Employability skills are often considered essential in helping a person obtain a job, or stay in a job and progress to higher levels. The non-technical (employability) skills required in a job will vary widely between different occupations and industries, and will complement the specific technical or academic skills essential to that job.
DSPSR is promoting the development of a new framework for employability skills.
DSPSR Training and Placement (T&P) division regularly organizes students workshops focusing on improving the overall employability of the students. Frequent activities and workshops are planned to enhance professional effectiveness by emphasizing upon the concepts of Team Work, Leadership, time Management and Work Ethics.
Special emphasis is placed on development of soft skills mandatory for success in service industry. These programs not only impart the students with Industry relevant abilities like Business Communication but also with necessary On-the-job Soft-skills proficiencies like Presentation Skills, Dressing, Grooming and Workplace Etiquette.
DSPSR focuses not only on providing you a good academic knowledge but also on improving your overall personality. It does not teach you academics only; it prepares you for a job. Industry needs smart people, not only intelligent. It makes you smarter.
An indicative list of activities to be done to achieve the above objectives:
- Committee/Events - shows leadership, initiative, planning skills and teamwork.
- Functional clubs/functional discussions - builds domain knowledge and expertise in chosen function.
- Newspapers/HBR/The Economist - builds general awareness, ability to sustain intelligent conversations, develops confidence
- Books - On chosen domain, on general management, and on building greater understanding of the world
- Communication skills classes (for those who need it) - develops English, fluency, confidence, grooming, overall ability to initiate and take part in conversations. Removes stage fright and nervousness.
- Thinking skills (since scores were low in analytical test) - solving puzzles, cross words, Sudoku etc. Practising 'thinking on the feet'. Developing structured thinking mindset
- IT expertise - 100% proficiency in excel and database (how to organize the data, designing intelligent data formats to reduce/minimise errors/repetitions, learning pivot tables, macros and beyond), PowerPoint, Word, internet as a research tool, social media etc.
- Sector wise research/reading - to develop expertise in our own chosen areas. At least 5-6 sectors or niches (e.g. FMCG, Education, Telecom, Pharma...or Luxury Marketing, Advertising, Retail, Financial Services, etc.) where we are the resident experts. Complete knowledge of sector dynamics, key players, competitive benchmarking, P&L, SWOT, 5 Forces, BCG Matrix... We know those sectors inside out.
- Live projects - since most of us do not have work experience, this provides us the much needed 'practical grounding'. Need to work with companies/mentors, and make sure we know more about the chosen project area than our final recruiter.
- Paper presentations - students should present abroad, and in top Indian B Schools and so on. The area of research/paper should be in line with our career interest.
Networking - reach out to at least 30 companies which we find aspiring. Mix of large and small. Make mentors amongst middle managers there.