Internships help bag better pay

The idea of learning creatively and not just theoretically is finally sinking into our educational system.

Hyderabad: Officials from placement agencies have also stated that students with ‘experience’ are getting better pay packages.

Raganath Rao, director of a placement agency in Banjara Hills, said, “Companies need graduates who already know the ropes of a workplace and can face deadlines. Most companies spend a lot of time and resources in training students.”

He added that many companies conduct their training sessions in different cities for a period of three months or more.

“The amount of money that goes into training new recruits is immense and these students will also have to be paid well during their training period, with just a slight difference from their confirmation package, especially if they are recruited from top colleges. With training, students are even more valuable and can be put to the job from day one.”

With the start-up culture emerging in Telangana, officials from the Telangana State Higher Education Council are trying their best to ensure that graduates have better work exposure.

Professor V. Venkata Ramana, vice chairman of TSCHE, says, “We are in touch with all industry associations and also the IT department and will be creating an online database where students can upload their resumes so that interested companies can match it with the skills they require for internship offers. Similarly, we will also be conducting orientation programmes in colleges so that students feel more comfortable and are better prepared for work.”

Glen Mathew, a student from NIT Calicut, says, “The number of workshops that were conducted during my first year and now during my final year has exponentially increased. The idea of learning creatively and not just theoretically is finally sinking into our educational system. Through workshops, we get to perform functions, conduct sessions and a lot more than what we would in a normal classroom environment.”

The number of clubs on campuses, such as debating clubs, have also increased with students being encouraged to participate, so that they are comfortable while making presentations and speaking in public.

Students from premier institutions have also conducted hackathons and other programming competitions on a national level which is being noticed by many companies.

“Organisers of national-level or state-level meets will need a certain amount of patience, coordination and other virtues sought by companies which gives them bonus points. Similarly, members of student clubs are also being approached for placements because they are used to tackling tough situations,” says Mr Rao.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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