Why don't most engineers get a job in India?

Updated on : December 4, 2021 by Kayleigh Marsh



Why don't most engineers get a job in India?

There are numerous reasons. I will mention some of them. This is not just for engineers but for the entire student community.

  1. You choose the university your friend prefers.
  2. You choose the sequence that has the highest location offer.
  3. You attend classes only for 75% attendance.
  4. You sit on the last benches and use your mobile phones during conferences.
  5. You will not take notes in class.
  6. You will not attend classes or labs regularly.
  7. You will not attend internal exams seriously.
  8. You learn about the syllabus just one day before the semester exam.
  9. You start cramming the textbooks the night before the test.
  10. AND
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There are numerous reasons. I will mention some of them. This is not just for engineers but for the entire student community.

  1. You choose the university your friend prefers.
  2. You choose the sequence that has the highest location offer.
  3. You attend classes only for 75% attendance.
  4. You sit on the last benches and use your mobile phones during conferences.
  5. You will not take notes in class.
  6. You will not attend classes or labs regularly.
  7. You will not attend internal exams seriously.
  8. You learn about the syllabus just one day before the semester exam.
  9. You start cramming the textbooks the night before the test.
  10. You won't worry if it stacks up.
  11. You do not want to delete pending work as you have time to do so.
  12. You don't know where the library is located at your university.
  13. You will not do an internship during the semester holidays.
  14. You will not study and you will not let your friends too.
  15. You won't think about your future until your graduation.
  16. You will have a lot of fun in college in addition to studying.
  17. He will copy the project of his elders.
  18. You will not prepare for any college entrance exams.

And finally, after leaving college,

You will start to blame your university for not providing adequate opportunities and exposure,

The Indian Education System for not properly training you,

India's reservation system for not allowing you to be successful and

The government of India for failing to provide a job at your doorstep.

Other than all this, you will not be joining an IT job that is offered to you because you will be working only in the field in which you have a degree.

Sorry if I had hurt someone.

There are exceptions.

Disclaimer: Since I work in IT, my answer will lean more towards IT.

We Indians collectively are making the wrong choices with our education. Education does not come with a job guarantee (which is sad). The right skills can still guarantee a job, if you know where and how to apply the skills.

Let's face it, the information technology sector is expanding at a slower rate than our population or not. the number of graduates is increasing. Since supply is more than demand, the survival of the fittest theory will naturally come into play.

To get a job in IT that is still easy enough to keep, th

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Disclaimer: Since I work in IT, my answer will lean more towards IT.

We Indians collectively are making the wrong choices with our education. Education does not come with a job guarantee (which is sad). The right skills can still guarantee a job, if you know where and how to apply the skills.

Let's face it, the information technology sector is expanding at a slower rate than our population or not. the number of graduates is increasing. Since supply is more than demand, the survival of the fittest theory will naturally come into play.

Getting a job in IT that is still easy enough to keep, the next few days in IT are very challenging with a host of new tools and technologies invading the IT space, but that's another story.

So back to the point where engineers don't get jobs and I'll consider the scenario right after college for the rookies and not for the wingers.

Let's take an example of two boys fresh out of college with similar academic scores. Guy A is of vernacular origin but technically more solid, Guy B is convent educated, confident and technically not as good as A. Who do you think will get the job (in most cases)? We all know the answer, right?

I do a lot of interviews and have even been a part of some college recruiting drives. Honestly, if I interview 20 students, I feel like giving the job to only 2-3 of them, the rest just don't fit in and don't have the technical acumen I expect.

I don't think there is a one-line answer, here are some reasons why I feel I am responsible:

  • Too many colleges, too few quality graduates to come out of it.
  • Those graduates have too high expectations without accepting reality.
  • Limited knowledge of the possibilities in the professional world.
  • Most engineers want a government job or an IT job at a multinational.
  • But they give little or no thought to the idea that they might not be good enough there, or that the competition is too fierce, or that there are other endeavors for them where they can have a good life and a prosperous career.
  • I say these things
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I don't think there is a one-line answer, here are some reasons why I feel I am responsible:

  • Too many colleges, too few quality graduates to come out of it.
  • Those graduates have too high expectations without accepting reality.
  • Limited knowledge of the possibilities in the professional world.
  • Most engineers want a government job or an IT job at a multinational.
  • But they give little or no thought to the idea that they might not be good enough there, or that the competition is too fierce, or that there are other endeavors for them where they can have a good life and a prosperous career.
  • I say these things based on my experience in the last 5 years or so, I am an engineering graduate from a level 2 engineering school.
  • In the last 5 years of my work experience, virtually every organization I have met has needed capable candidates for most of the year. But these positions are rarely fulfilled.
  • Some of those positions are technical, some are not. But they offer a promising career path.

