“What would you do after AlL’s?” would be the question that bothers your mind the most after completing the A/L exams or someone may have asked you the same question at some point in your life. However, if you are yet to decide what path to choose, or if you are pondering about which path to choose for your future career, this article might be what you were looking for. Furthermore, if you are someone who wants to create a future of your own, this article might be that little push you need.
There are many factors that can become the turning point of the career of a person. Since they can affect your future you need awareness of what they are, which will be the main focus of this article.
At present, the younger generation tends to involve themselves with modern technology. This tendency is not only limited to the younger generation, as every industry in the modern world tends to seek the refuge of modern technology. As they say, “Modern problems require modern solutions”. That said, this tendency has created many career opportunities for the younger generation. For example Software Engineer, IT consultant, Data scientist, jobs related to robotics, jobs related to Aerospace engineering, etc. Despite the availability of many traditional job opportunities for them to grab on to, the reason for them to pursue technology-related-jobs might be because the future prospects those careers hold and of course, the fact that the high-salaries that they might get that could improve their quality of life may be a good reason too.
However, what would be the minimum requirement for you to obtain a job in one of the industries related to technology? The first thing that you might think is that obtaining a degree would get you there. It might not only be you, but your parents, relatives, and friends may have the same notion that a degree will get you a job in one of the technology-related-industries.
That said since you are a modern student with access to the internet and countless research papers regarding Sri Lankan youths, try to do your own research regarding whether graduates are able to get a job in the fields related to technology just because they obtained a degree. Regardless of the degree holder being a state university graduate or a private university graduate, after their four years of studying, were they able to get to their dream career? Is a question worth asking isn’t it?
After four years of painstakingly studying and if you are a private university student, with additionally spending a few hundred thousand rupees, for courses related to computing or network engineering, the number of students who actually achieve their dream would be less than 20%. This is rather an unfortunate situation currently younger generation of our country. Since the authorities are incorrigible and won’t seems to take action for this crisis anytime soon, what would happen to your future? How to avoid being an unemployed graduate in the future?
The reason most of the graduates in the technological field being unable to get a job or might have to be satisfied with a low-salary is quite obvious, which is that the technological field is rather skill-oriented, regardless what academic qualifications you might have, if you lack the innovation and the skill set demanded by the respective career. Which, ultimately results in you being unable to get yourself employed.
At present obtaining a degree qualification is quite easy, if you have a few hundred thousand to spare, obtaining a degree won’t be a problem. But that is not where the problem lies, it is about the skill demanded by the respective industry. It does not matter how much money you spend nor how much time you spend all that matters is that you have the required set of professional skills. After spending nearly half of your life studying, if you are unable to achieve what you envisioned, it would be rather unfortunate. This comes down to the main purpose of this article, “what matters the most is your professional skill in the respective industry than academic achievements” when it comes to technology-related industries. That said, hope this article will be of any help for someone out there who is confused about their future career.
Published Date: 25/09/2019