Right Job!!-Asking yourself- When? Why?

There are 2 key points that I am going to discuss in this article:
 1. Resume and interviews,
2. Selecting your career or the right job.

Resume and interview are the first of those things that are taught to us when we join any Bachelor’s program. Be it from engineering to BBA, BCA or BCS or BA; teachers always talk about how you would be put to test after leaving the course and how one will have to be prepared to crack it. They tell us about how life will take turn and how your two page resume will end up getting you a job somewhere in some cubicle.

There are hundreds of sites that talk only on how to crack interviews and how to build resumes. These sites are often taking considerations about what all people who have decided their life will flow only in certain direction, do. But, there are people whose resume talk about their life in such a varied way, that one tends to think how this person can do so much in just one life. These sites also offer various templates and flow charts to allow one to decide how their resume will look, depending on the job profile, preferred by the candidate. Also, on these same sites, you will find various interview questions and the tips to crack it. You won’t need to go anywhere else to find information regarding anything, to relate to resume and interviews.

But there is this one thought, constantly nagging us, that whether the job we chose is the right one. Will it always make us happy? Will it always make us proud of ourselves? Will I be contented with the work that I will do here? How many sites are there which actually talks about what job is right for you?

I read an article on Forbes site. It was written by Muse, the contributor. This article talks about how one can choose the right career path and then decide where to go. I found this very interesting piece of information when I was searching for a site regarding how to choose the right career for myself. Believe me, there are fewer sites that actually make you think about careers. Here are the questions you can find on that site which I found interesting:

1. If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with, I’d choose____________, because ____________.

2. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do ____________. It’s interesting to me because ____________.

3. If I had the right education or skill set, I’d definitely try ____________, because ____________.

4. If I had to go back to school tomorrow, I’d major in ____________, because ____________.

5. My co-workers and friends always say I’m great at ____________, because ____________.

6. The thing I love most about my current job is ____________, because ____________.

7. If my boss would let me, I’d do more of ____________, because ____________.

8. If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent “working” on something, I’d choose ____________, because ____________.

9. When I retire, I want to be known for ____________, because ____________.

When you are done with answering these questions, you may think that, “I never gave a thought on this. I never actually know what I wanted to do!! ”. This tough thought provoking!! The major point is to read this article is to make you realize that, the job you do, isn’t actually you want to do. Many people complain that they aren’t happy, where they work. The reason I found is they do not think seriously on what kind of job they want to do. Students take certain course because their parents said they would be good at or they were misguided by someone influential person or what they see on TV. Having a will for particular course isn’t bad, but answering these questions might give an insight whether what you chose is right or is not worth your time.

I checked one lecture named “Your Job is not your job” on YouTube given by a professor at MIT. His name is Prof. Fred Kofman. He talked about how one can define the goal in one’s work profile. If a person is sure what his job is he will be so certain, that he will not be fed up with work again. For example, if I ask a teacher what is your job? He will reply my job is to teach. But, Fred Kofman says that no, your job isn’t teaching!!!! Your job is to help other people learn. People come to you because they think you are their best guide. This is the difference that Prof. Fred Kofman stated in that lecture.

Making your goal certain so that your decision is right.

The reason I am writing this article is to, help my friends to develop thinking for themselves.

How A Leader Should Be

Everybody knows the importance of a good leader. Leaders have always been there throughout the history of mankind. Whether we take an example of a leader in a family in the Stone Age times or leader in medieval history or in the current generation of digital marketing, the presence and importance of a leader have always been felt. Although present times have changed enormously with those of the previous times, a society of no matter which time period it is from always looks upon its leaders to guide them.

Any organization, state, sports team, or even a family cannot run successfully without an effective leader. There seems to be some key way and qualities for a person to become an effective and influential leader.

A good leader always has to possess knowledge. It is of diminutive importance that how much he is educated. Education imbibes skills while leadership qualities are initiated by the person himself. Many a time, a street smart person turns out to be a great leader, not because of education but because of knowledge. This is a global thing. Several educational qualifications are required to become government officials but there is no particular formula required for a leader. Taking an example of a flock of sheep and a dog may prove to be helpful here. If we consider the flock to be a team which provides wool and milk, thus our educated class and the herding dog who guides them and help them to be together to provide better products, a smart leader then we can understand this. This type of leader can work great to be a minister of some place but not in a technical field.

All people must have acknowledged someone in their lives, a person with a personality who is absolutely perfect in his skills and is the best in domain. Leaders may not be good in teaching their skills to others. Therefore, education need not provide a good leader every time. Many ministers in many countries aren’t educated, but that doesn’t stop them to become a leader. Their communication skills and knowledge about people in general are more than enough to have a potential to lead a country. Largely, sometimes even the most educated one knows that he must get a good guide above him, to show him his path.

