Choosing a final year student project is a tedious task given the vast choice of topics. There are, however, ways to break this process to smaller chunks that will enable you to choose the right project that will take your career to the next level. So let’s consider few aspects of choosing a final year student project Read more..
Many students tend to choose a final year project that is based on exciting technology, the kind of technology that is straight from sci-fi movies. These technologies might not even be fully developed and could be in the early stages of research. There was this student in bio-technology who wanted to do his project in DNA computing! Wow! Sounds great alright. But even the professors at leading universities like Harvard and MIT are yet to completely understand the concept. While it is good to choose a topic that is new and path breaking, it is equally important to choose a topic that is developed to the extent that you would find enough support for.
It’s not enough to have good support available unless you have an understanding of the basics about the topic. Many a times, students choose a topic based solely on its complexity just because it gives them an aura of a genius. Remember, it’s not what you start but it’s about what you finish. So choose a topic that you are comfortable with.
Once you have the knowledge part of it covered, both in terms of your understanding and the support you will get, the next aspect you should consider is your passion. What drives you to do things? Do you want to solve a problem? Do you want to improve the quality of life of people around you? Or do you want to innovate and take things to the next level? Each of these can have a huge impact on the kind of project you will undertake. These questions may sound vague given the technical context of the fundamental question we are trying to answer. But answering these questions at the beginning will help you find a final year student project that is best suited for you.
Another aspect you must consider is the placement opportunities. Employers tend to hire someone who has completed a final year student project that is directly related to the role. This is a very dynamic aspect since the requirements of the industry changes every year. One must keep a close watch on the demands of the industry and figure out where it is headed. One easy way is to develop contacts within the industry through family, friends, seniors in college who are already placed, social networks and others.
Apart from these parameters, there are few others like project budget (especially for hardware related), amount of time, whether the project requires one to travel to other locations etc. These parameters also play an equally important role in the eventual success.