Swetha .K.V, Trainer – Laurus Edutech
Despite a surplus of job openings, there is a dearth of skilled labor. Year after year, our educational institutions churn out students, but almost all of them complain about the lack of opportunities and openings. This peculiar mismatch in demand and supply makes one question the relevance of education itself.
A slightly deeper examination, however, reveals that the gap is due to the lack of skilled labor. In today’s world, a degree alone does not guarantee employment. It needs to be augmented with relevant, hands on vocational training.
For corporate, investing in skill training programs after recruitment means decreased productivity and increased overheads. The constant need to improve quality and performance levels also demands regular skill upgrades or acquisition programs for employees. Mainstream education combined with skills training is a winning formula to ensure that the graduating students are job ready and employable.
How should your skills match what the employer is looking for?
- Your qualifications
- Skills you could transfer to this job
- Hobby or interest based achievements
Make it easy for the employer to see your skills, qualifications and experience. If the employer is scoring applications on these areas it will make it easier to get a better score. If you don’t perfectly match what the employer wants don’t worry, it’s as important to show the employer that you are keen to learn and could do the job if you had the chance. Give examples and highlight your transferable skills, (skills that can be used in many jobs) as they help you to be adaptable and flexible. You may not have much experience of work, if so you can include skills gained from hobbies or interests that are relevant to the job. For example, if you play for or coach a sports team show how you have developed your communication skills, team work and motivating others. Remember to use examples of things you have done recently, rather than achievements from a long time ago.
Saloni Jha, Vocational Diploma student, RAGC
In the current scenario of Corporate World or in our personal Life of, being Skilled is important because it increases our employability and also adds value to our work. Having relevant skills will help us to increase our career prospects and we can contribute to the India’s Growth Scale.
As our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi has also incorporated with “Skill India Programme” in order to make skilful employees for the Nation’s Economic Growth and Personal development also.
In Schools and Colleges also now Skills are a part of syllabus. Now School students can learn a different language along with their Study Pattern. In Our college that is Rustomjee Academy For Global Careers, also we are getting 4+2+1 programme under which we have to do our internship for 4 days in a week, 2 days of college and 1 day for assignment which is much relevant to our course and also adds weight age in our resume.
The Skill India Program has promised a New India and a New Beginning. So let us Welcome this new change with open hearts.
Shiv Kumar Pandey, Manager, Telecom Sector Skill Council (TSSC)
“The more you practice the more efficiency you are”
Knowledge can be shared with everyone but Skill cannot be shared until it is being practiced hard. Skill is something which cannot be stolen from you or acquired within a time frame, it is learned with dedication and hard work. Skill enriches your methods, processes and outcomes. Skill can be acquired by anyone but for that it requires commitment and devotion. Skill is a combination general knowledge, professional knowledge, technical knowledge and soft skills (personal grooming, communication skills). To be acknowledged by someone you need to produce/show your best talent to get his/her attention which will take you up the ladder and you will be recognized by everyone. It provides confidence and self-esteem.
If you are skilled enough then you will be hired by anyone in the organization around the world, even the scope of becoming an entrepreneur is very much high.
In India, there is a huge talent and they have a capability of getting their work done in a very short span of time. We are known for our perfection and dedication. We may sometime not get recognized but our talent/skills define us, who we are and what we can do.
Vidisha Gupta, B.A. Economics, Hon, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Delhi University
‘Start-up India, Stand-up India.’, ‘Digital India.’, ‘Make-in-India.’
Our missions have two prerequisites to be successful i.e. the quality of the skill set of people and a platform for opportunity. An amalgamation of these two will lead to India’s growth in the long term.
The onus lies with us to develop our skills as well as promote entrepreneurship to achieve this twin goal. Multiplication of the skillsets along with job creation will lead to better standards of living and economic development too.
21st century is the era of specialisation. One needs to be a master of one trade rather than being a jack of many. Being skilled in one area of expertise means that you will add value to that area of expertise. As we know, apples can’t be compared with oranges, we must realise that one needs to be the best apple amongst the apples or the best orange amongst the oranges to steal the show.
A water droplet in the ocean is nothing but a water droplet on the lotus shines like a pearl. The right skill set in the relevant field will be wonderful, both for the individual as well as the society. Happy world youth skills day!
Team NSN wishes to thank the judges Ms. Archana Sali, Principal Communications, CA Technologies and Ms. Brunda Murthy, Senior Consultant, National Skills Network – NSN and the team of reviewers.