I had completed my B.Tech from Banasthali College in Jaipur when Covid restrictions set in and wanted to find a breakthrough for myself.
That’s when I first came across MyCaptain’s Content and Copywriting Pro Course, after a little bit of research and a lot of discussions with the MyCaptain Executive, I decided to put my faith in them and enrolled in the Course.
How was your experience with MyCaptain?
Before the course began, I’d already been in touch with the Program Manager, who helped me understand how the course would work and helped me start my career as a Content and Copywriter.
The mentors gave me insights that I did not think I would require .
What did you feel about the course?
I found the Program Coordinators to be extremely helpful and supportive, both during and after the course had ended.
They also made sure that the groups were interactive and were always bustling with activity, it was a great way to bring out the introverts that usually shy away from group activities and discussions.
That was my favorite part of the course.
How was your overall placement experience?
MyCaptain actually helped me throughout my placement journey, they even helped me build my resume and my portfolio.
Once I completed the course, my resume was forwarded to Adscult and I got shortlisted!
I got through all the interview rounds easily and I even received an offer from Adscult for the role of a Social Media Copywriter!
Last words from Riya.
If you feel like you want to have a breakthrough, a switch in your field might be just the way to get started.
Don’t be scared to take the leap and find your dream career, it will be worth it!
Akshay Nair was studying to become a Physical Education teacher/coach when he decided to switch career paths and took up our Digital Marketing Pro Course.
A little bit about Akshay.
I was a sportsperson throughout school and I always thought that it would be what I’d pursue as a career. I moved from Mumbai and completed my Bachelors of Physical Education from Bharati Vidyapeeth, Pune.
It is a course where you learn about Olympic sports in India, how to train people and become coaches and physical education teachers. I wanted to be a part of the Indian Sports Industry.
What was your journey to finding MyCaptain like?
Once I completed college, I realised the sports field in India was not for me and turned towards the business side of the industry. That’s how I got into doing an MBA from the Symbiosis School of Sports Science.
I thought that getting an MBA would further help me understand the intricacies of businesses, but that’s when Covid hit and everything changed.
During the lockdown, I decided I wanted to pursue a different path.
At the time, a few of my friends had recommended MyCaptain to me and suggested that I take up a course. So after they mentioned it a few times, I checked it out for myself and went straight to the website.
Shortly after that, I took up the course and I have no regrets about it!
How was your experience with MyCaptain?
Once I took up the course, I slowly started realising that marketing could be a career I would love to follow.
My favourite part of the course were the industry insights that we received from the Captains. They gave me a better understanding of what I will be doing and what I need to succeed in the field. I think it’s pretty crazy that we can connect with somebody working the very jobs we want to.
What did you feel about the course?
I loved how the course began. It started off with an amazing introduction into what a Social Media Manager does and even held a little quiz after every class.
I received a plethora of knowledge from the Captains while learning so many different tools and how to target Ads.
The learning modules were curated so well that you would have no doubts by the time you were through, but even when there were doubts, the Captain cleared them all up after the class was done.
Without this course, I would not have been able to build the confidence I needed to become a Social Media Manager.
How was your overall placement experience?
Once I had completed the course, we received placement and interview training- this was completely unexpected as the team at MyCaptain helped me optimise my LinkedIn account and resume as well. I received an interview at a company called Saasguru, a leading ed-tech platform that handles the entire lifecycle of assessing, up-skilling, and certification of talent.
I went through all the rounds easily and I received an offer from Saaasguru for the role of a Social Media Manager!
Last words from Akshay.
Switching fields wasn’t a problem for me and I now feel like I could still pursue my passion for sports as a Marketing Executive instead.
If you feel like you need to switch, then you should go on and take the leap cause it might just lead you to your dreams!
Before we dwell on spoken word poetry, let us get an understanding of what poetry is and the origin of poetry.
Poetry is a form of art that uses human language for its aesthetic qualities. Moreover, it can also choose to use its notional and semantic content.
It mainly consists of oral or literary work used in such a way that the language is felt by the user as well as the audience.
