Aziz Premji, said, “the challenge before the industry does not lie in the supply of talent, but rather that of employability.”

 

What does employability mean? Does it mean that the focus should be only on the educational qualification of an individual so that he gets a good job? Not really.

Employability of a person refers to his personal preferences, his career interests, career values, and of course, his skills and abilities. When all the four attributes concur with each other, the individual’s capability of getting and also continuing to work in a fulfilling manner is high.

There have been reports talking about graduates being unemployable. The reason being, lack of connection between the curriculum and industry requirements.

So, why are we talking about this today?

Because a job/career is a life decision. In the current scenario because of all the changing trends, taking a step towards the right decision in a scientific way is very important.

Is the disconnection between the curriculum and industry requirements? Or, are there more reasons for it?

The reasons for graduates being unemployable include:

  • lack of communication skills

  • lack of people skills

  • unwillingness to learning anew

  • lack of grooming

  • lack of self-motivation

  • lack of values, vision, and goals for self.

These reasons hold true for all streams.

After the Y2K phenomenon, IT became the most sought after “job” since it helped a lot of youngsters realize their dreams of going abroad. However, after the bubble burst, the stream of engineering continued to be the “dream stream” since India became a major hub for outsourced jobs, and many private engineering colleges mushroomed overnight.

Since an IT engineer’s job got considered as a status symbol, most parents dreamed of their child becoming an engineer. In case the child scores well in the subjects of math and science, it is a given that the child must get into engineering or medicine. Hence, without understanding the child’s “career” interests and potential, he/she gets enrolled in an engineering college. This leads to high dropout rates in colleges and also resulting in frustration at the job.

It is imperative to understand that the career scenario is dynamic and there are numerous options other than the very few “looked up to” ones that a child can choose from and excel in.  In fact, this is true even for a professional as well!

In the Indian scenario too, the options of streams and varied career possibilities are vast. While this is probably the best time for the younger generation to explore their aspirations and potential, it can also leave them and their parents confused. The confusion stem from lack of knowledge of subjects or career options and growth path. Hence, in case of difference in opinion between parents and children regarding the selection of subjects and higher studies, the wise option would be to seek advice from a professional who can guide in an unbiased manner. This will help the child to look at a “career path” and not just a “job”.

A career path is always based on

  • an individual’s (either a student or a professional) personal preferences

  • career interest,

  • career values

  •  and skills & abilities.

While deciding upon a stream that will eventually lead a student to choose his career, it is of paramount importance that one understands the student’s goal, to begin with. Such “goal orientation” will help students attain a “vision” for their professional life.

If a student, in a confused frame of mind follows the societal norms of subject selection, he/she may end up choosing the wrong course. This can lead to the child having

  • low or no interest in studies/attending classes

  • low scores

  • depression due to inability to understand the subject

  • to spend more time, study harder

  • more chances of getting into an addiction

Being guided by a professional will help the student

  • understand his strengths and weaknesses

  • choose subjects that he can relate with

  • exploring career options along with back-up plans

  • take action to achieve his career goals

It is recommended for students to seek professional help to better shape their careers and enroll for a course that would truly interest them.

With the innumerable options that exist, one can choose to excel in a field that is relatively unexplored compared to joining the bandwagon of established, but saturated fields such as general medicine or computer engineering.

In the case of professionals, seeking help before they switch their existing jobs will enable them to realize their potential and passion, and move forward accordingly.

Above all, one should seek to be industry-ready, rather than just the bearer of a degree obtained by memorizing subjects of the curriculum.

 

To get an assessment for yourself or need help with understanding your career aspirations, you may reach out to Ambika at

aananda.ambika@gmail.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ambika-warrier-ba73796a/

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Career Selection and Counselling
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Career Selection and Counselling
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What differentiate an Industry ready Gradaute from Degree Holder
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