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Essential employable skill sets in management graduates for finance job roles in India

Shruti Srinivasan (Department of Management Studies, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India)
Ravikumar Thangaraj (Department of Management Studies, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bangalore, India)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 29 April 2021

Issue publication date: 19 October 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

There has been an increase in the number of highly qualified management graduates specialized in finance from various esteemed universities in India, thus increasing the competition for finance job roles in the country. This, therefore, brings in the need for the employees or the prospective candidates to mold their soft skills so as to make them desirable by the companies and hence employable. The purpose of this paper is to provide a list of skills required by management graduates to become employable for finance job roles from the perspective of corporate executives. This list will enable prospective candidates to prepare themselves for a career in the field of finance.

Design/methodology/approach

The research was carried out through the collection of data from 117 finance professionals with a minimum work experience of 5 years with the help of structured questionnaires. This was then analyzed through factor analysis and the list of 15 factors was obtained.

Findings

A list of 15 essential factors was obtained through the analysis of the data. The essential skills included empathetic and judicious behavior, professional etiquette and employee well-being, ethical behavior, conflict management, change analysis and prediction; practicality and organizational presence of mind; social and moral presence of mind; self-confidence and effective written communication; effective interpersonal communication and employee value systems; responsibility and self-awareness; problem diagnosis and problem-solving; real-time work and activity experience; professional development and advancement; technology rationalization and effective information generation. The findings also included that a candidate should be able to effectively present crucial information and should possess practical advisory skills.

Originality/value

The study will be highly beneficial for management graduates who have specialized in finance to secure finance job roles in India. This paper will enable the students to prepare themselves in the essential soft skills required for these job roles apart from technical knowledge and hard skills.

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Citation

Srinivasan, S. and Thangaraj, R. (2021), "Essential employable skill sets in management graduates for finance job roles in India", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 11 No. 5, pp. 1224-1235. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-05-2020-0093

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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