Sitting in the class, canteen, library or hostel rooms many college students especially in their final year of graduation are seen wondering about their life after the college. Wondering about what the future has in store for them and which career options to choose from the many fields available after engineering. While we normally write for the students preparing for the GATE or ESE exam, today we want to provide some life advices to our young crowd who are confused about which path to the future will suit them the best and provide them with a respectable and a happy life in the time to come. We would want to help you clear all those doubts and provide you a pathway that will make it easier for you to plan your future.
While we see nowadays people opting for different career options as they feel that engineering is too conventional. What they forget is that an engineering degree is a passport to careers that are as varied as your imagination. With increasing demand for new technology, products and materials, your engineering degree could be the starting point for an exciting and valuable career. Taking that thought further let’s discuss what are the best future career option you have after engineering graduation.
- GATE: The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering is an examination that primarily tests the comprehensive understanding of various undergraduate subjects in engineering and science. GATE Examination is a one paper exam conducted every year by the GATE committee which opens various avenues for engineering students in the field of research, fellowship and also jobs. For a good paying job through GATE one has to score high marks in the examination which is followed by an interview session with the respective PSU you are applying to. Thus the examination gives you the chance to work in the top PSU with the most intelligent and smart professionals of the country. Here you can use your skills and knowledge for the betterment of the country while helping you to grow as a person both professionally and personally.
Students can also continue their research and development from the top engineering colleges in India like IITs, NITs and IISC. The students can opt for the top M.Tech courses provided by various engineering colleges through the GATE examination. The government too has various schemes to promote research and development in India. To know more about the exam check https://www.madeeasy.in/home/GATE
- ESE: Most of the graduates are looking for a job profile where they can apply their technical skills acquired in the four years of engineering and deliver constructive results. For all those students Engineering Services Examination is the best career option that provides them a well paid, respectable government job which makes the best use of their skill set. This examination is conducted by UPSC every year to select officers for the civil services that meet the technical and managerial functions in various fields of Engineering of the Government of India. This examination is a tough exam and is a combined three-stage competitive examination, called the Engineering Services Examination (ESE), is conducted by the UPSC for recruitment to the Indian Engineering Services. The eligibility criteria for the exam is simple and the pattern of the exam is
Exam Paper Type Subject Time Marks Preliminary Examination Paper I Objective General Studies and Engineering aptitude 2 hrs 200 Preliminary Examination Paper II Objective Engineering Discipline 3Hrs 300 Mains Examination Paper I Conventional Engineering discipline I 3 hrs 300 Mains Examination Paper II Conventional Engineering discipline II 3 hrs 300
The last and final round is the Personality Test which is of 200 marks. The examination requires the candidates to know their subjects well and be thorough with the subjects of the engineering discipline they are applying for. Though the examination is for recruiting engineers of four domains i.e. Civil, Mechanical, Electrical and Electronics & Telecommunications for the Techno –Managerial posts, but candidates of all the branches can appear for the examination, choosing the subject of their choice from the four domains provided.
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3. Civil Services: Similar to ESE many students who want to get into the bureaucracy also opt for Civil services examination. The exam helps get into both Grade A and Grade B services of the Government of India. With a vast syllabus this examination is tough to crack and requires sincere effort and dedication from the candidates. The exam is conducted annually by UPSC tests the students on their general awareness and knowledge about India and the world. The exam is divided into three stages:
Preliminary: There are two papers of 200 marks each. The Paper-1 (General Studies) decides the cut-off for the Mains Exam. The Paer-2 (Quantitative Aptitude and English) is of qualifying nature and just requires you to score 33% marks.
Mains: There are 9 papers (1750 marks) of which Paper-I to Paper-VII consists of four papers of General Studies, two papers of optional subject and an essay paper. The marks obtained in these papers will be counted for merit. Language papers are of Qualifying Nature.
Interview (275 marks): It tests the candidate’s overall personality which includes analytical ability, lateral thinking, logical decision making etc
The examination also requires the candidates to choose an optional for the mains examination which is sometimes in line with your engineering subjects like Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering.
Many engineering graduates after clearing the ESE examination aim for the civil services as it provides them an edge over the other candidates in terms of the optional chosen and familiarity with the exam. The exam is designed to test the academic expertise of a candidate and that candidate’s ability to present himself/herself in a systematic and coherent manner. The examination pattern intends to assess the overall intellectual traits and understanding level of the candidate
- MBA: Masters of Business administration is a qualification degree which is a very common option among the engineering graduates. It is a post-graduate degree earned at a university that provides theoretical and practical training to help graduates gain a better understanding of general business management functions. There are many exams conducted for doing MBA from a good Business School like GMAT, MAT, CAT, XLRI and may more. For all those students who are looking for a good position and work profile in the private sector MBA is a good option. It is not necessary that this course is done right after your graduation. It really helps if you gain some experience of working in the business setup and do masters after that as that gives you a better understanding and idea of what the course has in store for you.
- Master of Science: If you want to do your post-graduation from outside India, you can also opt for the GRE examination. While some universities require a good GRE score, some others only admit students with good academic records and extracurricular activities.
- Job: This is one of the most common thought among most of the students graduating, but what matters is the type of job you want to do. While some opt for any goo private firm, there are students who opt for government jobs by cracking examinations like GATE and ESE. While any job can provide you with money and a job profile, a job with GATE and ESE grants you respect and status in the society and instills a confidence in you of being the best.
- Startup: If you have an idea and you think you can bring your dreams to reality, starting your own business can be a good start for you. With the government scheme of ‘Startup India’ it is really easy for a hard working professional to excel in the field of business.
SO while this world is an ocean of immense opportunities, it is necessary that you first study about all of them and only then dive deep into it. Just blindly following the crowd will only make you hit a whirlpool which will pull in all your energy and skills and leave you empty. If you are still confused take up an option like GATE which has lots of opportunities for you. Once you have qualified the examination it opens up a number of gates to success for you to choose from. SO always remember that success does not knock at your door, you need to work hard to bring it closer to you so instead of waiting for the opportunity, create it. Make sure you make hay while the sun shines.
All the Best