Saturday September 25, 2021

Career counselling: questions and answers

Q1: Dear Mr Abidi, I read your column and you are the right person to ask about my brother’s career/choice. My younger brother is a student of Commerce (MA) final year in progress, after completion of his MCom he wants to do CA. I would appreciate your suggestion if he is going to make a right choice? Or what do you think he should do? (Umais Jutt, Faisalabad)

Ans: Once your brother completes his degree I would advise him to find a job (relevant to his degree). It can be in commerce or finance. If he fails to get a relevant job then he should go for an internship/ articleship that leads to completing his CA but my first suggestion or recommendation for him would be to put his Mcom to work before making any new decision.

Q2: Sir, my qualification is MBA Executive and I have studied BSc Electronics Engineering. My MS was in Telecom Engineering Management and I also have nine-year experience. My age is 43 now.

But sir, I still wish to study more and I want to do a PhD. Can you please advise if an Engineering Management PhD will be suitable for me? Is there any chance of scholarship? Should I study it here in Pakistan or in a foreign institution? Your expert opinion and advice is requested. (Zargham Khan, Gujjar Khan)

Ans: Dear Zargham, your academic profile looks good and I can see you are a very multi-qualified engineer and management technologist. You will have to choose one of the areas within your specialism/ expertise to do your PhD.

To help you decide which PhD you should do, I shall need your comprehensive CV along with your grades and perhaps I can then advise you which area you should pursue your PhD in and whether or not you are eligible for a grant or scholarship.

Q3: Sir, I passed MA in Diplomacy & Strategic Studies (International Relations) from Lahore. I will be grateful if you would please guide me further as to which is the best career for me. (Aarib Humayun, Lahore)

Ans: In my opinion, your qualification/current degree and the subjects you have chosen are an ideal mix for pursuing and attempting a CSS exam. You must have looked at the subject combination both compulsory and optional and with little bit of effort you should be able to pass CSS examination and move towards a job in the public sector most probably in the foreign affairs.

Q4: Sir, I want to request you to please guide me. I passed pre-medical securing 87% marks and applied for MBBS. In my first admission application/attempt failed due to short of 1.5 percent, and this time, I fell short of 0.6 %. Now I have two choices 1- BS Applied Bio-Sciences, 2- Go for a third attempt. I worked hard and I failed again, people with aggregate 60 (60%) are getting admissions in private medical colleges. But I have an aggregate of 86 percent. But Sir, I can’t study in a medical school just because my father has no such resources. (Ghani-ur-Rehman Khattak, Nowshehra)

Ans: Dear Mr Khattak, this is an irony that I cannot help in your current situation. I hope that the government will establish more medical colleges and therefore, there will be more seats to accommodate marginal cases like yours. However, my suggestion to you is do not worry and panic about if you don’t become a doctor. In fact, there is a huge potential within the biosciences domain and if you do a four years honors degree in molecular biology, microbiology or biochemistry this will surely help you to become a medical scientist in future. A large number of scholarships should await you in Pakistan and abroad if you do your BSc (Hons) with a minimum of 3.2 ++ or above GPA. When you get such score, contact me at that time and I shall help you.

(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).