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    Almost two-thirds of college grads can't find a job: Survey

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    Most students have switched to online job portals, but 17% are taking the referral route and connecting with their college alumni, it said.

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    Bengaluru: Around 66% of campus graduates do not have a job offer on hand, according to a survey by job portal Naukri.

    And, of the one-third college pass-outs who had received offer letters, close to 44% confirmed that their joining dates have been delayed, while another 9% saw their offers being rolled back, the survey of 1,300 college students showed.

    Most students have switched to online job portals, but 17% are taking the referral route and connecting with their college alumni, it said, adding that some students are also considering freelancing as a viable future career option.

    “The pandemic has hit placement prospects of the 2020 batch across 82% colleges. It has further impacted internship offers of 74% pre-final year students. However, students are not losing morale and going virtual for their learning as well as job interviews,” said Sharad Sindhwani, chief business officer at Firstnaukri.com.

    In fact, most companies are using new-age technology to hire remotely, he added.

    Further, online courses and certifications are the first choice among freshers.

    About 70% of college students have already subscribed to online courses, followed by half of them reading news regularly to stay abreast of developments in their fields. The situation has not impacted higher education plans of 80% surveyed graduates.

    Half of the students found that companies have postponed campus visits while many are resorting to new-age technology solutions for hiring and are conducting video interviews and online assessments.

    11 Comments on this Story

    sanujit roy2 days ago
    majority of college mass produce candidates without skills and knowledge
    sanujit roy10 days ago
    70% of college run like a factory with poor quality faculty without infrastructure mass producing unemployed candidates
    Mugdha Joshi12 days ago
    For one, Govt itself does nothing in creating Govt jobs or jobs in PSUs. It's gross misunderstanding that PSUs are loss makers is to be blamed for this. There are crores of job opportunities waiting to be created across various departments.
    The Economic Times