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I am a recent Bachelor of Technology graduate in Computer Science and Engineering. I have a strong interest in Physics, Maths, and Computer Science and want to pursue a career in Quantum Computing and Engineering, despite being an average student. How can I enter this field? Neha Rajesh

Dear Neha,

Pursuing a career in Quantum Computing and Engineering as an average student can be challenging. It’s important to persist and not get demotivated by setbacks. Success in this field requires hard work, sincerity, and discipline. Strengthen your foundation in Maths, especially in areas like linear algebra, calculus, and probability theory. You can explore online courses on platforms such as Coursera, edX, and Khan Academy, which offer free and paid courses on quantum mechanics, quantum algorithms, and quantum information theory. Renowned institutions like MIT and Stanford in the U.S. and the University of Toronto in Canada offer courses specifically on Quantum Computing. Reading books and research papers on the subject can also help deepen your understanding. Consider joining communities and forums to stay updated, participate in discussions, and learn from others. Experiment with small programs using development environments like Qiskit, Cirq, or Quipper. Additionally, seek out guidance and mentorship from professionals or academicians in the field and gain practical experience by applying for positions at companies or research institutions. You may also want to consider pursuing a Master’s or Ph.D. and be patient with yourself as you learn and grow.

I am an aspirant for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) who will be completing a Master of Architecture in landscape architecture. I am being pressured by my parents and others to pursue a career in Architecture, and I am also facing pressure to get married. This has caused me a lot of stress. How can I handle this? SH

Dear SH,

It’s essential to advocate for your own happiness and well-being while making career and life decisions. Balancing family expectations with your own desires can be complex, but with patience, open communication, and a clear vision for your future, you can navigate these challenges. Have an open and honest conversation with your parents to share your perspective and establish personal boundaries. Seek guidance from a career counselor or therapist who can help you find a career aligned with your interests. Prioritize your well-being and practice self-care through stress-relief techniques such as meditation, yoga, and exercise. Surround yourself with supportive people and complete your Master of Architecture, which may open up new opportunities. You may also want to work towards financial independence to reduce the pressure surrounding marriage.

I completed my Master’s in Biotechnology and an Advanced Clinical Research and Management course in 2022, and I have a Professional Certificate in Digital Marketing from ISB. However, I am struggling to find a job due to my lack of experience. What else can I do to pursue a career in Digital Marketing? Gayathri

Dear Gayathri,

Look for digital marketing internships, entry-level roles, or positions that require minimal experience. Many companies offer internships with hands-on experience, which can help you build a portfolio of real-world projects to demonstrate your skills to potential employers. Additionally, consider freelancing or volunteering to gain experience in digital marketing. Enhance your skills by obtaining relevant certifications from platforms like Google, HubSpot, and Facebook. Develop an online portfolio showcasing your work and consider starting a blog, YouTube channel, or social media account focused on digital marketing topics. Attend industry events and network with professionals to explore opportunities. Your background in biotechnology and clinical research management can also be valuable in healthcare or pharmaceutical digital marketing. Specializing in areas like content marketing, social media marketing, SEO, PPC, and email marketing can also be beneficial.

My son is in Class 12 (Computer Science) and is interested in pursuing a career in game art. What are the courses and colleges to consider? Susil

Dear Susil,

Some courses to consider include Bachelor’s in Game Art and Design, Bachelor’s in Computer Graphics and Animation, as well as specialized Game Art programs, online courses, and boot camps. Institutions such as Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Digi Pen Institute of Technology, Ringling College of Art and Design, Full Sail University, California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), and Art Centre College of Design offer relevant programs. The admission criteria generally include statements of purpose, a portfolio showcasing his work, academic records, and possibly an interview. Encourage your son to prepare a high-quality portfolio demonstrating diverse work and to research the specific admission requirements for each institution of interest.

Disclaimer: This column is simply a guiding voice offering advice and suggestions on education and careers.

The writer is a practicing counselor and trainer. Send your questions to eduplus.thehindu@gmail.com with the subject line Off the Edge

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