JEE Examination is one of the toughest and popular engineering entrance examinations in India. Every student who wants to do engineering, his/her first preference is Indian Institute of Technology (IITS). Every year more than 10 lakh engineering aspirants go through this toughest entrance examination in India to get a seat in one of the IITs. Most of them do not have exact ideal what IITs hold for them. They consider it only as a ticket to success. In all this, they forget the reasons for getting into the IITs which is getting an engineering degree from the India's best undergraduate institution.
The life of candidates after clearing IIT JEE exam does not get easy instead they get surrounded by numerous questions. Questions like, which IIT to select? Which department to get into? What IIT hold them for next 4 years, keep flooding their minds.
When students enter to the IIT campus, almost all of them swear to come outside being placed in very good company with huge salary. But during these four years their mind change many times and some of them choose a career which is nowhere related to engineering. An engineering aspirant Vasudev, says “My uncle's son, Aditya, graduated from IIT-Kharagpur in Mechanical Engineering. But now he is working with a multinational bank. Why would banks recruit engineers from IIT?”
In this article we will talk about the career choices after IITs. We will see that engineering is not the only career options that IITians have. They experiment their career in many fields and get success too. Here is some of the most popular career paths well tread by the IITians.
Core Engineering Related Career:
Most of the engineering students choose this career path. They work in the field of their graduation. For ex: If they have graduated in computer science or IT, then they work in an IT firm or if they have graduated in Mechanical Engineering, then they work in manufacturing firm.
Management Related Careers:
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Most engineers from IITs after completing their graduation prepare for CAT and get into IIMs. They get an edge over other non-engineers to crack the MBA entrance exam because of their exposure to various competitive entrance exams. Management is an advisory service to assist managers and organization to achieve its goals and objectives. It is the second most opted career choice for IITians.
Career in IT and Computer Science:
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Programming is one of the most exciting career options available to engineers. Student from any engineering department can choose this as his career. They are responsible for Coding, Designing & Testing Programmes and Computer Applications. When promoted they become IT Managers who manage database for computer related applications.
Career in Public Sector Undertakings/Government Jobs:
Many IITians go for job in Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) such as Air India Engineering Services, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, Cement Corporation of India, Central Warehousing Corporation, Coal India Limited, Food Corporation of India, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation etc. because of job security and handsome salary. They also prepare for Indian Administrative Services and crack this entrance exam too.
These days, with boom in Information Technology, entrepreneurship has been on rise. The government is also giving a lot of support to start ups. Also, IITs try their best to bring out leadership qualities in its student by having several incubation cells and helping those who want to start their own ventures. Recently IITians has started many ventures. It is also a fact that such a large number of most successful entrepreneurs in India and abroad are from IITs.
IITians are believed not to follow traditional path but to chase their dreams. They make career in writing (Chetan Bhagat, Amol Parashar), standup comedy (Vipul Goyal), politician (Manohar Parrikar, Nitish Kumar), blogging (Arnab Ray), Photography (Devendra Purbiya), Social Entrepreneurship (Swapnil Kant Dixit) and what not. They work in several institutions in India and abroad as research fellows and faculty members. They also work in coaching industry for IIT JEE Main and advanced and earn huge salary.
Four years in IIT campus does not only provide students great technical knowledge but also broaden your mind. The mentorship of their teachers and seniors help them to groom in all respect. After completing their course they not only perform well in their concerned branch but also dare to choose the path that no one has chosen before.