Crafting their own future
It's a common conviction that the Universities in Sri Lanka do not
interact sufficiently with the governing bodies to bring forth faster
development avenues. It has also been criticized that there are some
useless degrees that have no value to the country or to the
undergraduates who follow it.
Whatever the case maybe regarding local Universities or degrees, a
group of young students have taken up the challenge, to co-create their
own destiny, in an unconventional way; rather than going in search of
companies, they bring the companies to them.
This is not the first time that the Rotaract Club of the University
of Moratuwa (in collaboration with the Career Guidance Unit) is
orchestrating a Careers Day. Nor is it the first time that they've asked
a huge array of companies to showcase what they've got to offer. But as
Thilina, the president of the Rotaract Club points out "This time we are
going to do it grand-scale. Rather than the companies coming and
recruiting the way they want, we've arranged company presentations so
the students get to have their own option."
In fact, recruiting undergraduates at the mock interview sessions,
which are only meant to show the students how to face an actual
interview, has been a tradition at the "Are You Ready?" careers day.
Prestigious Companies like MIT, DIMO, and Orient Electricals have not
only pledged that they would help the graduates but have also backed
this years "Are you Ready" project financially.
As Amila - the project coordinator for the Rotaract Cub - points out
this will also solve another major issue with the technical graduates of
"Many graduates having a broad knowledge of the available options in
the country think that there are no engineering opportunities in the
country," says Amila. "This might even lead them to immigration. So by
letting our friends see the available opportunities, they'll be able to
see what's really out there and what can be achieved if pursued."
On the other hand many prospective employers still do not have
sufficient and accurate information on the undergraduate profiles, and
the spectrum of undergraduates of different specialisations produced by
the University of Moratuwa. The lack of understanding about the
specialized skills may lead to employing the wrong personnel.
Overcoming this is a national need as well as an immediate necessity
for the students and the corporate sector. Quite an example set by the
Rotaract Club, Univerisity of Moratuwa.