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Q & A ON CAREER CONCERNS

Dated 01st Aug, 2001

I am doing my Post-Ggraduation in Applied Psychology. Now I wish to specialise in the field of Organisational Psychology/Industrial Psychology. What are the career opportunities for me in India?

Amar,

Via email.

Wider choices exist for individuals with a masters' degree in industrial/organisational psychology. You can work for a human resource department, work in management or work for one company and be sent on an assignment to another. You can also focus on starting a consulting firm or working for one, or teach at a university.

I am pursuing Civil Engineering at the Regional Engineering College, Kurukshetra. What are the career prospects in this field?

Amol,

Puna.

In the government sector, engineers can find jobs in the armed forces and with the departments of irrigation, public works, roads, airports, harbours, ports, railways, water and sewerage. In the private sector, companies engaged in housing, infrastructure and consultancy offer employment opportunities to civil engineers. Due to the opening up of the economy and privatisation of infrastructure development, there is expected to be a good demand for civil engineers.

I am a Commerce Graduate and would like to take the DOEACC exam. Could you let me know the details of the same and which university to contact for relevant information?

S. P. Sahoo,

Orissa.

The Department of Electronics Accreditation of Computer Courses (DOEACC) conducts examinations for all the levels (O/A/B/C), twice each year, in January and July, at several cities and towns including those in the remote areas of the country. These examinations are conducted independently and are overseen by an examination board consisting of experts/ professionals from premier academic institutes and software houses. After registering with DOEACC, you are eligible to take the O/A/B/C level examinations, provided you fulfil all other criteria as well. For detailed information you can correspond with the DOEACC SOCIETY, Electronics Niketan, 6 CGO Complex, New Delhi 110 003. Or visit their website at www.doeacc.org.

I have just finished my tenth class. I am keen on pursuing a career in the field of astronomy. Please direct me as which course to pursue and the colleges offering such courses. I would also like to know about its future prospects.

Ashwin,

Patna.

For a career in astronomical science you would have to opt for sciences at the intermediate level and a degree in astronomy (B.Sc in astronomy). The University of Madras, Lucknow University, Babasaheb Ambedkar University and the Marathwada University offer graduation in astronomy. Punjab University, Patiala; Osmania University, Hyderabad and the Birla Planetarium, Calcutta, offer courses in the subject at the Masters' level. Students with a background in astronomical science can work for commercial or non-commercial research and development organisations and testing laboratories, defence and space research organisations, and planetariums or can take up teaching.

I am doing my B.Com. (3rd year) and wish to enter the Indian Foreign Service. Could you please give me details of the entrance test and information about UPSC exams? Also let me know about the prospects of IFS? Where can I get information about UPSC and IFS?

Divya Sinha,

New Delhi.

To join the IFS, you have to secure a good rank in the civil service examination as the IFS is ranked top most in Group A services and comes next only to the IAS (Indian Administrative Service) in terms of power and status. To be eligible for the examinations, you have to be a graduate in the age group of 21 to 30 years as on August 1, in the year of taking the examination. For more details you can visit this website http://www.humanlinks.com/civil.htm.

I have finished my Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy. I am interested in doing a postgraduate course in the same field. I have heard that rehabilitation institutes in Mumbai offer this course. Kindly provide me with detailed information.

Ram Kumar,

Mumbai.

University of Mumbai offers B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses in Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. University of Madras, Chennai; Government Medical College, Chennai; and the Christian Medical College, Vellore are some of the other colleges that which offer this course.

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