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Arts students prefer IT jobs

Jobs for all: Grace George, (centre) Chairperson, Alpha Group of Institutions gives an offer letter to a student, placed on-campus in Chennai.

Jobs for all: Grace George, (centre) Chairperson, Alpha Group of Institutions gives an offer letter to a student, placed on-campus in Chennai.   | Photo Credit: Photo: K.V. Srinivasan



“The only negative side to all these placements is that not many students are taking up post graduation.”

Information technology and IT-enabled services continue to hold their sway in both campus and off-campus recruitments in many arts and science colleges in the city this year. Nearly 60 to 70 per cent of students seem to prefer these jobs because of their high pay when compared to other traditional jobs. And companies like Tata Consultancy Services, Wipro, Accenture, iGate, Ajuba, Cognizant Technology Solutions are happy choosing freshers.

At Guru Nanak College, nearly 70 per cent of the graduating students get into the IT and ITES sector and another 10 to 15 per cent opt for higher education. It is the remaining students who are joining in back office, banking, accounts and quality control in other sectors.

“We have added certified courses like ACS, Tally, web designing and hardware networking for first and second year students, which helps them to score better marks. Earlier, IT companies were hesitating to come to arts and science colleges but now that trend has changed,” said A. Ramaswamy, chief executive of human resources at Guru Nanak College.

At Alpha Arts and Science College, of the 190 students who opted for placements, 186 have received offer letters. 90 per cent of these were from IT or ITES companies. The highest pay package this year was Rs 3.5 lakh per year offered for an operations IT analyst post. The average pay scale is between Rs 1.95 lakh and Rs 2.05 lakh.

“Even bio science students seem to prefer IT and ITES jobs. A few go in for specialised jobs related to health care, but otherwise, by and large students are going for jobs in the IT sector. This is because of the pay scale disparity,” said Suja George, managing director of the college.

“We are also trying to tie up with industries abroad to give specialised training in bio science related areas to encourage students in core areas,” she added.

Breaking away from the traditional mould of girl students taking to the teaching profession, are students of Ethiraj College for Women, who are choosing from a wide variety of jobs. Some have been selected by TV channels as comperes. Of 1800-odd graduands, 65 per cent are placed.

According to S. Malini, placement officer, “Students from management streams are also recruited by companies like ABN Amro, Citi Group, Google, HDFC and Standard Chartered...Some students who take up IT jobs just want to take a break from studies, only to resume later. The only negative side to all these placements is that not many students are taking up post graduation.”

Students of a rural college, J.H.A. Agarsen College of Arts and Science at Madhavaram, go in for BPO jobs and even opt for assembly line jobs in manufacturing companies. The male graduates also take up marketing jobs, which students in city colleges don’t usually opt for.

Apart from companies, outsourcing consultants also come searching for recruits from this college.

“Some students, who are good in Dot Net, Java and software, are taken in by IT and ITES companies. Most of our students are first generation learners and have poor communication skills. So from the next year we are planning to conduct courses to improve their soft skills and personality development,” said college principal K. Duraipandian.

At Valliammal College for Women, Anna Nagar (East), apart from IT and ITES, students are choosing part time jobs in areas like recruitment and data miners in knowledge process outsourcing. The college also encourages students to write exams like GATE and UPSC and competitive exams.

“They join as part-timers and then go on to become full time employees after they learn the ropes. Our students join these jobs even while they are in college. Twelve students have been short listed as content writers and market researchers in one company,” explained college principal T.V.S. Padmaja.



DEEPA RAMAKRISHNAN

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