We have seen many graduate engineers move to cities like Bangalore, Chennai, and Hyderabad for career opportunities immediately after finishing their graduation. They move because they do not have job opportunities waiting for them once they graduate. They do not have job opportunities in rural and semi-urban areas. So, if they can afford it, the only way to find work is to relocate to cities.
Training Costs in Cities
When you reach Hyderabad, you have three choices for your food and accommodation:
- You have a close relative who can offer you accommodation and food.
- You have a friend or group of friends who are already working and have decent accommodation to share with you, or
- You need to pay and stay in paying guest accommodation.
Job Trials in Cities
And for getting the job, you have some choices too.
- You have a good friend or reference who can pass your resume to multiple companies and get you an invitation to attend the interview, NOT THE JOB.
- You keep checking to see if there are any open positions in the area so that you can either test your talent or your luck.
- Join the training institute and wait for the next drive or interview.
City Challenges for New Graduates
When compared to a college student, there are a few differences that we often overlook.
- In college, you have a lot of space for reading and concentrating. But we might have misused it. In cities, paying guest (PG) accommodations will not have any space for reading and concentrating, but you keep paying money month after month.
A typical paying guest accommodation may cost anywhere between Rs 5000 to Rs 7000 per month. If you pay more, you may get good accommodations, but you may not have a learning environment. A learning environment is something where everyone is trying to learn something and also has facilities if you are stuck.
- In colleges, you have a smaller number of candidates competing with you for jobs in the campus drives. But once you are in cities, too many people are competing for the same jobs. You may not realize this when you are in college. However, the reality is that there is far too much competition.
- The institute that you have joined might be at a distance, and you face the challenge of spending your time, money, and energy on city travel, which indirectly impacts your stress levels. You could pay Rs. 10,000 or Rs. 15,000 per course over the course of two to three months. And the class may be for 1 hour or 2 hours, but the time and money you spend on travel will be the same.
- The training institute is a mass facility because it is in a city and is also narrowly focused on finishing the course on time. And a company trainer may be able to explain things more clearly than your professor. But you will realize that listening to that training and preparing for the exams may not improve your chances of getting a job.
- Most of the candidates have spent four years in engineering college. Thinking that spending 2 to 3 hours per day, three times a week, in training institutes will improve your chances of getting a job is a childish notion.
From my experience recruiting and working with many fresh graduates as a software professional and as an entrepreneur, becoming job-ready is a full-time exercise. You need to spend at least six months to a year with complete concentration on acquiring job-ready skills. During this full-time effort, you should focus on hard engineering and programming skills rather than interviewing skills.
Learning is not training
When a new lyric or song enters the entertainment field, you have a tendency to learn that lyric if you are interested in singing. But when you are trying to catch it and practice it, you tend to do that in a bathroom or where no one is watching you.
Why do people practice in a secluded place when they are learning anything new?
But once you practice enough, you want to come out and demonstrate it.
So for learning skills, you need an environment where no one is watching you. It is preferable that no known person is watching you when you are learning. When you are away from known people, you can concentrate for longer periods of time.
You must interact and work with people who are also looking for work, not with those who already have one.
Yanam for learning and job readiness
That is what Yanam is meant for—concentrating more and facilitating an environment where a person’s capabilities can be explored and sharpened by intense concentration and practice.