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Clueless

11 Aug

“What do you want to do in future?”
“MBA” ( with MBA being the “in thing” right now in Banglore)
“Why?”
“Because I want to do management.”
” Do you know what you want to be after MBA? Investment Banker, Entrepreuner,Product Manager,Finance”
“…………………..”

“What do you want to do?
“MBA”
“Then, why are you studying engineering ?”
“Because I want to do electronic business.”
“What will happen if you get a job in a different field after your MBA? Will you join it?”
“I want to do electronic business.” ( Wonder what this one meant?)

I gave a presentation to some students in an engineering college here , at Banglore, about the various career options in the h/w industry and how it works. The college as such is not too bad as it is in the 2nd tier of colleges in Karnataka and is ranked 7 or 8. But, the students were a different story.They were electronics students and except for a couple , no one was interested in becoming an electronics graduate. None of them had a clue. I still remember my college days when we loved listening to a guest lecture . Though I would not go to the extent of saying I loved transistors, but I can say I loved electronics and still do. Wonder why these students even study engineering? Is it just pressure from parents or is it because engineering as a course has become easily available even to very mediocre students? A pity.

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Posted by on August 11, 2009 in General

 

6 responses to “Clueless

  1. Jai

    August 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    one thing i can say is that you are going to see more and more of this. there are some interesting areas of research being carried out studying the future of industries. a good businessperson will be one who understands technology very well and also how to make the necessary compromises to make money. but with access to rich data that was often not available just a generation ago, a well functioning business of the future will need few good decision makers and lots of workers. obviously everybody wants to be a decision maker (at least at a perceived level) and they believe that having an MBA will get them there. as a result, we have bunch of mediocre engineers pretending to be managers. middle managers of the future will be the most frustrated lot in the entire workforce.

    Jai

     
    • shoba

      August 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

      I agree with you Jai. Middle managers, even now,are the frustrated lot. With the advent of Service oriented firms, every T,D and Harry has the title of a manager, without even knowing what managing is all about.

       
  2. Saumya

    August 14, 2009 at 9:58 am

    It’s all about jobs. In our parents generation, everybody wanted to work in a bank and become a bank officer. Now, everyone wants to become an engineer.

    It is sad that we don’t really allow ourselves to be guided towards our careers based on our strengths in India.

     
    • shoba

      August 16, 2009 at 10:23 am

      Saumya,
      Its not just about students wanting to become an engineer. With numerous colleges offering Engineering , a very mediocre student is able to get the degree and it has totally lost its value.

       
  3. Bhagyashri

    August 19, 2009 at 4:37 am

    I guess its the lack of knowledge about the various other options available. In India if a student is above average & does well in Science/Maths, the only streams they think of are Medicine & Engineering. Medicine being a very specific area, most people opt for Engineering and when deciding on a subject usually go for Computer Science or Electronics as these are the ‘running’ topics nowadays. Some of them start regretting it as early as in their second year of the course but no one wants to go back. So they end up becoming Engineers and look for other courses such as the MBA to increase their ‘scope’. And then if its not MBA, they can always do a Software course & become a ‘Software Engineer’..right?

     
    • shoba

      August 19, 2009 at 11:15 am

      Bhagyashri,
      Firstly, thanks for taking time to comment.

      “In India if a student is above average & does well in Science/Maths, the only streams they think of are Medicine & Engineering.”

      > Unfortunately, nowadays, a student does not need to be above average in science/Maths to think of engineering. I know of students with just 70% who are studying engineering. Also, IMHO, I think even a 12th std student can do a software course and start programming to be called a software engineer, which many people do too.The whole dynamics in India has changed. Engineering is no longer a prized degree.

       

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