In conclusion, I think there is definitely a major flaw in the system, but more than that, the graduates themselves are responsible for the lack of employment.

There are opportunities but they just don't want to take advantage of them.

I cannot speak for all the engineers in India, but since I am a university student, I am sure that I can speak for most of the recent graduates.

First of all, lack of practice. Theory is also important, but universities have put too much emphasis on theory. Students must not only be able to implement them, but also identify where to implement a particular method. I don't think the second part is important enough.

Second, some of the content and methodology are outdated. At my university when they taught us C in Turbo C for the first year. It doesn't matter which compiler / text editor we use, but

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I cannot speak for all the engineers in India, but since I am a university student, I am sure that I can speak for most of the recent graduates.

First of all, lack of practice. Theory is also important, but universities have put too much emphasis on theory. Students must not only be able to implement them, but also identify where to implement a particular method. I don't think the second part is important enough.

Second, some of the content and methodology are outdated. At my university when they taught us C in Turbo C for the first year. It doesn't matter which compiler / text editor we use, but Turbo C uses some outdated libraries. So why teach Turbo C?

Third, the lack of good teachers. Not all universities have good professors. College students are the foundation of your career. Those who have good teachers can consider themselves very lucky. Those who do not have good teachers must learn to use the Internet correctly, since everything can be found on it.

And finally, the graduates themselves are one of the reasons. They should work hard to improve themselves. No university can give you everything, you must find ways to improve yourself.

There are many engineers (in India) who are good and have excelled in their fields.

However, for this question, I will focus on those who have succeeded in engineering and beyond:

  • Many of them are not well versed in the fundamentals.
  • There are those who know the definitions, but cannot really apply them.
  • Most cannot and prefer not to learn beyond the syllabus! Look how far the world around us is advancing, yet we still want our syllabus to remain the same.
  • Outdated study program in certain cases.
  • Lack of exposure to the practical application of whatever course you are learning. TO
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There are many engineers (in India) who are good and have excelled in their fields.

However, for this question, I will focus on those who have succeeded in engineering and beyond:

  • Many of them are not well versed in the fundamentals.
  • There are those who know the definitions, but cannot really apply them.
  • Most cannot and prefer not to learn beyond the syllabus! Look how far the world around us is advancing, yet we still want our syllabus to remain the same.
  • Outdated study program in certain cases.
  • Lack of exposure to the practical application of whatever course you are learning. Any in-plant training, industrial visit, is not as educational or insightful as it should be. Not everyone takes advantage of these opportunities in the right way.
  • Most engineers want to get an MBA later, or perhaps a government job, so they hardly focus on the engineering side of the course.
  • Sometimes you just need to go over the limits of entrance tests etc so your category needs to enter instead of understanding what the topic is really about.
  • Some students are better off with other majors, but are forced to pursue engineering, and parents may even pay high capitation fees to college to admit those students.
  • Once inside college, many students lose focus due to poor relationships or distractions, or they simply don't like the way a subject is taught.

Because there are too many! Low demand and very large supply. India needs more technicians than engineers. Look at any major district in India - you would have one or two ITIs and one or two polytechnic colleges, but dozens of engineering colleges. And then every engineer who leaves the system looks for an executive or desk job. Very few of them want to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty! Indian parents and society are responsible for the mindset that despises techniques ...

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The answer is in the question!

"Most Engineers" ... There are more produced engineers these days! No industry can provide jobs that quickly outnumber applicants!

And India only provides possibly 700,000 engineers per year! But, the industry only hires 300,000 engineers!

The current state of the engineering education system is about selling certificates, not quality. That is the reason why most engineers cannot even find a suitable job for themselves and some are even forced to switch to other sectors. Some become Uber and Ola drivers in big cities like Bangalore and Delhi.

I passed engineering in 2007. I didn't get any placement on campus even after getting the first class with all the papers passed on the first try.

So I moved to Bangalore looking for work at the end of 2007 and I joined a Java course. I have 50 thousand dollars with me, this is the money that I got as part of my mother's participation. My whole goal at the time was to get a job, before I used up these 50 lakhs.

