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Are you employable?
May 10, 2024
Dr Punam Suri

The rapid technological advancements and automation have exacerbated the gap between worker capabilities and employer requirements, underscoring the need for a shift towards skill-based hiring. This transition represents a pivotal moment, moving away from the traditional reliance on university degrees towards a more inclusive and adaptable workforce. The degrees alone do not hold the sway they once did. Employers now seek individuals who possess academic prowess and practical skills that transcend traditional qualifications. The scarcity of skilled workers has prompted a shift in recruitment practices, with employers prioritizing skills over degrees to meet the demands of a competitive job market. This shift in focus is not unique to any country but is observed globally, as evidenced by reports highlighting the struggle of employers to find qualified talent.

Several global and Indian studies underscore this challenge. According to the reports, many employers struggle to find skilled workers. Going by the latest trends, various job postings on LinkedIn – a business and employment-focused social media platform – prioritize skills over traditional academic credentials. The trend is shifting from generalists to specialists, with increasing demand expected for professionals in fields such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), sustainability, business intelligence analysis, and information security.

Prioritizing skills in recruitment is advantageous for both employers and job seekers. This is a significant turning point, that reduces reliance on university degrees while nurturing a diverse and adaptable workforce. In an age marked by technological progress and shifting workplace dynamics, employers value and appreciate skills like digital literacy, critical thinking, creativity, and emotional intelligence. Employers are acknowledging the benefits of this approach, while job seekers are empowered to highlight their unique skill sets and embrace continuous learning. Embracing this change not only helps us meet the evolving needs of the job market but also actively shapes a future workplace defined by inclusivity, innovation, and success.

The author is the Chancellor of DAV University, Jalandhar, and a recipient of Padma Shri for his contribution to literature and education.

The write-up was published in The Tribune’s Best Colleges Guide 2024

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