Augment Skills Through Scientific, Proven Processes
A balance between academic excellence, sound knowledge of fundamentals and good communication skills would land you a job, it is important that a person self-assesses and takes actions necessary to stay relevant and ahead of the crowd in the industry whose landscape is changing a mile a minute.
A balance between academic excellence, sound knowledge of fundamentals and good communication skills would land you a job.
Economic growth is a result of people’s activities. The need of the hour is viable training that augments the right competencies for supplying human resources tailored to industry needs in a dynamic economy while having strong practical relevance. Integrating as many demographic groups as possible into the mainstream economy is the only way to ensure a wide impact that is sustainable.
While employment is essential as a means of our livelihood, it has come to be a mechanism to evaluate one’s success and societal status.
India has been facing a crisis not just with unemployment, but also with unemployability. Despite the growth of the college education system, the introduction of many professional courses, and the booming industries, unemployment in India refuses to peter out.
The skills mismatch is something that fresh graduates experience across the country. With the issue now part of the public discourse, the focus is shifting definitively from imparting theoretical knowledge to training students who meet industry needs.
Fresh graduates aspire for jobs through campus placements, but going by the current scenario, campus placements are falling. A recent study by Wisdom Job Survey, the hiring of freshers in the IT industry has dropped nearly 21% in tier II and tier III institutions over the last two years. The primary reason is believed to be the lack of employability among students. This data also states that 73% of candidates lack the basic communication skills, 58% don’t have proper analytical and quantitative skills, and only 4% of them have the desired technical skills required by industry.
The challenge for the tier II and tier III institutes is they lack recognition in the market as a brand, and students graduating from them must be capable of competing in the highly competitive job market.
While freshers are mostly offered entry-level jobs, the technological advancements may change the landscape with machines taking over legacy assignments. There is a dire need for students to upskill to measure up to industry standards as employers are no longer looking for generalists. They would rather invest in candidates who are specialists and can add tremendous value to the company.
What can be done
The widening chasm between the demand and supply is giving rise to this skill gap. In the current scenario, only 22% of the candidates in the job market are employable, and that is a shockingly poor number keeping in mind the humongous number of students graduating every year.
It is important to identify the core disciplines in which a student lags, to provide them with the necessary skill development training and employability enhancement programs. While a basic graduation can be seen as a basic mandatory certificate, students need to invest in developing employability skills in any of the trending technologies of their choice. This could be a training program where students get hands-on experience in these modern technologies.
To do this on a large scale, institutions need to opt for assessment solutions that can assess the students’ capabilities and their employability quotient and evaluate where they stand vis-a-vis. the industry demand. These would also help the institute assess the student's progression over the course of time they have been with. Institutions can further rope in industry experts to make a connection between academia and industry, and get more insights into the skills and requirements that are in demand. The focus must be on bridging the employability gap by simplifying the hiring process for students, colleges, and organizations.
The assessment-based employability enhancement programs involve three assessment interventions:
Diagnostic assessment: The first step of the program includes identifying students’ strengths, weaknesses and improvement areas to generate a report that maps the interest of the candidate according to the kind of personality that the candidate has. The identified core improvement areas are communicated to the candidate to start off with.
Review assessment: The diagnostic assessment is followed up with a review assessment. Conducted at an interval of 12-18 months, this step aims to track the candidates’ progress on the identified core improvement areas. Recommendations are provided by comparing the progress against the employability scale
Employability assessment: The final step in the assessment is conducted a few months before the campus recruitment to highlight how industry-ready the candidate is. This also includes a detailed personality assessment.
While a balance between academic excellence, sound knowledge of fundamentals and good communication skills would land you a job, it is important that a person self-assesses and takes actions necessary to stay relevant and ahead of the crowd in the industry whose landscape is changing a mile a minute.
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