Career has always found tremendous traction among students and has always been one of the most sought after topics as students scour news sources and online information; talk to peers and alumni, trying to find out what career path they should go down. As digital transformation challenges conventional ways every single day, our education system has been witnessing major breakthrough regarding future job prospects. With so many uncertainties about tomorrow looming large among students, it is difficult to make secure and sensible decisions today. However, it is here interesting to witness the insatiable pace at which children are applying for medical and engineering courses. In a world driven by science and technology, medical and engineering can never lose its sheen.
So what is so special about a career in medicine or engineering? Why millions of students still choose to study it?
Healthcare is an ever-green industry offering plethora of opportunities to students. From conventional courses such as in cardiology and dentistry to recently springing up off-beat courses such as medical perfusionist, medicine is a booming sector that can never lose its sheen. In order to keep pace with increasing population, there has always been demand for qualified doctors. According to CII report, “1.54 million doctors are required to meet the growing demand for healthcare.”
Even today, villages in India face acute shortage of doctors. There are still no hospitals in the vicinity and people have to travel far-off places to avail medical aid. Poor healthcare infrastructure and extreme dearth of doctors make this even more incumbent to opt for medicine as a career. Moreover, there will always be great demand for healthcare professionals as it will never be influenced by factors such as recession. Also, with the rise in chronic ailments and research done on a large scale, healthcare is a booming industry that can never lose its significance. According to a report by KPMG, 2016, “The Indian healthcare sector accounts for about 4.2% of GDP and is poised to grow to USD 280 billion by 2020. With the launch of the ‘Digital India’ initiative, the government is stepping towards digital empowerment. India is expected to be a leader in IT use in healthcare (e-health) by 2019. Indian telemedicine, though in its nascent stage, is showing robust growth at approximately 20%, and is projected to grow to approximately USD 19 million by 2017.”
A career in medicine can lead you to jobs in reputed and renowned government as well as private hospitals. Apart from that, you can also set up your own practice or private clinics. A specialisation degree, on the other hand, can open innumerable opportunities for you in this ever-expanding field. In addition, the CII report states “As India pivots closer to the ‘Virtualization of Healthcare’ amazing breakthrough are occurring erasing the healthcare boundaries and enabling care through mobile, digital and wireless technologies.” Thus, it will not be wrong to say that medicine will always be one of the most desired career choices for students.
On the other hand, when one thinks of an ambitious and a promising career ahead, Engineering also emerges as one of the most coveted career choices. It offers students a broad spectrum of options to choose from. Throughout human history, engineering has lead to the advance of civilisation offering challenging tasks, thereby improvising skills and innovative ability. In order to cater to the increased number of applicants for engineering courses, IITs have come up with 6 new IITs recently, increasing the total number of IITs to 23. Apart from this, various other public and private colleges have been springing up like wild mushrooms to meet the rising demand for engineering courses. Engineering is known to provide a flourishing career ahead. One can either work with top-notch companies that are expanding at an exponential rate or with government sectors that provide a secure and successful career. Besides, the art of bootstrapping or the Startup trend has gained momentum in the recent years offering an immediate push to your career provided you have the right aptitude and idea. A popular e-commerce company such as Flipkart was introduced by none other than IIT Delhi Alumni, Sachin and Binny Bansal. Today, Flipkart.com has made it to top five global billion dollar start-up club with a valuation of $11 billion, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Ventur.
The Engineering sector in India is, without doubt, the largest and most diversified of all industrial manufacturing sectors. According to CII report, with 100 % Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) allowed through the automatic route, and initiatives like ‘Make in India’, major international players have entered the Indian engineering sector due to significant growth opportunities available. The capital goods sector offers direct employment to 1.4 million people and employs 7 million people indirectly. Another report from KPMG states, “The production of architectural and engineering services in India was estimated USD888 million in 2014, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.2% to reach USD 1.5 billion by 2018. The sector is expected to grow at 14% per annum, due to expanding urbanisation and increasing government spend.” True, as population grows, so does its needs and desires. Thus, engineering can never lose its glaze as it influences every niche of life as machines supplement and replace human labour for countless tasks.
To conclude, mapped on the parameters of popularity, medical and engineering can never lose its sheen and will always stand as one of the most preferred career choices. What is imperative is how you make it as a promising career for yourself. Your aptitude and interest for the same can help you carve a successful career ahead. By having the drive and ability to overcome all challenges, you can leverage great opportunities for yourself.
Author: Kama Choudhary
Kama is an avid reader, an experienced content writer, a published academic author and an educator with experience in teaching Senior Secondary Classes. From conducting thorough research on industry-related topics to preparing well-structured drafts, Kama has been creating compelling content for the blog. In addition, she provides content for various marketing campaigns, writes press releases and develops and edits content for our web pages. She provides succinct content for our various advertisements and writes clear marketing copy to promote our products and services.