Ryan D’Souza is a third year student, who is currently pursuing a degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering. He has been placed in Texas Instruments, one of the torch bearers in the world of electronics. DoJMA caught up with him to know more about what’s in store for him.

Q. First of all, congratulations on getting placed in one of the leading core companies. Could you please elaborate on your role there?
A: Thanks! I will be taking up the role of Digital Design Engineer. I expect to be assigned to one of the various product teams at TI, which I expect to be on the verification side. However, I do not have a very precise idea about what exactly I will be expected to work on.

Q: What do you feel are the challenges you’d have to face in this field?
A: Texas Instruments, along with Samsung, is known for their ‘low intake, high pay’ policy. In a way, I feel the pay becomes an indication of how challenging the work will be. I’ve ventured into a highly experience dominated field, and I’ve been told that growth is slow, so I guess this will be the challenging part.

Q: Did you take up any projects earlier? How did you go about with them?
A: Yes, I had taken up projects. The project involved converting a Vedic Maths division shortcut into an algorithm and then translating it into a circuit. I applied earlier than the application date. In many cases, one may also have to prove their calibre, so planning in advance helps.

Q: How relevant do you think your project has been to what your role will be in the company? Do you feel that there can be some sort of integration between your project and your work in the company?
It hasn’t been very relevant, quite frankly, and I really don’t see any sort of common ground between what my project involved and what my job demands.

Q: Do you see yourself branching out into fields other than where you are right now (say, research, or management)?
A: Right now, I’m open to the idea. I feel it is better to not keep anything set in stone. I will give my 100% to my job and see how things work out later on.

Q: There is a lot of speculation around the fact that the number of core companies is very less and as a consequence, it is very difficult to get placed into one. What is your say on the issue?
A: To be honest, this is very true, and I’d like to support this with some facts. The number of EEE students placed in IT is more than the number of EEE students placed in EEE. Companies like Texas Instruments hire about 150 people a year from all over the country whereas companies like Amazon and Oracle India take in about 600. To add to this fact, the number of IT companies is far more than the number of core companies. Back on topic, In order to fill in the 100-200 hardware roles in core companies, applications must be opened to experienced people as well as fresh passouts. This translates to an increase in competition, because an undergraduate may have to compete with other undergraduates from premier institutions, post graduates or even people with some work experience. As a result, 3-4 core companies come to Goa campus to recruit around three students. MathWorks took nobody this year, Qualcomm took two, Texas Instruments took two and SanDisk took one applicant.

Q: In your opinion, what is the ‘scope’ or ‘perk’ of taking up a core job rather than one in an IT firm?
A: Although it is too early for me to comment on this matter, I am told that core jobs offer ‘more satisfaction’ and ‘more stable’ as experience is gained’. The pay is definitely not more. These ‘perks’ are largely subjective, I feel.

Q: Any messages/words of advice for your juniors?
A: Decide, before anything else, as to where your interest and abilities lie, in core or in IT. Both involve algorithmic thinking and desk jobs. The sooner you decide the better. Have as much fun as you want but keep your CGPA 7+ (ideally 8.5+) to get the most out of the BITS tag.