Professions to take after Engineering Instead of Engineering

Engineering, as such, is a wonderful profession of bringing scientific knowledge to the real world for solving real-time problems. But sometimes it happens that people after joining engineering find it different from their expectations and gradually they start losing interest in it. Then a time comes when they start seeking for other possible career options which suits their perspectives. Here are some of the trending career possibilities out of Engineering: 


  1. Teaching, academics and lecturing:


 Many people are first attracted to engineering because they like applying science and using their problem-solving skills. Why not use your knowledge of these processes to help train others and turn young scientists into budding engineers? Teaching an engineering-related subject enables you to look at the creative aspects of engineering and help students to develop their own problem-solving skills. For this, you will some experience of working with children, enthusiasm for your subject and strong communication skills.

  • You could also use your engineering background to stay in academia and become a higher education lecturer, specializing in a particular area.
  • You will need in-depth technical knowledge of specialist areas, as well as the ability to communicate this to others clearly using tutorials, lectures, and practical laboratory work.
  • You may also carry out personal research.

2 Procurement, purchasing and buying:


 Procurement is the process of buying equipment and parts for projects at the right price and quality, so that they can be delivered to where they need to be at the right time. As such, procurement careers cover a wide range of activities, including: drawing up lists of preferred suppliers; choosing suppliers based on quality, price and schedule; checking progress and quality; and working with logisticians to ship the equipment to site.

  • A wide range of skills are required to be successful. Orders can be worth millions of pounds, so buyers have to cost equipment accurately.
  • Selecting a suitable vendor can involve negotiation so excellent communication skills are vital.
  • Timescales are tight, so you have to think on your feet and understand what’s going on in all departments.
  • An engineering background means you’ll have a technical understanding of the equipment you’re buying, so you can better estimate timescales and the impact of any changes.
  • You may also be required to inspect equipment.

3. Indian Administrative Services (IAS):


Indian Administrative Services comprise of administrators who work under the government of India and designated as Class – 1 officer. The Indian Administrative Service(I.A.S) is the premier administrative civil service of India. I.A.S. officers hold key and strategic positions in the Union Government, States and public-sector undertakings. Along with the Police Service and Forest Service, the I.A.S. is one of the three All India Services — its cadre can be employed by both the Union Government and the individual States. A civil servant is responsible for the law and order and general administration in the area under his work.

Recruitment to the Indian Administrative Service is done through an extremely competitive examination called the “Civil Services Examination”, organized by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The number of vacancies vary every year. Every year Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, elucidates the number of vacancies after encompassing the vacancies from each state. In 2015, over 1,000,000 candidates applied for this exam from which only 180 were recruited into the Indian Administrative Service, indicating the extreme competition.

The eligibility criteria for I.A.S. exams are-

  1. The candidate must hold a PASS BACHELOR’S degree from any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University, under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification.
  2. Candidates who have appeared or intend to appear for the final examination and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply for the Preliminary Examination.
  1. Patent law and intellectual property:


 A patent attorney is a specialized legal professional who is qualified to write, obtain and advise clients about patents and to protect the intellectual property (IP) rights in commercial products or processes. A legal background is not required, however: the essential requirement for patent law is technical expertise. Patent attorneys may deal with patents, which protect technological innovations, and with other types of IP such as registered and unregistered designs, which protect the shape and appearance of products. A patent attorney can work for a private firm or an organization’s in-house patent department.

  • In addition to a good degree and broad-based interest in engineering, excellent communication skills are essential, particularly written skills.
  • You need to be comfortable dealing with clients, working to tight deadlines and handling several projects at once.
  • There is a long training period followed by exams – it may take from three to five years to qualify.

5. Technical consulting:


 Technical consultants help organizations to solve their business problems. This could cover anything that might impact on the profitability of an organization. So, if you are interested in the broader world of business, this may be the option for you. As a new graduate, you could expect to work as part of a team, initially focusing on research. You will then use data analysis and statistical modeling to come up with creative solutions to business problems. You will need excellent analytical and communication skills to present complex information and results to clients, who will often include top management.

  • As a trained engineer it will be easier to back up your opinions with technical knowledge and analysis.
  • Your logical reasoning and problem-solving skills will be invaluable, and you will need to be comfortable dealing with numbers and large volumes of data.
  • You may also need your technical knowledge to advise on the implementation of specialist technology or equipment.

6.  Indian Army Jobs for Engineering Students:


There are two types of commission for joining Indian army after engineering, one is permanent commission and another is short service commission. Indian army has special technical entries for engineering students but there are other Indian army entries which engineering students can apply.

  • TGC – Technical Graduate Course: The most popular entry for engineering students to join Indian army after engineering is TGC entry, TGC entry is conducted by Indian army two times every year and engineering candidates get shortlisted based on their percentage till 6th semester. TGC entry is only for male engineering students and one gets permanent commission through this entry, one who clear TGC entry interview join Indian military academy for training.
  • Age Limit: 21- 26 Years as per the notification.
  • Education Qualification: An engineering degree as per the notification.
  • How to apply: One must apply online only for TGC entry through
  • TGC Cut Off Marks: 70% – 75% varies as per latest notification.
  • Training Duration: 1 Year in Indian Military Academy.
  • No written test, short listing will be done based on engineering percentage.
  • SSC- Technical: This is a similar entry like TGC entry but the main difference is that it is for short service commission and not for permanent commission. Both male and female candidates can apply for SSC- Tech entry which is conducted by Indian army twice every year.
  • Age Limit: 21- 26 Years as per the notification.
  • Education Qualification: An engineering degree as per the notification.
  • How to apply: One must apply online only for SSC -Tech entry through
  • SSC -Tech Cut Off Marks: 70% – 75% varies as per latest notification ( differs for male and female)
  • Training Duration: 1 Year in Officers Training Academy, Gaya.
  • No written test, short listing will be done based on engineering percentage.

So these are the main entries to join Indian army after engineering.

 -Tanisha Gupta

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