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Richard asks…

What neighborhood should I move to in Austin, TX?

I am a 21 year old male looking for a decent area to live in Austin, TX. I am looking at apartments online and houses on Craigslist at the moment. What neighborhoods should I be looking for?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

South Austin, no doubt about it.

Mandy asks…

How is Austin TX life for a young college student?

I currently reside in North Carolina, my mother just mentioned how she’d like to move to Austin TX in hopes of a better life/college life for me. I have never been to Austin before, I hear so many mixed things about it. My mother is the type to jump into something without thinking about it and I’m trying to be the smart one for once and do some research before even considering it.

First, I am 20 years old. I was raised moving all over the place (reason stated above..) I plan to say put now and go to college to learn the Japanese language in hopes of entering an exchange program in the future.
My mother is single but hard working. Because of this we don’t have that high dollar second income towards housing/college plans.

Can someone provide a little input based on what I wrote? I would appreciate it very much…

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Thanks for age i would try craigslist for info on this however that is a decent location so if i had the chance i would go for it

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David asks…

Any advice for a Veteran leaving active duty?

I’m leaving active duty soon. Plan on going to college. Does anyone have advice on making the transition easier? For ex-military how does it feel to leave active duty? Moving tips, health care tips, money tips, any useful will be great. Thanks!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Money: You’ll have your GI Bill. Live as cheaply as you can. I lived for three years in a trailer while getting my MA and DBA. I think I paid about $100 a month… Electricity, water and sewer thrown in. I had to fill the propane tank about once every other week for $10. Food cost another $100 or so… You’ll learn how to subsist on rice. Occasionally my girl would come down and spend the weekend with me. We’d pick up almonds in the orchard and make fillet of sole almondine… Or I’d go up there. I had my GI Bill, my pension, and I’d saved up about a third of everything I’d made during the 25 years I was in. Don’t buy anything you don’t absolutely need. And NEVER use credit.


First, gather intel.

Sit down and list all the stuff you’ve done well. The fact is that nobody really cares what you want to try. List your strengths and weaknesses. Write down all the stuff you accomplished in the military and before. Note those that gave you the most satisfaction. Figre out why. Based on that, figure out what you want to do. Pick something you do well… Not something that “sounds good.”

Second: Make contacts.

Find out what companies use that kind of talent/expertise. Find out everything you can about those companies… Their culture, what they do, how they do it, how their company is doing in this lousy economy, their opportunities, and who the decision-makers are. If they participate in a Job Fair, or have an “open house,” that’s an excellent to gather information.

Third: “Go in.”

Write resumes for each company. Gear them towards the corporate culture and mission statement. If you don’t show them something in your resume, likely it won’t get a second glance. Don’t send it to “personnel” or “hiring manager.” Send it to Mr. Bill Bigshot, VP for Customer Relations… Or whoever’s in a position to make a decision at the level of the job you’re seeking. Follow it up with a phone call. It would be cool if your cover letter started out something, Dear Mr. Bigshot, I’ve been interested in working for ACME for some time. I was fortunate to be able to visit your Job Fair in April. I met with Rhonda Recruiter who said you were the one I should contact about working for ACME as an Credit Manager.” It would be even cooler had you written to Rhonda thanking her for talking with you… And enclosing a resume explaining that you’re going to college and majoring in [whatever field is applicable to the position]. And a note to Bill asking him if there’s any particular courses of study he’d like to see in a Credit Manager. Then, when you contacted him when you’re ready to go, You wouldn’t be “just another applicant.”

After I got my DBA with a management emphasis, I went to work managing government contracts on the West Coast for a management consulting firm. I hired a lot of Vets. Most of them were officers. But there are some specialties that related directly to some of the work we were doing.

If you were only in for one minimal hitch, about all your military experience is going to do as far as your job search is get you a Veteran’s preference. If I were to have to assign a weight to that, about five points on a 150-point scale. Companies want to hire people who are going to work out. They’re really not too excited about hiring a guy or gal who tried the military and didn’t.

Health care: stay healthy. Brush after eating… Toothpaste and toothbrushes are cheaper than dentist visits. If you have a service-connected problem, go to the VA. If you have insurance, they’ll take it. If not, they’re pretty good about taking care of you anyway… At least they were.

Other: If you’re not doing the family thing… That’ll help keep costs down. If you’re thinking about it… Hold off until you can support a family. Young romance is a dicey thing anyway. Adding financial problems isn’t going to help. If you’re already doing it… Hope she knows how to do pasta and rice. A big night on the town (if you have $20 left over from last month’s budget) might be McDonald’s, a rented movie, and some microwave popcorn. Again… It’s a matter of not spending what you don’t have.

Michael asks…

Would you take on a contract job if you have a full time permanent position?

