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Author Bio – Ankur Rautela is an engineering professional with specialization in bio-medics. He loves to stay updated with the advancements in other branches of engineering. He owns a blog where he shares information and tips for aspiring engineering students. In this article, he talks about how to build a winning career as an engineer.

So, you are finally going to say goodbye to school and get set for college life? You must be having mixed feelings since school life is the most enjoyable part of life whereas college years are adventurous. Amidst all these, let me ask you an important question. Are you sure about which career path to follow right after the results of class 12? It is necessary to choose your career at this stage so that you get a lot of time for proper preparation. For example, if engineering is on your mind, you need to be focused and work hard to secure good grades and craft a successful career as an engineering professional. In this article, you will find useful information about various career options in engineering.

Engineering professionals are called problem solvers. They are extremely tech-savvy and possess a strong base in science and mathematics. They apply their high-end skills to identify discrepancies, handle the issues tactfully and offer a flawless and functional product. The disciplines of engineering are as follows.

  • Software

  • Computer hardware

  • Electrical and Electronics (both are the not the same contrary to popular notion)

  • Aerospace

  • Agricultural

  • Chemical

  • Mechanical

  • Petroleum

  • Nuclear

  • Industrial

  • Mining and Geological

  • Materials

  • Civil

  • Biomedical

  • Environmental

Depending on your interests, you may choose any branch. But, before taking up engineering as your career, make a self-assessment and ask yourself some questions.

  1. Are science and maths your favorite subjects?

  2. Do you have technical skills?

  3. Are you interested in facing new challenges every day?

  4. Finally, do you have what it takes to be a successful engineer?

If the answer to the above four questions is ‘Yes’, you can craft a shining career in this creative field. Engineers are well-paid. This is a rewarding profession, but always remember that the most efficient and competent professionals are given the rewards they deserve.

What academic skills are required?

A bachelor’s degree in your chosen discipline is needed to land up an entry-level job. You may choose to pursue a master’s degree which will increase your knowledge and broaden your expertise and eventually, get you promotions. Some students prefer to go for the post-graduation course right after completing graduation while some seek internship opportunities in reputed companies after graduation. The latter group pursue the master’s degree at a later stage. However, there is another group of students who work as interns and earn the master’s degree simultaneously. If you wish to opt for this, you need to have high time-management and adjusting skills. Otherwise, it may be a tough job to balance office and studies appropriately.

What interpersonal skills are required?

Apart from creative mind and a technically sound nature, as an aspiring engineer, you must possess

  • Strong communication skills

  • Capacity to work under pressure

  • Efficiency to meet deadlines

  • Good team-working skills

When you will get promoted to a senior position, your leadership quality will come into play. Also, aeronautical and marine engineers are required to work under various conditions. An ability to adapt to different situations is a must-requirement in them.

As an engineering professional, you have the option to get employed in a government organisation. Engineers in public organisations need to be licensed and they are known as professional engineers or PE. You can obtain the licensure by completing a degree course affiliated by your state or central government educational entity. You may visit Sarvgyan to learn more about the fascinating career of engineering.