The newer generations are generally becoming more and more aware of the kind of world they are living in and the various opportunities that surround them. They are identifying value in doing things that are global practical adventurous and bring a sense of independence and responsibility much more than the generation before them.
Ambition versus obsession
Though the world is their oyster we cannot overlook the hurdles students need to cross and obsessions that need to be kept to check in this quest to be a global citizen, International careers usually stem from higher education abroad. In this context, 15 per cent of youth studying get on merit others because they focus on loans and family funding. The 15 per cent going on merit do exceptionally well, and some of them end up with a job. But for the others there is a general struggle, but they are insulated because back in India nobody knows about it. Students who have completed their under graduate postgraduate academic and professional degree abroad from reputed or mediocre universities often stay back since they have a work visa. Most of them don’t get a relevant job, but they continue to stay there and take up jobs in different sectors, which they would disdain in India because the money paid they are paid when converted in Indian rupee terms looks respectable. An international degree is important when jobs across the world are equally accessible. But today, jobs in the advanced countries of the world are scarce and international students hardly have any access to them back to India, the international degree does not ease access to suitable jobs because students qualifying from established universities in India have been recruited directly from campus.
Yet, the desire to be an Ivy League product is top of mind for most. In some cases the ambition truly becomes an obsession to settle abroad. There are scores of cases one gets to know of where students marry older natives while studying in that country to ensure a permanent resident status and work there.
Quite a few students lack farsightedness, are very impatient and expect everything including huge monetary gains, overnight. Most of them overestimate their own skill sets in the context of an international workplace. These students need a reality check if they are aspiring for effective international competitiveness.
Sought after skills
Besides the reality check one needs to also be equipped with the right skills to achieve one’s goals. And this goes beyond just academic achievements. The youth has not been able to learn how to read write listen and speak effectively and efficiently. Students on longer acquire the art of learning to learn, which is the basic aim of education. The youth is no longer interested in the breadth of learning either in education or at the workplace. The keywords here are thus the ability to communicate and listen. Soft skills did anyone say? Irrelevant as they might seem in the larger picture fact remains that these skills are must haves in succeed in any workplace. It is a highly competitive world and now is the time of specialization and general application. Some skills that every student needs for success at the global workplace are people’s communication presentation, and negotiation skills. Problem solving decision making, and cross cultural competencies are crucial too.
This explains why students as young as 13 are enrolling for personality development and communication courses. One wonders how tangible they are though. Too many people go by price and do not bother to check the true value of the course. That does not mean that all high priced programs are great. The key for tangible results of attending a skill building course is to check whether the course provides true value for money in terms of content, faculty and the ultimate take home factor.
An important point that comes to fore is that while it is very healthy to be ambitious it is equally important to be grounded and not get swayed by the current management jargons used by placement agencies typically. What is your profile? What is your core competency? These jargons have led the youth to look for job profiles in the very first years on the job. It should be well understood that in the first few years on the job, you are basically learning what the work in organization is like adjusting to the workplace trying to figure out your strengths an enhancing your skills or adding new ones. On an average the youth today switch two or three jobs in the first five years in the job market. This may sometimes add to the pay packet, but otherwise just creates psychological pressure about where one is headed. Also, general desire of getting a pay hike and promotion annually at least are some concerns that are coming up in the job market.
In conclusion, it is true that the world can truly be your canvass provided you are aware of the challenges it throws up and your own potential and shortcomings.