Aug 20, 2020
For far too long, the incumbent education system has grappled with the concept of ‘readiness’. This is partly because we are educating our children to be ready for jobs that may be redundant or obsolete in the future. Nobody knows what the jobs of the future will look like at this point. As a result, our learners are only being armed with our education system’s understanding of the industry needs. When a majority of our decision-making is based on assumptions and chance, it is little wonder that a multitude of our youth is deemed unemployable even after being subjected to years of rigorous schooling.
So where exactly is the chink in the armour?
If the academia needs to prepare learners better for college, career or life in general, it needs to join hands with the industry for the long run. Students greatly benefit from the mentorship of industry experts who have gathered insights and experiences during their journeys to the top.
At Beyond 8, we have built strong bonds with the industry leaders through the Tathastu program to help ourselves and our learners to stay relevant. We recently sat down with some of our industry partners to talk about their views on the kind of people they are looking to hire.
Suresh Sambandam, CEO, Kissflow:
“Be wary of the template that the society sets up for you – the one that dictates the entire course of your life. Chart your own path instead. High school is far too early to be sure of your career path. Take time to explore options that ‘hook’ you in. When you find your passion, go after it!” – Suresh Sambandam, CEO, Kissflow
K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar, Conservation Educator and Filmmaker:
“In the coming years, being an adaptable generalist will work to your advantage. Let us take a page out of wildlife: the leopard can adapt to many environments, so even if its forests are destroyed, it will survive somehow. On the other hand, the bushfrog can only thrive in highly restrictive environments. In the face of climate change, it will probably be the first species to be wiped out.” - K. Ramnath Chandrasekhar, Conservation Educator and Filmmaker
Shyam Sekhar, Chief Ideator and Founder, iThought:
“We are moving towards a time where open hiring may become a reality. We find that college often sets learners back in many ways. Companies will find it more beneficial to hire directly from schools rather than colleges. High schoolers who manage to work and study will be a lot more successful than their peers who don’t.” – Shyam Sekhar, Chief Ideator and Founder, ithought
Karthikeyan Sivasubramanian, Data Scientist and Analyst:
“You don’t need to master every subject to succeed today. You only need to know how to upscale your skill set when the situation demands it. It is a myth that skills can be learnt only through three- or four-year college degrees. You can learn the same skills in a shorter time through other unconventional methods (such as online courses), apply those skills on a project and still be at par with those who went to college.” – Karthikeyan Sivasubramanian, Data Scientist and Analyst
How do you think learners of today can better prepare for the constantly evolving job market? Tell us in the comments below.
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