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Skilling Gen Z beyond Classrooms

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Venguswamy Ramaswamy discusses how TCS iON is preparing the ‘gems of tomorrow’ as ‘nation builders of the future’ by equipping students with skills beyond just academics.

In this 21st century, students are expected to constantly prove their mettle by navigating through more skills, capabilities and competition. Much of what students typically learn in schools today will no longer be relevant by the time they graduate from college. A recent Oxford University study found that 47 percent of today’s jobs will be eliminated over the next 20 years! Now consider this — most schools across our country are still largely focused on rote learning with very little input on the additional skills required to survive in this increasingly complex, competitive and rapidly changing world. The future is beyond academics just as careers are beyond the conventional ones.

SKILLS FOR THE FUTURE

In a society where routine jobs are getting increasingly automated, the best way to prepare for the future is to develop the ability to continuously learn, adapt and be flexible. Educators, academic researchers and policymakers agree that for today’s learners, 21st century skills such as creativity, curiosity, perseverance, adaptability, critical thinking, effective communication, collaboration and lifelong learning are more important than ever before.

With a vision to help schools and students across the country gain a strong understanding of these much-acclaimed 21st century skills, TCS iON has created IntelliGem — a first-of-its-kind meta-academic platform set in a unique contest mode. The goal of this national-level contest is to ignite a spark among educators and young minds and push the boundaries of growth beyond the school curriculum.

EQUIPPING STUDENTS FOR THE DIGITAL AGE

The topics covered in the IntelliGem contest are financial literacy, communication skills, creativity and innovation, global citizenship and universal values. These have been carefully chosen to give the necessary exposure to students during their formative (school) years. The jobs of the future will depend on human collaboration to design work for machines. Value is moving from cognitive skills to social skills. In the past, schoolwork was assessed on individual accomplishment. Today, teamwork and collaboration have become an important key to success.

A century ago, most scientific research was written by single authors; by the 1950s, it changed to co-authorship as the norm. Today, an average paper has four times as many authors as it did a century ago. Also, academic research is far more interdisciplinary, and is often conducted across greater physical distances than it was in the past. To co-ordinate all that activity and keep everyone focused on delivering a specific, high-quality experience, communication must be clear and coherent. Skills in collaboration will increasingly give a competitive advantage.

Routine jobs are the ones that are being replaced by automation. However, jobs requiring skills such as creativity, innovation, compassion and empathy are those, which are unlikely to be taken over by machines. The absence of empathy makes it difficult for machines to do what humans have excelled in — designing products or processes that will maximise utility for humans. Thus, design and creative skills are likely to be in high demand for decades to come.

INTELLIGEM PAVING THE PATH

Students from grades 5 to 9 from all over India can participate in TCS iON IntelliGem, which is conducted every year. In its second edition, which is underway, students from 100+ towns across the country are competing. Structured as a four-round contest moving from digital, phygital, to face-to-face rounds, IntelliGem is unique in every way — be it in using the patented TCS iON PAPERTM device to completely remove the need for printed paper or in providing digital learning content free of cost. The Teachers Network in the TCS iON Digital Hub platform significantly enhances ease of access for both students and teachers to learn and upgrade their skills, and thus keep up with the values of respecting the efforts of all the young student finalists and not just the winner and runners-up as it usually happens at contests with similar formats.

With initiatives like IntelliGem, TCS iON is well positioned to become a strong partner for the school education ecosystem.

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Fresher Skills Meet Corporate Expectations

Understanding the requirements of the New Age Employer

A degree is a stepping stone to bigger and better opportunities. However, experienced professionals will tell you that, while a degree opens up various doors, the only way to seal the deal is to develop some essential soft skills to enhance your profile.

Corporates are always on the lookout for well-rounded and informed candidates who can push their brand in the right direction. Here are some basic skills that one needs to hone before applying for that dream job.

  • Communication Skills

Perhaps one of the most essential tools, communication and appropriate expression of thought can make all the difference. Employers expect prospective candidates to be articulate and express their thoughts with clarity and precision. Apart from the actual interview, mailing skills also play an important part in gauging professionality.

  • Learning Aptitude

Adaptability is the key to steady growth. Even though the fundamentals of a job might not change, the processes, systems and products might be upgraded over time. An employee who can shed outdated methods and adapt to new processes effectively is more likely to be considered for bigger opportunities.

  • Out of the Box Thinking

Innovation drives a business. The new ideas you bring to the table define you as a follower or a leader. Check the company website, social media feeds, and news articles about the company which will enable you to give relevant and creative answers during the interview. Hiring managers are always inclined towards candidates who can bring fresh ideas to their organization.

  • Domain Knowledge

It goes without saying that domain proficiency is one of the basic qualifiers for a candidate to be considered for a job. For an extra edge, read up on the current trends in your domain and update your understanding of the subject. This shows that you’re good with research and always looking to improve yourself.

  • Teamwork / Collaboration

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” Unless employees cooperate and work together in harmony, the company cannot function smoothly. Corporations are made up of various teams who work towards a common goal. Being a team player with a zest for collaborative insights is considered a strong strength by prospective employers.

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills

Are you up for a challenge? Will you quit at the first sign of trouble? Interviewers tend to throw hypothetical challenges to gauge your problem solving skills. Candidates who can come up with professional solutions exude more confidence and show character which puts them in the running for the position.

  • Attention to detail

Small gestures go a long way. Did you reply to the hiring manager’s mail confirming the time of the interview? Were you on time for the interview with the documents you were asked to produce? Candidates who show earnestness and a natural flair for minute details are a dream to work with. This puts employers at ease because they know you’re reliable, punctual and a stickler for rules.

  • Leadership Quality

A good manager is someone who pushes for team growth and progress. Did you lead an event or fest in college? Be sure to mention this fact in your resume and highlight it in the interview especially if the event you headed was a success. Employers look for candidates who show a natural potential to be a future manager.

  • Digital Knowhow

Most jobs will now list a set of computer applications or programs they expect the candidate to be aware of. Even if the use of the application does not directly affect your day to day working, it is advisable to be adept with basic skills. Apart from boosting your resume, you could also make suggestions to speed up current processes with the help of relevant computer applications.

  • Professionalism / Work Ethic

A critical commandment for an employer is choosing a candidate who displays ethical judgement and a strong sense of integrity. Long term associations can be formed only if you build trust with your managers. Your reaction to difficult situations and owning up to your errors goes to show that you are sincere and just.

Now that you know the requirements, how do you gain an impetus to crack that job interview? TCS iON Common Corporate Qualifier Test (CCQT) is one such distinctive program which partners with prominent corporates to conduct assessments based on a variety of parameters. Successful candidates gain an advantage and stand the chance to be hired by the partner corporate. Get ready to win the race and land your dream job.

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