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  • 1. Soft Skills in relation to Employability Skills as Survival Skills:“To Meet the Challenges of Tomorrow” Manish Sharma M. Pharm, Ist Sem.,Pharmaceutical Management & Regulatory Affairs (PMRA) 1
  • 2. Agenda Introduction Soft Skills Employability Employability Skills Employability Skills Map Skill Gap Strategies to fill the Gap Approaches towards practice Conclusion 2
  • 3. Introduction• We can not survive longer with food lacking of nutrients similarly employees can not survive longer on his job without the employability skills.• The level of skills demanded by employers had increased, mainly because: a) higher levels of technology, b) increasing competition, and c) increasing concerns about quality of products. 3
  • 4. Soft Skills• Soft skills is relating to a persons "EQ" (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people.• soft skills relate to a persons ability to interact effectively with coworkers and customers and are broadly applicable both in and outside the workplace.• Thus the soft skills become complementary to employability skills. 4
  • 5. EmployabilityEmployability is about work and theability to be employed, such as: The ability to gain initial employment; The ability to maintain employment and make ‘transitions’ between jobs and roles within the same organization to meet new job requirements, and The ability to obtain new employment if required, i.e. to be independent in the labor market by being willing and able to manage their own employment transitions between and within organizations. 5
  • 6. Employability• A set of skills, knowledge and personal attributes that make an individual more likely to secure and be successful in their chosen occupation(s) to the benefit of themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy.• Employability goes well beyond the simplistic notion of key skills, and is evidenced in the application of a mix of personal qualities and beliefs, understandings, skilful practices and the ability to reflect productively on experience. 6
  • 7. Employability Skills“A set of achievements, understandings andpersonal attributes that make individuals more likelyto gain employment and to be successful in theirchosen occupations”. 7
  • 8. Employability Skills Map Key Competencies Employability Skills Communicate Ideas & Information Communication Work with others & in teams Teamwork Solve Problems Problem solving Use Technology TechnologyCollect, Analyse & Organise Information Planning and Organising Adaptation, Identifying opportunities, Generating options; and Initiating Initiative and Enterprise innovative solutions. Plan & Organise activities Self-managementWilling to learn in any setting – on and Learning off the job. Use Mathematical Techniques & Ideas Contained within descriptions of several of other Employability Skills 8
  • 9. Skill Gap• The difference between the skills needed on the job and those possessed by applicants, are called as the skills-gap.• Skill gap is of real concern to human resource managers and business owners looking to hire competent employees.• Employers need reliable, responsible workers who can solve problems and who have the social skills and attitudes to work together with other workers.• The problem is that technology is changing everyday but the study is remaining the same. Students get more theoretical knowledge and less practical application. 9
  • 10. Skill Gap• Failure to equip young people with the job readiness skills critical to job success is equivalent to placing employability barriers in their path. Thus employability becomes visible when graduates demonstrate the ability to adapt and contribute productively to the work environment. 10
  • 11. Strategies to fill the GapThrough academic study Students need to become aware that the learning process they go through during higher education has value in other contexts. Writing a dissertation, for example, involves using the skills of research, analysis and time management, as well as overall planning and project management. Similarly, many students have to make presentations throughout their academic career - a valuable skill in many work situations. There might also be other contexts (for example, discussion and seminar/tutorial groups related to a student’s course) which would provide opportunities for developing a range of employability skills, and these opportunities should be highlighted to students. 11
  • 12. Strategies to fill the GapThrough work experience Vacation work and industrial placements provide an ideal opportunity to develop useful skills. Language students on their year abroad should be encouraged to reflect upon employability skills developed or enhanced, eg showing initiative, demonstrating resilience, learning in depth about another culture. 12
  • 13. Approaches towards practice The “TRICK” to employability skillsTruthfulness Not doing anything illegal Telling the truth / being honestReliability Showing up and being on timeIntegrity Doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do.Communication Skills Written, verbal, imagesKills What can we do? 13
  • 14. Conclusion “To be employed is to be at risk, to be employable is to be secure.”Mere academic abilities alone will not be adequate. Whatis essential is something beyond academic domainsuch as communication skills, problem solving skills,communication skills which are known as employabilityskills. When applicants possess these skills then itbecomes easier for employers to train other technicalskills easily, both educational institutions and industryshould work together for enhancing employability skillsas it is rightly said that you need to clap with bothhands to get the results. 14
  • 15. THANKS