Continuing with my earlier post, I would like to mention something relevant to engineering students from any engineering branch who want to make a career in computer programming, computer application and software building. The opinion mentioned here are my personal opinion and you can choose to agree, dis-agree, get upset or restless or decide to ignore it.

There is a term called ROI – Return on Investment,  which essentially means the extent of  result achieved from the amount of efforts put in. Notwithstanding if someone is very interested in certain area however mundane/ordinary it is, one can become a success driven purely by his interest. But in case one is dis-passionately open to any career option as long as it leads to success then read on.

With IT ruling the roost and providing enough room for engineers from any discipline – civil, electrical, mechanical, metallurgy, aeronautical or even chemical, one should pause and re-think if  coding jobs will do justice to their potential and result in higher ROI for the career. With so many engineers joining the coding career, it is easy to get lost in the crowd and one has to dis-proportionately put in higher efforts to out-shine others. So in my opinion coding is an extremely safe bet but with low ROI.  One can spend 2,5,10 or even 15 years bent before the computer screen and type away endless codes, not a very inspiring sight after the initial 1-3 years of euphoria of coming up with a coding masterpiece. It would be pertinent to mention here that all the time one spend in his/her cubicle also keep one away from enjoying nature – sun-shine, cool breeze, meeting people from diverse back-ground or to even have a peek at the massive industry shop-floors (some may not agree on such stuff, accepted).

The alternatives are as follows;

1.   Business Intelligence : With massive amount of digital data being generated on the organisation servers, to make sense or to extract intelligence from such data has become very important. It is same as if you are lost in a bazaar but once you  take an aerial view you are able to make some sense from the chaos and then act accordingly. The field is called BI – Business Intelligence which means to extact information from the vast amount of data, more information can be had from Wikipedia . This will allow one to use existing available software tools to get meaningful information which is worth a fortune for any company. So it would be a good idea to invest in training on Data Analytics and other relevant courses.

2.  Software development v/s Application implementation: It would be more prudent to apply available software tools to implement solutions instead of investing in coding for a software tool itself. A smart engineer can integrate the available tools to provide a cost-effective solution, exceeding company’s expectations to get his/her moment of glory. There is no end to writing codes, so think of  the ROI that one get trough such a route. In my opinion company will pay more for the solution to their problems instead of adding some new features to the standard database and desktop application packages.

3.  Engineering know-how coupled with IT: It is often though that the big IT companies who are hiring bright engineers from non-IT engineering trades are in fact depriving other sectors of the brilliant talent. Engineers from non IT/Software degrees should couple their domain know-how with computers to give a solution that the industry needs.  Accelerating the engineering output using software a tool will give immediate benefits – more work done in less time, more alternatives being evaluated and to reduce the time to serve customer of  an organisation will give more bang out of the buck for one’s career. Such field can do wonders for female engineers who do not have to expose themselves to the tough industrial environment. Imagine the output multiplier effect that CAD (Computer-aided-design) software can bring to and engineer from civil, mechanical, electrical, electronics or any other traditions field. So look for the IT solutions available for your core degree and invest accordingly.

So take a pause, think, explore and acquire skills to which can compel companies to give you a bright career on a platter.

