IntroductionEach year our country produces over 1 million Engineers in a wide array of disciplines viz. Electronics, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science when compared to other fields. This is a fact we all know. But we need to address a few basic questions. Do we need such a huge increment in the number of engineers each year? Whether there are ample job opportunities for those graduating after working hard for 4 years? Are all these engineers equally capable or have a broad skill set?
Why so many Indians choose Engineering as their career?If you have ever heard of the herd mentality or about the flock of sheep in which each sheep follows the one in front of it, you might deduce why this is happening in our country. Unlike the nineties when everyone wanted to become a lawyer, we reached an age where everyone wanted to become either a doctor or an engineer. At present, there is a decent level of awareness and thus students look towards alternate career paths as well but still the majority of the flock still stays inclined towards Engineering.
Apart from this, we have Engineering colleges cropping up in every nook and corner while the standard of education in non-engineering colleges isn't improving like it should. Also, we find Engineers all around us settled in nearly all fields of government jobs that ask for graduates during recruitment. Our friends are Engineers, our relatives have children settled abroad who are Engineers, the neighborhood family's child is in an MNC after completing engineering. This list goes on. So many examples to see and hear about around you and you in turn biased towards Engineering automatically.
But this article isn't about whether you should or shouldn't pursue Engineering in India. This is all about what you need to do if you are an Engineer or if you have chosen the path to become one. The intention is to bring out some ways so that we have better Engineers around who excel in their fields and are not simply stuck in the wrong jobs.
Need for certificate courses after EngineeringWhy do you need to opt in for certifications or training programs after you have become tired of studying hard and toiling these 4 years in college?
The short and exciting answer is to get your dream salary after Engineering in India. With the number of Engineering institutes in this country, the level of knowledge imparted is bound to go down the drain. There are 60-90 students in each class in a typical Engineering college and focusing on individual learning is hard in such conditions. Lab work and hands-on should be the root focus after theoretical classes but we find groups of 5-6 students handling outdated apparatus in cramped laboratories in most colleges. So, majority of the students end their 4 years learning only a portion of what they should have learnt ideally in an Engineering course.
But is that enough in the real world? Students think that they will learn stuff in the companies that they will join but so many students won't even get placed in campus interviews because they'll either have a low CGPA or will take interviews too casually. Rather than focusing on cracking interviews, working on your skill set will be better as it will help you in the long run. You can appear in interviews and face the interviewers with confidence if you know stuff and believe me you'll be offered much better packages than your peers.
Courses and certifications after B.Tech in IndiaToday there are dozens of courses available online as well as offline through reputed institutes that hone your skills and make you a much better candidate among the lot. If you have already joined a company, look for the projects that you are interested in and research about the know-how the company requires for that particular project. There are often internal interviews before a candidate is shifted to work on a new project. Learn new languages, new techniques and software. Stay updated and one step ahead from the rest by working harder than the rest.
There are dozens of online portals that provide specialized courses online via video lectures. You can get lectures on YouTube recorded by professors teaching in reputed national as well as international universities like the IITs, MIT, Stanford University, etc.
There are websites like Coursera, which provide free as well as paid courses with certifications if you successfully complete the courses. Google also organizes summer coding camps and many other events that are treasure troves for those seeking knowledge.
For those students who are without placements, offline courses will prove better as they have more time at their disposal and freedom to attend live classes. For them I'll recommend institutes like C-DAC which provides various diploma courses for Engineers and have a great placement record as well. Apart from it almost all top institutes offer specialized diplomas and certifications which will give you another chance to study in the college that you desired after your school.
ConclusionTo conclude, I'd say that people often get stuck in a dead end project/company but refuse to do anything about it. Acquiring new skills can never hurt you and even if you feel stuck in your job, you can always opt for freelancing through online websites like upwork. This way you don't feel wasted in your present job and are able to utilize your knowledge in something challenging while earning some bucks on the side as well.