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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


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 Amazon.com 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.