Leaders always have been good with people. They have the orating power which can influence people. His orating skills should be sharp and succinct. He should not be personal, but can use personal experience to induce confidence in his team. Many of us in our personal lives, long to a have a great leader among us. In today’s time of entrepreneurship, if we a have a technical developer and a market enthusiast, they both would want a good leader. Leader should be able to provide a delightful environment for the workers to produce good results.
A good leader is aware of the fact that getting the best out of anybody is essential. His own work in his team should be commendable. The initiation and a strong base for any project should be set up.by him. He should be able to plan out things. Planning of any sort is very important in a system. His planning should be in such a way that it independently empowers his workers and gives them freedom to put forward their best work. With his planning he should have a mind vision of the process of the whole work. He should take a flexible approach in his work and should know how to reroute a path, if some process takes time.
Apart from his own work, a leader will help to build a strong leadership quality in him should be his ethics and courage. We see that morality is everywhere. His followers would be well informed how moral he is. And in this field, it would turn out to be a huge boost in his worker’s mind to see that their leader values ethics . A well established moral code mixed with courage would take the impression of a leader for his team on skies. If we put our self in the shoes of a worker and where his leader shows raw and brutal courage for risks , we can easily imagine the strong positive vibes coming. Good moral values not only keep in check with the behavior of the leader, but also with the followers.

A leader knows he has a team or workers or a society behind him. He must be willing to admit his mistakes whenever been done. A relation between a leader and his team should be understood completely. As in any relation trust is the building blocks of that relation, so as in this one. An employee can always show his trust to his company by being loyal to it and giving his maximum effort every time the company asks for it. But, for a leader, gaining trust of his fellow workers is of extreme importance. The simple and most effective way is to be honest with them. Leader is also a human and thus eventuality would bring out a mistake in him. A smart and great leader must take this opportunity of his mistake and declare his apologies to his team members.

True test of leader anywhere, comes during a time of emergency or a big crisis.Any sign of panic would not be well taken by his subjects. He must show great patience during these times. He would have to work with his team to get to a suitable solution of the problem. Taking everybody together would help to overcome the situation.

Becoming a great leader is an art and to master this art one must have these many qualities. We have seen in the past how not having a good leadership system caused havoc .The mighty Mughal Empire fall down after the fall of Aurangzeb. Before that, the Mughals had ruled India, for more than 300 years only because of majestic leaders like Akbar. All time great leaders like Julius Caesar, Adolf Hitler, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi etc, all these have been able to be great leaders by their work ethics and people skill. The society always needs a good leader. Without a good leader, even the best of minds would struggle to comprehend their thoughts.
Any leader must be resourceful. He should see his skilled team as resource. He should know where to use what resource. Also he must be answerable to his colleagues. An interaction is a must where the leader listens to the many ideas and gets a feed back of his work. Maintaining a family like atmosphere is very significant. What must be completely avoided by the leader is to form any kind of biased favor for anyone. There should be no hierarchical clusters be allowed to form in the work. A leader must always possess qualities of a judge. His good judgement in cases of conflicts would be important.

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY

Independence Day is celebrated by the people of India every year on 15th of August as a National Holiday to commemorate the independence of India from the Kingdom of Great Britain.

On 15 August 1947, Jawaharlal Nehru, who had become the first Prime Minister of India that day, raised the Indian national flag above the Lahore Gate of the RedFort in Delhi.

India is a country where millions of people live together whether they belong to various religion, cultures or traditions and celebrate this special occasion with great joy. At this day, as being an Indian, we should feel proud and must take an oath to keep ourselves loyal and patriotic in order to save our motherland from any type of attack or humiliation.

Happy Independence Day

The color of our flag signifies:

Saffron: Saffron color represents courage and selflessness.

White: The white color in the Tiranga represents honesty, peace and purity. It highlights the importance of maintaining peace in the country.

Green: The green color of the flag represents faith and chivalry. It is a symbolism of prosperity, vibrancy and life.

Ashoka Chakra: The Ashoka Chakra or the Dharma Chakra (Wheel of Law) has 24 spokes and appears on the number of edicts of Ashoka.

Take a stand against evil, corruption & terrorism, for we belong to India, a nation of pride….!!!

Never forget the heroes who scarified their lives to bring up this glorious day to India.

In view of the hard battles of our freedom fighter we are currently ready to appreciate the opportunity and inhale natural air as per our wish. Getting free from the Britishers was truly an outlandish undertaking our fighter did with their consistent endeavors.

