Post by - Vidhi Shah | Team Brainheaters
Prepare yourself today to compete with the fast pace of the world tomorrow.
How many students graduate each year, dreams of earning big, gifting themselves for all that hard work through the years? Out of all the throngs of engineers, how many actually make it big in the corporate world and keep up with the unrealistic pace? Not many. So, what's that factor, that crucial factor which differentiates two grads who have gained the same knowledge?
Even after graduating from full time courses, not all new grads falter at interviews, unable to answer seemingly basic questions, unable to communicate proficiently. The knowledge that college and universities impart might help gain technical knowledge and help in the outside world, but only until a certain point. But, what about the practical aspect? When we enter into the competition in the corporate world, we need to evolve ourselves more than just how or what we were in our educational years.
Preparing yourself for the outside world is that factor that distinguishes the above-average engineers from the common-engineers. Listed below are some of the factors that might make you appear beneficial to those super-dream companies:
1. Nurturing Creativity:
Most of the colleges concentrate on the scores of the students in the exams. It's not surprising that a college focuses on adhering the syllabus and writing exams. This makes it difficult to nurture the creativity in the students at that crucial stage. It is important that students concentrate on this aspect as much as they do on exams.
Companies want engineers who can think creatively,can have a strong opinion and give inputs to the team rather than those who can just complete the allotted work in time.
Post by: Vidhi Shah | Team Brainheaters
Like the friend you never had, a guide to show you the world with a whole new set of eyes, a feeling of belonging and common beliefs! Hope. Yes, that's what TED talks are all about.
TED is basically Technology, Education and Design. A set of conferences in which intellectuals, scientists, philosophers, teachers; pople from all the various kinds of professions ceo about to share their interests. "Ideas Worth Spreading" - the motto by which TED talks works, has people sharing their innovative ideas, experiences, thoughts in under 20 minutes. On a more serious note, TED talks can really influence your thought process in a positive way and change our perspective (make it better) and make you understand a lot of things in ways you haven't ever experienced before. As addicting as they are, they always offer good content in such an interesting way, you wouldn't be able to restrain yourself from watching one talk after the other!
So, here, I have compiled not all, but some of them which are early worth a watch! Let's have a look:
These are some of the TED talks which are mongst the so many talks worth listening too. TED talks give you a new pespective of things and hence, it is never a waste to watc any of them. But, Beware, as good as they are, they are too addicting! Surely, you will enjoy these talks and will like to watch more of them!
Post by Vidhi Shah | Team Brainheaters
Imagine this scenario: Your fresh into your third year. The students around you are all preoccupied with all kinds of activities: internships, competitions, online exams, etc. And you, you on the other hand are sitting there, as clueless as a new child, all confused about what to do! This scenario is faced more often than not by every student.
A whooping large amount of students aspire to do an MS. Students opt for an MS for one of many reasons. One: It is a gateway to get a doctoral degree sought by everyone who wants to carve a career in academia. The other major reason is that a Master's degree can significantly improve your career prospects in the corporate world, and your enhanced qualifications will enable you to reach a higher level in significantly less time.
So, opting for MS after degree seems like a very great option. But, is getting into an MS as easy as it seems? Acquiring an admission into the most sought after colleges, where engineers all over the world aspire to study! Getting admitted to an engineering college is a cake-walk compared to getting into the required course for an MS. So, here we are, aiding you through that not-a-cake-walk walk. Some points that are extremely to concentrate on for a Masters degree:
Those aspects of your application that involve numbers: your CGPA, GRE scores, TOEFL scores.
CGPA: The higher the score, the better. But, it's not the end if your score isn't what they call the "ideal score". There are other aspects of your application which can make up for your low score.
GRE: Again, the higher, the better. Any score above the ideal score (330+), doesn't matter much. A 330+ score puts you into the list of the best students. Now the other aspects will decide which student is the best among the best. A score below that, there are chances that the college will put you in the'Stand-By' Pile.
TOEFL: Many international colleges require this if your first language is not English. Though it is
not compulsory, it is better to do a bit of research about it in advance. Many universities use a
higher GRE verbal score as substitute for TOEFL.
The subjective aspects of your application like: LOR, SOP, Work experiences, projects come into the qualitative aspect.
SOP: The importance of this document varies highly, seen among different professors of the same university. Some read through them briefly, some give a greater emphasis to it while some might not consider them at all. Still, we should take great efforts in writing an SOP as it contains our goals, our vision in life, your research ideas, why the course is vital to you and reasons as to why they should select you.
LOR: A Letter of Recommandance is like our 'review' from our previous teachers, professors, mentors, peers, advisors, etc. Just as we like to read the reviews of a film before actually watching it, similarly, our future professors like to read the 'review' of the students before admitting them into the university.
Work/Research Experience: This is not a must-have criteria, but it is certainly positive if you have some kind of work like internships, or technical, research papers that you have written.
