When Graduates are finding it harder to find employment and employers are reporting mismatches in the skills young people are learning and that industry requires then a question arises, which skills require the most? The answer is “Soft Skills”. But the committee on the National Education Policy (NEP) headed by newly appointed former ISRO chief and Padma Vibhushan awardee K Kasturirangan is considering this or not, only time will tell.
“Soft Skills” – like verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work collaboratively in teams and to influence others – are the top ten in employers demand list. A 2016 report found that other skills – such as critical thinking, problem-solving, attention to detail, and writing – top the list of missing skills among job-seekers. Developing these skills in young people will require not only a shift in subject
matter, but also a change in how students are taught. It becomes a tedious job when only few teachers are able to help students and develop generic, transferable skills for future work.
Workplaces Infra changes accordingly…
The shift can be observed in workplace environment. Now-a- days to increase interaction and collaboration open-plan workplaces are designed. So, in addition to the job’s requirements, workplace design means these interpersonal and influencing skills are more important than ever.
In the past, you could escape difficult personalities and noisy co-workers by shutting the office door. The
design of the modern workplace, coupled with the increased requirement to collaborate across teams and divisions, underscores the importance of increasing the soft-skill capacity of current and future employees.
Employers are trying to build an organistation which looks outward and there is easy flow of communication by demolishing the door of seniors. Also they are eyeing on social capital skills,developed influencing skills – to assist in building networks and the employer’s brand and these influencing skills which fuel the organizations to grow multidimensionally.
A 2016 report from a joint federal government and OECD workshop and report by the Foundation for Young Australians underscored the importance of developing adaptability in young people, as well as enterprise skills that can be applied across a wide range of contexts.
As the demand for these critical thinking skills has risen and industries costs businesses thousands of dollars per year due to lack of these skills in workforce universities have come in for criticism from industry and corporate recruiters who argue that master of business administration programs need to be relevant and do more to develop leadership, communication and soft skills.
More needs to be done with educators, industry and government working together to ensure young people will be equipped with the skills they need for future jobs.
OECD 2016 Report on skills
FYA 2016 Report