Career choices a click away, thanks to techies

Should I go for Arts, Commerce or Science? Which Engineering stream is best suited for me? are questions that cross the minds of students who pass SSLC and PUC. Doubts, confusion, stress, nervousness are common symptoms we notice among students, who fear that they may regret their choices in future.

Providing solution to this are Mangalore based software engineers Ananth Prabhu, Raghav Shetty and Waseem. These techies have designed an unique portal  www.branchselector.com, which will help students make the right career choices and guide them through the crucial phase.

Students who have passed SSLC can choose the right stream through an aptitude test. Keying in answers to 20 simple questions, will measure the skills and aptitude of the students and will guide them to the right stream.

For students who want to pursue Engineering after PUC and are not able to choose the right branch can answer 30 questions and pick the best branch among the 25 options available in the State.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Ananth Prabhu said that the application is the fruit of long research with inputs taken from the student community and solutions provided in accordance with the experience and knowledge of the finest engineers and academicians.

"Incompetent guidance, parental aspirations imposed on kids, peer pressures and sheer ignorance leave even the brightest students confused. Without adept help, such students would land up in a wrong career which would have a disastrous effect on their academic as well as professional life. The portal has been designed for the benefit of students and can be used for free," he said.

The portal has been designed under the guidance of Visvesvaraya Technical University Vice Chancellor Dr Maheshappa. "We designed the portal last year, and launched it as a beta product. Around 5,000 people viewed it. We then re-developed the portal and re-launched the 2.0 version. In the last 15 days, we have around 24,024 hits," informed Prabhu.

Before taking the branch selector test, Prabhu advises students to take the 'Brain map' test. "We have two halves in the brain called left and right. People who use the right brain are creative and those who use left are logical, technical and systematic. By taking the test, one can understand which side of brain they use," he explained.

The portal also has tips on good health and nutrition for scholars, tips to prepare for competitive examinations, tips to excel and future career choices under the arts, science and commerce streams. Model CET papers have been uploaded and model NEET papers will be uploaded shortly. The questions on the website are not subject related. Students are required to register before taking the test.

The techie team is all set to add medical branch selector to the portal in a week's time. "We are currently working on the application. With this, students will come to know if they are suited for medicine or not," he concluded.

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