Here there are two things. You had given contract to the institutes or agencies or trainers to conduct the training on personality development. Now you should ask these the institutes or agencies or trainers as to why the personality of the students did not develop even after the training also? Was there any mismatch in training and the industry requirement?
Secondly, you say that "a lot of organizations in various industries have expressed concerns over the employability of students". Call some of the heads of the organisations and let them tell on what counts the students fail to meet the expectations of the industry. Take the videos of these persons and start showing this video during the training sessions. Let this interview be taken by students only. Let there be interface between industry and students.
Let students organise seminars on their own. This seminar should be on "what is success?" and "why successful people are successful?". Every week let one group of students give presentation on this.
Make a group of the students. Send them to the industry. Let them do research why freshers fail to meet the expectations of the industry and what improvement needs to be done amongst the students. Let each group show this presentation to others.
Call the old students (those who passed out say five years ago). Let them speak out what challenges they faced after passing out. They can tell what the current students can do to be industry ready.
Finally, what matters is individual's vision. To certain extent it is inborn also. One who wants to grow will grow anyway and that person does not require prodding!
Dinesh V Divekar
Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.
From India, Bangalore
Please make a note that, It is highly impossible to meet demands/expectations pertaining to respective industries as there are various factors associated with it and at the same time, even the expectations of freshers cannot be met because they haven't planned their career accordingly. EMPLOYER and EMPLOYEE perception differs to larger extent. Technology is advancing everyday. Hence, skills need to be upgraded. I strongly recommend "7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE" by STEVEN COVEY to be included in curriculum designed for UNDER-GRADUATES.
Most of the freshers lack RISK TAKING TENDENCY. They mindsets are FROZE with certain EXPECTATIONS. To help students, enhancing probability ratio of getting employed, there must be synchronization between employer and employee. Personality development and Soft skills alone cannot help students to purse their career.
Students needs to study market trends, industry demands and get themselves acquainted proportionately with relevant skills and knowledge to kick start their career. Even the education system need to be fine tune and core specialization cores(as per industry practices/requirement) must be introduced rather GENERIC CURRICULUM. A degree may not help a fresher to fetch a job but relevant/specialized skills may support him to get into respective organisation, where he may be trained further to deliver his best.
For example: An xyz organisation is looking for freshers who can purse their career in xyz domain. Employer is willing to train them so that, they can take up complete responsibility, thus meeting employers and respective industry demands. Now, the question is, how many freshers are willing to accept it as a challenge.
At the same time, How many organisations are willing to take risk by hiring freshers and train them to meet their requirements.
1) Map FUTURE with PRESENT and act accordingly.
2) Institutions must tie up with those companies where, there is a scope for FRESHERS to pursue their career.
3) Additional courses proportional to employer norms must be taught to students, thus supporting them to qualify and clear the interview process
4) At times, students need to spend little money to get acquainted with relevant skills rather depending upon the curriculum taught by respective universities which may not be in par with industry process.
With profound regards
From India, Chennai