Employability Assessment and Placement Program
In a world where change is constant, new innovations, concepts and technologies are emerging every day and are available at large for future applications. Nations adapting to such changes through subsequent applications have become harbinger of flourishing new economy. While new concepts and technologies have benefited the world at large, they have also opened up new speciality domains exponentially in Education and Career. This challenge of plenty has an adverse effect on our ability to choose the ‘right’ option. Today, our youngsters are at a similar Career crossroad, not knowing what is right for them to pursue as a career. Out of sheer confusion, most of them land up paying heed to the opinions of those they look up to most. Career decision made this way can be best described as a compromise between perception and reality, due to the lack of scientific evaluation methods which map their natural interest, values, aptitude and personality. Such ill informed decision often leads to decreased motivation level and more than often, youngsters may not pursue a career in their chosen educational domain. The job fitment gap widens and dearth of Employable Skill appears explicitly visible and incongruent.
Lack of Employable Skills amongst fresh graduates of professional institution is a Global phenomenon; India is no exception. Entry-level corporate manpower requirement has witnessed a humongous paradigm shift. Today corporate houses expect new recruits to be aligned to the Organizational Job requirement and should start delivering results in preferably no or low gestation period. In other words they have to be Corporate Ready. Most institutions have not been able to provide Application Oriented Learning Skills for which there is lack of skilled entry level manpower. As a result, professional institutions nationwide face a typical challenge today: To increase the employability of their students and beat the ever-growing industry employability standards, so that they are able to obtain recruitment which matches their qualifications, skills and competencies. Institutions which invest in the inculcation of talent management processes of pre-exposing and attuning students to real life placement drives through simulation, development of required skills, competencies & capabilities emerge as domain leaders.
These pre-exposed students become the most sought after talent in any Corporate and Industry placement drives: Institution’s qualitative and quantitative placement track records can show astounding growth year after year.
Better quality of placements lead to:
- Higher demand for subsequent admissions
- Better quality of students applying for subsequent admissions
- Improved NBA/ NAAC Rating
- More organizations for campus placements
- Decreasing costs in advertising and marketing
- Quicker increment in fee structures
- Attracts Qualitative Faculties
While initiating such activities in professional institutes to eliminate the campus recruitment challenges, we at MapMe observe and experience the following challenges: Opportunity exists in enhancing the career exploration, career guidance, application oriented skill gap training, astute corporate leadership training and providing improved campus recruitment. The current methodology requires complete re-engineering to provide improved campus recruitment. The present teams operate within functional performance parameters and at times this can lead to conflict in meeting campus recruitment interests. The student profiling, application skills and competencies benchmark needs to meet the required standard of corporate expectation. A gap in one element leads to a consequential snap at the end point.
In order to be efficient in terms of implementation, the stakeholders need to work beyond defined boundaries (if any) and have an innovative approach. Going forward, the institution needs to have a cohesive teamwork culture fostering a spirit of innovation at a pace of change appropriate to the pace of overall economic growth.