Placements – especially on campus placements are important if you are currently an undergraduate attending college. And if you are an engineer – getting placed, becomes even more crucial, as engineering is a professional degree and since professional degrees are basically crafted to create professionals – graduates who will work in industry specific jobs, placements become more important than ever.
In general, there are two types of engineering graduates who go unplaced at campus. The first is the graduate who didn’t get a good placement – or was not satisfied with the placement provided, and opted out from it. The second ( and most unfortunate) graduate is one who found himself/herself without a single placement – either because they couldn’t clear cutoffs , or they couldn’t clear the interviews for some reason or the other.
So if you are a current or recent engineering graduate, who has failed to get a placement, then fret on, just read on.
Don’t Get Disheartened : Not getting a placement , especially when all of your friends and peers have got placed in one firm or the other, can be really heartbreaking. But getting depressed and wallowing in self pity won’t help out. Instead of panicking and going into depression, do two things- first check whether or not you actually meet the cutoff for some firms appearing for placements.
If your CPI or GPA is not meeting the cut offs of many firms, then check if the marks you have acquired in the subjects pertaining to the company you are thinking of applying to, are high. Some companies have no hard GPA cut off and can overlook a not so good GPA/CPI if you have acquired good marks in subjects/papers which is relevant to them.
Apply Widely : If your GPA is not good, then applying widely is always advisable. Apply to all firms which does not have an official GPA cut off. You can’t unfortunately afford to be selective in this instance. Apply liberally to a lot of firms and hope for the best.
Polish & Highlight Your Resume/Application : Now is the time to better your resume/CV to perfection. Highlight any points which you think are relevant/useful to the company you are sending your CV to. Any relevant internships done, any meaningful projects undertaken, good scores in related subjects/papers will come in handy here.
Consider Off Campus Placements : A good alternative are off campus placements, if you are unable to land a good placement on campus. For getting a decent off campus placements, you can try giving recruitment exams such as ELitmus, AMCAT etc. If you have some skills which are desirable to the companies or industries in your target, then you will end up with a good placement, if you can score well in the tests.
Offer To Volunteer : If a firm due to some reason is unable to offer you an internship or trainee position currently, then offer to volunteer. This can be a good opportunity to show your skills to your employers, learn about the job. If you can excel, then your volunteering can turn into a pre placement offer. Even if it doesn’t, a good performance can gain you a good letter of recommendation which will help in your career later on.
So stop being morose about not getting placed, and take steps towards ensuring your placement. Nothing is impossible if you try hard enough.