Never mind that the IT industry is going through a bad phase following global recession. It continues to be a preferred career option for the majority of Indian engineering students, says a new study. A study, released on Tuesday, was conducted among 4,352 final engineering students across 151 engineering colleges, including the premier Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and found that 43 % of students still prefer working in the IT sector. The automobile and automobile ancillary, telecom, energy – oil and gas, infrastructure and real estate and power sectors were the other preferred choices for engineering graduates. However, the choice of IT sector among students recorded a seven percent drop compared to last year.
The survey also tracked the attitudes of students towards companies as prospective employers. Nanotechnology is being perceived as the industry of the future with 12 % voting for it followed by IT services (11%), and power (9%), energy – oil and gas (8%) and telecom (6%). Half of the batch of 2010 plans to move out of their first job in three years or less, with 51% citing higher studies as a reason for leaving.