TIRUCHI: With technology moving at a tremendous pace, specialising in a specific area in a chosen branch of study holds the key for employability, according to Jayaprakash Gandhi, career consultant and analyst.
Prepare well for success in the competitive job market by making use of opportunities to attend seminars and present papers, and take up projects in the area of specialisation, Mr. Gandhi said, addressing a gathering of parents and students at the The Hindu Education Plus Pre-counselling session here on Saturday.
Employment scope was the highest in the IT field when compared to core engineering sector, he said, citing the placement statistics of colleges. The difference between the course contents of IT and Computer Science and Engineering being marginal, it was sensible for students to choose IT as the first option. Students choosing CSE or IT need to specialise in areas such as data storage, data compression, cyber security, network security and artificial intelligence. For Electrical and Electronics Engineering, specialisation in high voltage engineering, energy engineering, renewable energy, or nuclear energy would offer good scope. Likewise, students opting for civil engineering can tap bright prospects by specialising in ocean engineering, earthquake engineering, and geothermal engineering.
The emerging areas were agricultural engineering, materials science, petroleum refining, pharmaceutical engineering, geoinformatics, and electro-chemical engineering. Opportunities were huge in the six-year Pharmacy Doctor programme offered by six colleges in Tamil Nadu. Mr. Jayaprakash cautioned students against choosing Aeronautical Engineering or Biotechnology. Study of Aeronautical engineering had nothing to do with the aviation boom. As for Biotechnology, the funding for research was not heavy.
Mr. Jayaprakash wanted parents and students to determine the performance of an institution on the basis of its placement records, and the feedback from the students in the institution. There were 51,462 vacant seats accounting for 31 per cent after the Single Window admissions last year. This time, the number of unfilled seats was bound to rise above 60,000.
Four of the 52 medical colleges for which the MCI has stopped admissions in 2010-11 are in Tamil Nadu. The competition for MBBS will be quite tough, he said.