Firstnaukri.com, India’s largest end-to-end campus hiring platform 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 survey revealed that the pandemic has adversely affected the campus-hiring scenario. Amid the panic of unemployment & lay-offs, only one-third of the students confirmed that they have a job offer at hand. Out of these students, 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. 





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. 





Commenting on the survey, Sharad Sindhwani, Business Head, Firstnaukri.com said, “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. 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.” 





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.





Methodology





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/B.Tech degree. Based on this data, we have arrived at insights that we hope will shed light on the current campus placement scenario in India. 





About Firstnaukri.com









Firstnaukri.com is India’s largest end-to-end campus hiring platform from the house of Naukri.com. The brand digitizes and automates campus recruitments for campuses and connects them with potential recruiters looking for fresh talent across courses and across campuses. As of now, the brand has over 8000 associated campuses and has serviced close to 5000+ companies. Firstnaukri organized close to 35,000+ placements last year. 


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