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2 2 Learning Objectives By the end of this workshop you will: Gain an overview of the employment market in India Explore different methods of finding job opportunities Identify your personal strengths as a graduate educated in the UK Draw up an action plan

3 What do you think are the growth sectors in India? 3

4 What the Indian embassy in the UK says… Infrastructure industries: - Power = Petroleum, natural gas, coal, nuclear energy - Transport = Railways, shipping, aviation - Communication = Telecommunications Key industries: - Steel - Engineering and machine tools - Electronics - Computer software industry 4

5 What others say… Service Industries - Business process outsourcing, Knowledge process outsourcing, Legal process outsourcing, Financial services. Food Security – Agricultural science and technology. Energy Security – Oil, Natural gas, Nuclear. The Sunrise Sectors – IT & ITeS, Telecommunications, Insurance, Aviation and Retail. 5

6 Delhi The seat of national government and politics (and 2 nd largest city) Prosperous and fast growing economy driven by the services sector, it contributes 79.1% to the state GDP Gurgaon (state of Haryana) offered incentives to foreign investors, which led to a wave of international companies locating their headquarters there Noida (economic zone near Delhi) has attracted multinationals - particularly Business Process Organisations and software companies - its a centre for automotive and manufacturing industries - Film City includes a number of media-based organisations including ZeeTV and CNBC

7 Mumbai Considered the financial capital as it generates 5% of the total GDP, the Bombay Stock Exchange is also the oldest in Asia Mills to Malls – textiles once very important, now economy has diversified to engineering, diamond polishing, healthcare and IT The port and shipping industry is well established Major television and satellite networks, as well as publishing houses are headquartered in Mumbai Bollywood! State and central government employees make up large portion of the workforce Ranked 48th on the Worldwide Centres of Commerce Index 2008.

8 Bangalore Commonly known as the Sillicon Valley of India and the 3 rd most populous city - Bangalore's IT industry is divided into three areas Software Technology Parks of India (STPI); International Tech Park, Bangalore (ITPB); and Electronics City Numerous public sector heavy industries, software companies, aerospace, telecommunications, and defence organisations are located in the city Home to well known colleges and research institutions Approximately half of Indian Biotechnology companies are located here Indias 4 th largest FMCG market

9 9 Recruitment methods in India Advertising online / newspapers (similar to the UK) Campus recruitment = managed by Placement and Training Cells in local institutions. Walk-ins = applicants come in with their cv and are tested and interviewed for roles on the same day. Usually for roles requiring mass recruitment. Employee referrals = can be incentivised and can positively impact on the perception the hr department has of the employee * More importance given to testing and interview stage, rather than at the written application/cv stage


11 11 Brand recognition What can you do to improve this? - Subject or institution rankings (UK & World rankings) - Curriculum details - what you have learnt and at what depth - Outline what international networks your institution belongs to e.g. the Association of Commonwealth Universities - Enclose details of awards won by your institution - Collaboration with Indian branded institutions - Set up an alumni network for your institution - be proactive

12 12 Understanding what employers want Strong academic performance Relevant work experience Professional skills – e.g. CAD and Accountancy packages Good verbal English Attitude to prove yourself and work your way up Loyalty Similar skill sets to UK employers

13 13 Understanding the Indian context TACTICS?

14 14 Barriers and how to overcome them! Perception of 1 year Masters programme Job hopping – fear that you only ever wanted to work in the UK Lack of knowledge of the Indian context Missing the campus recruitment cycle Reverse culture shock TACTICS

15 15 Steps to success 1.What type of work would you like to do? 2.Research which organisations carry out this work (through website, news, etc) 3.Do you know anyone who works for these organisations? 4.Make contact with these people, initially to find out about the company/work (, Indian trade associations, CII) 5.Call all companies that you would be interested in working for and ask if you can visit when you are back in India

16 16 Top Tips from UK Indian graduates … important to start developing networking contacts, lets say 2 months beforehand, in your specific field and which companies you will be particularly interested in because of your experience. Try to phone or email those companies saying that you are coming back and when would be the right time to meet with them… LinkedIn helps. …be ready for the huge culture shock when you come back. Prime importance before one comes back to India is to do some research and home work, you cant just expect to come back and get a job straight away …

17 17 In his shoes…. It is March and Praveen is currently studying an MSc in Telecommunications at a UK university, he will graduate in September. He has applied for several graduate positions in the UK but has been unsuccessful so far and has decided to return to India. He has been working in Carphone Warehouse to earn some extra money whilst studying, he is involved in a student society and regularly plays cricket for the academic department. What plan of actions would you recommend to him?

18 18 The Next Steps Set some goals and make sure they are SMART Specific – outline exactly what you want to achieve Measurable – how will you know when you have achieved your goal? Achievable – set small goals that take you step by step to your larger goal Resourced – what do you need to achieve the goal? Time bound – set yourself a target date

19 19 Some extra resources 20.pdf

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