Investment in IT infrastructure continues to grow in India. Thus, there are more jobs now and this is expected to grow.
The recently held counseling session o “Building kills for an IT service career” organized by Education Times was a huge success that saw a large audience turnout from students as well as parents. Business manager CMS, Info Systems, was the speaker at the event and the fielded several questions on the sector ranging from global opportunities to future prospects – students wanted to know it all. A highly interactive session, it was immensely beneficial to those wanting to make a career in the field of IT services. We present a few discussions from the event.
Efficient technology skills, globally accepted certifications and good customer management skills are the major requirements that help to achieve success in the IT services sector. On the job training and industry internships also benefit a student immensely in gaining an edge in the industry.
The impact of the slowdown in IT services was only from a correction perspective in India. When the European and American markets were affected, organizations based out of those markets went slow on the outsourcing to India front. This pushed Indian companies into relooking at their non revenue making personnel, restructuring teams to include only essential people and reduce fresh hires.
It has always been favored amongst students from a career perspective, however, the slowdown did make many of them wary.
Investment in IT infrastructure continues to grow in India, thus there are more jobs in this segment now and it is likely in hardware maintenance, system and network administration, storage management, security administration are on the rise in data centers, finance banking insurance real estate, education, hospitality and in the retail segment. Companies like Microsoft, Red Hat and Cisco Technologies are also recruiting in large numbers. There might be fewer software development jobs but overall the segment is certainly on the rise.
Our government usually out sources IT infrastructures jobs to the private sector hence freshers may find it difficult to come across challenging work opportunities in governmental jobs. Also these jobs carry the incentives of perks but do not pay very high salaries at the junior level.
Indian students hold the potential to perform well in a challenging work environment even in a foreign country. However, it is essential to have the right educational qualification appropriate technology skills, relevant certifications and preferably a relevant five year work experience before one thinks of moving to another country.
Schools and universities must aim to developing strong soft skills and customer etiquettes through behavioral training, a practice that will help students in all walks of life and not just in a career in the IT industry. Thereafter, it is solely on a student to decide if he /she had the aptitude and the interest for career in the sector.
India will be a super industry in the IT services delivery space which will create lucrative opportunities for many more people. To achieve the same, students need to focus on better English language skills, soft skills and efficiency in customer management in addition to possessing key technology skills.
A lot of IT companies are offering their employees the option of working from home. This gives employees a degree of flexibility and an option when mobility is a constraint these days. The facility has proved to be beneficial for organizations as it boosts employees’ productivity and fosters employers retention. Attrition, on account of work life balance issues, have com down drastically. It is most certainly beneficial. It cuts down on commits time. The home environment may be less stressful and therefore, more productive.