“We should always do what we love. That’s the whole of the purpose of life.”
After graduation, a student gets stuck in a dilemma, whether to go for a core job or a non-core one. Based on the interest and rewards that they get, students opt their career fields. But some intellectuals, for no reason, argue that civil engineering students should go only for core jobs.
Just because a student is pursuing civil engineering doesn’t mean that civil engineering has to be opted as a career. Each student has different area of interest which they are passionate about and even want to have a career in that. There’s no question of confining them to just one career option and tell them to give up their interest and passion for other field.
People argue that if a student doesn’t have to be a civil engineer then why did he/she decided to do civil engineering. Such intellectuals should understand that a student doesn’t know much about the branches of engineering except their names during the admissions in colleges. The selection of branch by students is generally a sheep’s move and is further decided by availability of seats in any institute. After coming to institute, students realize if they really have interest in this branch or in something else. Thus, blaming them to have wasted a civil engineering seat is totally unfair and illogical.
If we compare civil engineering with other branches of engineering, it is among the least paying branch of engineering in India. The percentage of student placed is also less. According to the data released by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), only 38% of civil engineers across the country got placed between academic years 2012-13 to 2015-16, which is least as compared to other branches of engineering. Even in India’s top engineering institute IIT Madras, placement percentage is around 65% in civil engineering. Coming to salary packages, according to the website- www.indeed.co.in, the average monthly salary of civil engineers in India is Rs. 18630. Even the cab drivers earn more than this.
Today’s era is blooming with cutting edge technology with topics like Data Science, AI, Robotics, ML, IoT, etc. being the hot spot. Unimaginable have become possible now due to these technologies. Why shouldn’t students dive in these ‘modern’ technology fields? Why should students stick to ‘conventional’ field of civil engineering?
Also, as per placement data, demand for civil engineers in industry is far less than the number of civil engineers graduating. Thus, civil engineering graduates are the ones who actually should get into other fields as not much opportunities are there in core. It’s not just about Software or IT sector. Students can also go for further studies in management in which placement package are far better than civil. Finance and Banking are also there. One can opt for civil services to serve nation. Thus, there are plenty of opportunities outside core, which are much more rewarding than core civil.
One more argument is given by intellectuals, students should apply technologies like data science, AI, etc. in core. What’s the benefit in doing so? A person can make much more money in IT field by applying these skills there rather in civil engineering. If Sundar Pichai applied his software and management skills in his core branch which is Metallurgical and Material Engineering, he would have not been this much famous and earning this much amount.
Thus, from every angle of arguments, core civil engineering doesn’t prove to be much rewarding as compared to other field. If someone is interested in core and satisfied with what core has to offer, then he/she should go for it. Otherwise, Core civil is not at all a compulsion for students. The “core recommending opinion”of “Intellectuals” should be totally ignored. Students should decide their career on their own and should join whatever job they find interesting and rewarding.