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.