13032019-JC-01.qxd 3/12/2019 5:05 PM Page 1 c m y b CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 13 MARCH 2019 Hitching Humanities to High on job appeal Digital The logistics and transportation sector is expected to drive employment in 2019 The logistics industry is one of the foremost drivers of economic growth and development. Currently, the Indian logistics industry provides employment to more than a million people. Internet penetration, growth in ecommerce segment and technology deployment in the sector will continue to drive employment opportunities in the industry. bandwagon Digital humanities trains and prepares students to gear up for a growing number of job opportunities that demand the processing and handling of digital information GAURI CHHABRA al methods, which is basically the use of computer technology to understand arts and literature. The good thing is that the modern tech-savvy generation with a knack for studying the subjects that come under the discipline of Humanities have welcomed this option with open arms. The extensive digital data that is available nowadays presents exciting opportunities for new research questions with opportunities for real-life applications. In Are you among the students who wish to take up Humanities and also wish to have a digital edge? If yes, then you should go in for Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities is an emerging field that encompasses the practice of humanities research through information technology, and the exploration of how humanities evolve through its engagement with technology, media, and computation- Internet penetration DIGITAL HUMANITIES Where to study In India, the course is being taught in a few graduate institutes. Some of these are: ■ Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology, Bangalore offers both undergrad and postgraduate programs ■ Jadavpur University (JU), Kolkata, offers a PG diploma. ■ Pune University offers a certificate course. ■ K.R. Mangalam University, NCR, is offering BTech in Digital Humanities ■ Kotis Women’s College, Hyderabad. such a scenario, digital humanities trains and prepares students to gear up for a growing number of job opportunities that demand the processing and handling of digital information. Course content Digital humanities explores how the questions posed in humanities scholarship are transformed and extended by the digital — both by means of tools and epistemologies. This course seeks to enrich the scope of both design and Humanities by using critical methodologies and approaches to reciprocally reflect upon the other. By doing so, students are able to adapt the modes of inquiry and methodologies embedded in Humanities thinking to create both more contextually relevant and responsive technological applications and material objects. The road ahead Fast forward 10 years and digital humanities will be present in just about every humanities department. Everyone will be a digital humanist, more or less. If you wish to get on the digital humanists bandwagon, the moment is now. If you’re a digital humanist, you’ve got a horseless carriage to ride, and it might just carry you ahead of the horses around you. But hurry, before everyone else gets one, too. The increasing use of internet for commercial purposes has transformed the way business is done, giving an unprecedented thrust to the e-commerce industry. And with the growth of e-commerce industry, as the need for rapid delivery services is growing, the logistics industry too is growing by leaps and bounds; thus, creating new job opportunities in logistics sector. In the immediate future, growth in e-commerce segment will be driven the rapid internet penetration in tier 2 and tier 3 cities in India. This same prediction holds good for logistics industry too signifying emergence of new markets and new employment opportunities for the sector. Food delivery segment is a sunrise segment within the e-commerce pie. As more and more Indians continue to adopt the practice of ordering-in food, the employment opportunities in logistics will continue to rise. The food delivery segment alone employs 2,00,000 delivery boys. The segment is expected to grow by a whopping 80 per cent leading to employment opportunities for additional 1.6 lakh delivery persons. On the whole, we are looking at a requirement of an additional 2.5 lakh delivery persons in the entire e-commerce segment — a number almost double the current ~3 lakh delivery persons currently gainfully employed in the industry. CAREER PATHWAYS Students pursuing digital humanities are eligible for jobs like digital library developers, copy editors, e-learning module developers, web designers, and information managers. The following are the top five job arenas for the graduates of digital humanities: 1 Digital Curator 2 Cultural Designer 3 Data Scientist 4 Information Architect 5 Metadata Analyst Simply put, it means creating content for digital collections. It is one of the most sought-after career paths after graduating with digital humanities. The key skills needed for digital curator entail the creation of catalogs or tags with metadata, preservation of the integrity of the collection of materials, evaluation of public reaction to the exhibited material, archiving, storing and disposing of materials that are not of use, and so on. A digital curator can join any company that demands the preparation of webpages as a visual exhibit. As a digital curator, you would be a catalyst in the implementation and integration of digital collections and digital tools into curatorial functions and to lead innovative digital projects, working closely with curators in other discipline areas. A good design is immediately understood. But ‘understanding’ varies between cultures. Cultural design differences are often seen as cute anomalies that won’t ever matter for designers. There are plenty of culture-bound designs that affect everything from the shape of everyday objects to public policy. Cultural designers strive to make the designs and technologies more suited to the social context and ensure better use of culture as a resource for innovation. Cultural designing is analogous to environmental designing in the way that it holds huge potential for improving the relationship between the quality of life and technological changes. You will be hired by companies that deal in