Danesh's Journey From Being Educated to Being Employable
Danesh’s story is one of millions of young people across India — young adults who have completed their education but are finding it hard to join the workforce despite India’s large economy.
Do gaps exist in our education system that don’t necessarily cater to industry demands? Or is there a need for additional skills that bridge the gap between education and employment?
The reality in either case is rather grim. According to a 2019 survey by Wheebox, Confederation of Indian Industries, and People Box only 47% Indian graduates are employable. The employability is low particularly in graduates of technical courses like B.Tech and B.Sc. Quest Alliance in collaboration with NGO partners like Don Bosco - Vazhikatti in Tamil Nadu is addressing this issue by providing key 21st century skills like digital literacy, financial literacy, career and communication skills.
Danesh, a young man from Chennai for instance, despite completing a B.Sc. in computer sciences was unable to secure a job in the relevant sector. “I would reach the interview stage, on the basis of my resume and marks, but in the interview, I would get tongue-tied,” he adds.
Danesh’s inability to convince the employer was not because of a lack of understanding of the job role but because of an even simple, solvable reason -- poor communication skills stemming from a fear in conversing in English.
This simple roadblock was impacting his confidence many folds. “I was very depressed, and I felt I was not suitable for the workforce,” says Danesh.
Luckily for Danesh, one of his friends suggested he take up the online career development sessions organized by Don Bosco. In the course, through a unique blended learning model, Danesh was introduced to key 21st century skills. He slowly began to see improvement in the way he conducted himself, and developed self-awareness which helped him tackle his fears and anxieties.
“We all probably need a nurturing environment in educational institutions. There is a need for educators to build a rapport with students and help them find themselves,” he says.
Post course completion, Danesh was able to secure a job in one of the leading IT companies of the country. He earns Rs.18,000 per month and claims that the job security and exposure at workplace has reaffirmed his belief in himself and his ability to contribute to a workplace.
DaneshWorks at an IT company
“We all probably need a nurturing environment in educational institutions. There is a need for educators to build a rapport with students and help them find themselves.”