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just got slated

 
#1 just got slated
21/03/2011 16:25

crap

for not knowing what a slide master was in ppoint....sh1t area to work in...consulting

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#2 RE: just got slated
21/03/2011 17:17

anon to crap (#1)

If you joined as a grad, then it's as bad a reflection on your firm (for not teaching you properly) as on you that you not know the basics of the most important tool in the consulting industry (...probably).

I've thought for a while now that Business degrees should have full-time courses/modules dedicated to becoming a whizz in Excel & Powerpoint. Nobody who can't format a perfectly symmetrical and attractive presentation should be given a business degree. It's just so so important in business (and not only in consulting) nowadays.

I've seen grads who can't even do bullet points properly, but they know all of Belbin's Team Roles by heart... gimme a break!

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#3 RE: just got slated
21/03/2011 17:35

Mars A Day to crap (#1)

Just let it pass.. scold in private, praise in public..sign of a good manager.

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#4 RE: just got slated
23/03/2011 09:11

Mr Cool to anon (#2)

@ anon – it’s a good point you make, and given the wide range of classes available in most business courses, it seem strange that there is not even an elective that focuses on use of standard business software, writing good management reports etc (its somewhat ironic that most academic dissertations are party targeted on the number of words taken to express themselves – the exact opposite of what the business world wants!)

To be fair, it is the same in a number of other professions. Legal degrees normally include NO preparation of the process of bringing a case to court or serving papers on someone, etc. Accountants do a degree and then have to qualify. Even doctors, although they spend time in hospitals before qualifying, then have a very structured supervised progression.

Its easy to laugh at powerpoint, but I use it almost every day and often turn in business cases for millions of pounds which hinge on the three page ppt that summarises all the key points that would otherwise be hidden in a 20 page standard format business case.

The ability to explain a complex set of issues in a single page (and preferably with a picture) is an important skill.

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