Employers are not getting what they expect from graduates today. Thousands of employers and prospective students were surveyed by a global higher education company named Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and huge disparity was found between the skills demanded and what is provided by the graduates.
How can you make sure that you are job-ready as soon as you complete your college degree or even before that? What are some of the skills that you need to have besides knowing your subject matter? Let’s take a look at the top 5 skills that will considerably increase your probability of being hired, and will make your path easier after that.
Problem Solving Skills
This is something that a person is either born with or develops with proper education and experience. The ability to solve problems is highly valued by companies looking for new hires. This ability ranks at the top in the on-the-job skills a computer science and engineering student should develop before graduation.
If you are born with this skill, then it is really good. One should not feel nervous or overwhelmed by the situation if one wants to be a good problem solver. It is easier said than done. Practice meditation or yoga to strengthen your nerves to handle pressure situations. Second, indulge yourself in activities where you have to push your mind to think, like solve a Sukodu or crossword puzzle.
Learn to Work in Team
You may be exceptionally good in theoretical knowledge or what was taught to you at college. Enter the professional world, you will not be working alone, and in most cases, you will have to find a balance between seniors, colleagues and juniors and employees from another department. As a computer science and engineering graduate, this is one on-the-job skill that a student should develop before graduation.
There is an old saying that – teamwork means dream work, it is a crucial skill to have regardless of the organization you are working in. As a fresh new employee, you will develop this skill with time.
Smooth Communication Skills
This skill comes at the third position for a student to have before completing graduation. If you are not able to communicate effectively, you will never be able to express your opinion and those who are at the other end will not be able to understand your opinion.
Those planning to work in the computer science and engineering department should take note that employers give more importance to those who have good communication, interpersonal and technical skills. The knowledge a prospective employee has is only as good as the communication skills of that person.
Adaptable in New Environment
To describe this skill in a few words, “a wise man adapts him to circumstances, as water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it”. One of the biggest reasons for attrition is graduates are not able to shape themselves in different vessels, as has been found out by leading research organization Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
When talking on the importance of on-the-job skills a student should have before graduation, adaptability in new environment comes in the fourth position. A new graduate may be asked to work in a different state where he or she will find a new environment, which may be difficult to adapt initially. One can survive such a situation only when the person has an adaptive nature.
Effective Interpersonal Skills
According to LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner – effective interpersonal skills are one thing that the majority of employees are not having. Interpersonal skills are defined as the ability of a person to communicate and interact both in a group and individually. In the words of Jeff Weiner – it is surprising but interpersonal skills are where we’re seeing the biggest imbalance”.
Interpersonal skills not only affect our personal lives, but it also affects our professional lives as well. Most of the technology companies in India and abroad, look for good interpersonal skills among its new employees, and obviously, preference is given to those who have.
Chandigarh Group of Colleges, Jhanjeri is well aware of the requirements employers look for in their prospective employees. CGC Jhanjeri provides an environment for students to develop these top 5 skills which increase the employment prospect of the students considerably, as soon as they graduate.
It is worth mentioning here that the majority of the students at CGC Jhanjeri get employed even before they pass out from the college. The fact that the employability factor of our students is so high it is because of such qualities are ingrained in our students.