In a VUCA world, where it is difficult for job seekers to reach top employers directly; it is equally difficult for employers to reach competent talent as most times they get swayed away by factors as educational pedigree, or campus placement commitments. It is more pertinent in the IT industry where time and again employers raise questions about employability of fresh talent.
In such a scenario, it is important to have a platform where fresh talent can be assessed purely on merit basis not by pedigree, and which gives a fair chance for competent freshers to get in touch with recruiters.
Sensing this, TechGig – India’s leading IT learning platform, and brand behind world’s biggest coding competition Code Gladiators – had launched Virtual Campus League (VCL)- a coding contest, exclusively for IT undergraduates. TechGig VCL is a platform to tackle talent assessment and benchmarking concerns, to bring talent and employers directly in touch with each other.
Last year, 32,000 IT college students and freshers registered at the maiden edition of TechGig Virtual Campus League 2017. In the first edition itself, more than 1,200 colleges participated – all in a bid to benchmark their students’ skills and job-readiness, in comparison to their peers. As TechGig Virtual Campus League announced its 2018 season, this competition is expected to become fiercer and tougher.
In its second edition this year – TechGig’s Virtual Campus League 2018 – is bigger, and promises more action. Announcing the launch of this year’s edition, Ramathreya Kishnamurthy, Business Head, TimesJobs and TechGig said, “Our vision with TechGig Virtual Campus League (VCL) is to create a level-playing field for all engineering students and graduates, and offer them a fair chance to showcase their skills. We call it ‘democratisation of the fresher hiring process’. At a time when the IT industry is grappling with scarcity of employable talent, TechGig VCL acts as the perfect platform for industry to find talent, and for graduates to benchmark themselves against the best talent”.
In the first edition 32,000 college students and freshers participated. Of these 1,550+ students belonged from Tier I institutes including prestigious organisations as IITs, NITs, IIITs, BITs, DCE, VIT & NSIT. Last year, the recruiting partners included Delhivery, Amadeus, Bizangels, Times Internet, CoHo, Caratlane, Yatra.com and alike companies.
The participation is open for second, third and fourth year engineering students as well. The entire competition is online and have three skill tests – Score Booster, Chance Booster and Practice. Chance Booster is a unique opportunity to test and showcase essential work-skills like communication, value-structure, personality etc.
VCL offers prizes worth Rs 2 Lakhs, along with numerous internship opportunities with leading IT companies. Participants will also get e-certificates citing their ‘All India Rank’, that will help get students get recognised by prospective employers.