The expert panel at the workshop did some plain-speaking on what it really took to land good jobs later
With uncertainty hitting the students hard in the face, The Hindu EAMCET Career Guidance Workshop held in Vizag provided a great platform for the students to dispel their ignorance and gain an insight into the plethora of courses, the right combinations and career prospects in different fields. Braving the hot sun and what appeared to be unending queues, large groups of eager and enthusiastic students thronged the venue. For those who were under the impression that mere joining of engineering colleges through the EAMCET ensured bright careers, the expert panel, at the workshop did some plain-speaking on what it really took to land good jobs later. "Students should observe the trends and career prospects of various courses before taking up a career," said Vice Chancellor of Andhra University L.Venugopal Reddy after inaugurating the workshop held in Vizag at the Kalabharati Auditorium. He felt that the workshop conducted by The Hindu would help them in making an informed choice and chart their career graph in a better way.Around 430 students registered for the engineering stream while around 210 registrations were received for the medical stream. As the session started, the brilliance of the informative speeches made by the experts managed to clear the cloud of doubts teasing the young minds. The battery of experts fielded the volley of questions, clearing zillion doubts. Holding the common view that no engineering stream of study outscored the other in terms of job prospects, the experts told the would-be engineers that it was their mastery of the subject that ultimately helped them realise their career goals.With a view of forearming them to handle the real world once they enter the industry, the panelists advised the EAMCET rank-holders to shed any tunnel vision of only picking up a good marks-laden degree. For, the experts pointed out that a seamless balance between soft skills and technical skills is what the employers looked for. Their grasp of the chosen subject, aptitude and qualities of analytical skills and communication abilities added up to enhancing their utility value to the industry.This was more so on in the case of the information technology sector, where, according to them, what mattered most was not the acquired skills, but the ability of the candidates to 'reinvent themselves' deftly as per the changing needs and technology of the software industry. Head of the Department of Computer Science Engineering in Andhra University College of Engineering, Prof.P.S. Avadhani said: "Based on the current market trends, computer science and IT Enabled Services are going to rule the globe for the next five years. The computer and ITES sector requires five million people by 2009 and the current rate of growth is insufficient to meet the demand."The Chairman of Raghu Engineering College K. Raghu advised students to enjoy the learning process as that helps in improving concentration. He also asked them to develop the attitude of self-learning by reading their textbooks and try to understand the concepts. Architect G. Sreenivasa Murthy said, "Architecture is one of the branch of engineering that encompasses all aspects of engineering." A student should look for the reputation of the college, its faculty, alumni and accreditation status before joining any college said Dr. Babu Rao of Navayuga Infotech (Hyderabad).The biotechnology boom had started in the late 1980s. The market share of biotech industry in India which is presently US $ 1 billion, is expected to go up to US $ 5 billion by 2010. There are over 5,000 companies working in core biotechnology areas all over the world earning US $ 80 billion, said the Head of the Biotechnology Department of Anil Neerukonda Institute of Technology and Science, Dr. K. Balakrishnan.Assistant General Manager of Indian Bank, Srinivasan, detailed the educational loan facility the bank offered to students to puruse their studies without anxiety.The main sponsors of the workshop were Nalanda Educational Institutions and the regional sponsor was the Indian Bank.The pre-counselling session helped the confused young minds to get their doubts clarified. A relieved Saranya said, "Most of the doubts plaguing me have been clarified at this session. I feel much more confident now about which branch to select."