Thursday, 21 April 2016

“Industry Expectations from Engineering Students in an Employment Interview” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“You can give lifetime employability by training people, by making them adaptable, making them mobile to go other places to do other things. But you can’t guarantee lifetime employment.” ― Jack Welch

I attended a workshop on Technical and Research Conference recently. Since I am on sabbatical to author a book on public speaking, I thought it was an opportunity to see different presentations to justify my book. One of the speakers spoke on next generation of engineers and what the industry expects from them. I paid more attention since I am passionate about shaping one million students as global leaders by 2030.  

Fundamentally, industry expects various aspects from engineering students. They must be passionate about engineering. They must have basic domain knowledge and expertise on few software tools. They must have the desire to learn and grow. They must have an inventive aptitude. They must have strong communicational skills. Finally, they must fit in with the culture of the company.  However, the engineering students don’t have the basic knowledge presently. Additionally, they have attitudinal issues. They are not passionate about engineering. They don’t have the basic knowledge to offer solutions for the technical problems. Therefore, Indian engineering institutions must strive to address these issues and prepare students as per the expectations of the industry to make them employable and deployable in the corporate world. There is no meaning in dumping engineering graduates into the market without adequate mindset, toolset and skill sets.

Emphasize Employability, not Employment

Someone aptly put the actual definition of employability as follows: Employability is a set of achievements – skills, understandings and personal attributes – that make graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations, which benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.  Hence, Indian engineering educational institutions must emphasize on employability rather than employment because being employed is to be insecure while being employable is to be secure. Remember, employability is end product while employability is byproduct.

All stakeholders including educational institutions, industry, educators, students, parents, and nonprofits must work collaboratively to shell out engineering graduates with employability skills and abilities to add value to the society.

“According to National Council on Skill Development, Govt of India (NSDC) skill gap studies, nearly 170 million additional skilled people are required in 23 key sectors in India by 2022.”  ― Dr S. Ramadorai

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Professor M.S.Rao, India
Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015

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