Not sure about your career options? Do you lack self-confidence? This question-and-answer column from Nandini Raman, an exercise counselor and trainer, can help

I am currently in my last semester of computer science B.Tech. I am more interested in finance and banking than in software. But my family and friends are pressuring me to look for jobs in IT companies. I am also considering CAT and banking exams. I do not know what to do. – Khadir Khan

Dear Khadir,

Follow your heart, but have an open conversation with your loved ones. Why are they pushing you into IT? Do they think it’s more lucrative and more efficient? You can also do very well in finance and banking. This is all very subjective. You can also join the RBI as an officer or in any other domestic or foreign bank. Prepare well and continue with CAT. This will open up a range of brilliant opportunities for you.

I am a second year student of the B.FSc (Fisheries Sciences). I want to pursue masters degree in environmental science or wildlife but the craze in India is zero. COVID-19 blocks options for going abroad. What do I do? – Saumya Upreti

Dear Saumya,

Some of IIT and NIT, DU, Fergusson College in Pune and other reputable colleges have good Masters program in Environmental Science. By madness do you mean lucrative opportunities? Despite the political setbacks, environmental careers remain among the most in demand. Climate change activism is fueling interest in green jobs. The alternative energy sector is currently experiencing one of the strongest growth.

If you can manage the funds / scholarships for a course abroad explore and apply, the exposure is worth it. COVID is not going to stop this. You can still get the certifications and come back and start something here. You can also work abroad. As long as there is a conscious contribution and something that makes you reach your potential, you will do well.

I am now in class X and I aspire to become a neurologist. What are the necessary measures to be taken? – Shreyas Krishnan S.

Dear Shreyas,

You will have to take pure science courses in XI and XII (physics, chemistry and biology). After which, you will have to crack the NEET to do MBBS (for 4.5 years), followed by 1 or 1.5 years of compulsory training / internship. Then do your MS in Neurosurgery for 2-3 years. It seems a bit long now, but it’s well worth your time and energy. So work hard and stay focused.

I am 23 years old and I completed my Masters in Environmental Science this year. How can I find a job? What other courses do I need to take to improve my qualifications? – Aditi Verma

Dear Aditi,

There are many jobs available: an environmental officer, a waste management officer, a water resources specialist, a climate controller, a water resources expert, a researcher or even a science professor. the environment. Sign up with as many job portals as possible, attend as many job fairs as possible, and look for great opportunities. You can opt for further studies like M. Phil, Ph.D in the desired specialization like environmental civil course, water resources management etc. Look for specific certifications that can add value to your CV once you have decided what your calling is in this field, so that you can further equip existing skills and enhance your current qualifications.

Warning: This column is not a substitute for long term therapy. It is simply a guiding voice. Some problems may require medical intervention.

The writer is an exercise counselor and trainer. She has worked extensively with students and young adults on a wide range of issues. Send your questions to [email protected] with the subject line “Off the edge”.