Month: December 2017

All About Engineering Career

An Engineer is the most intelligent form of human. It is not just a statement. It explains a detailed story. A doctor risks a life at a time. A lawyer risks a case at one attempt. A Chef risks a meal at once. But being an engineer, one bears a great responsibility, as a collapsed bridge can end thousands of lives at once. A crashed plane can destroy hundreds of families in an instance. A failed dam can digest thousands of villages and cities in a matter of time. So, being an engineer is one of the greatest responsibilities, one can bear in a lifetime. Not only a responsibility towards lives, but also towards progress and development. History of mankind evolved around the success stories of scientists and engineers.

No wonder, engineering is the most preferred career option among science students nowadays. And, as our modern education system focuses on specialization, students have many streams to be opted while taking admission in an engineering college. Here we are trying to discuss and explain some of the most common and popular streams (also known as branches) of modern engineering course system.

    1. Computer Science & Engineering
      Computers have been proved a true salvation for human greed of knowledge and development in last 3 decades. So, this is not hard to understand, why Computer Science and Engineering branch is one of the most popular and important branch of engineering since last many years. Today, when computers have already secured, their presence in primary school curriculum and is an essential part of kid’s collection at home as their favorite pass time tool, they are undoubtedly have become an invincible part of human life. Computer Science Engineering involves study, research and development related to architecture, management and deployment of Information Systems and Applications, which intend to manage or utilize both software and hardware systems. Being a Computer Science Engineer, one can opt for an impressive career in System Development, Telecommunication Industry, Database Administration, Application Development, Hardware Research and Development, Multimedia Applications Development and many more directions.
    1. Electronics & Communications Engineering
      Communication has been a key factor in the process of development of the mankind. Electronics have been an important part of human life in last 100 years. Invention of Radio, Telephone and Television initiated this revolution, and later on with the reduced cost of technology, their next generation devices have changed the lifestyle totally. Nowadays, smart phones, smart watches, smart cameras, smart glasses and many more innovative gadgets have changed one’s life overall. Electronics and Communications Engineering provides an opportunity to study and research in a field of information broadcasting and transmission over various medium such as cables, radio signals, fiber optics etc. An Electronics and Communication Engineer may opt to work in various segments like designing electronics equipment, R&D related to new age smart gadgets, integrated circuits and software interface etc.
    1. Mechanical Engineering
      We can say that the traces of existence of Mechanical Engineering can be easily underlined from 3500 BC that is the time of invention of wheel. Invention of wheel is considered as the most important invention of this world. Mechanical Engineering contributes to the most of the machines; we are surrounded with from a nail cutter to stone crusher, from a tea pot holder to a huge earth mover, from a zip in a dress to the biggest dam in the world, Mechanical Engineers have made our life very easy and productive over the years. Mechanical Engineers work around manufacturing and designing of machines, assembling and maintenance of power plants, engines and huge machines etc. Automobile industry is one of the biggest stack holders in Mechanical Engineering Industry. Mechanical Engineering stream is mainly focused on research and development of machine designs and implementations. It is an integral part of aerospace industry, automobile industry, heavy machine manufacturing industry and civil engineering.
    1. Civil Engineering
      The man is a social creature and loves to build society and live as a part of societies. These social establishments include colonies and markets, comprising of buildings and other constructions. So, with the inception of civilization, civil engineering has been an instrumental part of human lifestyle and habitat. Civil Engineering revolves around conceiving, planning and implementation of design, structure and architecture of physical constructions and natural establishments. By becoming a Civil Engineer, one can seek a career in Building Construction, Real Estate Development, Construction Engineering, Urban Planning, Bridges and Dams Design and Construction, Environmental and Land Use Technician etc.
  1. Electrical Engineering
    Invention of Electricity was a revolutionary incident in human history of science and development. Availability of Electricity later proved essential for the utility and application of most of the inventions and discoveries achieved. Today, we cannot even imagine our life without Electricity. Electricity has become so essential for human life that Governments are being judged on the parameter of efforts made in order to make electricity available for the last man in society. Due to its importance, Electrical Engineering is termed as an evergreen branch of engineering. A Best Engineering College essentially offers this stream in their institutes for sure. Electricity Engineering deals in development and maintenance of generation and distribution system of electricity. It is a kind of real time industry, as electricity cannot be stored in a huge volume. For small scattered short-term backup uses batteries, inverters and UPS(s) can be used to stored and utilize electricity. An Electrical Engineer can work as an engineer in various segments like generation and distribution of electricity, quality and security control in electrical systems, design and manufacturing of various electric components etc.

