Pursuing Higher Education in Bio-technology from Germany

Higher Education in Germany
Aravind is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Germany. He has pursued Masters in Bioinformatics and Immunology from University of Bonn.
1)Tell us in brief about your journey to getting admission into a German University....
Aravind is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Germany. He has pursued Masters in Bioinformatics and Immunology from University of Bonn.

1)Tell  us in brief about your journey to getting admission into a German University.  (Describe about scope for your field)

Life Science research is at a good pace in  Germany. Most of the sophisticated technical equipment in the lab where I did  my bachelor thesis (Indian Institute of Chemical Technology) was from Germany  and also my scientist (Dr. Ahmed Kamal) was a visiting professor for TU  Dresden. His words motivated me to apply for German Universities. It was bit  difficult to get admission but not at all difficult to apply as most of the  Universities have clear cut rules and procedures for the application and most  of the University staff are friendly towards the applicants.  Compared to my days, now there are a lot of  Universities which offer English education in various disciplines and  moreover it’s free to study now. Hence, once have lot of chances and at the  same time competition to get into German Universities.

2)Is  it really necessary to learn German language before coming to Germany? What  is the scope for job opportunities if I do not speak much German after  graduation?

Officially it is not necessary to know German if  the course is in English. And after the graduation it completely depends on what  the job description demands but in most of the multi-national companies they  don’t have a mandatory clause of knowing German. But, I would strongly  encourage/recommend one to know basic German before leaving India as it  allows us to taste a bit of German culture and will help us to settle with  ease in the beginning. It is also a very good manners to learn the local  language and culture when we are using the resources of a country. If you  have a good knowledge of German it will definitely be a plus point in  securing the job after or before (part-time) graduation.

3)How  much time is one given to look out for a job after graduation? What is  different from studying in other European countries?

This rule keeps changing but right now any student  will be given 18 months job searching visa after the graduation. Its not the  same period in every European country, for example in UK, there is no  extension given and in Luxembourg, it will be maximum 1 week – 6 months  AFAIK. If you are/ relocate into a big city, then you have multiple  opportunities to look for a job and working at the same time. You will also  get the help of many local (social) communities where they post and discuss  issues related to jobs and life after graduation. I cannot say anything about  other European countries but as Germany gives 18 months, I think this is a  lot and absolutely wonderful for any student to look for the job.

4)What  is the cost of living in Germany? What are few of the cities to look for  jobs?

Cost of living always depends on the city and  personal life style. Almost all of the German Universities provide  accommodation for students so it will be cheaper than to stay privately  (unless it’s a shared one). In addition, you will get a subsidized travel  pass, discounts in canteens, movie theaters and so on. On an average, it will  be <600 Euros/month. Of course this changes when you graduate as you loose  all the student benefits. The cities for jobs depend on the respective domain  that one is looking for. But most of the big cities will be a better stay  while searching for a job (which could also be expensive) such as Munich,  Stuttgart, Koln, Hamburg, and Berlin.

5)  Provide any other valuable specific  information for the students who want to pursue a career in the above field.

In my field, there is a lot of scope for students  who want an academic career. Getting a job in a company after graduating from  any Life Sciences discipline could be difficult. But if you have a PhD from  German University then the chances to enter industry will definitely increase.  Of course, PhD is a tough nut to crack and one has to be determined and  motivated before entering into the research field. German language will be an  asset if you want to enter industry.

6)Is  it necessary to have prior work experience of 1-3 years in India before  applying for Masters to get admissions in top universities?

It’s difficult to say. If you have good credentials in your schooling and bachelors then you are on the safe side. Of course experience is always a plus as in some of the Universities, they prefer experienced students so that you can work and help in the professor’s research. In this way you can also work while studying, which will help both financial and career wise. Too much experience is also not good as they might consider you as a person who is using this student visa to enter Germany to search for job/PhD but not to study.  So, one has to use his/her experience in a way to get both admission and student job.

7)List  of top universities to pursue Masters in your field.

TU Dresden,

Universities in  Bonn, Koln, Heidelberg, Gottingen, Berlin.

Career as a Software Engineer

Career as a Software Engineer
1) Give us a brief insight into the field of Software Engineering. Also we would love to hear your journey of getting the dream job in Apple Inc.
Software engineering is a very versatile and a highly dynamic field mostly...
Rohan is a Software Engineer with Apple Inc, USA. He has done his Masters in Information Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology,NY.

