Making employability a reality from a distant dream

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The question of making the Indian youth employable and taking advantage of the demographic dividend is constantly raised in several quarters. The question of making the Indian youth employable and taking advantage of the demographic dividend is constantly raised in several quarters.
SummaryThe question of making the Indian youth employable and taking advantage of the demographic dividend is constantly raised in several quarters.

so as to be able to equip these candidates with the required capabilities that would be embraced by the industry. Since the industry is keen to look at the skills and fitness for roles and is not so much concerned about the extra time candidates have taken to acquire the capabilities, this approach will enable the candidates to systematically plan their career readiness. It is also necessary to ensure that students do not end up going after the ‘known career options’ alone and enough awareness is created amongst them on the choice of several new careers that are available, their own fit for these careers and the specialised training and internships they need to undergo to acquire the relevant skills.

In UK and US, very often students opt for unpaid internships to get good exposure to specific jobs and also to prepare themselves for suitable career options after that. In Germany, thanks to the dual education system, the formal academic learning and on the job learning are systematically stitched together, making the students more employable when they finish their education.

In India with the significant number of youth having to be provided with the right opportunities, instead of the focus on only providing employment, the approach should be to make them employable through a planned and effective intervention that blends academics, assessment aimed at career potential, internship and training for skills. As they say, instead of giving fish to the candidates, the focus has to be to help them learn how to do fishing; that would be more valuable to them in the long run and both industry and the academia need to come together to make this possible.

The writer is CEO, Global Talent Track, a corporate training solutions company

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