Career Options for Engineering Students in India

career options for engineering students

 Feb 12 2017 @1:30 PM

Article By- Jagriti P.

In our country most kids aspire to be an Engineer or Doctor. However, after completing their engineering graduation degree they are not sure about their career path anymore. In today’s world its cut throat competition out there, thousands of students are getting their engineering degrees. Where to go from there? Very few students have a clear view. To help choose a right career path, and help making decision easy, we are offering some extremely useful career options for such students.


1. Campus Interview /Placement: The 4 year long journey in engineering academic becomes really tiring.  Hence campus interview becomes number 1 choice for most of the students. If you do not have enough motivation to go for further studies, this is the option for you. If you are studying from the well reputed institution, you might be approached by several companies. Campus interviews and preparation could provide confidence and right direction. If you are the eligible candidate then in most likelihood you will end up getting an offer letter. How cool is that, life is all set!!

 2. Master your engineering, Go for M.Tech: If you have really enjoyed your 4 years of engineering subject matter, and still have that zeal left to learn more and excel into engineering world then go for higher education in your respective the specialization. Mastering your specialization will put you in an elite club and add some extra feather on your hat. The new avenues of engineering field would open doors for you such as Ph.D. and research in some world’s reputed universities. To qualify, you need to prepare for GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) and choose some reputed, respected universities. Just like how you chose your college for Engineering graduate degree.

3. Become a Management Guru, Go for MBA: If corporate world entices you and leading a company and/or group of people is your passion, then go for career in business. Statistics indicate that engineering students fare better and score well in CAT (Common Admission Test). A decent CAT score is a direct ticket to top business schools like IIM, XLRI, and FMS etc. The options and potential is remarkable. You can chose streams such as Marketing, Finance, Information business and set you career goal to whole new dimension.

4. Apply for internship: The internship opportunity with reputed companies provides candidate an extra advantage. Once you complete engineering and in market for new job, sometimes looking for a 3-6 months internship or better known as training can be a really good kick start. You will have a real exposure of the corporate world, a good hands-on experience and some extremely useful experience that you can add to your resume. It also provide flexibility for you to decide if you are ready for the real job or want to pursue other options such as higher studies etc. Better yet, if you really perform well, some companies may offer you full time opportunities.

5. Prepare for Civil Services or Government jobs: Civil services is becoming more and more popular choice these days for engineers. Not only you have option to pursue Indian Engineering Services (IES) engineering services specialization, you can also prepare yourself for some well-respected high profile jobs such as, Indian Police Services (IPS), and Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Indian Foreign Services (IFS) etc. You are also eligible for Bank jobs such as Bank Probationary officer or other State level opening. You need to watch local and national newspapers who often publish recruitment process, exams and other requirements.

 6. Short Term specialization Courses: Once engineering is done, you may find yourself interested in specific area but never have gotten a chance to fully master it during your engineering tenure. These specialization areas such as programming languages, Java, C, C++, .NET or Networking courses like CCNA have immense potential in today’s job market.  There are many institutes in market who offer short term courses in above said areas and even provide certificates on successfully completing courses. Not only it helps you in building your resume, it also may help you can crack job interviews.

 7. Become an Entrepreneur: If you like directing people and not being directed, have a vision and off-course a seed capital, you can become your own boss.  Let you entrepreneurial skills be on driving seat and become founder of a  start-up. The potential of start-ups in India is not only are well respected but also often rewarded by Government of India entities. The honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi launched initiatives on Jan-16-2016 and set aside 1.6 Billion rupees fund to support start-ups and a string of tax breaks for both the companies and their investors. What an age to be your own boss, right?

8. Think about joining educational institutions/Academia: Most of the time after engineering the only focus students have is getting some kind of jobs- either government or corporates. They don’t realize that their knowledge can be helpful in other streams of professional career and can benefit many generation to come.  You can join some educational institution as a teacher, mentor and alumni. Not only you will help other students, you can upgrade your knowledge, skills and grow your professional life as forever respected human being.

9. Join Defense services as Technical professional: Were you ever inspired by the idea of serving your country as a defense Army person but somehow got pushed into engineering? Well, it still not is too late. Indian army offers several options to attract the passion that people like you have.  Those who are studying in final year/ have completed BE/B Tech in notified streams can also join IMA through TGC (Technical Graduate Course) .Selected candidates will be granted Short Service Commission on probation in the rank of Lieutenant from the date of commencement of the course at Indian Military Academy (IMA). If you are pre-final year student and wish to apply for Army University Entry Scheme (UES) program is for you. . Look out for the advertisement published in leading newspapers/employment news in May every year.
 

10. Communicate with a Career Counselor: If you still find yourself in dilemma about what is right for you, every college and educational institution has their own professional career counselor who helps their students by counselling. You may unlock a hidden potential you may have and never thought about it. So talk to a professional. There are several counselling services available in market as well who can guide you. You can contact CollegeDataInfo team as well to receive free counselling. How cool is that? We will help you make your decision easy.

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