Poetry uses a condensed or compressed form to convey the emotion or ideas to the readers or the listener’s mind or ear. To achieve musical or incantatory effects, poetry can also use devices such as assonance and repetition.
More often than not, poems rely on the musical qualities of a language, word association, and the imagery produced by those words.
Due to words being strategically used, poems are extremely difficult to translate into another language.
How often have you heard a poem in Urdu but its literal translation in English, does not make any sense?
These shades and nuances of meaning can be difficult to interpret in addition to causing different readers to “hear” a particular piece of poetry differently. This makes poems have only reasonable interpretations rather than definitive ones.
Now, let’s move on to spoken word poetry.
What is spoken word poetry?
In simple words, the spoken word is what is meant to be read out loud. Some examples of the spoken word you might be familiar with are stories, poems, monologues, slam poetry, rap, and even stand-up comedy.
As a result, the use of words and phrases that project onto the minds of the listeners like vivid images, sounds, actions, and other sensations is a must. With proper use of words, your listeners will see, smell, feel, and even taste what you want them to.
This genre of poetry has its roots in oral traditions and performances. The spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theatre, jazz, rock, blues, and folk music.
Characterized by rhyme, repetition, improvisation, and wordplay.
Spoken word poems frequently refer to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community.
Related to slam poetry, the spoken word may draw on music, sound, dance, or other kinds of performance to connect with audiences.
Usually, there’s a time limit of about five minutes or a one-poem limit, which typically works out to 3–5 minute
If you are planning to perform soon, here are a few tips:
Tips to perform spoken word poetry.
1. Choose a subject and have an attitude.
No attitude, no poem!
The “richness” in poetry comes from the feelings and opinions of the poet. Everyone goes through their own experiences and develops a view of the world, unlike others.
To be able to touch your audience, it is extremely important for the poet to show the necessary courage and express his/her thoughts freely. It doesn’t matter how bizarre your views are, poetry at its roots is for self-expression.
The key here is to build confidence. We must acknowledge ourselves as writers and understand that what we have to say is important.
2. Pick your poetic devices.
Surprisingly enough, poems that incorporate simple yet powerful poetic elements are the ones that get noticed.
Repetition is one such poetic device that can help a writer generate exciting poems by just repeating a key phrase or image.
Rhyming can also enrich your diction and performance.
3. Research different styles ofspoken word poems and poets.
There’s a ton of authors that are spoken-word poets: Watsky, Kevin Coval, Sarah Kay, Phil Kaye, Guante, and so many more.
Watching different artists use different styles might just do the trick and inspire you to write your own masterpiece.
Hop on YouTube and explore the search bar…
4. Develop your style.
First, choose a subject that you are really passionate about. If your heart is into it, then so will your audience be.
Second, decide how you want your poem to be presented.
And lastly, fuse these two…
That’s the way you could solidify your confidence when you perform it if you ever do, spoken word is meant to be performed. This is what we mean by ‘style’.
5.Respond to a troubling question or idea.
Some of the best-spoken words come from a response to a question or idea that makes you think. Pick a question that makes you feel unsettled or curious. Then, write a detailed response to create the spoken word piece.
For example, you may try responding to a question like “What are you afraid of?” “What bothers you about the world?” or “Who is the most valued person in your life?”
6. Come up with a gateway line.
The gateway line is usually the first line of the piece. It may sum up the main topic and/or set the theme for the entire poem.
The line can also introduce the story you are about to tell in a clear, eloquent way. A good way to find a gateway line is to write down the first ideas or thoughts that pop into your head when you focus on a topic, moment, or experience.
For example, you may come up with a gateway line like, “The first time I saw her, I was alone, but I did not feel alone.” This will then let the reader know you are going to be talking about a female person, a “her,” and about how she made you feel less lonely.
7. Use repetition to reinforce an idea or image.
Most spoken words will use repetition to great effect, where you repeat a phrase or word several times in the piece.
