Bangalore, India (PressExposure) September 22, 2015 -- The only thing that could be worse than being unemployed is being unemployable. According to a recent survey, only 17% of the engineers are employable in India. This leaves a majority of engineers in a never-ending pursuit of jobs. Lack of practical knowledge, poor communication skills and inadequate analytical skills are some of the major reasons behind such abysmal rate of employability.
This problem is further heightened due to the lack of industry exposure and outdated curriculum across majority of the engineering institutions in the country. In the present scenario, there is a huge gap between what an organization looks for in an individual, and the skill sets that an individual possesses. "Unemployability has become a major problem as most of the students are not well equipped to meet the expectations of our reputed clients. This has led to their failure in finding jobs. As a result, even graduates from 2012 batch approach us for jobs in 2015!", says Sindhura, HR consultant at Aspire InfoLabs, a Hyderabad based talent management organization.
The skill gap can be reduced if the institutions focus more on knowledge delivery rather than content delivery. Improvements in the evaluation system with increased focus on practice based assignments shall enable better evaluation of the knowledge level of the students. Regular interactions with the members from the industry in the form of seminars, workshops and annual events could also help in the holistic development of an individual. In addition to educational institutions implementing changes in their curriculum, an individual can enhance her/his skills with the help of additional courses and projects. For instance, a student could enroll into English speaking courses in order to improve command over the language, enroll in foreign language courses that reflect inclination to thrive in a multi-cultural environment, or undertake final year projects in IT finishing schools which would provide the individual a platform to convert theory into practice. Increased participation in extra-curricular activities like theater, music and dance would help an individual to overcome introversion, or to face an audience.
With a mix of initiatives and action points from both students and educational institutions in this mutually co-existing society, India could witness a large number of students lessen the gap between individual skill sets and industry requirements. As a result, the conversion ratio would be higher among those students who apply for jobs as freshers with no prior work experience, or those who wish to apply for lateral work experience with an intention of switching to better work profiles.