Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Engineering Student to a Professional Engineer.

        We all join engineering with different reasons. For few engineering is a passion, for some it’s their childhood dream and in some cases it’s their parents dream. Whatever the case may be, “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them”. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Future doesn't look at what we were in the past; it’s our present dedication, present hard work and present passion towards achieving something.

        Engineering is all about applying ourselves and preparing for the expectations from the industries. Rapid technological changes, global competitions and work place innovations are demanding for higher skill levels from graduating engineers. Keeping us updated with recent industrial developments is most important. While learning something, it’s important to think of practical purpose behind it.

        “Progress” is uncompromisable necessity for an engineer. We started with few transistors on an IC and never have stopped even after billions on an IC. Also from bytes of memory devices to terabytes of storage on a small flash drive. Here nothing is magic or automatic about increasing memory capacity. Its the part of “road map” semiconductor industry has planned for many years. Similarly, its the “goal” we define for which leads our progress.

        As an engineering student, hard work and the application of mind in the concepts would be the best way for success. Studying the subject for the purpose of understanding than just for the sake of exams is the key. Your electives and the academic projects should be selected after clear thought process.

        There are many other things which you need to carry with you to your professional life,
                   Utilize the public networking (like internet, public seminars) for the best possible to update with recent developments.
                   Be a good team person.
                   Develop leadership qualities.
                   Find your flaws and fix them. Take the advice from your lectures in this case; they can be your best friends to help you.
                   Most importantly, be serious with your lab practicals.
                   Do your academic projects on your own. Don't take help from any consultancy, you learn very little there.
                   Make your summers productive.

        In the final part of academics, obviously you have to look into requirements of recruitment. Your CV plays an important role. At least you should not make following mistakes while preparing a CV.
1.                  It should not be a cluttered CV. Don't put all the possible information in it. Recruiters don't want hectic searching. Make it user-friendly, so that they can find the information they are looking for in a glance.
2.                  Must avoid grammatical and spelling mistakes.
3.                  Don't give vague/unclear contact details. It is better if you’re the primary contact person in the details, so that the contact person doesn’t have to go through your parents or friends.
4.                  Keep your email address formal. Mostly the combination of your first and last name. Also it should be small and uncomplicated, to avoid any type mistakes by contact person.

        Analyze yourself properly and present it well. With all this in mind, enjoy your college days (I am not joking..!). College life is “Golden Life”.

                                                With Best Wishes,

                                                Yashwanth B N
                                                 2006 (E & C) Batch.
                                                 Senior Verification Engineer.
                                                 Microchip Technology India Pvt. Ltd.
                                                 : mail me @
 (I wrote this article to an Engineering college magazine)

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