Are your pockets still empty?

Did the recession leave any impact on students? Metrolife takes a look

Are your pockets still empty?


At the same time, admissions for higher studies are increasing. Many young people who have completed a degree in technical courses think it is an appropriate time to opt for higher studies. Some are opting for coaching classes that help them prepare for competitive exams like JEE, GATE, IAS to name a few.

Sushanth G has been badly affected by the global meltdown. He completed his engineering degree last year and got placed in a reputed company through a campus interview. Unfortunately, due to recession, his appointment got delayed to June 2009. “During that time, I realised that it was better to pursue higher studies than to start a career in a bad way. So I joined the M Tech course at M S Ramaiah College and am enjoying college days again,” he says.

He further adds, “Actually recession turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Otherwise I would not have thought of higher studies. I learnt that one should not lose hope because of recession and be positive and move on in life.”

The case of Manoj S A is almost the same. He also completed his engineering degree in electronics at SDM College, but recession chopped down the job avenues for him. Hence, he decided to join coaching classes to prepare for GATE exams. Along with this, he is gaining practical experience by working in a hardware shop. He reveals, “I decided not to start my career at this crucial time. I wished to acquire vast knowledge in electronics as it was my favourite subject. Now, I am concentrating on my studies and preparing well for the GATE exam.”

Due to pressure from parents and relatives, Jaison is working in a field which is totally different from his qualifications. He attained a degree in telecom engineering but is now, working in an NGO. “I know that the work is totally different from what I learnt in four years’ time. But what to do? The situation compelled me to do the same. Anyway, I am struggling hard to prove myself in this field,” says Jaison with a smile.
Everyone has their own stories to tell. But one this is for sure. It is the economic recession that is deciding the fate of these youngsters, not educational courses or their parents.

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