Are you going to graduate in 2022? Are you looking for future employment opportunities? What if we told you, you can start looking now? Yes, you heard that right! You can begin looking for jobs even before you graduate. Firstly, you can do so by registering for campus placement drives conducted by your university itself. And, yet another way to look for future career opportunities is by registering for off-campus drives. In this article, however, we will be talking about off campus drives. So, read on to find out everything you should know about the 2022 batch off campus drive. But, before we delve into the off-campus drives, let us take a quick look at the future employment opportunities and hiring trends in India.

Employment Opportunities in India

Let us begin by understanding the employment opportunities available in India in 2022. According to a report published by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, it has been anticipated that the hiring environment in 2022, will see increasing job creation in the areas of the internet and technology. This means securing employment opportunities in 2022 will require one to have radical and dynamic skill sets. The report also stated that about 37% of graduates would be employed in new job roles.  Additionally, it has been predicted that over 10% of graduates would also be employed in job profiles that do not exist as of now. This means not only are there emerging employment opportunities in 2022 but there will also be the creation of new employment opportunities. With the creation of new jobs, employment opportunities in the manufacturing and service sector are expected to increase from 38 million to over 48-50 million in 2022.

Now that you are now familiar with the available employment opportunities, let us also take a look at the anticipated hiring trends in 2022. 

Hiring Trends in India 

The Covid-19 pandemic in 2021, brought in a drastic change in the hiring trends. As opposed to traditional hiring methods, the hiring processes and interviews were being organised virtually. This proved to save time and additional expenditure that the recruiters would have spent if the hiring process took place traditionally. Additionally, recruiters were not restricted by a location as candidates were being hired remotely. These factors will heavily influence hiring processes in 2022. Companies and organisations will adopt hiring processes that will combine virtual and physical recruiting. 

Experts have predicted an 11% growth in the hiring processes in India. The IT sector will spearhead this growth by employing over 61% of the workforce. This will be followed by the financial services sector that will employ over 41% of the workforce. Finally, BPOs will proceed to employ 47%  of the workforce. Yet another prediction based on the hiring trends in 2020-2021 is that the most preferred job profile will be the sales and marketing positions. As mentioned above, 2022 will witness an increase in job creation in the field of information and technology. Some of the popular job profiles that are emerging are Digital Analysts, Artificial Intelligence(AI) Specialists, Data Analysts, Software Analysts, Software Developers, and Digital Transformational Specialists.

Now that you are aware of the employment opportunities and hiring trends in India, let us take a look at what an off-campus drive is and some various companies that will be conducting off-campus drives that you can apply to.

What is an Off Campus Drive?

As you might be aware, most universities conduct campus placement drives intending to get each batch of fresh graduates employed. These placement drives are conducted within the university’s campuses and are organised by the university. The university representatives act as mediators between the recruiters and the graduates. 

Unlike campus placement drives, off-campus drives are organised by the recruiters or the company themselves to recruit freshers right out of university. In an off-campus drive, graduates directly engage with the company representatives and recruiters. Off-campus drives can be conducted virtually or in certain university campuses, however, no university representatives are involved in the hiring process. Now, let us take a look at some companies that are organizing the 2022 batch off campus drive. 

Off-Campus Drives 

We have so far understood the anticipated hiring trends and available employment opportunities in 2022. We will now look at a couple of companies that organize off-campus drives for fresh graduates. Some of the companies we will have a look at include TCS, Infosys, L and T, HCL, and Accenture. Before we dive into the off-campus drives conducted by select companies, let us take a look at the registration process for the same. 

Off-Campus Drive: Registration Process 

The registration process for off-campus drives is rather simple. As mentioned before, off-campus drives eliminate the presence of a mediator, that is the universities or academic institutions. Hence, the registration for these drives can be directly done on the company’s official website that is hosting the off-campus drive. If you follow the host company on a social media website such as LinkedIn, you can also choose to register for the same on their LinkedIn page. 