Hi, I am a “recent” college grad. I graduated in Oct. 2002 with a BS in Computer Information Systems. I have yet to be able to find a position directly in my field of Information Systems. Since graduating from college I have been working for a company and doing something that is not really in the field of IT. I dont make too much money (about $25K including benefits). I have found out that a lot of big companies are outsourcing their IT positions and I have been able to find a lot more Contract work and temp IT positions through IT consulting firms than just being hired directly through the company itself. Is it safe to go for a CONTRACT/TEMP position and give up my current full time and “safe” employment?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

JSL- do it. You have let your degree go dormant. NOT smart. If you still plan to stay in IT, you need to leverage your education ASAP. As a general rule of thumb, tech recruiters and hiring managers will not consider experience that is older than 4-5 years as ‘experience’. Technology just moves too fast. You’re currently making pennies and contracting has never been safer, just be sure that you don’t accept any old contract. Each contract has to leverage the experience that you have gained from the one before it; this is how to quickly boost your marketability. I suggest you try something in the line of project management. It’s just nebulous enough to get into at an entry level and call yourself a Senior PM after only three or so years (and bill accordingly). My criteria for hiring PM’s are relevant skills, organizational skill, attitude and management ability. It’s the same thing that I look for in engineers and IT managers. Good luck.

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Sandra asks…

For Those With an MBA……This question only applies to people who paid for their MBAs?

Considering the time and money invested in getting your MBA and compared to how much your non-MBA colleagues are making, was getting your MBA worth it? What kind of advice would you give to a prospective grad student with no scholarships or wealthy parents?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

IF you do it right, it can be very worthwhile, and a break-even analysis is not the only measure of success. You need to go to the best school possibly, and after several years of work experience (in any field really). The alumni network should be active in your school, as this is a major source of information, internships, referrals and job offers. YOU need to commit to get the most out of the program. If you want a lot of money, you need to do what it takes (well, not finance this year but it will come back). Top finance and consulting firms require absolute top grades and a good background–don’t think you will be the exception.

If you don’t do what interests you, no amount of education will be enough. I was a nom-traditional student in many senses, but I loved my MBA program for itself, and for the contacts and experiences (met amazing people, went on two international study trips and exchanged in Europe for six months). I remember that when I pay my student loan each month–still worth it!

I went to Columbia Business School and got a few scholarships but borrowed heavily.

Sandy asks…

hi,iam living iran,how can i find an idea for selecting a good job?how can i know which job is good for me?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

First recommend staying away from anything Nuclear!



1. Software Engineer
Why it’s great Software engineers are needed in virtually every part of the economy, making this one of the fastest-growing job titles in the U.S. Even so, it’s not for everybody.

Designing, developing and testing computer programs requires some pretty advanced math skills and creative problem-solving ability. If you’ve got them, though, you can work and live where you want: Telecommuting is quickly becoming widespread.

The profession skews young — the up-all-night-coding thing gets tired — but consulting and management positions aren’t hard to come by once you’re experienced.

What’s cool Cutting-edge projects, like designing a new video game or tweaking that military laser. Extra cash from freelance gigs. Plus, nothing says cool like great prospects.

What’s not Jobs at the biggest companies tend to be less creative (think Neo, pre-Matrix). Outsourcing is a worry. Eyestrain and back, hand and wrist problems are common.

Top-paying job Release engineers, who are responsible for the final version of any software product, earn six figures.

Education Bachelor’s degree, but moving up the ladder often requires a master’s.

2. College professor
Why it’s great While competition for tenure-track jobs will always be stiff, enrollment is rising in professional programs, community colleges and technical schools — which means higher demand for faculty.

It’s easier to break in at this level, and often you can teach with a master’s and professional experience. Demand is especially strong in fields that compete with the private sector (health science and business, for example).

The category includes moonlighting adjuncts, graduate TAs and college administrators.

What’s cool Professors have near-total flexibility in their schedules. Creative thinking is the coin of the realm. No dress code!

What’s not The tick-tick-tick of the tenure clock; grading papers; salaries at the low end are indeed low.

Top-paying job University presidents’ pay can hit $550,000 or more, but most make about half that.

Education Master’s or professional degree; Ph.D. For most tenured jobs.

3. Financial adviser
Why it’s great Twenty years ago, no one ever said, “I want to be a financial adviser when I grow up.” Now there are nearly 300 college programs for financial planning, and M.B.A.s, lawyers and accountants are jumping to this lucrative but more people-friendly profession.

As company pensions die out and Americans increasingly have to manage their own retirement savings, financial planning is no longer just for the rich. And with Gen X-ers entering their peak earning years and boomers nearing retirement, business will get better still.

What’s cool If you have a knack for numbers and a way with people, you can use Wall Street skills without selling your soul. You can work for yourself, for a small shop or for a giant financial services firm.

What’s not Compliance rules mean lots of paperwork. Stress? You have to build a practice from the ground up.

Top-paying job Advisers who manage client portfolios earn $200,000-plus.

Education A college degree, plus certification and continuing education.

4. Human Resources Manager
Why it’s great At more and more companies, HR is no longer about benefits administration and the employee newsletter. Those tasks are increasingly outsourced, and directors and v.p.s are considered strategic planners.

Even lower-level managers are expected to design employee programs that also benefit the bottom line. International HR and compliance are especially hot. There’s a wide variety of work, from self-employed benefits specialists to corporate recruiters and HR generalists.

What’s cool The mission: to make work more rewarding for workers. You help shape corporate culture and strategy.

