To become future-ready, it is essential for engineering students to be aware of what the industry demands. Inculcating essential skills along with knowledge of latest technological advancements will come in handy, considering the rising competition in the job market.

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Skills that will be in demand

Problem-solving skills, effective communication, and project experience will earn you grace marks if you are a fresh engineering graduate applying for jobs in 2022. According to the 9th edition of the India Skills Report, ISR 2022, these skills will be in high demand this year and even beyond. Apart from that, according to a LinkedIn survey, demand for blockchain programming will make waves in 2022. It was the most in-demand skill last year, as per the report.
Other high on demand skills, around which engineering students can excel and explore job opportunities are data science, programming, cloud computing, cybersecurity, and Augmented reality (AR) and Virtual reality (VR). In addition to this, many employers are considering candidates who have undergone training under government-led skilling initiatives.

High demand for engineers in startups

It is the age of startups and they are looking for young and dynamic engineers who can think out of the box and work cross-functionally. Most engineering colleges today have an incubation centre, which helps in nurturing and developing entrepreneurship among students. Through incubators, these colleges also give requisite assistance to students to set up a successful startup.
As there is a dearth of job opportunities owing to the pandemic, entrepreneurship has emerged as a pivotal resource.

Sectors with high demand for engineering roles

The digital transformation and innovation in new technologies have led to a dramatic rise in demand for tech talent across all industries. The demand for engineering and BE/B.Tech graduates are increasing year by year due to evolving new technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Internet of Things (IoT) across sectors like IT/ITeS, BFSI (Banking, financial services, and insurance), and pharma. Internet businesses have also mushroomed along with tech-enabled startups, creating a plethora of opportunities for engineering students.
The e-commerce sector has seen a significant boom during the pandemic. Major e-commerce companies like Amazon and Flipkart have been on a hiring spree, considering early-career professionals with one to five years of experience.
Software, hardware, and IT sectors are always open for engineering graduates, although there is fierce competition in this space. However, candidates who want to explore something new can go for e-commerce and startup-based engineering roles.

Upskilling will help in career progression

Due to advancements in technology and new skills emerging at a robust pace, hiring in the future will be done based on skills and not educational qualifications alone. Reskilling and upskilling are imperative in the age of new technologies as any stagnation would render an employee redundant.
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