Over 130 students take up psychometric test at career fair
PUDUCHERRY: Choose a career that suits your interest and skills – this was the message to students on the second and final day of The Hindu Education Plus Career Fair 2010, presented by VIT University.
The psychometric test held by BODHI on Saturday was aimed at gauging the personality and skill of students, so that they are set on the career path that suits them the best. Over 130 students, some from outside Puducherry, took up the test.
“Do not join a course that parents want you to do” was the appeal made by J.G. Sheshasaayee, vice-president of ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu, in his presentation titled ‘IT Edge.' While he did speak about jobs in the Information Technology sector, Mr. Sheshasaayee also included in the fold, job prospects and possible career paths of arts and science students in IT, beyond software development. Apart from jobs in the IT sector, he also highlighted jobs available in the Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES) sector.
Mr. Sheshasaayee told students not to take up any extra course that they think might improve their employability. Instead, they must be strong in their core competencies and know the fundamental concepts in their stream well.
“Gaming is addictive, but so are TV serials,” said Jai Naresh of Image College of Art, Animation and Technology, in his talk on offbeat courses, while regaling the audience with animation and gaming clips. While acknowledging that gaming is addictive, Mr. Jai Naresh stressed that gaming is a field with a lot of potential for creating content.
While pointing out the ubiquity of technology and communication devices, he said that the potential for employment in media and animation is seldom realised. The National Association of Software and Services Companies estimates the animation industry in the country to reach $ one billion by 2012, compared to $314 million in 2006, he said.
Elaborating on latest technology in gaming, Mr. Jai Naresh listed a fascination for animation, creativity, determination and an experimental mindset as the requisites for taking up the creation of animated content as a career. Gaming and animation films are not the only options, but animation has scope in medicine (medical simulation) and advertising as well, he said.
S. Gnanamani, Senior Manager, Manufacturing, HCL Infosystems Limited, Puducherry, opened the door to a whole range of career options in the manufacturing sector in his lecture.
The manufacturing industry accounts for a significant share of the economy of the country, he said, as he explained various job profiles available in each major manufacturing industry, including automobile, textile, electronics, electrical and cement.
Mr. Gnanamani not only spoke about the number of employment opportunities in each industry and various ancillary industries but also outlined various engineering streams that are relevant to each one.
“Class XII marks are relevant only for entry into an engineering course. Beyond that, students must understand their capabilities, develop practical knowledge, and aim at core competency jobs. The options are aplenty,” he said.