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December 14, 2009

Career is foremost thing in ones life!!!

Filed under: Career — Sheeraz @ 9:32 am
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~ No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like. ~
Napolean Hill.
What I see about career counceling is that  its ongoing process thing untill a person gets very old and gets retired. People wants to analyze all the options available before choosing any option for career so that he doesnt blame his life afterwards.  So I shall write about my experience to prove that its really ongoing process and doesnt get end.
When I was in school (7th Grade) in interior Sindh, My father discovered some options for my college. He along with my elder brothers, was thinking about Top most colleges in Pakistan, so anyway he chose Cadet Colleges to be the best sources for Intermediate Education and I got admission in Cadet College Petaro. Same was the case when I had to get admission in any University. I had preference to do Bachelors in Computer Science. My 1st priority on list was to get admission in GIKI. But I was not selected in 1st year so I was planning to wait for one year. But some how I agreed to go at FAST. Now its time for starting my career professional. Its major turning of my life because I believe the whole life style depends upon the planning for career now.
Same is the problem for now. I am bit confused to choose the career which Company to hit, what skills are required to get a good job, what is nature of job and scope for long run, etc.
 These all are questions which comes in my mind. Nevertheless, One should have good contacts with professionals of different kind so they can guide through their own experience. So, I confused while choosing between two different technologies, If I go in the field of development of projects, which technology should I emphasis to survive atleast just after graduation. And at the mean time I am thinking to have certification courses in particular technology to grab the skills.
Here are some key tips to help out what and why should I choose certification courses.
Every Certification course from reputed institute like Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, CISCO, etc can help in two ways:
1)  It will add value on your CV.. you will get interview call VERY easily. it will make you different from your competitors.
2) It may help you to learn things, But there are many ways to just pass the exam and not actually learn it. Because We pakistanis are very GOOD at Jugars:P
So my aim emphasis on 2nd point. I really need to survive in any company if I get job there. My aim is not just to enter in the company by any means. I want to be respected due to my efforts.
And there are so many ways to learn and gain the skills rather than doing certifications. By sincerely working on Academic Projects and FYP, Try to contact professionals to get freelancing works, Go through the books and implement your own ideas. But Every one doesnt get oppurtunity to do that. Frankly I dont get any good ideas in my mind rapidly to implement them :P.
IF we see the enterprise world, there is a huge boom of Web and Mobile Development. Many Technologies are improving like hell to come up in the market. Following are some options to gain skills if one wants to go for web development:
1) Php/MySql
2) .NET (, WebServices, WCF, Azure etc)
3) Python/Ruby
4) Java (JSP/Servlet)
And HTML + DHTML + HTML 5 + JS + Ajax etc,these are Must for any web guy.
So even my research is carried on which companies to hit. Because I can not simply drop my CV without having good knowledge.Lets See what output comes up. I shall update the blog if I get any interesting thing to share regarding Career.
Thanks alot for reading……
Have a Good Day 🙂


  1. Good insight! I think the crux of the issue of what’s right for your career is in the quote that you started with…You really can’t excel in an area which you don’t like! And I think you’re very fortunate to be in an area which you like atleast..:)

    Comment by Zoaib Khan — December 14, 2009 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

  2. Interesting thoughts but I would recommend a research career instead of the traditional IT stuff, and believe me certifications are no good. If Computer Science is your passion then dive into it with a good research project and then go for MS/Ph.D. in the field. This is the approach followed internationally rather than random certifications here and there, and then working as an IT laborer in some company.What’s currently happening in Pakistan is not Computer Science but IT and there’s a world of difference between the two.

    Moreover since you still have to do your FYP pick up some research project, make a publication out of it and then choose to go for MS/Ph.D to make a real move for your career rather than the traditional career as an IT laborer, sorry for the harsh word but that in reality is what a software engineer working in “hyped areas” really is.

    Comment by Arjumand — December 16, 2009 @ 4:20 am | Reply

  3. koi motay motay comments hain dada 😛 happy blogging 😛 you’ll go a long way 🙂

    Comment by Anum — December 16, 2009 @ 2:49 pm | Reply

  4. @Anum Thanks Alot.. I would more appreciate if you share your thoughts as well 🙂

    @Zoaib.. Yeah true brother.. Believe me when you go in granular for the career searching you get more available options but it becomes somewhat difficult to choose one of them.

    Comment by Sheeraz — December 17, 2009 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  5. @Arjumand

    Thanks alot for giving me your feedback. Well I am thinking the same way. I am interested in the field of Distributed and Grid Computing Systems which I didnt mention in the post. And I am seeking the Job Oppurtunities in the same field so that I can get the admission for doing Masters in Distributed Systems. But what I see is, there is alot of Development Jobs available in Karachi and I need to do job to survive in karachi untill I get admission in appropriate University.

    Unfortunately, I have already taken the FYP. No doubt its a very latest idea and implements latest technology which is “Gesture Recognition System using WII (Nitendo) Remote”. So I’ll have to do some research work how to develop the career on the basis of FYP.

    Comment by Sheeraz — December 17, 2009 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  6. very well written and very imp pts mentioned there sheeraz, gud keep it up petaro;)

    Comment by Usman — December 17, 2009 @ 5:17 pm | Reply

  7. Great to hear that you are interested in research. Yes true it’s an unfortunate aspect that most there are no research houses in Karachi and you have to do labor-type IT stuff for survival, I completely understand as I myself have followed this roadmap and am currently pursuing MS in the field of search engines from KAIST, South Korea. But one more suggestion: be firm on this path because keeping yourself passionate for CS research and that too in Karachi is a tough job but I am sure you can do it.

    Great to hear about your FYP, is it related to Distributed Systems?? Make a research publication out of it and you can take all necessary help you want from me, my personal email id is and moreover if Distributed Systems is your interest then MPI-SWS in Germany can be an extremely good option for you.

    Looking forward to hear from you as research is all about collaboration in today’s networked world.

    Comment by Arjumand — December 17, 2009 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  8. True….Only 15-20 percent people in this world know what they want to do with their life and where they see themselves after 10 or 15 years..If you dont believe that,ask people around you.You’ll get the raised-eyebrows kind of look ! 😛 Lets hope for a day to come in Pakistan when people like us would be able to do research work instead of these Labour IT jobs…Cheers!!!

    Comment by Taha — December 19, 2009 @ 10:20 am | Reply

  9. A Very Diverse Blogging I suppose you’r doing…….

    Comment by M Jameel — December 25, 2009 @ 5:34 pm | Reply

  10. If only more people could read about this!

    Comment by Jewell Bryan — May 28, 2010 @ 8:11 am | Reply

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