What Tech Companies’ Expect From Engineering Graduates
NIT Rourkela talks about what attributes and skills are companies looking for in engineering graduates before getting them on board and how one must be prepared to face the greatest risk in the field of technology.
Every year, countless students pass out from engineering colleges in India.The number of students graduating from engineering colleges is much in India than in countries like China and the USA. According to data yet, only about 30 percent of the engineering graduates get a job while the rest either remain unemployed or take up jobs that are not related to their field.Here, so many questions arise about the employabilities. Engineering employers are discovering that their workforce requires certain skills which seem to be in short. There are many expectations in the young minds of graduating engineers in our country today. India produces a large number of engineers each year, but there are complaints from the industrial sector due to lack of the preferred quality of engineers. This is a concern since the success of the industries in India is dependent on the value and quality of engineering education in the country. Most of the bright students in India nowadays opt to take engineering courses on completion of their pre-university education. This may be attributed to the increased number of people in the middle class and the upper class in conjunction with the predominant global market in the area of engineering equipment, automobile, software and others.
The main aim of university education today is moulding and furnishing students to be ready to face the challenges and responsibilities in their future. This, therefore, requires the education to be value based on the ability to synthesize the morals of the student individually.
Fulfilling the Industry Demands
An engineer must possess good communication skills. All the complicated theories and laws are of no use if the candidate cannot communicate his thoughts in proper words. The ability to communicate effectively plays a vital role. Very often, the firms and organizations look for individuals who can go beyond the book and think brightly. Restricting to bookish knowledge doesn't make anybody a good engineer. The budding engineers should focus on the overall development. The good companies always seek wonder brains that come up with innovative ideas and skills. When different industries recruiting fresh engineers, expect their little exposure to a real industrial scenario or shop floor experience they often face serious problems. The same ability can be imparted through a curriculum having mandatory and effective short industrial training and or six months duration internship in similar industries.
While there are many engineering graduates who score well in their papers, there are very few who are true leaders or who is all-rounder. Even during the time of the interview process, one should be able to reveal the true leadership skills. Leadership skills are sure to be counted as a plus point in engineering job interviews. Apart from this a positive approach is a must in the career of an engineering candidate.To develop leadership skill one has to be a good communicator. Sometimes students ignore the art of communicating but it certainly plays an important role during the interview.
The greatest risk of being in the field of technology is that the technology existing now can become obsolete someday. One must be prepared to upgrade the skills to match the latest in technology. An engineer is expected to be smart enough to widen his horizon of knowledge as per the latest trends.While the focus is an important aspect in the engineering career there is something more important than focus on the engineering career. It is the ability to multitask. An engineer may have to shoulder several responsibilities at the same time. This may not be possible for individuals who focus their complete attention on one thing. That is when the ability to multitask becomes extremely crucial.We know there are several obstacles, the students have to face but overcoming all obstacles improves us, develops our natural ability and makes us stronger.
At the end we would like to say one thing that, be the best version of yourself because success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts. What holds most people back isn’t the equality of their ideas, but their lack of faith in themselves. You have to live your life as if you are already where you want to be.
The Most In-demand Skills in 2019
Tech companies like Google, Facebook etc., the need for specific titles and experience have taken a back seat and instead, the focus on the skills that a potential employee may bring to the company has taken over.
According to a LinkedIn’s recent analysis of hundreds of thousands of job postings globally, the most in-demand skills are as follows:
Top 5 Soft Skills
- Time Management
Top 5 Hard Skills
- Cloud Computing
- Artificial Intelligence
- People Management
- Analytical Reasoning
- UX Design
As per LinkedIn’s research, 75 million jobs are going to be displaced by technology yet creating 133 million jobs at the same time. This is when majorly the industry demands are going to see a major transition and therefore wide-scale adoption of skills which are currently at a nascent stage.