Staff Reporter

Career guidance seminar organised

CHENNAI: Students aspiring to enter the information technology (IT) industry must develop suitable skills for specific roles and make themselves employable, said Ravi Nandyala, senior manager (global workforce management), Cognizant, here on Saturday.

Addressing a career guidance seminar organised for students of the Sree Sastha Institute of Engineering and Technology, in association with The Hindu Business Line, Mr. Nandyala said roles of technologists, test specialists, process specialists, business analysts, solution architects and data analysts required different sets of skills.

A strong base in mathematics and statistics or certification in software and ability to think logically and analytically would be assets. Students must develop these skills based on their individual interests.

He said every year, India produced about 3.55 lakh engineers. Unfortunately, only 10-15 per cent of them were employable. This was due to the gap in “college to corporate” transformation. “Our academic programmes, our certifications are far away from industry expectations, if not completely out of sync,” he added.

In his presidential address, C.R. Muthukrishnan, advisor, Tata Consultancy Services, said as far as the field of technical education was concerned, job placements remained the single top most indicator of how successful students and educational institutions were.

Domestic usage of IT and ITES was also growing at an accelerated pace.