Question 1: Dear Mr. Abidi, I would like to request some information about my daughter. He has applied for BS Honors in Biochemistry and Biotechnology at Punjab University. Please guide him to choose. Can she apply for a lectureship in any college after completing them or can she only serve in a special department? (Sameer Qureshi, Lahore)
Answer: Mr. Sameer. Biochemistry and biotechnology are both emerging disciplines / specializations. Also, it would be even better if she could find a BS in Molecular Biology or Genetics. Once she completes her bachelors, she can pursue a career in MS and M.Phil in Industry or M.Phil, where she can end up as a researcher and become an academic within the domain. Can In all cases, he should have plenty of career opportunities.
Question 2: Sir, I am a graduate student and I have been unemployed for almost eight months now. I have done BS in Computer Science with Specialization in Networking and I am also certified from CCNA (R&S) and Red Hat Linux Farm Corvette System, Lahore. I also attended a five-day network designing workshop. Sir, I need your help to get a career entry level job. Thank you in anticipation. (Burhan Ahmad Tiwana, Gujranwala)
A: Dear Tiwana SB, you have the necessary academic and professional qualifications. However, it’s just a bad patch of your life that you are not getting any response from your employers. On this occasion I would suggest you to look for an internship in a software house which will help you to build contacts and you will gain experience in your own sophistication and I am sure that after that you will enter. Will be able to Level career job.
Q3: Mr. Abidi, I am an O level student and I am weak in subjects like English, Urdu, Pakistan Studies and Islamic Studies but my main subjects are strong. I can’t afford a private university and so Dow is my best option. (Musa Gulraiz Siddiqui, Karachi)
Answer: Mr. Siddiqui, I do not fully understand your question. However, if you are asking about your admission to medical university for which you need to decide whether you do A level or shift to FSC. As you have said you have financial problems and public sector medical colleges are your only option to do your FSC and clear your MDCAT and enter these public sector institutions. Try those who will pass this test while A. Level
Q4: Sir, I am confused about my current situation regarding my career. My main goal in life is to do MBBS and I consider myself perfect for medical education because I am very interested. But the main problem is that I succeeded in 993/1100 in Matric, 996/1100 in Intermediate and UHS 1 (948/1100) and two attempts of MDCAT this year (906/1100) but still I am sure That I can improve in this aspect because I am very close to the required qualifications. Now the problem is that I have wasted my two years for MDCAT. So my question to you is should I take a second chance or do something else. If anything, which field is best for me is either medical or non-medical. (Gibran Naseem, Lahore)
Answer: Dear Gibran, I think you have given enough time to enter the medical school and have made the required efforts and endeavors. However, there is no need to waste any more time as you may get the same yield or the same percentage in the next attempt. While MBBS was your main goal, there are many other fields that are closely linked to health sciences and fulfill the work of a medical practitioner. These include microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology. Research in medical science is ongoing, research funds are widely available all over the world and scientists are struggling to find cures for various deadly diseases and viruses like cancer, HIV, Zika. I suggest you do a little more. Do a research and find a degree that takes you to the above areas. And build your career in its emerging domain.
(Syed Azhar Hasnain Abidi, a leading educationist in Pakistan, with more than 20 years of experience providing education counseling services. He has represented Pakistan in more than 100 national and international seminars, conferences and regions.) He is highly desirable (Civil Award Medal of Distinction).