Am educated to be employable. Am I?

Sagarika and Punya, best friends were pursuing their postgraduation in chemistry. They both apply for the position of a part time lecturer in a prominent college. On the day of the interview, both wish each other luck. Both the girls are extremely knowledgeable in the subject and are good confident speakers.

During the interview, similar questions are asked.

When the interviewer asked, “Suppose there is a student who is unable to understand what you just taught because he is not so good in English, what would you do?”

Sagarika in her crystal clear voice said, “It’s an English medium college. He has to have known before joining. I cannot spoil the class discipline for one such student.”

Proactively, I’ll suggest to the management to scrutinize their admission process, she crisply added.

Punya, when posed the same, with an apologetic smile, said, “I am not very fluent in the regional languages myself although I do speak a spattering of the same. I’ll express my difficulty to the child and make an attempt to re-explain the concept as best as I can. Further I’ll advise the boy to attend coaching classes to improve his English. I’ll also suggest another student whose regional language is better than mine to guide the boy.”

To make it easier on the child, I would jokingly say, during the course of our studies, hopefully my regional language and your English will both improve, she added.

Punya was given the job.

It is the attitude to help that is more important than the actual help. Many a time we see that the work rendered may not be so enormous but the spirit in which it

was done, the regard and religiousness with which the work is approached makes a great difference.

People who talk of rules, discipline and a proclaimed ‘no tolerance’ to anything beyond the given profile are the ones who actually are the shirkers in the guise of efficiency.

Employability skills are usually in the package that comes along with the goods that were ordered. No amount of academic qualifications can enhance the skills that one has to acquire before he is employable in the true sense. Developing the right attitude, the sincerity of approach, the habits that are inculcated are all
the ‘other skills’ that are essential for employability.

Interviewers always seek the person who has a whole lot of ‘other things’ that accompany his academic accolades. Organizational skills like, did you host an event, did you participate in a charity event; Communication skills like, are you a good speaker, do you like to present stuff in front of an audience, do you enjoy being around people; Computer ability skills like, are you comfortable with the intricacies of excel, do you rectify your laptop yourself; Team skills like, do you
love sports – what do you play, have you been in a team event as a participant or an organizer; Leadership skills like did you lead your friends to that event, do you think your friends listen to your opinion; are some of the questions one should be ready to answer to consider themselves employable.

To all that, add the ingredient of ‘out-of-the-box’ strategies, and you are in!

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