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What is important for an engineering graduate while entering an industry?


Somebody requested me to write on this subject. His question was ‘ Whether knowledge of engineering or marks in an exam are important in industry?’ This is a tricky question as it is having different aspects. Mainly these questions come to an engineering student’s mind when he is struggling with academics or think that whatever I’m learning is having any use or not. This question can be split into the following.

1) Whether marks/percentage/CGPA secured in the exam is important to get a job in the industry?

2) Whether knowledge gained in engineering is having any importance in Industry?

So let us start with first

1) Whether marks/percentage/CGPA secured in the exam is important to get a job in the industry?

Yes. Good marks is an important factor to get a job in an industry. There are various reasons such as the general notion that good academics means a person is capable of a job, segregation of the candidates to reduce time in the selection of candidates.

Today’s generation is called millennials and thought-process of them is a bit different from earlier one. But when you will graduate and go for the interview you will have to face earlier generation sitting in an employer’s position. So obviously this older generation has an impact of academics deeply rooted in their minds. This is a generic situation and there would be an exception to this old thinking. There are people who prefer practical knowledge and hire a candidate even he has poor academics. but the largely conventional academic centric thought process is dominant while selecting freshers for a job in an industry.

You can see many companies coming for campus interviews are asking for good CGPA/marks throughout the academics. they do it for segregation of candidates abut again under influence of academics centric approach. These companies take different tests still they ask for academics. Logically if somebody is fit for a job based on the results of employer-specific tests then why do they need someone’s past academics. Somebody might be poor in academics in his first year of engineering and still can excel in the required exam for selection.

Academics centric selection process is almost everywhere in the industry and you need to face that.

Based on my experience, academics are checked even you have 10-20 years of experience in the industry and those with a good one has added advantage over others if two candidates are at par in professional experience.

Even if you don’t have good academics, practical knowledge can help you succeed in your career. Please go through answer to the next question.

2) Whether knowledge of engineering is having any importance in an industry?

In my earlier blog, I wrote that in most of the job profiles you need 10% of the engineering knowledge. Probably this statement made many guys nervous. But please note that if you want core engineering jobs they are available in the industry. Research and development jobs need 90% -100 % of engineering. I was referring to a general condition in the industry where the % is lower.

Knowledge is important to survive in the industry whether it is used 10% or 90%. If you don’t have good academics but you are good at specific domain knowledge you still can succeed. You might be good at 3D drafting/ Auto CAD/ Fluid Dynamics/ Machine Design etc and still don’t have good marks in Engineering. You may face a problem of acceptance in the industry based on the academics but if you start with small industry and develop yourself then your academics will not be questioned for subsequent jobs because most of the times you are being evaluated on the basis of your experience once you are not fresher in industry.

So yes knowledge has importance in industry and it is very much required to stand out or succeed in your job. You may get a job offer based on your academics but knowledge will help you to survive.

Apart from academics and knowledge, you need to have some key soft skills such as quick learning ability, leading without a title, emotional quotient to excel in whatever you are doing in the industry. Please remember without these skills academics or knowledge has very limited chance to succeed.

Please comment on this blog if you have any specific doubts on this topic.