost and undecided, because the...

Published Date: September 26, 2014
Towards a towering career in telecom

Towards a towering career in telecom

Rubaba Dowla is a highly experienced leader with a successful track record of brand management, product innovation, service delivery and corporate communication. She has been instrumental in building Grameenphone as a premier brand. At present, she is working for Airtel Bangladesh as the Chief Service Officer & Head of mCommerce. She discusses the ins and outs of a career in the telecom industry with Shahriar Rahman from NEXT STEP.    N.S.: How dynamic is the corporate world of Bangladesh, and how does a young graduate cope with the stress of the job, especially in the telecom industry? When we are still studying, we are exposed to a lot of pressure before exams...

Published Date: September 26, 2014
The other side of academics

The other side of academics

Identifying the appropriate career path is extremely difficult for most students. Most of the students simply aren't sure what they want to become. There are a multitude of things to consider – one's own interest, monetary rewards, and family influence. This is why to decipher which career path to pursue a student must...

More than just books

Published Date: September 26, 2014
Grand opening of the new library

Grand opening of the new library

The British Council Bangladesh has inaugurated their new and refurbished library within the Fuller Road Office in Dhaka on 20 September. Honourable Speaker of the Parliament, Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury MP was the chief guest at the inauguration. Baroness Prashar, Deputy Chair of British Council, and His Excellency Robert W. Gibson, CMG, British High...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
I can transform you

I can transform you

“Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilisations, of arts and of sciences.” – Freeman Dyson Dyson, the renowned physicist and mathematician, made no mistake in proclaiming the importance of technology. In every part of the world, big and small, technology has a pivotal role to play. This is best reflected by the list published by PriceWaterhouse Coopers in March 2014, which ranked Apple, Google and Microsoft as three of the top four largest companies in the world by market capitalisation. Technology now holds a stranglehold on the strategic direction of global organisations, thereby...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
A lesson in leadership at NestléBangladesh

A lesson in leadership at NestléBangladesh

Next Step visited the offices of NestléBangladesh and met with the Head of its Human Resources function – Akhteruddin Mahmood, to have a chat. Chances are you are having a cup of Nescafé as you are reading this - that is how big of a company Nestlé is worldwide and managing the HR department in such a large company is no mean feat. But with ten years of experience at BAT behind him, Mr. Mahmood was more than willing to share his insights and his expertise with me and the readers of Next Step.   What do you think is the main role of HR in any corporation? "The most important...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
Internet-fuelled job productivity

Browser plugins Enabling better customization through the ability to download add-ons or extensions. * Bit.ly – A URL shortener and reporting tool * Chrome Remote Desktop – Technology allowing secure access over the internet * Advanced Responsive Video Embedder – Fast, clean and easy embedding at a click of a button Online services and software Technological tools to simplify things: * File Management – The widespread use of Cloud storage, Dropbox and Google Drive * Password Security – The use of password manager services such as KeePass,...

Published Date: September 19, 2014
HOTTEST TECH JOBS

HOTTEST TECH JOBS

The technology industry with filled with Iron Men and Women. With lots of vacancies you can wok with super technology, robotics and be part of a digital revolution.                 With amalgamated human physiology Ms Marvel is resistant to most toxins, poisons and absorbs energy. She can survive in space as can you with the latest space technologies.                   It's all about skilled labour, machines, and tools in this job sector. Super charge yourself like the Green Lantern from the DC Universe with high tech activity that gives you the ability to create solid constructs and analyse targets on a larger scale.             Matter-Eater Lad, a DC Universe superhero and a member of the Legion of...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
The rise of CFA in Bangladesh

The rise of CFA in Bangladesh

Businesses in the subcontinent are changing. This change, as much as it has been on the saddles of globalisation, has also been facilitated by the need to provide a sustainable enterprise customised for today's needs. After all, modern Bangladeshi companies do not want to be left behind globally-effective business practices. They can no longer be content with the traditional means of surviving by just making a profit. In the relentless pursuit of professionalism and technical discipline, traditional businesses look forward to a future where they can easily compete on a global scale. Their preference, therefore, is to employ those who have been tried and tested in their chosen field. Job...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
The flip side of entrepreneurship

The flip side of entrepreneurship

Listen to your heart. Follow your dreams. Be who you are. Don't seek jobs, give jobs. These are just some of the teachings we receive from authors, speakers and motivational coaches in this era of startups, bootstrapping and tech wizardry. But we are told very little about the other side of the story...

