Final year students graduating from the college are heading towards a new era in life. The fun days at the college are going to be over soon. Many of you are likely to step in the job world. But wait a minute! Are you really serious about the job? Most of the students take it differently. They think that it is the college’s responsibility to get them placed. Let us get a few notions right and check out what is the best approach.
Placement records: When you took admission to an undergraduate/graduate course, it was your parents who looked at the placement records of the college and helped you to make the college selection. By the time you move into the final year the statistics became clear. What if the placement record is only 60%? It means that besides the studies of the final year, you must get actively involved in your job search.
The companies will come; interview the students, pick the cream, and go. It is up to you to make it to the selection list. The college placement cell only helps by seeing to it that those selected do not appear for interviews further so that the others get a better probability for selection. This is however limited to the dream jobs and not applicable to the normal or average industry jobs.
Interview preparation: It is quite likely that you do not have an exposure to the corporate interviews. In the college life, you have been able to carry on with casual clothing, but it is a very different story for the interviews. You have to get a good set of formal clothes to be worn on the day of the interview.
Those who are serious about the selection, get in touch with seniors in the pre-final year. They interact and find out about the experience of the seniors in the interviews. They not only come to know of the industries coming for campus selection but also the type of questions being asked. The seniors can also guide on the approach for the interview which is a boon for the first timers.
Company’s approach: The companies coming for placements know that the students are graduating from the college and hence they test the students on their theoretical knowledge. Thus, you have to prepare thoroughly, and especially in the subjects which are co-related with the industry coming for placement. A lot of attention is given to the industrial training and projects which you carry out as part of your curriculum. If you understand the theory and have practical knowledge about the project, you stand a much better chance as compared to others.
While the college does its best for placement of the students, it is you who can responsibly carry out your bit for a positive outcome. If you follow the indicated guidelines it is imperative that you will make the grade. Do not bank on your parents or other influential people to get you a job, in case you are not placed through campus. Getting a campus placement is a must, even if the job is not much to your liking. Once you have something in the pocket, you will be able to find a better one pretty soon.
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