Category: Action Plan


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Parents in India

After the World War II, we saw that the yester-generation in India was motivated by a government job. A person who had a government job was considered successful and fathers were ready to give their daughters in marriage to young men with government jobs. In those day a private job was seen as a risky affair.
After introduction of LPG and Y2k massacre, the trend changed. Success = to having a private IT job. Children were sent to special coaching classes to become an engineer or doctor. This became an educational bubble a kid’s smartness was determined by the course chosen after 10th standard. Commerce and Arts turned invisible to parents, who themselves were treated as kings sometime back. Now, these commerce and art graduate parents pushed their children towards their glorious future as an engineer or doctor. After a few years, parents were also bit by the MBA sting.

What is the parental attitude now? Parents see their children as future CEOs and entrepreneurs. Now, children are encouraged to be innovative and to create new things. The next bubble is growing towards entrepreneurship.

 

It may be impractical to implement all the suggestions mentioned below to go GREEN. If you can change your lifestyle to implement atleast 5 to 6 of them, you will be contributing to make this world, a better place to live.

1. Use cycles to travel

2. Use technology to reduce travel – meetings from home

3. Encourage Virtual internships

4. Limit paper usage – Correspond and communicate all the study material virtually. Again use technology.

5. World Wide Classrooms – consolidated classrooms for students all around the world

6. Live naturally – Reduce usage of air-conditioner

7. Switch of your computers after use, don’t leave them to charge all through the day.

8. Gift recycled stationery to your friends and colleagues.

9. Start a nursery or a community where you start planting saps.

10. Carry a cloth bag always, instead of using plastic bags to share things.

Develop systems to take exams on the computer.

Employ-ability of Youth in India

India is one of the youngest countries in the world.

With a population of over one billion in India, government census reveals that 41.5 % of them constitute youth of our country.

A further investigation reveals that out of an approximate 410 million young Indians, only 60% of them are educated and literate.

The question that arises here is that, ‘Is this 60% employable i.e market ready where the industry can absorb them into skillful jobs and be considered as skillful labour?’. The question has been answered in a recent report published by McKinsey. According to that report only 51% of the employers thought Indian graduates were prepared for entry-level positions in their respective fields. They have discovered that the lacunae exists in areas of problem-solving and communication. Such disclosures are quiet disappointing to the mood of “Developing and Incredible India”.

What are the next steps to alleviate youth from such state?

This is no one man’s job. All the stakeholders involved in educational sector and HRD of India need to get social and add value to raise the quality of human resources being produced for the nation. Who are the stakeholders?

Employability Stakeholders

What is the role of each stakeholder?

Let us with Government and end at NGOs.

Government: Any anomaly in the society, the reason is always government, fingers are immediately pointed towards the current government  However, in this case Government of India has been doing some great stuff. It has established Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. They have their schemes gathered on  a portal called http://www.youthportal.gov.in/. National Skill Development Corporation is another relevant initiative that has made a mark in facilitating and filling skill gaps. Is this enough? Not really.

We need expeditious reforms in a greater magnitude, with youth population is growing in numbers. Government has collaborate with the industry and provide rigorous training programs. Most of all it has to update the curriculum in all fields to include field experience, industry experience as a compulsory element. Thorough theory and academics have to be kneaded with real time industry exposure.

Universities and Colleges: These educational institutions have an opportunity to make a direct impact on this issue and fill the gap. They need to welcome industry leaders to participate in the annual curriculum and interact with students. Similarly encourage innovation among students.

Some instances of such action already happening are:

IIIT Hyderabad – They have an incubation center that nurtures innovative technilogies created by students into practical business models.

St.Francis College for Women, a commerce and science college brings in companies and internships within their college and as an autonomous college, it has absorbed industry experience as a compulsory part of its curriculum.

Students: “If you want to see change in the world, then YOU be the change.” Though their is action gearing up among other stakeholders  the attitude of students have to change with it.   Students need to understand the definition and purpose of education before getting into a college. The students need to now reorient themselves towards the approach of learning. A section of urban youth are participating in collaborative activities to expand their horizon of exposure however there is a large section of youth still left out and requires penetration.

Industry or Recruiters: Companies looking for employable talent also need to be ready to provide internship and apprentice opportunities to students before they hit the market for employment. Recruiters, irrespective of their scale of business need to welcome themselves for orientation and plenary sessions where students get to interact with them.

Everonn has made efforts to introduce vocational training programmes under one of NSDC reforms.

NGO and Social Enterprises: The social sector can never be left behind when there is an issue on the table. Social enterprises need to do their bit. Gradually there is momentum picking up with innovative interventions from NGOs for students to be tuned and certified as employable. Creative Cares is one NGO we could quote in this context.

Investopedia defines EMPLOYABILITY as employability is a product consisting of a specific set of skills such as soft, hard, technical, transferable etc. The broad perspective includes the narrow definition and enhances it further by viewing employability as a life-long, continuous process of constantly acquiring experience, new knowledge (purposeful learning) and skills that contribute to improving one’s marketability and subsequently ability to obtain and maintain gainful employment in the various labor markets. Further, employability can be defined both as a product – a set of skills – that “enables” and as a process that “empowers” an individual to acquire and improve marketable skills that can lead to gainful employment. 
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Who chooses what I need to choose?

The title precisely means “who decides what I need to choose?”.

Do my parents decide it for me? Do my teachers decide? Do my friends decide? Do my marks decide? Do I decide? We look for someone else to answer this for us because we lack exposure and orientation.

There are a lot of reasons for one to be confused about the career they want to choose. Some choose a career due to peer pressure, some choose because they have been oriented in a certain way all their life and some choose because of some random incident that turned out rather important for them.

Though this had a cynical start, the intent of this article is to educate HCC readers with the options available today for exploration. These options aid you with a better understanding and allows you to engage with a reality check.

Family: Keenly observe people in your immediate and extended family. You will find groups of people in the same profession. Sometimes you will see people talking about a career which they could not pursue. Talk to them, understand their perspectives, enhance discussions and share it with your friends.

Friends and Peer group: Most times, we see people among our peers, who are always talking about what they want to do in life. We may not be so determined or clear as of now about what we want to pursue but, we can fetch some insight from them on how they decided about their career option so early.

Company visits: Sometimes we may have a rare opportunity to visit a company and know more about it’s back end. If you got such an opportunity don’t miss it. The earlier you know about reality the better it is. Explore other companies that are of  interest to you. Try to get an opportunity to explore. This itself is a great lesson in understanding the available career options.

Career Coaches: Approach a career coach or a mentor. You may find professional coaches and mentors who are into counselling full-time. These coaches and mentors could also be your professors, teachers, uncles or siblings. Be open to what people are saying.

Career Fairs and Conventions: They happen all the round the year in different cities. Choose your closest city and explore these fairs. These fairs educate career aspirants with the latest trends and newer options burgeoning in the market. Such conventions connect with newsletters. Hence subscribe to these newsletters and upgrade yourself all the time, until you bump into something exciting.

Internships: Serious self observers start interning early. Through interning a lot of our confusion gets diffused. When a person tries out internships of various types, they get exposed to more number of opportunities. It provides a crystal clear picture about what is actual vs what is anticipated.

Some platforms which facilitate internships are listed below:

http://www.letsintern.com

http://www.internfever.com

http://www.twenty19.com

http://www.internshala.com

Useful Online Resources

http://www.careerpath.com/

http://careerplanning.about.com/od/careerchoicechan/tp/Career-Choice.htm

http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2010/12/06/how-to-choose-a-career-thats-best-for-you

http://www.careerkey.org/asp/how-to-choose-a-career.html