Published Date: September 12, 2014
The share bajaar

The share bajaar

Remember Chris Gardner from the biographical drama film “The Pursuit of Happiness?” If you do then you must remember his struggle to become a stockbroker which happened to be his dream career. Or take the example of the recent much talked about film “The Wolf of Wall Street” where Jordan Belfort along with...

Published Date: September 5, 2014
When genius strikes

When genius strikes

  Myths are any invented story or concept that we sometimes believe to be true. We believe in it so strongly that we often underestimate ourselves and compare our lives with others. In desperate times, when our head and heart don't give the expected output, we beat ourselves up by indulging in such overwhelming myths....

Published Date: September 5, 2014
Deadlines and drama

Deadlines and drama

Across most occupations and industries at some point you will be faced with a project, task or assignment to be completed within a timeframe. From personal experience, I can tell you as the deadline approaches stress can saturate your body and even the simplest of tasks may become complicated. In my line of...

Published Date: September 5, 2014
What career were you actually meant for?

What career were you actually meant for?

Don't feel at place in your job? Or just wondering where your true potential lies? Answer these ten questions and find out. 1. When it comes to jobs, you'd rather... A. Do something no one else has done B. Do what pays the most     C. Do what makes you happy D. Do what helps others E. Something else 2. Deep down, you think you're more... A. Intelligent B. Entertaining     C. Creative     D. Serious     E. Something else 3. When it comes to outdoor activities, which appeals most to you... A. Running a marathon B. Kayaking a nice, long lake C. Skydiving off a plane D. Camping out in the forest E. Something else 4. Generally, which would you prefer to do... A. Making something people will...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Kids. You can't make them understand the gravity of a situation without threatening them with the boogie monster, or worse, the prospect of cartoons being banned at dinnertime. We never really grow out of it, and hands on parenting can take increasingly repressive measures to ensure the best for their child as they...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
By all means, please fail

By all means, please fail

Ever wondered about what kept your idol going and eventually reach the height that they did? What sparked their drive to achieve greatness? Something that everyone will agree on is that anyone who has gone on to achieve 'greatness' has the will power to accomplish the things that they did. However, there is...

Published Date: August 29, 2014
10 famous people who failed at first

10 famous people who failed at first

Henry Ford While Ford is today known for his innovative assembly line and American-made cars, he wasn't an instant success. In fact, his early businesses failed and left him broke five time before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.           Jan Koum Jan Koum was turned down by Facebook in 2009. Today he runs the...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Harness the power of LinkedIn

Harness the power of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site founded by Reid Hoffman in 2002. This site is available in 20 languages and is used in almost 200 countries all over the world. It is the most used professional networking site in the world. Ahmed Abdullah is working as an accountant at McKesson Corporation in USA....

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Productivity unwired

Productivity unwired

CamScanner CamScanner is a free app that scans documents onto your phone. Instead of taking a picture with your phone, CamScanner optimizes the photo to ensure text and graphics are clear and sharp with the highest resolution. The app gives you the option to scan a single picture or graph, or scan a whole...

Published Date: August 22, 2014
Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem

Developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem

On 19 August, 2014 Professor Tarun Khanna, Director of the Harvard South Asia Institute and Jorge Lemann Professor of Harvard Business School, delivered a talk headlined “Developing an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Emerging Economies”. The talk was given at BRAC Centre, Mohakhali, to an audience of renowned Bangladeshi entrepreneurs, academics and corporate managers.  The...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Caution: Women at work

Caution: Women at work

We've all heard about the glass ceiling and the failed sexual harassment court cases. But what truly stands in the way between your miserable entry-level paycheck and that one gratifying step up the ladder? We asked around and turns out,real women hardly see the challenges in black and white.   Today more than ever,...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
The real deal with high heels

The real deal with high heels

Although the Carrie Bradshaw's and Kate Beckett's of television reality would have us believe that your average fashion-conscious working woman wears nothing under a six-inch heel, most of us probably know better. And if you don't, it's about time you wake up from your misled Tinseltown stiletto fantasies. Unless you're willing to dish...

Published Date: August 15, 2014
Global People Paradigm

Global People Paradigm

  With a view to help the young generation of the country face the challenges of the global job market of the 21st century, the Career Development Center of Daffodil International University organized an exclusive international training workshop on “Global People Paradigm – Shifting the frontier of people management” on August 14, 2014 in...

