Low GATE scores? Here are your top 3 options

GATE is conducted by the Indian Institute of Science and the seven IITs on behalf of the National Coordination Board, HRD ministry. The exam tests the comprehensive understanding of science and engineering students for various undergraduate subjects. In 2017, out of 1 lakh engineering candidates that gave the examination, only 18,000 made the cut. Furthermore, only the candidates with ranks above 2000 are able to make it to the top IITs.

The concerning question is: What about the rest?

Civil engineering is one of the oldest and most evident branches of engineering which has contributed to the construction of world-class monuments, bridges, dams, and infrastructural marvels, among others. For a civil engineer, the vast opportunities do not fade by encountering low GATE scores. Of course, if your interests are very keen on the examination, then, by all means, you can study harder and appear for it again.

However, there is a lot you can do with your degree in engineering that will prove to be an excellent choice for your career. In this article, we discuss some of them:

A Specialised MBA

If you look around, techno-managerial education has become a preferred option for the youth in today’s world. The corporate sector also resonates with this in the sense that engineering education with a specialised MBA is the best combination for the knowledge and skills required to gain traction for your career. With a managerial background in hand, individuals can fast-track their careers to high supervisory or even visionary roles. This would be painfully slow to reach without management knowledge.

If you want to add significant value to your profile, consider getting specialised MBA programs in construction project management, real estate, and quantity surveying. These programs, when completed from reputed institutions like RICS School of Built Environment, will prepare you for techno-managerial job roles that will successfully accelerate your career.

Sanchit Garg, an alumnus of the institution says,

If you are looking for building a successful career path in the Built Environment industry AND get global exposure, then yes!
I currently work at one of India’s premier mortgage companies, HDFC Limited, where I appraise various real estate projects and corporate companies. And I got a strong foundation about the Indian and Global Real Estate Industries after having successfully completed an MBA in Real Estate & Urban Infrastructure (REUI) from RICS SBE (2013 – 2015). The road to the chartered qualification MRICS is to embrace those values into the daily tasks of my job and how it reflects the RICS standards.
So if you are looking to make a mark in the Built Environment through impactful learning, RICS SBE must definitely be on top of your list.

Start your Venture

A self-made venture by a civil engineer is rare, which is why it has tremendous potential to work out. However, it isn’t a cakewalk. You can start your venture with your fellow batchmates, and your very first office can be your hostel room. It is important to remember that starting your enterprise, for any business, requires a lot of patience and hard work. Having a professional degree with a few years of industry exposure might give you an added advantage to succeed in your venture, so it is essential to think before you make a move.

A Private Sector Job/ Corporate Job

A high-paying job, with the right amount of growth and exposure, is another excellent career choice. Today, given the rapid urbanisation across major cities, fields like infrastructure, real estate, construction project management, and quantity surveying have a high scope. As soon as you are finished with your graduate studies, start applying to all the major firms and boost your career.

For a civil engineer, the career possibilities are endless and depend on the individual’s area of interest, passion, dedication, and creativity. Given the massive acceleration of the country in terms of infrastructure, there is a high demand for skilled professionals who hold a recognised MBA. While all three options can prove to be great for your career, one of the most sorted career choices involve attaining a specialised MBA. It is essential to think about your career goals and take actions that resonate with them.

Given below are some frequently asked questions:

Is MBA a better option than a certificate course from NICMAR?
Yes, NICMAR provides a certification course that is not UGC or AICTE recognised, which is why it doesn’t make much sense to undertake that. A specialised MBA would provide you with the right set of technical knowledge and give you a global advantage over others.

Would doing an MBA prove to be beneficial for securing a good job?
According to a study conducted by The Economist, three-quarters of employers say that they plan to hire many more MBA graduates, while 92% are increasing the number of MBA internships that they offer, which is a massive number. Owing to this, availing an MBA will qualify you to apply for higher-level job positions and subsequently, increase the number of career opportunities that are available to you.

Are RICS and RICS SBE different?
Yes, RICS is a leading professional body hailing in the UK. It actively promotes the standards that are being set in the built environment sector across the world. RICS SBE is an industry-led institution that is being backed by this professional body. It is the only institution in India that provides its students with globally recognised RICS-accredited degrees.

What’s so special about the RICS-accredited degree?
Granted by RICS, UK, this degree is synonymous with the highest quality of education as per international standards and is valued by employers worldwide. Globally, over 500 specialised built environment courses are accredited by RICS. In India, the only way to hold this degree is through RICS SBE.

What are the MBA options available in RICS SBE?
The institution provides a specialised MBA in Construction Project Management, Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure and Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying and a diploma in Facilities Management.  

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