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Embedded System Careers: How lucrative are they?

How lucrative a career choice is Embedded Systems???

Let’s find out…

Today, for anybody entering the field of software, it makes great sense to choose a career in embedded systems as there is no dearth of opportunities. It also gives immense intellectual satisfaction to work on the development of embedded systems because you work with the core of the system very near to the hardware without any barriers. The systems that you build touch the common man’s life. You write software to control appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators and cars. But, you can also work on higher-end systems that control robots,  move huge machines and automated factories.

The Embedded systems field is poised for huge growth worldwide. In the consumer segment alone there are 2 billion embedded devices expected to hit the market every year. This provides a huge opportunity to various organizations to come up with new and innovative embedded products.

Companies like Bosch, Siemens-VDO and Delphi are leading names in Automotive Electronics – which is the discipline dealing with  embedded systems for vehicles. Similarly, companies like General Electric, ABB and Siemens are engaged in building systems for industrial automation and process control which use embedded systems. These companies also build embedded systems which control railway signals, car assembly lines, mills, petrochemical plants, bottling plants, pharmaceutical factories – the list goes on and on.

Defense services use embedded systems in guided missiles and for detecting incoming enemy missiles and aircraft. In Medical Electronics, embedded systems are used in monitors, scanners, radiology machines used for chemotherapy, diagnostic equipments and critical systems like pacemakers, ventilators and incubators. Thus embedded systems cover a broad range of products.

The international markets for product development in embedded systems alone comes to about $ 75 billion(Rs.4 lakh crores). Meeting this high demand requires highly trained and competent professionals. Organizations like :

– have invested substantial amounts in product development and R & D. Training and Development of skilled personnel in this area have become one of the crucial challenges for Indian policy makers.

So how do you go about getting trained for such a lucrative career opportunity? Read on….

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April 3, 2010 at 12:47 pm 1 comment

What are Embedded Systems

Have you ever wondered what is inside your refrigerator?

No, not the food! We are talking about the intelligence that allows the refrigerator to do everything it does to keep your food fresh.

Think Embedded Chips, not Potato Chips!

For example in your refrigerator one or more chips control the temperature by turning on and off the compressor. Another chip might sense and control the making of ice.

Your fridge is a simple example.  Even more complex embedded systems are at work in your watch, mobile phone, DVD player, washing machine, the microwave oven, the digital camera, the car engine control unit – the list is endless. What makes all these systems intelligent is the embedded system which is at the core of these devices

Today the world is entering an era of pervasive computing. During the course of our daily routine, we interact with many systems which have some kind of intelligence built in. We take this for granted – so much so that we don’t even notice it happening.

Over the years, the use of embedded systems is expanding in leaps and bounds. The devices and gadgets that we use in our everyday lives are but an extremely small part of the total span of applications where embedded systems are used. Today, there is practically no engineering field remaining in which embedded system are not used. From devices as simple as toys to those as critical as a pacemaker that keeps a person alive, you will find embedded systems working silently in the background.  There are systems controlling crucial functions of vehicles ranging from two-wheelers and cars to massive airliners and even satellites.

Next time you get in a car, try to think of the dozen or more interlinked embedded systems on board. These systems control various functions like engine control, gearbox, car navigation, access control and power steering.  When you perform a mundane action such as turning on the air conditioning or opening the power windows, a small chip somewhere is making sure your commands are followed.  In modern cars, more complex tasks are often controlled by these tiny computers too – when the driver presses the brake, an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) kicks in, monitoring the wheels so that they don’t lock and adjusting the brake pressure if they do, displaying information on the dashboard and even turning on the rear lights.

Is this the right career path for me?

From an individual’s point of view, if you have an affinity and passion towards building Futuristic Products, Gadgets in the areas of home automation, Industries like Telecom, Networking, Aeronautics, Manufacturing and activities that will drive day to day life, Embedded Systems is the career path. In short you must have the passion to build next generation products.

Get more updates on this field and download a free researched document on career opportunities in Embedded systems!!!


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March 22, 2010 at 8:18 am Leave a comment

IT, Ireland and me…

A firsthand account, by Amplify student; Rohan Shaw, about his study abroad experiences via Amplify Mindware’s student exchange program in Ireland.

So far my days in Ireland has been very good. When I was heading to Athlone Institute of Technology(AIT), I thought it would be difficult to adjust with the people and might feel like the odd one in a new place. But things turned out to be very different from what I had anticipated. There are lots of International Students here coming from forty different nations.The people here are very friendly in nature and fun to interact with. Seeing so many Foreign students does not make feel left out.

