No need to be an engineer after studying engineering – Kashmir Reader


After graduating with an engineering degree, we usually look for engineering-related jobs and therefore limit ourselves to an engineering career. A mechanical engineering student is looking forward to becoming a mechanical engineer and a civil engineering student is looking forward to becoming a civil engineer, and the same goes for other students in other branches.
After all, in an engineering degree, we spend 4 years studying things related to engineering. But, in this article, I am going to tell all engineering students something that is quite different from our conventional thinking.
Apart from basic technical skills, engineering teaches us many other skills, such as presentation skills, content writing, teamwork, how to deal with different people in different situations, problem solving and logical thinking, how to accept failures and bounce back again, project reports, management skills (handling studies overnight before the exam!). With such learning, you will become mentally strong and gain abilities such as public speaking skills (debating), documentation skills (recording records, etc.) and many other life skills.
Everyone has their own skill set and basic technical skills may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The world is changing at a rapid pace and we also have to change our way of thinking according to the changing world. There are many examples where people from a different background ended up in a completely different field.
Sundar Pichai, a metallurgical engineering student, is CEO of Google.
Chetan Bhagat, a mechanical engineering student, is a writer.
Vishal Shah, a chemical engineer, is a successful entrepreneur.
Vijay Mansukhani, a marine engineer, is a successful entrepreneur with a turnover of over Rs 736 crore.
Zubair Rehman, an electrical and electronics engineering graduate, worked as a CCTV operator and invested only Rs 10,000 to start The Fashion Factory at home. Zubair found a unique strategy to sell children’s clothing in combo packs, and it worked so well that The Fashion Factory now gets 200-300 orders a day. By fulfilling these orders, Zubair’s company rakes in around Rs 50 lakh in revenue every month.
Ajay Kumar Jaiswal, an engineer and technocrat, started Urja Gasifiers to generate renewable energy and provide customers with energy-saving and environment-friendly products. He started the business in 2013 in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, and today his business has an annual turnover of over Rs 1.25 crore.
The point here is why limit ourselves to the basic technical elements? Engineering itself is a full degree. After completing it, you can be a writer, actor, manager, engineer, designer and so on. Engineering teaches you everything over a 4-year course. You might not end up becoming a production engineer or a design engineer after studying mechanical engineering, but that’s okay. You can be a marketing manager in a manufacturing company or a content developer in a product design company. You can also be part of a product management team where you talk to customers and give feedback to the research and development team because you have amazing presentation skills.
So, in short, don’t limit yourself to the basic technical stuff. If you are good at something, just go for it. One thing to note here is that don’t quit your field until you’re comparable in that particular skill. For example, if you are a mechanical engineering student and you know how to speak in public, you should look for a position in the marketing department of the mechanical or automotive industries. Here, you will be ahead of most people in your department because domain knowledge will be an asset to you.
I’m not telling you to completely drop your technical training, but if you’re good at something, pursue it, even if it’s not technical. The world is full of opportunities, the only thing we need to analyze is what is the most demanded skill and what skill do we have. The next step would be to narrow the gap between the two. Wishing you all the best.

—The author is a student of BE Civil Engineering (JU) YCET Jammu. [email protected]


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