Before you begin your registration process, here are some documents you must possess to be eligible for the selection process. The documents required are as follows: 

  • Academic Records: You must have your Xth and XIIth grade mark sheets and all relevant academic certificates. 
  • University Certificates: You must have your transcripts from your undergraduate degree and your postgraduate degree if you have pursued one. 
  • Internship: If you have pursued an internship during your bachelors or masters, you must have an internship certificate indicating where you have interned, the duration of the internship, and which department you interned in. 
  • Work Experience: If you have gained work experience during your masters or bachelors, you need to have all the documents indicating the same. To begin with, you will need a release letter from the company that should state your date of joining and the date of release. You will also require an experience letter that indicates your designation and responsibilities taken up during your tenure at the company or organisation. 
  • Extracurriculars: If you have volunteered at an NGO or have participated in seminars, you must have certificates indicating your participation. If you have managed to create a significant impact with various extracurriculars you have pursued, it is worth mentioning on your resume. 
  • Resume: You must have an updated resume with details on where you have studied, academic performance, work experience if any, extracurriculars, academic achievements, and skills you have gained.  

Now that you are aware of the documents you require, let us move on to 2022 batch off-campus drives conducted by various companies. 

2022 Batch Off-Campus Drives by Companies 

The 2022 batch off-campus drives conducted by select companies are as follows:

Off-Campus Drive: TCS

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) conducts campus placement drives and off-campus drives each year to employ fresh graduates. TCS has announced its 2022 off-campus drive, Ninja Hiring – Year of Passing 2022, for graduates passing out from the 2022 batch. The dates and venue are yet to be declared by TCS but you can register for the same. The eligibility criteria for the TCS off-campus drive in 2022 are as follows: 

  • You need to have passed out in 2022. 
  • You need to have an aggregate of 60% or more in your undergraduate degree. 
  • You need to have cleared all your previous backlogs. 
  • You need to have a minimum of two years of work experience. 
  • You should be between the age of 18 to 28 years to be able to participate in the drive. 

The TCS recruitment process consists of two stages — an aptitude test and a personal interview. The aptitude test is conducted for all those who registered for the drive on the same day. Dates for the same will be announced later. If you perform well on the test, you qualify for the interview round. The personal interview round is when you interact with TCS recruiters and representatives. If you proceed to do well in the interview round, you will be offered a job at TCS. So, if you are interested in applying for the off-campus drive, you can head over to the official TCS website to register for the same. 

Off-Campus Drive: Infosys

Infosys is one of the top IT companies in India and they conduct campus placements and off-campus drives. The Infosys 2021 to 2022 off-campus drive is currently being conducted remotely. The objective of the drive is to employ students who have passed out from the 2021 and 2022 batches. The eligibility criteria for the Infosys off-campus drive is as follows: 

  • You must have graduated from the batch of 2021 to 2022. 
  • You must have an aggregate of 60% or more in your graduate or postgraduate degree. 
  • You must have completed your graduate or postgraduate degree from a recognised institution. 
  • You must possess excellent communication and  interpersonal skills.
  • You must have a minimum of two years of work experience.    

The Infosys recruitment process consists of three rounds — an online aptitude test, a technical interview, and an HR interview. If you perform well in the online aptitude test, you qualify for the technical interview. The technical interview will require you to interact with the recruiters and representatives at Infosys. If you perform well in the technical interview, you will be offered a job. The HR interview round serves as a formality once you have received the job offer. If you are interested in registering for the 2022 Infosys off-campus drive, you can register for the same on the official Infosys website. 