bringing forth technologies to make the products more suited to the needs of the Not only are data scientists responsible for business analytics they are also involved in building data products and software platforms, along with developing visualisations and machine learning algorithms. You would be responsible for analysing, collecting, and interpreting significant amounts of data for the identification of ways to aid a business in improving operations and gaining a competitive edge over the rivals. The job profile of a data scientist is much like that of a statistician’s role and involves the use of advanced analytical techniques, like machine learning and predictive modeling. Any organisation that deals with huge quantities of data require With Facebook and Google both blocking websites with low-valued content, it’s even more important that we produce content that the users will find valuable. Information architects are professionals who decide the structural makeup of digital environments, like a website, to make it more contextual and understandable. Information architects need a broad skill-set, including familiarity with design software and HTML coding, in addition to expertise in communication planning. Information architects are generally employed for designing the websites that we use, the software and apps that we download, and the printed objects encountered by us. It is the very foundation for superior user experience with designing being involved in varied The metadata analyst provides metadata analysis, ingest, and management services. Metadata analysts support the business needs of the enterprise-owned repository by providing standard data definitions, accurate business calculations, and complete traceability along with the lineage of the governed data. The metadata analysts track questions and comments put forward by the subject matter experts and work towards identifying the gaps in the controlled vocabulary and defined taxonomy. They also remain involved in providing collaboration regarding the prioritisation of digital assets and suggest enhancements to UI for all the automated tools. A career curated in a laboratory ARUNA SINGH HISTOLOGY TECHNICIAN Are you interested in biology, medicine and disease prevention and also want to figure out how diseases affect the human body? Then a career in histology may be the right choice for you. Since laboratory tests have become increasingly important in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many illnesses and diseases. Histology, a field closely related to cellular biology, focuses on the microscopic study of the human body, animal and plant tissues. Histology technicians and histo-technologists are specialisd medical lab workers. They play a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases by turning body tissue samples into microscope slides. When they prepare the slides with a patient's tissue, they work with dyes and chemicals to make abnormalities visible with a microscope. Histologists examine how cells process various nutrients, interact with other cells and get rid of waste. They also look at how abnormal or malig- These technicians frequently work directly with patients, pathologists, insurance providers and other medical staff, which require the ability to communicate in a pleasant, knowledgeable and tactful manner. A histology technologist needs to be extremely patient and careful to assist in the identification of abnormalities in the tissue sample. Individuals interested in histology should be detail oriented and be able to work as a team. Safety precautions must be taken when working with potentially infectious samples. Histology technician should also have excellent organisational and office skills, including those associated with filing, computer data entry and recordkeeping. ISTOCK Work profile SKILL SET nant cells function so that they can prevent or treat diseases. They will also be responsible for cleaning the equipment and general infection control. usually work a 40-hour week and may be required to work nights or weekends depending on a place of employment. Work environment Sometimes, a diploma and certificate course is the minimum education required to become a histology assistant. However, many employers prefer those with an associate's or bachelor's degree. Common majors for this profession include life science Education requirements A majority of histologic technicians work in pathology laboratories in hospitals and clinics. These people are also work in medical or research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, doctor's offices, or government agencies. Individuals and medical laboratory technology. Histo-technician education directly prepares individuals for jobs, and students may be able to increase their future employment opportunities by working parttime in a laboratory while attending school. Institute watch Christian Medical College, Vellore www.cmch-vellore.edu Delhi Paramedical and Management Institute www.dpmiindia.com Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad www.osmaniamedicalcollege.org Gajra Raja Medical College, Gwalior www.grmcgwalior.org Remuneration Like most other professions, the earning potential of a histology technician increases with time and experience. While salaries c m y b vary according to the employer and location of employment, the minimum salary for the histology technician can start from ~15,000 per month. — The writer is Principal, Delhi Paramedical and Management Institute Technology deployment The introduction of technology-based mediations in the logistics sector is also progressively opening up more and more employment opportunities. Technology is bringing transparency, immediacy and instant connectivity to an otherwise cluttered and chaotic industry. For example, internet enables tracking systems for LCVs and other vehicles making it possible to reduce time lags in deliveries and utilize the resources efficiently. Technology also aggregates and connects opportunities with human resources making it a winwin proposition for businesses, customers and delivery and logistics partners. This creates a direct positive impact on the number of employment opportunities created and opportunities availed in the logistics sector. — Inputs by Abhishek Bansal, Co-Founder & CEO, Shadowfax
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