1) Give us a brief insight into the field of  Software Engineering. Also we would love to hear your journey of getting the  dream job in Apple Inc.

Software  engineering is a very versatile and a highly dynamic field mostly because it  is so easily adaptable in such a cohesive way to almost any other field of  study. I’d only always admired the products designed and created by Apple  as  a user much like so many of us do  and had never imagined to actually get an opportunity to work at this amazing  place. But it hasn’t come easy of course. I’ve had to challenge myself like  never before to change the status quo. Taking one step at a time, planning  for the next one to be bigger than the previous, by always staying focused,  determined and with a strong will to not just dream big but live it too.

2) What are the growth prospects in the IT industry?  What is the next big thing?

The IT industry is very well placed today and it has tremendous potential for growth. Given its dynamic nature, its very hard to predict the next big  thing, but there is just so much happening right now with Artificial  Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Wearable Technology, Google’s self-driving car  and so much more.

3) How are the placements and range of pay scale for  a fresher? (In India)

Quite  honestly, engineers in India today are dime-a-dozen. I personally don’t believe you can afford to just be an engineer these days if you choose to be one, you should definitely seek  higher  education. That being said, the placement infrastructure has improved fairly  well over time. Placements do happen  in bulk sometimes but you also see fresh graduates on the bench for a  considerable time. The pay scale can range anywhere between Rs. 18K-30K for fresh out of college engineers.

4) Does a foreign (For eg: US) degree in Software  Engineering has better career prospects than an Indian degree?

Yes. Be it a just an undergraduate degree from U.S or a masters in s/w engineering, a fresh out of college grad can earn 10 times more than what he/she would in India. For e.g. in India, most s/w companies that make campus placements  offer a modest package of Rs.3.25 lacs per annum as compared to a modest package  of $60K in the U.S.

5)  What are  the additional courses that one should pursue along with the  Bachelors/Masters Degree which will add value?

Most  bachelors/masters degree if pursuing from abroad are very comprehensive in  the way they are structured and designed. For instance, they include credits  for internships that are mandatory for the completion of their degree. Which  essentially means, hands on working experience for the students even before  they’ve formally completed their education.

6) What are the skills required to excel in the  field of IT?

Ability to write awesome code (Programmer)

& hard  work – the same skill required to excel in every field.

7)  Provide  any other valuable specific information for the students who want to pursue a  career in the above field.

Stay  informed. Religiously read blogs like Wired, Engadget & Tech-Crunch.

Career Options after Electronics Engineering

Career as an Electronics Engineer
1)Tell us in brief about your journey of getting admission into Electronics Engineering course.
The process was the usual one of appearing for MHTCET exam after Std. 12th. Pursuing Electronics Engineering was my...
Vaishali is an Electronics Engineer and working for an MNC. She has completed her studies from PES College of Engineering.

1)Tell  us in brief about your journey of getting admission into Electronics  Engineering course.

The process was the  usual one of appearing for MHTCET exam after Std. 12th. Pursuing Electronics Engineering was my first choice and the score being good, I got admitted to a good college.

2)What  is the difference between Electrical Engineering and Electronics Engineering?  Which degree is better recognized in the Industry?

Electrical Engineering and Electronics Engineering sound similar but are very different.  Electronics engineering is basically related with the digital data processing  which results into the PLC SCADA programming. Electrical engineering relates  to the problems associated with large-scale electrical systems such as power  transmission from power house to the load. It also deals with electrical  appliances and their control. Both these degrees are well recognized in core  industries.

3)How  are the placements and range of pay scale for a fresher?

The placements in this industry are good. Pay scale for a fresher starts from Rs.3.00 lacs p.a.

4)Does  a foreign degree in Electronic field have better prospects than an Indian  degree?

It is recommended  to pursue a Masters from a reputed institute in India or abroad as job  prospects get only better with specialization.

5)  What are the additional courses that one should pursue along with the  Bachelors/Masters Degree which will add value to the resume?

One can pursue VLSI  Design, Red Hat certification courses as value addition. Also, interning in a  good organisation acts as the icing on the cake as it provides real time  exposure to the students.

6)  What are the skills required to excel in the field of Electronic Engineering?

One needs good  knowledge of PLC , Digital data processing. Plus good communication skills,  commercial awareness, problem-solving skills, ability to work independently  are a must.

7)  Provide any other valuable specific information for the students who want to  pursue a career in the above field.

Specialisation is  the need of the hour and hence I would advise students to do Masters in India  by appearing for GATE exam or pursue the same abroad.