Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Job or Higher Studies after Engineering? The Eternal Dilemma Resolved


Some decisions are hard to make. If they are going to affect the career in a huge way, they suddenly become harder. One such decision is when a student is crossing a basic education threshold and finds himself /herself standing on a fork in the road – the road in engineering and IT fields. It splits in two ways from here. One can either continue pursuing studies for higher degrees or step onto the Job ground.

Decisions can be made a lot easier if they are sorted with the right tools – like facts, possibilities, permutations, readiness assessment, unique constraints, outcomes etc. But there is one thing that overrides all these tools – clarity. To be clear about what you actually want in life is going to shift the cloud of doubts quite fast indeed.
This is what you can do to make sure that you choose what you actually want to choose in the long run.

Go for Higher Studies if:

  1. You feel you have still not covered your field of expertise in the right way. Many areas have a lot of scope and depth that a good Masters or postgraduate degree helps to achieve. For such streams, it is ideal to equip yourself with adequate knowledge instead of jumping into shallow waters and later coming back for filling in gaps.
  2. If you are the sort of person who gets excited about creating, innovating and thinking; then it might be too soon for you to dive in the job market, or dive in the wrong market. Many engineering minds are wired way better for the creation of intellectual property or breakthrough research. There are, in fact, many CoEs (Centres of Excellence) that notable IT players have started to make room for such talent and leverage their brilliance in the right manner. You can research and come out with new patents or be a part of the incubation of new products or services in such places. Many such centres work in collaboration with good universities so exploring such options would be a good idea if that sounds more exciting to you.
  3. Monotony drives you crazy. Research gives you a kick. Simple. Go ahead and work towards a long-term project or a Ph.D. degree to channelise your research inclination in a good way. Many International and National institutes nowadays sponsor and enroll students for interesting projects and research work.
  4. If you feel that your area of choice is too nascent to be market-ready now, but it is definitely something that would be your strength in the long-run, it’s better to study it more. Many emerging technologies like strong AI, NLP etc., are going to take the time to turn into stable product life cycles, but you can always get ready for them for the day when they find a scale and widespread adoption.
  5. You prefer defining your own timelines to work-stress.

Go for a Job if:

  1. Your area of competence is in the ripe phase of market adoption and it would be a waste of time to delay using your skills because demand is on a high curve. In fact, you can learn more about this area in a real market scenario rather than in a college campus or a lab.
  2. Your professional goals entail fast growth and constant re-skilling. IT Jobs are the perfect avenues to grow financially and professionally if you are in the right industry. Also, you may want to keep changing your areas after reasonable stints and different projects during the course if a fast career would provide ample room for that.
  3. The financial and lifestyle ambitions you house align more with a job choice instead of investing more time or money into education.
  4. You are not the one for a classroom or a white coat. You prefer to learn hands-on, on the job and hence, would like to take up an actual project with practical, immediate outcomes.
  5. You love to work in teams and aspire to be part of a renowned IT player’s workforce.
  6. You want to climb corporate ladders and accomplish attractive designations early on in life.
  7. You have an early-retirement plan. Or you want to learn from on-the-job scenarios and take your own shot at entrepreneurship one day.
  8. You are okay handling work stress but can’t stand long wait-windows that research demands.
Get your mind sorted out about bigger goals of your life because that will help you in fine tuning these decisions better. Clarity wipes away the mist of confusion.

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