IT jobs are the most prestigious and sought after jobs in
India. Young men and women vie for an IT job abroad, at whatever
cost. Hundreds of thousands are spent on IT education. Lakhs of applications are posted every
day. Thousands of consultants crop up every day only to disappear after a few
during which time the real hardships of the IT industry become known to the aspiring consultant,
who finds out that all is not as rosy as it seemed. Thousands jump into the IT industry from
unrelated professions and disciplines like commerce, marketing and even textile engineering. The lure of
money, of dollars, is irresistible. No matter how difficult C or C++ or Java may seem to
an aspiring job
seeker, he is willing to take the risk by putting in extra effort through night
tuition and live projects.
When a student enrols into NIIT or any institution for a computer course, the goal is
set. Ahoy, USA! And so promising seems an IT career
that it appears to be only a matter of a few thousands, as initial investment for the
parents, with assured dividends in multiples of the investment within a matter of two or three
years. Loans become a byword for parents and financial institutions
have a field day lending out money with great zeal. But no one
had anticipated the calamity that has befallen the great country of
All of a sudden NIIT, which promised a whopping 2 million jobs every
year, began advertising in terms of a few thousand likely IT related
jobs. Thousands of IT professionals were left with their jaws hanging open when they woke up, one fine
morning, to read on the front page, that thousands were being thrown out of their jobs in USA and H1-B's were being issued with lots of caution and although government figures maintained that over 100,000 new H1-B visas would be issued and Mr. Bill Clinton had opened the IT doors of USA forever for Indian IT
professionals, the joy was gone for the Indian job seeker. For,
now, reality had imposed itself over statistics.
And on the professional front, every professional who had got an INS number and was waiting for his or her H1-B
visa, is suddenly faced with the prospect of having to look for a job all over again but this time in a different, geographical location of the
globe. Frantic calls were made to different embassies to find out about which country was offering jobs and what were the
prospects. Germany, Japan and UK were targeted with Australia and Singapore thrown in as additional
backups, just in case! Rumours and friendly gatherings increased and word was now almost in every household about the prospects of the IT
industry. Such has been the impact of the economic recession in USA in
Unable to express their concern over their career prospects due to the economic recession in USA, students and fresh professionals have begun to question Java as a language and whether C# would become a potential rival and eliminator of Java! NIIT now sings a new jargon - ahoy USA with C#, the only language worth your while or my
while, for that matter! So, everything now depends for the Indian IT job
seeker, on the success of the .NET platform of Microsoft coz NIIT says so! And so
parents, now, want their child to do C# as only "C# is the language of the future and USA is all agog with C#
only". "Look at what NIIT says, we want our child to do well in life which is why we want our child to join
But what of the professionals who had been waiting for a H-1B
visa? Look into the German embassy or the Japanese cultural
centres. They are busy, with their heads down, poring over Japanese
textbooks, as they have found out that spoken knowledge of the native language will definitely get them a job in Japan! Delirium,
almost, but naturally, in a naturally, illogical country!
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