What’s not Fighting the “fluffy HR” stereotype; firing people.

Top-paying job Senior HR directors make around $285,000; at the C-suite level, it’s more like $1 million-plus.

Education Bachelor’s degree, often followed by master’s level work or professional certification.

5. Physician assistant
Why it’s great For most doctors, the worst part of their job is filling out paperwork and battling insurers. Physician’s assistants get to skip all that. Under a doctor’s supervision, they provide routine health care — conducting physical exams, ordering lab tests, prescribing medications, treating illnesses.

PAs can specialize, from the E.R. To pediatrics to orthopedics, and they can switch fields. Thanks to an aging population and demand for more cost-effective care, this job offers a level of security other professions can’t match.

What’s cool Doctors’ work, bankers’ hours. PAs average 35 to 40 hours a week, and they can work part time and in a variety of settings.

What’s not You’re not the ultimate decision maker on patient treatment; there’s little room for advancement.

Top-paying job Specialists in cardiothoracic surgery earn over $100,000.

Education Four years of college, two to three years of training in an accredited program, plus national exam for certification.

6. Market research analyst
Why it’s great If you want to know what the next big thing is, this is your field. Before launching a product or service, companies turn to market research analysts who collect and evaluate data about consumer wants, needs and buying habits.

You get to work on a huge variety of projects: In a single day you might run a taste test on a new vodka flavor, evaluate a re-branding campaign for a hot dog and analyze political polling data.

What’s cool Testing products before they hit the market. You talk to lots of people and get to ask them personal questions you wouldn’t dare pose at a party.

What’s not Being mistaken for a telemarketer; deadlines; number crunching.

Top-paying job A senior exec or partner in a consulting firm can earn more than $200,000.

Education B.A.; M.A. In statistics helps.

7. Computer IT analyst
Why it’s great Seems like the entire world is at the mercy of information technology folks, thanks to the rapid spread of computers and swell of the Internet. And all of these jobs pay well, from desktop support technician to Webmaster to database wonk.
Entry-level analysts make $60,000 and above. Senior database specialists and IT managers command six-figure salaries and decent bonuses. A bachelor’s degree is enough to get started.
What’s cool Telecommuting and freelance gigs abound. Plus: e-mail snooping!
What’s not Carpal tunnel syndrome; outsourcing will mean fewer entry-level and non-specialized jobs.
Top-paying job Network operations directors, who are responsible for a company’s intranet, earn $250,000-plus.
Education From a B.S. To a Ph.D.

8. Real Estate Appraiser
Why it’s great The housing boom has meant beaucoup bucks for appraisers in recent years, but the field hasn’t gotten as crowded as real estate brokerage.
And because valuations are needed whenever any property is sold, mortgaged, insured, taxed or developed, there’s going to be work even when the market slows. A quarter of appraisers have steady nine-to-five government gigs assessing property for tax purposes.
What’s cool Abundant self-employment opportunities. Research isn’t the pain that it used to be, thanks to the Internet.
What’s not There’s still a lot of legwork; advancement is limited.
Top-paying job Collateral appraisers, who work with lenders, earn $130,000-plus.
Education Bachelor’s degree; licensing and certification requirements vary by state.

9. Pharmacist
Why it’s great Demand for pharmacists is exploding as the population ages and new medications are developed. By 2010 the number of prescriptions filled is expected to rise 27% to 4.1 billion.
Pharmacists also give advice on over-the-counter meds and help patients manage chronic conditions like diabetes. About 60% work in retail settings, the rest in hospitals and nursing homes and in research or sales for drug companies.
What’s cool Pharmacists are in such demand that graduates today can expect multiple job offers, signing bonuses and $90K-plus salaries.
What’s not Dealing with insurers and angry patients; limited advancement.
Top-paying job Pharmacists at major retail chains can earn six figures.
Education A doctor of pharmacy degree program is six years long.

10. Psychologist
Why it’s great Feel stressed or anxious? So do a lot of people. That and the decreasing stigma attached to seeking help have fueled demand for psychological services.

The pay is good, the hours are flexible, and it’s pretty hard to top the psychological benefit that comes with bringing relief to a troubled mind. Greater awareness of how mental health and behavior issues affect learning makes school psychology a particularly fast-growing specialty.

What’s cool Shrinks are four times as likely to be self-employed as other professionals.

What’s not Years of training; stiff competition for slots in graduate programs; insurers.

Top-paying job Clinical and counseling psychologists can earn $95,000-plus.

Education Ph.D. And one-year internship; to be a school psychologist, three years of graduate study and a one-year internship.


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Nancy asks…

Graduating with Journalist degree but want to make more money..?

Suggestions for alternative jobs I’d be able to do?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Hey! Are you talking of alternative jobs in the same field or something entirely different?

If its in the same field, you could find a local magazine for small businesses and write inspiring stories about the businesses to drive more traffic for them. I live in Austin, TX and there is an amazing magazine, Austin Woman Magazine. It was our first month to be in it and someone interviewed us and wrote a 4 page article and BOY did we get busy!

