How to Improve Chances of Employment of Engineering and Management Graduates?
Some engineering and management graduates remain unemployed. We, the alumni of IIT Bombay based in Pune, feel that there is very little “employability” & “industry-readiness” focus.
We intend to do the following:
1. Visit the institutes and conduct sessions to sensitize students about the requirements of industry and employment opportunities available.
2. Seek enrolment to a finishing school which will improve their employability.
3. The training in the finishing school, will address :
a. Communication & Soft skills
b. Generic skills – logical reasoning & critical thinking, creative problem solving, advanced numeracy
c. Attitude & Emotional intelligence
d. Technical & Domain related skills (engineering & management to pics)
The idea will improve the employability of the unemployable students by making them 'industry ready'. Having worked in industry for nearly 30-40 years, we know what industry wants and will train these students for that.
There is one issue though which will have to be addressed - some of these students are poor and would need some funding to go through the course. Would the community fund such students?
Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?
The idea benefits poor engineering and management students and makes them more employable and they can live a life full of satisfaction and contribute to society at large.
This idea shall be implemented by the IIT Alumni based in Pune. They will do it at no-profit no-loss basis. They can contribute to well-being of the society and create a happy lot of engineering and management graduates.
How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?
We are a group of about 20 iit graduates with an average work experience of 30 years each. While working with industry, we have interviewed a number fresh engineering and management graduates from schools around Pune and found them wanting on many counts and hence rejected them in employment interviews. Now that we are close to retirement or retired from our professional life, we want to contribute to the society in an area where we have the expertise.
We will train these students in a short intensive course and make them employable. At least, they will be aware of what industry wants and be prepared for it. They will be able to perform better at employment selection and get placed.
What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?
We will carry out a pilot at one of the engineering colleges with a batch of 20-30 students and train them. We will compare their performance with other students who do not take this course and do our assessment. We will also have some of sit through the course and give feedback about how we could improve the quality of training. We would also get some of our colleagues to interview these students and give us feedback about where we need to improve.
With this feedback, we will make improvement and go for an on-line course with minimal fee structure. We have already started evaluating the software requirements and have reached close to tie up for the software.
What skills, input or guidance are you keen to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?
We are the alumni of IIT Bombay and have reasonable diversity in our group. We are less likely to need technical or domain inputs from Open IDEO community. Where we would appreciate your help is to spread our idea all over and to give scholarship to the students who want to join the course. If we succeed in getting sufficient response, we would not mind taking it international.
How do you envision your idea being implemented?
Keen to prototype it, find partners and pursue implementation