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Friday, January 6, 2012

The outsiders in the job market

Engineering students who do not get placed in campus recruitment drives must enhance their technical and communication skills for better job prospects.

As an ATM supervisor for a nationalised bank here, K. Senthilkumar is an important man among his co-workers because, “he is responsible for the loading and off loading of cash” at five ATM centres — all this for Rs. 6,000 that he is paid every month. However, very few of his colleagues know that he has an engineering degree in computer science with an aggregate of 62 per cent.

“I graduated in ECE in 2008. I had just about 45 per cent in class XII which barred me from the interview process of the three companies that came to my college,” he says. Three years on, Senthilkumar has not been able to find an engineering job. “I tried for a year and then I took up this job. Underemployment is any day better than unemployment,” he adds. R. Rajendran, a mechanical engineer who graduated in 2007 from an engineering college in Sriperumbudur had a similar story with a twist “After working in a firm in Guindy Industrial estate for two years, Imanaged to join a big construction company. The pay is much better and I am also working in an area I like,” he says. Read more

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