Engineering or Medical: The Better Career Choice for a Student

By | Last updated on November 26th, 2018

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Choosing a career or the area of study is very important in a student’s life. Sometimes you can identify your interests and the decision of what to pursue becomes easier. Other times, your parents, elders or well wishers suggest you the right path when not sure of what you want to become.

Here we are looking at the two most popular career fields – Engineering and Medicine, not just in India but worldwide.

So if you are the one who is confused whether to pursue engineering (JEE) or medicine (NEET), this post tries to help you in choosing a suitable career option.

First, let’s talk about Engineering.

Why to choose engineering?

  • More diverse opportunities, like engineering graduates works in IT, Finance, Management and many other domains.
  • An engineering-based education allows you exposure to various technical subjects and skill sets. You will be able to develop skills that are transferable to most industries such as problem solving, decision making, innovation, project management, team working and communication.
  • Engineering is a creative profession. We are in a time of rapid social and technological changes, the need for engineers to think creatively is greater now than ever before.
  • Engineering is a lucrative career. Record high packages to IITians is one example. NITians and IIITians also receive handsome packages. Students need to clear JEE to enter into these prestigious institutes.

When engineering is a good career choice for you

If you like to question, explore, invent, discover, and create, then engineering could be the ideal profession for you.

Many a times we don’t choose a profession, the profession choose us. Parents, siblings or cousins recommend you to take science stream. You have more interest in Maths than Biology, hence start preparing for IIT JEE and other engineering entrance exams.

In any case, you can be a good engineer (a problem solver), whether the decision is your’s or someone else’s. When you choose engineering (any branch), try to excel in it. The opportunities are endless if you focus on learning and acquiring skills.

Now, let’s talk about the profession which is considered as most noble.

Why would you choose to become a medical doctor?

There is only one reason anyone should ever have for studying medicine, and that is that they want to be a doctor. Going into medicine never and shouldn’t be about making lists of pros and cons, weighing one side against the other, and seeing how the scale tips. You’ll earn alright, in fact, probably it will make you rich. But the fun of going through it, is priceless.

Medicine is intellectually exciting and quite fascinating. Plus, there is a low risk of unemployment in medicine.

“Human body represents such mind-boggling complexity, you’re never going to run out of questions about it – and because it is such a well-studied science, you’re also likely to find satisfying answers to most of your questions if you dig deep enough.”Sampsa Kallinen (MD)

Doctors get the best training. Medical school teach you how to handle your own problem. Being a doctor, you know what’s actually going on with a sick member of your family. Being a doctor yourself saves you from being duped.

Medicine is a calling. It’s never just a job. You can never “take off your doctor hat”.

Signs that you are going to be a medical student/doctor

You don’t see yourself doing anything else.  You love medicine, the science, the patient interaction, care, the challenges.  The emotional and psychological rewards of being able to help patients get better.

You don’t want to go into medicine to just make money.

Let me share an incident by Dr. David Chan,

Not long ago I ran into one of the young surgeons coming off a weekend on call, Friday night to Monday morning. She’s also a mother with 2 young kids.

Me: “How’d your weekend go?”

She with big smile: “Great! I was incredibly busy and spent the whole weekend in the hospital. I ended up doing 24 surgeries.”

Me: “Did you get to sleep?”

She: “I got catnaps here and there.”

Me: “Ugh, that’s terrible.”

She very cheerfully: “Not if you love doing surgery.”

There you go. If you love what you do, it shows.

Do you love what she doing?

If Yes, You are choosing the right career, Medicine is for you.

Which is difficult NEET or IIT JEE?

For engineering aspirants, JEE is the entrance exam for getting admission in top engineering college. For medical aspirants, NEET is the common medical entrance test. It’s tough to compare the two examinations. As per the students who cleared JEE and NEET both, JEE is a bit tougher than NEET, paper-wise. However, the large competition in NEET makes it difficult to secure admission in a good medical college.

Once you decided which one you want to pursue – engineering or medicine, with right kind of preparation and guidance, you can clear the respective target exam – JEE or NEET.

Good luck and all the best for your future!


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Engineering or Medical: The Better Career Choice for a Student was last modified: November 26th, 2018 by Rajesh Saharan
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About Rajesh Saharan

Rajesh Saharan has been working for more than 6 years in E-learning industry on various profiles. With an ability to go in-depth into a story, he likes to help students in solving their problems.