Bagging a high paying government job in today’s world is perhaps much more difficult than cracking an IIT or a Medical entrance.
Lakhs and lakhs of aspirants for a handful of jobs is the harsh reality, and more often than not the ones left behind have broken resumes with little or no professional experience, and ironically that becomes a roadblocker, leaving them jobless.
Who is thinking about these people?
This blog is for people who are looking for opportunities beyond a government job.
Manideep Pullalachervu, an UPSC aspirant turned his attention from the Civil services to other government exams like SSC, AFCAT, CGL, etc and spent 2 more years preparing only to be disheartened.
After spending years in the pursuit of a government exam, Manideep finally found a successful career in Software Development.
There are many other students who have a similar story – In their pursuit of finding a stable government job, they hop different exams, and before they realize they have already spent 4-5 years of their lives, and are now left with limited options to earn a living.
Before we present the solutions – It’s important to understand – Why do students, and their families chase government jobs so dearly?
Why is a government job so desired that it can get people married in an instant?
Why do students rely on government jobs?
Every year, for an average of 8000 vacancies in SSC CGL, the government receives a total of over 30 lakh applications.
A news report from Bhopal witnessed over 11000 students flocking the capital for merely 15 vacancies for the position of peons, drivers and watchmen. Shockingly most of these candidates were engineers, MBAs, and had other respectable degrees.
For a job that required a bare minimum qualification of a 10th marksheet, there were people with big degrees competing. Now, that should ring an alarm.
Government exams and their vacancies are very unpredictable, and there have been instances where exams haven’t happened for years! But even with that uncertainty it attracts millions of aspirants.
Millions of students spend their most productive years in pursuit of securing government employment with a little to no success ratio.
Let’s look at a few plausible reasons for this:
- Job security
- Work-life balance
- Perceived status in society
- Lack of other suitable career options
Agreed that some students are just passionate about government services having a clear roadmap of what they want to achieve. But a majority of them go that way because they feel they don’t have other options. They’re unwilling to go for higher studies because it’s both time and money consuming.
Our society plays a major role in exaggerating the need for a government job. Especially, in less industrialised states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, it is perceived as the only true sign of success.
In this article, we’ll address that section of students who need to consider factors like age, return on effort, and the probability of success among others in making wise decisions for their careers.
Students who need to open their eyes to other viable, high-growth, and outcome-based sectors.
Rise of Jobs in Tech Industry
We’re living in a world where technology is almost as important as oxygen. From food and grocery to education and medical services, everything is online today. And if we ever felt like we’d seen everything, virtual reality arrived showing us a glimpse of what the world could possibly be like in the next 10-20 years.
Amidst this technological boom, numerous startups have emerged in India covering all walks of life, and many of them have already established themselves in the industry. Many foreign companies are flocking to India as well, readily searching for untapped talent to meet their workforce requirements.
Simply put, we don’t have a scarcity of jobs in India; rather the students have been so locked up in the government job narrative that they don’t feel the need to explore other options.
But a legitimate question will be – How does one pursue a tech career without having the right skill set?
And, don’t these companies demand a computer degree from a reputed college while hiring for a tech job?
That’s where bootcamps come into the picture.
What are Bootcamps?
Bootcamps are short-term, intensive training programs designed to upskill students and prepare them for the industry. In other words, they are skill based institutes aimed at providing job-oriented training and placements in a rather short period of time, mostly ranging from 3-9 months.
Today, a number of such bootcamps have sprung up worldwide in many fields of education such as coding, marketing, analytics, etc.
They act as a bridge between academic education and employment, equipping students with the hard skills as well as other employability skills required by the companies.
Yes, they’re not looking for fancy degrees anymore. College degrees are slowly becoming an old archaic thing for this evolving industry and the demand for practical skills is higher than ever. And because of the industry-centered training provided by the bootcamps, big companies gladly hire personnel from them in good numbers.
Masai School is one such leading bootcamp in India providing multiple courses and enabling students to learn in-demand skills from scratch without them having to pay anything upfront.
We have a huge network of over 700 hiring partners including household names like Swiggy, Ola, Byju’s, Dream11, Meesho, etc to name a few, that hire students from every batch.
Surely, a high profile government job has a different aura attached to it, but investing 4-5 years on one thing and letting other opportunities pass by till you realise you have not many options left isn’t a smart move either.
With that being said, let’s look at these courses with a high-growth scope that you can pursue at zero initial fees and come out with a job offer in hand in just 7 months.
Full Stack Web Development (FSWD)
Undoubtedly, software is the present and the future of the world and thus there’s a perennial demand for web/software developers who can design new websites from scratch and maintain its functionality.
Full stack web development means development of both the Front-end and the Back-end of a web application or a website.
Front-end refers to the client/user side of the website. Everything we see or click on a website is designed by a Front-end developer. They control the design and feel of the website.
Whereas, Back-end refers to the back/server side of the website. It is responsible for how the website works and processes requests from the users.
Now, when we integrate these two skill sets, we get a full stack web developer who can create a complete and functional web application on their own.
Needless to say, it is an excellent career choice for those who want to be ever in demand in the tech ecosystem.
Masai started with the FSWD course and till now over a thousand students have graduated and gone on to work as full time developers with an average salary of 7.5 LPA.
Note : 56% of these students came from a non-technical background having no prior knowledge in software development.
FSWD is a 30 week long course designed in a way that even beginners can learn everything from scratch. It has both full-time and part-time options.
Additionally, there is a part time course for Full stack Android development as well running for the same period.
But the question here is – Are Govt. job aspirants able to transition into software developers?
And the answer to that is a loud YES!
Coding requires mathematical, reasoning and analytical ability and that’s what mostly the aspirants practice everyday for competitive exams.
Case in point, Chandan Gupta who was preparing for SSC admits that his problem solving ability gained by practicing set problems laid a strong foundation for his coding career.
Analytics and Data Science
Companies around the world generate enormous volumes of data everyday in all different forms like log files, transactional data and data from web servers.
Data analytics is the process of examining these raw data sets in order to identify patterns and derive meaningful conclusions.
It helps companies in optimizing their performances, analysing customer trends and thus finding new and better ways of running their businesses.
It involves studying data visualization, data cleaning, machine learning and working on softwares such as MATLAB, Tableau and Excel among others.
Analytics and data science was listed at number one for increasing demand across industries in the World Economic Forum report in 2020.
On the other hand, India has been facing a huge demand-supply gap of data analyst professionals.
Keeping this in mind, Masai School, in association with PrepLeaf, offers a 7 month integrated analytics and data science course with a focus on technical and business skills.
Again, mathematical and analytical skills are vital components in mastering this course, and competitive exams’ candidates have a definite edge here.
Of course, it is a person’s choice what they want to pursue but sometimes lack of exposure leads to people not knowing about the opportunities they can score.
All the above-mentioned programs have a simple admission process starting with an aptitude test.
Now, when it comes to investment, the unique Income Share Agreement (ISA) model ensures that there be no compromise in building one’s career. This model allows students to complete the course with zero upfront investment. Only and only when they get a job worth 5 LPA or more, they start making payments to the institute in the form of a fixed share i.e. 15% of their monthly income for 3 years. In a rare case, if a student doesn’t get placed within 1 year of course completion, they don’t need to pay anything. (Know everything about ISA)
“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet”Bobby Unser
You have the preparation, you just need to find the right opportunity where you can utilize your potential.
And who knows, Masai School might just be the one for you.