The campus calling counselling session of Hindustan Times brought together a panel of prominent career counsellors, who spoke on various career options, at Tagore Theatre on Saturday.
Hosted by Sirin Sarkar, the panel saw six prominent educationists from the region interact with students Usha Albuquerque spoke in the opening session on the scope of new age career options in India and abroad. Albuquerque said students must be aware of their interests and personality before choosing their careers.
She said students could choose courses such as micro biology, petroleum studies, music technology and environmental sciences rather than sticking to simple conventional courses in engineering.
Even in the commerce steam, students should consider courses in retail management, luxury brand management and investment banking, all of which have a great future.
Albuquerque has authored several books on career guidance and is also a film producer as well as a former news anchor. “The key is to know your abilities, personalities, interests and motivational level before opting for any career,” added Albuquerque.
Suresh Kumar Chadha, honorary director, placement cell, Panjab University (PU) spoke on new courses introduced in PU but his main focus was on skill set identification.
He said apart from academic qualifications, students must also develop skills such as integrity, reliability, teamwork and other soft creative skills which were equally important.
Perminderjit Singh, head of training and placement cell, PEC University of Technology, spoke on new streams such as aerospace engineering and materials and metallurgical engineering which were being successfully run by PEC.
Arvind Goyal, academician and AIPMT trainer talked about scope and options for medicine as a career in India. He also spoke about career options other than MBBS like B-pharmacy, microbiology, biochemistry and biophysics which also held promise in the future.
P Rameshan, director, Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak gave a detailed and interesting talk on preparation for interviews, careers and scope of management students in India and abroad.
The event concluded with an interesting talk by author Ketan Bhagat who said education was overrated in India and personality parameters were generally ignored.
“In life, if something does not make common sense, it means something is wrong and it applies while choosing the right career,” added Bhagat.