The job market for engineers is getting increasingly competitive. There are many fresh graduates struggling to find job profiles suited to their interests. Hence it’s no surprise that Mahek Fatima, B. Tech. – IT (Batch 2013-17) at Shri Ram Murti Smarak College of Engineering & Technology (SRMS CET), Bareilly is over the moon after being placed with not one but two top recruiters. Saviynt and Certination have both offered her the position of Associate Software Engineer. Now in an enviable position to choose the course of her career, she shares her college’s role in bringing about this exciting opportunity in her professional journey.
Mahek’s preparation for placements began early on as her college focused on offering practical training to students. She is grateful to her faculty members, who used new-age pedagogy to keep things simple. As a result she had a strong technical foundation she could rely on as the placement process began. “For both the companies I had to go through various rounds of selection. I brushed up my technical and aptitude skills and faced every interviewer with a smile.”
Of course Mahek realizes that her two plum placements would not have been possible without the training, development and placement cell working tirelessly to bring top recruiters to the campus. She also talks about the industry interaction sessions and how they helped her gain valuable insights. “To begin with, they taught us how companies work in real life. To be innovative and self-motivated were my personal takeaways from the interaction sessions held quite frequently.”
However, one of the most important stages in the transformation from a student to a professional is the internship program. Mahek agrees that her internship, which was carefully chosen by the TDP cell to match her interests, was a big support in making her an industry-ready professional. “The internship was a huge stepping stone in my growth because I got to apply my skills in a professional environment, assess my interests, and network with professionals. It also worked wonders for my overall personality.”
Mahek attributes her confidence levels to the personality development programs organized by her college to groom students. In fact she was encouraged to participate in a number of extra-curricular activities, which enabled her to shed inhibitions and come into her own. “My communication skills and stage presence have improved considerably because of these efforts. National Conferences, Zest, Techvyom, faculty development programs, and other initiatives taught us to think creatively and independently, which I intend to take forward at work.”