Off-Campus Drive: L and T

Larsen and Toubro Private Limited is one of the most prestigious companies in India. It has been hiring freshers year after year through campus placement drives and off-campus drives. Since it is one of the most prestigious companies, the placement process is rather competitive. Let us take a look at the eligibility criteria for the 2022 L and T off-campus drive:

  • You must have passed out of the 2020 or 2021 batch.
  • You must have an aggregate of 60% and above in your undergraduate degree.
  • You must have a minimum of two years of job experience.
  • You must have knowledge of Javascript and HTML5. 
  • You must be meticulous have a keen eye for details
  • You must have knowledge of coding and coding languages

Similar to Infosys, the L and T recruitment process also consists of three stages — an online test, a technical interview, and an HR interview. If you perform well in the online test, you will qualify for the technical interview. The technical interview takes place between the candidates and the recruiters at L and T and this stage is crucial as if you do well in this stage, you will be offered a job at L and T. The third stage, the HR interview, serves as a formality after you have been offered the job. The details of the L and T off-campus drive has not been announced yet, however, the registration for the same is open. If you are interested in applying for the L and T off campus drive, you can head over to the official L and T website and register for the drive.

Off-Campus Drive: HCL 

Hindustan Computers Limited is yet another tech company that provides digital solutions and services to other business enterprises to reinvent themselves in the digital era. Each year HCL recruits fresh graduates and trains them to take them on board as full-time employees. The HCL 2022 off-campus drive will be conducted for those who have fresh graduates who have passed out of batch 2020 and 2021. HCL  will be conducting the off-campus drive to look for potential trainees. These trainees will be further trained to be IT engineers. The eligibility criteria for the job profile of an IT engineer trainee is as follows: 

  • You must have a minimum of two years of work experience. 
  • You must have an aggregate of 65% and above in your undergraduate degree. 
  • You have completed your bachelors in either IT or Computer Science. 

The HCL recruitment process consists of three rounds — an online counselling session, an online aptitude test, and an online interview. The online counselling session and the online aptitude are mandatory. Once you complete your online aptitude test and if you have performed well, you will qualify for the online interview. The online interview is your chance to interact with recruiters at HCL. If you do well in the interview, then you will be hired as a trainee at HCL. If you are interested in registering for the HCL off-campus drive, you can head over to the official HCL website and register for the same.

Off-Campus Drive: Accenture

Accenture Pvt. Ltd. is a global company that offers professional services in the areas of consultancy and strategising in digital and technological operations. It is one of the most renowned companies in India and is known to hire freshers each year. The Accenture 2022 batch off-campus drive is being conducted currently to take on a fresh associate on board.  The eligibility criteria for the job profile of an associate at Accenture is as follows: 

  • You must have graduated from the 2020 or 2021 batch.
  • You must have an aggregate of 60% and above in your undergraduate degree. 
  • You must have a minimum of two years of work experience. 
  • You must be flexible and adaptable. 
  • You must have excellent interpersonal skills.
  • You must be able to perform under pressure.

Like any other company’s recruitment procedure, Accenture’s recruitment process consists of three rounds — an aptitude test, a personal interview, and an HR interview. The aptitude test will be conducted virtually and if you perform well in the test, you qualify for the personal interview round. The personal interview round will allow you to interact with the recruiters at Accenture. It can take place either virtually or physically, however, details for the same will be provided to you once you have been shortlisted. If you perform well in the interview, you will be offered the job of an associate at Accenture. Once you receive the job offer, the HR interview is just a formality that you fulfil. If you are interested in applying for the 2022 batch Accenture off-campus drive, you can proceed to their official website and register for the drive.

Besides the off-campus drives being conducted by these companies, you can also seek the assistance of coaching services that offer help with job placements. One such is CareerLabs that has recently launched an app called Elev8, which aims to offer a one-stop solution to fresh graduates looking for career opportunities. They assist you in developing industry-relevant skills, getting trained by industry experts, and help you build a strong profile that will elevate your chances of securing an ideal career opportunity.

So, if you are going to graduate in 2022, you can look for 2022 batch off-campus drives for job opportunities. We have listed the registration process for a few select companies along with the required documents to help you get an idea of  the off campus drive process. 

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