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Do you feel uncertain of a career option? Do you lack the freedom to choose a subject that you really want to pursue? Do you always feel low on self-confidence? Are you constantly doubting yourself? A Q&A column to assuage your doubts.

Published - May 11, 2019 05:00 pm IST

I am a first-year M.Sc physics student from Pondicherry Central University. Is there any physics-related job that includes travelling, as it is something I am interested in? – Muhammad Sajeer P.

Dear Sajeer,

There are many opportunities post M.Sc in physics. A lot of travelling, though, is not something that you would be offered, in the beginning. Teaching across colleges/schools is a great profession for which you need to qualify the SLET/NET exam. Indian Railways offers many opportunities across technical (locomotive shops) and non-technical jobs. You could become a supporting technician to an officer, or a scientist in any R&D organisation such as Baba Atomic Research Centre, Indian Space Research Organisation, and so on. You will need an exceptional aggregate score and be among the top scorers for the same. Many IT companies seek applicants with a pure physics background for programming and various other software openings; UPSC exams for IAS/IPS or banking exams are also a possibility. The automobile and electronic industry too have many job openings for plant technicians and so on. Speak to people in jobs that you are passionate about and find out more about their roles.

I am 20 years old and am pursuing B.Com. I want to clear the IELTS so that I can work abroad as an IT engineer. What should my next step be? – Deepak Kumar

Hi Deepak,

I don’t understand your query. You are pursuing your B.Com and want to work abroad as an IT engineer. How do you do that? Most employers require that students hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer programming, computer engineering, computer information systems, electrical engineering, or similar fields.

An IT engineer is hired to create computer system specific to the employer’s needs. This entails some programming and scripting knowledge, as well as planning, configuring, testing and monitoring new systems. I don’t see a fit with you doing B.Com.

Please meet a career counsellor who can help you identify your skill sets first, and then draw a map with you to help you get there.

I am a B.E computer science graduate. I worked for six months in a software company, but later quit my job, finding no passion in IT. I started preparing for the UPSC, but couldn’t clear it. Now, I am attempting bank exams. I don’t know where I want to work or which field suits me. Can you guide me? – Chitra Priya

Dear Chitra,

Sad to know that you are finding no respite and are unable to identify your passion. Meet a competent career counsellor in your city and identify your aptitude, skill sets, interests, likes, dislikes, values, and traits, at the earliest. Also, introspect and find out what would you enjoy doing. Is it the routine that gets to you? What do you see yourself doing effortlessly three years from now? Please don’t end up doing something merely because you fit the eligibility criteria and have no interest, as you will find yourself out of it rather quickly.

I am 23 years old. I completed my engineering last year, and am now preparing for SSC exams. I am passionate about movies and I want to know about the procedure for becoming a Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) officer. Are there any exams for getting through it? – Vetri.M

Dear Vetri,

The CBFC falls under the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The way to get recruited into the 25-member panel that includes a chairperson, is not up to the individual. It is up to the ministry or central government to directly nominate the individuals including the chairperson. The Central government chooses various people from different fraternity and aspect of life, based on specific achievements of that individual.

In terms of selecting the chairperson, the preferences are given to the individual with achievements in film and television industry. However, this is not a hard and fast rule.

So, unfortunately, there is no way you can apply for this, as all of them are appointed directly by the central government. For further details, visit CBFC website: www.cbfcindia.gov.in/main/

Disclaimer: This column is not a substitute for long-term therapy. It is merely a guiding voice. Some issues may need medical intervention.

The author is a practising counsellor and a trainer. She will answer questions sent to eduplus.thehindu@gmail.com. The subject line should be: ‘Off the edge’

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