Let’s first talk about direct placements. As a 3rd year and 4th year UG if you participate in SAE BAJA and make the cut of being one of the best academic students, and cleared BAJA Aptitude Test you get to be a part of the placement procedure by the various automotive companies that come for recruiting. There are many renowned companies that come for recruitment at the event. It’s called HR Meet.
Next, talking from the perspective of participating in BAJA alone will expose you to knowledge beyond the college curriculum. Add to that the experience of building your very own vehicle. After this, whichever automotive company or its ancillaries you apply in you have all the relevant knowledge and experience to be recruited. Moreover, the various companies that come at the event can provide you the network you’ll need to contact a company of your choice. So in this way participating in SAE BAJA will help you with recruitment.
SAE BAJA gives you good practical exposure in terms of vehicle design, Suspension design, and chassis design which are great skills to pick up. They will surely be helpful in your placements.
But, If you are going to BAJA for the sake of placement please don’t join the team. There are 24 other people in the team who are making a car out of passion and not just for the one line in there resume you’ll slow them down.