Industrial training of college students during their course has a great importance in assimilating holistic knowledge. Immersing students in industrial training serves many purposes and the most predominant one is to give students practical hands-on experience in their chosen fields.
Industrial training takes place in the final or penultimate year before graduation for most technical disciplines. It can be for a period of 3 to 6 months. Most of the major companies have provisions for industrial training and provide valuable experience to students with a real-world application of knowledge.
Mostly, as a “student trainee”, students are not given much responsibility, but are given observatory roles with some basic level tasks. Furthermore, they are free to interact with the whole employee hierarchy getting a close look at how companies function at different levels. Often experienced and senior level employees give valuable guidance to students in terms of work methods and career perspective. In fact, this is better than studying in classrooms as the latter only gives atmosphere to learn theoretical knowledge and perform some basic practical experiments. But in factory installations, one can see what happens in large scale operations using the same knowledge fundamentals. Here, students are exposed to industry standards and all the best practices that are undertaken by each company.
In terms of career guidance, it is a real world experience showing what the entire job would entail. Indian Universities predominantly have an inadequate infrastructure and only a basic level of laboratory facilities. Often students have not seen machines which have been part of their syllabus. Large companies have the capital to purchase and develop sophisticated equipment which is sometimes imported from foreign countries. Getting hands on practical experience on these sophisticated machines is an important experience for every student wanting to further their career in the given field. Furthermore, in India, a large number of engineering and technical colleges have opened throughout the country but they lack adequate infrastructure to show their students practical application of theoretical knowledge. Many universities follow courses which start right from the foundation knowledge for every discipline. Although it is important to develop students right from the foundation level it leaves less room for learning about latest cutting edge technologies.
In the industry however companies are always looking to adopt the latest methods and equipment in order to be more competitive in markets and develop newer more advanced products. It gives a great opportunity to students to see these new advancements first hand and it reinvigorates interest in the chosen field. At some companies, there can also be the chance to see client interaction and how experienced employees discuss key points with clients.
At the time of placement, if a student has undergone training at a reputed technology company it greatly adds to their resume and there is also a chance of placement at the same company if the student has performed exceptionally well during training!
Recommendations letters given by senior company executives are a valuable part of the resume throughout the career. At almost every job interview after graduation students are asked about their industrial training experience and having good clarity of industry, processes makes the chance of getting the desired job much higher.
As mentioned before, students get the chance to interact with employees at different levels, this also broadens the perspective of the students in order to decide which role will suit them best and whether they will be interested in pursuing a higher degree. This is particularly evident when interacting with management level executives who have done a business degree after their graduation.
Similarly, if the student wants to pursue masters in the same discipline and go for a more research-oriented profile that can also be made clear from the time at Industrial Training.
During the past, students usually matriculated into training through references. However, times have changed now. Students can connect with executives, manager or even influences through social media platforms like LinkedIn. In fact, these days it’s enticing to note that some online market platforms like Braingroom, for that matter, gives an opportunity to students to form groups and learn together! How interesting would that be instead of taking individual courses. With group classes you get an opportunity to widen your knowledge and expand your links and outreach! Opportunities are widely distributed these days that all a student needs is the desire to explore more.