Dinesh Divekar
Business Mentor, Consultant And Trainer
Dhandabani123
Communication Cum Softskill Trainer
+3 Others

What do you think is the reason for the very low employability ratio among students. Is that only their fault or they have been customised to be like blind horses?
25th February 2013 From India, Chennai
Dear Dhandabani,
Would you mind to tell the purpose of your query? Are your from education sector? Are you doing research of any kind? Or is it that you run your business related to education and wanted to do some market research?
When you say "students" then you should have mentioned which students? Are you referring the students from professional courses like Engineering, MBA or general basic course like BA, B Com etc?
You have asked "What do you think is the reason for the very low employability ratio among students." This is a direct question. But then have you conducted study of any kind on employability? If yes, then share the statistics.
While asking any query, it is pertinent to give the background information. Without it, how is it possible to give opinions of any kind?
Ok...
Dinesh V Divekar
25th February 2013 From India, Bangalore
Dear Mr.Dinesh,
First of all Thank you so much for your response and feedback. Apologies for the insufficient details.
And to tell you about me i am a soft skill cum communication trainer in a private organization and wanted to know & understand more about the students, so as to facilitate them with better teaching techniques and no other reasons for the same. And when i say students, i refer to general students which includes professional and arts students.
Thanks & Regards,
Dhandabani. M.
2nd March 2013 From India, Chennai
i.For MBA/B.Tech/PG or graduation degree: Overall,Deficient in Communications skills;and not quite Team-fit.
ii.Above does not apply to CA/ICWA/CS students,who seem quite employable,upon aquiring the qualification.
2nd March 2013 From India, Hyderabad
There is a grossly mistaken notion that low employabilty among students is due to lack of soft skills in them. I agree this is one of the elements contributing to low employability. This pumped up and orchestrated perception is a product of the growth of the IT industry where interacting with foreign clients by people working on Time and Material (T&M) contract IT projects exposed the shortcomings of our graduates on this count. One has to understand that aligning with western pronounciation, way of dressing, understanding and falling in line with their social norms, knowing their slangs, laughing with them, sensitvity to their sense of humour, table manners, and so on are just some of the elements that contributed to the perception of poor social skills and low emloyability.

More fundamental are intrinsic to our (including fresh professionals) competency, attitudes, values and practices. These include our youngsters' superficial subject knowledge in whichever field, lack of depth, inabiity to apply theory to practices, delivering outputs to meet fitness for purpose, holistic approach to a problem aimed at practical problem solving, lack of interest and initiative to achieve goals, honesty in communication, empathy to others, display of confidence in interactions, professional integrity, reliability, punchuality, Chalte hai approach, willingnness to go the extra mile to meet commitments, mixing up professional and persinal issues, not respecting others' and one's own time, low self esteem and so on.

While some of these behavioural traits are integral to our society's culture, there has been a degradation in value systems over time driven by access to easy money from IT growth, without realising its short term nature. Added to this is the commercialisation of our higher education system where focus is on fast rolling out graduates to meet market demand least caring for quality, unscrupulous promoters of educational institutions, low integrity of regulatory system, low quality teachers also of low integrity, and in essence living in a misplaced sense of euphoria.

everyone is happy so why change syndrome! So my submission is employability is much more than an issue of soft skills. However unemployability has become synonimous with poor soft skills for variety of reasons including myopia and self serving interests of soft skill trainers.
2nd March 2013 From India, Bangalore
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2nd March 2013 From India, Haryana
Dear dfc9fc9a5a2add958475eb16e,
Thanks exhaustive reply. It deserves appreciation. However I do not know how come "appreciation" button has gone missing all of a sudden.
Your analysis is very good because your have kept ear to the ground. Very good writing style as well.
Dinesh V Divekar
2nd March 2013 From India, Bangalore
Dear All,

Thank you so much for all your contributions and efforts; especially Dfc9fc9a5a2add958475eb16e. Your answer was really awesome and it s true. I am pretty sure it s not only communication and how you present yourself but attitude which includes lack of willingness to know things in detail, the purpose of them and their study, lack of responsibility, ignorance, soft skills and many other things. But the exact question which is bothering me is this. Are students the only (or) primary reason for this or the primary part is played by the society and parents (or) our educational system ? Because i am in this training field for around a year now and have interacted with many students from both metros and rural areas but the major problem i find in most of the students is that, they are really not confident on them because of which they are finding some easy ways to get in a job and to make their life an easy one. Even, for getting a job they are not ready to go to different companies, try on their own, understand what the company exactly needs and prepare accordingly. Recently i happened to interact with students in salem where in they have given a huge sum of money (from Rs.30,000 - Rs.75,000) to a professor for getting a job. He hasn't got them a job even after 6 months, even the options he gave was not really good, it s like Rs.5,000 or Rs.6,000 in bangalore for BE graduates or few other back door entries. But after few training sessions from our company few of them understood the real situation tried things on their own and few out of them has really got in to jobs, may be it s only for a small amount of salary like Rs. 7,000, 8,500 or 12,000. But it was out of their own efforts without paying any money to any one. Now the question is this, even the students themselves know that they have few problems or opportunity areas but rather than correcting it why are they giving money to some one else like this and are making a fool out of them ? This is not with rural areas even in the metros this is happening. Now please share your views. And thank you so much once again.

Thanks & Regards,

Dhandabani. M.
4th March 2013 From India, Chennai
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