American Ways of Spoiling Education

Back in 2004-05 a web series called How-To-Do Girls started, featuring women in bikinis teaching calculus.

How-to-Do Girls tackle that notorious freshman weeder class. Playboy model, Jaime Lynn, and MIT Nuclear Engineering Graduate, Paige, use more than the black board to teach that perennial hardcore college subject, calculus. Paige & Jaime Lynn as your math teaching assistant give a whole new meaning to education. Bikini Calculus is entertainment but it’s also a real calculus tutorial. As a tutorial it helps students understand and remember the basic rules of calculus. Each rule is presented with a memory association. You can have a look at the video Bikini Calculus.

Though this video helped students to understand calculus in an easy way but it is not at all acceptable to teach students in such a way. This kind of videos will affect the mental health of students and they may not take education seriously. Such kind of nuisance will degrade the quality and value of education. The topic Calculus can also be related to some other concepts in the physical world such as concepts of calculus include motion, electricity, heat, light, harmonics, acoustics, astronomy, and dynamics. In fact, even advanced physics concepts including electromagnetism and Einstein`s theory of relativity use calculus. In the field of chemistry, calculus can be used to predict functions such as reaction rates and radioactive decay. Meanwhile, in biology, it is utilized to formulate rates such as birth and death rates. In economics, calculus is used to compute marginal cost and marginal revenue, enabling economists to predict maximum profit in a specific setting. In addition, it is used to check answers for different mathematical disciplines such as statistics, analytical geometry, and algebra.
These two ladies had set up a multimillion dollar business by selling such DVD`s of various mathematics concepts.

The DVD includes:

  • Intro to Bikini Calculus — overview of the concept of calculus
  • Prerequisites — some things you should learn before you try calculus
  • Constant Rule — the easiest way to do it
  • Power Rule — the all purpose get the job done rule
  • Constant Multiple Rule — what to do with extra stuff
  • Addition Rule — doing more than one term
  • Product Rule — I can’t separate them, what do I do now?
  • Quotient Rule — over, under, sideways, down
  • Reciprocal Rule — guys, pay attention to this
  • Exponential Rule — looks like the power rule but not quite
  • Logarithm — knock knock knock
  • Trigonometric Functions — I’ll always remember
  • Chain Rule — everyone’s favorite
  • Paige Behind the Scenes — Jacuzzi & pizza interview, on the set
  • Jaime Lynn Behind the Scenes — Jaime Lynn talks about dreams, Shoot Music Video, on the set
  • Bloopers — oops, do it again
  • Extras — short funny clips, photo galleries.
Such kind of stuff should not be entertained by educational authorities. Education is a pure thing it is the process of facilitating learning. Knowledge, skills, values, beliefs, and habits of a group of people are transferred to other people, through storytelling, discussion, teaching, training, or research. During certain critical periods of childhood, the mind appears to be developing a “hardwire” for what the person will be aroused by or attracted to. Exposure to unhealthy sexual norms and attitudes during this critical period can result in the child developing a unhealthy sexual orientation. It distorts the normal personality development process and supplies misinformation about a child’s sexuality, sense of self, and body that leaves the child confused, changed, and damaged.

Why Engineers do not have strong technical knowledge…??

Padma Deshmukh, controller of exams, said, “Since the number of engineering colleges has gone up these days, the quality of students is declining. Those who don’t have engineering skills are also doing the engineering course.”

Hence it is observed that some of the students opting for engineering do not have a serious approach to complete their degree. Students may study engineering due to peer pressure while others may go for engineering because they do not have any other option. Students who come with this attitude in colleges are not able to study technically, they just want to get passing marks and some how get the degree certificate.

According to the results declared in 2013-14, out of 29,565 students from all affiliated colleges who appeared for the first semester exam only 10,245 have passed. That is just 35%.

Students are blaming on the tough curriculum and poor quality of teaching. However, according to teachers, with the increase in number of colleges, the quality of students opting for engineering is declining. Hence student’s attitude towards engineering is not right. Most of the students prefer to study a night before examination. In this case students refer only local author books; these books may or may not contain proper and full conceptual knowledge of the subject.

Reasons for poor technical knowledge of students:

  • The approach of “Last Night Engineering Study?”

Many at the high school and college level are particularly guilty of it, but staying up all night cramming for an exam has been shown to do very little good for test preparation or performance.

Not all but many of the local authors books do not contain conceptual knowledge about the subject. This may lead to incomplete or improper knowledge to students. Referring only local author books may not impair proper technically knowledge to students.