As far as an alternative job outside of journalism, I really don’t know what to say because I don’t know how old you are, what you are into or what you are willing to do as far as your schedule goes. I’m assuming you are young, so if you need an outside job, work for a restaurant, be a cocktail waitress at an upscale restaurant, or anything! has a ton of job listings that you can browse through to get ideas, even if it is not in your location. There, you can see jobs that are in high demand that you can work into your schedule.

Daniel asks…

Career Advice Help from Seasoned Professional?

I am a mid-twenties single male living in Western P.A. I have graduated college and am employed as an RN and have worked in my field for about two years. The problem is, I hate my life. I attempt to wake up and be thankful every morning that I have a job, a loving family, and friends. But, I am stuck in a depressed economy with no girls. I would really like to have a girlfriend and meet new people, but all I encounter are racist stuck up miserable people in this region. I want to be happy and appreciate my life. I also hate floor nursing, it makes me want to drive my car off a cliff and die on impact. If I have to do it for even five more years, I may commit suicide. I really like my patients, but hate everything else about it. Part of me wants to become a nurse practitioner, and part of me wants to travel. Should I travel, start graduate school, or get out of nursing all together and accumulate large amounts of debt pursuing a career I might actually like? I am active in my hobbies, go out with friends, and attempt to try new things, like dancing. However, I constantly meet people in relationships everywhere I go, and I’m not exaggerating. Can you please help me? What advice do you have for me. Please keep rude commits to yourself-constructive criticism only

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

My advice is to find a GOOD psychiatrist immediately. It sounds like you are in a very very precarious place right now mentally and you NEED an outlet. I’m not saying you are crazy or that you need drugs to feel better – I *am* saying that if you are contemplating suicide and having problems socially, you need someone to help you through this.

Mid-20s can be a rough time as a single person because it seems like everyone is taken. But, a relationship doesn’t define you. If you long to share your time and life with someone, just keep looking. Friends of friends, random strangers,, you never know where an interesting person will show up.

Maybe it is time to take some time and travel to some other cities in the US that are a bit more vibrant and not as, well, Western PA. Think of some interesting places and search job listings, then plan a few trips around them. I’m not saying you should pull up and move to LA or Miami, but who knows, maybe Seattle or Atlanta or Tucson or Portland would be interesting for you. Heck, maybe even Austin, TX or Madison, WI.

This is something you can discuss with a therapist. Maybe a big change is literally what the doctor orders.

Good Luck!

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Paul asks…

Does anyone know how to open up McDonalds in Mongolia?

There is no McDonalds in Mongolia, but i am sure the business would be very good there.Market is growing extremely. What should i do to open up McDonalds here?. Who should i contact? Does anyone wanna cooperate with me or know who might be interested? What requirements are there?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Total Investment: $506,000-$1,600,000
Initial Franchise Fee: $45,000
Royalty Fee: 12.5%+

You have to buy a McDonald’s franchise. In order to qualify for a conventional franchise you have to have $175,000 (not borrowed). Your total costs to open the restaurant, however, will be anywhere from $430,000 to $750,000 which goes to paying for the building, equipment, etc. Forty percent of this cost has to be from your own (non-borrowed) funds. You’ll pay an initial franchise fee of $45,000 directly to McDonald’s. The other costs go to suppliers, so this is the only upfront fee you pay to McDonald’s. Then, you’ll go through a rigorous nine-month training period where you’ll learn about the McDonald’s way of doing things — things like their standards for quality, service, value, formulas and specifications for menu items, their method of operation, and inventory control techniques. You’ll have to agree to operate the restaurant from a single location, usually for 20 years, following their guidelines for decor, signage, layout and everything else that makes McDonald’s McDonald’s.

Once you’ve completed training and are ready to go, McDonalds will offer you a location they’ve already developed. The exterior of the building will be complete, but you will have to take care of interior additions such as kitchen equipment, seating and landscaping. You’ll get constant support from a McDonald’s Field Consultant, who can advise you on details and will visit regularly. You’ll pay McDonald’s a monthly fee of 4 percent of your sales, and either a flat base rent or a percentage rent of at least 8.5 percent of your sales. How much money you make depends on many things, including the location and its popularity, the efficiency of your operating costs, and your ability to manage and control the business.

Richard asks…

How does one become a consultant to businesses and organizations – to help them improve efficiency etc?

What kinds of career oppourtunties exsist for this type of work? How does one follow this career path? How can I learn more about it?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Hopefully you’ll succeed in business before consulting others on how to. Reminds me of the business teachers in school who never ran a business. Perplexing.

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Ken asks…

I would like to export products and services to Brazil, know any expert advice in Brazil?

I am a businessman and I have two companies, one in the production of other products and services in the area, would like to export products and services to Brazil, I learned that Brazil will become one of the largest economies in the coming years, you know some advice specializing in Brazil that can help my company gain market Brazilian and Mercosur.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:


The Nbrax Consulting is a Brazilian company specialized in developing consultancy work for foreign companies export products
and services to Brazil.

Selected sales representatives (agents of Foreign Trade) for your company to sell to customers in Brazil.

