Due to a decline in admissions, the number of fresh engineering graduates from any country has decreased by 60-70%. The demand for Core Engineering programmes among students is expected to plummet in 2022 (is this a worldwide or Indian phenomenon?). However, according to projections, the admittance trend will accelerate in 2023 and beyond.
Global recognition in any knowledge-driven economy comes from technological and innovative leadership. Engineers tackle many challenges across the world, embodying the faith of a rising economy, lending essential relevance to engineering education. However, due to a decline in admissions, the number of fresh engineering graduates from any nation has plummeted by 60-70%. The demand for Core Engineering programmes among students is expected to plummet in 2022 (is this a worldwide or Indian phenomenon?). Admission to the Civil Engineering programme has been dropping since 2019, with the lowest number admitted in 2022. However, according to projections, the admittance trend will accelerate in 2023 and beyond as the global market demand for Civil Engineers remains high.
According to Grand View Research (GVR), the Civil Engineering industry would be worth $12.08 trillion US dollars by 2025. By 2025, the Europe Civil Engineering market is anticipated to be worth $2,412.9 billion US dollars. According to RICS, the supply-demand imbalance for Civil Engineering manpower is estimated to be over 45 million personnel, with demand in the real estate and construction business of 100+ billion sq.ft by 2023. From 2020 to 2027, the Global Civil Engineering Market is expected to develop at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 5.4%.
What the media portrays is merely widespread recruiting by IT firms, not the mass ‘Pink Slip’ technique. IT vocations have significant social recognition and societal importance. Work culture (WFH – Work From Home) and white collar occupations made easier. Package has no upper limit; a lower limit is defined.
The role of social media, print media, and PR media in construction project unfavourable publicity: Only ‘failed to perform’ or ‘distressed’ institutions and infrastructures are highlighted in social media and print media. Working both during the day and at night, Harsh weather, increased labour on weekends, and night shifts during city building. More effort and less payment during the first period, when pay packages do not correspond to the first level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
In certain circumstances, the first salary package is smaller than the norms established by labour legislation. Low social esteem/emulation, and corruption in the field. There are several non-technical actors in the area who the public completely trusts. The public’s belief that ‘anyone or everyone can take up construction activity’; a lack of public understanding of elements such as structural safety and performance, resulting in low quality builds by nontechnical contractors – eventually Civil Engineers are held liable for the reason.
There is a fallacy that forcing current students or prospective engineers to train makes them employable. The “supplements” are not necessary components of self-motivation for any skill improvement. The reality is that the only component of self-motivation is that core enterprises must standardise the starting compensation package to be on level with IT industry.
Companies should visit educational institutions to fill open vacancies. A guaranteed visit from a core company for a recruitment drive during the last year of graduation sets the tone for training, allowing fresh graduates to upgrade themselves to industry standards.
The aim is to increase demand for Civil Engineers. In this context, the construction industry, institutions, and media should collaborate with Regulatory Bodies and professional organisations to resolve critical issues of pay package, incorporate industry-driven theoretical concepts into curriculum, upgrade skills, and establish a strong link between institutions and industry. A rational method of distributing engineering intake across various programmes in relation to the demand for employment / unfilled vacancies would be required.
Furthermore, the emphasis must be placed and maintained on media coverage of civil engineering wonders, high-performing structures, and the continual demand for civil engineers across the world, which will serve as a vital motivator for people looking to develop a satisfying career in civil engineering.