College Education Is Not Enough To Get An IT Job
On the Christmas Eve of the year 2009, the Bollywood movie ‘3 idiots’ got released. Though there was initial speculation around the fact that the movie lifted almost 70% of the context from the book ‘Five points someone’ written by Chetan Bhagat, later the scores were gradually settled between the director and the author.
This movie gave deep insight into the deeply flawed education system in Indian colleges. Many people started realizing the badly shaped system we are made to fit in against our own personal consent. Questions were asked, problems were probed into and the debate forums started discussing issues all about the one central question whether really the college education is enough to secure an IT job.
What is the underlying problem?
The most obvious backlog in the entire setup is the way in which the understanding of the student is failed to get checked and instead his memory skill in replicating facts is being evaluated. Prior importance should be given for making sure that the concepts are imparted to him. The student needs to have a firm grasp on the subject and the questions in the exams should be framed in such a way that it tests whether the student is able to apply his understanding of the concept to derive answers out of it.
Why are graduates not getting a job?
Till college ends, the students go about with their minimal knowledge of the subjects, write the poorly designed examinations, manage to secure good marks and so hence, fail to realize their shortcomings. But when the job interviews come up, the IT companies drill down to check how much technically sound, the student is! A huge ‘talent gap’ arises there where the student’s dream and the company’s expectations for the employee fail to fall in unison to benefit each other.
What should the students do?
So the students have to equip themselves by participating in seminars, webinars, symposiums and knowledge sharing sessions to stay on par with industry expectations. They should learn new technologies which are apart from the curriculum and widen their skillset.
Author: Sanjana Murali
I write about Customer Success, Videos in Education, Optimization & Marketing. When the ‘creative’ muse turns down on me, you can find me with a book.