Education, Career and Passion

If you started your career in India as I did in the early nineties people had two choices Computer and Non Computer and as I moved on the years I found several people who in spite of taking non computer streams of education ended up in the computer field. Having done electrical engineering I myself found to be in the Information technology field.

This was in India where education was at one time not based on what you liked but focused on what could fetch a job. So engineering topped the list in comparison with the regular three years BA degree. But then there was also the Masters in Computer sciences (MCA PGDCA and several other post graduate courses that enabled way for people from non technical filedto jump into the IT bandwagon. So in reality it is true that opportunity in real world shapes the way education in a country evolves.

When I joined Engineering we had only seven colleges in my whole state of Kerala that provided undergrad engineering courses, and I had just one in my city. But then over the next few years with the advent of private colleges now we have so many more, if I am correct much more than 10 schools in my own city. Everyone was in engineering and then in specialized streams like web technologies, architecture and so on. And if you look at the situation now, finishing out of a technical school is no guarantee of a job and the only way you can get a job moves back to being able to contribute what the real world needs.

Career Switch was also never an option for many people in India before and that too is changing. They start in one career and then they make a switch even after 10 years in one field. The bottom line is we have two streams of activities going on at any time in people’s education and career journey here. One is what they have to do to make a living and the other is doing what they love. They go hand in hand and for some lucky ones they merge, but for many they go hand in hand. So one of the important things apart from being good in studies and having an eye on what the real world needs you also have to keep your passions alive. You don’t know when you will be ready to shift careers and merge them.

Never let go what you love to do even if you pursue a career in order to make a living

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