11 Jun 2021
Webinar on Career Planning for Future Engineers
Resource Person : Mr.Supreeth .Y.S Facebook India ambassador,Hacker Earth ambassador, Co founder and CEO , Tequered Labs
Date : 11th June 2021
Participants : IV ECE, III ECE and II ECE Students
Outcome of the Program :
The webinar on “Career Planning for Future Engineers” was conducted by Mr.Supreeth .Y.S, Facebook India ambassador,HackerEarth ambassador,Co founder and CEO , Tequered Labs.Mr Supreeth started the seminar in an interactive way where he enquired about the future plans the attendees had about their career.
The speaker suggested a 5 step plan for analysing your future career.Step 1 : SELF ASSESMENT
The better you know yourself, the better your choices will be. Knowing your personality, interests, values and skills will help you identify the jobs and businesses as well as personal and professional career goals best suited to your dreams. A self-assessment can also help you identify any knowledge and/or skills you might need to acquire, or the personal qualities you might need to achieve your career goals.
To do a self-assessment, write a list of a few things under each heading:
- • Personality: What motivates you and makes you happy?
- • Interests: What are you passionate about?
- • Values: What is important to you?
- • Skills: What are you good at?
There are many free personality and career planning tools online to help inform your self-assessmentStep 2 : RESEARCH YOUR OPTIONS
Now you know a little more about yourself, you can start to research the opportunities that play to your strengths and will ultimately deliver a rewarding career. The good news here is that your options may be wider than you initially thought. Often the hard part is narrowing down these options and finding the one that suits you the best.
You can narrow your options by researching companies, reviewing career information such as particular career paths and by talking to professionals in the field. Another invaluable way to help narrow the options is by taking part in experiences such as volunteering and internships. These give you first-hand experience in the field and can help you decide if you want to pursue that career path or not
If you’re still studying, take advantage of the services your university provides and meet with a Career Advisor, or gather advice from friends, colleagues and family members. Take time to consider all the potential outcomes and barriers for each of your optionsStep 3 : SET YOU GOALS
Setting SMART goals is an effective way to help you achieve your goals:
- • Specific: be clear about what you want to achieve
- • Measurable: define a physical way that helps you see you’ve achieved your goal
- • Achievable: don’t set yourself up to fail; make your goal attainable
- • Relevant: make sure the goal matters to you
- • Time bound: setting a deadline ensures your goal isn’t left unactioned and forgotten.
If you’re in the early stages of your degree, identifying multiple career paths may be a good idea. If you’re nearing the end of your degree, narrowing to one or two options will help focus your job search or graduate school applications.
When creating your plan, it’s important to be realistic about expectations and timelines. Write down the specific steps you need to take to achieve your goals, and check them off as you complete them. Keep in mind your goals and priorities may change, so amend your career plan as needed. This leads us to the final step.Step 5: REVIEW AND ADJUST YOUR PLAN
Life happens and unpredictable events and changes can occur over time. View your plan as a guide, and allow space for adjustments. The original plan you create may not be relevant once you’ve achieved certain goals and experienced other job and life events.
Reviewing your plan will help clarify your thinking and can help you decide if you need to change your strategy, get advice on how to achieve your goals, or put more effort into achieving them.
Following are few tips you need to implement for a proper career progression:
- After your engineering graduation, go for an internship program for at least three months of duration to gain some hands-on work experience.
- Create a mind map of whatever thought comes to your mind related to your career.
- Refer career books and online education blogs to make an informed decision.
- Make a list of various career options in which you are interested.
- Go for any short-term course program to strengthen your core subject knowledge.
- If you are planning for higher education, then plan it in the final year of your degree course.
- Submit your Resume on various online job websites and portals to find better job opportunities.
- Take a peek at your work expertise and utilize it as a starting point. Then think about where you want to be. Does there seem to be a next logical step?
- Work on your resume or cover letter that reflects the work you have done or work you can do. also, exhibits on what work experience or education would be a differentiator for you so that you could go on to do what you want to do.
- Remember that career planning isn’t “set it and forget it.” You need to plan and then re-evaluate every six months to a year or so.
- It doesn’t matter how old you are or how late you start. Starting now is what matters.
- Don’t just evaluate your immediate situation. Look at the job landscape and the types of disappearing jobs, the ones that are flatlining and experiencing growth. You can find that information here.
- Think about your current company’s opportunities, if that interests you.
From the above discussion we can easily identify the importance of career planning for obtaining the correct job that suits the taste of the individual. The webinar session was followed by a Q and A session where the students interacted with the speaker.