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Career counselling: making the right choices

Staff Reporter

The HinduEducation Plus videoconference brings expert counsel to the fore


  • An MBA degree to engineering was a healthy option
  • The importance of communication skills stressed



    EXPERT ADVICE: A career counselling session through video conferencing for students from Coastal Andhra, Telangana and Rayalaseema districts in progress at The Hindu office in Hyderabad on Friday. — Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

    HYDERABAD: Engineering course doesn't end with popular streams like Computer Science or Electronics nor does medical with an MBBS or BDS degree.

    There are a plethora of opportunities available in the emerging areas of both the streams to make colourful careers.

    The message was straight and clear for hundreds of students who participated in Career Counselling 2007 conducted by The Hindu Education Plus in association with Sri Chaitanya Educational Institutions through a videoconference. Students from three centres in Kakinada, Warangal and Kurnool interacted with the subject experts sitting in Hyderabad.

    The questions ranged from choosing the emerging courses within engineering to selecting the right college and course.

    Through the interaction students realised that life after Intermediate was not just securing a seat in a top engineering or medical college but emergence of varied fields like Pharmacy, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Bio-informatics and Architecture were offering much more opportunities with hefty pays.

    While majority of questions centred on making careers in Information Technology, Pharmacy sectors both in India and abroad, students also sought advice in choosing the best possible combinations of pure sciences, including biochemistry, genetics, microbiology and forensic sciences.

    Shattering the myth, students were told that computers were an integral part of core engineering subjects like Civil and Mechanical and they offer equal opportunities.

    Many students wanted to know whether an MBA would add more weight to the engineering degree and the experts said it was a healthy option and even the IITians were opting for it. M.Tech was also an option for students interested in enhancing their academic capabilities and opting for research.

    Jobs aplenty

    Ghanta Subba Rao, Professor of Computer Science said irrespective of course students need to acquire communication skills for better opportunities. T. Srinivasulu Reddy, Professor of Computer Science, JNTU advised them to gain thorough knowledge in the chosen degree and not to worry about the jobs since they were in plenty for the right candidates. Kavi Kishore, Professor of Biotechnology said students gaining knowledge by integrating technical and soft skills would be sought-after irrespective of the stream.

    Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) member, M. Venkata Reddy said the next decade belonged to Pharmacy and candidates with domain knowledge and additional skills can excel. ANGRAU Registrar, D. Jagannadha Raju explained that Veterinary Sciences and Agriculture offered immense opportunities and cannot be looked down upon.

    Dr. Uma Shanker and V. Narendra Babu of Sri Chaitanya Educational Institutions answered many questions clearing doubts of students.

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