Perform commercial representation for the growth of our client in Brazil and develop the work of
consulting for the process of internationalization of the company in the country, creating a planning
proper marketing, identifying all costs and expenses of the project, presented in a
efficient and complete all logistics options in the area of ??foreign trade.
Being a reference for foreign companies in the process of business internationalization and
commercial representation in Brazil, identify and resolve specific issues that hinder the process of
marketing of products and services in international trade.

- Initial process for evaluation of the company in Brazil.
- Plan the company’s internationalization.
-Analysis of cultural differences.
-Analysis and development of the brand in Brazil.
Top-dissemination tools of products and services company.

-Identification of the major shows in Brazil’s sector of activity of the contracting company.
-Analysis and market selection.
-Forms of access to the Brazilian market.
-Analysis and selection of strategic partnerships for the company.
Study-price contracts and

-Consultancy for Mercosur countries – Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Mark asks…

Is there any reputed companies offering final year projects for ECE?

if any 1 can help me with the list of companies..tht wld b usefull to me……….

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Basic listings
Aar em Electronics
Aar-em Electronics Pvt. Ltd. (India) is a leading manufacturer and exporter of Uninterruptible Power Supplies. Aar-em’s endeavor in the years to come is to maintain the excellent standards already set and create global solutions to make the customers businesses even more productive. One of the fastest growing power electronics company in India.
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Andhra Electronics
Andhra Electronics Limited manufactures and markets high precision quartz crystals and a variety of crystal oscillators for telecom, space and Military applications.
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Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL)
BEL manufactures a wide range of products in areas like Defence Communications, Radars, Telecommunications, SATCOM, Sound and Vision Broadcasting, Opto & Medical Electronics and Electronic Components. Services offered by BEL include contract manufacturing, telecom consultancy and semiconductor device packaging.
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Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL)
ECIL is a multi-product and multi-disciplinary organisation providing key technology inputs, system integration and system solutions in the areas of Information Technology, Strategic Electronics, Communications, Control and Automation, Instrumentation and Components.
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Hightension Electrical
Hightension Electrical Industries has made a name for itself in the field of manufacture of High Tension and Low Tension Transmission and Power Distribution Line Materials. Its products are of high standard and are certified by reputed institutes of India. Amongst others, the Company imports and exports products like Earth Rod, HT Stay Set, LT Stay Set, GI Pins, Post Insulator, Pin Insulator, Discharging Rod, Operating Rod, Hardware filling for dish insulator and so on.
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Holoflex Limited
HOLOFLEX LIMITED was incorporated in 1991 and has since then been in the business of holograms and allied holographic products. Today Holoflex ranks as one of the frontrunners in the business of security hologram. We are a member of the International Hologram Manufacturers’ Association and a founder member of the Hologram Manufacturers Association of India.
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O.E.N India
Established in 1968, O.E.N is the market leader for Electromechanical Components. Manufacturing plants are located in the suburbs of Cochin and Bangalore with over 11,000 square meters of factory space. We offer a comprehensive range of products with applications in most segments of Electronic Industry including Communications, Automotive, Strategic Industrial Controls, Instrumentation and Consumer Electronics.
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Semiconductor Complex Limited (SCL)
SCL’s vertically integrated semiconductor operations offer design, wafer fabrication, testing, packaging, Quality Assurance and reliability testing, VLSI based system manufacturing and applications support all under one roof.
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Supertron Electronics
Supertron Electronics Limited is one of the top 25 channel partners in Indian computer industry and largest among them in the eastern India. Broad range of offerings including computer systems, parts, peripherals, consumables and networking products, with effective support services have helped Supertron in emerging as the leader.
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The Videocon Group
Manufacturer of Televisions, VCRs, VCPs, Audio Systems, Home Appliances and Business Electronics. Manufactures Televisions and VCRs in technical tie-up with Toshiba Corporation of Japan. Videocon today, is a multi-faceted group, with 9 state -of-the-art manufacturing facilities all over India.

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Lisa asks…

Does it matter what college you go to?

Will that really affect who hires you?

Calm down before you answer, I don’t mean community colleges! I mean state schools vs. the Ivies, like Texas-Austin vs. Harvard, so on and so on…

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Well, anyone who tells you that it doesn’t matter what school you go to is obviously delusional. How about the fact that some of the best companies, such as Goldman Sachs and Bain & Company, only recruit at the most prestigious colleges. If you don’t go to a really prestigious school, you’ll have a hard time not just landing a job, but even landing an interview at some of the most prestigious finance and consulting companies.

From my experiences, going to a top school will land you an interview, but it won’t land you a job. Basically, the more prestigious the college, the more interviews/opportunities you’ll get. Employers want smart and hard-working employees. Admissions to colleges is basically a screening process, where (theoretically) only the best, brightest and hardest working are accepted. In general, the more prestigious the college–>the stricter the admissions standards–>the better the student quality.

As for your example, a UT degree will hold its own against Harvard in Texas. Heck, it might even be more desirable, depending on the employer and their pro-UT bias. But, outside of Texas, the Harvard degree is more prestigious and will (probably) land more interviews. UT, along with UCLA, UVA, Berkeley, Michigan and a few other schools are very prestigious schools that have comparable prestige to some of the best schools in the nation, such as Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt. If one goes to one of those schools, they’ll have roughly as many opportunities as if they went to a prestigious private school. Most state schools though, such as University of Houston or University of Arkansas, aren’t nearly as prestigious as UT and they won’t see as many opportunities as if they had gone to a prestigious private school.

