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Career counselling: questions and answers


December 9, 2019

Q1: Respected Abidi Sb, I am studying in 2nd semester of Industrial Department from National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad. I have now got admission on scholarship from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore. Can you please suggest me should I continue my studies in NUST? Or do you think I should study at LUMS? (Humayun, Okara)

Ans: I know that LUMS is a high rank university. If they are offering scholarship to you; in my opinion, this might be a difficult decision. Depending on your circumstances you can decide better. Certainly my choice would be LUMS.

Q2: Sir, my daughter will be passing her A-Levels in 2020 with Math, Physics, Chemistry and Computing. She is willing to do Chemical or Petroleum Engineering. She is very good in Computing as well. I will be thankful if you can please advise the career prospects of these

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subjects/fields. (Irfana Qayyum, Karachi)

Ans: After going through subjects and interests of your daughter I will suggest that your daughter should do Electronics Engineering, Mechatronics Engineering or Communication Engineering. These areas have very high demand in market at nation or international level and have more future prospects rather than Chemical Engineering or Petroleum Engineering. She would easily be successful in above subjects if she is very good in Math and Physics.

Q3: I did my BSc Engineering in Electrical two years back but until today I am jobless. I will be thankful if you give me guidance about what should I do until I get any job? What about Project Management Masters? Do you think it will be a better choice keeping in view my Electrical Engineering? (Abid Mannan, Islamabad)

Ans: I think you must get some work experience, including an apprenticeship or a training programme which will in the end give you practical knowledge/ experience even if it is without any salary. A practical and relevant experience even if it is of one or two years would be far better to get a good job in your relevant subject area and Project Management Degree would be a wise choice and better decision.

Q4: Sir, my brother is doing Masters in Computer Science and right now he is in the last semester. His CGPA is 3.65. Please advise after completion of MCS from COMSATS, what would be his career prospects, which fields are going to be good for him? (Zohaib Bashir, Rawalpindi)

Ans: I think your brother should try his luck in all such organisations where Information Technology (IT) is a key subject area such as NADRA or telecommunication firms/companies who require services of computer science experts to secure their software networks. Once he gets practical experience he should consider doing a top up degree from local or foreign institution.

(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).