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India’s IT and banking industry giants offer essential tips for graduates

Are you an Indian graduate looking to break into the banking or IT sector back home?

India’s banking and IT landscape is in transition. With booming potential but a lack of skilled workers, industry giants are looking to fill the roles that will fuel their growth. However, according to the New Indian Express (NIE), at least 80-85 per cent of this resource pool requires additional training to make them job-ready and employable.

Many firms, including the IT skills development company HCL TalentCare, have previously stressed the necessity of skills in employability and have actively worked to create programmes that counteract the shortfall. The executive vice president of HCL TalentCare spoke to NIE to share some insight into their programmes and the wider market to help would-be hopefuls.

One of the biggest issues facing graduates, Ravishanka notes, is just knowing what roles (and how many) are out there. One industry report indicated that employment in the IT/ITeS and BFSI sectors will see close to 4 million and 3 million respectively in 2017. Moreover, the banking industry is set to see an increase in demand for entry-level jobs in the next two years, with 40 per cent of those requiring graduates.

Ravishanka also advises that candidates should be eager and enthusiastic in all undertakings and be adaptive towards the role. You may be asked to participate in some banks’ built-in systems, which test candidates on their analytical, quantitative and English language proficiency before they can participate in their programmes.

Training plays a fundamental part in many entry-level roles. This training usually includes skill-based learning as well as breakdowns of critical profiles and roles within the company, such as relationship manager, personal banker, banking operations officer, customer service manager, front desk officer and more.

In the IT sector, you can expect to see roles that encompass training as well as offering advice on progression within application support and maintenance, testing and infrastructure management.

Graduates who are looking to enrol in the aforementioned programmes with HCL TalentCare must take an admission test, which assesses their Jobability Quotient™ (JQ™). This is a unique composite measure developed in-house which is designed to test the candidates’ skills and capabilities that are essential for the role. It covers sections that will question their quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, verbal ability, voice and accent of students.

In terms of qualifications, the majority of programmes offer a range of market-approved certifications. These cover everything from technical, professional and English language skills as well as other essential certifications for both IT and Banking industries. Ravishanka went on to explain that HCL has even teamed up with leading brands, such as Microsoft and Redhat, to provide the highest quality qualifications.

It is an exciting time to be a part of India’s banking and IT sectors and as a UK graduate, you will already be proficient in the English language and be able to demonstrate a good level of logical reasoning, and quantitative aptitude – all things that will help give you the edge back home. There is set to be a tidal wave of opportunity and prosperity, so get ahead, ride the wave and check out our job listings page today.

By David Gee Published: September 16, 2016


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