I am in my fourth year of BTech. I am very interested in entrepreneurship. But I am confused as I have no business idea right now. Should I take up a technical job or pursue MBA?
-12/3/2014 12:28:00 PM
It is good to start thinking of entrepreneurship but also sensible to keep your feet firmly on the ground, as not all good engineers with good ideas make good businessmen.
Firstly, your engineering degree imparts knowledge on various technical/non-technical areas, but often falls short of meeting the expectations of industry. As you are in the final year it is likely that you have already completed some project or internship. If not, this is the time to do so. Secondly, actively look out for science, engineering and maths competitions that organisations/educational institutes conduct. Such initiatives are excellent opportunities to demonstrate creativity, secure mentoring opportunities from industry experts and participate in exciting, competitive and recognised events.
Thirdly, make a thorough study of the electronics industry to acquaint yourself with the challenges you will face in the future. A fresh electronics engineer needs to be conversant with global trends and pioneering research done worldwide. In fact, there has been a spurt in various application fields of electronics engineering — defence, infrastructure (railways, aerospace, metro and telecom), biomedical, consumer appliances, industrial power, instrumentation engineering, automotive, etc – any of which could be the springboard of your new venture. Once you figure out what is of your interest, work towards developing skills required for that vertical, become strong in fundamentals and take elective courses that can give you exposure to recent advances. You can also subscribe to trade media journals and newsletters to keep track of trends in electronics engineering.
Get work experience of at least three to five years in an established company, after you have completed graduation. In addition to experience, you will be able to make connections in the industry and also build up credibility to get hold of finances. ---- Usha Albuquerque
I passed Class 12 in 2013 and opted for engineering, but I was not interested so I left my college in 2014. Now I have to drop one year. I love travelling and I have my
blog too. I heard about a course in travel and tourism administration. What is its scope?
-11/26/2014 11:54:00 AM
With the current vibrant growth of the tourism industry, this is a good career choice for you. Tourism is a wide field and the scope of employment includes government
tourism departments, immigration and customs services, travel agencies, airlines, tour operators, hotels, airline catering, travel websites, guides, interpreters,
tourism promotion and sales, as also for travel writers etc. A postgraduate course in travel management after graduation in any subject will provide you with managerial
and administrative training for work.
Once you have gained experience and recognition in this field, you can also look forward to establishing your own travel agency. As this is a highly competitive field,
it is an advantage to have access to a wide range of information and data on transportation and destinations, be good at planning and time management, as well as
resourceful and adaptable. Proficiency with the computer and a willingness to work hard and on weekends and holidays is also required. The PG diploma in tourism
management is being offered by several institutes, including The Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management, Gwalior, with its chapters in Delhi, Mumbai, and
some other cities, provides training programmes in travel and tourism, including a programme in travel and tourism management. The MBA tourism programme from
Pondicherry University is a distance learning twinning programme.
Other institutes offering these courses include Indira Gandhi National Open University, Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan, YWCA and polytechnics. You can also consider shorter
courses which offer IATA-UFTAA ticketing training with modules on computer reservation systems and travel industry regulations. ----- Usha Albuquerque
I am interested in international relations. I would like to prepare for the Indian Foreign Service. However, I need a backup plan in case I don’t make it. What are the avenues in international relations that I can explore and what are the career prospects in this field?
-10/22/2014 12:45:00 PM
International relations is a study of foreign affairs and global issues among states within the international system. International relations is a field of political science and can, therefore, open up a range of careers in areas such as the civil services, particularly the foreign and diplomatic services, with public sector organisations, both national and international, multilateral and intergovernmental organisations, in the international office of universities and colleges, manufacturing and commercial companies, financial institutions, law firms, publishing companies and media organisations.
As international relations expose you to an understanding of different cultural realities, different points of view and value systems, including those which are emergent properties of different political regimes, you can be successful in international business and trade activities, development support, humanitarian aid, and peace-keeping missions and organisations such as the United Nations, and its agencies, and voluntary, charitable and campaigning organisations such as Amnesty International, Oxfam, Greenpeace and others. Most will normally require relevant work experience, and sometimes other relevant professional qualifications too. ---- Usha Albuquerque