Updated: Sep 3
All educated individuals after completion of formal learning are on the lookout for the employment of their choice or their dream job. Some individuals seek employment in MNCs and would like to build a career in the economic sector that is compatible with their formal education. Yet some individuals would like to take the job for work experience and then they may become self-employed in their own startup firms.
Whatever may be the objective for getting employed, you shall face questions such as: Are you employable?
Do you have the necessary skills or competencies that employers are looking for before offering you the job?
What are the employability skills that the employer is expecting from the prospective employee?
So, those individuals, who are seeking employment will have to first find and identify the employability skills and competencies they need to have before even they apply for the job in the organization of their sector or domain. Individuals may search on their own search engine to find it. It's not a great deal. Very soon they shall find out more or less similar skillsets or competencies as listed here.
Self-learning, Self - Awareness and Self- Management
Effective Communication and Emotional Intelligence
Teamwork, Interpersonal, and Conflict Resolution
Problem Solving, Decision Making and Creativity
Administration, Management, and Leadership
Using Science, Mathematical, and Technology Competencies
Some Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) may offer an opportunity for the learners of formal degrees or diplomas to learn some or more of the above-mentioned skills as part of their informal learning. But if, if some individuals are not lucky enough to have completed their formal academic program from such HEIs, will have to make additional efforts to learn, understand, and practice employability skills.
Seeing the importance and relevance of skills, Govt. of India has emphasized this in its New Education Policy. The New Educational Policy - 2020 (NEP- 2020) and the proposed National Credit Framework (NCF) talks about 21st-century skill set to be embedded with the core domain in the formal degree, diploma, or certificate academic program. These skills are:
Independent learning skills
Thinking skills (critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity)
Responsibility and ethics skills
Knowledge Management skills