Working in Bangalore the IT boom City
Bangalore Lifestyle & Culture
Walking down the main streets of Bangalore is a gourmet’s delight. The streets are full of restaurants, small and big, vying for your attention. You have the traditional foods of Bangalore and the south of India juxtaposed with a restaurant whose unique selling point is Italian food or sizzlers or even fusion food. Just around the corner you will find street food, Tibetan food, Vietnamese and Mexican. A veritable smorgasbord of food! Your senses are ravished by the aromas of the food and heaven forbid you should walk down these streets when you are hungry, as I did this evening. It will take all your willpower to walk away and I am not blessed with much willpower when it comes to food.
The changes in the food habits of the people of Bangalore is a reflection of the city that Bangalore has become. Bangalore, until very recently, was a quiet and sleepy town, known mainly as a pensioner’s paradise or the garden city. However, the IT boom of the 1990’s changed the face of Bangalore and it soon became a bustling city where people from all over the country, and indeed the world, came to work. So much so, that the word “bangalored” was coined to signify that if a person was bangalored, he or she had lost their job to somebody in India!
This IT boom meant that several software companies were set up in Bangalore. As a result, IT-related jobs were plenty. Companies required programmers, project managers, delivery managers and the like. This in turn required people who would document how the software would be used, giving rise to a new industry of technical writers and instructional designers.
At the same time, because the world is becoming a global village, the IT industry needed to set up a support system so that companies all over the world could receive 24x7 support. This has created, what is commonly known as, call centres to provide both service-related and sales activities.
Many international companies have set up their offices in Bangalore. This has created a parallel industry to service this influx into Bangalore. Jobs that are now available are hotel and hospitality-related, travel-related, real estate etc.
But Bangalore is not all about the IT and allied industries. Bangalore has organisations that have existed for decades and manufacture various types of aircrafts, in both the civil and defence aviation sector, and a space research program, both of which require engineers from various disciplines.
Bangalore has some of the best educational institutions in the country, creating a need for teachers and lecturers in areas such as engineering, medicine, etc. Schools in Bangalore include mainstream education and those that provide an alternative method of education. These schools need teachers to provide this education. The schools that provide alternative education are typically situated on the outskirts of Bangalore and require teachers who are committed to the philosophy of the education being imparted.
Bangalore also has some of the best hospitals in the country and in the world at large. Medical treatment, in addition to being among the best in the world, is also more affordable that what is provided in many countries. This has given rise to a new kind of tourism known as medical tourism. Medical tourism in Bangalore is not confined to allopathic treatments but also to alternate forms of medicine, such as homeopathy, Ayurveda and naturopathy. People travel from all over the world to receive treatment. Each of these forms of treatment have created several job requirements, including doctors, nurses, hospital managers etc.
The weather in Bangalore is very pleasant all year round. This makes it a popular destination for tourists who want to visit India. This has created job opportunities for tourist taxis and buses, hotels and travel agents who provide a variety of services such as travel programs in and around Bangalore.
All of these changes that Bangalore has seen over the years have changed the topography of Bangalore. You can now see malls springing up and all kinds of international brands being sold in them, thus creating jobs for salespeople and shop managers. Leisure activities, such as paint balling, para-sailing, mountaineering, river rafting, jungle survival and boating are now becoming common place. Each of these requires people with expertise to run them.
As you can see, Bangalore offers much in terms of employment. The areas mentioned here are but a tip of the iceberg. The jobs that existed before the IT boom still exist. These include training in and performing Indian classical dance forms and music. Bangalore has always been famous for its silk fabrics and saris. This traditional industry continues to attract many people as these fabrics are now sold not only in Bangalore but also exported abroad.