Why do rookie civil engineers have a hard time getting a job?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Jenson Richards



Why do rookie civil engineers have a hard time getting a job?

This answer is in the Indian context:

Civil engineering is a dead branch of engineering, because it has been eaten up by computer engineering. It should not be pursued in India.

The most recommended way for any young Indian to become a civil engineer is by competing in some competitive exam to become a civil engineer in the government sector.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no demand for any kind of civil engineering degree holders in the private sector in India and most of these employees in private civil engineering companies are working as clerks / laborers and are paid commensurate salary. .

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Make sure your resume looks good enough that companies don't want to lose you.

I'll tell you one thing.

Companies can have tax benefits if they hire newbies and train them for 1 year. Therefore, companies visit engineering colleges and recruit freshmen even though they have required a number of engineers with them.

If you are from India, you can follow them to make your resume look good.

1. Maintain a decent 7+ GPA (grades cannot quantify your knowledge, but this will be a key factor during shortlisting of your resume).

2. Learn AutoCAD, Staad pro. (Learn well). Revit / ETABS are

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Make sure your resume looks good enough that companies don't want to lose you.

I'll tell you one thing.

Companies can have tax benefits if they hire newbies and train them for 1 year. Therefore, companies visit engineering colleges and recruit freshmen even though they have required a number of engineers with them.

If you are from India, you can follow them to make your resume look good.

1. Maintain a decent 7+ GPA (grades cannot quantify your knowledge, but this will be a key factor during shortlisting of your resume).

2. Learn AutoCAD, Staad pro. (Learn well). Revit / ETABS are optional

3. IMPROVE YOUR KNOWLEDGE (Through ASCE magazines, nptel videos and many other useful civil engineering related videos on YouTube, etc.)

4. Participate in work presentations and workshops (preferably IIT's and NIT's). Go to their technical festivals. You have the opportunity to learn a lot. (Try to get a certificate of merit there.) Trust me, it's not that difficult.

5. Select a good topic for the end of the year project. Try something new. (Avoid traditional concrete test projects if possible.)

6. Internships: I agree that it is during the summer break after the second / third year, but make sure you learn something during that time as well.

As a civil engineer, you need to know how things work on the site. The internship is a golden opportunity to find out that.

7. You can take some certification courses while you are in engineering. Believe me, they are very useful. (For example: LEED certification)

8. Try to partner with the Indian Society of Technical Education (ISTE) and the Institution of Engineers (India) IEI.

9. Along with studies, you must participate in extracurricular activities such as NCC, NSS, etc.

In addition to all of the above, develop your communication skills. That is all.

You will be better than other civil engineers in your class.

You don't need to work for free. You have the right to be paid for the work you do for the company.


Now let's move on to post-engineering career or college options. (In India)

You have many options once you complete civil engineering in India (I don't know much about opportunities abroad) that can put you in a better position.

1. GATE: you can try. (If you are so desperate to do M.Tech at some of the big name institutions)

M.Tech in Transportation Engineering

M.Tech in Structural Engineering

M.Tech in Water Resources Engineering

M.Tech in Geotechnical Engineering

M.Tech in Environmental Engineering, etc.

2. IES: Indian Engineering Services. Trust me. You are now eligible to apply. (INCLUDING CIVIL SERVICES)

3. PSU: If you are technically strong, you can request PSU. Nowadays they mainly depend on the GATE score. So get ready to GATE. Take your best shot.

Some government departments, such as the Department of Atomic Energy, etc., conduct their own recruitment examinations. Follow their ads.

4. State Government Jobs: Comparatively Easy to Break (Do you know how hard it is to break HEIs?)

You are even eligible for banking jobs in India. (Bank purchase orders)

5. Jobs at construction giants like L&T, Tata Projects, SPCL, HCC, etc .: Attend their interviews. Go to their respective websites, look for the CAREERS option, talk to human resources people, or send them your resume in the mail. If luck favors you, you may get a call to attend your interviews.

6. Higher education: MBA or Construction / Project Management, etc. in India -

You can also try CAT with your engineering degree. If you are lucky, you can enter some IIM.

If you want to move on to management after civil engineering, you can also think about construction management / project management programs offered across India.

You get a white collar job with a decent salary after completing these programs.

Some colleges are listed below where you can pursue construction / project management.