Sharon asks…

University of Texas-Austin Masters in Acc program vs. 60K sony job?

I got a job offer for 60K/yr as a logistics analyst in Pitman, NJ. I had been terminated 6 mos. back from my last consulting job for a tiny company after barely 2 mos, but after looking for work for a while I kinda gave up and got myself admitted into the Masters in Accounting program at UT Austin, rated #1 in USA. Now after 1 month into my new program one of the companies I had interviewed 40 days back and they finally offerred me 60K for a job. I feel that if I was in a finance/ accounting to begin with I wouldnt have to wait for so long to get another job. SO what do you all think…should I continue in the accounting masters or take up the job? I have substantial scholarships for the MAcc program . On the other hand the salary is 60K. WHich would be better in the long run?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

That’s a tough one. Heather_c raises some very good points. Let me add a few more.

1- What do you WANT to do more right now: more school or take this particular job?

2- What can you expect after you graduate from UTA? Talk to the placement office (or whatever they call it there), some recent grads (easier if you belong to a fraternity with a UTA chapter), and some employers. In the long term, you will probably earn more by having the MBA, but not necessarily.

3- Can you pursue your degree while working for Sony? Maybe they have a tuition program like many large companies do?

Good luck. This is what you call a high quality problem.

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Lisa asks…

What are my career options with a degree in sociology?

And also the salary ranges for the job.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Because of the breadth of study involved in obtaining a sociology degree, career choices are diverse. Graduates holding a degree in sociology often find employment as researchers, consultants, or administrators for federal, state, and local governments. A sociologist may also find employment in the private sector with educational institutions and businesses.
It is common for those with sociology degrees to seek employment in one of the following areas or positions.
•Administration: A professional with a degree in sociology is well prepared for administrative positions, particularly in government and public agencies that administer human services. Sociologists in leadership roles help define policies toward groups of people in need of public assistance. By leading teams of researchers and social work professionals, sociologists can reshape their communities.
•Business: A degree in sociology prepares a student for a career in business. Sociologists research consumer trends and work with market researchers to discover new opportunities to meet the public’s needs. Some corporations employ sociologists to impact the social effects of major projects like plant relocations or store openings. Sociologists also help product designers understand the overall trends shaping consumer culture in order to inspire tomorrow’s hot new products.
•Corrections: As the prison population in our country continues to expand, many local governments hire sociologists to understand the impact of tougher laws on neighborhoods. Sociologists also help corrections officials determine the effects of new programs and regulations on the prison population.
•Counseling: Some counselors and therapists study sociology in order to better understand some of the larger trends they see among patients. By using the kinds of pattern analysis techniques that sociologists are known for, counselors can focus their practices on critical needs in their communities.
•Education: A person with a sociology degree may choose to pursue a career in education. A bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate are adequate for teaching classes such as political science, history, and social science at the high school level. Ph.D. Level graduates may pursue careers at the college and university level.
•Investigations: Sociology professionals play larger roles at major investigative bureaus, especially the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Working with detectives and profilers, sociologists help law enforcement officials anticipate crime by identifying obscure patterns. Targeting areas that are likely to be the focus of criminals allows officials to deploy scarce resources more effectively. Therefore, investigators can close cases more quickly while improving the quality of life in previously dangerous areas.
•Journalism: Sociology majors with a proven ability to communicate well may find a home for their talents in a variety of news gathering organizations. Newspapers and local broadcast news outlets employ sociologists to help understand the kinds of stories that engage readers, viewers, and listeners in a particular region. Sociologists work with editors and market researchers to identify the right balance of news that audience members expect with the stories that need to be reported to uphold civic responsibilities.
•Politics: Sociology degree holders can play numerous roles in the political community. Campaign managers hire sociology professionals who can identify critical neighborhoods that can make or break an election. By understanding the traditional voting patterns of key districts along with the crucial issues that concern voters, campaigners can deploy volunteers and activists to win over voters.

At numerous government organizations, sociologists analyze patterns that can affect the political and economic balance of the county. Examining the trends in housing construction and measuring the number of citizens who move to new cities can provide lawmakers with a clear picture of the challenges facing Americans today. Sociologists can also help lawmakers predict the success or failure of proposed legislation based on voting patterns and current research findings.

