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How is the field at present? How are the recruitments going to be?

 There is definitely a slowdown and NASSCOM estimates that the IT industry would grow between 12-14%. They also estimate that this year IT companies would recruit around 130,000 to 150,000 freshers which is 50,000 lesser than previous years.

 The industry is stable and may not have a fast paced growth as before


How long is this recession going to be?


 Technically there is no recession but there is a general slow down. We may have to wait and watch over the next 12-18 months for the general economic factors to improve.


What should be the expectations of a person while entering into the field and later as well?

 There are still plenty of opportunities. However, we need to be aware that growth may not be as fast as it used to be. Pay rise etc., will also be reasonable and in line with most of the other core industries and nothing extraordinary.

 IT jobs are very demanding and work life balance is definitely an issue to be tackled.

 It also expects people to be on a continuous learning mode which may put some pressure on people who are not inclined to such learning.

 It would be good to get into hardcore technology as I find most of the folks tend to move away from technology into management.  The opportunities then become limited.

 It would also be good to get into a vertical and specialize in a particular domain. This together with the right technology is a great advantage over plain business or plain technology.

 It is also important to get domain, technical and process certifications. This is very important for a successful career. Banking certifications, PMP for project management, ITIL for support services, Microsoft certified Professional are some examples of certifications. There is a huge list to select from depending on your interest and where you are employed.


What is the latest trend you see in IT? Any specific areas (development, testing etc.,)/ technologies(JavaEE, cloud etc.,) which are improving very much in scope?


 These technologies – J2EE, .NET, mainframe etc. are staple technologies that will always be in demand since a number of projects that are currently getting executed are in these technologies. Hence there is no harm in learning some of these technologies.

 However, there are other technologies that are emerging – like mobile, big data (Hadoop etc), cloud based development platforms etc., These skills may be in greater demand going forward.

 There are also horizontal technologies like middleware (SOA technologies like TIBCO, MQ), data warehousing tools (Terradata, ETL tools  like Informatica, datastage etc), BPM tools (like Documentum, Filenet, Lombardi, Pega etc.) which gives an opportunity to work closely with the business folks at the client side.

 Enterprise applications like SAP, ORACLE, and Microsoft products specialization are other options that can be pursued.

 Embedded systems, Real Time operating Systems, VLSI design etc. continue to be good growth areas and hence ECE students can focus on these as well.  


How is the scope for core students getting into IT?

 Since the recruitments are likely to be lower and more focused, IT companies may not select other disciplines like Mechanical, Civil etc. It would be better if they are to approach core companies for placements.


Thank you sir, for your valuable inputs. The students will be really benefited from your pearls of wisdom.




Mr. Ganesh Nerur had been with HCL Technologies for over 15 years. His specialization was in the Lending and Mortgage micro vertical in HCL. He had been involved in the implementation of Lending Solutions in US, UK, Asia and Australia.  He had been in recruiting services and has a clear idea about the developments, sustainability etc., in the IT industry. Here are a few answers from Mr. Nerur, which would help the IT aspirants to have a clear perspective of their future.