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I am in the final year of Mechanical Engineering and feel that core mechanical companies select very few through campus recruitment. Hence is it worthwhile to work in an IT company and then proceed to a Mechanical Engineering company?



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Most IT companies consider engineering graduates (and postgraduates) of other disciplines and train them for IT consulting jobs. Being a Mechanical Engineering student, you should join companies that offer you opportunities on the shop floor to start with and then move up the echelons.

In the long run you should ensure add-on qualifications in the domain of design, automation, and information technology which will keep you in good stead. An illustration that we can provide you and other readers would be in the domain of SAP.

The SAP for Automotive: Engineering (iPPE) and Manufacturing is a programme that SAP has created for Mechanical/Automotive Engineers. It focuses on the explanation of the master data required for automobile manufacturing as well as production planning and execution. These programmes and certifications (to be updated as and when required) will help you to proceed further and get to the domain of consulting as well.

I have completed B.Tech and have a few years of experience. I have taken a break. I am writing stories and articles in my mother tongue, and keen to write in English as well. I want to develop content writing skill. Please advise the course to pursue.



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The art of writing and communicating comes with experience. Academic programmes will surely provide for a framework leading to strategies and the nuance of understanding the art of writing and communicating and the methodology of instruction, through your works. Hence, focusing on improving the skills of communication would be right way to move towards developing content writing skills. Since you have not specified the mother tongue, we at EducationPlus will provide the inputs in regards to English.

The continuing professional development programme (in English) conducted by the British Council is interesting. You can contact: British Council Bengaluru, Prestige Takt, 23, Kasturba Road Cross, Bengaluru-560 001. Ph: 1-800-102-4353.

The Regional Institute of English (RIE) (www.riesielt.org) conducts a 30-day CELT programme exclusively for teachers, which will surely attract your attention. However, you will have to connect with the authorities for a place in the programme. RIE, Jnanabharathi Campus, Bengaluru-560056. Ph: 23213243. Email: english@riesielt.org

I have completed 10th in a CBSE school with a good CGPA. I want to pursue PCMB in a CBSE college and then do Biotechnology for graduation. I would also like to evaluate Biochemistry.



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Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics are all part of applied sciences. Biochemistry (also called Biological Chemistry) is concerned with the chemical and physico-chemical processes and substances which occur within living organisms. Biotechnology is concerned with manipulating the chemical substances so as to manufacture medical products viz., drugs and medicines by means of biological techniques.

The American Chemical Society defines biotechnology as the application of biological organisms, systems, or processes by various industries to learn about the science of life and the improvement of the value of materials and organisms such as pharmaceuticals, crops, and livestock.

Opportunities in both the areas of academics are in the domain of research and development, as these sciences have been evolving with every passing day. Hence, you can take a decision to pursue the programme of your choice and ensure success for yourself.

I am set to graduate as a BA student, but I have one paper which I have not cleared. I am not sure what to do. I want to pursue courses further which will help me in the future. Please guide me.



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You should make all efforts and complete the B.A. programme that you are pursuing. This will ensure you will not lose out on further opportunities. If there is any further help that is required you should approach your college and your teachers who will guide you.

Based on the optional papers (you have not specified the optional papers for us to provide inputs) that you are pursuing, you should move forward keeping your interests in mind and build a career.

I graduated in Science with Computers as one of the papers. I am currently helping my family business in the field of leather. I had also done an internship in a leading leather firm. My intention is to join the family business and bring in new technologies and business angles. I have thought of studying further but without leaving my job. What do you think are the options? Pursuing campus classes will be tough for me.



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You can take up short-term courses in leather technology and advance the business initiated by you father. Some of the institutions that you can connect to are:

The Government College of Engineering and Leather Technology (1919) (www.gcelt.gov.in). The centre of excellence conducts short-term programmes and offers Bachelor’/Master’s degree recognised by all statutory bodies of the Federal and State Governments. You should contact GCELT, LB Block, Sector 3, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700098. Ph: 033-23356977.

The Central Footwear Training Institute (CFTI), (1957) (www.cftichennai.in) is an autonomous institution of the Union Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises. It has short-term programmes that will interest you. Address: CFTI, 65/1, GST Road, Guindy, Chennai-600032. Ph: 044-22501529. Email: cfti@vsnl.net

If leather technology interests you then you should pursue programmes that will help you in production, creation and ideation.

If you want to get to the field of marketing and sales and ensuring brand building of the products that you have to offer, then you should pursue MBA from any university/institution in the distance learning mode, with counselling sessions, that will help you to imbibe the nuances of the business and the corporate world.



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