Reality: No Tech Jobs For Engineers In India

Posted by Vaibhav Dhamanskar in #FutureOfWork, My Story, Society
January 28, 2017
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I had passed my B.E. in the year 2012. Since then, I have been struggling to get a technical job in India. I had completed an engineering degree from one of the top engineering colleges in Mumbai, part of Mumbai University. During my four-year course, we were trained and moulded in a manner which is rare for engineering education delivered anywhere in India. Right from shop-floor workshops, lab practicals to theoretical term-works and exam, we were trained completely. And regarding the strictness of my college, at least I had never heard any engineering college making a student drop the year for not passing in internal viva exams in communications skills.

We were so enthusiastic and energetic at the end of the fourth year. Some of my fellow mates got placed and some did not. I was amongst those who got a placement, and hence was not allowed to attend the recruitment sessions by other companies because of the shortage of jobs in the market.

But an unfortunate thing happened with me and those who got placed in the same company as me – we were not given the joining letter by the company. Three months passed and finally, I opted to start my career in a call centre (banking operations) because of non-availability of jobs. I was trying for technical jobs along with call centre jobs, but I didn’t get them. Then, due to the average earnings of my family, I opted for a sales job. Till date, I am working in activities related to sales. After getting trained in a technical environment this is what happens with most of the engineers today in India.

I also gave exams in PSUs like ONGC in the year 2014. The results were not declared and neither were our exam fees paid online refunded. I also gave the BMC exam for becoming a senior engineer in the year 2015, but nobody knows who were the candidates selected after the exams.

The second thing is regarding comparisons. It is a fact that many engineers in India are not that technical because they pass out from low-grade engineering colleges that are not capable of moulding their graduates as real engineers. Yet, when it comes to eligibility for applying for a job in PSU, everyone is compared equally. That is really the funny part of the story because I had seen people getting jobs in PSU, who didn’t even know the meaning of a drafter and a container.

Coming to the dark fact of the story – due to non-availability of technical jobs, many engineers are turning towards non-technical jobs, just as I did. Therefore, actual non-technical graduates are finding it more difficult to get jobs nowadays. Many engineers are turning towards MBA, and recently we across the news of an activity by the conductors of CAT to balance the intake of engineers and non-engineers, the only reason being that many of the candidates going for MBA are engineers.

My last concluding question to all – why are so many engineers produced in India if we cannot offer them viable careers?Why are we forced to compromise at the end of the day and do a non-technical job?


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