Campus hiring hit across 82 percent colleges in India due to Covid19 Survey

It is no secret that the pandemic has affected all kinds of hiring and campus hiring has taken a hit as well. Firstnaukri.com, one of India’s largest end-to-end campus hiring platforms from the house of Naukri.com, conducted a survey with over 1,300 students across campuses in India.

The survey was rolled out to understand their sentiments about placements and internships amidst the current crisis.

“The pandemic has hit placement prospects of the 2020 batch across 82% colleges. It has further impacted internship offers of 74% pre-final year students,” said Sharad Sindhwani, Business Head, Firstnaukri.com.

“However, students are not losing their morale and going virtual for their learning as well as job interviews. In fact, most companies are also using new age technology solutions to hire remotely,” he added.

How was the survey on campus hiring in the pandemic carried out?

The Covid-19 jobseeker study was done to gauge the impact of ongoing pandemic on fresher placements in India.

The survey was carried out with the college students of all batches (2020 to 2023) across several courses.

The results are based on over 1300+ responses out of which 80% are responses from students pursuing BE/BTech degree. Based on this data, we have arrived at insights that we hope will shed light on the current campus placement scenario in India.

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Highlights from the survey

  • Amid the panic of unemployment and lay-offs, only one-third of the students confirmed that they have a job offer at hand.
  • Out of those who have job offers, close to 44% reported that their joining dates have been delayed while another 9% confirmed that their offers have been rolled back.
  • Close to 33% said that the employers are not responding to them on the status of their job offers.
  • Now, a majority of students are fast switching to online job portals to hunt for a job while another 17% are taking the referral route and connecting with their college alumni.

Online assessments and remote interview

As per the survey, the companies are postponing campus drives and resorting to new age technology solutions, including virtual interviews and online assessments to recruit candidates from various campuses.

It will be imperative for students to start preparing for remote interviews as the new way of being hired.

Skilling up and higher education

In these tough times, online courses and certifications are the first choices amongst freshers to bridge any skill /knowledge gap — 70% of college students have already subscribed to online courses.

Interestingly, the current pandemic has not impacted the higher education plans of 80% surveyed graduates. A large majority of students are also considering freelancing as a viable future career option.

Courtesy: India Today

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