Among other things like technical knowledge, work environment experiences, they also showcase your qualities like maturity, skill, thought process.
These are some factors that play a vital role in your entry to Masters Degree. So, don't fret if you have a low CGPA, or a low GRE score. You can make up for it among the other aspects. Similarly, if you have no work experience, it's never to late to start! Better late than never!
So, All The Best for your preps. Hopefully this article helped you piece the puzzle together and get a clearer view of the path leading to your goal!
Post by: Vidhi shah
When doctors or nurses use their knowledge of anatomy in order to torture or conduct medical experiments on helpless subjects, we are rightly outraged. Health is unambigiously positive good social good that gives the medical profession a strong moral purpose. The same applies with lawyers. A lawyers defends a criminal, too detached to have anything with morals, people are enraged. These were just a couple of examples of how the society expects all the professions to function by some codes of ethics.
Why doesn't society seem to apply the same standards to engineers? The similar questions could be asked to all the engineers who build technologies of violence under the pretence of defense. Engineers who see themselves as builders of the shelter and infrastructure for human needs can also use thier expertise to destroy more efficiently. The two World Wars, the gas chambers, the atom bombs, all were more or less "powered" by engineers.
Technology is arguably the common social good that engineers pursue. Though the engineers work to make the world a better place to live, a better lifestyle, there are always ways to use the technology in a way not desired, or not even thought of in that matter! As each show should have a disclaimer, each doctor should take the oath, each agent should live by secrecy, similarly, engineers are required to follow some code of ethics to ensure that none of their good can be misused.
#1 Social Responsibility:
Of the utmost importance, at the foremost is ensuring the safety, welfare and health of the public in the performance of their duties. It is their responsibility to disclose all the concerning factors. They should abide by the laws of the place they are working at and be accepting of the
customs, uphold human rights, and abjure acts of violence. Engineers should strive to protect and safeguard the environment, aid to make a
sustainable environment while providing a better lifestyle and comply with the statutory
Stepping into the last year of engineering, the main potion of concentration becomes the final year project. The choice of domain for the final project reflects many aspects of your knowledge and what you have learnt in the graduation years. Often, colleges advise the students to choose a topic in the third year itself and start learning into it. You should select a domain which is best suited to your interests, experience and knowledge in that area. Relating your subject of interest to real world scenarios helps in making your project according to the present technical needs.
Domains differ as per each department of engineering. Some such domains (Mostly accepted and trending since last few years) with respect to each department have been described below:
#1 CS and IT:
Computer Science typically refers to the field of inquiry in which various aspects of computers and computer technology is explored. IT is more or less similar to CS. Just that IT concentrates more on the software aspects rather than the combination of hardware and software. Based on the current era of technologies in the world, the rapidly rising domains are:
The ever flourishing sphere of these ensures that there are new upcoming domains every once in a while!
#2 Electronics and EXTC:
Being a core filed, both these departments gives the engineers a scope to specialize in technical sales, product representation, systems management, design and manufacture of electronic devices and systems, etc. Such a huge scope provides the technicians with many pacing domains like systems,
#3 Mechanical and Civil:
Mechanical engineering and civil engineering are a discipline of engineering that apply the principles of physics and material sciences for analysis, design, manufacturing and maintenance of mechanical systems. This field requires an understanding of basic concepts like mechanics, kinetics, thermodynamics,material sciences, etc. Based on different combinations of these varied topics, there are numerous widespread domains for this core-field. Some of them are:
Chemical engineer is an extremely old core-branch of engineering which influences numerous areas of technology. Chemical engineers concieve and design processes to produce and transform materials. They experiment to make most of all the world gives to us. This interesting field has many equally interesting domains for the final year project.
Some of the recently upcoming domains include:
The final year project is a crucial component of engineering undergraduate education which documents your approach towards your career in general. Hence, it is imperative to make a strong choice as it goes a long way in shaping your career. Though this blog might have helped you become more informed, but it is necessary to keep on surfing and getting to know new interests and domains, technologies.
So, Stay tuned and realize your interest!
Post by: Vidhi shah
Doing engineering might narrow down your scope to get across books that help you get through the semester. But, contemplating on what we learned, chasing the important milestones, reflecting on these is also important. Reading is a miracle, passing on knowledge seamlessly from one generation to the next, one part of the world to the another!
So, here I have compiled a list of some non-academic books all the aspiring engineers should read:
#1 Zero To One
Authored by Peter Theils, a Pay-Pal co-founder along with Blake Masters, it is a condensed and updated version of a class on start-ups taught at Stanford University. This is the more important book on start-ups, economics, business-design and the future of tech that has ever been written. This isn't to say that you shouldn't read the books(an enormity of them!) on entrepreneurship available out there. But, from productions to sales, to answers to frequent questions, this is the one book every aspiring entrepreneur should read.
