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Are graduate students ready to be employed?

Almost every undergraduate student dreams of landing a job right out of college. Gone are the days when all you needed to get a job was a three-year degree. Companies used to spend on training, but today they prefer students who are ready to work. Today, not only are companies demanding more from new workers, but college students are looking for degrees that will help them find and secure a job.

Undergraduate students must know whether they are competent enough to get hired for a job.

Counting Flaws

In our country, the rate and quantity of unemployed educated youngsters are pretty high. There is no doubt that many of our recent graduates lack the skills required to join the labour market. This crisis may be attributed to both the university education system and the students.

According to The Indian Express report,

“Less than half of the Indian graduates are employable, reveals the eighth edition of the India Skills Report (ISR) released today. In 2021, as many as 45.9 per cent of graduates are employable, a decline from 46.21 per cent in 2020 and 47.38 per cent in 2019, reveals the report. “

The theoretical knowledge which many colleges focus on is not enough to have real-time work at jobs. Colleges and students need to focus on imparting skills, especially soft skills.

Colleges

Digitalisation has made the job market more dynamic. The curriculum of many Indian universities is outdated. The majority of universities do not provide skill-based training that can help students succeed in their jobs. The issue is that colleges are failing to keep up with shifting trends in the rapidly changing job market.

Many faculties in our country disregard creative and applied learning techniques. However, with time, our universities were meant to focus on building new sets of skills among students, such as communication ability, language skills, and problem-solving aptitude. As a result, fresh graduates are less likely to be hired for mid-level management positions.

The problem of skill enhancement is more relevant in a technical field like engineering. According to the 2019 National Employability Report for Engineers, over 80% of Indian engineers lack the skills required to satisfy their employers’ needs.

There is a significant disparity between the types of graduates produced by universities and the types of graduates sought by industry.

Students

Many students blame digitalisation for taking up their fresher jobs. However, there are some skills that machines cannot perform. Soft skills like communication, listening, critical thinking, interpersonal and many such skills. These soft skills are unique human skills.

Students need to gain these skills by exploring outside the college. They need to volunteer for internships, social work, hosting events and activities which develop soft skills, especially leadership skills.

Internships, no matter how small, provide excellent learning opportunities in communication. Whether communicating to a client or emailing a supervisor, each communication activity requires practice to master.

However, not every college supports the idea of interning. Due to this, many students do not make any efforts to explore outside the college. Due to this, many graduate students lack experience. Many job advertisements, whether they advertise an entry-level position or not, require some amount of experience. Many graduates find it challenging to meet this criterion after graduation.

Along with experience, students need to focus on networking too. Individuals who exchange information and share shared interests are more likely to find jobs. Individuals without job experience, on the other hand, have limited networking opportunities. Students must participate in the networking events which the colleges and universities organise.

Importance of Soft Skills 

Some human skills are unique and cannot be performed by computers. Soft skills are something that gives an edge in the competitive job market.

Soft skills are those that have to do with how you operate. Interpersonal (people) skills, communication skills, listening skills, time management, critical thinking and empathy are examples of soft skills.

Effective interpersonal communication, attracting new customers and retaining existing ones, effective conflict resolution, effective networking, understanding of business etiquette and proper mannerism, efficient people management skills, capitalising on strengths, engaging with passion, and gaining confidence are in high demand in today’s corporate world.

Professors from the University of Michigan, Harvard, and Boston College found that adequate soft skills training improved productivity, employee retention, job satisfaction, and, most crucially, workplace professionalism. The essential advantages were that such programmes resulted in a greater return on employer investment and long-term leadership development.

The candidate’s entire presentation, communication, and look determine their path forward and their thoughts about the profile they are enrolling in.

When considering the amount of competition among competent workers, their capacity to survive for a more extended period is often jeopardised due to an inability to react to situations proactively. Soft skills such as suitable communication and situational awareness aid in the excellent sustainability of jobs, resulting in a healthy competitive climate and ensuring the students’ future.

Students need to assess themselves and hone their marketable abilities to get an edge over others in the job market. Employers seek some fundamental characteristics, and if students can train themselves to fit their requirements, they will be able to land their ideal job in no time.

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References:

https://indianexpress.com/article/education/less-than-half-of-indian-graduates-are-employable-btechs-have-highest-skills-report-7194119/

https://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/india-s-graduating-students-will-find-less-jobs-in-2021-says-survey-121021900062_1.html

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/finding-a-job/why-is-it-so-hard-to-get-a-job-after-college

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/employee-relations/pages/employers-say-students-arent-learning-soft-skills-in-college.aspx

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/importance-soft-skills-future-success-students-arijit-dey/

https://www.dnaindia.com/ahmedabad/report-90-indian-students-are-not-work-ready-study-2688005

https://www.dw.com/en/india-youth-lack-skills/a-56879385

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