In a comprehensive study conducted by Edupull, titled ‘From Campus to Corporate: Mapping the Landscape of Student Employability in India,’ insights into the dynamics of campus placements and student employability have come to light. The research, which involved surveying over 24,000 respondents, both men and women, uncovered intriguing trends and perceptions among students in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities.
The findings reveal that slightly over 52 percent of students in Tier 1 and 2 cities reported that their colleges provide campus placement opportunities. This statistic sheds light on the prevalence of placement programs across educational institutions in these cities.
Interestingly, a significant percentage of respondents expressed confidence in the adequacy of their college’s preparation for the job market, with 66 percent feeling assured about their current level of employability. However, a closer look at the data suggests variations between Tier 1 and Tier 2 city students.
Students from Tier 1 cities, both male (63 percent) and female (61 percent), are more inclined to believe that their colleges equip them for the job market compared to their counterparts in Tier 2 cities, where the corresponding figures stand at 59 percent for males and 57 percent for females.
Despite this confidence in their preparedness, students face challenges in their job search post-college. The study identified Lack of Relevant Job Opportunities as the primary obstacle, cited by 33 percent of respondents. Following closely is the issue of Insufficient Practical Experience, noted by 18 percent of students.
When it comes to campus placements, the research indicates that students prioritize Job Role/Function (25 percent) as the most critical factor. This is followed by the reputation of the company (22 percent) and the salary package offered (20 percent).
Delving into gender-specific challenges, the study brings attention to the difficulties faced by Tier 2 students. While 55 percent of Tier 2 males express challenges in securing opportunities from their colleges, an even higher percentage of Tier 2 females (58 percent) feel the lack of Career Counseling and Job Search Support.
Rohan Rai, Co-Founder of Edupull, emphasizes the profound implications of the identified gender and socioeconomic biases in career counseling and job search support. He notes, “The stark disparity in career counseling and job search support opportunities between Tier 2 female students and their Tier 1 counterparts is a glaring reflection of the deeply entrenched gender and socioeconomic biases that continue to plague our society,” underscoring the need for concerted efforts to address these disparities.