Get yourself ready for Job

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Get yourself ready for Job

You may have heard or read this before. Very few graduates have what employers look for in fresh graduates. Various studies and industry voices have highlighted the concern. For example, only 18.43% of the 600,000 engineers that graduate annually are employable as software engineers – IT services, while merely 3.95% are ‘appropriately trained to be directly deployed on projects’, according to a 2014 survey by a private company. Only 7.49% candidates are employable for core jobs in mechanical, electronics/electrical and civil engineering even though 53% engineers rated software roles as their preference, reveals the National Employability Report – Engineers 2014.
While there are several factors behind the skill gap, experts say students can add value to their four-year degrees by going beyond the curriculum to make the cut in a competitive job market. Primarily, soft skills and value-addition through industrial exposure are the game changers. Beyond academic knowledge, India Inc expects graduates to equip themselves with professional, technical, domain, behavioural, language and communication skills to be job-ready.
The soft part 
When it comes to studying for a career, interest as well as short- and long-term goals play a crucial role in success. According to Delhi-based career counsellor , students often do not know the basics when quizzed by hiring managers during interviews. They do not have any interest in the subject but are still studying it which results in weak fundamentals, adding one must be sure about their reason for becoming an engineer before enrolling for a course. If an MBA degree is one’s goal, then why pursue a BTech, which is not a mandatory requirement for the management programme. Many employers would prefer a professional who would not switch tracks soon. Recruiters are looking for those who are passionate about engineering and technology and not for people who will join to quit a few years later to shift to management.
Yet another area that deserves attention is social skills. While the curriculum is key, students must also have skills that are not always imparted in a classroom, such as excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team. Companies look for reliable and dependable individuals who know how to perform in a workplace full of people with different temperaments. Further, while students may have extensive academic knowledge, companies also seek potential employees who demonstrate the ability and willingness to learn new things.It is important that graduates are aware of changing industry needs and that they upgrade their skills through relevant advanced certification regularly.Successful placement, thus, depends on how one can demonstrate these skills, which, according to many experts, is through internships.
Industry exposure 
Students seem to be opting for a  of three internships — technical, non-technical and research because this allows them to hedge their bets.They can experiment with a mix that allows them to ascertain their tastes while also strengthening their CVs, he elaborates. Further, the internships expose students to different scenarios and help them acquire different skills. Internships are evidence that students have had some exposure to the world outside of a classroom, and diversity in internships reflects that a student is more likely to be able to deal with a variety of situations as a construction company will work differently from an R&D lab.
Changing frontiers

As times are changing, so are the demands and job avenues for engineers. In such a scenario, experts advise students be open to different choices and use opportunities now available such as angel investing and an entrepreneur-friendly ecosystem. Several graduates are opting to start their companies with venture capital, even though this is risky. Yet, students who go this way do so because of the freedom and the fact that their success is in their hands. Further, even if they do not succeed, many employment opportunities exist for such people. 

 

Boundaries between engineering and non-engineering jobs are blurring as firms visit engineering colleges to recruit for several verticals, including those which may not be directly related to engineering. As engineering helps students develop analytical skills, several analysis-related profiles such as data analytics and code engineering are becoming popular.