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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

How to Choose an Engineering Course

Many students choose to pursue a degree in engineering after intermediate studies. In India, there is a dominant trend for this. There are thousands of engineering colleges across the country producing batches of engineering graduates every year. The number of IITs and NITs are being increased to accommodate students in almost every state. Engineering courses are available in every university. The entrance tests for engineering are both through online exam and on paper test. Although, in most of the institutes and colleges, only the common branches of engineering are available, in top institutes such as IITs and NITs, students has lot of options to choose from.

A common confusion faced by every student after clearing engineering entrance exams is choosing the course. Here are some points to consider while choosing a field:

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•Engineering is considered to be a professional course. It is about specialization in particular field of production, manufacturing, maintenance and so on. You must realize that once you choose engineering, you would have to deal with lifeless machines all your life. That is why, it is important to pursue your interest. Else, in the long run, job satisfaction becomes a big issue.

•To know what exactly your interest is and fit this into your education, you must know what the graduation degree would lead to. You should know the related industries to the course and the type of job the engineering course would offer.

•The best way to be sure about your interest is to find out what you expect your life to be. Your preference in different aspects of life matters a lot. Do you want to be rich? Do you want adventure? Do you want to contribute to some greater good? Do you want people to remember you hundred years after you die? These are some questions you should evaluate yourself before planning a career. Earlier it starts, better your life would be.

•If you want to be rich and earn money, choose the engineering course that have the highest job prospect. Understand that job availability depends on industry and global economy. It is much larger than you think it to be. It depends of critical global factors. Therefore, this is prone to change. However, it is not tough to find out the sector that has good jobs.

•Competition is another important factor. It is very logical, if most of the students go for the common branches, competition for jobs would be much higher in them. Qualified personals would be more and hence, jobs will be less. Rare and unique engineering courses have greater job opportunities. There are some courses such as Aerospace Engineering, Marine Engineering, Leather Technology, Food Technology and so on under exams such as IIT JEE and AIEEE, which has limited seats. Such courses have greater job prospects.

•Selection of course also depends on the institutes. After, you clear exams such as Joint Entrance Exam and test strategy; the counseling process itself defines the branch you should choose. A degree from good institutes could get you better job opportunities. The institute matters while choosing a course in Engineering.

•Students should be careful about some courses that have no prospect for future research and studies. For some engineering degree, there are no provisions for pursuing masters or research. If you want to go for higher studies, better avoid such courses. Therefore, while choosing an engineering course, find out its prospects for higher studies as well.