EDGE-2014, an exhibition on higher education that got off to a start here on Friday threw light on opportunities in the realms of engineering, medicine, arts and science, and polytechnic education.
The 12th SRET Educational Guidance and Exhibition, a three-day event, organised by the Excel Group Institutions was envisaged to enable students to identify courses that suit their aptitude, and the skills they require to become job-ready.
Jeyaprakash Gandhi, career consultant and analyst, explained the gap between industrial requirements and the curriculum. There was a high requirement for road safety engineers, he said, and advised civil engineering students to take up specialisations for better employability. Women candidates opting for Mechanical engineering can derive the advantage of gender-based recruitment. Electrical and electronics engineering students specialising in nuclear engineering at postgraduate level have high career opportunities, he said, adding that computer science and information technology students need to keep themselves abreast of new areas such as cloud computing.
In the arts and science realm, there were job opportunities after studying English literature, mathematics, geology, visual communication, and mass communication courses. Likewise, the opportunities were ideal for aspiring teachers and entrepreneurs. Chief Educational Officer P. Ayyannan advised students, particularly those from rural parts, to use the opportunities to gain insights into higher education from such exhibitions.