Evergreen Civil Engineering Field
It is admission time in India for undergraduate engineering courses now. If trends of the last year are taken to be an indication, the computer science and electronics branches of engineering are going to have maximum demand. The traditional engineering branches like Mechanical and Civil Engineering could be branches with least rush. In many engineering colleges they are abolishing seats allocated to Civil and Mechanical Engineering and replacing it with Computer Science, Electronics and IT branches.
People think that compared to other branches of engineering, Civil Engineering is the least lucrative with no jobs available for those who graduate. On the other hand you could get multiple job offers from software companies if you are doing other branches of engineering and your starting salary will be mind boggling by Indian standards. On the other hand a Civil Engineering undergraduate will start with a salary as low as Rs. 3000 to 4000/month. Who on earth wants to take a job as a Civil Engineer when the difference in starting salary is over Rs. 25,000?
Having done bachelors, masters and a PhD in Civil Engineering I believe that in the long run Civil Engineering jobs fetch you equal or better returns compared to software jobs. It is more than 10 years since I did my under graduation. One of my classmate joined a reputed software company and was very happy for the first year mainly due to the salary she was earning. By the start of the second year she started bitching about the number of hours she had to work (she had to work almost 12 hours a day and 6 days a week)and about how her pay has become stagnant. By the 3rd year she moved to another company to get a better pay but there her work load was much more. She resigned and again joined another company by the start of 5th year and is working in the company since then. Every time I talk to her she complains about the lack of pay rise and work culture.
This is a sharp contrast to another of my class mates. After graduation he joined one of the construction companies in Kerala with a starting pay of Rs. 2000! He had to be on site most of the time and his life was tough. He used to compare his pay with his friends working in the software field. But things have changed now. He has over 10 years experience in construction industry and last time I met him he is earning more than my other classmate in the software field. Initially my friend was making only Rs. 2000 and his life was hell but now he gets a lot of time to spend with his family and is happy.
Increase in pay for a Civil Engineer with about 5 years experience is phenomenal. This is a trend that is observed not only in India but also in Middle East and US. I have so many of my friends in Middle East and they tell me that a Civil Engineer with more than 5 years experience is a hot commodity there.
Observing my numerous friends in both software and civil engineering fields this is the graph I developed. It compares the salary of a software professional and a Civil Engineer over a period of few years. Just see the slope of both the curves. Initially the difference in salaries for a civil engineer and a software professional will be huge. The salary of the civil engineer will start to rise considerably by around 5th year and he overtakes the salary of the software engineer with a 10 year experience.
This trend can also be seen in the US. My boss who has more than 10 years experience as a Civil Engineer, makes much more than a software engineer with 10 years experience. On top of it, job security of a Civil Engineer in US is much more than that of a software engineer. The job of a software engineer is directly linked to market and with the slowdown of economy your job can any day be part of history. But Civil Engineering jobs have a constant market and is one of the areas least affected by economic boom or slowdown as depicted in the graph below.
In a nutshell – life as a Civil Engineer can be rewarding if you are ready to be patient. As you get more and more experience your worth increases exponentially while for a software professional, his worth increases in a very slow pace compared to a civil engineer.
SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE – MANTRA OF CIVIL ENGINEER SIMILAR TO THE RABBIT AND TORTOISE STORY.
Labels: Civil Engineering, Jobs, Software
It is Dancing Time Now
Let me write something different today. A deviation from what I normally write.
When I see people dance on stage I always felt that I should do that at least once. I knew very well that my body being so inflexible, that it is tough for me to dance. When the legs move the upper part of the body never moves and when I try to move my hips neither upper or lower part of the body moves. I try to imitate few steps I watch in the comfort of my house and all I could do till now was to imitate few steps that Malayalam Superstar Mammotty could do. We all know how horrible that looks in the screen. He has improved a lot in the last few years but my level remained the same.
My friends were dancing for a function and they had the guts to include me also in the dance. With the constant help, encouragement and support from my friends and from my wife I got the confidence to perform and here is the end product for you to see.
(Top)My wife Deepa, myself, Mani, Ramkrishnan, Jhanvi (Bottom)Arthy, Thiru,Mayil, Ramesh, Prem, Thendral
Here is the entire team that made this possible.
Labels: Dance, Friends, You Tube