I received a very warm welcome from the University’s International Office ,who helped me in getting acquainted  with the place. I was very thrilled when they made things easy for me by giving me a tour of the University Campus and a short tour of the town. They helped me in finding a suitable accommodation for myself and opening a bank account. It was very easy to adjust in a new place with the help of the International office.

The Professors here are very friendly and always eager to help. They are very patient and understanding and are always in the lookout to help weak students cope up with the rest of the class. The standard of teaching here is very high and since most of the professors teaching us have worked in the IT industry they give us real world examples in making us understand a topic. Overall the course is easy for us  as we have done quite a lot of programming and similar subjects at AmplifyMindware.


The campus is very huge and the sports facilities are excellent. All the major sports are played here and I actively participate in a few of them. The cafeteria is very big and serves a variety of items to choose from. There many things to get involved in here. There are plenty of events being organized every now and then. There is also an Indian Community here which organized the Diwali Celebrations, where I got an opportunity to interact with the Indian population living here. It was very different experience celebrating Diwali in Ireland and having Indian food for a change.

I would like to conclude by thanking AmplifyMindware for giving me the opportunity to pursue my further studies at AIT,Ireland and experience the lifestyle and diversity of culture. It is a very beautiful place to study in with a very warm  and friendly atmosphere and it feels great to be here.

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March 11, 2010 at 10:30 am 1 comment

Unique IT careers

Mobile Applications Development is  Amplify’s nationally unique degree program which has been designed as per inputs & demands from various reputed Telecom/ Mobile services and applications development companies.

In other words, you’re being trained to effectively ‘step into’ any one of the several mobile application development jobs available in the world’s 2nd largest industry.

With such collaborated efforts between Industry & Institutes, this is a truly “Industry Integrated” degree program. Selected candidates have an exciting opportunity to undergo training in the lines of Corporate Training Standards on a range of technologies with the sole aim of professional excellence.

Not quite sure of this is a lucrative career choice?

Then consider this: By the year 2010 India will have a mobile phone subscriber base of one billion people!

Now that’s what I call, a massive consumer market!

Check out how much Mobile application developers make and the industry demand for graduates!


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March 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

Training the bottom rung!

As a fresher, just out of college – the corporate world can be daunting!

Nothing is ‘text-book’ familiar and you start to wonder, just what in the world you learned in college…..

For some of us, team-work, synergy, group-dynamics….. were concepts who’s definitions we memorized in management classrooms – yet only fully understood during a college game or competition…


Not everything can be learned in a classroom – and no one knows this better, than a fresher on her/his first day at college….

Given these odds – that freshers require intensive on the job training that prepares them for the job at hand – Amplify Mindware institute, works with various IT and Management organizations to provide comprehensive training solutions for fresh recruits!

Check out this 4 -step training programme, that the institute follows in its Fresher Learning Programme for corporates.

Got those first day of the job jitters?



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March 1, 2010 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

MBA degrees that actually get you a job!

When I first decided to do an MBA, I had high expectations of what life would be like after graduation. I imagined a nice fat paycheck, being able to afford to drive to work, meetings at the Taj and a spacious office with a kick-ass view.

Reality?

Let’s just say that the only thing that does have a nice view is my building terrace, where I escape to, from time to time to avoid that recurring question “have you got a job yet, beta?”.

When they sell you the MBA dream – no one cares to mention that you’ll be one of millions of others with the same ‘degree stamp’ all competing for half the number of jobs.

They especially forget to mention that when you graduate during a recession, you’re effectively competing for one position with hundreds of others who actually have work experience and are unemployed.

The result?

Endless interviews that go nowhere.

Or worse, interviews where they ask you what kind of salary you’re expecting – and then smirk at your response. Currently, I’m quoting for less than what BEST drivers get (they earn about 15k+ a month)

What was the point in spending lacs of rupees and two years of my life on a degree that leaves me unemployed!!!

So, the other day, I was sitting through what must be my hundredth interview in the past five months, since graduation and was actually one of five shortlisted candidates. Forever the optimist, I thought to myself – finally, I may just be getting a job. And instead of a final round of interviewing, they pose this discussion topic to all five of us and ask us to debate it out. It was some insane question on project management and I was totally stumped.

And I mean really totally lost. I didn’t even understand the question.

Luckily most of the group members were in the same boat (so that made me feel slightly better) – except for this one guy who talked at length – adequately making up for the rest of us!!!

But naturally, they gave him the job.

sigh….!!!

Apparently, he took a course in Project Management

Check it out! – I wish I had, before I did my MBA.

 

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November 25, 2009 at 5:49 am 2 comments


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