A good rank in engineering course is no more a passport to a lucrative job.
Besides sound domain knowledge, students must hone their analytical and cognitive skills, insisted resource persons at The Hindu Education Plus EAMCET Career Counselling, organised at Siddhartha Auditorium on Wednesday.
The annual session drew participation of enthusiastic EAMCET-qualified students seeking admission into various streams of engineering courses.
Focus on core branches at the B. Tech level and gain a clear understanding of the area of your interest not losing sight of your strengths and weaknesses, the students were told.
The domain experts — A.V. Ratna Prasad, Principal, V.R. Siddhartha College of Engineering, K.V. Sambasiva Rao, Dean, NRI College of Engineering, E. Srinivasa Reddy, Principal, ANU College of Engineering, Razak, HoD, Planning, School of Planning and Architecture, Vijayawada, Sudhakar, Director ICFAI University and Ch. Rajesh of ICFAI University — advised the students to take into consideration parameters like a good college, infrastructure, design of curriculum, placement pattern, laboratories and faculty. Students were urged to shun excess use of mobile phones and laptops and instead focus on developing their personality skills.
Each year, India produces nearly 15 lakh engineers but only two lakh-odd land in appropriate jobs while the remaining are forced to settle for jobs much lesser than their academic qualifications.
College website and enquiries with old students and current faculty members could help a great deal in deciding which side to tilt, they said.
After throwing light on independent streams, the resource persons took queries from the participants on the several doubts lingering their minds. “Is mechanical engineering or civil engineering suitable for girls? Can students weak in mathematics afford to opt for CSE?” asked a parent.
A young aspirant was eager to comprehend the difference between civil and mechanical engineering.
Any engineering stream requires an analytical mind. Since most of the engineering streams deal with automated machines today, girls should not be discouraged from opting for the course of their choice based on their gender, they said.
The career counselling workshop was presented by the ICFAI University.