Job market: ‘communicate or collapse'
The ability to communicate comes next only to attitude when it comes to the high level of employability of a young person. What the recruiting companies across the world are looking for in their future employees are positive attitude in the first place and communication skills later.
For the academicians, it is like “publish or perish” kind of an experience to survive in some parts of the world. Now for the young aspirants all over the world, the “communicate or collapse” thing stares in their faces to the extent that they open their eyes to the importance of gaining better and effective communication for a good career.
V.V.N. Rajendra Prasad, chairman of the Board of Studies in English, Sri Krishna Devaraya University, Ananthapur, speaks elaborately about the greater need for the Indian students of all courses including professionals to enhance their levels of effective communication on a regular basis. Quoting reports of a survey conducted by an independent organisation, Prof. Prasad says that the employers give the second preference to communication abilities of the job aspirants, which is relevant everywhere.
Prof. Prasad emphasises the need for greater awareness on the language skills considering the fact that the young people in India were almost equal to the total population of the US. “Ninety per cent of the young Indians are learning English. So it is clear how important it is to promote learning effective English,” he added.
Various aspects of the communication have come up for discussion at the workshop on “Effective communication for professional success” organised by the English department of the VR Siddhartha Engineering College, Vijayawada.
The speakers have underscored the point that the colleges have started separating the English department from the humanities with the sole aim of giving greater thrust to the communication development activities.
There are three international commodities that determine the quality of human life in the present day world.
These are obviously petrochemicals, personal computer and the English language. In such a world scenario, every student should think of competing with not the one next to him or her in their local college but visualise a competition from another student in a different continent.
K. Madhusudhan, assistant professor, Shiva Shivani Institute of Management, Hyderabad, says that it is very surprising that while some are losing jobs in the present day crisis situations, others are finding enormous opportunities at the same time. In these dual situations, one should seek to acquire skills that will enable them to compete at the global level.
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