So, these were 5 most important streams of engineering education. We will discuss 5 more streams in the next part of these write-ups.

Tips For Higher Education

Change can involve excitement and looked at as a great opportunity or be scary and as the worst thing that can happen. Whether it is a good or bad experience is contingent on a person’s attitude. Regardless of how it is experienced, normalizing change is the pathway to a fulfilled life.

A baby’s first steps are shaky, but eventually result in a flop. Moving from middle school to high school for the first time is something to look forward to, but upper classmen can be intimidating. Leaving home to go to college means freedom and independence, but also the potential for homesickness, intimidation with arrogant professors, and hard-to-get-along-with roommates. Day one on the first real job is the start of a new chapter in life, but feeling totally stupid is common.

The aforementioned experiences are a common pathway for students pursuing higher education. Real change begins by making difficult choices. After getting to high school, will the student respond appropriately or react negatively to bullies and gossipers? Are the challenges of pursuing higher education leaned into rather than avoided or denied? Does the fear of asking questions and false pride dictate how the new job goes?

Tough choices continue as life goes on. Mel Robbins, author of The 5 Second Rule attributes that personally coming out of bankruptcy and heavy drinking began with a process of counting backwards 5-4-3-2-1 to launch out of bed in the morning. The story is mainly about a desperate need for change of direction in her life by ignoring feelings and making a commitment to act on improving. Mel claims the seemingly insignificant process of counting 5-4-3-2-1 and launching out of bed instead of hitting the snooze button began the road to recovery that led to being one of the top speakers in the world.

The key to Mel’s success is being smart about what needs done and taking the action to do it by not giving in to what feels comfortable. Another bad guy is analysis paralysis that involves too much thinking eventually resulting in talking yourself out of doing anything. Although the research varies, many would agree it takes at least 21 days to create a habit. The time leading up to creating a habit is hard because change is a challenge! Failed New Year’s resolutions are ongoing proof.

An accompanying bad guy to analysis paralysis is cognitive distortion. Cognitive distortions are simply ways the mind convinces itself of something that isn’t really true. The inaccurate thoughts reinforce negative thinking. The tricky part is, a rationale is built around the false ideas. Following are some common distortions people use:

Pessimism – amplifying the negative while filtering out the positive.

Helplessness – feeling helpless over what happens in life.

Overgeneralization – basing an opinion on a single piece of evidence.

Blaming – “it’s not my fault, you don’t understand.”

Emotional reasoning – feelings are automatically indicative of what is true.

Attempts to change are unlikely with dominant cognitive distortions. That’s why The 5 Second Rule is so effective in completing a predetermined decision. The only thing to think about is repeating the 5 second count down to take action. Distortions based on feelings or over thinking are to be ignored.

Answering five questions serves as additional help in determining when and how to change:

Where are you? Take an honest and objective look at your status right now physically, emotionally, relationally, mentally (academically), spiritually, and financially.

Where are you going and why? Write down dreams and get a vision and purpose to stay focused.

Who are you? Know every person is talented, gifted, and destined for great things. The hardest person to convince of that is you.

What are you doing that matters? Pay it forward.

When and how are you going to start the changes needed to be smart about higher education and live a life that matters?

Begin using The 5 Second Rule: 5-4-3-2-1, start answering these questions now!

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Life After College

Each one of us grew up with an aim, a dream in our heads, which determined our higher education, our choice of college.

Coming to college is like a dream come true for many. That sense of freedom, responsibility, the endless possibilities for future, friends, bunking. If you ask me, college life makes a boy a man.

But life doesn’t stop there. In the blink of an eye, college life gets over (I’m in my last year and I have no idea how the last two years went by) and you’re facing the real world; and you know, you have to have a job.

Some of us might be in a corporate job, some in the healthcare industry, some maybe entrepreneurs- whichever we choose, we are now of the working class. And as days go by, you feel nostalgic about those good old college days, wishing to go back.

I have brought together a list of differences between college life and professional life. I hope you can relate to them.

1. Friends vs. Co-workers/ colleagues.

What’s college life without friends? The plans of bunking classes, going out for movies, playing cupid, helping one another for assignments- none of them would have been possible without them. But in professional life, it is very different. You might or might not be friends with them, the possibility is biased. When it comes to profession, there is a sense of competition, so the chances of being friends might dwindle down. But don’t lose hope. You might find a friend in a co-worker.