Construction Technology and Management Course -IIT Delhi and IIT- Madras

The Construction Technology and Management course -IIT Delhi gives more weight to the Technical Aspects of Construction.

National Institute for Construction Research and Management

Programs offered from Pune, Hyderabad, Goa and Indore. Visit their website for more details.

NICMAR gives more weight to the managerial aspects of construction.

(Most expensive option of all: D)

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RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University (UGC Approved)

Established in early 2013 as an industry-led initiative, it has the support of leading employers and the Ministry of Urban Development.

It offers various programs such as:

MBA in Real Estate and Urban Infrastructure,

MBA in Construction Project Management,

MBA in Construction Economics and Quantity Survey,

MBA in Infrastructure Management, etc.

Global Institute for Construction Research and Management

This institute offers Postgraduate Diploma in some courses (approved by AICTE)

For more details, visit GICMAR (Global Institute for Construction Management and Research)

Maharashtra Institute of Technology - Pune

This institute offers a postgraduate diploma in construction and project management.

They are all equally good from a professional point of view.

Some institutes offer computer-aided programs for civil engineers. Civil engineers and architects are eligible for this course.

There are some more reputable institutions that offer similar courses.

7. Higher studies abroad: GRE, TOEFL, IELTS whatever.

8. If you are interested in urban planning or urban planning, there is an institute in Delhi (School of Planning and Architecture) that offers a graduate degree in various disciplines. Even this is a good option.

Let me tell you this. Don't worry even if you don't get any of the above,

You can still take some certification courses in different courses available online or through distance education. Believe me, you can improve your knowledge.

Please list all certification courses / distance education courses you have taken on your CV. (Something is better than nothing)

You have many other options. I just listed everything that came to mind.

FEEL PROUD. YOU ARE A CIVIL ENGINEER.

All the best :)


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I did my bachelor's degree at a not so good university called Galgotias College of Engineering and Technology. Yes, all 120 students, I was placed at Samsung Engineering Ltd. and another 2 were placed at a not so well known developer company. I assumed it was the fault of the university leadership that none of my friends were placed. The same year I deleted Gate and entered the IITB for my postgraduate degree. It was then that I realized the true reality of internships in the civil engineering sector. I consider the B.Tech students at IITB to be one of the best students out there. Even here, the highest package of a civilian student

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I did my bachelor's degree at a not so good university called Galgotias College of Engineering and Technology. Yes, all 120 students, I was placed at Samsung Engineering Ltd. and another 2 were placed at a not so well known developer company. I assumed it was the fault of the university leadership that none of my friends were placed. The same year I deleted Gate and entered the IITB for my postgraduate degree. It was then that I realized the true reality of internships in the civil engineering sector. I consider the B.Tech students at IITB to be one of the best students out there. Even here, the highest package a civilian student could get from on-campus placements is between 8 and 10 lac rupees, which is considerably less than what students from other branches receive.

Unlike other branches like CSE and IT, we are not prepared to work. A CSE or IT guy will start to win for your company as soon as you join the company, as the languages ​​and coding they learn are in direct use in their jobs. But for us civil engineers, we are not even good enough to build a column or a beam on our own. We need a lot of preparation and training before we start doing the basics. The experience of the site that we receive during our courses is minimal or non-existent and the structure designs that they teach us are too basic and idealistic by nature, that they are useless in real life. No one is going to ask you to design an insulated beam or insulated column. It is always a complex framework that we have never been taught to design.

So the point is, we are downright negative when we complete our engineering degree and are not ready for work. We require at least a year to get basic things done in the real world of engineering. Therefore, civil engineering companies are almost always looking for people who already have some experience and do not want to invest in teaching a new kid.

I'm surprised that, being a civil engineer, you don't have a job for a year and it also saddens me. I can understand that he may not have done well academically. Accept that there is always struggle in life, especially in the beginning. If you are from a small town or city, you need to move to a nearby city where a lot of construction work is going on. Yes, you should be prepared to make the initial living and living expenses in the city for a couple of months.

Take some copies of a simple CV with you along with some passport-size photos. Roam around town

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I'm surprised that, being a civil engineer, you don't have a job for a year and it also saddens me. I can understand that he may not have done well academically. Accept that there is always struggle in life, especially in the beginning. If you are from a small town or city, you need to move to a nearby city where a lot of construction work is going on. Yes, you should be prepared to make the initial living and living expenses in the city for a couple of months.

