Career counselling: questions and answers

Q1: Dear Mr Abidi, I am a pre-medical student and I enjoy studying genetics, but I have been told there is no scope for genetics in Pakistan. I am also interested in biochemistry, molecular biology, pathology, and biochemistry. Are there opportunities for these subjects in Pakistan? What kind of jobs can I get with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any of these subjects? Please guide me about my future studies plans. (Sharifah Khadim-Islamabad)

Ans: Dear Sharifah, There is actually great scope for genetics and all allied biomedical sciences, including the specialisms that you have mentioned, in Pakistan and around the world. These areas have significant research and attract great funding for further opportunities. Pursuing a degree in any of these subjects can lead to a variety of career opportunities, such as working in research and development facilities, healthcare industries, or government organisations.

Q2: Dear sir, I completed BSCS in 2019 but have not been able to find a job in my field. I need a job urgently or any advice on successful business opportunities. Kindly guide me. (Tassawar Ameen Khan, Taxila Wah Cantt)

Ans: Dear Tassawar, It may take a little longer than expected to find a job in your desired field. Keep applying and consider taking paid or unpaid internships to gain relevant experience. Lack of experience or training may be why you’re having difficulty finding employment. An internship program can help you gain insight into the workplace and provide some relevant experience you can put on your CV, ultimately leading to greater career opportunities.

Q3: Dear Mr Abidi, I recently completed college and am pursuing Computer Science at Fast University. I am feeling unsure about my choice and also attended classes for Industrial Engineering at UET but was not satisfied. I am confused and seek your guidance. (Fazeel Akhtar Mayo, Lahore)

Ans: Dear Fazeel, I recommend making a decision and committing to one of the subjects you have been admitted to pursue. It’s common to struggle initially when adjusting to a new environment, but both Computer Science and Industrial Engineering are exciting, emerging fields. After a semester or two, you will likely feel more comfortable and gain a better understanding of your subject, classmates, and opportunities associated with the subject.

(Syed Azhar Husnain Abidi is a well-known educationist in Pakistan with over 20 years of experience providing education counselling services. He has represented Pakistan in over 100 national and international seminars, conferences, and forums and has received the highly coveted civil award Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.)