Why Startups Find 96% Engineering Grads Incompetent
Startups are the order of the day, and they are here for good reasons too. Software or mechanical products, it’s good that youngsters nowadays trust themselves enough to go out on their own and startup. But despite the promises and glamour, startups have a critical responsibility towards economic development. They neither have abundant time nor resources to train employees first, so they expect the candidates to be fully equipped with the technology and expertise to get started right away. And that’s why they scrutinize their candidates before choosing “the one.” Sadly, according to a recent survey by ET conducted on 1.5 lakhs of the 8 lakh engineers who graduated in 2015, less than 4% are readily employable by startups. Why do startups have such stringent selection policies? What are the majority of students lacking that the elite 4% possess?
But why the problem?
The main reason for this problem is the void between what students learn in college and what the industry expects from them.
Whatever hands-on knowledge engineers use throughout their career would be obtained from companies that employ them. This questions the usefulness of conventional education curriculum, because in addition to the investment made in a college, the candidate is required to undergo special and specific training in a technology before they become suitable. This also vividly explains the mismatch between talent and motivation. Students might have a natural aptitude for something and are self-motivated to excel in that field. But when they choose something else other than that, they need to force themselves as the motivation does not occur as naturally.
In order to fix the real problem, the curriculum of engineering should be revamped with inputs from the industry itself. More modules of latest technology could be included, and modules that diversify the study could be removed. In addition, an industry internship should be made a mandatory part of the course. This would not only benefit students in undergoing relevant training, but also the companies that would employ them.
While Nasscom and other industry bodies are on to the curriculum overhaul, this statistic points to another, much bigger problem.
According to Career Change Challenge, only 2% of employees surveyed are in a career they had envisioned themselves in when they were 18 years old.
The conventional, biased career advice students got from parents, friends and counselors might have influenced their decision. These factors do not identify a career path that leverages the capabilities and interests of the student, but merely advocate the career that is currently in vogue.
That’s where we come in. We believe students should know what they can choose for a career rather than just knowing what to do in a chosen career. Navigus brings you a data-driven approach towards choosing the course that you have a high chance at excelling in, and which college offers the best infrastructure to pursue that course. Not yet another one-size-fits-all career advice because every candidate has their strengths and uniqueness.