The last two decades have seen the IT industry’s emergence as a major contributor to the economic development of the country, dominating around 12.3% of the global market. The industry employs 7 million + workforce as on date. The current contribution of the IT industry to India’s GDP stands at a glorious 7.7%, granting it a crucial spot in the Indian economy. The digitalization of government and forward policies of the government to utilize IT to bring transparency and speed to decision making as well as enormous convenience to citizens, like “smart cities” is another booster to the creation of IT jobs.
Notwithstanding, the IT industry is going through its own inflection point owing to global headwinds, automation of the more manual IT work and geopolitical developments that have slowed down the rate of immigration of Indian IT professionals to the western world.
Nevertheless, the IT & ITES industry has a net positive job creation and is expected to be so for the next 5 years and can even have acceleration depending on the ability of the industry to reinvent itself. This fluctuation & inflection in the market makes it vital to not only understand the demand trends of the job market but to prepare oneself to be part of this industry.
“Job Readiness for IT and ITES” covers every aspect of this preparedness to help graduates become job ready. The author, Mr. R. Anand (Senior Vice President – HR at HCL Technologies) has not left a single stone unturned and has perfectly designed and written the book in an easy to understand language. He has perfectly utilised his wealth of knowledge and 18 years of industry experience with more than 1 lakh employees operating from 32 countries to craft a perfect book. The authenticity of the book is magnified by the fact that it is loaded with the correct and precise information. The book not just provides information related to the job market and the many facets of the IT and ITES industry but also features 100 case exercises, pre- quiz questions and even a career counselling guide to help graduates make clever career choices and grab better opportunities.
Overall, the book contains 8 chapters and starts with a pre-quiz that will tell the reader, how job ready they are before even they have read the book. The subsequent chapter talks about the demographics of India and the job demand trends, and stresses the need for a more reliable information system to monitor the job-demand and people supply side of the Indian economy – something that has been stressed by our government today.
The 2nd chapter is focused on the individual and explores the question as to why good students may not necessarily be good professionals? What is the transition that students are not able to navigate and why and how is the office different from the classroom? The 3rd chapter focuses on the key competencies that a professional is monitored on and ones which good students fail to develop while studying in college.
Subsequent chapters focus on often neglected aspects of employability and this is a unique feature of the book. For example, there is a chapter about developing our “job literacy”. How to understand any job through a systematic set of questions is the gist of this chapter.
Similarly, there is no systematic method to hunt a job that is taught to us formally. A chapter is devoted to just that critical aspect of job readiness. By the time, one finishes the exercises, one has a job hunting plan ready, suitable for their location, qualification, interest, and opportunities.
Additionally, the author has described in great detail the 3 phases of campus to corporate transition and provided useful information on the right and wrong mindset from pre- joining to orientation, beneficial ways to advance once a role is allocated and the ideal approach after the first assignment is successfully completed.
The contents of the book are as follows:
Chapter 1: The Indian Employment Context
Chapter 2: What Changes From Student Life To Working Life?
Chapter 3: Employability Competencies Explained
Chapter 4: Job Hunting
Chapter 5: Job Literacy: Concepts & Exercises
Chapter 6: The IT/ITES Selection Process & Preparation Tips
Chapter 7: Navigating The 1st Year
Chapter 8: More Employable Citizens: Building The Institutional Framework
Appendix 1: Choosing My Career Wisely
Appendix 2: Relative Strengths & Their Fit
References & Further Reading
Whether you are a student preparing for placement or a recent professional, the book will definitely help you hone your skills. Job Readiness for IT and ITES is a book that all fresh graduates and professionals related to the IT industry should definitely have on their bookshelves.
"This is a great companion for any aspiring student who wishes to make a career in IT and ITES. It is a painstakingly put together compendium of some fantastic insights, pragmatic tip and a host of practice exercises."
- Krish Shankar, Head - Human Resources
"A syllabus and material for employability skills in the IT industry. The many relate-able examples must be both interesting and instructive for student readers. I'm confident such student companions will now be attempted in other sectors as well."
- Sriram Rajagopal, SVP- Human Resources
About the Author
R Anand is the Sr. Vice President- Human Resources at HCL Technologies. He is using his expertise and experience of 18 years in the HR profession to make a difference. He also has leadership HR experience of 11 years. In the past, he has also Headed the Talent Management & OE at Bharti Airtel Limited. In a bid to contribute more to the HR profession, he is also deeply involved as a Member of the Board of National HRD Network and has authored the book: " Job Readiness for IT and ITES." Apart from this, he has worked with the CEO and C-suite to define & deploy HR strategy and distinctive people practices on a global scale. He has expert level proficiency in Leadership & Organizational Effectiveness, Global Compensation & Benefits, Business HR, HR and Social Technology and in building employment readiness. The management approach at HCL Technologies around "Employees First, Customers Second" and “Social HR” have received global acclaim.