Take some copies of a simple CV with you along with some passport-size photos. Wander through the city and get up close to the construction sites. Ask for an apprenticeship and don't demand a salary, but ask them to consider a reasonable salary to keep you in town. I am sure that when your approach is sincere and you are humble, you are sure to get a job. Don't compare yourself to those lucky few friends who are already well placed.

So be honest about your work, be punctual but put in the extra effort without thinking about getting your salary paid. Learn every day from everyone: supervisors, engineers, managers, subcontractors, etc. without any ego. Your title is just an introduction and therefore you need to acquire practical skills and the application of theoretical knowledge. Work at least a year in one location before looking elsewhere, as long as you get paid monthly. By then you would be a different person with confidence to face reality.

Mainly through college placement. For which they have to depend heavily on their university. If your training and placement cell is good, it can help you get a job. These companies include L&T, Tata Consulting Engineers, etc. But they don't hire from all universities. These companies have a procedure for awarding jobs. For the most part, the first round of testing includes aptitude, logical reasoning, data interpretation, etc. Then there may be a technical round to assess the knowledge of the core subjects. But this round is optional. Some companies accept it, while others do not. That there is an interview that will include

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Mainly through college placement. For which they have to depend heavily on their university. If your training and placement cell is good, it can help you get a job. These companies include L&T, Tata Consulting Engineers, etc. But they don't hire from all universities. These companies have a procedure for awarding jobs. For the most part, the first round of testing includes aptitude, logical reasoning, data interpretation, etc. Then there may be a technical round to assess the knowledge of the core subjects. But this round is optional. Some companies accept it, while others do not. Then there is an interview that will include questions about human resources, their technical issues, minor and major projects, trainings and internships, etc.

If you cannot get a job through college, you must leave campus. To do this, you need contacts that can be your seniors, your network of alumni, etc.

Some smart and hardworking students get their first jobs through GATE, ESE, state engineering jobs, SSC JE, etc.

Some people may not even go into the civil engineering field. They opt for computing, analytics, etc.

Entry-level jobs in most IT companies, especially large ones, are subject to massive hiring and do not require a very high level of skills or knowledge. They are also very poorly paid. If I remember correctly, in the last 12 years the starter package has increased by less than 50%. Also the fact to be noted is that most private IT colleges are pretty bad and it is also reflected in the level of IT graduates. On the other hand, civil engineering is offered only by older and traditional private universities or government-run universities where getting admission is more difficult and so is the quality of graduates.

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Entry-level jobs in most IT companies, especially large ones, are subject to massive hiring and do not require a very high level of skills or knowledge. They are also very poorly paid. If I remember correctly, in the last 12 years the starter package has increased by less than 50%. Also the fact to be noted is that most private IT colleges are pretty bad and it is also reflected in the level of IT graduates. On the other hand, Civil Engineering is offered only by the older and traditional private universities or the government-run universities where getting admission is more difficult and therefore also better the quality of graduates. Also, in the current scenario, all engineers, regardless of branch,

Since most large companies essentially train their new recruits internally, it makes perfect sense for them to recruit even civil engineers from better universities. The problem I would feel is the other way around. I'm pretty sure IIT or NIT civil engineers won't join these IT companies because the starter package is too low. I remember in 2004, 2005 starting salaries in IT companies were equal to or higher than the starting salaries of bank POs, but today it is possibly equal to bank employees.

Some of the top companies in India hiring civil engineering graduates:

  1. Jaypee Group
  2. Gammon India Ltd.
  3. Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd
  4. Punj LLoyd Group,
  5. Jaiprakash Associates
  6. Nagarjuna Construction Company,
  7. GMR Group
  8. Hindustan Construction Company (HCC)
  9. Expert technology
  10. Hiranandani Construction Pvt. Limited
  11. Godrej Properties
  12. Prestigious estates
  13. Oberoi reality
  14. DLF
  15. IVRCL Infrastructure & Projects Ltd
  16. Dr. Kelkar Consultants Pvt. Limited
  17. Larsen and Toubro
  18. Nircon Engineering Consultants
  19. RDS Ltd Projects
  20. Macro Marvel Infrastructure Corporation Ltd
  21. Potential consultants
  22. Simplex Ltd Projects
  23. Vadakar and associates, etc.
  24. Shapoorji Pallon
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Some of the top companies in India hiring civil engineering graduates:

