I am an Engineering student who will soon graduate and be an Engineer. I am an average student studying at an average college. I am in my final year and like most other students, I am worried about my future. My parents are worried too and unfortunately, all my neighbors want to know what I am going to do next. Honestly, I have no answer.
I have been trying to find a job that can give my career a start, even if it is a small one. My parents are worried about all the reports that they come across in the newspapers and on the TV. Multiple people, companies, institutes and organizations keep claiming that only about 5 to 10% of the students are capable of doing jobs, only about 5% can code and stuff like that.
Aspiring Minds published a survey that says only 5% can code and that is where irony died a thousand deaths. Aspiring Minds collects 1,500 per student and rarely gives them a decent shot at getting a job. They make crores of money on anxious students & parents and still have the audacity to publish such surveys so that they can justify their inability to do justice to the students after taking all that money. Aspiring Minds should conduct a screening test and only those who clear that screening test should be made to pay for their AMCAT and only those can take the interviews.
It may sound dramatic, but most of us are looking for one chance to prove ourselves. Most of us (based on my experience with my batchmates) suddenly enjoy a lot of freedom when we step into Engineering. We get carried away and waste a lot of time according to a lot of people, but most of us are thinking that we are having some fun. We understand that we need to focus on our careers. We might not have done well over the last few years, but we have the skill and the talent to make progress now. Just give us one chance.
We rarely get the support from our colleges as there aren't enough faculty who can guide us. There is no chance for any industrial visits. We are taken on a picnic in the name of industry visits where there isn't any learning. We do learn teamwork in the college. We may not communicate well in English, but we can put our thoughts across. Our biggest worry is confidence. We hear so many negative things about ourselves that we can rarely be confident during an interview or a group discussion.
A message to all the naysayers
We may be struggling today, but we will grow and be successful in years to come. We shall learn from our failures and rectify our mistakes. The world is not all dark for us. Please don't scare us off with your negative surveys. You should instead spend some time and conduct some sessions where we can participate and learn. Not everyone might come to these sessions, but a majority of us would come as we want to improve. Don't judge us by what we did over the last 2-3 years. Give us an opportunity to succeed. It is a greater service that you can do as compared to just doling out negative reviews.
P.S: Request to all professionals
I would be euphoric to get suggestions on how I can improve from here and work towards building a good career. Most of the students who are in my place are also looking for some help and suggestions. Your support and guidance can help us succeed in life and we would forever remain thankful to you.