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Cubicle dramarama

Cubicle dramarama

Whether your company is an early-stage start-up or a huge corporation, you've surely run into an employee who drives you batty. Here's a look at 10 of the most irritating workplace characters--along with some advice on how to get them back on track.   The undecider He takes days to make a decision and then, after it's made, revisits it. Then revisits it again. Then, when things fall apart and he is held responsible for his indecision, he becomes indignant or evasive. "It's not MY fault!" How to cope: Establish a deadline where the decision must be final, and a default decision that will hold true if no decision is made. When the...

Stumped

Published Date: August 8, 2014
Silly interview questions and what they really mean

What is your greatest flaw? Why it's silly: Who in their right mind would give an honest answer to this question? Reveal your flaws to the person who's got your future in the palm of their hands? No thank you. In response to questions like this, we tend to conjure up answers that don't give a completely negative impression, such as “My time management could do with a bit more work. I put in extra hours, even at home.”     What...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
The great escape

The great escape

There are people amongst us who literally fear the idea of taking a real vacation. They would rather keep working on and on and on.  Your atypical workaholic finds a certain delight in working himself like a dog, over several months and sometimes even years. Needless to say there is a flip side of this coin. Maybe you worry you'll fall off the wagon and out of line from all your responsibilities. Maybe you just feel better keeping busy. We're all acquainted the hackneyed proverb, 'All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.' But this is actually what happens to those amongst us who don't take time...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
Breeze it, buzz it, easy does it

Breeze it, buzz it, easy does it

If you're a chronic night owl and a serial over-sleeper like me, the upcoming vacations seem like the perfect opportunity to clock in some extra (read: excess) z's. As for the white collars and nine-to-fivers of the world, it's time to swap your oxfords and ties for something more comfortable. Whoever you are, it's easy to forget everything you've learnt about control the past month and slip into a coma of binge-eating and mindless self-indulgence. So before it's too late and your mind and body start to fail you, try to take an active stance against your inner sloth and inner glutton. Beat the pre-holiday slump Once it's officially Eid holiday,...

Published Date: July 25, 2014
ECOSOC Youth Forum

ECOSOC Youth Forum

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations organized “#Youth2015: Realizing the future they want” on 2nd and 3rd June 2014 at the UN Headquarters in New York. After a competitive selection process, two Bangladeshis, Kashfia Nehrin and I, Nabeera Rahman were selected to attend the prestigious Youth Forum. The forum featured...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Socially awkward blues

Socially awkward blues

As a kid, I used to have panic attacks when dealing with adults other than my parents. A simple greeting from a relative, be it an aunt I see regularly or a distant uncle, would send a shockwave through the language center of my brain, upending all the appropriated, appropriate string of words and phrases which would give someone the idea that I was a normal, functioning human being. Resorting to vague shrugs and mumbled words, getting a point across clearly and concisely seemed to be an unnaturally difficult task for me. Writing was one of the only ways I could express myself properly. I could inject the slight...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
How socially awkward are you?

How socially awkward are you?

1. It's time to leave a party. A. Give the entire room a wave and a strident “Bye everyone.” B. Seek out the people you know best, say goodbye to them, and make plans to meet up again. C. Mumble a few halfhearted farewells before m,aking for the door. D. Slope off without saying a word to anyone, thereby avoiding any hug/handshake awkwardness. 2. You find yourself sharing a lift with a work colleague you don't know very well. A. Inquire enthusiastically about their life outside work. B. Engage in chitchat about the weather. C. Stare at the floor. Maintain absolute silence at all costs. D. Accidentally break wind. Rehearse the incident obsessively in your mind for the...

Published Date: July 18, 2014
Shake it off

Shake it off

A couple of issues back, we talked about annoying traits in co-workers these days, and it would be unfair not discuss how to deal with such people. Take a read to know the 4 S of tackling your brain-boiling colleagues. 1. Smile Some people bug intentionally, some people bug unintentionally. Some do it once a...

Youth and social business

Published Date: July 11, 2014
The next big thing

The next big thing

The summit was divided in four major parts - the keynote speech, the first and second panel discussions, and the innovation session. The morning started at the registration booths, where hundreds of youngsters gathered to register for the summit from different universities and organisations. The summit began with the opening speech by SBYN's...

Published Date: July 11, 2014
The working man's Ramadan

The working man's Ramadan

For students and professionals alike Ramadan is a trying time. A time of extremes; numerous transitions from being hungry and tired to feeling full and lethargic, grip almost everyone. This leads to periods where even writing a simple article such as this turns out to be a massive chore. Working at the office...

Published Date: July 4, 2014
Road to journalism

Road to journalism

As I sit in complete awe of this particular Chief International Correspondent, at least a hundred questions fly through my head: Will I be able to match up to her one day? Am I making the right decision? Will I even survive? Then I slap myself out of my thoughts and focus: She...

