Since many years, engineering has been the most ideal & “guaranteed” choice for a specialized career. It has been proved time and again that engineers are highly versatile when it comes to identifying occupation. We have seen engineers getting into varied career ventures like creating a revolution in a certain sector, telecom revolution or may be becoming a politician, an author or a sports person.
The two most prominent questions confusing parents & engineering candidates these days are: 1. which college to join? 2. Which branch to opt?
Afore the year 2000, there were very few engineering colleges and an average student usually did not get a chance to think about which the best course for them. With passing time, every state, in India permitted many engineering colleges and gave students a chance to study their desired course.
This liberty also led to the misperception among parents and students concerning the courses. Most of the parents see the market and inclinations to make a decision for their children. Instead of doing research or listening to the people in the industry, most of the parents just read newspapers to make assumptions, which, in the long run, makes a deep impact on the career, and in turn, whole life.
Most of the students go through the same dilemma after clearing different entrance exams. Openings definitely follow those students who select the right academic slot. Choices are the fulcrums of destiny, said the famous Greek Philosopher, Pythagorus. Especially when one is on cross roads of career and the judgment taken today decides the course of life tomorrow.
Mechanical, Civil, EEE, Electrical, Computer Science, IT or something else? There are varieties of engineering branches and sub branches available in the prospectus of the Engineering colleges to select from. Deciding upon the right engineering branch is too tricky for both students and their parents. The need is to choose the branch as per the interest, aptitude and ability of the student. Selecting a branch of engineering also is subject to the students’ career planning. It is compulsory that students should be able to assess their essential personality traits and match it against those which may be the mandatory causes for success in any particular branch of engineering.
Tips to select the right branch of engineering:
How to Choose Branch in Engineering
Engineering is basically a combination of theory and practical. Keeping this in mind and and having knowledge about what each of the courses entail will help you make a decision about your choice
1. The big problem: Branch or College ?
Both are important, branch as well as the college. Nevertheless in a situation where one has to make a choice, it is suggested that the students to first weigh the options available with them and research the credentials of the institute thoroughly. Study the college websites and ensure the basics of accreditation etc to be in place. You have all the rights to ask for these details. Review the past performance of the institute in terms of placements, teaching faculty and infrastructure. Even if the institute which comes your way might not be as rated as the top notch institutions, it is still suggested to give more numbers to the branch of your choice. Faculties keep moving from one college to another and down the list institutes keep moving up in order if the management’s vision is right.
2. Hold on to your interest area.
Most students go by the job prospects of the field while making this decision, interest and aptitude could get ignored in the process. Many students get compelled either by parents or by friends to select some particular branch of engineering. All such students should take into understanding the fact that future scope would be worthwhile only when you have the desired aptitude to work in the particular field. The fact remains that every branch gives lots of opportunities. However if you end up selecting a branch only on the basis of presumed job prospects, irrespective of your interest, it might not lead you anywhere.
3. Look beyond four years
Engineering degree is not the end of journey for most of the students. A lot many students prepare for post graduation either in engineering or administration or management. It would be wise to plan for future and weigh the options of higher education available in the city where the institute is located. Students should try to understand the life after graduation thoroughly. Every branch of engineering finally completes into a specific job role. Before selecting a branch of engineering students should try and meet as many engineering professionals as possible and understand their lifestyle and career prospects. This will give them better clarity about the profession and enable them to take the right decision.
4. Choosing one from the various
All branches of engineering have the potential to deliver a great future to the student. Plowing deeper and knowing more about every branch can help you in making the right choice. Choosing one from the various types of engineering disciplines is not an easy job. More than selection of the institute it is the selection of the right branch which is critical. Before finalizing on any institute a student should necessarily be satisfied with the institution’s accreditation status. Understand & analyze your aptitude, interest & skills and apply these details to select the right branch of engineering. Where ever required, do not dither to take professional help to select the right branch and the right institute.
Wish you a Happy Engineering career!!!