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Employability Skills

What are Employers now a days, really looking for?

Objectives :
To know about various skills, the employers look for in their prospective employees in the age of Globalisation.

To learn the ways of or strategies for the acquisition of employment skills.

What are employers looking for?

Loyalty Commitment Honesty and Integrity Enthusiasm Reliability Common Sense Self-esteem Sense of humour Balanced attitude to professional & family life Ability to deal with pressure Motivation Adaptability

Personal Attributes

Hard Skills & Soft Skills

Hard 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

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.

What are employability skills? . Communication Teamwork Problem Solving Initiative and Enterprise Planning and Organising Self Management Learning Technology

Employability Skills Transferable Skills Soft Skills

Why are they important?

more complex work environments: multi-skilled multi-disciplinary teams workforce restructuring increased productivity increased pace of change and innovation

How will this affect my career?

Typical career issues and situations: regular change in job / career new situations, environments, teams mix of full-time, part-time, casual, project work on-going learning

What do employers want?

Global demand for graduates who can: Be adaptable to change quickly fit into an organisation self-manage their own learning and development interact effectively within teams analyse & use information from various sources and so on.

How can I Acquire Employability Skills?

Academic studies Other activities on campus Employment (i.e. While working) Your own interests

List of employability skills

- Communication - Problem Solving - Self Management - Learning - Teamwork - Planning and Organising - Initiative and Enterprise - Technology

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.

Communication : Some ways to improve ...

Written assignments and reports. Class room presentations, & discussions. Active participation in Soft Skills Lab activities

2. Team work incorporates...

Working with others to achieve a common goal Working with people of different ages, backgrounds, gender, races, religions, skills Sharing information Supporting team members Resolving conflict

Team work Skill

some tips for achieving it.
Group project work on assignments at the university Involvement in student societies / sports team / any community organisation Working as part of a team at the work spot. Cope with different work styles. Ensure excellent communication among members and so on.

3. Problem solving involves ...

Analysis of problems for underlying causes, assessment of options & proposing solutions Research and collection of the required information for solving problems Ability to critique and synthesize information. Ability to develop creative, innovative solutions

How to attain Problem solving Skill:

Research projects, case studies and assignments as part of university course Industry based learning (IBL) internship at any industrial organisation. or Working in a customer service environment

4. Planning and organisingWhat is it?

Priorities Time Management Coordinate tasks for oneself and others Collect, organise and analyse information Anticipate needs, foresee the problems and plan before hand. Stress management

How to Plan & Organise effectively?

Organise the commitments of work & study. Develop action plans that includes goal setting and scheduling of tasks Research, collect and organise data Establish contingency plans Involve in project planning or event management Organise networking, sporting or social activities

5. Self- Management includes ...

Articulating own ideas and vision Self awareness of own strengths and challenges Taking on responsibility for ones own actions To be able to operate independently

Self Management
A few ways to earn this skill
Your own career development activities (attending seminars & career- fairs) Learn skills outside your degree Obtain work experience through placement, internships or vacation work Act on feedback and address gaps in the final assessment of your skills and knowledge

6. Initiative and Enterprise


Adapting to new situations /environs Translating ideas into action Generating a range of options or innovative solutions Initiating change

Initiative and enterprise

-How to absorb this skill?
Travel or study abroad Initiate improvement in procedures at work place Attend conferences or events to aid own learning Volunteer involvement Obtain part time job or vacation employment or internship Operate own business Crave innovation even in the activities of student associations, or teams

7. Learning
what does it mean for an employer?
Passion for continuous learning for self improvement Open to new ideas and change Invest personal time and effort in acquiring new skills Contribute to learning community at the workplace Adaptable to learning environments: in class, on line, on the job

How to get this skill?
Mentoring or coaching activities Participate in an interesting group activity or student society Participate in on line learning Subscribe to newsletters and updates from professional associations Furthermore Learning should be made a HOBBY!

8. Skilful usage of Technology & Increase in Productivity.

Proficiency in using computers and telecommunications systems Using I.T. as a research tool Using I.T. as a management tool

How to attain this skill?
Try to obtain information by using electronic databases Specialised software packages for course/occupation Use suitable software to plan and manage project timelines

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Develop practical solutions Implement action based on data hows initiative in resolving problems Understands basic budgeting ble to estimate and calculate Creative ideas to resolve problems olve problems in a team Test assumptions Resolve customer concerns

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dapts to new situations ble to suspend judgment and explore options Makes effective use of information Recognise need for change Transfer ideas and concepts into action Develop strategic and long term view Generating a range of options Creative Initiate innovative solutions

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Time structuring and management etting and achieving goals

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Listening and understanding peaks clearly and directly, express ideas and feelings and judgment Writes clearly to the needs of an audience Negotiates effectively Reads and comprehends well Foreign language competence Uses numerical skills effectively Establishing and using networks haring information, persuading effectively, being assertive

ositive influence on others Work well on own and in a group Conflict resolution Leadership capabilities Be responsible for own work and team goals Define role in a range of teams Coaching, mentoring Identify team strengths pply team work skills to a range of situations

ble to manage own learning Contribute to workplace learning Enthusiasm to participate in learning Open to new ideas Invests time and effort into learning Use a range of mediums to learn pply learning to technical issues pply learning to people issues cknowledge need to learn to manage change

Basic computer skills Relate technology to work Willing to update skills Use IT to organise data pply OH to use of technology pply IT as a method of managing work

Evaluates and monitors own performance Operates independently Has personal vision and goals Take responsibility rticulate own ideas Care for self elf confidence Manages personal and professional boundaries

Thoroughness and attention to detail Effective decision making lanning and managing resources lan for contingencies Collecting and analysing data Establish project goals Understand basic business systems

Summary employability skills

Personal Attributes Employability Skills :
1.Communication, 2. Teamwork, 3. Problem Solving, 4. Initiative and Enterprise 5. Planning and Organising, 6. Self Management 7. Learning, 8. Technology

Various methods for the acquisition of the above skills and so on.

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