You may try repeating the gateway line several times to remind the reader of the theme of your piece. Or you may repeat an image you like in the piece so the listener is reminded of it again and again.
For example, you may repeat the phrase “The first time I saw her” in the piece and then add on different endings or details to the phrase
8. Finalize everything.
Once again, read your piece out loud. Moreover, ensure that everything flows smoothly and that you are indeed happy with what you have created. Perform it for a teacher or a friend.
But remember that you are doing all this for improving. So don’t forget to ask for their honest feedback.
9. Have fun and perform.
After you’ve finalized everything, and you know how you want to perform it, have fun with it.
You’ve finished everything for the piece and you can still edit it here and there if you end up being unhappy with it again.
Spoken-word is really fun and it’s a chance to put your voice out there about something you are passionate about.
Before jumping into the spoken-word form, simply write everything you love, know, agree, and disagree with.
Because more often than not, human thoughts are like a tree. One branch will lead to smaller branches and those to the leaves and so on.
For example, for an ode to autumn, we would write about how we love the colours of leaves, wearing beanies, bonfires, and the best part: no mosquitos.
Plus, you have an excuse to wear hoodies and cuddle up in a blanket!
If the stock market basics confuse you, you are not the only one.
Most people are either scared or don’t know how to start investing in the stock market.
Yes, the risk may be high but the reward can be pretty great.
Individuals with very little experience in investing are scared off by stories of investors losing 50% or more of what they put in.
But with the right tips and skills on your side, you may just reap the reward you sow.
What is the stock market?
A stock market is a place for investors to connect with each other and buy and sell shares of ownership in a company.
It works through a network of exchanges such as the New York Stock Exchange or Bombay Stock Exchange, where companies can list shares of their stock on an exchange through a process called an initial public offering or IPO.
What are shares?
In simple terms, a share indicates a percentage of ownership in a company or a financial asset.
Investors who hold shares are known as shareholders.
They stand to benefit in the event of a company’s profits and also take their share in the company’s losses.
Why companies need shares.
When a company is starting, scaling up or expanding its business, it will require more capital.
During such times, a company can offer a certain number of shares based on its market value that investors can buy.
Since investors will be paying the company money, in return, they will be part owners.
These are just some of the stock market basics for beginners to understand because it is important to know why companies need shares at all.
What is a stock?
A stock is a financial instrument that represents ownership in a company or corporation and a proportionate claim on what it owns and generates.
Stock ownership means that the shareholder that owns 100,000 shares of a company with a million outstanding shares would have a 10% ownership stake in it.
Most companies have outstanding shares in the millions or billions.
Types of stock.
While there are two main types of stock,
the term equities are synonymous with common shares, as their market value and trading volumes are larger than that of preferred shares.
What is the difference between stock and share?
‘Stocks’ and ‘shares’ are terms that every investor must understand before starting their investing journey.
The terms are often interchangeably used, but many people don’t realise that there is a slight difference between stock and share.
It is true that they denote the same thing, that is an individual’s ownership in a public company.
However, while the term ‘stock’ refers to part-ownership in one or more companies, the term ‘share’ has a more specific meaning.
‘Share’ refers to the unit of ownership in a single company.
What is a stock exchange?
Stock exchanges are secondary markets where existing shareholders transact with potential buyers.
It is important to understand that corporations listed on stock markets don’t buy and sell their own shares on a regular basis.
They might engage in stock buybacks or issue new shares but they are not day-to-day operations and often occur outside of the exchange.
So when you buy a share of stock on the stock market, you are not buying it from the company, but from some other existing shareholder.
Likewise, when you sell your shares, you don’t sell them back to the company rather you sell them to some other investor.
Pros and cons of investing in the stock market
Studies have shown that, over long periods of time, stocks can generate investment returns that are higher than those from other asset classes.
Stock returns arise from capital gains and dividends.
Capital gains happen when you sell a stock at a higher price than the price at which you purchased it.
A dividend is the share of profit that a company distributes to its shareholders.
Dividends have contributed to nearly one-third of total equity return since 1956, while capital gains have contributed two-thirds.
