Working in India
The economy in India has recovered relatively quickly from the financial crisis, because of the thriving service industry in the IT sector, but also due to a very strong domestic economy and employment prospects are bouyant. The majority of job vacancies are in the following sectors: automobile, banking, engineering, finance, IT, banking, government, insurance, medical, postal and telecoms.
Job hunting in India
Imperial graduates are likely to benefit from making contact with alumni from India (see key resources below). Although there are many different Indian languages, you can get by in most places with English alone.
Many top global companies with offices in London, including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and KPMG, are expanding in India. Look for any opportunity to develop contacts with such organisations, whether during an internship or at company presentations or events at Imperial. Exposure to international companies will greatly increase your cultural and commercial awareness, which will be highly valued in the Indian commercial sector.
Target organisations by thoroughly researching them. When networking, ask your contacts about the best places to look and who you should target. Be aware that older traditional companies may be more hierarchical than companies that may only have been existing for 5 or 10 years in their structure and culture. Getting in touch with other Imperial alumni can be a great way to get started. Imperial College Alumni Association of India (ICAAI) is organised and active all over India but particularly in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. With India being such a vast country there are regional arms of the ICAAI (see key resources below).
Another starting point in finding jobs in India is the Graduate Prospects country information offers details insights into finding work in India as a graduate with key resources about making applications, business etiquette and more.
CVs and interviews
Traditionally, CVs have been very long, but in recent years the 2 page format has become the preferred format. Advice from graduate recruiters in India is for CVs to describe skills in the context in which they were gained, whether through work experience or extracurricular activities. You may be asked to include a photograph and it is common to have contact information at the end of the CV on the second page.
It is common for applicants to be interviewed several times, with each interview conducted by a more senior member of the organisation. Interviews may seem more unstructured than in the UK with more time being spent on ‘chat’. You should bear in mind that the same principles underline the process and you need to give evidence of the necessary competences to succeed. Formal dress is expected at interviews and you are expected to bring at least three copies of documents, including degree certificates, birth certificate, visa documents, evidence of current or most recent salary and names and contact information for referees.
- Graduate Prospects - country-specific information for graduates seeking work in India
- Graduate Prospects - international jobs - searchable database of jobs outside the UK
- GoingGlobal - international career and employment information (full version via Careers website)
- Imperial Alumni - worldwide membership of over 150,000 Imperial alumni
- www.uwe.ac.uk/india-gradlink - UK/India GradLink, offering jobs boards, employer profiles, graduate case studies and a careers advice section, including advice at sector level