A Healthy Mix of Academics and Communication needed
“Communication skills is the prime differentiator in today’s job market. The market realities are different when compared to just a couple of years back.
Today, we are no longer desperate to recruit fresher graduates, as then,” said the Business Leader – Solutions Strategic Accounts Ravi Eswarapu of Mahindra Satyam.
He was the guest speaker at the launch of The Hindu Education Plus Clubs (Eplus clubs) at Chaitanya Engineering College here on Monday. The college launched four Eplus clubs across various engineering streams and about 120 students enrolled as clubs members.
In a message driven hard, he said, “In the IT world, China is at disadvantage just because of their ‘not so good’ communication skills in English language, otherwise technically they are on par or even better.
The billing margin has slumped from USD 23 to 27 to USD 14 to 16, and the reality is that IT companies are now fishing for recruits in much cheaper markets like Philippines, Hungary, Egypt and China.
This makes your job tougher. A mere degree in engineering or hold over technical subjects will not suffice.”
It should be a combination of academics and good communication skills in English to compete and succeed in the global market. And initiatives like the Eplus clubs are the avenues to better your communication skills.
Remember that you are competing with a global work force and communication in English is the only common thread.”
He pointed out that the selection process has become difficult, as the number has gone down. Ravi urged the students to pick up simple communicable English by going down to the basics and not to waste time and energy on building up a vocabulary bank.
Throwing light on the selection process, the techie from Mahindra Satyam informed the students that in an interview process 50 per cent catered to verbal communication, 25 per cent to email writing and the balance is positioned for paragraph writing.
“One has to make it to the 60 per cent grade to qualify for the next round,” said Ravi.
The Correspondent of the college Capt. D.L.N. Raju, Principal of the college C.V. Gopinath, Principal of Sri Chaitanya Engineering College M. Srinivasa Reddy and Chief of Bureau of The Hindu B. Prabhakkar Sarma addressed the students.