My answer to What are the challenges that a fresher will have to face after getting into the VLSI industry?
Answer by Ramdas Mozhikunnath:
First of all , the biggest challenge for a fresher is to get into the VLSI industry.
Once you get pass this – all other challenges are under your control and you can overcome through hard work and determination.
Following are some challenges and how you can deal:
- Working in industry is different from learning/working through your college
- In college you learn yourself or work with a group of similar students. As you start working, you will be part of team that has different people with different level of experiences and you will need to learn to work in such teams.
- Do not expect that you will get cricital pieces of a project in the beginning. Accept any task that comes your way initially, learn and complete those in time and with quality. Do not assume any, keep asking about expectations and keep meeting them. Once your team members start trusting you, your career starts growing up with more responsibilities.
- Majority of what you learned in college will be or not much use. Or rather you will need to learn new tools, new programming languages, scripts, methodologies and many more. So don’t laze around assuming you have a job. Initial years will need lot of learning effort – even more than in college
- It is easy to get lost if you are part of a bigger team with different experience levels. Most of people might be already experienced unlike you and well versed on job. However keep asking every silly question without feeling bad in initial days. For sure others will help knowing you are a beginner.
- Remember project deadlines and quality are of atmost importance in any project execution. Understand your tasks before committing and always deliver with quality. Do not hide anything even if you go wrong. It will hurt.
- In college you get credits/marks for what you learn through exams. In job, you get credit for completing tasks with quality, taking more responsibility and most importantly communicating with your management and others about what you are achieving.