Medak, Aug 28: As the rupee continues to dip, the worst fears of many qualified engineers in Andhra Pradesh have come true. The country is experiencing a terrible economy crisis and amidst this many qualified engineers are unable to land jobs.
Many engineers, who are qualified, have turned to jobs like, working as a salesmen, selling groceries and electronic items, government clerks or nursery school teachers, anything that comes their way to earn a living.
Picture this: 24-year-old Vikram, from Medak district in Andhra Pradesh, who has a degree in Information Technology attends to customers at a provision store. He, was forced to take up this job after he scouted for jobs for nearly two years that ended in a negative result.
There are many like him from his college who didn't find their desired job. "Only 20 of us got into IT, that too as call centre technical support," he says.
With the economy in doldrums, jobs are very hard to come by in Andhra Pradesh, another state known for its then- booming IT industry. The state that boasts of highest engineering colleges in the country, does not prove to be a job seeker's haven as only 15-20 percent of them land with a job.
The remaining of them like Vikram, take what ever comes their way irrespective of the job description or the salary that they are offered,
He is happy as he has landed a government job as stores in- charge and says the number of applications that were received when the Medak ordnance factory had openings was overwhelming. For 90 labour posts, there were some 80,000 applications, he says.