Every year over 8 lakh students graduate from the 3000+ Engineering colleges across India but less than 40% of them find relevant gainful employment after graduation. This conundrum arises from the lack of job-ready training and obsolete curricula within the regular framework of college education in our country.
Panic might have started to set in by now if you are pursuing engineering or if you passed out recently. Don’t worry! We have got you covered. In this article, we will go over some of the best and lucrative career opportunities for fresh engineering graduates like you can pursue, but don’t forget that nowadays police checks are an important post for any job it’s either private sector or govt sector, so always make sure you have any kind of criminal records.
#1. Banking jobs
With the pandemic wrecking havoc all over the world, a lot of fresh graduates are considering a stable job in the evergreen banking sector over a corporate/IT job. Even when global IT giants even as well established as Accenture are laying off thousands of employees, the banking sector continues to hire candidates in large numbers.
The SBI (State bank of India), IBPS (Institute of Banking Personnel Selection) and RBI (Reserve bank of India) are three of the largest recruiting bodies in the banking sector and they conduct various recruitment process throughout the year to onboard talented candidates for roles such as Probationary Officer (PO), clerk, SO (Specialist Officer) etc.
The IBPS PO is just around the corner. If you have already applied for it then you can download the IBPS PO Admit Card right away. If you haven’t applied yet then you can check out the IBPS PO Eligibility and decide if exams such as the IBPS PO, SBI PO are right for you.
#2. Government jobs & PSUs (Public Sector Undertaking
Just like jobs in the banking sector, Government jobs offer excellent work-life balance, more than adequate remuneration, and lots of other benefits and allowances. There are a plethora of opportunities with organizations and recruitment bodies such as the railways (Railway recruitment board – RRB), LIC, BSNL, BHEL, SSC (Staff Selection Commission), UPSC etc. If you are technically sound then GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering) is the way forward. It will open up a world of PSU jobs for you.
Some of the Government jobs you could explore are SSC CGL, SSC CHSL, UPSC Civil Services , RRB NTPC and LIC AAO.
#3. Joining the Defense/Armed Forces
All three wings of the armed forces in India – the Indian Navy, the IAF (Indian Air Force) and the Indian Army are constantly looking for enthusiastic folks to join them and serve the nation. The satisfaction of serving your nation is unparalleled. If you are someone who seeks out adventure then a career in the defense forces might be ideal for you. The likelihood of officers being promoted within the armed forces is also very high as compared to the chances in other sectors/jobs.
The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts recruitment processes and exams such as the CDS (Combined Defence Services), NDA (National Defence Academy) etc to select candidates. You can go to www.upsc.gov.in to learn more about these exams and apply. The Indian Air Force also conducts the AFCAT (Air Force Common Admission Test) to screen and hire candidates for the ground, flying and technical branches of the air force.
#4. A career in data science or AI/ML artificial intelligence
Data Science and AI will definitely be the jobs of tomorrow. There is a significant dearth of skilled individuals in these promising areas. In today’s day and age, recruiters prefer skills over credentials. The sky is truly the limit if you set your mind to it. You can capitalize on this by upskilling yourself through a certification program or even teaching yourself the emerging technologies. Even the Big Three of the digital world (Alphabet/Google, Amazon and Facebook) are constantly looking for highly skilled individuals. The only flip-side is that picking up such technologies will be an all consuming process but it will definitely be worth it.
If you are really passionate about your area of specialization then doing a masters from a premier institute will definitely enhance your skill-set and open up niche employment opportunities. You could also consider starting up and leading the life of an entrepreneur if you are up for it.
Let’s not forget that internships are a great way to explore certain career paths if you are unsure about what you want to pursue. Internships are often underrated. They will give you much-needed real-world and industry exposure.
Job hunting can be painstaking but don’t get dejected and overwhelmed. Everyone goes through something similar. Keep at it.
Good luck with your job hunt!