There was once a time in the Indian societal ecosphere when engineering was considered an elite study. Engineers would have a steady job after college, they would be deemed as the most eligible bachelor and their future would be considered as ‘secured’ from the ups and downs of the job market. However, all this changed when the government decided to expand its ventures and started moving towards becoming a self-sufficient economy. A shortage in the supply of engineers saw engineering schools opening up at every nook and corner of the country to meet the demand. Today, India is one of the largest producers of engineers in the world. Computer science, civil, electrical, electronics & communication, mechanical, etc. are some of the most prevalent engineering fields in India. States like Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have the greatest number of engineering colleges. M.Tech Colleges in Maharashtra are particularly famous. Solapur, a small town in Maharashtra, boasts of having more than 10 engineering colleges alone!

When there are so many choices, one tends to get confused while selecting the right course for him/her. That is because what a student chooses in the present will directly affect the kind of life he/she will have in the future. This can be the first hurdle a student might face after high school. The next hurdle comes after completing engineering. And that is, selecting the best course of action after the degree is completed. Should I start a job? Or should I opt for further studies? These are some of the questions that come to a student’s mind right after engineering. So, what options does an engineer have after the degree is over? Here are 10 of our favorite picks-

Find a job: Engineering is a costly course. To cover up the expenses incurred by an individual, the most common path is to get a decent job. Doing a job helps provide hands-on experience on the theoretical stuff one has learned in college. It also gives great insight to a fresher regarding the corporate setup. Associating with a good company can enhance the value of an individual as an employee. Nowadays, start-ups have also started providing competitive compensation to freshers. The most important aspect to land a job after engineering is working on a specific set of skills. These skills will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd and make you a better option than others for employers.

Continuing with a master’s degree: Another viable option post-engineering is continuing study with a master’s course. Various entrance exams like GATE are conducted every year to admit students to a Masters in Technology program. For example, students with B.Tech. in mechanical engineering can opt for M.Tech. in mechanical engineering if further studies is on their minds.

Enrolling in an MBA program: It doesn’t matter what field one studied in their bachelor’s program, in order to pursue MBA. A Master’s in Business Administration gets an individual ready for administrative roles in corporate organizations.

Become an entrepreneur: This option is for the ones who have a creative mind. People who have ideas that they can present to a bunch of investors can start their own business by converting that idea into reality. In fact, some of the most successful businessmen in India come from an engineering background.

Opt for an internship: Internships are a great way to learn new things on the job. Institutes like Terna College of Engineering, based in Osmanabad, Maharashtra have internship programs with some of the best organizations in the country.

Become a teacher: There are a lot of students that choose to become a teacher as soon as they finish their engineering. There has also been a shortage of good teachers in engineering colleges. Opting for this option can help curb the problem.

Choose video blogging: With the onset of COVID-19, many people started creating online content for students. This saved their money as they didn’t have to rent out a separate place to teach students.

Join an NGO: A lot of people take an altruistic approach after completing their studies. If serving humanity comes instinctively to someone, they can join an NGO. The money is less (or nil at times), but the palate of consciousness remains clean.

Government sector jobs: Many government sector jobs require at least a bachelor’s degree as a qualifying criterion. Various sectors like irrigation, electricity, construction, information technology, etc. hire engineers if they fit the bill. The government sector, however, conducts a test for most positions that they offer. The syllabus is easy but the competition is fierce.

Become an influencer: No, not an influencer that dances on the latest tracks on Instagram. However, one can share tips and tricks from their knowledge and help others. A lot of pages on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook that are run by individuals provide shortcuts and techniques for things as basic as MS Excel, to advance programming in Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence. Once the page gains followers, these individuals then monetize their knowledge. Monetizing can be done in a lot of ways. One can promote brands after using them and showcase their advantages over rivals. By doing so, the brands pay these influencers in cash and kind. Another way to earn money by being an influencer can be hosting shows and collaborating with sponsors.

There are other options as well that the students can opt for. Travel blogging, for example, is a field that is attracting a lot of youngsters. This is mainly because it does not require a degree or any particular skill. One should be creative, expressive, and have some basic understanding of how to shoot a video. When choosing a career, you must opt for something that intrigues an individual. After all, the career path that a person chooses right after completing their education will be the one that will stick with them till the end. This proves to be the deciding factor between whether someone will be stuck in a dead-end job or whether they will climb the ladder of success.