  • Not Making an Outline

If a student is not making outlines while studying or writing a paper, then the results most likely will not be the intended grade. There are many reasons to make an outline. It helps to keep track of large amounts of information, organize ideas, and present the class material in a logical way. Instead of trying to reread a textbook or write an essay from scratch, make an outline to organize thoughts and study more effectively.

  • Mugging up the topics

Students mug up on the exam day, somehow remember the stuffs and after writing them all those stuffs vanishes like smoke. a civil engineering students from pune claims that”Even without knowing practically how to design beams, columns etc, I scored 8 pointer in Structural Design. Now when we need to use the knowledge of structural design in 7th sem project, not only me but the so called toppers are bound to study all the topics again!!”

  • Repetition of question paper/pattern

As students know that the same paper pattern will be repeated in this semester, they study only for getting marks. Students will mug up the most repeated questions from last 5 years and will score their much needed 40 marks…!!

  • Every Assignment Feels the Same

Nearly every homework assignment and test question is a math problem. Only a few courses require creativity or offer hands-on experience.

Conclusion:

Finally, when it’s all done and you come back home with an unused brain in your head but without any job in hand; the blame game begins. Your parents blame you for not studying, you blame your teacher for not teaching, your teacher blames the college for not providing resources, your college blames the University for not updating the syllabus and the game goes on and on. With a national survey claiming that only 11% engineers are employable, the Indian parents, who sent their wards for engineering thinking their bright kids will get a job as easy as child’s play, may have to spend some sleepless nights thinking if their decision was worth.

We need engineers!

Imparting technical education will provide a thrust to ‘Make in India’ concept.

Looking at the number of engineering colleges in India and the number of engineers coming out of these colleges, the questions that form in everyone’s minds are, “does India need so many engineers?” Are they all employable? The negativism brought forth by such questions has crippled engineering education in India.

In this global era, rather than focus on India, the question should be whether the world needs so many engineers. The answer is a big, “yes.” Is there a need for scientists? The answer is again, “yes.” The world needs in plenty well-equipped, talented graduates with the right attitude. There are job opportunities for those who have the potential. In addition, opportunities for self-employment are also plenty for innovative and energetic minds.

Technical Education plays a vital role in human resource development of the country by creating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving the quality of life of its people. Technical Education covers programs in engineering, technology, management, architecture, town planning, pharmacy, applied arts & crafts, hotel management and catering technology.

Current scenario

Our school education system offers combinations of courses in the higher secondary level such that a student by choosing these groups can pursue engineering or medicine, even though these two streams call for entirely different aptitudes. The ideal higher secondary system would orient the student towards evaluating their aptitude and choosing to pursue one of the two streams. This would ensure that the chosen stream matches their aptitude. This is not happening now.

In the absence of proper orientation in the system, parents and their wards follow an inappropriate procedure while selecting their branch of study in the college.
During counselling, we notice that the selection of a branch of study is based on the following:
(1) The most sought-after branch in counselling,
(2) The branch having good job opportunities as seen by the previous year placements,
(3) Parental pressure and
(4) Peer pressure.
This is not the right practice. The correct way will be to spend some time assessing one’s interest for a particular branch and check if it matches well with the aptitude one has and the chosen branch of study.

How to make the choice

There are some thumb rules to be followed in choosing an engineering education.

  • The interest of the candidate and his/her choice of branch should be the criteria for admission. •Every parent should orient the child towards finding out their natural interest and the aptitude for the particular subject or branch of study.
  • Parents should avoid deciding for the candidate.
  • For a strong-willed person, if the choice is made based on his/her liking and natural taste, then studying that branch will be the best thing rather than joining any other branch, for whatever reason.
  • It is not wise to join a branch of study because it is popular or because the job opportunities are high.
  • The choice of institution is also critical.

The other option is for the students to take the branch of study available in a reputed college and start liking that branch, plan well and work hard. What is critical is students’ interest in the branch of study and the efforts put in by them to equip themselves adequately enough during their studies.

Measures to Improve Access and Opportunity

Greater Career Awareness

Notwithstanding efforts over the years, students and their families need encouragement and access to information at a much earlier stage than has typically been provided, through exposure to role models who look like them, information about the kinds of jobs done by persons with preparation in engineering, and examples to dispel the idea that engineering is solitary work. And both students and parents need to know that engineering and technical jobs have been quite resistant to recession-related unemployment and that they enjoy some of the smallest pay gaps between males and females.

