Acting as a bridge between job seekers and recruiters, the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) organised a first-of-its-kind job fair at the university last week.
About 20,000 students thronged the university sports complex where about 50 companies representing sectors such as IT, banking, management, finance and BPOs turned up to absorb fresh talent. They included Genpact, Serco, Aegis, Secure Meters Limited, Convergys, Bajaj Capital, Axis Capital, Techlive Connect, Bharti Axa, Policy Bazar, Max Bupa, NIIT Limited and many more.
Organising the job fair was a herculean task but it was the students’ union that put together a lot of effort over several months to make it possible. About 40 DUSU members started doing the groundwork for the fair a few months ago. “We observed that the number of placements at the university’s Central Placement Cell were not too many. We contacted them and they supported us. We visited the colleges to take their feedback. We also spoke to the dean students’ welfare and got their support. While inviting the companies, we identified five companies from each sector,” says Arun Hooda, DUSU president.
Another reason was to give the students an idea about what they can expect in a job interview and how to prepare for it. “We tried to reach out to as many students as possible through posters, hoardings, newspaper ads, Facebook, emails and messages. We even wrote to the colleges to put up notices on their premises and on their websites. About 700 students were placed over two days with the salary packages ranging from Rs. 1.6 lakh to Rs. 6 lakh per annum,” he says.
How I got it
A commerce graduate from Ramjas College in 2011
Salary offered: Rs. 4.2 lakh
Recruiter: Secure Meters Ltd
‘The job fair came as a blessing’
It was a great opportunity for us as we got to learn and gain so much. The job fair came as a blessing and it was a unique opportunity for us. We were guided by the senior students and counsellors on preparing for the interview, told what to expect and how to conduct ourselves, write our CVs and dress up right etc. These tips helped me a lot. During the interview I was asked to talk about my strengths, weaknesses and work experience. I was given a situation and was asked how I would manage in that situation. I also got feedback from the companies on how to improve myself that will help me in the long run. I will be joining the operations and administration department in my new role and I am excited about joining there next month.
Senior manager (recruitments), Convergys
Convergys, one of the major recruiters at the fair, was also happy to participate. “It was a brilliant platform to reach out to potential candidates. It was a first such initiative at Delhi University, which is a major university. Our intent was to hire freshers for entry-level positions for roles such in areas such as customer care and technical support. We were looking for candidates with good communication skills, with a customer-centric orientation and those with a willingness to operate in the ITeS sector. The idea was to give a message to students that there are good serious career options in the BPO and ITeS sectors.
We issued more than 120 letters of intent at the fair. The salary range that we offered was from Rs. 14,000 to Rs. 20,000 for various job positions across different areas.