Monthly Archives: November 2013

Robotics: Making a generational shift

Robotics as a Career  stirred the human imagination especially after the successful Star Wars movie series . The cute and lovable R2D2 and C3PO  were the droid robots  who with their antics made life better for the Robotic world. And this gave many people a huge change in mind shifts about what Robots could do in the future.

R2D2 and C3PO in Star Wars
R2D2 and C3PO in Star Wars

Indian Engineering colleges have many Robotics competes for their Tech fests and  that is far as these engineers may go. But many of them get serious and start looking around. In the USA  many Universities offer concentration in the field of Robotics. Most of them are aligned with the Mechanical engineering depts.  of the university.

A career in Robotics will take a student  far as these careers are linked with the future growth in the engineering profession. Robotics is an amalgam of Mechanical and Electronics and needs a person to understand human movements also. Humanoids, Droids, bots and many other Robotic types have come into being already.

Robotics will evolve as one of the new powerful careers in the future as it is now being widely applied in automobiles, aerospace, nuclear science and also in the homes. I see a future where Robots will be an equal component of man and for this I can remember Will Smith in the 2004 movie  i, ROBOT. and this gave the first three rules for ROBOTS.

  • First Law: A robot must never harm a human being or, through inaction, allow any human to come to harm.
  • Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given to them by human beings, except where such orders violate the First Law.
  • Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence unless this violates the First or Second Laws.

One of the best Schools in the USA for this profession is at the Virginia Tech University. Here a special  Robotic Lab known as RoMELA is doing yeoman research and new breakthroughs in the field. Most of this is being carried out under the  the aegis of Dr Dennis Hong.-  A TED speaker, and a great young professor at the Virginia Tech.University.

So guys who are looking to go deeper into this field of Robotics do come over for a discussion on my post.

Ajesh Kamania

Career Guidance Counsellor


Aerospace: the Career for a Brave New World

Aerospace: The Career for a Brave New World.

Nasa Space  Shuttle launch in Florida, USA.
Nasa Space Shuttle launch in Florida, USA.

As a country India said that it awakened in 1947 to a new World. But when two very dashing ladies made front line waves in the Aerospace frontiers did the country and it’s people really awaken to face the 21 st century with more style.

Kalpana Chawla who probably became more famous after her fiery end on a Space Shuttle and Sunita Williams embody the typical 21st Century women who are storming new citadels. Indian children look up to these women with starry eyed ambition and I see more women entering this challenging field now. The rocket industry with news of Space Shuttles, Mars missions, and NASA visits by many Indian schools is making space a frontier to be visited soon by the young generation.

Kalpana Chawla - an inspiration for millions
Kalpana Chawla – an inspiration for millions

A career in Aerospace engineering is now within easy access to many youngsters. They need a good background in Science and Maths and a stronger determination to reach the top of the field. Students have to nurture a solid dream to make it big. It is a challenging field to study in. Indian Universities offer this subject at very few places in the IIT’s. Not too much awareness is present about this in Indian academia.

Ideally the bigger American universities are more suited for this education. They offer this course with a lot of options.

Top American Universities include Embry Riddle, Purdue, Wichita, Texas University are among some who offer a combination of Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace as a subject. A four year solid undergraduate degree coupled with some work experience will help students to focus on this career option. It is a rewarding and exciting field to be in and has many offshoots in Astrophysics, Astrochemistry, Computing and Mechanical Science.

Embry Riddle Aerospace University  Daytona Beach, FL, USA
Embry Riddle Aerospace University
Daytona Beach, FL, USA

The Aerospace industry is a nascent one and candidates can make it big in this. Aviation industry is also within easy reach for most students of Aerospace. The candidates can choose to master in Engineering, Mechanics, Robotics and many other branches also after a solid grounding in this Industry. Aerospace studies promises to hold sway to many students who see themselves as part of the real Brave New World.

Come on guys. The way is very clear.. Let us aim for the stars with this.

Ajesh Kamania

The Legal Profession. Is it worth It?

The Legal Profession. Is it worth It?

Lawyer Baby

The oldest profession in the world ( well almost!!)  is now home to some very young members.

Since the advent of the Indian Governments move to create special National Law University ( there are 14 of them now)  and the encouragement of the Bar Council we have seen in the last 10 years a spurt in more young students taking up Law as a Career. Last year nearly 27000 – 12th Std plus students took the CLAT exam to get entry to the 1000 odd seats in the 14 National Law Universities.

