Alternate Careers for engineers

Hyderabad, September 28, 2017...Only 7 per cent Engineering graduates are suitable for core engineering jobs. Only 3 per cent have suitable skills to be employed in software or product market, and only 7 per cent can handle core engineering tasks. India has 6,214 engineering and technology institutions. These enrol 3crore students. Around 15 lakh engineers are released into the job market every year. But the dismal state of higher education in India ensures that they simply do not have adequate skills to be employed.

What alternative careersexist for Civil, Mechanical and Electrical engineers? What are the careersavailable besides the conventional ones for engineers outside ofengineering?  We need to create alternative jobs for engineers says RaviKumar Narra of DICCI(Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry)South India President. 

 

DICCI developed"Contracting" as an alternative career opportunity for SC/ST Civil,Electrical and Mechanical Engineering grads. We have developed Contractors Development Program for SC and ST engineering graduates.It is the joint effort of Dept. ofIndustries & Commerce, Govt. of TelanganaDalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and IndustryTelangana Chapter and National Academy ofConstruction, Hyderabad informed Ravi Kumar. Contractors Development Program for SC and STs is the dream project ofour Chief Minister K. Chandra Sekhar Rao. He desires to developSC/ST engineers into Class V contractors by providing appropriate training inNational Academy of  Construction and gradually mentor them to becomeClass I contractors. The government was further ordered that the certificateissued by the NAC should be treated by the various Government works Departmentsas fulfilling the education and experience qualification requirement for atleast Class V contractors, Ravi Kumar Added.

 

73 Engineers Awarded Class VContractors Licence. Two of them are girls informed Ravikumar. After B.Tech, weneed to think of alternate careers for engineering students. We found Contractingto be the top careers for Engineers outside for engineers, he said. If you're educated inengineering but looking for a career in another field, it's a good idea toconsider jobs that use your existing expertise but expose you to differentindustries, Ravikumar adds.  Yourengineering skills can be a valuable asset in a non-engineering positions too,he says. After the success of first batch, we are even thinking of organisingsome more batches, he told.

 

It is a common misconceptionthat engineering professionals are limited to technical jobs, but numerousoptions exist for alternate career paths. By finding creative ways to use theirskills. There are many different jobs engineers can do with an engineeringdegree.  

There are many alternativecareers that graduate engineers can do, both within the industry and elsewhere.An engineer's fundamental skills, such as logical thinking, problem-solving arehighly desirable in many other businesses, he said

 

What is in store forengineers in contracting? The main benefits of being a contractor is higherincome and greater flexibility. If you work an year contract at a high level ofpay, you can decide if you then want to take some time off, perhaps to travel,without being concerned about money. That is alternative choice we areproviding to young engineers, Ravi said. There’s always an alternative to everything you do and chose in life.Similar is the case with careers. Alternative careers are like the life savingjacket in a main stream boat. 


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