Most importantly, sociologists manage the process of counting citizens in our census program every ten years. Instead of merely counting individuals in the country, as mandated by law, sociologists use the opportunity to conduct deeper interviews that reveal larger trends when compared to past results.
•Public Relations: Some sociology majors with an interest in journalism find jobs as public relations officers for major corporations. By reviewing market research data and understanding historic trends, sociologists can anticipate challenges when rolling out new products or building infrastructure. Sociologists who truly understand the motivations of customers, community activists, and journalists can effectively defuse problems in the media by responding to the public’s concerns with carefully composed solutions.
•Research: Some sociology professionals can carve out careers as independent research consultants who examine trends in human behavior for a variety of clients. By carving out a solid reputation for reliable work, these specialists attract interesting problems without having to pursue grants like their colleagues in the academic sector.
•Senior Services: Over the next few decades, the United States will experience an unprecedented explosion in the number of Americans over the age of sixty-five. Numerous outreach organizations and government agencies are hiring sociologists to study the effects of an again population on our culture. In addition, many researchers hope to anticipate the results of the coming contraction of population as baby boomers die off. Sociologists use scenario planning exercises along with a variety of resources to predict the opportunities for future generations to thrive in a country with far fewer residents.
•Youth Services: Our society places more value on the lives of children than at any point in our nation’s history. A variety of government agencies and nonprofit institutions monitor the impact of policies and parental habits on today’s young people. Sociologists examine the challenges that young people face when interacting with people of other generations. They also examine the significant cultural shifts driven by young people’s tastes in popular culture.

Donald asks…

Can someone tell me what a career in advertising would be like?

I always thought a career in advertising would be awesome, but I don’t exactly know what advertisers for big firms do. I was wondering what their jobs included and other information like that. Also, is the salary good? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

I hope this helps

Sales are crucial to a company’s success; without them, no company can survive for long. However, to have good sales results you need to have a good marketing plan. This is where marketing specialists come in.

Marketing specialists are hired to improve the sales of a company’s product or service by increasing consumers’ awareness of it. Sometimes this involves re-marketing an existing product and finding a new way to present it to the public. It can also mean deciding how to position a new product that consumers have been asking for and making sure that they are aware of its availability.

Sometimes, there is no perceived desire for the product at all, possibly because it is a totally new product or service. In this situation, the marketing specialist has to create a market by creating public awareness and convincing consumers that they need what the company is selling.

Marketing specialists do a lot of homework so that they can identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a product and its market. Often, a specialist will try to push what marketers call the “unique selling proposition,” the one characteristic that sets their client’s product apart from all the others.

Once the strengths and the unique selling position of the product have been identified, the product’s price, image, and selling strategy are decided upon. These ideas are then
communicated to an ad agency, or the in-house creative staff. They use the strategy to develop ads and other promotional material, such as pamphlets and promotional events.

Some marketing specialists act as consultants for companies. They undertake marketing audits to monitor a product’s performance, offer an opinion on the success of the product’s current strategy, and propose alternative strategies if necessary. Other marketing specialists manage the distribution of products. This may include organizing the order-taking process, making sure that warehousing and shipping is carried out in an efficient manner, and providing sales support in the form of a 24-hour assistance hotline.

Jobs in marketing are typically divided into a hierarchy of positions with the top of the hierarchy managing a whole campaign and those lower down in the hierarchy overseeing selected parts of a campaign (for example, the placement of billboards).

Approximate Earnings:
Entry Wage

$40.58 Per Hour

$84,410 Annual

Median Wage

$55.59 Per Hour

$115,620 Annual

Experienced Wage

$70.00 + Per Hour

$146,000 + Annual

An example of a day in the life:
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Checking email; responding to a crisis: working on last minute status reports that need to get to the supervisor by the end of the day.

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Checking the status of a project; working on the project plan (web marketing).

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meetings: working with team members to discuss the creative development of brochures and other campaign tactics.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Entering info on computer for company-mandated systems.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Writing a story line for an announcement of new services offered by the client; working on the status reports for various projects.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Returning phone calls; letting supervisors know the status of projects; calling peers regarding research I need for an idea and seeking their advice; finishing the status reports and getting it to the supervisors.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Finishing miscellaneous stuff; organizing; making sure everything is done that needs to be done for the day.

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William asks…

How to promote the website online?

Hi Users,

I have a online greetings website, I do want to know as to what new strategies can be applied to promote the website to multiply it’s traffic.

Please only serious answers.

Thanks in advance.

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Well there are a number of things you can do. First, work on your SEO (search engine optimization). This will get you visitors for free, and can often lead to the highest volume of quality visitors.

Second, you can get traffic to your site almost instantly by using a Pay Per Click marketing campaign either through Google Adwords or Yahoo Overture. This will definitely get visitors to your site, however, it can be expensive.

You also need to work on backlinks to your site. This is a part of SEO, but it is a tedious task that must be done to move your site up in the rankings.

Lastly, if you have the budget for a consulting service, there are many out there that will do all or most of the work for you. The quality ones will range from about $200 per month ( to about $2,000+ per month ( If you can swing it, I definitely recommend letting one of these companies help. They can really make a difference in your business.

Hope this helps.

Betty asks…

Should I buy a domain name fist to have a website?

I am thinking to have a website for my small family run business. Should I buy a domain name first and give it to some web designer to develop my website?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

Let me write the steps
1. Buy/reserve a domain name (domain name should be a good keyword of your business)
2. Buy web hosting account (choose plan as per your requirement)
3. Consult a web designer/developer and start building out website (think of branding your website)
4. Publish your website once it is built out and checked for errors
5. Start search engine optimization (Use free service as much as possible)
Now, you are done! You are on the web.

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Thomas asks…

What should I do about this?

