A webinar on “Engineering Your Future” hosted by Sona College of Technology and The Hindu Education Plus, as part of the career guidance series, focused on the realities of technical education and workspaces and addressed the myths about the state of the art today.
Chocko Valliappa, president of Sona College of Technology, said the idea that core engineering topics like mechanical engineering became irrelevant was a misconception. “Mechanical engineering will never die,” he said, pointing out that the field had diversified and adapted to meet the changing needs of the industry.
Career counselor Jayaprakash Gandhi said tech jobs were not disappearing, but rather changing. He advised the students to be excited to keep up to date with industry practices such as the STAR interview method and video resumes.
Udaya Shankar, Deputy Director, SSC NASSCOM, encouraged students to develop a curious, enthusiastic mindset during their years in college and participate in as many co-curricular activities as possible. He stressed the importance of doing industrial internships before getting started. He encouraged parents of engineering students and emphasized the importance of a nurturing community for students to thrive.
The panel reminded the engineering students that it was important to be interdisciplinary in their education and holistic in their work skills.