#2 The Magic Of Thinking Big
This self-help book is written by David Schwartz. According to Schwartz, the thing that holds back people is the smallness of their thoughts, hence, he focuses on explaining the importance of 'Thinking Positively Towards Oneself'. It is a classic motivational book which informs about three kinds of failures diseases. The book builds an individual's confidence, mentality, and ultimately the ability of a person to think big introspectively and extrospectively, in short helping one making better decisions and avoiding negative things.
Post by: Vidhi Shah
Stepping head-first into a new year? A fresh year brings with itself various new experiences, successes. A change of academics, faculty, social environment! Academics- we'll wade through that. Faculty- can handle that too! Social Environment- that's where the hesitation sets in. Getting adapted into a new, socially averse environment takes more than just time. The key is not to fit in. It's rather to stand out and get accepted as you are!
So, welcoming the new academic year, here are some tips (as I like to call them) that aim to help you get settled just a bit better!
Don't be afraid to go to them first and initiate a conversation. Make small talk, even just a simple greeting can be a great start. Give a small smile to that person you see in the lift everyday. Make small talk in the long canteen line! Taking the first step might put you up as a kind and confident person. This will make you stand out and believe me, it'll encourage them to come talk to you the next time. So, take the first step and get going!!!
#2 Be Yourself:
Don't try to be someone you're not just to fit in. Be yourself, try to make yourself better, no doubt, but don't cross over the line to pretense. Be you!
As essential as it is to be yourself, the way you present yourself can go a long way too. No, I am not talking about looking beautiful or handsome (all the pure Bollywood definitions!!). Look the bets you can. That will give you confidence, and confidence may well be your best point!
Post by: Vidhi Shah | Team Brainheaters
The journey of our education system from Gurukul to the English education system has been a long one. The education in India has essentially become a factory mass producing machines on the conveyer belt- The Education System! What is the real purpose of education? Getting a job, living a sedentary lifestyle, securing your future? These can be considered as an implication, but them being the sole purpose of educating yourself?
Intelligence plus character- that is the true goal of education.
The outcome of years of education is not to be well-trained, but to be well-educated. India has not generated a single noble laureate for science since 1947, while the USA has over a 100! So, here's a question:
What is lacking in the system of education today that is hindering the use of the capability of the great minds? The answer seems too far away. Trying to get closer to the answer, here are the three myths I have tried to debunk.
1. Learning for the sake of learning, or for a purpose?
Education nowadays basically tests the retention capacity and obedience of an individual. Better the compliance, better the marks. How many institutes encourage their students to know why they are learning what they are? Children must be taught how to think rather than what to think. Education is not the leaning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. The general education system is focused on examinations, following a global pattern. The focus is not on training students for future by evaluating their knowledge and understanding of the subject. The result is that students are forced to take tests that show only their retention powers. It fails to inculcate the moral values and ethics that could evolve them into responsible beings of the future.
Engineers that are not able to do technical work,doctors who use the internet for basic prognosis, being a graduate with no meaning whatsoever of the degree-These show the inadequacies of our system.
2. Arts? Why arts?!!
Has there ever been a case when an Arts student hasn't had to justify his/her choice? The mindset of the people compels them to picture the worst case scenario- must've scored poorly, maybe he's not interested in studying. Education, here, is considered as a ladder to climb the socioeconomic norms. And, somehow, arts seems to be way down there! Not trying to pull down science, or commerce for that matter, but arts is as vital to maintain the balance as any of the former too.
Arts is not the backup option, rather a choice. It carries the aesthetics of our culture, preserving the real gems of the past. Does not mean it that it's not up-to-date. Apart from the cultural aspects, it also teaches politics, history, architecture, all necessary in the former world! Trying to fit in, there are countless number of graduates from science and commerce who end up getting into fields of arts(all of us know some!). Why then not respect the field, and treat arts more than just a hobby! Keeping aside the common notions and norms, the new era, accept arts as equivalent to the others and not just a bypass-option!
3. Punishment makes better!
Negative reinforcement and punishment. There's a thin line between the too! Unfortunately, the system has somehow overstepped this line into reinforcement. In fact, they are so over, the line's just a dot to them(couldn't miss the opportunity!!)! The education system fails to grasp that negative reinforcement might make the student pass that particular phase. But what after that, the work done for just the sake of it never benefits in the long run. Punishing a child may frighten him/her into completing the work, but the possibility of the student achieving the aim of that is almost zero!
Instead, positively trying to gain the attention and making the subject interesting, interacting with the student at least increases the chances of the student to do so willingly!
The elaboration of these myths may not have given you the answer to the fallacies in the system, but it sure will help to broaden your path towards the answers! The only thing we wish from the Indian Education System is to regain its ways, its efficiency, what it was famous for! Being the foundation, help create greater minds, not just machines!