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Importance of employability programs

Importance of employability programs

Importance of employability programs

While the term "employability" is often confused with securing the first job, it is more about how one can capitalise learnings and ensure an ongoing success that is immediate and also in the long run complements the career path that one chooses.
To most people, employability is "not new", and in the highly competitive environment prevalent today, job-readiness is more important than it used to be earlier for fresh graduates.
The kaleidoscope for careers in the present scenario is such that a mere degree is not good enough.
It has often been observed that students rush to the finishing schools or attend short term workshops in the final year of their graduation, with an effort to better themselves during the onset of the campus placement season.
This may not provide adequate time to most students, thereby causing panic, chaos, and most importantly, loss of confidence amongst these students which can be crucial.
Therefore, it is imperative that institutions help students on board through an efficient, robust and comprehensive employability programme early during their college life.
Such a comprehensive programme will ensure that they are introduced to various industry-requisite skills and they get adequate time to improve these skills.
There may not be a clear answer to the question 'when should we start'.
However, given the syllabus, curriculum, etc., it is advisable that the students embrace an employability programme in either the first year or latest by the start of the second year of graduation.
An employability programme should combine cognitive abilities, communication skills as well as domain knowledge.
It would be an added benefit if the employability programme is equipped with an interest map which identifies the interests and abilities of the student and tie these to work and career options.
This would further help the candidates with the various roles that they are ideally suited for.
Building of employability can be compared with the imagery of the growth of the Chinese bamboo.
The roots of employability have to be sown very early, have to be constantly nurtured with reviews, benchmarked with the industry standards and given continuous inputs for further improvements.
It is often observed that those students who have utilised the ecosystem of trainers, career coaches, industry interfaces - - just to name a few, have witnessed far better growth and are more adept to the dynamics of the ever-changing requirements of the industry.
While educational institutes are more obliged to impart knowledge, adding a reliable employability enhancement programme during the early years of graduation would be the ideal way to contribute immensely to the employability index.
Such a measure will also benefit the institutions since they would increasingly become most sought after by the students as well as by corporates.
This would also help the institutions in building a brand equity of their own.
—The author is Head - Certification Products,

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