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Most graduates lack employable skills

The Information Technology (IT) sector will never go down and indeed it will further grow by leaps and bounds offering challenging opportunities to talented graduates, said Talent Sprint vice president Faizul Hassan.

Speaking on ‘Emerging trends in IT Sector’ at a seminar organized jointly by The Hindu and Talent Sprint, a skill development company, here on Tuesday, he said currently the IT sector employs 3.7 million people and indirectly it employs 10 million people.

By 2025, the direct employees will be seven million and indirect employees will be 20 million, he told the hundreds of engineering students who filled up the conference hall of Haritha Kakatiya.

However, only negligible amount of those passing out of professional institutions have employable skills and thus a majority is left out for want of sufficient skills. “Skills are missing among new graduates. Many have subject knowledge but not basics such as communication, aptitude, attitude and inter-personal skills,” he pointed out.

IT backbone

The IT sector enables all other services. It has become backbone for all other sectors and it endlessly offers a wide range of opportunities for those who are ready to accept challenges. However, the opportunities come only to those who are ready to adapt to change and those who are ready to be constantly learning.

There were jobs in IT industry as software developers and automation testing, banking and government jobs and there were many in IT core companies. “The young graduates now have wide range of choice than ever before. One has to choose the right career depending upon his or her attitude and aptitude,” Mr. Hassan said.

Career counselling

Earlier, The Hindu deputy regional manager V. Vinod Kumar welcomed the gathering.

He said The Hindu as part of its corporate responsibility has been reaching out to student community organizing seminars on competitive examinations and career counselling for decades.

“The Hindu is more than a century-old newspaper and has carved out a niche for itself in the field of journalism and earning credibility of generations of its readers,” he said wishing the students best in their careers.

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