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  • Breaking the norms -- Here's why ENGINEERS today switch their vocations

    Back in early 2000, Being an "Engineer" was a different thing altogether. The outline of an engineers personality was supposed to be all techie-geeky sort of but things do change and so the engineers of today just donít have the same old geeky, coding-obsessed kind of image anymore.

    The glamour attached with this title was fresh of the boat. This choice of career wasn't so-common back then if compared to the present scenario. Even the number of students opting for Engineering degree were limited.

    Here we've listed 8 points to justify how things have changed up for engineers in due course of time.

    Completely Out Of IT

    1. Tech fatigue, odd work hours, more work pressure, isolated life

    2. Mundane job, stunted growth

    3. Disenchantment with low quality life, predictability, assembly-line

    4. Opening up of new, more dynamic off-mainstream jobs

    5. The arts becoming more technical, more fields in the market to put a techieís skills to creative use

    6. Techies want a makeover, a less geeky image, more social roles, the acquisition of a face, name, fame

    7.The dominance of media and the growth of the virtual landscape opens up a while new world

    8. After acquiring the Ďroti-kapda-makaaní, with a sizeable bank balance, techies want to experiment

    If you'd start looking for reasons why on earth a computer-science engineer will leave his IT MNC to work as a freelance writer. Well the answer to this question can come from any direction of interpretation but the core acumen is indeed needed. There are Engineers who'd understand people and images better than coding and software, but it was tough to make the move due to parental pressure. As life in the tech world looks increasingly short-lived, the Ďformer techieí tag is becoming more the norm than the oddity. The creative outlets, which those in the IT world have been chasing for years as part-time hobbies, are increasingly becoming full-time occupations.

    Even people are more aware now and the voodoo has been blown away that success is one-dimensional. And therefore, they are taking on social roles, going from being faceless, nameless to acquiring a public persona. To be sure, fame is increasingly being factored into their new ambitions, which they are able to channel in the arts and culture space.

    Dominance of media and the rise of visible role models like Chetan Bhagat have influenced many. The main joy of life is with Stardom and it does feel great, especially for someone previously alien to the world of literature. As a techie, one would never have imagined writing would give me fame.

    Itís not just tech fatigue thatís dictating the search for new vocations. The search for different identities begins as early as engineering school. Nowadays, you come across scores of young people who are thinking of careers that are "different". Back in school, choosing the humanities stream meant you hadnít got good marks. That attitude is changing. Plus, a lot of techies now are taking up creative projects part-time, not just as a hobby hoping if it clicks in the market, it could become a full-time proposition for them.