There will be a 50 percent shortage of jobs in the industry in the coming years. The colleges have to pull up their socks in evolving the curriculum to bridge skill gaps which exist in the system and make students all geared up as well as competent for the market. These are critical standpoints in which the colleges play in prepping up students to be ready to be employed. Most of the industry thrives on innovation where ideas, breakthroughs, fresh perspective and awareness of trends play a huge role in placement of new products which can meet consumer demand and market needs. Innovation is linked with freshness of the students in their stance in the realm of modern sophisticated marketplace as they grow along with general changing trends. The kids have access to the latest technology and acts as incubators for the next generation of innovators. They have a lot of energy and creativity welled up inside them and a right mindset will allow them to tap that resource. Youngsters can think faster, produce results much quicker and that is why we are focused on scouting the best of college talent. eBay has a core group of priority schools both in the IT and Non IT sector like the NITs and IIMs whom we approach first as they harbor the best of talent that can bring fresh minds into the system.
At eBay, like most industries, we have a very comprehensive college strategy by engaging aspirants who are in their last semester into internship programs. This gives them a better perspective and understanding of the company and the industry as a whole, the type of products it builds, methodologies, sheer purpose and its commitments in a practical approach. In terms of resources they are able to ignite their mind and create something new and innovative. At the other end of the see saw, companies who usher these internships can interact with the intern and explore fulltime career opportunity for them. Based on assessments, companies decide whether the student would be beneficial for the organization, resulting in offering them full time positions after they complete their internship and education.
Other than the crème de la crème of institutions like the IITs or IIMs, companies also have a look out for good students from other institutions who groom them to be ready for the industry. Surveys conducted and published on various sources provide a list of colleges according to their ranking along with other factors like for example, the positioning of a college's alumni; form reference pointers in discerning the quality of employable students. This strategic method is employed as there are hundreds of thousands of institutions to choose from with only few vacancies every year at our organization.
Interns at eBay enjoy perks of periodical stipends, transportation and temporary accommodation while they provide their services for a stipulated time. In addition to all this eBay conducts workshops and seminars which give an abstract picture of what a student should expect after their graduation or post graduation. Further, Technical Fests are being sponsored annually for a chance of eBay getting involved and constructively help the students in utilizing that funding into something that is of good value. We have also partnered with colleges in influencing them on changes of the course curriculum so as to have updated syllabi which is at par with the standards of the job market.
The moment a college graduate enters a company, he/she looks for the work culture and environment, curiosity to know more about leaders, innovation opportunities and the work that the company does. We in eBay help him/her understand our company by providing them an opportunity to interact with different teams, meet the leaders, business acumen sessions and several other programs. We also facilitate our employees by sensing their interests and providing an opportunity to sharpen their extra curricular activities through our eClubs.
Student's Personal Approach
From their part, students have to position themselves and take conscious steps in developing their aptitude and skill before the first encounter with the company. Aspirants have to constantly be engaged with coaches and mentors, to actively take and implement feedback. They must also develop an innovation mindset and continuously be in pursuit of new technologies and new trends. They first have to be grounded in their fundamentals coupled with an aptitude which will aware them of current updates. Online platforms create nuances where the student can actively be involved to shape up their journey towards a career. So, their involvement with these online channels will help them develop their own competency, their network and mostly their profile which will greatly help them acquire a good reference.
It's not all about the Marks
A student who is just theoretically or academically sound and has an impressive CGPA will not be sufficient but instead recruiters are in the hunt for talent who not only have a sound grasp of their concepts but also have the general overview of the industry, latest technological developments and a proficiency in application of the concepts being taught. Students are to have relevant projects under their belt as well as good connections with the alumni who are working in reputed companies. Other steps would include them in building an online footprint and presence in technology forums for their own career centric development.
Most of the students dream to start their career with renowned companies rather than startups. They do not realize the potential they have professionally in joining startup companies as they have a better chance in learning more and climb the corporate ladder much faster. There are a lot of startups coming in with their unique innovation and cutting edge costs. Instead the students prefer security and opt for more established organizations and play it safe. However, the student has to have an understanding of the direction he or she wants to move in and then follow it.
With the prominence of the placement opportunities being provided in colleges, students have a head start in making their mark in the industry. As a student, every one of them should have a vision of the company they want by research, find the opportunity and get plugged in. They should start aligning themselves with companies that have similar purpose for a roadmap to have a healthy successful professional life.
eBay Inc.(NASDAQ:EBAY) headquartered in San Jose, California, connects buyers and sellers through eBay, an online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to send and receive online payments. The company has a market cap of $71.42 Billion.