The Maximum entry age at 20 years means that we have young legal eagles out like bumble bees in the Courts and other places taking up cudgels in the name of Law. All at the age of 25 or so after an exciting foray from Law Classrooms for 5 YEARS , all armed with dual degrees and fire in their hearts.Many pick up causes for NGOs, Underprivileged and many work for the best Law firms in India and Abroad. Some are directly taken up by corporates – Indian and Abroad.

Time to make money.

Where do they proceed after they Graduate? It is surprising to note that the quality and level of these young bright sparks are so good that 10 of them were chosen as Aditya Birla Scholars ( on par with Post Graduates from IIT and IIMs).  5 of them every year go for their Masters in Law as Rhodes Scholars to the Oxford School of Law. Many start their careers with Law firms at Path breaking pay scales with high pay scales and responsibility.

What is interesting about  these Law Schools?

Among the many things that touch the raw nerves of these young students is the very design and method of teaching. There are MOOT courts galore, debates, internships with Law firms and courts plus Practical and large value addition by top Legal luminaries coming for Class. Coupled with the fact that it is a 100% residential course enables these students to remain in touch with their work and colleagues full time and a high sense of competition ensues.

I see hope in these young minds to clean up the legal systems with their far reaching thoughts and a brighter future for young India.

Come on guys it is upto you. The baton is now in your strong young hands.

Ajesh Kamania

How to choose the Right Career!!

Well, this is the first question that comes to mind when we are thinking of career initiatives.
Parents start getting vexed about this the moment a student in India starts coming into The 9th standard or so. Many get so worked up and hyperactive that the parental anxiety overrides that of the child putting undue stress on the kids. Add the generational divide and things get worse.
To understand this better take the case when I was approached by a group of Kitty partying young ladies to address them on this topic. At first I thought this was a hoax. I mean why should kitty partying call me. to give them a small seminar on Career selection. Maybe they wanted some window dressing to ensure the hubbies would not put an end to this kitty partying. But lo.. They chased me down and even gave me a fixed date and time to appear before them. I was stymied and flummoxed.. I even had to wrangle a co-invitation to take my wife along.
And so at the appointed hour there I was in their drawing rooms facing a barrage of worries about careers and children in general.
What did I opine?
The first one was that chossing a career is like chasing a rainbow.. Sometimes you can never be sure. Like the following examples of some of my friends and what happened to their Careers.
1. A Qualified pharmacist is now  running a successful jewellery business.
2. A qualified orthodontist is now a financial consultant.
3. An army colonel invented the best selling KFC at the age of 59 .. From gun managing to frying chickens,,,,What a twist
4. An electronics engineer is now a full time commercial movie photographer.
5. The man who started online was a Wall street Financial wizard.
The second big opinion was that the time to chose a career cannot be determined with a correct date and time. The girls make up their mind earlier while the boys are a tad bit slower..maybe they are following the women here too. I mean to say it could be decided in class 9 or even halfway thorough college.. or even 5 years in the mid course of some other occupation. Almost like finding the philosophers stone..Everybody is destiny’s child.
Importantly I mentioned that engineering and medicine are not the only careers.. Now students can opt for multimedia. Aerospace, nanotechnology. Movie making, Indian idol , Robotics which are one of the many options they have…all they got to do is to have the large menu of choices in front of them. The difference of choices between a McDonald menu versus that at a Honest restaurant.
But importantly Career selection is a bit like Russian roulette. You never know when the bullet will hit you.
So don’t fret over it too much and take your chances when you can.

The Leit Motif of Career Jumps.

Sometimes I need to explain!!

So here goes. The meaning of the word is Leit Motif--whose meaning is the guiding theme or the main underlying idea of the title I have chosen for this new blogging adventure. The undercurrent that I want to  swim through this is by giving young readers fresh thinking, new ideas, immense motivation and tips on right Career Moves.

Will this take me up, or down or across. Will I succeed or fail if I chose this Career or that.  Will I eventually come out tops or sink to the bottom. Is this the right decision for my long term goals or not? Everyone seeking a career choice comes across these monstrosities often enough. Sometimes even in mid-course. What to do?

Career Jumps is created with the thought of providing Career thoughts, Career ideas, Good Careers and all sorts of Professional ideas for young people on the go. It is going to have as its Leit Motif about how to rise to the top in ones Career by making wise and well informed Career choices. It will highlight new Career options and how to achieve them.

It is my sincere hope that young minds will use this blog to get a better flight to their flourishing dreams and enable the matter to be used as a Springboard from which a young person will emerge more stronger and purposefully driven.

Ajesh Kamania