When call center business started booming in India, candidates with B.Tech/B.E degree were considered as over qualified for that job and were denied the position. Those that were rejected by the same applied in different companies for the same job profile by removing their engineering qualification from the resume. To face the question of "What did you do in these four years after your +2?" the candidates found many excuses and one of them was like this "I joined my family business and it did not work out well." During this course of time, the situation of job market changed rapidly as majority of the engineering and management graduates were desperate to accept any job profile regardless of their career goals. This inspired many organizations from private and public sector to conduct studies on employability of graduates in India and majority of them came up with shocking results. Some organization said that more than 47 percent of students are unemployable. For some others it was worse ï¿½ a disappointing 90 percent. Even though the statistics swing unbelievably in a wide range, it is apparent that the number of unemployable graduates in the market increases with each passing year.
One of the major reasons for this condition of graduates in the country is the outdated syllabi that students have to go through. In name of building basics, the logic behind teaching ancient programming languages like FORTRAN and COBOL even in the era of smart phones seems obscure. The study conducted in the field of secure programming found that, only 0.1 percentage of students know the concepts of secure programming. Surprisingly, there were many IIT students also included in the study sample included in the study. If the institute and the present education system could not help the students in gaining the necessary skills sets, then what they can do to get into a decent job of their choice? To bridge this gap, there are many institutions working towards providing the much-needed skills sets for the large community of students. They are not only a helpful resource for the students who do not get the placement from the campus itself, but also for the students who are very particular about their career choice. The duration of such courses, vary from three months to one year. Completing it at maximum pace will help the students in securing the job of their choice even before their tag of being a fresher disappears. Here, we have listed some of the major courses available for the students from various streams. For the students who are still struggling to acquire a prolific career, these are short and sharp career boosters.
JAVA /.NET: The Developer's Choice
For computer science and IT engineers, learning JAVA or .NET are most preferred course after B.tech/BE as both are the favorite programming languages of majority Indian IT companies. While the industry is still on a debate about which of these are better than the other, many big companies use both of them simultaneously for their various projects. During the time of studies, most of the university syllabus covers fundamentals of JAVA programming and students can study more about it during their academic project. Usually, .NET does not come under the syllabus of many universities and thus students have to find other ways to learn this language. At present, even students from non-computer backgrounds study JAVA and .NET as the opportunities from IT industry is much better than the remaining core industries. Many training institutes provide hands on experience in JAVA and .NET with wide range of fees, starting from Rs. 7000. Most of them also offer opportunities to work in a live project along with assistance for placements. However, students need to do good research about the training institute, which they are intending to join by taking the feedbacks from the previous batch students about the standard of teaching and placement assistance.
CISCO Certification: Wear the tag of Admin
The company CISCO is the world leader of manufacture networking devices and cashing in on this expertise the company has also devised a system of certifications. Due to the high popularity of Cisco devices in the world, there is a huge requirement of professionals trained on their use and operation. The basic certification level in Cisco is CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), which is designed to check skills such as installation and configuration of Cisco products. Just as other certification exams, the CCNA exam is an online exam, consisting of a set of multiple-choice questions. The result is declared immediately on completion of the exam. The minimum passing percentage is 84.9 percent, which means the candidate must get 849 questions right out of a total of 1000. Thus, holding of CCNA by a candidate provides the potential employer a reasonable level of assurance that the person in question has a sound knowledge of Cisco networking devices. By clearing the CCNA exam candidates can appear for further level of certifications called CCNP and CCIE. The number of professionals holding CCIE is comparatively less, which is one reason that employers aggressively hunt around for them, and pay them handsomely. Since it is not easy to acquire a Cisco certification, experts recommend that the candidate must take adequate coaching and guidance before appearing for any such exam. Equally important is a fair amount of practical exposure to the networking industry. Cisco certifications undoubtedly provide a valuable boost to the career of any individual who is involved in the computer-networking field.
