Recent layoffs and slack recruitment may create the impression that the IT sector is expecting a slump in fortunes, but new opportunities await those willing to diversify their skill-sets, said industry experts.
Software industry body Nasscom, officials of the
Parasnis sees a positive in changing consumer behaviour. As online shopping gains in popularity, B2C (business-to-consumer) firms and e-commerce companies are hiring IT professionals aggressively, he said.
Similarly, firms dealing in
But the gap between industry's changing needs and computer education's tilt toward a particular segment of the IT universe that is fast becoming obsolete, is a cause for concern, said Parasnis.
Computer science students will probably relate to Singh's plight. For instance,
"Job options are limited now as fewer companies are hiring on campus. Employers now prefer walk-in interviews as they can pay much less there. Foreign companies have not visited campuses for hiring this year. Salary offers have halved compared to last year," said Nair.
But Smita Jogdand of Resources and Ladders, an HR consultancy, believes the next quarter will open up new avenues. She, however, doubts if freshers would land well-paying jobs.
Sarad thinks there could well be a link between the current dismal employment scenario and the forthcoming elections. "There has been some downsizing at large corporations, but this is IT... it will recover soon after elections. A stable government and new policies would improve the current scenario."
Pansare says reported
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