I wanted to have this debate about students graduating in India and entering into the job market. This argument applies to a subset of people, but I think that subset is large.
Colleges in India are producing large numbers graduates.
Do you think those graduates are fit for employment?
I’m going to argue in support of Graduates from India are High in Quantity but Low in Quality.
Few weeks back I was chatting with my uncle about his new company. After discussing for over 4 hours, he listed several challenges of running a business in India
- A large number of graduates apply for any given job.
- It’s hard for him, to make them understand their role
- Most of them are looking for another job to get a pay raise (even for Rs.1000)
- Employees see a job as means to get paid, but they don’t take ownership.
When hired, all they are interested is in the salary. It’s very tough to make them understand about taking ownership, responsibility of given tasks.
After the discussion, I stated thinking, why is this happening. I have seen recent graduates, worked with student interns here in the US. Lets say, things are bit different here.
I came to this following conclusion based on my experience and observations.
Engineering vs. Medical School
When I picked Engineering, the decision was largely influenced by my parents. I was 100% inclined to be a doctor. I missed the cutoff to get into Medical College (MBBS) by 0.87.
There was a definite possibility of getting a payment seat. But, my parents wanted me to go into Engineering. So, here I’m after several years, working as Software Engineer and Blogger.
I went to school for something I didn’t love (or wanted). Learned to Love what came in my way.
A friend of mine doing B.S. Computer Science here in the USA. He will be graduating this December. He’s looking actively for full-time jobs. His expectations, the mindset, is different from a student in Final year engineering in India.
How is he different? He has a built a brand for himself. His expectation is based on his brand.
- I’m looking for a job in Perl, Unix, PHP, and C.
- I’m not going to get a job in some company.
- I should know exactly what I will be doing, product and my role in the team.
- I know exactly my strength and weakness.
Engineering Graduates from India
Now, how many of you (most of this blog readers are Engineers) while looking for a job, have certain set of clear criteria like my friend?
When I was attending campus interview back in final year, I was willing to get into any company that would offer me a job.
- My resume listed all possible programming languages that existed on the planet.
- Resume ran to 4 pages (which could have fit on 1 page).
Usually in Campus interview the company will give a presentation about what they do, locations, opportunities to travel abroad.
But, we were more interested to hear about their salary package.
Later during the day, rumors will spread ( Hey, looks like salary is only Rs 15,000 per month).
As you can see salary is the one and only things we were interested. How about you?
Question to You
- How many of you selected a college/degree because that the subject you loved to study?
- Did you pick the degree, college, course by choice vs by chance?
- When attending campus interview, did you ask, what product, project you will be working?
- Did you know what programming language you will writing the code?
These days, it doesn’t matter which branch of Engineering you are from, software job awaits everyone.
In recent years, many students pick Electrical Engineering, instead of Computer Science.
If you ask them, why did they select electrical engineering, 99% will have the following answer.
We wanted options. After graduation, if Software jobs dry up, we can look for Electrical engineering jobs.
High Quantity vs Low Quality
Sameer in this Book Beyond the MBA Hype said it right about choosing a business school.
Students are asked to find the “best fit” program, while applying for top MBA programs.
For Indian schools this concept is non-existent. We hardly think about ‘fitting’ into a school. If the school has strong brand, its good enough for me.
Above lines reflects the argument we are having here today.
When you decide to attend a school, by chance, do you expect the quality of the product to be high? My answer is definitely No.
What Do I mean by Chance?
- Doing something by Choice – I like this subject, I have spent countless hours learning about this topic. I’m going to attend a school that offers a course in this topic.
- Doing something by Chance – My dads friends son, went to this college, he now has this job with the very good salary. So, my dad wanted me to attend the same college and get a good job.
When you are doing something that you are forced to do, how can one expect the love your work?
As I said in facebook page
If you love to do something, you will not feel the pain.
Several students graduate from Engineering and other school in high numbers. But, those who picked the school, programs by choice will really enjoy the work they do.
When money, job title is the major driving force behind someone trying to get a degree to make a living, how can you expect quality?
I have given reasons for my argument with examples. Lets have a constructive and meaningful argument. Do you agree or disagree to my opinion?