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Career counselling: questions and answers


March 26, 2018

Q: I want to study in Germany for BE in Electrical but is it easy to study and work there as my father says that life in Germany is very difficult as compared to Pakistan but I personally want to change and to get in something new. Advise me on study , work and life in Germany. Ali Raza Memon, Karachi

A: Studying anywhere in the world needs hard work, dedication and commitment. Germany is also a country with lot of challenges, particularly when it comes to learning the German language without which you will not be able to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in electrical which you intend to do. I hope you have done enough research in making the decision and you understand the financial implications that are involved in studying abroad. I think your father is right as life is difficult in Germany as compared to Pakistan and if you plan and organize yourself and work hard, you should succeed.

Q: I have recently completed my master’s degree in Biochemistry from Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi. I have also been an internee at PIMS, Islamabad, for two months in a chemical pathology lab. I have keen interest in forensic science and I want to know whether there are career opportunities for a biochemist in this field of science. Besides, I want to know about every job opportunity related to my field. I am looking forward to your guidance. Noor-e-Batin, Islamabad

A: Forensic science is a very vast and emerging subject area particularly when it comes to its use in criminal investigation and research. Biochemists with specialisation in forensic and pathological studies have huge opportunities both in Pakistan and abroad. I would advise you to do some more research and identify the area that is closer to your heart and or a subject that you feel you are more comfortable within the biochemistry domain before going forward.

Q: I am student from Hyderabad APS. I have passed my O'Level last year and now I am in 1st year (Federal Board) in medical. I want to know should I apply for medical or law because I am interested in law. I want to go abroad for studying it. Tell me which country is the best for the subject. What is the scope for law for girls in Pakistan? And what about CSS after studying law. Saba Khan, Hyderabad

A: You have asked several questions which are in conflict to each other. Medical sciences is nothing to do with becoming a lawyer and a lawyer is someone who should not be a qualified biologist. The choice of course is yours as both fields offer huge growth potential. Female lawyers and those who qualify in legal education have become renowned judges in Pakistan and abroad. Once you have done your law you can of course look at appearing in CSS via which you can choose the department of judiciary or the Ministry of Law and females in the area have proved to be successful.

Q: I want you to suggest me most suitable profession for my younger sister. She passed her F.Sc (pre-medical) by securing 963 Marks. At the time of result, we all were shocked because we were expecting at least 980 marks but she couldn't because of practical exam. Twenty marks were deducted in chemistry practical.

Allied health sciences merit was much below than 963 in KEMU and Children Hospital. She applied for admission to UVAS, Children Hospital, PU College of Pharmacy and Kinnaird College also but unfortunately couldn't get admission anywhere. Now we have two options; 1st to repeat chemistry subject and increase 20-25 marks or to go for University of Lahore. There are a lot of fields like doctor of medical imaging science, doctor of medical laboratory science, Pharm-D and nutrition and dietetics. As fees are very high, we will hardly be able to fulfill their expenses. But we can manage if it is a better option rather than wasting a year. What we should do? Mariam Tahir, M.Phil. Scholar in PU, LHE

A: I’m not sure about the exact question or advice you seek from me. However, what I understand is that you wish to get your sister into a medical university and since she could not get the right marks and failed to get merit, you are planning to send her to a private university. If you wish that she only chooses to become a doctor and that is your final decision; I cannot advise any further. However, if you want I would suggest she looks at various subject streams that are related to biological sciences; particularly molecular biology, biotechnology, all these go hand in hand to medical sciences and have ample growth potential in terms of career. I’m sure you would be able to choose the best for her.

(Syed Azhar Husnain Abidi is a renowned educationist in Pakistan, with more than 20 years of experience as provider of education counselling services. He has represented Pakistan in over 100 national and international seminars, conferences and fora. He is a recipient of the most coveted civil award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz).

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