The two most striking questions disconcerting parents & engineering aspirant children these days are: Which college? and Which branch?
In addition to summers, winter & rains, we in India have to adapt to this additional season. In this climate, one gets to enjoy attracting advertisements from various colleges presenting professional education. Since long, engineering has been the most preferred & “rest assured” choice for a professional career. It has been time and again proved that engineers are highly talented when it comes to identifying employment. We have seen engineers getting into heterogeneous career ventures like creating a milk revolution, telecom revolution, or maybe becoming a politician, an author, a cricketer, or even a magician.
Getting an engineering degree was once like a dream achieved, today it is no more a productive profession to pursue. The story beyond engineering college is not very supportive these days because jobs do not come automatically to the fresh pass out engineers. A very important question to be answered is the reason why are these many unemployable engineers paddled out year on year?
Opportunities definitely follow those students who select the right academic opening. Choices are the joints of destiny, said, Pythagoras. Especially when one is on crossroads of career and the decision was taken today decides the course of future life.
Mechanical, Mechatronics, EEE, Electrical, Computer Science, IT, or something else; there are hundred plus varieties of engineering branches and sub-branches available in the scheme to select from. Deciding upon the right engineering branch is too complex for both students and their parents. “It is just like medicines; every composition has some value and is helpful to cure some of the other illness but this happens only when the doctor reads the symptoms rightly and prescribe the right medicine. Likewise, all engineering branches lead to success – what is required is to have the right match.” The need is to choose the branch as per the interest, aptitude, and ability of the student. Selecting a branch of engineering also depends on the student's career planning. It is a must that students should be able to evaluate their natural personality characteristics and match it against those which may be the necessary determinants for success in any particular branch of engineering.
Here are a few tips to wisely select the right branch of engineering
The big dilemma: Branch or College?
Both are important, branch, as well as the college and you, have to be really lucky to be the one to get both. Nevertheless in a situation where one has to make a choice, I suggest the students first think about the options available with them and research the credentials of the institute thoroughly. Study the college websites and ensure the basics of accreditation etc to be in place. You have all the right to ask for these details. Review the past performance of the institute in terms of placements, teaching faculty, and infrastructure. Even if the institute which comes your way might not be as rated as the top-notch institutions, I would still suggest giving more numbers to the branch of your choice. Faculties keep moving from one college to another and down the list institutes keep moving up in order if the management’s vision is right.
Stick to your interest
Many children get enforced either by parents or by rivals to select some particular branch of engineering. All such students should take into knowledge the fact that future scope would be worthwhile only when you have the desired aptitude to work in a particular field. The fact remains that every branch brings about a decent set of opportunities. However, if you end up selecting a branch only on the basis of assumed job prospects, irrespective of your interest, it might not lead you anywhere.
Look beyond four years
An engineering degree is not the end of the journey for most of the students. A lot many students prepare for post-graduation either in engineering or administration or management. It would be wise to plan for the future and weigh the options of higher education, coaching, etc available in the city where the institute is located. Students should try to understand life after graduation thoroughly. Every branch of engineering ends in a specific job role. Before selecting a branch of engineering students should try and meet as many engineering professionals as possible and understand their lifestyle and career prospects. This will give them better clarity about the profession and enable them to take the right decision.
All branches of engineering have the potential to achieve a great future for the student. More than the selection of the institute it is the selection of the right branch which is critical. Before finalizing any institute a student should necessarily be satisfied with the institution’s accreditation status. Understand & analyze your aptitude, interest & skills and apply these details to select the right branch of engineering. Where ever required, do not hesitate to take professional help to select the right branch and the right institute.
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