Most of the engineers out there have completed a bachelors degree of some form(like “duh”). The confusion is not when you are studying, but what comes after. In the final years if you were one of those people who plan things or just after the university gets over. Either way, you’ll think of doing one of these two things : find a job or just go forward with your masters. Unless of course your dad is like a billionaire and you have a business meeting to attend to.
For any person in this time, finding a job would be a bit difficult, who am I kidding, its a lot harder. You need to be on top of everyone if you need a job and finding one that you are actually passionate enough, and something that is on the line of your liking, in that case you’re done. I mean congrats mate, you are one of those people in this world who is just fortunate enough to get one that perfectly suits you. Or that what you think until you’re thrown into work politics, taking shit from your boss and being blamed for things that should have gone right, but was somehow brought down because of your lack of experience. Which brings me to the rest of the 99.9 percent of us who look for jobs outside the campus of the university. This picture below kind of summarizes my point when people select you for those roles :
Or maybe something like this:
Yes, sadly that is the case. And the fact that India is number one in producing engineers isn’t helping either. Another way of getting into an organisation is like a closely guarded secret that everyone knows but does not talk about, sort of like sex. “Recommendation” – that, right there is a very powerful tool. And it’s surprising how it works, but it does, so what the heck right. After all that, climb through the corporate ladder, pushing people around, overflowing emotions and finally get to the end and what do you do? Yes, write some recommendations. That’s basically winning in life right there, or so we assume.
Now, let’s look at what the second option takes us. These people are very interesting. Lets be honest, US has become like a second home, there are like packs of Indians everywhere. So, most of those guys who failed at the first option get here. And those people who were called by there relatives, and friends also constitute this group. Also, a few group of friends who just follow their friends and start collecting LOR’s, SOP’s, GRE, TOEFL, et cetera, et cetera, all this before you even start the application process for an university. You have to make sure, so you apply for so many, you spend so much, with mostly of thoughts like this:
And when you finally get there, you realize it is such a pain in the back and you’ll do it anyways cause you just spent a hell lot of money and other Indian stuff like family and relatives and stuff. Showing off that you’re “enjoying” yourself on FB, and people go “wow”. And the one fine day, you finish your masters (yaaaay!), time to celebrate right? Oh no no no, you’re back to square one, which bring us to step number one, with just another thing in your resume – over qualification. Don’t get me wrong, you will somehow find a job and start it and earn, if you’re hardworking and still passionate about the stream that you took.
Now has anyone ever thought why there are just two options? Yes, think about it, why engineering? Were you really the one who chose that? Now I don’t want this to be like the article that point out the naked truth that we are lead or even pushed into this, but what to do if you are. Try to be productive anyways, like not being “bored”. Write a blog like this(:p), also, there is no job that is below your self assumed “standard”. Any and every experience is a good experience.You can’t start your career with an armani tux and go to board meetings. Besides, there is the option of quitting anyways, but, don’t quit immediately, go with it to a point where you know you have met a saturation point. Yes, salary is another thing, but if you’ve been able to read this post, on a laptop, phone or tablet, I don’t think that will be much of a hindrance. The whole point is, you don’t have to go to an interview and tell them you haven’t been doing anything after college, but can give them the simple truth that you like exploring options and have the ability to get out of your comfort zone, you might even find your actual passion in the end, you never actually know. So, just calm down, take a deep breath, and do what you want to do, anything at all, just experiment…