The Role of Job Readiness Training in Employability

Source: Skill Lab Survey, 2021

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear about Job Readiness? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary; ‘Readiness’ is defined as the quality or state of being ready such as a state of preparation. In this regard, Job Readiness is a state of preparation for the job, profession or career one wants to get involved in. The types of training involved in job readiness are Interview preparation, CV/Resume building, Computer skills, Networking, Effective communication, and so on.

Job readiness training is the blend of soft skills, apprenticeship programs such as internships, and practical skills. The importance of job readiness training keeps on increasing in higher education as the students become closer to involving themselves in the job market. Job readiness training is responsible for teaching students sustainable skills for an ever-changing job market.

Skill Lab conducted online survey research titled, ‘Skills and Job Market in Nepal’ from January to April 2021. The number of total respondents for this research were 85; 54 bachelors and 29 master level students. An important part of this study was to understand the importance of job readiness training to increase the possibility of employment. The undergraduate respondents who participated in this survey belonged to more than 15 colleges of Nepal. They were asked if their respective colleges provided job readiness training or not. As a response, only 23% of the respondents said ‘yes’ and 77% of them said ‘no’.

Similarly, we asked for the opinions of master’s students if the job readiness training taken beforehand will help in securing the job more easily or not. For this question, 93% of them replied saying ‘yes’ these training help in securing jobs more easily while 7% said ‘no’. 92% of these graduates have confirmed their direct contact with the job searching process and are involved in the job market one way or another.

The students after graduating starts searching for job but rarely gets one. The companies and employers continuously search for suitable employees but they rarely are satisfied. On May, 2014, International Labour Organization (ILO) published a report titled, ‘Labour market transitions of young women and men in Nepal’ in which Nepali youth between 15–29 reveals youth unemployment rate among university graduates is at 26.1 per cent, which is three times higher than those with ‘no education at all’. This is because of the lack of other necessary skills in educated youth and their rather high expectations regarding the jobs whereas uneducated youths get engaged as unskilled human resources in almost any job that pays. So, its high time looking for the causes lying underneath and to tackle them one by one.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), “Career/Job readiness of college graduates is of critical importance in higher education, in the labor market, and in the public arena”. But looking at the Skill Lab survey data, a massive majority of the colleges are still not providing these kinds of training to their students. If the colleges are going to keep on ignoring this subject, then the question arises, ‘Who is responsible for filling this gap?’

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Skilling university students for jobs in collaboration with corporations.