Using technology to educate and train university students to make them industry-ready

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With technology playing such a big role in our work and personal life, it is only fitting we use technology to train students so that they are equipped to face real world problems. Students need to be trained specifically with respect to skills like Critical Thinking, Organization, and Management. These are just some of the overarching avenues that are not taught typically in universities very well. Hence, it is even more important that universities move with the times, and use technology itself to solve issues.

Especially in the software industry, there is often a disconnect between the theory and coding that is done in university versus the real coding in companies. The deadlines are something that can put pressure on an individual when directly dealing with clients. Once you are in the tech space, you will probably be dealing with software by Oracle, and other companies. Software programs like SQL and PeopleSoft, for instance, were dominant. You might bump into other tech in the IT asset management industry too.

It is better for companies to transfer some of their easy workload to university students as projects. This will provide clarity for the company involved, and the students too. If students are introduced to the taste of what company life would be like, it will be a positive step ahead towards motivating future employees. This will also help the students decide on the field that suits their interest, and would like to pursue in the long term. Often you see that companies have a 6-month training phase before they are hired as permanent employees. A great way would be to integrate those 6 months into university life gradually.

For instance, IT students need to be initiated to various new technologies. Universities need to keep themselves updated with the latest version of software, so they are able to train students with the best software infrastructure available. This means that every university has a heterogeneous IT environment with a myriad of on-premise applications and a large number of subscription licenses for different software.  It is commonplace to see universities having Windows 7 systems running a 2005 visual basic software for coding compilation. Software asset management can help universities manage software assets, eliminate unused software license costs and manage software compliance much better. Companies like 1E have products that can help universities with their software asset management.

Getting students to think on their feet is extremely important for innovation as well as troubleshooting. This is one element the lack of which is leaving thousands of students unemployable. The problem extends from developed to developing countries, and across all engineering fields too. Communication has been identified as a potential source to counter it efficiently. However, it is quite clear that in the recent times the need to train employees, especially in the tech sector, has been overestimated. Most employees are able to understand, and communicate critical information clearly. Hence, the emphasis should lie more towards a global program where generic, and standard practices are outlined and integrated into everyday learning at the university level.

With rapid advancements in technology, the smart way ahead is to capitalize on this boon while training university students to make them industry-ready.


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