I’ve been studying Buddhism for almost 8 months and am interested in attending a meditation class at a local temple. The only problem is, is that the only places nearby that offer classes in North Texas are an SGI and New Kadampa Center. I’ve been warned that these are cults and best avoided. There are two other temples but I believe that they are only taught in Vietnamese. How can I continue learning when all the places around me either don’t teach in English, or are cults?! Help meh Buddhists, help meh!

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

SGI is not a cult, Look at our web site and make up your own mind. Don’t be decieved.We are about 12 million members world wide who believe in world peace. Judge for your self. Look at our organization Charter and see if there is anything that you disagree with.

Charter of the Soka Gakkai International
Purposes and Principles
1. SGI shall contribute to peace, culture and education for the happiness and welfare of all humanity based on the Buddhist respect for the sanctity of life.

2. SGI, based on the ideal of world citizenship, shall safeguard fundamental human rights and not discriminate against any individual on any grounds.

3. SGI shall respect and protect the freedom of religion and religious expression.

4. SGI shall promote an understanding of Nichiren Daishonin’s Buddhism through grass-roots exchange, thereby contributing to individual happiness.

5. SGI shall, through its constituent organizations, encourage its members to contribute toward the prosperity of their respective societies as good citizens.

6. SGI shall respect the independence and autonomy of its constituent organizations in accordance with the conditions prevailing in each country.

7. SGI shall, based on the Buddhist spirit of tolerance, respect other religions, engage in dialogue and work together with them toward the resolution of fundamental issues concerning humanity.

8. SGI shall respect cultural diversity and promote cultural exchange, thereby creating an international society of mutual understanding and harmony.

9. SGI shall promote, based on the Buddhist ideal of symbiosis, the protection of nature and environment.

10. SGI shall contribute to the promotion of education, in pursuit of truth as well as the development of scholarship, to enable all people to cultivate their individual character and enjoy fulfilling and happy lives.

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Fort Worth, TX. 76109 US

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Houston, TX. 77027 US

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Charles asks…

what is a chmod? in english please. i dont know what a “unix” is?

I’ve been trying to install an application called MooCow Music Drummer on my iPod Touch, but it says in the manual installation i need to “chmod”. What is that and how do you do it?

AustinBusinessConsulting answers:

The chmod command (abbreviated from change mode) is a shell command in Unix and Unix-like environments. When executed, the command can change file system modes of files and directories. The modes include permissions and special modes.

Chmod changes the permissions of each given file according to MODE, which can be either an octal number representing the bit pattern for the new permissions or a symbolic representation of changes to make, (+-= rwxXstugoa)

The first digit = selects attributes for the set user ID (4) and set group ID (2) and save text image (1)S
The second digit = permissions for the user who owns the file: read (4), write (2), and execute (1)
The third digit = permissions for other users in the file’s group: read (4), write (2), and execute (1)
The fourth digit = permissions for other users NOT in the file’s group: read (4), write (2), and execute (1)

The octal (0-7) value is calculated by adding up the values for each digit
User (rwx) = 4+2+1 = 7
Group(rx) = 4+1 = 5
World (rx) = 4+1 = 5
chmode mode = 0755

chmod 444 file – Allow read permission to owner and group and world
chmod 777 file – Allow everyone to read, write, and execute file


The Open Group holds the definition of what a UNIX system is and its associated trademark in trust for the industry.

In 1994 Novell (who had acquired the UNIX systems business of AT&T/USL) decided to get out of that business. Rather than sell the business as a single entity, Novell transferred the rights to the UNIX trademark and the specification (that subsequently became the Single UNIX Specification) to The Open Group (at the time X/Open Company). Subsequently, it sold the source code and the product implementation (UNIXWARE) to SCO. The Open Group also owns the trademark UNIXWARE, transferred to them from SCO more recently.

Today, the definition of UNIX ® takes the form of the worldwide Single UNIX Specification integrating X/Open Company’s XPG4, IEEE’s POSIX Standards and ISO C. Through continual evolution, the Single UNIX Specification is the defacto and dejure standard definition for the UNIX system application programming interfaces. As the owner of the UNIX trademark, The Open Group has separated the UNIX trademark from any actual code stream itself, thus allowing multiple implementations. Since the introduction of the Single UNIX Specification, there has been a single, open, consensus specification that defines the requirements for a conformant UNIX system.

There is also a mark, or brand, that is used to identify those products that have been certified as conforming to the Single UNIX Specification, initially UNIX 93, followed subsequently by UNIX 95, UNIX 98 and now UNIX 03.

The Open Group is committed to working with the community to further the development of standards conformant systems by evolving and maintaining the Single UNIX Specification and participation in other related standards efforts. Recent examples of this are making the standard freely available on the web, permitting reuse of the standard in open source documentation projects , providing test tools ,developing the POSIX and LSB certification programs.

From this page you can read about the history of the UNIX system over the past 30 years or more. You can learn about the Single UNIX Specification, and read or download online versions of the specification. You can also get involved in the ongoing development and maintenance of the Single UNIX Specification, by joining the Austin Group whose approach to specification development is “write once, adopt everywhere”, The Open Group’s Base Working Group or get involved in the UNIX Certification program.

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