5 Things to Think Before Opting Engineering as a Career Choice
Every year, around 2 million students graduate as engineers in India. India is known as the engineering hub of the world. Over the years, there has been an exponential increase in the number of government and private colleges offering a plethora of engineering courses. Engineering has become one of the most preferred courses among Indian students mainly due to the money, pride and respect involved. However, does this hold true even today? Or do children follow the crowd and pick up this career path? There is certainly nothing wrong in choosing engineering as a career, but remember the picture is not completely rosy. Here are 5 important things that you should think before choosing engineering:
1. What is your reason to become an engineer?
Engineering is definitely a lucrative career option with tremendous opportunities for job and business all across the globe but hard work and commitment to the core is very essential in building up a future as an engineering professional. Getting proper counsel and guidance is important in choosing engineering as a career rather than being pushed into it because of peer pressure or influences based on mere whims and fancies.
2. Hard work is not limited to admission in a good college
Getting admission into a good engineering college is just the beginning of your journey as an engineer. You will have to work hard through eight semesters and pay attention to every lecture. If you don’t understand what is taught in class, you have plenty of other resources outside the classroom which you must opt, like refer to books, use the internet and talk to your seniors. You need to find credible material and understand the concepts of each subject taught. This is necessary if you want to be a good, employable engineer and not just acquire a degree. Moreover, most companies prefer students who pass every semester with flying colors and have an in-depth understanding of the engineering concepts.
3. The true scenario about jobs and placements
Not all engineers receive lucrative placements and packages just after they graduate. This is limited only to the top IITians. In fact, even IITs do not record 100% placements. The average salary of an electronics engineer comes to be around 3.3 lakh per annum, all incentives included. Before you apply to various engineering colleges, find out about their placement policies, records and companies which have been visiting their campus regularly.
4. Is Engineering is a stepping stone to a management degree?
Over the last decade, the number of engineering graduates who look at Management as an obvious next step has been increasing rapidly. An MBA right after an engineering degree is not useful, you need to work as an engineer for a few years, and then find out if your field requires you to do an MBA. So, don’t look at engineering as a stepping stone to MBA. If you want to eventually do an MBA, a management course at the bachelor level is more relevant and an intelligent choice.
5. There is a large gap between what is taught and what is required
In India, engineering colleges don’t keep up with rapidly changing technology and fall behind due to various reasons. It is important to study the curriculum to get your basics right, but there is still a gap between what you know and what is required of you, so don’t assume that you will know everything at the end of four years. Be open to rigorous training periods at your first job and remember that you will always have to keep learning all your life.
All these factors are important to give you a realistic view of the course, and not to dissuade you in any form. Don’t expect a path with a bed of roses, during or after you get your degree. But, if you have the passion and skill set to pursue engineering, follow your dream with all your heart.