EducationThe true purpose of education is to equip one with the tools to face challenges in life.Through education, one become:• Well informed• Well educatedFor employability, education provides one with:• The basic qualification, knowledge.• The right values, motivation, skills and competenceIn other words, Education is fundamental requisites forEMPLOYABILITY
What is the real purpose of education?
…base on research,Reason for studying Percentage BreakdownAmbition 33.6%Career 36.4%Additional Knowledge 8.4%To own Business one day 5.6%Interest 4.7%Parents’ Decision 11.2%
Why do employers want tohire new graduates?
Because you are expected to be:Are future leaders of the organizations Have strong learning aptitudeAre enthusiastic and motivatedAble to provide fresh ideas
AccountingBusiness Administration/ManagementComputer ScienceElectrical EngineeringMechanical EngineeringInformation Science and SystemComputer EngineeringCivil EngineeringEconomics
Employers rate the influence of attributes whenchoosing between equally qualified candidates:Has held leadership position 4.0Major 4.0High GPA 3.7Extra curricular activities 3.7Volunteer work 3.2School attended 3.0Note:1 No influence 4 Very much2 Not much influence 5 Extreme influence3 somewhat
Behavioral Competency/Leadership skillsBehavioral competency:• Knowledge, skills, attitudes, and actions that distinguish excellent performers• To identify, evaluate and match the required values of the organization.Leadership skills:• The ability to obtain the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.• Ones ability to get others to willingly follow• Influencing, integrity, assertiveness, magnanimity, teamwork etc.
Why behavioral competency & leadership skills arebeing sought after?• Organizations employ graduates to be their future leaders.• Matching the organizations values (Value-driven organizations)• High performance cultureHow graduates obtain these skills?• Extra co-curricular involvement• Self learning & realization
Some of the skills being evaluatedCommunication skills 4.7Honesty and Integrity 4.7Interpersonal skills 4.5Motivation/Initiatives 4.5Strong work ethic 4.5Teamwork skills 4.5Computer skills 4.4Analytical skills 4.3Flexibility 4.3Detail Oriented 4.2
Some of the skills being evaluated Organization skills 4.2 Self-Confidence 4.0 Friendly/outgoing 3.9 Tactfulness 3.9 Well mannered 3.8 Creativity 3.7 Sense of Humor 3.2MUST NOT have disciplinary issues with university.
Technical KnowledgeTechnical knowledge is critical in:• Highly technical position• Certification-driven environment• Specialized fieldsObtained via course works, practical training,project papers.
ExperienceAppropriate, relevant & sufficient experience todetermine suitability, motivation and character.• Match to the job requirements• Hands-on experience – practical training, research conducted, project papers.Pay due attention to these small experience, itcan have BIG impact!
What graduates can do to enhance their employability?•Preparation starts NOW, not when you havegraduated.•Determine what you want to be/do.•Link to your passion/interest.•Record your achievements – academic & co-curricular.•Learn the right techniques for resume writing,interview techniques etc.
Employability Campaign Application Letter/ Cover letter Resumes/ CV Interview Its not about SELLING yourself for the job Its about MATCHING yourself with the job
Preparing for employment:Application Letters + Resume/CV: Formally introduces you to potential employer. Summarizes your profile & qualification Highlights specific Knowledge, Skills & Ability information. Helps to strike your interview chances.
Preparing your letter Customized – one size DOES NOT fit all, must be specific to the job applied. This is an official letter, unless required by potential employer. Be precise, not long-winded. Avoid using or writing in passive sentence but use active sentence (eg. demonstrates sound judgment and excellent teamwork)
Cover letter tips Keep the letter short. Print on high quality paper Sign your letter Avoid jargon and long sentences Make sure no grammar, spelling and punctuation error. When sending using email, create email with proper name….
Resume/CV Customized, AGAIN! Explain your roles & responsibilities Promote your achievements/ successes, qualification, experience, specific & appropriate skills. Graduates – explain your achievements in courses, extra co-curriculum, industrial training, part time work if any.
Tips for your Resume Your resume is your brochure –stand out and sparkle Highlight your Updated CVs- Include up-to-date information Length- 3 pages is the best! If five or more pages, compress the information properly. Be absolutely free of spelling/ typing errors.
Interview Most important step in getting the job Success of the interview will depends mostly on how well you have prepared Do your home work, research as much about the organization, get your facts right. You’ve come to this stage, GO FOR IT!
Before the interview Prepare predictable questions Role play your interview Time management Dress with care, clean, well groomed and appropriate
THE INTERVIEW The Introduction The first 60 seconds is CRITICAL! Introduce your self (if you are not introduced to the interviewer) Shake hands firmly (be sensitive to some cultural/religious issues) Physical mannerism – sitting, handshake, eye- contact, body postures Keep your comments brief unless asked to elaborate.
The Business Stage Matching you with the job, understand expectations & objectives. Exchange of information - provide info about your skills, abilities, experience and personality. Know the job - Get info on the job, company. Remember, MATCHMAKE yourself with the requirements.
The Questioning stage Seize the time to ask question. You must ask questions about the organization or for any clarification. Ask more question about the job function, structure, challenges in the job, what kind of people they’re looking for. DO NOT ask about salary until you reach are shortlisted or offered the job.
Why its important to ask question?? a) interviewers expects you to ask some intelligent questions b) asking questions indicate an interest in the job and c) asking the right questions gives you a chance to find out whether you are suitable for the job.
No-No’s At the Interview Do not chew gum/sweets Do not smoke unless invited to do so and you should never ask to be allowed to smoke Do not slouch Do not ask for refreshments (unless you are coughing) Do not fiddle tap or bounce your feet Please try not to monopolize the conversation talking about yourself Do not answer your hand-phone
Follow-Up The interview is not really over until you have sent a follow-up note It says you are really interested in the job It says the kind of person you are
Develop a reputation foryourself by giving your bestshot in everything that youdo. Reputation breed success…