Campus placements are in the air now! Every professional educational institute – be it management, engineering, pharmacy or fashion – is geared up to get its passing out graduates the best pay package in the organization of their choice. It is a grueling challenge for each institute (read placement cell) to satisfy both its customers: internal graduates and external recruiting organizations. The challenge is due to the gap between two variables (variables are factors that vary from time to time): one, the ‘aspiration’ of the passing out graduates and the other, ‘expectations’ of recruiters.
To test the ground, Professor Nandita Abraham and Associate Professor Priya Mary Mathew of the Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi undertook a research project recently. They tapped 40 employers, 40 faculty members and 40 students (all related to fashion industry) and asked them about the top five employability skills required of fresh graduates.
The interesting scenario that emerged was that employers look for employees’ ability to work without supervision but students or potential employees feel that they may need supervision in their initial formative years at their new jobs. Being well-versed with arithmetic skills – which signifies a certain comfort level with numbers and figures – is important and high on the list of both the students and the faculty but figures way below on the employers’ wish list. Further, it was noticed that while for students, being honest is an attribute; prospective employers do not seem to think so. They rate the employees’ writing and decision-making skills as more desirable.
Apparently, there is a mismatch between the aspirations of the students and the expectations of recruiters. Statistics reveal that the correlation between employers and students is 0.43 and between employers and the faculty it is 0.58 when ideally it ought to be ‘1’. Perhaps it is time that employers and employees found a common ground on which to begin work for greater productivity and enhanced efficiencies.