DU placements: Data analysis, flight services tops chart

  • Rozelle Laha, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 06, 2016 17:18 IST
Students with good command of languages and communication skills are preferred during placements. (HT Photo)

Planning to take up a job soon after graduation? You need not worry as recruiters will soon be flocking to Delhi University’s campuses to hire for roles ranging from customer and flight services to data analysis. These incidentally will also be profiles in demand during the placement season.

At DU’s Central Placement Cell, which conducts placement drives for the university, good command of language and communication skills have got priority over domain knowledge of subjects.

“Domestic airlines Vistara and Indigo come to hire cabin crew members, ground and ticketing staff from us. Companies like Wipro, Infosys and HCL hire graduates from any stream for their call centres. E-commerce giant Amazon looks for graduates with language skills in German, Spanish and Italian,” says a DU official.

Some of the jobs offered to DU graduates are also open to non-graduates with work experience. They include diploma holders from open schools and polytechnics, say company sources.

“We hire DU graduates for customer service roles. As part of their jobs, these graduates (we call them recruitment executives) handle inbound calls, send out emails and respond to queries and also counsel job-seekers offline. However, business development roles sometimes require them to interact directly with employers and get them to post job openings on our portal,” says Pallav Sinha, founder and CEO, MeraJob India.

While graduation is the minimum requirement for taking up a business development role, a non-graduate with good communication and computer skills, and over one year of work experience in customer service, can become a recruitment executive. Out of nine DU graduates who joined the company last year, only two joined business development roles, says Sinha.

Another popular recruiter at DU placements, Genpact, hired students from DU for its ITeS and BPO division.

“We require graduates with a commerce background as most roles offered within the company involve providing financial services to clients,” says Nitin Khurana, AVP, recruitment, Genpact. Any graduate or diploma holder from an open school or polytechnic doing a programme which is considered equivalent to graduation is eligible for placement with the company.

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Some companies look for graduates with analytical skills and subject-specific knowledge. For instance, consulting firm Deloitte hired 175 graduates from DU last year in areas such as consulting, enterprise risk, and financial advisory. Dealing with data analysis and data interpretation, these graduates help in preparing reports and insights.

“For roles in audit, finance and tax we look for graduates from the commerce background; for consulting profiles, graduates must have a mathematical bent of mind. Sometimes, we also hire arts students who are clear and articulate when communicating in consulting roles. Over and above these skills, we look for graduates who are full of energy and show commitment and passion in anything they do,” says SV Nathan, senior director and chief talent officer, Deloitte India.

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