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Date: 23 Feb 2016   Posted By: rashi kashyap     Group: Career Guidance    Category: Engineering Jobs   

I am a student pursuing B.Tech in Computer Science branch currently in 2nd year. I am confused about how to prepare to have a successful career ahead.
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Author: Saji Ganesh    23 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 0    Voting Score: 0

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Author: [Anonymous]    25 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Dear Rashi,
As per the information your have provided, you are already running on correct track to have successful career ahead.
At this point, you only need to focus on your studies. Do hard work and learn every thing related to your field.

Always keep in your mind that you are not studying to score high but your are studying to utilize your knowledge in future.

If you are pursuing your course from some reputed institute, they must be having some placement services. So, if you will work hard, you will get a job even before your completion of course.

If your institute is not having placement services, no need to worry. Top software companies hire many freshers every year and if your are a good scorer, there will not be any issue in getting a good job.

If you have plans for further studies after your, go for it. You can select M.Tech in computer Science or M.S. from any university outside India. These universities have a kind of job bond along with the course which will help you to earn there.

Author: Kailash Kumar    25 Feb 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

Perhaps one of the factors which is likely to help much in deciding future career is the performance in the current course. The author may consider to do enough hard work in study to come among at least first five in the college/university. This is the first concrete step toward future career. The target should be to get a job immediately after completing B.Tech. instead of postponing the same for future on the pretext of doing any other degree course after completing B.Tech. After joining a job and while working further studies can be continued through distance earning mode in case so required.

Author: Bhuvaneswara Rao Nalla    25 Feb 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

First decide whether you want to go for higher studies or not. If you want to go for higher studies, you may have to face an entrance test for it. If you want to write GATE, keep the syllabus copy of GATE with you and if the GATE syllabus matches your current semester subjects, concentrate more on those subjects. Order some coaching material for GATE and try to solve the problems related to the subjects. If you want to write GRE and TOEFL exams, bring the corresponding materials and practice those from now onwards whenever you find time. Don't try to postpone anything thinking that you have ample time to prepare.
If you don't want to go for higher studies and want to do a job immediately after completing your B.Tech, then you have to be ready with the technical skills, which industry requires. If you are lacking communication skills, try to improve your communication skills from now onwards. Don't hesitate to initiate anything from your side. Try to participate in group discussions. Concentrate more on improving personality development, which will be useful to create a brand image for you.

Author: Bhakti Savla    25 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Tips to have a successful career in computer science or information technology are as listed under:

  • Do full justice to your current B.Tech course and pass every exam (semester) with great marks. Make sure you do all your assignments yourself and even the small projects. This will ensure you gain sound knowledge of most computer science subjects.

  • From the 3rd year onwards, you may start practising aptitude questions for CAT, XAT, and such MBA entrance exams. You may even start solving R.S.Aggarwal aptitude books to learn tricks and tips for solving questions related to maths, verbal reasoning, logical reasoning, analytical capabilities, etc. in quick time. This will prepare you well for most entrance exams and even for your job interviews.

  • If you are fond of computers, try and learn more about them. Start using your free time to be online and read blogs or start applying for small assignments on freelance websites like elance, freelancer, elasticjobs, etc. This will give you the confidence that to fine-tune your skills and even earn some part-time income.

  • As most things are online today, try and have your own short blog that can serve as your CV. You can list all your academic achievements and hobbies here. Also, you can start discussion forums with like-minded people to know more about the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead.

  • You can stay active on sites like ISC, that keeps you posted about wonderful job opportunities and even career opportunities for different students.

Author: Karthikeyan    25 Feb 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

It is great to see a second year student is so curious about his future. It is good to plan things now to secure a good future. The world become very competitive and it becomes very tough to get job nowadays. Below are some of the tips which will help you to plan your future.

1. Concentrate on your studies - It is important to get good marks in your degree to secure a good future. Planning for future is important but don't spend much time in preparation for interviews now itself. Your studies are very important at present and give your majority of focus to your studies.

2. Choose your destiny - There are lot of options available to choose after your engineering. You can opt for higher studies, government jobs or IT Companies. Choose a field based on your interest. Don't take decision based on other opinion and things may change in next 2 years so plan accordingly.

3. Focus on your destiny - Each and every field need separate kind of preparation. For example, if you want to become a software engineer then focus on things which will help you to become a software engineer and make sure you prepared well.

4. Concentrate more on aptitude skills - Aptitude test are common in all sectors. Spend considerable time in preparation for aptitude skills. Work out on the problems on your own. It help you to solve the problems easily during exam.

5. Try some exams - If possible try to write few exams which don't require a degree. Facing such exams will give you some experience about how to prepare for examinations.

6. Get your hand filled with code - Programming languages are always good to learn for future. As a computer science engineer, it us good for you to learn couple of emerging programming languages. It will help you to get good job and help you to work as a freelancer as well.

7. Stay online - Spend considerable amount of time in online especially in educational, career and technology related sites. You focus on recent changes in the world. It will help you to plan your future.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha    25 Feb 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

The best option for you would be to study the current course in such a way that in the remaining semesters, you must secure impressive marks so that you can impress the Board of Interview. A through revision of the entire course would be needed in order to have a firm grip of the subjects being taught in the stream.
After completion of your B.Tech, there are many options available such as preparation of Civil Service Examination, preparation of Management - course through IIM or preparation of GATE test so that you can take up in your stream.
All the courses enlisted above are time- consuming but you may get rich dividend in future. However, with your brilliant scoring in B.Tech and once you get a job in a soft- ware company the emolument would not be a constraint factor and with the accumulation of experience in Soft - ware field, your emoluments in the coming years would be comparable with other Industries.

Author: Juana    26 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Since you are pursuing a professional degree your career path is already decided, unless of course you want to shift to something else. At this juncture your main aim is to excel in academics – this is what everyone around you will tell you. However, my advice is a little different.

My suggestion to you is that you must be an all rounder. Companies looking to employ freshers look for multi-faceted personalities, since they are best suited to work under pressure, under varying circumstances. Your CV at the end of your academic stint should depict you as someone who has participated in various extracurricular activities while balancing academics. Your grades mustn't fall though. As a prospective candidate you should come across as someone who excels in multitasking and time management. Join various clubs in college – be part of as many activities as you can.

Apart from that, do some internship during your term breaks. Besides providing experience these will also look good on your CV. The goal is to make yourself employable; and this is one way to work yourself around it. Once you land your first job you can start building your career by giving it all you have got, but your aim now must be to land that job first.

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