In yet another virtual interaction between the current batches and the alumni, Mr. Narsimha Rao (Narry), Associate Vice President & Head - Hyderabad Centre, Infosys Technologies Ltd and an XLer of PGDBM, 1990 batch, answered the queries of the students on IT & IT consulting, through an audio-conference.
“Prior work ex is not mandatory for joining the IT sector. In fact you might not have systems as your specialization and still join Infosys, provided you are able to justify it. We just need you to have a basic level of knowledge and inclination towards the IT industry; that's what we look for in a candidate when we go to Bschools.
When we go to campuses, we mainly look for a person’s general level of inclination towards the IT field and his/her keenness towards the company (Infosys in our case). Again, we expect that the MBA candidate who applies to our company has done some basic research about the IT industry as a whole and how things are moving, what’s new coming up etc. Systems electives can carry a bit of weight, but surely they are not essential. We are more interested in the way the candidate approaches us and how much he is willing to learn in IT. Anyways, whenever we have fresh recruits, we give the requisite training which is in line with the responsibilities they would take up. We do not expect the candidate to be a systems major. But we do expect that the person coming for the interview to have fair amount of knowledge of the IT sector and to have interest in the same. The person should have some focus as regards to why he is applying to the IT Company and not come just because that was the job available in the campus.
It is not even essential to have an IT background. What is more important is whether you have an inclination and interest to join an IT company like Infosys. You should be inclined towards working in a technological environment. If you are afraid of technology or do not like working with technology, then certainly Infosys is not the right place for you. For example, for a finance guy, there are opportunities in verticals like banking and insurance where your domain knowledge/ experience may be useful.
People with, say core finance background, can join in as finance consultants in IT companies even if they don’t have formal background in IT. They must be able to convince the interview panel of their interest in IT. Anyways when companies recruit from campuses, they give specific trainings in IT to people. So, basic level of interest to work in IT will do the job.” Narry said.
Regarding the work profile, he explained: “A business analyst will mostly be associated to an industry vertical. He will be involved in proposing IT solutions to business problems. A package consultant will not be restricted to a particular vertical. He will be involved specifically in studying the needs of the organization and determining which package solutions would be good for it, and then actually see that implementation through.
Typically, business consulting in IT companies is done by people with good amount of functional experience. A business consultant is supposed to suggest ideas to solve some of the problems of the clients and see through the execution of those ideas. Indian companies have begun business consulting, for example Infosys Consulting. But most consulting roles in IT companies will involve some basic flavor of IT. Pure business consulting is largely a domain of McKinsey etc.”