I paid 10K to java institute and spent 2 months there. The training was so poor and contrary to what they promised, no company came to recruit on campus. Every month I need to pay Rs 2,500 rent in PG, and

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I passed engineering in 2007. I didn't get any placement on campus even after getting the first class with all the papers passed on the first try.

So I moved to Bangalore looking for work at the end of 2007 and I joined a Java course. I have 50 thousand dollars with me, this is the money that I got as part of my mother's participation. My whole goal at the time was to get a job, before I used up these 50 lakhs.

I paid 10K to java institute and spent 2 months there. The training was so poor and contrary to what they promised, no company came to recruit on campus. Every month I need to pay 2500 rupees for rent in PG, and the cost of food is around 100 per day. The total cost per month would be around 5500 rupees.

After 2 months, I was left with 30K. Again I spent another month, the balance reached 25K.

I couldn't get a job in software, and my true passion is VLSI as I'm ECE stream commimg. I attended about 30 placememts both on and off campus, but not a single one that I am able to decipher.

I went home with $ 25,000. I told my parents about my VLSI dream. But my poor parents couldn't afford it. The fee was 50K for the 6-month course and the rent + food was 30K until the end of the course.

So I need another 55K for the course of my dreams. I have to sell my mother's gold chain and a gold chain that my grandmother gave me before her death. We sold those gold chains and arranged money for my course. I was able to earn about 45K selling them.

So I went back to Bangalore with 70 lakhs and paid 25 thousand as the first installment of the course. Now I really need to reduce my expenses, otherwise I will run out of money. So I moved to a friend's house, where I pay about 2,000 rupees for rent. That way I can save rs 500 per month.

My bus fare was 10 rupees one way that time so I pass 2 stops to save 2 rupees per day. Then I'll take two of the roadside shops in the morning, so I can skip lunch. I only had breakfast and dinner. At lunch I used to drink water and then I opted for a tiger cracker.

On Saturdays and Sundays I will sleep every day and eat only once. This saves money. I will study all night on weekends. Weekends are high school vacations.

On a monthly basis, my bank balance started to decrease and I have to save every one rupee coin that I have. Now I started walking 8 kms to the office and then I came back at night by bus. That way I reduced the bus fare from rs 20 to rs 8. Previously, I saved 4 rupees by passing 2 stops so I can go for 8 + 8.

To manage the money, I brought all my native B.Tech textbooks and sold them in Bangalore. I managed to bring some 20 kg books by train. Or I got another 2500 Rs for that.

By the fifth month, I am stuck with 4K and I don't know what to do. I tried and they put me in a small company that is willing to pay me 3000 rupees a month. The company works in the field of VLSI. I happily joined the company.

The working hours are from 9 in the morning and can be extended until 10 or 11 at night. Sometimes night shifts. Although the weekends are officially OFF, they force us to work on Saturdays. But I am very happy to get back 100 Rs for food on Saturdays and 100 Rs for snacks for the night shift. I happily took advantage of this opportunity by testing my stamina and deteriorating my physical health.

By the 20th, my purse will be empty and I need to survive for the next 10 days. So I keep 100 rs in my wallet for the bus ticket for the next 10 days. I am lucky that they distribute sandwiches at 6pm every day. So I'll only eat snacks 20-26 and tons of tea from the machine. Tiger cookies for lunch and dinner.

I receive sodexo coupons worth 350 rupees on the 26th or 27th of the month. So I use sodexo coupons 26-30 for food expenses.

For the first one, I get a stipend of 3000 / rs, in which 2000 rupees will be given as rent and 1000 rupees in my pocket. I need to manage the food for 1000 Rs for the next 20 days from 1 to 20 and also the bus fare.

My mom and I have two separate accounts at SBI. Since we have no money to maintain AQB, I use this 3000 Rs and switch between these two accounts to maintain an AQB of 1000 Rs in the bank savings account. The amount accumulated in the account will be 90 thousand for one quarter. I manage it in some way to maintain the bank account.

This lasted a few months and a day

I didn't even keep 10 rupees for the bus ticket. Then I called my parents and asked for about 400 rupees, telling them that my sandals broke and that I needed money. I cannot tell my real situation to my parents because they will feel bad for not being able to support me.

My weight dropped from 80 to 65 kg in one year, and every time I tell my parents it's from work stress. I hide the fact that I am starving to limit my food intake to save money.

