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Dated February 15, 2006

(Questions answered on career concerns)

What are the career prospects for aircraft maintenance engineers?

Atiqullah
Chennai

Airlines and the Defence Forces employ aircraft maintenance engineers. Many engineers seek licenses to conduct the crucial aspects of the work like inspecting, controlling and supervising the work of other engineers. They play an important role in this sector, as they ensure that the aircraft is in an immaculate condition before take-off. Aircraft maintenance engineers are involved in servicing, maintenance and repair of aircrafts. They work with airport development and maintenance companies and for airlines with `hangar' facilities of their own.

What are the career prospects for CCNA?

Dilip
Coimbatore

The expanding integration of Internet technologies by businesses has resulted in a rising demand for a variety of skilled professionals who can develop and support Internet, Intranet, and web applications. Explosive growth in these areas is also expected to fuel demand for specialists knowledgeable about network, data, and communications security.

There are various career openings available to them, as application programmers, system programmers, web-masters, or technical support specialists and so on.

If graduates are equipped with the necessary specialist skills they can be promoted to senior positions such as system analysts, web-development managers, application development managers or technical support managers, programmer analysts; tech support; analyst and management-software developers; database designers and computer consultants.

What are the career prospects for graduates of Anthropology?

Shefali Anand
Mumbai

Anthropology is a stimulating and wide-ranging discipline, offering unique insights into human social life. This course emphasises the holistic and comparative nature of the subject, studying humans from a variety of social, cultural, genetic, ecological and evolutionary perspectives.

Graduates in Anthropology can work with schools, colleges, institutes and universities; do social research with universities as well as with businesses, governments and trade unions.

They are also employed in a professional capacity with organisations concerned with community and regional development; humanitarian and development aid; indigenous, multicultural, immigration and refugee organisations; as well as corporate, governmental, trade union and other organisations concerned with cross-cultural liaison.

Anthropology graduates also find work in administration, particularly social policy areas that have a cross-cultural focus

I would like to know the difference between a web designer and a graphic designer.

Sandy
via e-mail

Web designers create the pages, layouts, and graphics for websites. They are authorised to maintain web servers and official web sites, scan for appropriate content, and receive suggestions and complaints regarding web content and design, and also who designs/creates/maintains an individual web page or an individual web site. Graphics is a part of visual communication. Graphic designers are artists whose creations are intended to express ideas, convey information, or draw attention to a product. They are the visual artists who exhibit their fine arts skills at the service of commercial clients. It encompasses other disciplines as film and animation work, typography and lettering, illustration, printing processes and printmaking, display and exhibition work, technical graphics for engineering, calligraphy, model-making, packaging, design for advertising and so on

`What are the qualifications and personal characteristics one must posses to have a successful chosen career?' Can such questions be asked in an interview and how should one answer them?

Sanjeev Sinha
Kolkata

It is possible that this type of question may be asked in an interview. You could respond by saying that, " I have a combination of qualities to be successful in this career. In the first instance, I have a strong interest, backed bythe required skills for this job,especiallyfor acareer that is technically oriented. This basic ingredient isbacked by love of learning, problem-solving skills,determination to succeed and excel. I feel thatI havegood communication skillsand the ability to work hard,which I consider the most important qualities that will help me succeed in this career."To succeed, you also needto possess a natural curiosity about howsystems work -- the kind of curiosityand enthusiasm youdemonstrate trying to acquire a new skill will come handy.Allthese traits combine to create a solid team member in the ever-changing corporate world.

The FAQ column deals with career concerns addressed to the C&K Management Ltd. P.O. Box 2178, Secunderabad 500003 or emailed to faqs@cnkonline.com

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