A recent UK-India career summit, under the GREAT Education Campaign in New Delhi provided a chance to young Indians who have spent lakhs studying in the United Kingdom connect to employers in India and explore lucrative job opportunities. Some young participants, however, felt more companies and bigger names should have been present at the event.
More than 500 graduates from universities in the UK participated in the summit which was, according to Rob Lynes, director, British Council India,“aimed at connecting graduates from the UK to top employers in the industry who are looking to strengthen their talent pool. We want to help our students throughout their journey — right from studying in the UK to creating platforms which provide employment opportunities, either in the UK or in the country of their origin.”
Participating companies included PepsiCo, Apollo Munich, Bharti AXA, Sterlite Technologies and Grofers. Karan Jain, a master’s in international relations from the University of Strathclyde, got to “interact with companies from different sectors under one roof and understood what corporates are looking for from graduates like me. It is a good platform for networking and gauging the job market but I wish there were more bigger names. My experience has been satisfying.”
According to Jain, studying in the UK has prepared him well and provided essential skills required for the job market. “Studying in the UK offered great exposure and international experience. I met people from about 35 to 40 nationalities which was an enriching experience in itself. Moreover, the courses are well planned and organised, which prepares students for opportunities in the globalised world.”
Elaborating on what companies expect from freshers, Saumya Agarwal, AVP, HR, Grofers said, “Grofers has never really been at a career summit before. We met 30 to 40 UK alumni today and are happy with the quality of talent pool. We were looking for profiles across varied roles such as HR, sales, operations and marketing and many students seemed to fit the bill.”
Another recruiter from CEB Global said, “Candidates present at the summit have excellent communication skills and intent to learn. We are looking at students with good problem-solving and analytical skills. We have shortlisted a few candidates who will be going through the screening process and may also be offered jobs. Most students are aware of the industry requirements and willing to work with people from diverse cultures. This is a very essential for freshers in today’s globalised world.”
Similar summits will be organised in Mumbai on January 25, 2016, and Bangalore on February 26, 2016.
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