Where are they? Computer science engineering, Information technology, once cited to be the most liked career streams by any graduate, are being abandoned. With civil and other humanity streams offering far better options, students are much likely to opt for them rather to software fields. Latest reports reveal that 33,917 students have selected “CSE and IT”, where as 95,070 students selected “EEE, Mechanical and Civil” as their fields in engineering (2012-2013). What is the difference? Software streams are more easygoing and are well-suited to a life of luxury when compared to its counterparts. High pay and good growth pave the way for a bright future, and not to mention, a unique work and lifestyle. But, trends do change! All of a sudden, it turned upside down. What could be the reason? A dream of a fresher for a fancy job with fancy income is trashed by recession in ‘IT- sector’, vacancies are less, and the one who is employed, could never know when he could be stripped from his chore due to lack of projects, bench pressure messes up with the brain and result is total breakdown of his career. Presently, it’s the annual cost for pursuing engineering which is breaking the backs of middle man, is drawing him towards non-IT streams. Many, who deserve and are skilled for, are losing their opportunity to take up the field which they desire, on top of that reservations are flirting with bright and talented candidates. While other jobs are much more convenient for both management and its employees, software jobs are never nine to six, you may be called in the middle of the night and are assigned to accomplish the task. Night shifts and over time, both official and personal, are pretty common in many “IT- Companies”, which is less healthy. What is the situation? Trend without technology is unimaginable, opportunities though are few, are open for well deserved. Companies like Microsoft and Infosys are acknowledging losses, which accounts to re-engage and rearrange the chart of existing employees for new projects rather than hiring new employees. Though it is a burden, the cost of hiring and training freshers will be nullified. With that being said, freshers of CSE and IT are depending on their communication skills to survive the existing competition and are folding for government and other non- IT jobs, which are not so relevant to their background. What could be expected? If inventions are primary goal and talent is primary objective, spotlight will be on the right person. Until the recession is over, the number of software engineers will still decrease, and recession could only be perished by governments of all the countries. One policy made by government can turn things around, if cost of studies, taxes, cost of daily living can be reduced, things might get back to normal.
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