According to a recent report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), there are over 30% of Indians aged between 15 and 29 without any employment or formal industry experience. This also shows that though the Indian economy may be growing more than twice as fast as the rest of the world but the story on job creation and employment fronts is just the opposite.
With the increase of youth unemployment in India, having a degree might not be enough to set you apart from your fellow colleagues. An internship is a great way to kick start your career and give yourself an edge over other students who haven’t. Not only will the internship provide you with the entry-level experience but it might also help you get a pre-placement offer (PPO), which is a great opportunity to secure your placement during your graduation.
But what about the bigger battle to land a good internship? How would you differentiate yourself from fellow students applying for the same internship position as you?
NTAT is the Answer
Conducted by Switch Idea, NTAT or National Talent Acquisition Test is a nationwide renowned aptitude test that quantifies your employability skills and helps you grab the best paid internship opportunities. A candidate with an NTAT certificate is naturally implied to have better professional skills and practical understanding as compared to someone who does not.
Since the candidate’s identity is manually verified at the examination center, companies who hire NTAT certified students are also assured of candidate’s identity, college associations, degrees they are pursuing and their domain skills. By this Switch Idea help employers to get an access only to the qualified and verified interns.
NTAT is not just a test but is a well-designed program that is changing the way students used to get internships. From internship positions at MNCs to emerging start-ups, NTAT certification helps you secure the best internship with active and individualized support and personalized recommendation to recruitment managers.
With the technological expertise and industrial knowledge, Switch Idea is not only helping students get verified internships but is also dedicated to providing registered companies with skilled and talented interns.
Thousands of Students Benefited with NTAT
Since its inception in August 2014, more than 10,000 students across six cities have successfully been certified by NTAT. The majority of these students were able to grab highly rewarding internship much better than their counterparts.
Starting at a nominal price of Rs 2000, you have the choice to select from 1, 2 or 3-year module. While the one-year module is recommended for third-year students, 2nd year and 1st-year students are recommended to go for two-year and three-year module respectively. The test syllabus constitutes of interpersonal communication, psychometric test, General Awareness Test, Work Situational Test, and Technical/Domain Knowledge.
So, What Benefits Does an NTAT Certified Student Gets?
NTAT Verified Badge – This is a badge that appears next to your name in Switch Idea’s search results and verifies that you have successfully cleared NTAT.
Fair Stipend – Switch Idea’s placement team works in close coordination with HR's to ensure they get fair stipend they deserve.
Priority Applications – Students who are NTAT certified will be positioned on top of employer search results, thereby enhancing your visibility and increasing your chances of getting shortlisted.
Recommendation Letter – NTAT certified students are referred and recommended to recruitment managers and this recommendation plays an important role in the final selection process.
Program Outcomes (POs) – After successful completion of internship, every NTAT certified student gets a signed copy of POs from the employer. This not only helps interns for better future employability, but also helps in earning official internship credits at a company that will do the most to advance your career goals and strengthen your resume.
Dedicated Support – There is a dedicated Switch Idea helpline where NTAT certified students are provided with personalized pre-internship and post-internship support. If you need help, you will get help and guidance at Switch Idea.
NTAT Certificate – Not only does the NTAT certification enhances your employability skills and increases your chance of securing the best internship, but this also adds up as a verified credentials that can enrich your CV and LinkedIn account.
Free Switch Idea Account - In addition to this, a student who appears for NTAT gets a free Switch Idea account (for 1 year, 2 years, 3 years) as per the NTAT Registration module he/she has selected.
NTAT Students Versus Non-NTAT Students
For those of you who missed the initial discussion on Verified Internship, it's a fascinating read and we highly recommend you check it out.