Imagine attending private tuition classes to complete the work assigned to you at a Fortune 500 company. Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it? According to a study conducted by McKinsey & Company only 25 per cent of technical graduates and 10-15 per cent of general college graduates are employable in most third world countries What exactly is the industry looking for which is lacking in the majority? What can students do to increase our employability?
When companies recruit fresh graduates, they first seek academic excellence. However, this is in contrast to the system that most students resort to, owing to the importance paced on marks. The industry is looking for people who have an in-depth understanding in their chosen subjects not those memorize textbooks. Students must know how to practically apply their knowledge. In reality due to wrong studying methods, several graduates fail to excel in their chosen subjects. Recruiters often point out that students do not look or know beyond their books.
Many students resort to tuitions to help them cope with academics. While this is sometimes needed to supplement college lectures, it is not wise to waste inordinate amount of time flitting from one class to another. This time can be used to refer, ponder, read and enhance your understanding of a subject. When you start working you will be required to complete assignments independently. Graduation means moving away from method learning to application oriented learning and firm completing the portion to appreciating the vastness of the subject – this attitudinal change can take extra mile.
Not all recruiters look for academic excellence alone; the right attitude and certain personal qualities too are essential. Attitude is the most important asset when selecting a fresher. Basically the fresher should be trainable to apply what he or she learns to practical purposes.
We look for self confidence analytical skills leadership qualities the ability to work in teams and communication skills among other things.
Clearly these skills are not taught in the standard course curriculum in most colleges. How then, can you develop these skills while in college? For starters, you can participate in the events of your college. A college festival is a small scale version of a real life decision making and organizational environment. When you participate in or manage events you pick up crucial leadership organizational and planning skills. Sometimes these opportunities can bring out an unknown skill which can change for the better.
An office environment also requires dealing with new people situations and responsibilities. Employers look for students who can remain calm in stressful situations and possess good people skills. it is important to be level headed and consistent while making decisions. That does not mean you are not dynamic, it just means that you are not erratic. Additionally volunteering with Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) helps in developing an all round personality as it makes you aware of social issues.
Some companies that go to college campuses to recruit students conduct tests, group discussions and personal interviews as part of the selection process. Others hold orientation program to acquaint the students with the goals, aims and requirements of the company. To ensure that good students don’t lose out if they are ill-prepared for interviews some companies interact with college students early on, and make them aware of what they are looking for in prospective employees. This way, students can begin to work on their skills right from the beginning. Students can sometimes get overwhelmed and pick up the first and not necessarily the best offer. It is important for students to consult their college counselors or professors and read up about the different companies before participating in the program. This way they can make an informed decision.
Keeping focus on your potential employers can help in other ways too. You can start working on your competencies and think of ways in which you can make a difference. Students should have a fresh perspective without bias. It will be very handy if they are willing to understand current processes and trends and suggest improvements. Out of the box ideas for path breaking initiatives are always welcome.
To sum up, if you spend time discovering yourself with an open mind and excelling in your chosen subjects you may be able to exceed expectations both yours and your employers’. Make the most of the best years of your college life but at the same time build a base for your future while ensuring you enjoy what you do.