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5 questions you should always ask before opting for an engineering program

Engineering is one of the most popular career options in India today. As per some estimates, nearly 30 lakh students appear for various engineering entrance tests in India every year. To cater to this massive demand for seats in engineering courses, a huge number of colleges offering a variety of programs and courses are available. But, at times, you will feel that this only adds to your challenge – how do you decide which is the best engineering University for you? Which is the best engineering program for you?

The website of every top engineering University would put up a list of courses offered by that college. But, how do these courses compare with each other? Which program is preferred by industry and hence, gets better placements? A typical engineering University might offer a degree in Computer Science and a degree in Information Technology. What is the difference between these two programs and which of these would be the better career choice? A large, well-developed city like Bangalore may be home to around 10 to 20 good engineering colleges (and many other slightly less well-known colleges), each offering at least 25 to 30 courses. That means nearly 600 choices for you in one city alone.

If you are shocked by this large number and are wondering how you can pick the best course and University from among this vast sea of choices, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we will look at the 5 most important questions that you must ask before you select a University and course for yourself. The answers to these questions would definitely enable you to pick the best option for you.

What is more important – your interests or brand value of the college?

The brand value of the University (and course) that you opt for will have a tremendous impact on the rest of your career. A University with a better brand will enhance your resume and will be an asset whenever you apply for a new job. It will give you access to higher responsibilities, faster promotion, and better pay packages. At the same time, your interests are also important. Whichever stream you choose, you will be working in that area for your entire career – 30 years or longer.

Sometimes your desired course may not be available to you in the best University that you are eligible for. In such cases, you will need to decide whether you want your preferred course in a less reputed University or a different course in a more well-known college.

Which University has better facilities?

The quality of facilities available at an institute will play a huge role in determining the quality of learning that you get from that college. The library, the academic infrastructure, the laboratories, the quality of professors – all of these will have a tremendous impact on your learning. In turn, the quality of learning will determine how effective and successful you are at your job.

Which University and course gets better placements?

The ultimate goal of education is to prepare us for the real world. Those courses and colleges that prepare us better for this challenge will be more valued in industry and hence, will undoubtedly fetch better placements. Hence, the quality of placements very strongly reflects the quality of learning that a course or University provides. Also, better placements mean better career opportunities and a better life for you.

Which University has a more favourable fee structure?

If two colleges offer you the same course and have comparable reputation, then opting for the course with the lower fee is a very simple decision to make. But sometimes, the choice is not such an easy one. A University with a better reputation (and better placements) may have higher fees. Should you then choose the more reputed but more expensive option or should you go with the University with the lower fee? Also, keep in mind that educational loans for different colleges may sometimes come with a different set of terms and conditions. Similarly, some colleges may also offer certain scholarships.

What is your preferred location?

A University closer to your home will ensure that it is easier for you to adjust to the new environment. This means that you will be able to focus on your learning and will be less distracted. This will allow you to derive the maximum benefit from your course. Hence, sometimes it may be a better choice to opt for a slightly less highly reputed University if it is closer to your hometown.

This is the set of 5 most important questions that you must ask yourself before deciding which University and course you should opt for. Do some research, talk to some alumni and some current students of the colleges and courses that you are interested in – this will give you enough information to answer these questions. Do this preparatory work and it will help you choose the best option for you.


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