IEE NED University Student Chapter today organized a Career Counseling seminar amidst tension and trouble in the city. The attendance on campus was thin, but the audience was plentiful, in my opinion.
There was one presentation on marketing for engineers. While marketing is a highly rewarding (and highly demanding) professional option for engineers, the speaker was not very effective.
There was another presentation about RF Planning, which was mildly technical and people were more or less bored. There was another presentation by Rubina Hoodbhoy about RMIT University, which had absolutely nothing to do with career counseling and she was there only because her organization was a key sponsor for the IEE newsletter.
There was a presentation by Salman Khan from Siemens, which was very much to the point of career counseling and another one by Samia from Sidat Hyder Murshid, which was also very much to the point of the seminar.
One thing was common to all the presentations: they were all extremely poorly timed. They all talked and talked and talked and talked way over the intimated 15 to 20 minutes time, which did not leave much time for the question and answer session which was supposed to be the best part of the seminar, and eventually was.
In the end, Adnan Farooq swept everyone of the earlier speakers away by denouncing the workplace employer ethics and promoting enterpreneurship amongst young engineers, and people (minus the earlier speakers) were excited. Samia and Salman were amongst the most offended, and Samia immediately ceased the microphone once Adnan was done with his presntation and started appreciating Adnan's views, but I knew that this IBA grad was appreciating because she would soon start criticising him, and she did. So did Salman. What is this? A political talk show? People should be expected to have different opinions and be allowed to voice them. These folks had their chance, and it wasnt their turn anymore.
Then there was a Question and Answers session and students frankly and freely asked controversial and pinching questions and the panel of speakers answered them. Again, Samia kept ceasing the mic again and again. What is this? You've answered a question, someone else adds his/her answer, why do you have to comment on his answer? Most of the time she was defending her views. I did not like that attitude. Nothing to do with her being a woman, I have no problem with that, I didnt like Salman's response tone either.
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