ENGINEERING CAREERS: CREATING A WORLD THAT HAS NEVER BEEN

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‘Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the world that has never been.’ – Theodore von Kármán

By Mahmud Hussain 

Engineering is one of the most fast-paced fields of study in today’s technology-driven world. It has shaped the world as we see it today, and has made it hard to imagine what this planet would have looked like without the advancement of this field. Wild, savage and full of spear-wielding tribesmen, perhaps!

For this reason, it is extremely important to assess available choices very carefully whenever someone decides to study engineering. There are many engineering majors available in different universities, and in order to choose a suitable major among many others, one needs to get an insightful view of different careers on various engineering fields.

Because engineering majors in general study a broad-based education which teaches the ability to systematically analyse problems and formulate sound solutions among many alternatives, most career sectors would trust the judgment of an engineer.

Global competition and rapid technological advances have increased challenges in engineering careers, and today engineers are employed in a huge variety of diverse arenas, including but not restricted to government sector, technology, business, non-profit sector, industry, finance, education, law, health, medicine etc.

Your work can range from developing smartphone apps for physically-challenged kids, making nano chips for supercomputers, and building robots for car-manufacturing plants to designing prosthetic limbs that operate by brain signals, manipulating biomaterials for producing energy, and customising human body-cells to fight cancer.

Needless to say, besides carving the path to an exciting and vibrant career, an engineering degree may also help you change the world!

The engineering sector in Bangladesh has changed over the years, and industries on the endless quest for meeting the ever-changing needs of the country are always on the lookout for potential employees. In general, engineering graduates in Bangladesh have a good number of career choices depending on individual majors.

The present job market for computer engineering in Bangladesh is pretty good, partly due to the fact that overseas development companies are attracted by the cheap labor market here. The salary is quite high in these small-scale companies, but the job switching rate is high as well. Many computer engineers also get employed by the telecoms sector and research and development companies.

For electrical engineers, the traditional job areas are the government sector, telecoms, power, R&D etc. Recently, the telecoms sector has also changed several of its modes of service delivery, often moving from delegated jobs to sub-contractors (also known as third-party vendors) which provide employees to these companies on a contract basis.

There’s also the opportunity to work for international telecoms operators on a yearly contract basis outside Bangladesh. For example, between 2006-2009, MTN Group recruited a lot of engineers from local telecoms companies on an extremely high salary rate to work on a yearly contact basis. Other companies like Ericsson and Huawei have also hired engineers on a contract basis with high salary bases recently.

Power sector jobs, which are typically for mechanical and electrical engineers, are competitive and high-paying. The power sector work in conjunction with foreign companies, and some people with extraordinary performances regularly get job offers from these companies.

There’s a high demand for Bangladeshi power engineers at Middle-eastern countries, and a lot of engineers from Bangladesh are working at high positions in the power plants there.

Others like industrial and mechanical engineers go to heavy industries, while gas and oil exploration companies are the grounds for chemical engineers. Apart from technical arenas, some graduates with extraordinary academic achievements often work as lecturers in public and private engineering universities.

Among engineers there’s also a recent trend of joining start-up companies in Bangladesh as well as around the world. With all the affiliated risks of failure, engineers are starting their own start-up projects, sometimes after gaining experience from working at larger companies for a while.

Although payment in these sectors may depend on what you invest, the thrill of working without bureaucratic red tapes is definitely worthwhile-you can define your own projects and work with a sense of autonomy.

A significant number of graduates go abroad for graduate studies, and most try obtaining MSc and PhD degrees from countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland etc. While attending graduate school, a lot of students get scholarships and assistantships for financing their education.

Engineering career choices abroad are diverse, vibrant and exciting, and many of these careers provide chances to grow individually and professionally since there are more spaces for improvisation within the career structures.

Those with the passion for experimentation often get into topnotch research centers and universities as researchers, while others work in various industries and technical fields as engineers. Some also work in teaching positions at colleges and universities.

Engineering curricula are now evolving to respond to the fact that technical innovation, critical thinking, leadership, globalisation, and life-long learning are becoming ever more critical to retain a competitive edge in careers, thus enabling graduates to excel in their professions at national and international levels, and to respond to the continuously changing needs of technologically oriented societies.

It is indeed true to a significant extent that an engineer can actually work anywhere he or she wants to, at any time!

Source: Dhaka Tribune

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Mahmud Hussain is an Intern, Content Writing for GradInsights, the career intelligence service of GradConnect. 



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