3 Objectives :To know about various skills, the employers look for in their prospective employees in age of Globalization.To learn the ways of or strategies for the acquisition of employment skills.
4 What are employers looking for? LoyaltyCommitmentHonesty and IntegrityEnthusiasmReliabilityCommon SenseSelf-esteemSense of humourBalanced attitude to professional & family lifeAbility to deal with pressureMotivationAdaptabilityPersonal Attributes
5 Hard Skills & Soft Skills The core technical competence of an individual is called Hard Skills.Skills specific to an industry or discipline e.g. accounting, law, civil engineering
6 Soft Skills :The skills that help an individual improve his performance and success rate and the range of his contribution at the work place are generally known or popularly called Soft Skills / Transferable Skills / Employability Skills.
7 What are employability skills? …. Communication Teamwork Problem SolvingInitiative and EnterprisePlanning and OrganisingSelf ManagementLearningTechnologyEmployability SkillsTransferable SkillsSoft Skills
8 Why are they important?Technology and globalisation → dynamic labour marketmore complex work environments:multi-skilledmulti-disciplinary teamsworkforce restructuringincreased productivityincreased pace of change and innovation
9 How will this affect my career? Typical career issues and situations:regular change in job / careernew situations, environments, teamsmix of full-time, part-time, casual, project workon-going learning
10 What do employers want? Global demand for graduates who can: Be adaptable to changequickly fit into an organisationself-manage their own learning and developmentinteract effectively within teamsanalyse & use information from various sources and so on.
11 How can I Acquire Employability Skills? Academic studiesOther activities on campusEmployment (i.e. While working)Your own interests
12 List of employability skills - Communication - Teamwork- Problem Solving - Planning and Organising- Self Management - Initiative and Enterprise- Learning - Technology
13 1. Communication includes: Ability to write and present (speak) the content appropriate to needs of audience.Organise and express ideas concisely and clearly (oral & written)Taking care of Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation in written correspondence.Speaking and writing in languages other than English also, if necessary.
14 Communication : Some ways to improve ... Written assignments and reports.Class room presentations, & discussions.Active participation in ‘Soft Skills Lab’ activities
15 2. Team work incorporates... Working with others to achieve a common goalWorking with people of different ages, backgrounds, gender, races, religions, skillsSharing informationSupporting team membersResolving conflict
16 – some tips for achieving it. Team work Skill– some tips for achieving it.Group project work on assignments at the universityInvolvement in student societies / sports team / any community organisationWorking as part of a team at the work spot.Cope with different work styles.Ensure excellent communication among members and so on.
17 3. Problem solving involves ... Analysis of problems for underlying causes,assessment of options & proposing solutionsResearch and collection ofthe required information for solving problemsAbility to critique and synthesize information.Ability to develop creative, innovative solutions
18 How to attain Problem solving Skill: Research projects, case studies and assignments as part of university courseIndustry based learning (IBL) -internship at any industrial organisation.orWorking in a customer service environment
19 4. Planning and organising–What is it? PrioritiesTime ManagementCoordinate tasks for oneself and othersCollect, organise and analyse informationAnticipate needs, foresee the problems and plan before hand.Stress management
20 How to Plan & Organise effectively? Organise the commitments of work & study.Develop action plans that includesgoal setting and scheduling of tasksResearch, collect and organise dataEstablish contingency plansInvolve in project planning or event managementOrganise networking, sporting or social activities
21 5. Self- Management includes ... Articulating own ideas and visionSelf awareness of own strengths and challengesTaking on responsibility for one’s own actionsTo be able to operate independently
22 Self Management – A few ways to earn this skill Your own career development activities(attending seminars & career- fairs)Learn skills outside your degreeObtain work experience through placement, internships or vacation workAct on feedback and address gaps in the final assessment of your skills and knowledge
23 6. Initiative and Enterprise involves... Adapting to new situations /environsTranslating ideas into actionGenerating a range of options or innovative solutionsInitiating change
24 Initiative and enterprise -How to absorb this skill? Travel or study abroadInitiate improvement in procedures at work placeAttend conferences or events to aid own learningVolunteer involvementObtain part time job or vacation employment or internshipOperate own businessCrave innovation even in the activities of student associations, or teams
25 7. Learning – what does it mean for an employer? Passion for continuous learning for self improvementOpen to new ideas and changeInvest personal time and effort in acquiring new skillsContribute to learning community at the workplaceAdaptable to learning environments:in class, on line, on the job
26 Learning – How to get this skill? Mentoring or coaching activities Participate in an interesting group activityor student societyParticipate in on line learningSubscribe to newsletters and updates from professional associationsFurthermore Learning should be made a HOBBY!
27 8. Skilful usage of Technology & Increase in Productivity. Proficiency in using computers and telecommunications systemsUsing I.T. as a research toolUsing I.T. as a management tool
28 – How to attain this skill? Technology– How to attain this skill?Try to obtain information by usingelectronic databasesSpecialised software packages for course/occupationUse suitable software to plan and manage project timelines
30 Summary – employability skills Current Global Scenario – New ChangesPersonal AttributesEmployability Skills :1.Communication, 2. Teamwork,3. Problem Solving, 4. Initiative and Enterprise5. Planning and Organising, 6. Self Management7. Learning, 8. TechnologyVarious methods for the acquisition of the above skills and so on.