Computer Engineering has always been a lucrative option for science enthusiasts, who derive pleasure from creating new things using existing codes and binaries. It wouldn’t be misleading to compare a computer engineer’s job to that of an architect or a chef, other than the fact that the result of their creative prowess is not tangible. A computer engineer amalgamates the use of elements of hardware and software, to create programs that make life as we know it, simpler and effortless. In a society which finds itself in a constant state of flux, and cutting edge technology and innovation tainting every aspect of the modern life, computer engineering is the path to take to be a harbinger for a further revolution in the technological landscape.

A computer engineer contrives aspects of latest innovations and breakthroughs, technological developments to make way for significant improvements in the ever evolving information and communication technologies. So when it comes down to choosing a career, there are two bifurcations from which a career path can be chosen, namely- Hardware engineers and Software engineers. To put it simply, Hardware engineers develop computer systems and components, design microprocessors, circuit boards, routers and other embedded devices. Similarly, Taking into consideration the software aspect, these engineers create, test and debug programs and applications that run on computers, mobile devices and more.

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WHAT TO EXPECT:

AS A COMPUTER ENGINEER STUDENT:

While choosing a career path in computer engineering, you may be enveloped in a cascading fog of vagueness and doubts, which is all but natural. Life will be no bed of roses as a student of computer engineering. To progress and leave an indelible mark in this field, you’ll have to ensure that you are proficient not only when it comes to technological capacities but also in other aspects such as business and communication. The student life of a computer engineer not only entails learning about codes and programs, technologies, input data and the like but also involves developing a business savvy bent in your personality. It’s imperative for you to mentally prepare yourself for a life of intensely technologically dominated academic environment.

AS A COMPUTER ENGINEER:

In order to make sense of what your life would be like as a computer engineer, here is all you need to know. Computer engineering, in addition to demanding manual dexterity in programming and design, development and implementation of computer technologies, is also a team task. Expect a lot of interaction with team mates on projects, and develop a keen eye for detail, creativity, hardware, software and the interface between the two. A prospective employer seeks soft skills in addition to technical know-how. These soft skills include critical thinking, communication, and project and time management. Computer engineers should be detail-oriented, analytical, excellent problems solvers, and able to identify, analyze and craft solutions to complex problems.  In a world which is envisaged by cut throat competition in every aspect, it is crucial to chisel out for yourself a holistic and well rounded personality to get success in the field you choose.

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