Compared to last year, the number of campus hires from several arts and science colleges is up this year
Coimbatore: Jobs for engineers may have shown a decrease due to the economic slowdown, however, many arts and science students are getting good job offers.
While placements for engineering students have come down drastically this year, more job opportunities are coming the way of arts and science college students.
Compared to last year, the number of campus hires from several arts and science colleges is up this year. Recruiters say in some areas companies prefer students from arts and science streams over engineering students.
Most of the placements are in sectors like Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO), sales and marketing. There is a growing demand for BCA final year students as software developers, an area that was earlier dominated by engineering graduates.
Several reasons are cited for this new trend. “Retention is one of the biggest problems we face. Engineering graduates have a tendency to leave the firm within a year. BCA graduates and BSc Computer Science graduates at the same time remain in the firm for a few more years,” said K Vignesh, placement Director of Sri Krishna Arts and Science College.
Some firms like Wipro also conduct four year part-time MS programmes for these employees. This makes sure that the recruits stick with the firm.