Published Date: July 4, 2014
Rebranding the biggest online market in Bangladesh

Rebranding the biggest online market in Bangladesh

Why did you go after this particular new name? When you go to buy and sell in a classified ads site, location is the most important thing. Nearness is a must for any business transaction. When you enter our site you see a map of Bangladesh. From there, you select your location and then...

Published Date: July 4, 2014
Social Business Youth Summit held

Social Business Youth Summit held

“Yunus Centre” and “Social Business Youth Network- SBYN” held Social Business Youth Summit on July 2nd. They also announced the winners of Social Business Champ 2014, a social business plan competition designed for university level students to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and creativity to generate solutions for pressing social problems in a business...

Published Date: June 27, 2014
The future of education

The future of education

In Bangladesh, with the sheer number of universities sprouting in every street corner like mushrooms, the average quality of university education is, arguably, dipping. Even in reputed universities, it is all a matter of luck depending on how good your teacher is and how ardent a student you are to ensure the quality...

Published Date: June 27, 2014
The machines are taking over

The machines are taking over

The job market is now a competitive and unforgiving place and often times finding a job is harder than counting all the stripes on a zebra. A quick and easy step is to dissect the education budget tabled by the minister is to gauge the direction in which the economy is being taken...

Bangladesh StartUp Cup

Published Date: June 27, 2014
The best will last

The best will last

After 3 months of grueling training and business building, top 15 startups are now fighting for investments from guest US investors and  the right to go to the next stage of the 2014 Bangladesh StartUp Cup 2014.  Five seasoned mentors, five hard-nut judges and five guest investors from the US are all geared...

Published Date: June 20, 2014
Dhaka startups Not all hype

Dhaka startups Not all hype

There has been substantial media coverage of late to do with the emerging technology startup scene and digital media in Dhaka. Members of this community have shown a great deal of enthusiasm for activities ranging from networking events, training sessions, and pitch contests all the way to the production of a full-length documentary...

EVENT REVIEW

Published Date: June 20, 2014
GBG Sonargaon presents “Building a successful online presence”

GBG Sonargaon presents “Building a successful online presence”

GBG Sonargaon along with partners Artis and British Council hosted a workshop on the use of digital and social media to build a business and help foster growth for young entrepreneurs. Held at the campus of United International University (UIU) in Dhanmondi, it consisted of a series of seminars on various issues ranging...

To approach or not to approach

Published Date: June 13, 2014
How to be a social skydiver

How to be a social skydiver

“Life is like a combination lock; your job is to find the right numbers in the right order, so you can have anything you want.” - Brian Tracy In any given time in our lives, it is a truth acknowledged by everyone, either openly or privately, that we have had issues approaching other people. Even...

Published Date: June 13, 2014
The woes of the working introvert

The woes of the working introvert

Fahad, 24 is a marketing executive for a local advertisement firm and his job includes interacting with and talking to people almost around the clock. He admits that he is not thrilled about his career choice because he considers himself an introvert. Please note, introvert does not mean he is shy. In fact,...

Published Date: May 30, 2014
The promising world of startups

The promising world of startups

Startup Dhaka along with U.S State Department and CRDF Global held an intensive 3-day bootcamp and demo day, to give startups get that winning edge they need to grow as an organization and as a team. The GIST initiative builds entrepreneurial ecosystems in countries across the Middle East, Turkey, Asia and Africa by identifying,...

Published Date: May 30, 2014
Relationship advice from Jim Bagnola

Relationship advice from Jim Bagnola

 

Published Date: May 30, 2014
Your roadmap to a brilliant startup

Your roadmap to a brilliant startup

What's a business model? How does it relate to a business plan? Or, better yet, business planning? They live together. They synchronize. Your business planning makes your business model happen. And your business plan is a regular step in your business planning. It isn't business plan vs. business model, the way some people...

Published Date: May 30, 2014
A tech hub for beautiful young minds

A tech hub for beautiful young minds

The winning idea Buckets Engineer is a computer-aided platform that hosts apps designed to develop skills in autistic children. This tool will be used by therapists, parents and teachers, who will be provided a list of apps catering to a child's needs.  All apps will follow a unified scoring system that track the child's...

Published Date: May 30, 2014
Startup tip: on funding

“Money is like gasoline during a road trip. You don't want to run out of gas on your trip, but you're not doing a tour of gas stations.” -Tim O'Reilly, O'Reilly Media founder and CEO