Format of Career Episode
Career Episode should ideally have four sections: Introduction, Background, Personal Engineering Activity and Summary. They should be prepared as follows:
In about 100 words, it should mention the chronology of the career episode (in which phase of your career it happened), dates and duration of the episode, geographical location where it happened, name of the institute or organization involved, and your position there.
Background: In about 200 to 500 words, describe the context of what you were studying or working on at the time. You may mention the nature and objectives of the engineering project you undertook, the particular work area you were involved with, the organizational structure chart or the organogram which highlights your position in the organization at the time, and your job description, key responsibilities or job profile at the organization. You may have to substantiate any claims with the official duty statement or appointment letter you received.
Personal Engineering Activity
In about 500 to 1000 words, describe the actual work you set out to narrate. Focus on the engineering-related tasks you performed. Talk about how you applied your engineering skills and knowledge to the situation, what task was delegated to you and how you accomplished it, and technical difficulties of Career episodes or challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Focus on any innovations, creative designs, unusual strategies or original ideas you came up with. You can also talk about your relationship with your team members and you role as a team leader or negotiator or astute follower.
At the end, write a summary for your Career Episode that highlights all the engineering-related competencies you demonstrated in that particular narrative.
Don’t let your Career Episode be too generic or too technical. You should be balanced in your approach. When you say, ‘I designed a circuit board’, you might add details like which parts you used to make it, which design software tool you used, things in which you needed to collaborate with others, and where and why you needed revisions in its circuit designing. On the other hand, be wary of including so many technical details that you are not able to include other elements of the project as the pioneering processes you were a part of, reporting and communication mechanism of the project, and cost-related decisions you were involved with.
Do not get distracted while writing a Career Episode. Remember, it is about you and your capabilities – and now what your team or department did. The assessors are not interested in sentences like ‘we simulated’ or ‘we designed’. They only have eyes for ‘I designed’, ‘I did’ etc. that shows your role in the team and your contribution to the project. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to resort to ‘lying’ about your role in the time. If you are not able to prove any of the claims you make in your CDR, it is likely to get rejected by EA.
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