Today, unemployment is ravaging virtually all countries in the world. While many ascribe unemployment to unethical economic policies embarked on by different countries’ leaders, others say it is an outcome of the kind of courses they studied in the tertiary institutions. A whole lot of these are up in the air, painted in different colors all the time.
However, unemployment, may not be a result of what we think, but it may be an outcome of what we did not notice while accumulating intellectual capacities to our arsenals.
An observer of today’s proceeding in the labor environment would have seen that employment is today revolving around some certain skills, which the course one studies may not have anything to do with.
If anybody says employment is dependent on the course one studies, we can always ask if those courses that appear like uptown goods do not have unemployed graduates. For example, some unemployed law, medical, and engineering graduates are on the street seeking job, to my dismay, they are unemployed because they lack 21st century required skills, which has created vacuum in their CV.
It is no gain saying that graduates of today are unemployed because they lack certain skills and often gnash teeth at their course of study after failing the interview.
A report published in 2013 by UNESCO tagged Graduate Employ-ability in Asia, emphasized that there is a wide gap among graduates and what they studied, and this gap is becoming widening and worsening as time goes on.
The research highlighted that graduate employ-ability are caged on the premise of industrial readiness. In the report, it was maintained that university must reclaim their lost glories by producing employable graduates.
In this regards, we need to ask ourselves what skills employers demand that make graduate appear unemployable.
Among the top latest list of skills employers actually seek is being able to play around with software that makes work faster and professional in a short time. Millennium employers look up to seeing this character in fresh graduates and often time complaints that not all of them are versatile in this area.
After leaving the university, if you are not versatile in software pertaining to your fields or in the usual ones you cannot avoid in your day-to-day activities, go in search of them, and get those skills to your arsenal.
A reliable means of obtaining these skills may be through volunteering and keeping in touch with experts who have years of experience in the software you are learning.
Team Playing and Building:
Employers of this time want graduates who can work alone and carry people along at the same time. They obviously do not value dependent staffs that seek unwarranted advice when they need to forge ahead.
This is the reason interviewers ask graduates to narrate how they show a high sense of leadership in a team work they partook. Although fresh graduates might not have played in a team to attain industrial success, that is why volunteering for some firms pay off.
Volunteers have employable experiences in team playing and building because their employers would have subjected them to teamwork, which tests their competency or mold them to be competent and reliable.
Good Communication Skills:
Regardless of your course of study, you need good communication. Employers want you to show how far you can explain issues to them without mincing words.
Communicating to them without flaws or a sense of communication hindrance will protrude you. You need to speak with the best language employers and those listening to you understand.
So, to be employable, you must be sound in the language you speak and be able to analyze without error.
Good Writing Skills:
While most employers enjoy good communication skills, I still do not know of employers who shun tenable writing skills either. To be able to write well is a necessity in an industrial setting, no employers want to employ graduates that are not versatile when it comes to writing down petty issues in the industry.
Commanding good use of tenses while writing and reading are not just necessary, they are what make you stand out in job interviews.
Doing everything to be industrially competent is a 21st-century critical factor in getting employment, graduates should note this, and begin to work toward pursuing excellence in it before blaming the course they study.