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Top undergrad colleges see great placements

mumbai Updated: Jan 20, 2011 02:49 IST
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City’s undergraduates are already being picked up in campus placements by multinational companies such as Google, JP Morgan and Earnst and Young.

At St Xavier’s College in Dhobi Talao, three students have been shortlisted for offers of Rs10 lakh each. The average salary in most top colleges is Rs3 to Rs5 lakh. Students have bagged exciting profiles such as data analysts and trainee consultants.

“This year the placement offers have been surprisingly good,” said Randolph A Joseph, placement coordinator, St Andrew’s College of Arts, Science and Commerce.

“Over 200 undergraduate students from the departments of mass media, humanities and management have opted for jobs in the hospitality industry,” he added. City’s top five star hotels such as Oberoi and Ramada International have come to their campus. Incidentally, the students have blatantly declined offers from call centers, which was a booming sector at one point in time. “Most of us have already done short stints at call centers and event management firms during the course of our undergraduate programmes,” said Jyoti Shelar, 21, third year mass media student.

Moreover, a few companies have also allowed them to complete their masters, while working on the field through their ‘Graduate executive programme’. “This is a very interesting combination since we get to stay in touch with theory, while gaining some practical experience,” said a student of St Xavier’s College.

The general profile entails the fresh graduates to work as junior analysts and data consultants in the firm’s back offices.

“The first year will be more of an induction programme where we will only be assisting senior officials on data analysis and compilation,” said a third year BA economics student. “Gurgaon, Delhi and Hyderabad are the most preferred postings for the companies who have approached us so far,” he added.

It is perceived that the placements this year have been way better than the earlier years in terms of the profile and overall package. “Most students want to be roped in as managers; but the new trend of induction programmes and executive management options, the students will actually learn on the job,” added Joseph.