It is the day of reckoning. Campus placements separate the hard-working from the happy-go-lucky ones. But remember, all is not lost even if you have not got the offer letter.
The placement season in engineering colleges has started, and as expected, the active players are information technology (IT) companies. These companies are picking up people in large numbers. So far, at least 3,000 offers would have been made on campuses across Kerala. The mood is euphoric as a whole.
The first company on campus normally is the most prized one, recruiting the largest number of students. Many campuses would have welcomed several companies by now.
The most prepared of the students would have got placements already. The others would have received their first taste of real life. While their friends are rejoicing, they are in no mood to do so because they are not placed yet, with no sight of anything coming their way as they are ill-prepared.
People who thought that their friends were ill-prepared like them found out how wrong they were when the job offers were made. Friends who were all along with you for everything fun are now set to part ways, having successfully prepared themselves to get a job at the first opportunity. Now you are left with only yourself to find a job and do well in life.
Many a time this realisation happens only after the golden opportunity is lost. Do not worry. There are going to be lot of placement drives happening this year outside the campus. Only thing here is that the competition will be tougher and you will need to search out for the opportunity as opposed to the job coming your way as in the campus interviews.
Understand that you need to prepare to get a job and that you are left with only yourself for help when it comes to professional matters. Go back to the drawing room. Make sure that you are prepared. Prepared means you have the necessary skills to be placed in the companies. Many companies consider your aptitude to be the most important assessed skill these days. It is evident from the evolution of the selection patterns over the years.
Corporates do not believe in university evaluations any more. They want to find out if you have the basic skill to get trained. So look at developing logical capability. Take professional training, if required. The myth that the only important thing is the understanding of technical subjects is perpetrated in the engineering colleges indiscriminately. But in case you follow that dictum, make sure that you are up with the best in terms of the understanding of both the new and old technologies and that you are good at it not only on paper but also in practice. This was what used to be followed earlier. This had automatically made sure that you had the necessary logical ability.
Since this understanding is not a given anymore for manifold reasons, the companies test you on your logical skills. So be informed that this is a must area of testing, and prepare accordingly, more than what your friends did, to find the job of your choice. The competition got just that little tougher for you. Take it as a challenge and prove to yourself, your friends and the world at large that you are good.
The writer is co-author of Kengcyclopedia.
The myth that the only important thing is the understanding of technical subjects is perpetrated in the engineering colleges indiscriminately.