This refers to alt39 Experience mattersalt39 ( Knowledge, May 21). No need to lose heart if you do not have work experience. One more route to get job is through getting selected to research associateship offered by different organisations with t

he promise of a job. A number of such opportunities exist. For example, this year, Department of Atomic Energy ( DAE) offered the Dr K S Krishnan Research Associateship ( KSKRA) to the 24th batch of applicants. It is a Post- Doctoral Fellowship ( PDF) programme in the engineering and science disciplines with absorption in an R& D unit of DAE. The prestigious research associateship offers a stipend worth Rs 26,000 plus benefits. The maximum duration is two years. The Age limit is 32 years ( OBC 35; SC/ ST and Physically Challenged 37). The qualification for science graduates PhD; whereas for engineers it is PhD or MTech with two years experience R& D experience. You has to keep his/ her eyes and ears open for such opportunities.

You have to visit a number of offices in your locality and elsewhere to gain some work experience. Even though you may have acquired an engineering degree, do not feel that it is below your dignity to work as a receptionist in a coaching class institute. Work is worship. If you have guts, try to be self- employed.

Depending on your inclination, gather details about the field of your interest, and plunge into the business world.

DEENDAYAL M LULLA Goregaon Choose what you like In your article, alt39 The Right Choicealt39 last week, you have suggested that students make a choice in advance for what they like and select a study stream accordingly. I would like to say that even when a student has made the choice, there are so many factors that go against him or her. I cannot harp how large an influence parents are. I always wanted to study arts, major in English literature and build a literary career for myself. My parents, however, had different dreams. They forced ( at that time I thought it was persuasion) me to take up science, and then after class 12, paid a huge amount so that I could become a doctor. Needless to say, I was one of those hanging in- between, since I did score well at the HSC exams and the CET, but not good enough to breeze through the medical admission procedures. I am in the last leg of my MBBS studies, and often curse myself for not being strong enough to negate my parentsalt39 wishes and stand my ground. I am not unhappy, but I often wonder how different my life would have been had I chosen literature over medicine. My love for the literary arts now just remains an unfulfilled desire in my heart, since medicine does not allow me much time to do other reading.

SONAL LAVATE Jogeshwari The transition You have written about making the transition easy for students moving from class 10 to college. I feel that this is an overhype, since most students are quite adept and know how to move along. Every year, lakhs of students make this transition, and there is no need to make such a big deal about it.

School students today are quite aware of their surroundings, and not as sheltered as the writer mentions. While in school, they go for outings with their friends, attend tuitions and coaching classes, and thus already have an idea of what to expect in college.

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