I would like to pursue a career in music. However, my parents feel it has no scope. Please guide me on this.

Performing in front of an audience would undoubtedly be very glamorous, but there are hosts of other careers that would be equally satisfying for a person with a passion in music. Music is a hugely diverse industry, with areas ranging from producing and mixing to performance and orchestration. The wide spectrum of careers in this industry would range from a song writer, DJ, technician in the recording industry, music producer, music composer, music journalist or music trainer. Understanding sound systems software and recording music could be a career choice. You could be a music producer managing the production of music or you could be a music composer and your talent will be solicited by digital media, radio, theatre and film. As a music journalist you would be required to review the music, music events, music performers and not only write about them but also pass judgments. In the event industry there is a need to curate music suitable for the event, setting the right tone and mood. A bachelor’s degree in music would bring in-depth knowledge and understanding of its professional application.

What is the difference between computer science and computer engineering? Which is the better option?

While often confused as the same stream, computer science and computer engineering are two different specialities. Computer science focuses on the basics of computing, including, algorithms, programming languages, artificial intelligence and hardware design. It involves the study of how data and instructions are processed, communicated and stored. Computer engineering can be explained as the union of computer science and electrical engineering. Computer engineers can be defined as electrical engineers who specialise in software design, hardware design, or systems design that integrates both. Computer engineering is focused more on the designing and developing of computer systems and how the software interacts with the hardware. So, you will be learning about circuits, logic gates, physics and programming. If you want to learn about how computers work and also learn about programming, then take computer engineering.