5 'E's that Indian Engineers will need by 2020
An insight into the skillsets an Indian engineer needs to have to be a part of the new-age workforce
The 2020 Indian Engineer will look dramatically different from his predecessor of even 10 years ago. It’s safe to say that no other decade could have possibly had the level of disruption and dynamic shifts that we’ve just witnessed. Various factors such as the advent of the 4G revolution, growing borderless economies and a billion new voices coming online can be attributed to this. While the ecosystem, products and services are evolving at a rapid pace, Indian engineers, while coveted, still struggle to access global opportunities at scale. So, what are the skillsets that Indian engineers need to keep in mind to be part of the future workforce? With insights from more than 30,000+ engineers and partnering with some of the best technology companies across the world here’s what it looks like:
Emphasis on Soft Skills
While the Indian education system focuses on academic learning, most institutions do not focus on teaching soft skills. From speaking up in public forums to interacting with members across teams and demography, these become key for engineers to become productive assets for their teams.
Experience on Live Projects
This is one of the most crucial elements that engineers need to integrate. Going beyond pure-play academic learning and building on live applications that solve problems is key for honing skills.
Exposure on Working with Dynamic Teams
Remote workforces are slowly becoming a popular way for companies to scale. Remote working and working with cross-functional teams across the company has become important skills for engineers to be adept in. From using tech tools to working with other teams across verticals on regular projects is a great way to integrate learnings.
Education Beyond Curriculum
More often than not, engineers restrict their learning patterns to their own core areas of expertise and immediate area of work. The new-age workforce is adept in working across functions and it’s important for engineers to adapt to that. Engineering is an ever-evolving field from learning node stack and full-stack development today to a different set of skills tomorrows, constant learning is the key.
Engagement with communities
Communities have become a vital asset for almost all fast-growing businesses. Community engagement can play an important role as it enables constant learning and building a strong network that could come in handy across their careers. It enables them to contribute, share and access knowledge which is key for engineers.
Ayush Jaiswal is the Co-Founder and Joint CEO of Pesto Tech, an intensive training programme dedicated to upskilling India's five million software engineers and giving them access to borderless job opportunities. Growing up, Ayush was fascinated by the potential of tech to change lives and build a better world. He taught himself graphic design, learnt how to code and build websites, and eventually secured admittance to an engineering college in Delhi, where he founded his first startup.
Eventually, he decided to fully commit to his entrepreneurial dream and dropped out of college. Ayush spent the next couple of years living the life of a digital nomad, founding a series of startups and living out of a co-working space. Ayush is currently based out of New Delhi, where he oversees Pesto's India operations. He is also a Kairos Fellow, and serves as an advisor for Startup Grind India.