7 Fire Tips to Up-skill Youth to Be Job Ready

Here are the set of 7 fire skills that can upskill the youth to become job-ready.

The current global pandemic scenario of COVID-19 has set high benchmarks to acquire a job commensurate to qualifications. There are many reasons for the increasing rate of unemployment, including lack of job opportunities, exponentially increasing population, etc. In Spite of having higher education, college, degree etc., it has become increasingly difficult for youth to give a powerful kick to their career while everything is on standstill due to lockdown situations and recessionary economic conditions. 

Acquiring the desired job has still not just become difficult but it has also become more competitive. For young people today, it is more important than ever that they are well-equipped to enter the workforce. Despite being educated, many of them lack the skills they need to get their desired job.

Here are the set of 7 fire skills that can upskill the youth to become job-ready.

1. Network Building

Networking is the process of connecting with like-minded professionals maintaining good relations with people who can become your potential partners, investors, and more. It can become challenging for a fresher to find the right time, or approach, to speak to someone you don't know in order to let them know about what you represent and what you have to offer. Therefore, building up a strong network can help you to get more opportunities and will make you feel confident.

2. Digital literacy

In order to get groomed for getting a job, it has become of utmost importance to know the digital world. Looking at the current pandemic scenario, every industry opted for working online and it is becoming obvious to look more technological advancement in the near future.  Therefore it has become important for youngsters to have hands-on technology. The digital world is the new parameter to make you more eligible to secure a reasonable job. Knowing how to create online content, managing own social media pages, having ideas of how to edit text, image, video, etc.; creating and curating content, having full-fledged knowledge of MS-office and many shall make the youngsters digitally literate.

3. Entrepreneurship and self-employable skills

These skills refer to taking responsibility to generate ideas, self-driven work attitude, getting motivated to work, taking risks, responsibilities, and ownership of work, having a broader perspective, and generating ideas that could help in growing individually and company. These skills can possibly make youth more independent and ready to face any job-related challenges.

4. Critical thinking/analyzing skills

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas and its practical working. It includes rigorously questioning ideas and assumptions rather than accepting false information. The youngsters should always have a systematic and consistent approach to work.

5. Curiosity in learning and exploring

The most important skills needed for future jobs is a curiosity to learn, explore. Our future is unrestricted, so there is no limit to what workers in the future may need to learn. Today, education is not limited to what is taught in schools, colleges, the scope of learning has become wider as employers are looking for well-balanced people with transferable skills with the ability to learn and develop. While sitting at home, individuals should be open to remote working opportunities, take advantage of training, mentoring opportunities, and work on continuous professional development as it will make them better at what they do and become more acceptable to the current or future employer. 

6. Self-education/emotional intelligence

Self-knowledge is the ability to know yourself, to think objectively, and understand everything around you rationally while emotional intelligence refers to the human psyche can develop and improve by learning and practising new skills. Before seeking a job youngsters need to know themselves well enough to know their strengths and weaknesses. When a worker understands himself or herself, he or she can make adjustments wherever needed and perform at his or her best. Young people who know themselves not only know how to approach and solve problems but are also better placed to work effectively and efficiently.

7. Time management

Time management refers to utilizing your time productively and efficiently. For efficient working, it is important to prioritize work, knowing the relevance of work, understanding the urgency, and importance of work with respect to time. Management of time is an essential key to enhancing productivity as employers seek people who work systematically, effectively, and efficiently.

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