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Date: 10 Mar 2016   Posted By: Survi Kumari     Group: Career Guidance    Category: Engineering Jobs   

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I have completed my in EE in 2014 and have started working in a UPS manufacturing company as a Project Incharge. I have completed about 1.5 years here but now I am unable to get any further job in this profile. So I want to switch to IT sector. Please suggest is it possible to switch now , if yes then what course I have to acquire for getting into it?

Thank You


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Author: [Anonymous]    11 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Dear Survi,
Electronic Engineering is a good branch and have many scopes for career. I would suggest you to keep working in the same field as you have done your qualification in the same specialization.
The duration of 1.5 years is not much to judge the scope of any field.

If you still want to switch over from EE to IT, yes you can do but that will need to short term course of IT field. You may select the course as per your interest like Web designing, web development, animation or anything.

Apart from this, you can pursue further studies like M.Tech to have better job prospects.

Author: Karthikeyan    11 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 5  (Rs 5)    Voting Score: 0

It is tough time for anyone to be as a beginner in any field. There are lot of things which will test our patience and make us worry about our career. You should take right decision at this as it is critical decision in your life.
I felt electronic engineering field has tremendous opportunities and lot of scope in future. As you just completed one year in this field, it is tough to take a call whether you are showing progress or not. Many of the students from core branches interested to work in their own field. You are lucky to get a job in your field. I am seeing a lot of people from core engineering courses and working in IT without any satisfaction.

If you still want to switch to IT sector, below are some of the tips which will help you to get a job in IT sector.

1. Register yourself in career website of all the companies. There are few companies still recruiting students from 2014 pass out.
2. Enroll yourself in any course offered by top institutions like NIIT. You will get placement through such training institute.
3. Courses like Java, .net and php has scope for a long period of time.
4. If you are not that strong in programming languages then opt out for software testing training from top institutions.
5. Hadoop is one of the emerging technologies in current situation. There are lot of openings in data analyst field and it is expected that the demand will increase in upcoming years. There are number of institutions offering training programs in hadoop and big data. It will surely help you to get a good job in IT sector.

Author: Mahesh    11 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

There are many IT profiles are open to you because of electrical and electronics background. You can get into telecom sector. You can be a developer in telecom sector. You can be into the technical support in IT for telecom sector. Also there are some random IT jobs that you can do.

But my suggest is if the current job pays well then you should stick with it. And try to avoid the switch. Because IT has started to pay less for some of the jobs and increments are not regular and you are likely to be given pink slip any day.

Attending the campus calls and taking part into the campus opportunities is the right way to go. I have found that such opportunities definitely helps.

Author: Juana    11 Mar 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

The grass is always greener across the fence which is what makes you want to switch to the IT sector. Nothing is impossible, so it won't be impossible for you to make the switch, but it's not going to be a roller coaster ride either.

You are an EEE graduate and have no work experience in the IT field. That will be your biggest stumbling block. You cannot just forward your application to IT companies and expect to land a job.

Please note that main IT companies looking for individuals to work as software developers, system analysts, network engineers and programmers etc only employ graduates proficient in core computing skills such as –
• Development skill
• Programming
• Networking
• Operating system knowledge etc

You can do certificate courses to improve your skill in any of the above mentioned fields and then apply for a suitable job. Alternatively, you can opt for jobs that centre on consultancy or business analytics. A number of big IT firms look for non IT/CS graduates to fill in vacancies for business support purposes for instance finance and marketing.

The first thing you can do is shortlist the types of jobs that you can do based on your qualification and experience. Then send out applications with an impressive CV and covering letter to IT companies. Don't give up your present job until you land another.

Also, learn to market yourself. Post your CV on online job portals – since you have work experience you will most likely be approached by companies who want experienced people like you.

Author: Avi    11 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 6  (Rs 6)    Voting Score: 0

Hi Survi,

My one friend was in same situation where he has done mechanical engineering and wanted to move into IT. Mail reason he wanted move was in core company he was not getting expected salary and Saturday working day. Anyways, this means you can move into IT certainly. But moving IT track is not easy. Take your time after reading following options. Take guidance of your family in decisions.
1. If you have money and time then do any IT technical course. It's like specializing in particular area of IT language. Inquire to institutions like C-DAC, NIIT, SEED etc. about doing courses. Make sure these institutes has good placements or recruitment happening. Remember you have to be in top during course to be eligible and get recommended for recruitment.

2. IT is big sea of computer languages. It is tough to master in all , make sure you choose which suits best for you. If you don't like this way then go for M.Tech. or PG program. Again you will have to get good score in GATE exam to get good college. If you get good college , you will get good opportunity to enter in Tier 1 IT companies.

3. Last option is go for MBA program which offer IT specific courses like system,operations.Again this requires to get good score in CAT,SNAP,XAT,CET,GRE etc MBA exams to get good college. Once you over with 2 full year curriculum , you will get offers and job profile. I am sure you will take wise decision that time.

Remember, ultimately in IT also people face frustration of Job salary, promotions, extra working hours and work pressure. Known engineer person to me left IT company and went to do MBA just because he was frustrated doing same kind of work which just a normal Art and Science graduate can do. So you get money but you don't get choice. Only choice you have is to how clever you are to adapt yourself and gain knowledge from internet resources. Eventually after 10 years of experience in IT also expertise in particular area does not matter and you need to be excellent in management. Considering you situation I would recommend to choose option 3 I stated above. All the best.

Author: Seema Shah    12 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

This is what I can suggest having worked as Delivery and Competency Incharge in an IT organization, handling trainings for freshers:
As of date you have EE background, and some experience in UPS, but no IT background in studies as well as in work. Hence it will be quite difficult for you to land a job in the IT field. There are many engineers in CS and IT still unemployed.
The best solution is to take up a an international / national certification course in Networking/ Java/ Oracle/ DBA/ SAP -ABAP etc.. from a private institute. This is a must to get into the IT sector.
Programming background or knowledge of some Software is essential and will definitely pave your way into the booming IT career.

Author: Sheo Shankar Jha    12 Mar 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Since you are already in a job after acquiring a degree in Electrical Engineering, you should go ahead with the present job and accumulate experience in your area. You can appear for Graduate - trainee Test of different Public - sector companies in Electrical - stream on the appearance of advertisement from their side. Yo may be absorbed in Power - plant, Transformer - station and for other related jobs in the Public - undertakings. The main advantage behind such switch - over would be job - security which you may enjoy as a result of switching - over to jobs. Even promotional - avenues are substantial in Public - undertakings.
If at all you are not satisfied with the current job and want change your field from the Electrical - industry to IT one, you need to acquire certain certification such as Java, Oracle, Soft - ware testing, Net - working, SAP etc so that you may have an edge over any of the tools as indicated over. Apart from it, you must have the impressive presentation - skill to impress the Board of Interview. There is no dearth of jobs for the proficient people in IT sector. However, your experience earned so far would go in vain in the wake of switching - over your field. A serious home - work is needed prior to changing over the profession.

Author: yogesh    14 Mar 2016      Member Level: Silver     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Hi Survi,

Actually if you want to start with IT then you can start with basics of it and after that you can take step ahead with your own interest. there are many options or fields in which you able to go for examples such as in IT if you want to become a developer than first learn programming languages. if you want to become a web designer than first learn scripting languages or CMS. there are also many field of learning like databases, big data, android, ios. you can also start your own business with IT. just choose according to your interest. all the best for your future.

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