All my friends were placed in the best multinational companies in Bangalotr., Earning between 18 and 20 thousand per month.

I don't know, I should say it here, there are a couple of times, I looked for what was left of the food, which my friend brought as a package. It happened 2 to 3 times.

In this one-year period, everyone called me a failure and only my parents gave me the fire to keep going.

At the end of 2009, I was getting 10k per month, and my weight suddenly skyrocketed from 63kg to 75kg in 2 months. Everyone was shocked, I told them that I started eating junk food, that's why. He successfully concealed the fact again.

After 2011, I changed 2 companies and now it is my third company. Now I have on hand about 1.8 lakhs per month and other benefits.

Perseverance and hard work are never wasted.

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Edit:

I am truly overwhelmed with happiness after seeing the comments, as I never thought that my story would be an inspiration to others.

I'll clarify some of the questions raised in the comments:

  1. Anonymous - Although I don't like being anonymous, I have to because I mentioned my take-home pay. If I link my LinkedIn or Facebook profile, it would be a clear violation of company policy as I posted my salary in a public forum. The second reason is that my friends and other acquaintances are present on Quora and in the online world. I'm sure some of my close friends will feel bad about not turning to them for help in times of need.
  2. Regarding my salary, after 10 years of work experience, I am receiving the mentioned amount. Luck may also matter, that few of my colleagues quit the organization and management looked to me to lead the team. In that way, I got a few extra lakhs every year. Not just my hard work.

3. Someone pointed out about the government work, I somehow managed to arrange Rs 500 to take the BSNL JTO 2008 exam. After great difficulty, only I was able to allocate that money for the application itself.

4. Shiv Shankar Panda - Thank you for your comment. You said you said fact to the point.

5. Happy to see that Shailesh sharma, Neha Yadav and Bhaumik Raja inspire young people in my story.

Thanks for all the comments.

“Even the darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it will shine brighter ”.

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I graduated from Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bangalore in June 2017 with BE in Computer Science and Engineering. I have experienced the best and worst moments of my life since then,

When I graduated, I had 2 job offers from TCS and Accenture on hand. Obviously, since Accenture is a better brand, I decided to join Accenture. The call letter to join the aforementioned company occurred around the month of September 2017. So I joined career level 12 as an ASE at Accenture. The first 2 months were amazing! I met some amazing and fun people. Some people here call this

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I graduated from Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology, Bangalore in June 2017 with BE in Computer Science and Engineering. I have experienced the best and worst moments of my life since then,

When I graduated, I had 2 job offers from TCS and Accenture on hand. Obviously, since Accenture is a better brand, I decided to join Accenture. The call letter to join the aforementioned company occurred around the month of September 2017. So I joined career level 12 as an ASE at Accenture. The first 2 months were amazing! I met some amazing and fun people. Some people here jokingly call this the "honeymoon" period because of the sheer fun we have during the training period.

There were two types of training, first, the GFT where they taught us the fundamentals of CS such as basic concepts of Java, HTML, SQL and others. Somehow I managed to erase this exam :). Second, there was a training course in the second month where most of the people I knew split into various internal flows that Accenture has. I don't know how they assign us to broadcasts. After clearing the current, the training reached the actual stage.

I was on a trial period for 2 days and I was assigned a project in Bellandur, Ecospace, Bengaluru. At first I was glad to have a project while many of my colleagues were still at the bank. So, I joined the project without much hesitation. Even after joining the project, there was something called 'KT' (short for Knowledge Transfer) great hahaha! A knowledge transfer from an unqualified person like me. I even had to give a reverse KT to my teammates and the team leader to show that I understood the job I had to do.

Then after 1 month of rushing and struggling to find out what the work was done here, the real brain shit scenario arrived. I was in a technical support role !!! I was devastated. It really hit my ego. After this enlightenment, every day waking up to work felt like real torture. Every day at the office was just the same. I did the same kind of work every day: filling out excel sheets, checking the client app if it works fine or not, some shitty cleanup job they ask to clean up Linux storage space and send those invisible people in the USA Emails that we will quickly analyze the problem and close the tickets. At this moment I felt that there was no future for me in this company and even the salary was only 24k in a city like Bangalore. Any boy who has passed the tenth grade can also do this job.

Along with this shitty job, I developed other bad habits like smoking, drinking, and partying every other weekend. I literally had zero savings and had to ask parents for money. Internally, I was devastated that I was losing my own achievements. And being in this job would get me nowhere, economically or technically.

