With the onset of the hiring season in campuses in India, Firstnaukri.com’s survey with more than 115 recruiters reveals that there will be an overall decline in campus hiring in 2014. Out of the total recruiters surveyed, 73% said that the number of students to be hired from campuses will be lower in 2014 as compared to 56% in 2013. As many as 44% recruiters who hire engineers expect a decline in hiring in 2014 as compared to 50% who echoed a similar sentiment in 2013. When we asked recruiters, who hire only MBA students, all of them said that they will visit fewer campuses and will hire lower number of students this year. Commenting on the findings, Deepali Singh, business head, Firstnaukri.com said “The uncertain economic conditions will continue to manifest itself through a weaker demand for students in campus hiring. Most of the companies have adopted a watchful approach towards recruitments and its ramifications will be felt in campus hiring as well. We expect fewer students to get employment from campuses next year.” The survey found that availability of quality talent still remains the lodestone for companies when it comes to selecting colleges for campus hiring with 25% of the recruiters expressing it as a key factor while selecting campuses for placements. And the lack of communication and analytical skills, students’ refusal to join a company after accepting the offer and salary expectations are some of the challenges faced by the recruiters. Also, personal interviews emerged as the most favoured mode of recruiting students with 40% of total recruiters opting for the same.
Digital curation at Robert Gordon University
There is growing recognition, in both the public and private sectors, of the need for more effective digital asset management in terms of the creation, preservation and exploitation of digital data. Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Aberdeen Business School’s new MSc Digital Curation has been launched in recognition of this need to ensure long-term maintenance and preservation of digital assets. The new course, which has been developed by the university’s Department of Information Management, is designed to equip students with the skills and competencies to add value to digital data to ensure it can be stored, accessed, reused and transformed for future research, business and socio-cultural activities. The first intake of this course will be in January.
Stanford Ignite returns to Bangalore in April 2014
On the heels of the successful completion of the