  1. Jaypee Group
  2. Gammon India Ltd.
  3. Balaji Railroad Systems Ltd
  4. Punj LLoyd Group,
  5. Jaiprakash Associates
  6. Nagarjuna Construction Company,
  7. GMR Group
  8. Hindustan Construction Company (HCC)
  9. Expert technology
  10. Hiranandani Construction Pvt. Limited
  11. Godrej Properties
  12. Prestigious estates
  13. Oberoi reality
  14. DLF
  15. IVRCL Infrastructure & Projects Ltd
  16. Dr. Kelkar Consultants Pvt. Limited
  17. Larsen and Toubro
  18. Nircon Engineering Consultants
  19. RDS Ltd Projects
  20. Macro Marvel Infrastructure Corporation Ltd
  21. Potential consultants
  22. Simplex Ltd Projects
  23. Vadakar and associates, etc.
  24. Shapoorji Pallonji & Company
  25. Sobha Developers Limited
  26. (Add more names in the answers below)

Public Sector Companies that hire Civil Engineering Graduates:

  • NTPC - National Thermal Energy Corporation Limited
  • BHEL - Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
  • ONGC - Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited
  • HAL - Hindustan Aeronautics Limited
  • GAIL - Gas Authority of India Limited
  • SAIL - Steel Authority of India Limited
  • IOCL - Indian Petroleum Corporation
  • BSNL - Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited
  • ISRO - Indian Space Research Organization

Getting a job for a new one is the easiest from my point of view for a civil engineer, but why don't most new ones get a job? You know why? In fact, in their last year of graduation, everyone is dreaming about their packages comparing them to their friends. But, the thing is that as cooler civil engineers they need to work for free also sometimes without weekends and Sundays holidays. That is why they are returning and looking for multinationals or some good companies, they do not realize that experience is the only weapon for a civil engineer, so in the initial stage they will surely strive

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Getting a job for a new one is the easiest from my point of view for a civil engineer, but why don't most new ones get a job? You know why? In fact, in their last year of graduation, everyone is dreaming about their packages comparing them to their friends. But, the thing is that as cooler civil engineers they need to work for free too sometimes that too without weekends and Sunday holidays. That is why they are returning and looking for multinationals or some good companies, they do not realize that experience is the only weapon for a civil engineer, so in the initial stage they will surely fight until they have experience. My best suggestion is to take your resume, then go to nearby construction companies, you will definitely get a job. out of the comfort zone. Won'

One more thing is that now most of the institutes have come and are offering special courses along with placements.

Look, I'm not really sure, but there are the same ways that I know of, which can be useful for any business location:

1. Visit their website and go to the career link, upload your CV and other details. At some point they also have some current vacancies, if it is suitable for you, please apply, if not, they will contact you once they have a suitable opportunity for you.

2. If you have any friends or contacts from that company, ask them to forward their HR contact details to you. Send them your CV and, if necessary, call them to find out the status of their CV.

3. If you do not know anyone in that company, go to linkIn search that

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Look, I'm not really sure, but there are the same ways that I know of, which can be useful for any business location:

1. Visit their website and go to the career link, upload your CV and other details. At some point they also have some current vacancies, if it is suitable for you, please apply, if not, they will contact you once they have a suitable opportunity for you.

2. If you have any friends or contacts from that company, ask them to forward their HR contact details to you. Send them your CV and, if necessary, call them to find out the status of their CV.

3. If you do not know anyone in that company, go to linkIn search for that company see if there is an HR contact available, if so send your CV or if it is not available send them a friend request and then send them your CV .

4. Other options are like looking at the Naukari or Times Accent portal or any other job search portal.

All the best.

H.H

Darling cooler,

If you want to start your career after diploma, you can start from site jobs, go to big cities like Mumbai, pune delhi, chennai, hyderabad, you can start there with a good salary scale, which could help you in the future in the local area with good scale, you can do some professional courses like estimating or billing engineer for office jobs.

In the UK it is very easy: there is a great shortage of engineers of all kinds.

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