2.5 lakh students likely to be recruited by IT firms this year

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Students take a psychometric test, offered by Bodhi, on the second day of 'The Hindu Education Plus Career Fair 2011', held at Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai on Saturday. Photo: S.S. Kumar

A whopping 2.5 lakh students are expected to be recruited by Information Technology companies in the country this year, as against the 1.6 lakh last year. Though the requirement is huge, it is very focussed, said K. Purushothaman, Regional Director, TN & Kerala, NASSCOM at The Hindu Education Plus Career Fair 2011 on Saturday.

“Familiarity with cloud computing, Green IT and Remote Infrastructure Management will enhance the industrial needs, but these are not taught in colleges. Therefore, it is the duty of students to keep their eyes and ears open to understand these requirements and equip themselves,” he advised students.

A hall full of students listening in rapt attention to words of advice from experts brought out the eagerness and anxiety among students about their future. But the speakers did not fail to allay their doubts. “I was under the impression that only students with an undergraduate degree in journalism can make it big in the media, but the speakers today spelt out my options,” said Sukanya Umesh, a student.

Speaking about careers in film-making in the ‘Off-beat’ session, K. Hariharan, Director, L.V. Prasad Film & TV Academy, said students need to look beyond commercial films. “Broaden your scope beyond feature films, and explore other options such as documentary films,” he said.

The need to be driven by a sense of idealism for taking up a career options in journalism, was underscored by Sampath Kumar, faculty member, Asian College of Journalism. “The boom in the newspaper industry in the country will throw open huge opportunities. The field has also diversified into specialisations such as sports journalism, business journalism, film criticism and so on,” he said.

Elucidating on the different opportunities in the advertising field, Sajan Abraham, Managing Director, Maitri Advertising Works, said working in the various departments was both challenging and highly competitive.

Do you enjoy arguments? Can you convince people? Ananth Padmanabhan, an advocate, spoke on what it takes to be a successful legal professional.

“It has expanded beyond civil and criminal law to other specialisations areas such as non-litigation work and intellectual property rights,” he said.

S. Vaidhyasubramaniam, Dean-Planning and Development, Sastra University, gave a comprehensive overview of the emerging specialisations in bio-technology such as healthcare, agriculture, industrial, environmental and computational biotechnology that are in the nascent stages.

K. Shanmukha Sundaram, Chairman, SIRC-ICAI charted out the roadmap for embarking on a career in Chartered Accountancy.

Psychometric test

Chennai-based company, Bodhi, conducted a psychometric test that was taken by over 700 students.

The test will help students understand their aptitude and area of interest before they make a career choice. Results of this test would be e-mailed to the students .

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