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Enhancing employability in engineering and management students through soft skills

Rao M.S. (MSR Leadership Consultants India, Hyderabad, India)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to bridge the gap between campus and industry among the management and engineering students to enhance their employability. It equips students and faculty with creative tools and techniques to acquire soft skills and provides a new perspective to the discipline of soft skills.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper designs an interview questionnaire containing both open and close-ended questions to elicit responses from faculty, students, recruiters, and directors of educational institutions.

Findings

The study found that there must be effective coordination among faculty, students, industry and directors of educational institutions for enhancing employability skills among students. It places emphasis on the role of Training and Placement Officer (TPO) in the educational institutions for better employability and calls for promotion of finishing schools to enhance employability.

Research limitations/implications

The article relies on limited survey and interview data from one particular district in India and from students of engineering and management education only.

Practical implications

The study can be applied in any part of the world as there is a problem of unemployability everywhere currently.

Originality/value

The paper adds value to the little literature available in the area of soft skills. It sets the agenda for discussion in soft and hard skills and employability, presents problems and prospects and calls for blending both hard and soft skills to enhance employability.

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Acknowledgements

The author thanks Marshall Goldsmith for writing the foreword for his book Soft Skills – Enhancing Employability: Connecting Campus with Corporate.

Citation

Rao, M.S. (2014), "Enhancing employability in engineering and management students through soft skills", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 46 No. 1, pp. 42-48. https://doi.org/10.1108/ICT-04-2013-0023

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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