Engineers Don’t Follow Crowd. Develop Your Business Case
Every year almost 1.5 million engineers step into the job market arena. Out of this, 97% of the lot want a job related to software or core engineering. But only 3% are skilled enough for the software or product market and only 7% is technically sound enough to handle core engineering jobs.
There lies this enormous gap between the candidate’s skill set and the actual industry expectation threshold. Therefore, the need of the hour for every engineering student aspiring to become a software professional is to be on par with the latest technologies and get adequate hands-on experience in weaving unique codes to craft software.
Almost every student who is pushed to jump into the ‘engineering’ bandwagon will go through the 8 semesters, 48+ subjects and 24+ laboratory sessions. But from the employer’s eye, not everyone is eligible for the position he is about to offer. So what we understand is that, apart from the college curriculum, every student should find ways of enriching their skill set to distinguish themselves from their fellow peers.
The best thing you can do is to sit down and contemplate!
You remember that one laboratory session which was a real delight to you? Anyone programming language that you had a natural flair for?
What’s your area of interest?
Now pick up that up as your ‘area of interest’! Carve a niche for yourself by exploring the various ways in which you can apply it and develop interesting solutions to intriguing problem statements. Participate in seminars, workshops to understand how other people approach the same concept to widen your knowledge horizon.
Find like-minded people with whom you can team up and bond!
Even Bill Gates needed a Paul Allen remember?
Apply the knowledge
Say for instance you have an expertise in writing killer codes! Then you can create a mobile app or a software application that addresses a unique problem statement.
Do understand that your ability to apply the knowledge you have gained and give shape to it, is what makes you a real engineer! And this capability is what current day employers are looking for!
Stand out from the crowd. Get the spotlight upon yourself. SHINE!
Author: Sanjana Murali
I write about Customer Success, Videos in Education, Optimization & Marketing. When the ‘creative’ muse turns down on me, you can find me with a book.