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When do you see the need of planning finances as an ENGINEER?

As a student, though your parents may make major efforts to pay your college fees, you as a student would have to plan your finances. Right from paying for a paid seat in college vs a free seat to funding your fresher party ticket amount, your parents take care of it. The accepted culture in this aspect is ironical. When parents face this task of spending money, they crib yet pay for their children. Once it is paid somewhere a false ego of parents bloats and the act of paying for such merry gets justified. This note is for parents and students who want to state a difference and are ready to approach finances practically.

  1. Personal finances: Planning personal finances at college seems next to impossible. When we inspect into the money we spend on various things and prepare a log of it, we understand how much mismanagement of money takes place. Especially in urban India, youth are not introduced into the habit of recording expenses. However, inculcating this habit would prove purposeful and useful in your career days.
  2. Further education: The herd trend among engineers in India is that, after their engineering course, students either tend to pursue MS in a foreign country or get into a job. Irrespective of, whether you are following this trend or not, you need to plan your finances for further education which could masters in science, MBA or PhD as you proceed in life.
  3. Your future and Career: Most students who step out as engineers engage is different worlds and turn out to be something fascinating. Youth at this juncture are seeing dreams with eyes wide open. To fulfill these dreams you need to get into the habit of financial planning.
  4. Contingencies may manifest in any form. Sometimes they are harsh to handle. Spare some money aside to handle them boldly.

For your career, at a later time, you will feel that your world has expanded. You need more to survive. You opt to join a job to accomplish many personal aspirations as well as those coined with your family’s aspirations.

  1. Career learning: As you start your career, you would realize that the skill sets acquired at college are not enough for you to excel. With this realizations starts your second round of learning. This includes certification courses, management programmes and other professional courses. This again demands money.
  2. Living: In Indian culture children and parents are together irrespective of age. Now the trend has set in where girls and boys are building their mini forts by staying on their own to pursue their career in different cities. With this you become the owner of your life, which means you will have to pay for your living expenses like food, water, utilities, telephone and so on.
  3. Your family: One fine day you have to take complete responsibility of your family and that is the day you will be proud that this article prepared you to plan your finances. You family will demand your presence as well as your material assets. So watch out and preparing from today.

HAPPY FINANCIAL PLANNING!

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College is a cool playground to implement your start up ideas. This will also be encouraged by the management. To start a business at college you need to identify a niche market, where you can sell a product or service. Once you identify the market, make a list of resources you require. Form a team with your seniors, peers or juniors. You could involve one of your professors as a mentor. Your customers could be students, tutors, management or parents.

  • IDEA 1: Stationery store – Start a stationery store at subsidized rates for colleges. Your college could be your first customer. Colleges require basic stationery items like pens, markers, chalk, notepads, papers and so on. Apart from that some electronic items like headphones, mouse, usb sticks could be added to your product catalogue for sale.
  • IDEA 2: Virtual learning – Colleges are hubs for learning. To develop a ecosystem to educate each other is always a challenge. Create a virtual learning support system for your college and involve other colleges eventually. Manage your college community and engage with other colleges to build an interactive and supportive ecosystem.
  • IDEA 3: Personal tutoring – Few students at college require personal attention which not be possible in a classroom. Professors and lecturers may not be accessible all the time for students. If you are good at a subject you can capitalize this opportunity. If you are a smart kid, help your peers and tutor them one-on-one. You could charge a nominal fee for spending your time with focused attention on the student.
  • IDEA 4: Sports education – Though college is centered on academic learning, sports will definitely be a part of the curriculum. Cricket, hockey, basketball or any other sport that rules your college could be a great source of income. Conduct innovative games and introduce new game methodologies for students to enjoy sports and apply them during tournaments. Coach your juniors and peers in college sports. Bring in seniors as sport mentors.
  • IDEA 5: Notes on my back: T-shirts are a common wear among youth. T-shirts with academic notes could be your unique selling proposition (USP). This will inculcate easy learning among students. Your t-shirt will have a new piece of information for your friends to learn and you will have other t-shirts to learn from. This could be a good learning methodology. You can sell to other colleges by customizing their logo on it.

There is no perfect solution to manage time when we are juggling with multiple things in life. HCC has studied lives of college students and suggested an ideal way to plan your week and cater time as per priority.

Study hard play hardBefore you plan, here is a short to-do list you could follow:

  • List your likes and interests
  • List your priorities
  • Plan and anticipate any contingencies that may occur.

HCC understands that unlike other international schools and colleges, institutions in India mostly work for 6 days or 5.5 days in a week. So, here the fun time for students is definitely reduced. Mostly when we look at a student’s life we feel college and assignments are the only things they need to do. But, the fact is not the same. They have to manage their time with assignments, internals, semester exams, extra study to excel, preparation for competitive exams, internships, final year project work, sleep, food, movies, partying, sports, exercise, friends and phew! a lot more…..With this assumption let us see how an ideal week with high time optimization should look like.

168 hours in a student's life

You may have tweak this chart a little here and there to customize it to your course and life requirements. Now you can de-stress yourself, as you have a solution for your time.

My College Magazine

College magazines are cool to have both for the students and the management. However, running a college magazine and publishing it with interesting article every month is not as cool as it sounds. It requires us to run a mini firm to turnaround some quality content by end of every month.

How to start a college magazine?

Starting a college magazine is the easier part, but gaining audience is the difficult side of it. It is always good to have one of your faculty member as a facilitator for this process. Their experience always adds value to the structure of this process.

Announce the intent and let the students of your college know that you have an intent to start a college magazine.

Specify the objectives of starting a college magazine. The objective has to be clear. The reasons could be to build better subject know-how among students, to update them about current affairs or it could be something completely different.

Depending on the response you will know how many of them will be interested to welcome a college magazine in your campus. Not all of those who show interest will be on your team. Only a handful will remain in your core team.

How to build a team?

Once you know who is going to be in the team, spell out the responsibilities and activities they will be involved in. There will be a lot of scramble here. As an initiator you have to find ways to identify each ones strength and capabilities and then assign jobs to them.

What could be the top tasks to be assigned?

  1. Writing Articles
  2. If it is an offline magazine – managing printing
  3. If it is an online magazine – technical know-how and managing a web site
  4. Track finances
  5. Proof read and edit the articles before release
  6. Track feedback of readers and understand what more are they expecting out of a magazine

To make all this happen, the team will require people with editorial abilities  marketing skills, financial and technical know-how.

What next? Launch the Magazine.

This generation participates in a parallel world called the web world. Irrespective of what you choose the magazine to be – either offline or online, make announcements on your college facebook page and tweet about it.

Share your magazine on:

The list is endless.

Are we done? Not yet.

There is more to it. After releasing the first issue, can we keep up the fire? That is the challenge. Be open to your peer interests. Write and share more about what they want to hear rather than what you want to tell them.

  • Add more sections to the magazine.
  • Make it interactive
  • Have a contest running all the time
  • Change the magazine cover

With all these tips and gyaan try to start something new at your college. Be the trendsetter!

What else can I start at college?

FEEL FREE TO COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU STARTED AT YOUR COLLEGE.