Mechanical, Electrical, Computer Science or something else? Deciding upon the right engineering stream is quite tricky for both students and their parents.

Most of us go through the same dilemma after clearing different entrance exams. A lot of thought goes into choosing the right branch in engineering. Most students go by the job prospects of the field while making this decision, interest and aptitude could get ignored in the process. Some students are confused about the selection of the suitable branch of Engineering.

Well, the confusion is justified. Today, there are number of Engineering branches! Earlier, there used to be only the core branches- Electrical, Mechanical and Civil Engineering. Now, the number of branch has increased rapidly and so has the confusion about selecting the suitable one. Many students are even unaware of certain new branches of Engineering

Here are 5 tips which every student should consider while making this decision:

1. Go for interest, not scopeWhile we may say that scope for a field keeps changing with time, as we see new trends coming up every few years. The reality is, every branch has good scope and opportunities if you perform well in it. Contrary to this, if you take up a branch just based on its job prospects and lack interest in it, you’ll end up getting nowhere.

 

2. Branch vs College

It is that time in your life, where you have to choose from a platter. Whether you choose college A over college B or branch X over branch Y should not be a random decision and instead be based on research on these colleges and the electives they offer under each course. Run through the college websites and the course material they offer under the branch you aspire for to make the right decision.

 

3. Specialization is good

Engineering provides opportunity to specialize. Choosing one from the various types of engineering disciplines is not an easy job. Digging deeper and knowing more about every branch can help you in making the right choice. Clearer the approach better will be the results.

 

4. Work life after graduation/ Job Prospects

It is critical to understand what kind of professional work is expected out of you once you take up a job. For instance, Civil Engineering means a lot of field-work and if you are not suited for that, you better not choose Civil Engineering in the first place. So, while choosing your Engineering branch, keep in mind the job prospects related to that branch.

5. Options for Post graduation

If you aspire to do post graduation, and have some ideas already, it might be a good idea to do a quick check on the opportunities for the post graduation. For example, if you choose to pursue Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, you can do your Masters in Robotics, Automobile or Industrial apart from core mechanical opportunities like manufacturing etc.

 

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