De­grees in spe­cialised sub­jects, like elec­tron­ics, com­mu­ni­ca­tions en­gi­neer­ing and avi­a­tion man­age­ment, are trend­ing. Insights from stu­dents who are go­ing through the drill

India Today - - SMART EDUCATION SPECIALISA­TIONS - —As told to Harshita Das

NEETI PAITHANKAR Third year, BBA in Avi­a­tion Man­age­ment, In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Avi­a­tion Man­age­ment, Mum­bai

When you be­gin your higher ed­u­ca­tion, you learn how lit­tle you ac­tu­ally know. I re­alised that when I joined the In­sti­tute of Lo­gis­tics and Avi­a­tion Man­age­ment (ILAM) in Mum­bai. Two years ago, when I be­gan col­lege, I had no con­crete in­for­ma­tion about the course I had taken up or the in­dus­try I was be­ing trained to join—but keep­ing in mind the growth of the sec­tor, I was in­ter­ested in getting a for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in this in­dus­try. Till a few years ago, this was not con­sid­ered a main­stream career op­tion. My time here has been challengin­g, but I have greater clar­ity about what I don’t want to do go­ing for­ward. The course has ex­panded my hori­zons and my tech­ni­cal skillset—we are taught mar­ket­ing man­age­ment, air­line and air­port man­age­ment and man­age­rial eco­nomics. Learn­ing soft skills and for­eign lan­guages has helped as well. Our course also has sem­i­nars and work­shops, which teach us how to put our the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge to use. I am cur­rently in­tern­ing at Am­bas­sador’s Sky Chef, known for its in-flight ca­ter­ing ser­vices. My dream is to work as a client servicing pro­fes­sional, and to even­tu­ally be­come a com­mer­cial pi­lot.

HARSH TRI­PATHI Third year, BTech in Elec­tron­ics and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions En­gi­neer­ing, BML Mun­jal Univer­sity, Gu­ru­gram

Less than a decade ago, the In­ter­net of Things (IoT) was just a buzz­word. To­day, it is a re­al­ity, used to con­nect a num­ber of ob­jects, pro­cesses and en­vi­ron­ments to the vast net­work of in­ter­net. The rea­son I chose this field of study is be­cause of its im­mense scope and po­ten­tial for ap­pli­ca­tion, though I was ner­vous choos­ing to do some­thing out-of-the-box. The ba­sic pro­cesses of send­ing and re­triev­ing in­for­ma­tion can be used to con­trol and mon­i­tor just about any­thing—cars, an­i­mals, even the en­vi­ron­ment. Tech giants such as Google and Mi­crosoft are heav­ily in­vested in de­vel­op­ing the IoT—so, grad­u­at­ing with a de­gree in this field should hope­fully open doors for me and help me be­come a valu­able part of the fu­ture job mar­ket.

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