2. Appearance.

Your friends wouldn’t mind if you showed up in college dressed in a crumpled shirt, or if your hair was all messed up. But in professional life, appearance is a must. You cannot show up in office in a crumpled shirt or unpolished shoe; your boss might note it as negative attitude. Also, some of us harbor a craze for tattoos, which finds an outlet during our college life (I got 3 done within my first year). But many workplaces view tattoos as unprofessional (as if having tattoos makes us thugs, eh?).

3. Money.

We have all gone broke once in a while but we had friends to fall back on. You could borrow money from your friend and even loan it to any friend. But in your professional life, you cannot just borrow from anybody. Loans from banks are an option if you are short money.

4. Vacations.

As college students, we all had the bliss of vacations or holidays. Me, I get a summer vacation of almost fifty days, an autumn break of twenty days and a winter break of fifteen days. The home coming or planning holidays with friends; that was fun.

But when you are in the professional life, vacations are a distant dream. Most offices have a two-week paid vacation policy. (What will I do in two weeks?) Moreover, in college, you could always plan a weekend, maybe a long drive, night outs; but in your professional life, that doesn’t happen too often.

5. Sleep.

Unless you were facing a deadline for any assignment submission or you were in one of those “I’ll finish three seasons of F.R.I.E.N.D.S tonight” marathons, or you were talking to your girlfriend/boyfriend, you had enough time to sleep. A research says that a college student gets 8.3 hours of sleep, while employed people have 7.7 hours of sleep. Damn!

6. Life, as in a general sense.

You had the license to be immature at times, act out on instinct, plan trips instantaneously or walk away from the college gate to watch a movie. You could drink till you dropped and wake up with a nasty hangover and still laugh at it, you could go on dates, pursue your hobbies. College life made you feel invincible.

When you enter your professional life, you gain a sense of maturity, you plan your trips from a long time, you don’t act out, and rather you measure each word and act. Movies and dates are weekend plans, so are plans of drinking. Professional life changes us.

Well, I’m pretty sure college life wins in this war. But hey, professional life isn’t that bad. Many of my friends are already employed and they say, it ain’t that bad, but it ain’t fun like college. So, if you’re still in college, enjoy, because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

Did I tickle your nostalgia? Well, if I did, then enjoy.

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How To Manage Your Stress

I’m so stressed, I feel that all of my hairs must be white! I have SATs, Mock preparation exams, TOEFL, WAEC, NECO and about a million things to do for my university application. My teachers and my parents won’t get off my back and I feel like everyone in school is out to get me. My life is totally spinning out of control! Nobody understands me and I feel like I’m losing my mind. How can I get my life back under control?

This is the thought of many students. I have a message for them.

Sometimes in life, it feels like everything is pouring down on you at once. From what I am seeing, it seems like you have a lot on your plate. These are all important exams which will determine a major part of your life. But there are several things you can do.

Firstly, it is important to plan your life out. Since you have such a busy schedule, it is important to plan almost every second of your life for the next few months in order to be able to properly prepare for everything. Having a daily, weekly or even monthly planner can help you evaluate what you have to do and when you have to do them. University applications have deadlines that you are pressed to meet. Putting down these deadlines and crafting a few deadlines of your own could be helpful. Fixing the dates for studying can help to ensure that you do not procrastinate studying for these important exams. Also, putting down things that you need to do-like buy stationery for the exams- can ensure that you do them on time.

It is important that you talk to people. Keeping these feelings bottled up inside of you can be dangerous for your health. Your teachers and parents are only being hard on you because they know how much work you have to do and they want to make sure that you get all of it done. But if you still feel like they are pressurizing you too much, tell them how you feel. They will most likely want to assist you in any way that they can. Also, you may feel that everyone is out to get you because of a few unrelated incidents. Talking to your friends about these problems can help you get different perspectives of the situation. If you feel uncomfortable talking about your issues to someone, writing in a journal can help. Expressing your feelings is important in helping you not to get too stressed out.

Lastly, it is important to pray. Every decision that you make should be carried to the Lord in prayer. It is only God that knows what is good for you and only He knows his will. The will of God must be at the back of your head. The Bible says that all those who love God should ask and they shall receive. Strengthen your relationship with God through prayer, meditation, Bible studies and righteous deeds. Pray with friends for the Bible says, when three or more are gathered in my name, know that I am with them also.

These times of your life can be extremely tasking, but with God’s grace and a little effort of your own, you can make it through.

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