Employability in campuses has improved: Mphasis VP
Students in tier 2 colleges have the same level of exposure and knowledge as those from tier 1 colleges, says Dr Jai Ganesh
The campus hiring process has undergone a lot of change. Students' expectations are much different from previous batches and companies have to work hard to attract the best talent.
To know more, TechGig.com spoke to Dr Jai Ganesh, vice-president and head, Mphasis NextLabs, the new innovation centre of the IT solutions company, about his take on emerging campus hiring trends.
While saying that he has seen a marked change in the employability level of the students thanks to online learning options, he also felt campuses today have a short recruitment window making it hard for them to pick the right talent.
Q: What changes have you noticed in campuses hiring -- are students more curious, choosy or prefer startups?
A: Students have always been choosy during campus hiring as they have more options to choose from. Not all candidates choose start-ups. There is demand for various types and categories of companies. Most importantly, candidates look for the attractiveness of the job profile, job description and the team they are joining.
Q: Has the employability level in campuses changed?
A: Employability level in campuses have improved as students are exposed to more learning options including open courses as well as multitude of ways for demonstrating their capabilities such as Stack Overflow and GitHub. This gives us more proof points to consider while recruiting rather than rely only on grades and interview.
Q: What are the challenges in hiring in campuses that you see?
A: There are two key challenges noticed in campus hiring nowadays:
1. Short window for recruitment
2. Tough competition to get top talent
Though there is not much of a difference in the quality and aspiration of students. Students in tier 2 colleges also have the same level of exposure and knowledge as tier 1. Technology has been a great leveler on that front. But these two issues still remain.
Kanchana Dwarakanath, TechGig.com