I have always thought about this topic seriously and let me tell you, I still haven’t found one single answer to the contradictions this question brings to me. Couldn’t find an answer which is acceptable to my inner self completely. Sometimes I feel I am fortunate that I don’t have to face this question for myself and I only have to give in hard thoughts only when some candidate come to me having this confusion in his or her mind. I really have to scratch my head to the roots of my hair then.
Why should a person who has completed his/her engineering BE BTECH, join a BPO? When I confront this question, no matter who raises I find the answer to be a simple one. “A person who has completed his/her engineering should not join BPOs; it’s a time waste and probably can spoil the entire career”. But when I try to convince myself putting a little more thought, I find myself facing another question, why a person shouldn’t join BPOs just because that person has done an Engineering course?
The question says answer me… And I have to think more logically, putting even more brain. It’s a tough situation, and seriously I wouldn’t like to answer this question here… may be somewhere down in article.
I am still standing right in the middle, cannot go ahead and choose one.
So up till this point of conversation with a candidate who has completed Engineering, I answer nothing. Till this point I am neutral. For now, I leave the question untouched. I would rather wait and listen to the person.
In order to answer I should be asking few questions to the person and for those who are reading this blog should be asking and answering the same to them… It wouldn’t be harmful to put little more concentration.
My first question usually is…
Would it bother you if you don’t work as an engineer and rather as a call center executive?
The answer to this question is very deep. In fact it takes the person 4 year back in time, and makes him/her remember if he/she actually wanted to be an Engineer or it was only the family or peer pressure which made him/her do that. This is just a starter and I usually don’t even pause after asking this question. Purpose of this question is to make the other person think, why did he/she opt for Engineering?
The next question rather a string of questions which I ask is what percentage have you got? Was there a campus placement session on your campus? How well you performed in it? With which stream did you complete your BTECH?
Answers to above questions are really important, if a person was left behind in campus just by few points/marks then he/she should try and invest sometime in preparation and can work in BPOs for an year or so with his/her preparations.
If campus didn’t took place then I would advise for joining BPOs keeping BPOs secondary to the main job search.
If a person has not completed BTECH or BE in computer science or IT than it’s tricky to get a job that easily (only comparatively) because I have seen chemical engineers, automobile engineer and other engineers being hired by IT companies mainly. Where they do nothing related to field they studied for 4 years (at least not the core of the subjects) and if they haven’t got placement through campus then it would be tougher for them (relatively). Such people can join BPO with a target of preparation in mind, government jobs, MBA CAT, or some 1 year course in IT along a BPO job.
I guess now I should sum up the article, I don’t think I shall be able to mention all Questions and Answers one faces on this topic and moreover summing up this article would itself take more than a few lines.
You would notice that almost in answers to all questions one face, I have concluded that they can join BPO, am I biased here? No certainly I am not. I have suggested ways in which you should plan your job with your preparations. What you should keep in mind! Also this article is only for those who are actually looking to work after Engineering and not to all Engineering graduates who haven’t got a Campus/Engineering job. If your situation is such that you have to work while looking for proper option or you think earning your own money would help you gain confidence then only go for option called BPO.
This is important even to candidates who are not preparing, but looking to join BPOs for time being.
One last thing, When one is planning his/her preparation with a BPO job or any job, that means BPO is not the first priority, in short he/she wouldn’t be inclined to make a career out of BPO. In such situation you should also decide upon a time frame by which you wouldn’t consider BPO as a priority and continue with your preparations. Otherwise if you end up spending 3 years in BPOs with BPOs still not priority, you would end up nowhere, neither as an engineer nor as a person who has a good career in BPO. Such people have to work in BPOs with no inclination towards job. STUCK!! Only hopping from place to other, Lost!! and such people make BPOs unpopular.
With preparations one should spend at-most an year in BPOs, if that time is finished one should reconsider having BPOs as main career or leaving BPOs completely.
One year in BPOs would not hamper your career in long run, it will only prepare you for the professional environment. Keep your focus on your goal; be clear about your priority and you should see it through.
Here I would like to extend my best wishes to people who are sailing in the same boat & facing the same question.
I hope this article prove out to be helpful.