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Updated: March 20, 2013 18:06 IST

Are you sure?

R. Dhivya
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Check your checklist...Photo: V.V. Krishnan
Check your checklist...Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Skills should play an important role while choosing your career.

Engineering is just not a professional degree; it is an ambitious study for our technological development. I asked my Std XII neighbour, “What do you plan to do after your boards?”

“I want to get a seat in any one of the engineering college,” he replied without batting an eyelid. “Why do you aspire to be become an engineer,” was my next question.

He smiled and said that nowadays most students prefer engineering and his parents would be proud to say that their son is an engineer. “There are more than 500 engineering colleges in Tami Nadu, so there are a lot of chances for getting a seat.” After hearing his answer, I was shocked about his career plan. I explained to him how getting an engineering degree was not enough in life. Engineering involves development of science and technology. It also includes many more theories, formulas, laws, programming codes, circuit diagrams, mathematical derivatives, logical solving problems, algorithms and case studies. And that one must understand all these procedures and make use of them.

These are a few things you must consider before choosing engineering as you career option.

• Does the college have good infrastructure, research and development laboratories?

•Does it have well trained and experienced faculty members?

• Do verify if the college you choose has a tie up with MNCs for placements.

Students should also be clearly told that passing semesters alone won’t suffice, They must implement their innovative ideas, technologies in their projects. They should aspire to become a budding scientist and a technological developer.

R. Dhivya, Final Year ECE, T.J.Institute Of Technology

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