I think this what people call a Miracle. The sequence of events which took place still makes me wonder how it happened. So let me rephrase them.
I am a final year Mechanical engineering student, of Anna University, Chennai. Like many of my fellow colleagues, I neither had a excellent GPA or desire to pursue higher studies immediately after under graduation and on the other hand I was really looking to work in an industry and apply the engineering skills I acquired and which will also support my family’s unsteady income.
Unlike other colleges of Tamil Nadu, Anna University is the best in engineering, so we were assured of lot of companies visiting our campus and recruiting far more students than from other colleges. But still the numbers weren’t as great as last year because of recession.
Even of the IT giants such as Infosys, IBM, TCS, Wipro, CTS, Accenture, only Infosys and Accenture came around this year. Sad part is they came at the beginning of the placement season when people were high on confidence and believed that they could land on a core job. So many didn’t take them seriously, and some wise farsighted serious people got placed in them. .
But then as expected the core companies slowly started to come in good numbers, While very few companies took 3 or 4 students, most of the companies stuck with 2. The strength is approximately 250, (Actually it should have been 150 at max, but because of few corrupt officials, over 100 additional students came in, by greasing various palms, typical Indian system 😦 ) ofcourse the eligible and willing people were around say 180 students.
Just imagine, the 2 people per company, it would take life long to get all students placed and never so many companies have visited our campus too.
So the desperate students prepared hard and gave their best shot at each company, but most companies looked at just GPA and either they didn’t even bother to ask technical questions or the questions were away from area of interest. 9 pointers and the 8 pointers were getting placed quickly and 7 pointers faced the heat, and I was among them.
There were few companies which did a fair job by giving equal opportunities I would say, or purposely selected 7 pointers, to be precise, 2 companies L&T and Carborundum Universal Ltd, each selected one seven pointer. And luckily I was one among them.
Carborundum Universal Ltd. is the one which trusted this first graduate 7 pointer. Will give my best to them. When the results were announced, I just couldn’t believe it, After receiving offer letter, called my mom and said her, and went to Lord Ganesha temple, which was at the other end of the campus, and drove back to home.
I believe God always helps us, the only thing he asks is to follow his principles and to love all, If one follows him, he will definitely look after us, though the going may seem difficult. I saw it in my own eyes, after getting rejected by more than 20 companies, I was terribly depressed and feeling low, and the Carborundum came like a breeze and relieved me.
I wish my other friends who are trying hard to get placed soon, I know eventually they will, But I hope they get placed soon, so that they can enjoy the final days of college, without any pressure.