Lockdown impact on jobseekers: 8 in 10 job-seekers have leveraged lockdown to learn new technologies: Survey

Lockdown impact on jobseekers: 8 in 10 job-seekers have leveraged lockdown to learn new technologies: Survey

BENGALURU: 7 in 10 engineers – representing almost equal numbers of men and women – are currently looking out for a job, finds a survey by IP-driven incubation lab BridgeLabz Solutions.

The company surveyed over 1,500 fresh tech graduates and working professionals during the lockdown, to reveal top issues faced by engineers during the Covid-19 lockdown and how they are coping with them.

The survey finds that finding a job amidst the nationwide lockdown emerged as the top challenge for fresh tech graduates and experienced professionals with a majority of engineers, at 76.89%, presently bearing the brunt of the economic slowdown. It also shows that 24.92% of the working engineers who were planning to switch their jobs are currently stuck as the pandemic has affected the hiring process in organisations across the country.

In addition, the survey reveals that 15.53% of engineering graduates are struggling to stay relevant in the industry with their existing skill set. However, an approximately equal percentage of men and women engineers have unanimously acknowledged the skill gap and are leveraging the lockdown to enhance their knowledge. Comprising 84.48% of the total respondents, engineers and tech graduates are learning new technologies relevant to the jobs they seek.

“Today, fresh tech graduates and experienced professionals are facing the challenges arising out of the demand for newer skill sets in the industry. Viewing the current market situation and the inevitable competition in the near future, it will be only wise to strive to improve the learning curve. However, it is good to see that a majority of candidates are utilising this period to enhance their knowledge and accentuate their portfolios to succeed in the impending competition,” said Narayan Mahadevan, founder, BridgeLabz.

BridgeLabz was set up to bridge the impending skill-gap amongst the existing talent pool of Indian engineers by making them job-ready through experiential learning and focused mentorship. Through its Maker programme, the company hires engineers from top institutes and provides them with hands-on training in industry-specific skills, as per the needs of its various partner companies. In this manner, companies get access to custom-trained engineers based on their talent requirements and engineers are given the security of a job by acquiring product-focused skillsets.

The company plans to increase its reach to a larger number of engineers and grow its partner network to 500 companies across the country.

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