SAP: For a High-Paid Job
System Application and Products in Data Processing or shortly SAP is a relatively new buzzword among the students in India. It is an ERP resource planning software product capable of intergrading multiple business applications, with each application representing a specific business area. Therefore, SAP provides opportunities for programmers as well as management professionals. Students from programming background can choose SAP Technical modules like Advanced Business Application Programming (ABAP), Basis, Business Intelligence (BI) and several others. On the other hand, students from management background can opt for functional modules such as Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Financial Accounting (FA), Materials Management (MM), Human Resources (HR) and so on. While these modules continue to be the backbone of the SAP industry and favorites of the students, SAP also provides several modules which are specifically adopted to suit various industry. Learning the different SAP modules can provide freshers with a valuable career path. At the same time, aspirants can only sit for the certification exam if they have trained under SAP's authorized training partners or if a partner company or their employer (as a SAP customer) registers them for the exam. However, freshers do not need a SAP certification to get a job pertaining to SAP nor will obtaining this certification guarantee their employment. This certification serves as a proof point of their knowledge to would-be employers.
Diploma in Embedded Systems
Embedded systems are microprocessors that are embedded in customized hardware systems such as portable medical equipment, cellular phones, or consumer electronics items and others. With over 130 plus chip design firms present in India, the vast pool of talent and growing domestic market has helped the country emerge as an important centre for chip design. To capitalize this opportunity the institutes that provide this course ensure that the students are trained more practically trained rather than only providing theoretical knowledge. The course has been designed in such a manner that it places equal emphasis on the hardware and software to gear up Electronic design engineers to meet the needs of the Telecom, Power, Consumer Durables and other related industries in the design and development of state-of-the-art embedded systems.
The course which costs Rs. 25000 and above, has duration of five to six months and as part of the course students are made to take up a project with any IT company. Students passing from these courses are employed with several Multinational and Premier Indian IT companies. Therefore, the Engineering graduates in the various fields such as computer, information science, electronics and communications, electrical and electronics can pursue this course at any of the leading institutes they wish to join and gain amazing job opportunities at leading companies in the IT industry. However, it is also very important that students who want to sign up for this course should research on the training institute, the feedback from previous batch students and the standard of teaching.
CAD - Computer Aided Design Software
Most engineering students are taught this subject. However, the students are not taught in-depth knowledge pertaining to it. The software which is used to assist in the creation, modification, analysis, or optimization of a design in a variety of fields ranging from mechanical to electrical engineering to advertising and others, allows students to become experts in the domain. While it is suggested that students who have a background in engineering or science are recommended when they apply for this course, students who have just completed their 12th or diploma in these subjects can also learn the software. The most important aspect students should be aware is to approach the right institutes where they will be taught all the right skills properly by the experts in the domain. Students can specialize in Architecture, Electrical, Mechanical and other domains.
Due to various types of CAD programs such as 2D Modeling, 3D Modeling, AutoCAD Civil 3D and other students have to spend anywhere between Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 and are able to complete the same within 10 to 11 weeks. Most institutes ensure that students are provided more practical knowledge than the theoretical knowledge. A good number of students on completion of this course are employed by various firms and multinational companies in the fields of architecture, civil engineering, manufacturing, electrical, advertising and others and are able to earn a salary of Rs.2.5 lakhs per year and above. As the demand of these professionals are on the rise, it is recommended that those interested in this line of work complete a course from a good institute, thus allowing them to get a job with a good reputed firm and change their dreams into reality.
STAAD Pro is a structural analysis and design computer program used for steel, concrete, timber, aluminum, and cold-formed steel design of virtually any structure including culverts, petrochemical plants, tunnels, bridges, and piles. It is used for 3D model generation, analysis and multi-material design. It is one of the software applications created to help structural engineers automate their tasks, to remove the tedious and long procedures of the manual methods. By pursuing this course students will be able to gain a deep understanding of structural analysis and designs of a variety things available national and international.
The course can be pursued by candidates who have background knowledge in mechanical, process, plant and structural engineering. Structural Designers and structural engineering technician can also pursue this course and enhance their skills sets while gaining practical knowledge. As the courses offered are specialized to a student's needs, the fees and the time required to complete are set by the institute. Although the basic STAAD course starts at Rs.4,000, it may go up for the specialized courses. Students who complete this course are able to get jobs in Structural engineering firms, structural consultants, departments in construction companies, owner/operators, and government agencies, and offshore platform designers' use this software extensively. While students decided to pursue this course to get jobs with the best firms they must ensure that the institute they join is a legitimate one with certified faculty members and has relevant and up-to-date course material.