Electronic engineering graduates become alienated from the outer world. They become inattentive, forgetful and often absorbed in oneself. They usually miss lot of things while struggling to be technically reasonable. They become comfortable in their nutshell, never wanting to get out. Apart from knowing things from analogue to digital; DC to RF; passives to custom silicon design; magnetic sensing to opto-electronics; circuit design to PCB layout; blue-sky research to final development there is also a heavy need for an electronic engineering graduate to know the following things:

1. Discover your strengths

All these years you have studied your subject, and you should very well acknowledge what are your strengths, what kind of work you are looking for keeping in mind your strong points. If you reach the time of graduation and you don’t know the way in which you want to direct your career then you can be in trouble. So its always beneficial to know your likes and dislikes and your strengths and weaknesses.

  • If you can force and stuff yourself easily and your grades were quite satisfactory, even though you sucked at lab work, then you can go for teaching electronic engineering.
  • If you are a core technical person then you can apply at a company where your nature of the work will be practical.
  • You can opt for technical report writings and research paper writings if you are a writing person.
  • If you have a command over speaking and have the ability to persuade, then you can become a sales engineer ad can get high salary if they can bring business for a particular company.

2. Get out of the mess and explore diversified careers

You need to get out of the disordered state, but of course you cannot leave your degree in between and start from the beginning. There are several electronic engineering students who lose their track even before completing their degree. The difference in difficulty and expectation between high school and university is too high for many of the students. Remember, it is extremely important to study hard and complete your degree. Then you can move to finding the needle from the haystack, you can analyse yourself, particularly your motive in life and the character you are. After you have your degree in your hand, you can analyse what is that you will enjoy in your work, what is your piece of cake and you can switch your career likewise if there is a need. But the career should be one where your professional study is being employed in.

3. Know what comes above and what comes below in the job you want to take up

There is no point of acting like a nincompoop and letting your employees take the better out of you without justifying your salary. You need to be aware and alert about what is coming your way. Your skills and degree are your priceless assets and you need to know the progressive role of the job. These days hiring managers are exploiting electronic engineers,so you need to acquainted with your job role. Electronic engineers are mostly seen as resources rather than people.

4. Wear your confidence and refine your attitude

You need to look smart and confident not only about their personality but also about the knowledge they have gained. You need to be eloquent with your body language, improve your dressing style from jeans to formals and make you attitude coherent. Know that you are an electronic engineering graduate and you have done a tough course and you need to be proud for that.

5. Human Resource Management

If you dont have time for doing a course for HR then at least you need to be aware about the role of HR, as there should be no way that your rights are oppressed. The least you can do is google about the responsibilities of HR.

6. Know the intellectual property rights protecting your technology

With the increased globalization and R&D cost it has become imperative for every electronic engineering researcher to gain the basic knowledge of IPR. It is essential for the overall economic growth of the industries that the creative outcomes of the research shall be protected under the Intellectual Property Rights. It is through the judicial use of IPRs heavy investments poured in research and other business activities that it can be regained.

In India more efforts are needed to create awareness about IPRs amongst the business and scientific community.

7. Your responsibility towards the society

You should acknowledge your social responsibility. It is time to pay back in every way you can to society and its even more important to realise this fact. They should be keeping their eyes open, by realizing their social responsibilities they should involve themselves into extra-curricular and social service along with their professional work. An electronic engineer must be resourceful and should be open and flexible to use his/her skills to analyze data, find out patterns, derive meaningful information, build and propose solutions for it.

8. Career Counselling

Diversifying the skillet is the extremely important. An electronic engineer must be unaware of the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats because of lack of counseling and support structure which exists. Most universities never consider it important to promote career counseling, alumni relations and peer advising – the primary reason for this being that they only think of students as customers and not as their products. Hence it is extremely important for you to seek professional guidance.