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The Placement Cell of AIMIT, St Aloysius (Deemed to be University) organised a session titled ‘Employer expectations from a candidate’ for I year IT students on May 28.

Karthick R., technical services manager at Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), Mangalore was the resource person. The event aimed to bridge the gap between academic learning and industry expectations, providing students with a clear understanding of the skills and knowledge required to excel in their careers.

Mr Karthick highlighted the pivotal role of Big Data, Machine Learning (ML), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in modern industries providing examples of case studies and real projects developed for automation and improving the efficiency of processes at refinery plants. He said AI and ML can optimise operations, reduce costs, and enhance productivity.

He also advised students on the importance of staying updated with technological advancements. “AI will not replace jobs, but rather, individuals proficient in AI will have a competitive edge over those who are not,” he said.

“Knowledge is power and data is knowledge. We are drowning in information but starving for knowledge. Currently there is information overload, where valuable insights can be lost in a sea of data,” Mr Karthick added.

A successful AI/ML candidate must master the key processes of data analysis: acquire, prepare, analyse, report, and act. This comprehensive approach to data analysis ensures meaningful insights that drive strategic decisions, he said.

Mr Karthick suggested that students develop a holistic ability and skill-set to provide end-to-end solutions, encompassing every aspect of the data analysis and software development pipeline. This skill set is crucial for standing out in the competitive job market.