More Engineering and Technology in the Precollege Curriculum

Increased career awareness needs to be accompanied by increased access to engineering concepts and ideas.The framework emphasizes equitable opportunity to learn and personal identification with problems. The greatest challenge will be in providing equitable access to individuals in the classroom (i.e., teachers and/or visiting professionals) who can incorporate this into their teaching and support student learning.

Quality Education

Unless and until the structure of educational opportunity is addressed it will be very difficult for schools to provide quality education for all students. As it is, access to rigorous courses, good teaching, adequate facilities, and appropriate equipment correlate with socioeconomic status and racial/ethnic group membership, and poor and underrepresented minority students receive less of everything needed to successfully study STEM. Students at these schools need to have access to more courses as well as programs such as the National Math and Science Initiative’s Advanced Placement Training and Incentive Program (APTIP).

More After- and Out-of-School Experiences Connected to Engineering

Early efforts to increase the participation of females and underrepresented minorities in engineering education and careers started outside of school. Programs such as Expanding Your Horizons for female students and Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) for minority students were established by university-level program advocates (e.g., Malcom et al. 1984). Programs for girls often emphasized the experiences and role model aspects of intervention, as well as interactions with parents to provide career information. Programs for minorities offered experiences as well as rigorous supplemental course content at a level needed for students intending to major in STEM fields. But just 19 percent of students have access to such programs (Change the Equation 2012). More efforts are needed to expand the opportunities to engage in science and engineering experiences after school and during summers. Communities must be engaged and relevant contexts created for students from different populations.

Targeted Research

Support is needed for research, experimentation, and evaluation that can point to effective practices and refinement of instructional strategies and policies to “fix the system.” The findings of such research can eventually reduce the need for interventions and support the creation of institutions that work for all.

Conclusion :

India is witnessing the age of science and technology. There is huge demand for technical education in modern age. The pattern of life evolving in this age is very much different from the one we would find in our society even some fifty years back. Technical Education imparts knowledge of specific trade, craft or profession.

Technical Education can meet the expanding demands of expanding society and to meet its multiplying demands. The industries, mechanized systems and scientific research centers all over the world prove beyond doubt that our tie with the past is snapped and instead of bare hands we must use machines and technological devices for all-round development and regeneration of human society.

Are we designing engineering curriculum scientifically?

Engineering is Hard!

What? My first day in college and I’m told it will be hard?

Engineering is a hard major but can provide you a lifetime of rewards if it matches your interests and talents.Engineering is hard, but so are athletics, music, religious observance, marriage, parenting, and many other popular worthwhile pursuits.

If we want our country and economy to get back on track we need to fix the education system for math and science related degrees. It’s simple really and everyone knows it. Growth happens when people build and sell things. In an age of high tech innovation those “growth” building blocks rely squarely on the skills acquired in a science, technology, math or engineering curriculum.

4 hours a day, 5 days a week, a professor stands up in front of a classroom and paraphrases sections from a book. After a few weeks of lectures and labs, the class is ready for its first test. A few days before the exam the libraries are packed. Students cram all of the formulas and anecdotes into their brains because in a few hours they will be responsible for regurgitating those same formulas onto a test. And once that test is finished, all of that information evaporates. Why? Because now the students need to focus on the next chapters and shortly thereafter they’ll have their next exam. By the next semester most of the learned information will go to waste because there was never any real practical experience applied to the information in the first place. Cram, regurgitate, next.

Learning from experience : David Drew a professor from foreign university, basically said to the class, “Here are some parts, here is how to make a Printed Circuit Board (PCB), and here are some circuits. Go build a firefighting robot that can autonomously navigate a maze and put out a fire.” What ensued was what all engineering programs should be like. Students had to figure things out on their own and when they had questions they would ask Mr. David. By the end of the class students had learned about resistors, transistors, tute-bot circuits, and an entire array of engineering concepts.Students learn these concepts by doing and not by sitting in some lecture hall taking notes.

Students are different learners then they were ten years ago. Education is what needs to change. Student’s today can’t learn the same way we did.

We need a motivating curriculum that enhances a student’s preparedness for life.

Innovation in the Classroom Helps Teachers Meet a Wide Range of Student Interests and Achievement Levels.

Teachers know that if students are unable to see the “real world” importance in a lesson, the instruction falls flat. Fully 94% of teachers across all grade levels say learning experiences that provide students with 21stCentury skills are absolutely essential (54%) or very important (40%) in impacting achievement.
Teachers identified two key ways of providing these kinds of relevant experiences:

1)  Differentiate assignments to, in effect, meet students “where they are” in terms of both personal interest and individual ability;

2)  Use technology and other materials to keep students engaged while teaching them the material they need to learn in order to advance academically.
These ideas were clearly reinforced by the survey findings.