Tips to Become Employable By Mrinal Das !!!
By Nadiya on Oct 09, 2013
From my little experience in the field of recruitment and more precisely university hiring for technology (IT) companies, I see a huge gap between the industry needs and the syllabus or curriculum that are taught in colleges.
Due to the rapidly changing dynamics facing the 21st century and increasing competition day by day globally industry demands ready to deploy resources or expect minimal training requirement for the new hires to become productive and start contributing to the job. While I understand the fact that for a country like India with 1.25 billion population and so much complex diversity, it may be difficult for the education systems to catch up with the industry and do short periodical revision on curriculum. However, there are certain key skills that can be taught and practiced while you are still in campus and become employable.
Key Employability Skills
- Technology Skills - All that you need to know to clear any technical interview with any software company residing in any corner of the world are – Programming (C/C++/Java), Data Structure, and OS
- Problem Solving Skills - which contribute to productive outcomes of any given problem
- Communication Skills- which contribute to productive and harmonious relations between various stakeholders
- Teamwork skills - which contribute to productive working relationships and outcomes
- Initiative and Enterprise skills - which contribute to innovative outcomes
- Planning and Organizing skills - which contribute to long-term and short-term strategic planning
- Self-Management skills - which contribute to employee satisfaction and growth
- Learning skills - which contribute to ongoing improvement and expansion in employee and company operations and outcomes.
TIPS TO BECOME EMPLOYABLE WHILE YOU ARE STILL IN CAMPUS!
Set SMART Goal - Goals must be SMART (Specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and Time bound) Dream about your Goal everyday!
Improve Written and Oral COMMUNICATION - Read English newspapers daily, Talk in English to your classmates and to your faculty (don’t bother about your grammar and fluency), Watch quiz, news and informative programs in English media. Also watch how great people have become great!
PARTICIPATE in Extracurricular activities, technical and management fests - Just participate , don’t bother about the results
Ask FEEDBACK - Give & get Feedback about your performance and your personality from your peer group .Take Criticisms as a chance to improve. Ask for feedback immediately after any performance lest they may forget. Put in additional efforts to correct your mistakes
STOP COMPLAINING - Stop Complaining about the external factors and Count your Blessings. This will help you develop a positive attitude (instead start analyzing your internal factors- your capabilities , your weakness etc)
YOU ARE UNIQUE - Do Not compare yourself with anybody else in the world! YOU ARE UNIQUE and You have to develop a unique identity of your Own
Have a MENTOR - Have a mentor who will guide you in difficult times and also motivate you in all aspects of your career and life (The difference between a role model and a mentor is that you aspire to be like your role model , and your mentor helps you in the process
Use Positive SELF AFFIRMATION - Use Positive self affirmation statements like “Yes, I Can Do it!”, “I am confident “,” I will be Successful”. Shed all negative thoughts and egos. Ignore unproductive negative comments and criticisms. Positive criticism gives you the platform for improvement whereas negative criticism pulls your legs down so that you will fall!