What are stock market courses?
Stock market courses will not only give you insight into the stock market but can also help you start exploring investing by mock trading.
There are many institutions offering stock market courses in India. Some even provide a comprehensive learning experience for investors with not much prior knowledge.
Those who want to learn more about stock market trading or wish to upgrade skills should always look out for good share trading classes.
Platforms like MyCaptain provide the people interested with easy to understand and well-taught courses that can help them achieve the goals they want.
The main significance is to choose the best course depending on what you’re expecting.
How to start investing in stocks?
Once you’ve learnt the stock market basics, try online demo or mock trading websites or apps.
You start by opening an account that is linked with a pre-existing bank account to carry out transactions smoothly.
Sign in and pick a stock that you want to invest in.
Purchase the stock at its listed price and specify the number of units.
Once a seller reciprocates, your purchase order will get executed. Post completion of the transaction, your bank account will get debited with the required amount.
Share prices get set by supply and demand when buyers and sellers place orders.
Both individual and institutional investors can come together on stock exchanges to buy and sell shares in public venues.
Listing on exchanges provide companies with liquidity as well as the ability to raise capital.
Even though the English language can sometimes lack rhyme and reason, it is not that difficult to learn or improve your vocabulary.
You can still improve your vocabulary the same way you did when learning your first language. By reading, listening, writing, watching, and speaking.
Read to improve your vocabulary.
Reading is a great way to learn new words, meanings and how you use them.
It is a single person activity.
So you can really take your time going through the new words you have discovered and explore the ways they can be used.
1. Newspaper Articles
Newspapers not only give you information about what is going on in the world, but they can also help teach you new words that you did not know existed.
2. Relevant Blogs
Going through blogs on subjects and hobbies that you enjoy is a great way to familiarize yourself with new words. It is also a great way of keeping yourself interested.
3. Popular Books
While classics help you grow your vocabulary, books that are on the rise are more likely to contain storylines that keep you hooked.
They will also provide you with a well-rounded vocabulary that you can use on a daily basis.
Listento improve your vocabulary.
Listening is how we all learned our first words as a child, hence it profoundly impacts how we learn pronunciations as well as how we use new words.
Music is a good and fun way to learn new words while keeping yourself up to date with pop culture. By using genres of music you like and listen to, you can sing along for words you know.
Virtual events and classes.
You can attend classes and events like plays, sports matches, and exhibitions, to listen and try to improve your vocabulary. With different people around, you will hear a few new words every time.
Podcasts can help you expand your vocabulary as there will be a variety of people from all over. They might be using words that you may not have heard before. You can pause and google the word or keep a dictionary with you.
Write to improve your vocabulary.
In the golden age of the internet, writing has taken a back seat as an essential to learning and using a new language. Because of this, it’s helpful to have a digital writing assistant to keep your spellings checked and make sure your grammar is right too.
Keeping a journal is a good way to incorporate new vocabulary into sentences and check your understanding of those new words that you have learnt that day.
Watch to improve your vocabulary.
By understanding how a new word can be used and watching someone use it in the right context, you can learn about the different contexts that may surround a new word as well as the gestures and mannerisms that can accompany it.
Watching movies is a pretty casual way to learn words or pick up a new language.
Similar to illustrated books, you get the perks of visual cues, while also benefiting from hearing how the word is usually pronounced.
By combing the listening and reading skills by turning on the closed captioning on your Netflix shows, you can visualize the words being spoken aloud.
Watch people talking to each other or people around you. Yes, it might seem creepy but by listening to what they’re saying you can pick up new words for you to use. Pay attention to the things they say, how are they using their words? What can you learn about the words they’re using and their mannerisms?
Speak to improve your vocabulary.
Speaking to other people can also help you expand your vocabulary, but most people that are either just learning a language or are a little unsure of pronunciations will prefer learning by themselves at home with people they feel comfortable with.
The best way to expand, improve or grow your vocabulary at home, would be to find a nice corner with a good wifi signal and sit with your dictionary as well as your phone.