A career for students in design needs a lot of creativity

Updated: Sep 30 2008, 05:04am hrs
DESIGN TO MBA

Can I do MBA after design courses What is the scope for product or transportation designing I am in class XII with mathematics, economics and commerce. Am I eligible to do the above courses

Aditi Reddy

MBA is a post-graduate programme open to graduates of all disciplines. If you graduate with a bachelors degree in design from a recognised university, you would be eligible for admission to MBA. Design is a professional training only open to individuals with inherent talent and aptitude for drawing, sketching, colour sensitivity and spatial apperception, leading to careers where imagination and creativity combine to create a functional product or design. It would be a pity to graduate in design and move to an MBA, and ignore your innate talent and relevant profession training. However, we now have design management programmes meant for design and allied graduates, which you could consider. There is broader scope in product designing as it offers diversity for a wide range of objects and products, than in transportation designsuccess in either field would be determined by your talent, training and your ability to take advantage of emerging trends. Graduation in automobile, mechanical, mechatronics engineering or architecture or product design would be advisable for training in transportation design.

DISTANCE EDUCATION

My friend wants to join the distance MBA (finance and marketing). Which university in Andhra Pradesh offers the same

V Sridhar

School of Distance Education, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam (http:// www.andhrauniversity.info/sde/progra ms.html), Osmania University, Prof G Ram Reddy Centre for Distance Education, Hyderabad (http://www.oucde. ac.in/MBA/default.htm), BR Ambedkar Open University, Hyderabad (http:// www.braou.ac.in), Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi (www.ignou.ac.in), and All India Management Association, New Delhi (www. aima-ind.org) are among the institutions and universities offering distance-education MBA, with above mentioned specialisations in Andhra Pradesh. For more leads, you could track through admission notifications in the local dailies. Distance education does not provide any placement, hence it is best take up this MBA if you are working.

ENGINEERING

I am in class XII. I want to take up engineering as a profession. I am unable to decide whether to take up a conventional branch in engineering or to opt for a branch like marine engineering.

Aditya Nag

Marine engineering is a physically demanding career and marine engineers remain at sea for extended periods of time. Marine engineering requires individuals who are physically and mentally fit. They should not be colour blind and eye sight should be corrected up to plus or minus 2.5 diopters. Recognised institutions for marine engineering are listed on the website of the directorate general of shipping (www.dgshipping.com). You should keep the option of conventional as also marine engineering open if you are eligible for the latter. If you can get admission offers in both areas of engineering, and your confusion persists, then opt for the programme, which is being offered at a reputed college.

ARCHITECTURE

I am in first-year BCom. I passed class XII commerce with maths. I found out that I am eligible to pursue Architecture. Can I take it up now What would be the course and its duration How can I proceed for it after graduation

Unaiza Abbas

Students completing class XII with mathematics are eligible to apply for the five-year Bachelor of Architecture provided they qualify the relevant architecture aptitude test. The course and its duration would remain the same whether you take it up now or after graduation. Find out your potential for architecture by appearing for the National Aptitude Test in Architecture (NATA) (www.nata.in). Prominent architecture colleges include School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi (http:// www.spa.ac.in), IIT Roorkee (www.iitr. ac.in), IIT Kharagpur (www. iitkgp.ernet.in),Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chandigarh (http://cca.nic.in) and Sir JJ College of Architecture, Mumbai (http://www.sirjjarchitecture.org).

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The author is a career and education consultant. Her research in the area of career counselling and guidance spans two decades. She has written several books on careers including The UBS Career Guide