2 thoughts on “Career options for engineers – Part 2

  1. I know a lot about this topic so please fivgore the length of this reply. I have a lot of good info for you. I am a mother of two little girls who are actually tugging on my arm as I write this so I will try to be brief. Many people are looking for work from home companies. All the scams definitely create a big problem but also, there is a problem of people misunderstanding the difference between work from home jobs and work from home opportunities. There really are not work from home e2€œjobse2€9d. To get that you have to start working for a company in their offices first, then they MAY allow you to take the job home.Most of the work from home opportunities that are legitimate offers are not an hourly pay type job. They are business opportunities that help you in starting your own business from your home.What you should do first is to decide if you are simply looking for an hourly rate type job or if you are looking for more of an opportunity for additional income such as what you would make in your own business being your own boss from home. Many say a JOB stands for Just Over Broker and I have found that to be true as well. I never got anywhere working for others. Small home businesses have some small costs involved, less then $100 to start is reasonable and I would stay away from those wanting $300, $500 even some asking for $1000-$5000. It doesne2€™t cost that much to start and run a home business so you shouldne2€™t pay it. The real ones will have a small monthly overhead as well. Should be around $50 a month but no more then $75. And everything should be included from your web sites to training and team support to back office accounting and booking. Ite2€™s ok to pay this overhead because ite2€™s a business, they cost money. Ite2€™s not reasonable to assume you can run a business from home with a website and more for free so do keep that in mind as you search. If you are coming across places that say free then I would RUN done2€™t walk the other way! They never are. I tried them many a times and 3 weeks later I had to buy this and 6 weeks later that. After 6 months these e2€œfree businessese2€9d had cost me over $800 on average.Ie2€™m a stay at home mom of two little girls as I mentioned, ages 1 and 3. I work about 15-18 hours per week for a National Medical Benefits Company. This is a home business, a nationally known and reputable home business which is what you need to make sure you are looking for. I have been with the company almost a year now and I make over $2000 a month! In your first month, depending on how many hours you can work, I have seen people make anywhere from $300 to over $3000. And your income will increase each month because we get paid residual income as well. If I continue on as I am going at the end of the year I will be making $5000 a month. My friend Becky from South Carolina started 2 years before me and she is now making $95,000 a year with this company.The best part is they have 401(k), direct deposit, life insurance and a benefits package most of which you get from day one. In addition, there are no products, no hard selling or pushing, no cold calling, no home parties and no telemarketing! That was VERY important to me.I absolutely love working with them and I can’t believe I am making what I am making and in so few hours per week. The neat thing is there are other people on your team that you work with so you are never alone. You have great team support and you get to know the other people on your team pretty well. The support is great but I have made wonderful friends as well. I think thate2€™s important too, especially being at home!I was a bit apprehensive at first because I know a lot of companies are not legit but this company is the number one National Medical Benefits Company in the US. They are a member of the US Chamber of Commerce, and the National Association of Dental Plans and the owner of the company actually sits on the board of The Consumer Health Alliance to which we are also members. Also they were featured in e2€œThe New York Timese2€9d, e2€œWall Street Journale2€9d e2€œTime Magazinee2€9d and the e2€œAmerican Medical Reviewe2€9d. Even e2€œ60 Minutese2€9d with Morley Safer did a big special on this home based business.Even more then all this is they are accepted at over 100,000 retailers nation wide. These are fortune 500 companies like Sears, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Wal-mart, Publix and more. These companies would never work with a company that was any thing less then reputable. That made me feel very good about working with them knowing they were accepted at these stores that I frequent. Also now of course being with them I get the dental and vision benefits for free and I saved over $150 on my last visit to the dentist! Thate2€™s just a beautiful perk! : – ) When I first started I just felt very safe with them, that and my friend was already making so much money with Ameriplan. But at this point I feel a sense of security financially that our family has never had before. That plus LOVING what you do? What could be better? Check them out! Just type in in your web browser.-AmyThis answer has been chosen as a e2€œBest Answere2€9d more then 14 times!

    1. Dear Madam,
      There are two kind of persons in the job market, first ones are those how are ambitious and love to work for big companies and then may be later become entrepreneurs making it big. Second one are kind of people who want to enjoy life and will not be disappointed in case they are lagging behind their peers.

      Work from home allows you to keep pace with your life and especially if you have two young children to take care of. But there are still some high quality work that can be done from home which will allow you to get more income from the same time spent.

      Who knows you may have more talent in you to do some great jobs from the comforts of your home, the way the business is growing, there is huge demand for good people whether they work from office or homes.

      Thanks and regards,

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