-Shashwat Kishore, 4th Year, PSCT
Disclaimer: This article is not about Placement Tips, nor does it contain information about the companies that are going to come for recruitments in the next semester, next year, or the next decade.
TnP, or the “Department of Training and Placement.”
It is a temple of dreams, a spectacle of awe for all DTUites across all years. It is a place where our juniors’ aspirations of landing stellar jobs will come true. In my journey through the placement process, I have observed several kinds of people in the huge crowds donned in blue and grey that throng the landing below the Computer Center, and raise a cacophony, only to be quietened by a loud, firm voice. The various kinds of people one will find in this amazing place near the dysfunctional fountain are listed as follows:
- The Exceptionals: There are always a handful of students who are simply the best in everything they do. They might be those with the best coding skills in your batch, having cleared the likes of GSoC or other coding competitions; or they might be people who have a couple of amazing Non-Tech Internships, and an aggregate above 80%. You can find such people in every branch, and the lesser mortals like us can only hope that they get placed as soon as possible, so that we finally get a chance to clear the rounds and get placed!
- The Gurus: The ‘Know-it-All’s who give an impression that they are fully aware of all the workings of each and every company that arrives on campus. They find it difficult to survive without preaching to anyone who happens to be in their vicinity. Caution: Disagreeing with their views might lead to a brutal battle of wits and words.
- The Apti-Wizards: These people are those who clear the Aptitude Rounds in most companies, but find it difficult to clear the subsequent rounds. They block seats in most Non-Tech Companies, and you’ll find them being in the shortlist on the RM (Resume Manager. You’ll know what it is soon.) for nearly every position offered in that profile. Being the envy of their fellow mates, their favourite dialogue is “Place nahi hue to kya hua, CAT/XAT/GRE/GMAT/GATE to hai na!”.
- The Company Screwers: These people are the most annoying of all the eligible candidates. They deliberately apply for and appear in companies even if they do not want to join them. They add to the applicant pool, and waste seats of genuinely interested people by first getting shortlisted, and then messing up their interview, or just by giving tests to “gain experience”. My advice to all “Company Screwers” is to kindly not appear for companies which they have no interest in joining.
- The Placement Co-ordinators: They are central to the placement process. They are the only ones privileged to wear the cool grey formals with black pants, and can generally be spotted with an exhausted expression, a paper in their hand, or a phone to their ear. Sometimes, with all of the mentioned characteristics appearing together. They are the people who manage everything when a company comes to recruit, right from co-ordinating the applicants for an online test, or managing the shortlists, or handling the interviews. The PCs work extremely hard to ensure a smooth and efficient placement process, working tirelessly round the clock, enduring nagging questions and taunts throughout the day, and trying to manage their own careers amidst the back-breaking workload. The PCs truly deserve our respect for the hard-work they put in for all of us.
The General Public: If you do not fit in any of the above mentioned categories, and belong to the General Public, and are probably still unplaced, do NOT fret! The competition in DTU is fierce, and maybe something better is headed your way. As an aunty in my neighbourhood once told me “Baccha! Naseeb se pehle aur kismat se zyada kuch nahi milta”. Worry not, for there are still many companies to come, and you will do well in your life. After all, you are capable enough to study in DTU!
I sincerely hope that TnP continues to be kind to all of you, that all of you get placed in a good position, lead a comfortable life, and continue to do well for your family and the society.