Introduction – Present Job Landscape:
Over the past two decades after the institutionalization of liberal reforms in the Indian economy, the economic sector has greatly diversified and is leading the country to a new spurt of economic growth and development. One of the leading sectors responsible for this newfound prosperity is the IT Sector, which has evolved into a niche and a favourite career choice for many students, especially those who graduate in software engineering. Not only does the Indian IT Sector serve foreign corporations with a distinction but it also serves the Indian Government on a number of issues ranging from software solutions to finding new ways to upgrade existing infrastructure, in order to serve the growing needs of data usage among the population.
However, getting a job in the IT Sector is no easy feat. It is notoriously competitive, where the IT corporations looking for prospective employees focus as much on the theoretical and academic qualifications of applicants as much as the practical skills they may possess. Since any work in the IT Sector is heavily reliant upon practical applications, possessing relevant skills in that regard is an important prerequisite. Unfortunately, engineering students are not ready for a job in the IT Sector because they are not ready in terms of possessing such relevant skills. This is what is exactly stopping them, acting as a barrier between them and lucrative employment opportunities in IT firms.
Lack of Contextual and Experiential Learning:
This issue is further compounded by the fact that operating entities within the industry do not wish to invest their resources in providing remedial and fresher training to prospective candidates. Given the immense competitive nature of the industry, it is quite rational to not spend extra resources on training recruits when those resources could be used elsewhere more productively. In such a situation of cut-throat competition, every employee of an IT corporation is an asset in terms of the skills they possess and it is expected from new recruits that they would deliver in terms of performance to the company and further consolidate its existence on the market. This is not often the case, however, and there are a few reasons that would explain this landscape.
Traditionally, education in the fields of engineering and information technology has been entirely theory based since its inception. The emphasis is on the mastering and understanding of theoretical concepts, the reasoning being that a grasp on the theoretical knowledge would lead to an automatic grasp over practical skills that are relevant to the industry. Unfortunately, the IT sector is an industry which is famous for its periodic technological breakthroughs and this leads to many skills becoming obsolete within a short span of time. Therefore, not only do traditional courses ignore inculcating students with practical skill as an axiom of emphasis, but it also lacks in development of skills that are extremely important if one wants to have a career in the IT Sector. The lack of contextual and experiential learning methods further exacerbates the already stifling set of conditions which do not lead to engineering students getting a job immediately.
A New Learning Model:
All is not lost, however, and with WileyNXT it is possible to escape such a vicious circle which engineering students are struggling to overcome. As an online learning platform, WileyNXT offers a learning model which is contextual and relevant to the needs of the industry and also promotes an experimental learning method where the students themselves are able to control the pace at which they are able to upskill themselves and be ready for a job anywhere.
WileyNXT is also able to overcome the usual disadvantages one encounters in established, traditional learning methods. It is mostly free or at least offers an affordable, nominal cost. It is widely accessible to people from anywhere provided they have a device able to connect with the Internet and a working Internet connection. Most importantly, all of the courses on WileyNXT are certified, meaning that they would be legitimately accepted as qualifications for a job by an applicant.