The Bottom Line of College: Placement Diaries

The Bottom Line of College: Placement Diaries

Shivasish Sahu Maneesh Rout | Apr 15, 2019

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Monday Morning caught up with Prof. S K Patel, the Head of Training and Placements Cell to elucidate on the topic of career opportunities for the students and how the institute facilitates them to achieve their goals-

Engineers can opt for higher studies, job or entrepreneurship after graduation. The most basic challenge faced by the industry is to produce an output of satisfactory quality at competitive prices. In order to make profits, it is the job of an engineer to sell either his services or products. In every industry, technical organization or even government job, his services are indispensable. After graduation, to get a better idea of the core subject and thus bring in innovation in product design technology, one can pursue an M.Tech and PhD degree consequently. Honing managerial skills through an MBA degree besides a plain graduation degree is often more lucrative. In addition to that, engineers can also contribute to the bureaucracy through UPSC exams etc.

We are constantly trying to revise our course curriculum. There are courses like the Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Such elective courses should be available to the students and they should avail it from different resources from time to time. The companies are not keen on hiring students of a particular branch rather they are focusing on hiring graduates with a particular skill set. We have introduced a minor degree to help students who aspire to get a better hold on the interdisciplinary subjects to meet the industries' demands.

The students are mainly interested in bagging high paying jobs just after graduation instead of trying their hands at exams like GATE, IES etc. In order to take advantage of this situation, the IT and Analytics sector offers high paying jobs to such students. We have very few companies recruiting in the core sector and they do not offer much CTC so the students tend to prefer the IT and Analytics sector. Evidently, it is way easier for an IT startup to procure a few computers and decent manpower to kick-start its business than an Automobile startup which involves a greater initial investment.

Every job demands a particular skill set which includes technical knowledge. Apart from that, the students need to have decent verbal and written communication in the English Language. Many times the students face a lot of hurdles in the Group Discussion (GD) round of the recruitment process due to lack of interpersonal or communication skills. Apart from that, the students should be well-versed with the fundamentals of Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning.

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