Published on March 7, 2016 | Choosing a Career
Are you being placed in a job relevant to your degree? Decoding Campus Placements
Campus placements are one of the important factors that students consider before choosing a college. Being employed right after graduating is definitely a priority to them, and students could do with all the assistance they get from the college. That is why colleges that offer a higher percentage of placements are preferred over others. But there is one important fact about campus placements that students tend to overlook.
Decoding the “impressive” campus placements claims that colleges make!
What most colleges don’t tell you is a breakup of the number of students placed in each industry and what stream of study they majored in. They rely on students and parents to not dig deeper into the final number. But one important fact that students overlook when choosing a college is the majority of students recruited through campus placements end up being employed in the software industry, regardless of what their stream was. This is an ideal scenario for a computer science graduate whose interest is programming. But a civil engineering student being placed in a software company as a business analyst doesn’t do any justice to the 4-year investment of time and money.
Understanding the difference between a career and a job
A career is a collection of education and a series of relevant jobs. It is what one builds over time. A job is a short part of a career. When students land a high-paying job, they don’t foresee the career path they are embarking upon and take up the job no matter how remotely related it is to their chosen field of study.
Career-switch results in a waste of time, money and effort spent in college
Students might land a job soon after college, and the package might be great to start with. But few years down that road, somehow the glamour starts to fade. Job dissatisfaction starts to kick in because there is a mismatch of interest, leading to drop in motivation, which in turn leads to poor performance. This happens because the natural aptitude and potential of the student are insufficient for the role he was placed in. By this time, all they learned in the 4-year course become obsolete, and it is practically hard for them to turn back either. Thoughts of career shifts start to fade in. Now, this is not an easy thing to do because of the enormous waste of money, time and resources. Plus, the earning potential takes a big hit because after a career change, professionals end up at the bottom of the ladder again and it takes them a few more years to either learn a new skill or pursue a higher education.
What does it take for students to make an informed decision?
Choosing a course and a college has always been a tightrope walk for students, and unfortunately, there is no definite formula to choose the right college/course. This is a life-defining step that requires you to consider various factors before you come to a conclusion. The most rewarding approach instead of treating education and jobs independent of each other should be to think of them as two complementing sides of the same coin. And the coin here is career decision. This is only possible if students recognize the numerous career possibilities that are out there, understand which ones match their interests and aptitude, and then move on to choose an ideal college to pursue those courses.
Navigus is determined to solve this problem by assisting students and guiding them to the appropriate courses and colleges backed by Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. The system analyzes the student’s inclinations and suggests the best course-college matches tailored for that student.