UP boy explains how an internship blended course in the US varsity made him job-ready
Monday, July 29, 2019
Achieving learning goals and breaking away from cramming help familiarise with the latest industry trends while equipping the students with skills to be job-ready, writes Sharangee Dutta
When it comes to studying abroad, the US remains one of the preferred choices for Indian students. From multicultural college campus to industry exposure, the US universities provide students with various opportunities to learn and excel beyond the classroom.
For Aman Agrawal, it was the culture of classroom participation and student-teacher discussion at the US universities that encouraged him to head to Drexel University in Philadelphia to study Bachelors in Computer Science.
Unlike the Indian education system that majorly focuses on examinations, the US varsities lay more significance on achieving learning goals. “The focus is more on learning the application of the knowledge. In my university, professors often adjust course schedule to give more time to topics we find difficult to understand. In fact, some classes have the last two weeks dedicated to review and discuss additional topics based on student demands,” says Aman. “In Drexel, bachelors in CS is either a five-year programme or a four-year one. While the first includes three internships of six months each, the second one includes one internship of the same duration that students have to do throughout the programme.”
Since Aman finished his coursework early, he switched to a four-year programme from the five-year one in the middle of his second internship. This allowed him to do two internships in four years.
Similar to most varsities in the US, Drexel also organises industry talks and hiring events where several top recruiters and tech companies came to the campus to interact with students. It was in such an event that Aman met some engineers from Dell.
“I liked the things Dell was working on, so I reached out to them after the event and they set up a series of interviews later,” adds Aman who has got a job in Dell.