Seventeen. This number, if you look at it, is not significant in any way except maybe it’s a prime number. But for a student of the Indian education system, it is significant. This is the age most students give their 12th board examinations. This is the age where they have to decide the careers that will be with them throughout their life. At an age when they can’t even participate in the decision-making for the next five years of the country, they are supposed to make a decision about something so personal that will take them through the next 40-50 years of their life. It might seem daunting, but with a little research and planning, you can be more confident about your career choices. In this article, we will be looking at engineering as a career choice.
Engineering is one of the most sought-after graduation courses in India. Even though in the last few years, the number of students applying for engineering colleges all over the country has decreased, it is still one of the best career choices if you do it well. The reason we study is not only to learn and grow academically but financially as well. Even if you don’t get a good package straight out of college, engineering still provides one of the highest growth opportunities as long as you have a constant vigor to grow. Engineering also provides you varied courses according to your interests. It can be Computer, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanics, Civil engineering, etc. These are just the mainstream ones. If you research, you can find more courses to your liking. One other thing, an engineering degree provides is an option to change careers after, if your interest develops somewhere else. You can join our Indian Defence Forces, Indian Civil Services or you can go on and do a Master of Business Administration(MBA). As long as you are willing to work hard, engineering will keep open other career choices as well.
Then the question is, how should you decide to pursue engineering. The first thing is, you have to choose science after your 10th board and have maths as your subject. Even if you are not brilliant at maths, you will have to have your basics clear. Even in a stream like computer engineering, new and burgeoning career options like data analysts and data scientists use part of maths like statistics or matrices. You can also decide which engineering stream to choose on the basis of which part of the science syllabus you understood and enjoyed. If you enjoyed semiconductor physics part of the syllabus, you could do Electronics and Communication engineering. If chemistry fascinates you, there is Chemical Engineering. You like mechanics part of physics Thermodynamics, etc., you might enjoy Mechanical Engineering. The most important thing is to understand yourself. But even if you choose a stream without putting much thought into it, as long as your basics are good, you can go through the degree.
After you decide to do engineering, you will have to decide on the college. The best engineering colleges in India are government institutions like the India Institute of Technology(IIT), the National Institute of Technology(NIT), etc. National Testing Agency conducts exams for these colleges. These are not the only options you have, there are other good colleges like Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Delhi Technological University, Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs), etc. We live in a world that is at our fingertips. Even if you can’t get into the best colleges, you should not get discouraged. As long as you are willing to learn, you will have options: resources like NPTEL, which has lectures from IIT professors, websites like edx.org, which has lectures from professors of Harvard, MIT, Stanford, etc. In the age of the internet, as long as you are willing, you will always have resources. All you need to do is to work hard and, of course, have an Internet connection.