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Done with GATE? Here is how an Internship can Help You!

To help you better understand, here’s a list of reasons why doing an internship before your M.Tech. is a smart way to go

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Getting an internship experience gives you a clarity of thought before your M.Tech. admissions and put you a step ahead of the other aspirants in terms of both knowledge and experience. Pixabay

Another batch of B.Tech. students is about to graduate soon. While most of the students are set to step into the world of jobs, many others are going for post-graduation that is, pursue an M.Tech. degree. In 2018, ~10 Lac students sat for the annual GATE examination. The question is, why are the students going for M.Tech. when they are fairly able to bag jobs after the successful completion of their B.Tech.? There can be two reasons, either they want to make a career in education and research or they aspire to specialize in the subject to get better jobs. In both the cases, the major concern is to decide on the field to specialize in. Now, why exactly are we calling it a major concern? Reason being, the fact that whatever field you decide you might end up working in the same for a long span of time, which is why it is highly important for you to  take a fairly informed and well thought of decision.

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How exactly can you make an informed decision while deciding on the specialty in M.Tech.? Before taking admission to an M.Tech. programme, it is important to research well about all the specializations you can do as per your B.Tech. or B.E. One way to go about it is by reading books and browsing the internet. But, as we are all aware that one of the best ways to learn about a specific field is by actually working in it.

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Internships can help you achieve the same as it allows you to explore your options so that you can take an informed decision and go further about it. Wikimedia

Internships can help you achieve the same as it allows you to explore your options so that you can take an informed decision and go further about it. For instance, if you have done your B.Tech. in mechanical engineering, and want to go for an M.Tech. with a specialization in automobile engineering, then you can do an internship in an automobile industry and understand if that is your true calling or not. To help you better understand, here’s a list of reasons why doing an internship before your M.Tech. is a smart way to go:

  1. Real-time experience in the field: An internship is evidently the best option to choose when you want to earn some real time work experience before actually entering the world of jobs. You can join a company and work on live projects or intern with esteemed professors and publish research papers or even better, do internships with foreign universities and broaden your horizon. Doing either of these internships can truly help you in understanding your interests and aptitude for a certain field, which will ultimately help you decide on what you really want to study in your M.Tech.

2.  A better understanding of the subject: Conventionally, you just learn theories in the classroom but an internship will give you the practical experience as it not only helps you implement those theories but also lets you work on the latest technologies and tools. This helps you gain insights into different aspects of your field of interest thus giving you an added advantage and later helping you with your academics as it would be easier for you to understand the in-depth details of the subjects and technologies.

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If you have done your B.Tech. in mechanical engineering, and want to go for an M.Tech. with a specialisation in automobile engineering, then you can do an internship in an automobile industry and understand if that is your true calling or not. Wikimedia

3. Competitive advantage during M.Tech. interviews: After clearing GATE, for admissions in many of the top institutions offering M.Tech., you’ll have to sit for an interview where your subject knowledge will be tested. In addition to subject knowledge, having an internship experience will put you at an advantage over other candidates as you’ll be having a better understanding of professional etiquette, honed soft skills, a clear perspective about the branch and certainly more structured career aspirations.

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4. Will help you land your dream job after M.Tech: A meaningful internship experience goes a long way. Having an internship experience on resume, be it on live projects or research work or both, puts an exceptional impression on the employers and may eventually help you land your dream job.

Getting an internship experience gives you a clarity of thought before your M.Tech. admissions and put you a step ahead of the other aspirants in terms of both knowledge and experience. And in the end, open up a variety of great opportunities for you when you decide to step into the world of jobs and careers.

Courtesy: Sarvesh Agrawal is the founder & CEO of Internshala

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27% Increase in STEM Students Opting For Non-Technical Trainings, Digital Marketing Tops The List

Other popular non-technical trainings include business communication skills training with 17% enrollment, advance excel with 14%, beginner's trading certification training with 9%, and creative writing training with 7% enrollments

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Out of all the trainings, digital marketing has been the most popular training among STEM students with 46% of the total students enrolled in the same. Pixabay

Students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) are always considered as smart decision-makers and are congratulated for choosing a lucrative career path in our society. However, in the past few years, the number of STEM majors ending up finding satisfaction in non-technical jobs has grown immensely. 

Lack of knowledge and interest, lack of job opportunities, lack of available alternatives to polish the domain skills needed for technical jobs, are few reasons why students’ interest has been shifting towards learning managerial and creative skills and finding a non-technical, non-operational job. As per Internshala’s latest report, there has been a 27% increase in the number of STEM students opting for non-technical online trainings since 2018. 

Which training attracts STEM students the most?

Out of all the trainings, digital marketing has been the most popular training among STEM students with 46% of the total students enrolled in the same. As the supply of engineering students is much higher than their demand, it becomes extremely difficult for them to find a suitable job. As a result, students find their comfort in digital marketing training as there are endless opportunities for them in this field. 

Digital marketers are expected to have job-specific skills like analytical rigour, strategy making, problem-solving, and technological competency. Engineering graduates during their coursework acquire all of these skills and with their strong technical and mathematical skills, they produce exceptional results while working as digital marketers. Earlier, digital marketers were expected to plan and execute creative campaigns, but today in addition to creativity, professionals need to be data-driven too. After completing an online digital marketing training, STEM students get to work in lucrative job roles including content managers & strategists, virtual reality developers and editors, SEO/SEM specialists, email marketing specialist, analysts & AI specialists, and digital marketing managers & directors.

Other popular non-technical trainings include business communication skills training with 17% enrollment, advance excel with 14%, beginner’s trading certification training with 9%, and creative writing training with 7% enrollments.

What are the major learning objectives of these students?

45% of students from STEM are enrolled in non-technical online training to gain a new skill. 35% take online training to land a job or internship in future, 12% of the students wanted to be certified in a new skill to add weight to their resumes, 7% were interested to build their own project, and only 1% students took an online training to fulfil their college requirements. While the students gain an understanding of theoretical concepts in their colleges, they tend to acquire practical knowledge of other fields through affordable and accessible online trainings. This allows them to upskill and continue self-paced learning without disturbing their regular schedule. 

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Students majoring in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) are always considered as smart decision-makers and are congratulated for choosing a lucrative career path in our society.

Which streams do these students belong to?

The majority of students who pursue non-tech skills are from an engineering background and they make up to 74% of total enrollments. This set is followed by students from Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) (Hons.), and other technical streams. 

An interesting pattern that emerged in both 3-year courses like B.Sc and 4-year courses like engineering is that the majority of enrollments are from students in their pre-final and final year. This clearly explains how students tend to pursue their curriculum in their first year of college and eventually explore options to gain practical skills from their 2nd year in college onwards.

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Online trainings have been providing interesting opportunities to various students from every corner of the world, belonging to any stream, to learn new skills at the comfort of their home. Through such unique, short-termed, and practically driven online training, students no longer have to study and work in a field against their interest as they can explore their passion and can opt for interesting job roles without enrolling in a full-time course for the same. 

Courtesy: Internshala Trainings (training.internshala.com) – e-learning platform to learn new-age skills from Internshala.