Therefore, I planned to pursue higher studies abroad and took the necessary exams for it, I became tougher and decided to resign from my position at Accenture exactly 1 year after joining.

To be honest, at my university I was studying computer science and I hated coding. Well that's the reason I only got mass hiring companies in the first place. So to change my life, I had to improve my skill set. After leaving my job I started to practice coding and read books related to data structures and algorithms that are very important for any interview. I was basically interested in artificial intelligence. So, I took an online course and started working on it.

In the meantime, I had applied to some universities in the United States for my MS. So all I had to do was wait for it to be admitted and practice computer skills. Finally, I got an admission and I am still waiting for the decision of other colleges.

Now I am more organized, clean and I value the importance of time. As they say, every "failure is a stepping stone to success." Well, I may not have made it yet, but I'm definitely moving towards it;).

This was my journey to date after my engineering.

Thank you for reading!!

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A physicist studies the way the universe works, while an engineer applies the information gathered from these studies to solve problems and improve the lives of others.

Physical

Through research, experiments, and knowledge of existing laws and theories, physicists seek to discover the basic principles surrounding energy and matter and how they interact. It is not enough for them to know that a phenomenon has occurred, they need to know why and how it happened. While physics has many subcategories that share the same basic principles, physicists generally specialize in a single subcategory.

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A physicist studies the way the universe works, while an engineer applies the information gathered from these studies to solve problems and improve the lives of others.

Physical

Through research, experiments, and knowledge of existing laws and theories, physicists seek to discover the basic principles surrounding energy and matter and how they interact. It is not enough for them to know that a phenomenon has occurred, they need to know why and how it happened. While physics has many subcategories that share the same basic principles, physicists generally specialize in only one subcategory. As tedious as the work may be, discoveries can be life changing. For example, astrophysicists use the basic principles of physics to study stars, planets, and galaxies: their history, their nature, and their destiny. Through these studies, scientists aspire to discover more planets and galaxies,

Famous physicists include Isaac Newton, for identifying the concept of gravity; Marie Curie, for her research in radioactivity and discovery of polonium and radium; Niels Bohr, who studied atomic structure and contributed to quantum theory and nuclear reactions; Albert Einstein, for his theory of relativity; and Stephen Hawking, for his gravitational singularities theorem and explanation of black holes. All of these scientists studied different concepts that advanced our general understanding of the world.

Do you think you would like to become a physicist? Be prepared for years of schooling. Courses in classical and quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism are typical for college students, while graduate students are expected to take courses in mathematics and computer science in addition to physics. While those with master's and bachelor's degrees may find work in applied research and development or in the federal government, a Ph.D. required for most jobs. Median salary depends on the industry you choose to enter, but statistics for May 2014 show an average median salary of $ 115,430.

Engineers

Have you ever safely crossed a bridge? Flown on a plane? Did you use a computer? Drink clean water? For all of these things and for countless other reasons, you have an engineer to thank for impacting your life. While physicists learn about the world and how and why things work, an engineer takes those principles and uses them to design, build, and produce things that we often take for granted. With a wide variety of career options, an engineer can fit into almost any field: aerospace, agriculture, biochemistry, computer systems, industrial, robotics, wind power, and many other branches.

The list of famous engineers is also impressive and includes Alexander Graham Bell, who patented the first telephone; Nikola Tesla, who contributed to the development of the modern AC electricity supply system; Emily Roebling, who led the development of the Brooklyn Bridge; and Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of Apple.

With all of these subdivisions, it makes sense that there are over 40 different educational pathways for those aspiring to become engineers. While each has its own specialty coursework, all programs require courses in math, physics, chemistry, biology, and writing. Unlike physicists, a Ph.D. not necessary for most engineering jobs. As with physicists, the salary varies greatly, depending on your field of choice. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, as of May 2014, the median annual salary for an agricultural engineer is $ 71,730; the median annual salary for a petroleum engineer is $ 130,050; while everyone else falls somewhere between the two.

How are they alike?

Whether you are a physicist or an engineer, it is clear that you need to have a mind to learn complex mathematical and scientific concepts. In addition to being smart for school, it is equally important to possess interpersonal skills to work well and communicate effectively with others. Finally, it is essential to maintain curiosity and a desire to learn for the field in which you find yourself. There is much more to learn about the world and much more to evolve. How much of that happens in our lives depends on the passion of these thinkers and creators.

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