8 Tips For Students To Identify The Right Winter Training Institute

There’s a rising trend among engineering students to go for winter training courses after completion of their course, if they do not have a job in hand. Does this mean that the 4 years of engineering education is a waste? If a 6 Weeks Winter training course can land you a job and not a 4 year long one, then who’s to blame?

Answers to the above questions are bit vague now. We’ll have to wait for the right answer, if there is any. Instead, what I would like to focus upon is the selection of winter training institutes.

There are hundreds and thousands of winter training institutes coming up in each and every street corner. Needless to say, it’s good for business. Education and healthcare are two sectors which will always be in boom, no matter how hard recession hits. This is exactly why you have growing numbers of Winter Training institutes but decreasing quality.

I write this blog post, with experience from three verticals –

  1. Having asked about the experience from students who have already attended such Winter training courses
  2. Having spoken with Industry Professionals who have hired candidates who have completed such training courses (of duration one year or less), after completion of their engineering graduation

As students having already spent a good amount on their engineering degree, decision on spending extra on a training course needs to be taken wisely. Having considered three different perspectives to this situation, I would like to list a few points students should keep in mind while selecting a winter training institute/organization.

  1. Check Track Record

Do some background research and see how long the training institute has been active. Do they have a continuous track record of providing training? Or have they come and gone from the industry? The latter shows an inconsistency which might resonate with low training standards.

  1. Enquire With Alumni

This is definitely one of the best methods. Ask someone who has already completed their training in any of the training institutes you are looking out for. Since they have firsthand experience and know the teaching methods of the organization, they’ll give you a serious opinion on whether to join or not.

  1. Training Methodology and Course Material

The institute you choose should have a well-defined Winter Training methodology and Winter training material. Video tutorials, audio podcasts, PPTs and other supporting materials make even complex topics easier to understand with minimum effort. Even after the completion of your course, the materials that you have been provided should act as a good technical reference.

  1. Instructors

Good course materials aren’t alone enough. If that was the case, most of you would have got a job after engineering. Make sure you know in advance who all are the instructors who’d be teaching/Winter training you. Asking for a biographical timeline of the instructor so that you have an opportunity to see whether the instructor has relevant experience in the field you are on lookout for.

  1. Industry Standard Fees

Let’s get this straight. No matter how good the course, the fees always play an important factor. Enquire with quite a good number of winter training institutes about the rates so that you get a median range of the market standard. Based on that, analyze the best option and go for it. If the best one is costly, it’s your call on whether to compromise on quality or expense.

  1. Syllabus

Check and compare the syllabus of all the institutes together. Who hasn’t changed their syllabus over the past decade? Who changes their syllabus every 6 months to stay up-to-date with the industry changes? Analyze such factors to ensure you don’t waste 6 Weeks learning some technology that’s long outdated.

  1. Placement Opportunities

Quite a good number of winter training institutes guarantee placements, while others provide no guarantee, but still tend to help out the students with placement after completion. Get an idea about the placement opportunities from various institutes.

Personally, I have found the ones who provide no guarantee of placement to fare better and provide more justice. If you don’t have a job after 4 years of an engineering degree, how can you expect someone to guarantee you a job after a course of 6 Weeks? No offence meant, but the truth always hits hard.

Again, not everyone goes for winter training programs just because they didn’t get a job. Many join out of pure interest in getting further hands-on experience. For them too, take a good look at the placement opportunities. Make sure you join a course after deciding in advance which stream of field you would want to work in, as a career.

  1. Don’t Join To Have Fun

Forget the “Hutch Pug and Kid” scenario – Where you go I go. Just because your friend joins a Winter Training institute, don’t jump up blindly and pay the fees too. Get to know whether the institute will meet your demands of providing you with the right technical competence on completion of course. Rest everything is just an illusion to deviate you out of your path.

Tips for Final Year Engineering Students for Improving Employability

8 Tips for Final Year Engineering Students for Improving Employability A whopping number of engineering students graduate every year. It is easy to get lost in the crowd. If you are a final year engineering student, you have only one year left to upgrade your skills and enhance your employability. Here are some tips on how you can improve yourself and get closer to a dream job.

Find out More About ‘You’

One question that you are sure to face after graduating is ‘Tell us more about you’. Interviewers will ask you this question. You can use this question to direct the interview to your advantage. Prepare well in advance for answering this question. Identify and develop the areas of strength that will set you apart from others. In your answer to the question, you can talk about these strengths and put yourself in a much better position to bag the job.

The following tips are to help you develop these strengths. These tips will help you become a valuable employee for an organization.

Use Academic Projects to your Advantage

Interviewers will ask you questions about your academic projects. Their main motive is to check how good you are at practical skills. Your project gives you an opportunity to put theoretical knowledge to actual practice. So be honest with your academic project and make the best out of it. Do not try to copy other project ideas. The practical experience gained will not only help with interviews but also help you be a better engineer. By doing your own projects you will develop a good understanding of all principles involved. Also, you have a higher chance of getting a job.

Stay Updated with Technology

Engineering technologies are always evolving. Almost every day a new technology comes into scene. Internet is the best source to keep a watch on recent developments in technology. Remember, your education does not stop after graduation. Try to widen your knowledge base. Read more books, blogs, news articles, etc.

Recruiters look for achievements. As a student a good way to prove achievements is by showcasing the work you have done in projects. Take part in technical training to develop practical skills. These experiences help you to work in a team, be a problem solver, develop creative thinking and find the fun in engineering. Don’t just take up courses or workshops restricted to your engineering domain. Try to take part in interdisciplinary activities. This is because when you become a professional engineer, you do not just have to deal with one subject.

Strengthen your Basics

Strengthen your Basics

Brush up on all basics of engineering concepts from previous years. Recruiters check if you are strong in fundamental concepts. Prove that you follow the correct approach to learning by demonstrating your basic knowledge. Expertise on fundamental principles will also help you in the future. For instance, it will improve your confidence to take up future roles in industry.

Improve Non-Technical Skills

Prepare for aptitude, reasoning tests by practicing daily from online resources. You can improve communication skills by reading books and conversing with more people. Ask questions, seek out answers, compare options and make decisions. Keep things in perspective and learn from experience and practice. Take up courses for improving conversation skills, aptitude skills and other soft skills.

Develop your Network

Develop your Network

Make sure that you stay connected with all your professors and peers at college. Get in touch with professionals who do what you want to do. Spread your network through online and social media. Websites like linkedin give you a good opportunity to network in a professional manner. Networking will open up opportunities in the future. And you get to learn from mistakes and success stories of other people in your network.