In an exchange Ganesh Kohli, IC3 Conference Chair; President & Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist talks about how to narrow down the options when it comes to choosing between further studies and research, and career.
What do you think is an ideal career path for a fresh engineering graduate? Should students aim for corporate jobs, or go for research?
In today’s day and age, most employers expect students to possess dynamism and transferable skills. These skills include reasoning abilities, analytical thinking, managing large sets of data, effective use of technology and communication. Engineers may need to learn psychology so that they can cohesively design products or write software for a developing generation with lower attention spans. Journalists today need to understand and use technology as much as their communication skills. These are some of the factors that both students and counselors need to be mindful while selecting a career path.
How do you think a student should narrow down or finalize his or her alternatives for specialization?
The first and most prudent step would be to identify one’s own strengths and passions. The prime idea should go with one’s “true-calling” and not follow the herd. The final goal in this entire process is to select a career that will not only make you future-ready but also keep you happy and engaged in your professional path ahead.
Which institutes do you think are best suited for research when student considers to study in a foreign country?
If we have to evaluate universities country-wise then the U.S. is by far the most popular followed by the U.K. and Australian universities. Amid the wide variety, students will have to evaluate to see the offerings, costs, and curriculum and then select the best-fit university.
From our experience of interacting with students and career-counselors, we have also observed that most of them prefer universities based out of India, but one needs to be cognizant that if the same course is available in India, then why not opt for it within the country itself.