How Should Your Post-Engineering Life Be Like? Don’t be Fooled By Myths

I would say that both the MBA and M. Tech/MS courses have equal importance. In fact, when the IIMs were established, majority of the intake for MBA courses was from engineering graduates. Subsequently when IIITs, BITS, NITs came up the number of seats expanded. -- Dr Ali Khwaja

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I know what I am doing; tell me what are my practical options to begin my career

Firstly, remember that the dawn of the new millennium intensively exposed us to Computer Science (CS), and Information Science (IS) branches of engineering. Even Electronics also joined this fray. This trend developed so much that even students graduating from other engineering streams moved on to IT companies to work jobs that they considered offered attractive salaries.

However, now we are staring at changing times where startups have become the in-thing. Plenty of these companies are mushrooming in cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune, Cochin, and Delhi. Some are also located in the rural geographies. Founders of most these firms have been IT engineers.

Now, what you need to remember is; your good old passion. If you have a thing for Electronics and IT; look for companies that are currently offering jobs in this domain. However, you can consider yourself clucky in case you have gotten yourself placed, in campus recruitments, with reputed IT/Electronics firms.

Do not get crestfallen in case you have not managed to crack placements. There are companies that conduct direct recruitments, and you can apply to these immediately after you graduate.

Straight from the horse’s mouth

A career in IoT research/development of smart solutions to solve everyday problems is the in-thing now, stated a Human Resources Manager at a reputed Multinational firm, on the condition of anonymity.

Even experts seem to second this thought. IoT + Big Data is being viewed as a great career option. You should also not worry much if you have managed to graduate from a reputed engineering college with a good academic record. Remember that companies are constantly hunting or candidates; but the trick here is self-evaluation (of your skill-sets), and to resist from the temptation of getting carried away by latest trends. Remember that addiction can be fatal!

I need to study further, MBA vs M.Tech vs MS?

Experts have termed this obvious question as sensitive. However, they do not desist from suggesting the right attitude to inculcate whenever you are confused between MBA, M.Tech, and MS.

This totally depends on what skills the individual has acquired during Engineering, plus long-term interests.

In modern times, we find a lot of people opting for an MBA after Engineering; remember that this option should be given priority only if you think that you want a jumpstart in Management-related career roles. In Management studies, you have options such as Product Development, Technical Sales and Marketing.

If you think that you should be researching more on the subject of your Engineering specialisation, you can opt for an M. Tech or MS.  This for the research-obsessed. An MS post-graduation in the United States is the in-thing now for many engineers.

Both are equally important in a flourishing society

“I would say that both the MBA and M. Tech/MS courses have equal importance. In fact, when the IIMs were established, majority of the intake for MBA courses was from engineering graduates. Subsequently when IIITs, BITS, NITs came up the number of seats expanded.”, adds Dr Ali.

It is vital that you choose your next step of study wisely; for best results, consider your academic track record, the acquired skill-sets, and sustainability (in the long run) before applying. Remember that your target should be learning and not blind money-making.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I am 4 year experienced in telecom company Sweden based MNC Ericsson.Earlier I was thinking my future is secure and it’s crazy income giving for me.Now due to layoff going in organizations.I am a part of it.Please suggest the best course of now.I have skills in LTE technology

    • The best option for you would be to get into something which you feel would make the best use of your acquired skillsets.

  2. Graduate Engineers and post graduate engineers are treated the same way in most of Eng. Industries except a few more increments for post graduate Engineers. Most of the graduate Engineers quit PG in between when a good job opportunity comes.
    But, MBA is something different and relates to career choice option from manufacturing to marketing. Many Engineers leave jobs in mfg sector and go for MBA to jump on Marketing side.

  3. My B.tech from mech branch is going to complete .what should i do after that .Further i am not able to afford neither MBA nor M.Tech

    • Hi Sanjeet,

      In this case you can opt for an MBA via correspondence in case you are interested in higher studies. Check this article.

      Based on your academic score of engineering you can also check for sponsorships/higher-education scholarships that are afforded by the government. You can also raise a higher education loan to meet your higher studies expense. In this case, even an MS can also be pursued.

      Finally, it’s your call. Focus on your abilities/interests. Wishing you all the best.

  4. I am about to finish my BTech in the next month. With a good GATE rank i got i can get into a reputed IIT to pursue my MTech. I also has a choice of taking up a job in a private company in my area of interest(power electronics).
    The question in my mind is whether to complete my higher education right now or to work for few years and then go back and complete my studies. Which is better option considering that i like to have a Master’s degree now or later?
    Please help me out!

  5. I think one time every student should follow his/her heart to get a clarity of whatever they feel like doing.There are still lot of problems to be solved rather than collecting a college degree.

  6. I have completed BE in Mechatronics engineering. I want to do research in robotics and automation. Whether i should go for ME in Robotics and automation or work in any robotics company and then do MS.

  7. I have completed my b.tech from ec in 2015 and got a job of 3 lack pa in Solar field as a engineer. the 2 year bond period is about to be completed and now I am thinking to do m.tech from nit through gate 2015 score. is this a right decision?

  8. I COMPLETED B.TECH EEE IN 2015 AND CAME OUT OF RAT RACE OF GOVERNMENT JOBS AND RELOCATED TO BENGALURU. I KNOW ALL THESE ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY. BUT WHERE TO GET SKILL IN IOT TO START CAREER .

  9. I have completed my B.tech this year only, and i am placed in Tech mahindra but i don’t know whether the company would send call letter or not. So, meanwhile i am preparing for GATE but i want a job in Core Electronics companies as i hv done a certified course in Verilog HDL and i know some VLSI tools also . what should i do, which exams should i give , I m really worried about my future.

  10. I have completed my b. Tech this year from mechanical branch. And my agreegate percentage is not too good thats why i waana looking for goverment job. But i confused in choosing what kind of job i should aaply. So please suggest me a best and easy goverment technical job that i can crack…. If i am an average student

  11. Hi sir ,i am compelet the b-tech in mech.2017. And now i am working in platform screening door(psd) system as a j.e from 7-8 months.but here increment chance not available bcz of project base job.this time i am face two way ,can i change our job profile ,i got offer power sector company carbon continantal india limited or other i want do the P.G diploma course “oil and gas pipe design & anylsis”
    Which one best options for me can you suggest me plz.

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