Upcoming options for Engineering Graduates

Upcoming options for Engineering Graduates
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Companies are increasingly hiring graduates in offbeat roles, setting professionals free from monotonous jobs. Here are some of the profiles students can consider.

1. Application developer

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Mobile devices have evolved to become highspeed computing gadgets. With most brands taking the mobile market route, the demand for mobile application developers has increased. There are more than 43,000 jobs for mobile application developers in India, with a high demand for professionals with two to five years’ experience. Apart from the IT/ telecom and internet/ dotcom sectors, mobile application developers are required in the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector as well.

 

2. Customer forum executive

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Redressal platforms or customer forums help bridge the gap between business and consumers. A customer forum executive’s job is to address customer queries, thereby strengthening a brand’s value. Professionals from this field are hired across divisions, including digital marketing, technology and customer support.

3. Gaming enthusiast

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With gaming start-ups being widely funded and the gaming industry growing, professionals from this field are in demand today. Qualified professionals can work as testing engineers, game designers or game programmers. Companies hire entry-level candidates with a passion for gaming. IT/ telecom and ITeS are the key sectors that recruit professionals from this field. There is a growing demand for gaming professionals in the manufacturing, consumer durables/ FMCG and advertising, PR and event management sectors as well. Fresh entrants can earn up to Rs 4,00,000 per annum.

4. Blogger or Web Developer

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Blogging or Web Development has moved from being a hobby to a profession. Professionals with writing skills, domain knowledge and content that attracts readers are in demand across industries. They are required to market and package the content they have written to attract readers’ attention. Companies from the internet/ dotcom, PR and advertising, media and entertainment sectors are increasingly hiring bloggers. Apart from these, the demand for bloggers has gone up in the travel, tourism and hospitality sector aswell. The maximum demand is for those with less than five years’ experience. Fresh job-seekers in the industry can earn up to Rs 5,00,000 per annum.

5. Ethical hacker

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Breaching a security system ethically, identifying its problems and being paid for it is now a recognised job profile. Ethical hackers are in demand across organisations. According to a NASSCOM report, India needs about 77,000 ethical hackers every year. There is a huge demand for ethical hackers in both the private and public sectors. The IT/ telecom, BFSI and manufacturing sector extensively hire ethical hackers. Students who wish to work in this field must have a strong understanding of programming and network engineering principles. Candidates with two to five years’ work experience are in demand. Fresh entrants in the field can earn up to Rs 2.5 lakh per annum. With experience, the remuneration can go up to over Rs 20 lakh depending on one’s skills and work experience.

These days, a number of students wish to make a career in a field that complements their passion. With the growing spectrum of career choices available, they are now drawn to the road less travelled. New-age careers like that of a climatologist, chef, traveller, wildlife photographer, choreographer, writer, umpire, mountaineer, etc, are gaining popularity. One of the many reasons why students are pursuing offbeat options is the lack of creative freedom traditional paths offer. In addition, a number of students now prefer flexible working hours as opposed to a nine-to-five schedule. However, while pursuing an offbeat career is rewarding in many ways, students should be aware of the challenges ahead and the amount of hard work that needs to be put in, failing which they may end up wasting time, energy and most importantly, their motivation.

It is, thus, important for students to research, know the pros and cons of the career they wish to opt for, talk to professionals from the industry and then decide their career path. The reason to take up an upcoming career should be based on one’s potential, talent, readiness to work hard and go through the challenges that come in the way.

– Swati Salunkhe, Career counsellor

Source : Education Times

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