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Employers Today are Looking for Creativity and Collaboration while Hiring

Knowledge about the field of work and professional acumen are attributes that have kept employees in good stead so far. These are needed to not only bag a good job role but to sustain and climb up the ladder of success as well. However, with changing times where competition is getting more and more intense, the traditional yardsticks of measuring the value of an employee at the workplace are getting challenged. Employers are increasingly looking at candidates with soft skills to beat the competition. These skills are needed to ensure future-proof careers in a day and age of rapid technological advancements. So, to become a sought-after employee and an admired leader for others in the team or the overall organization to look up to, he or she must possess skills that even though are difficult to measure but nevertheless are critical to success. Known as soft skills comprising attributes such as creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and others, these personality traits, behaviors, and work habits help employees face challenges and grow at work. For instance, a web designer might be great in his skills and is admired for his body of work, but if he doesn’t listen to feedback and misses deadlines at the drop of a hat, there is no way any company will prefer to keep him/her and end up upsetting clients. According to a survey by Monster, most employers prefer hiring candidates possessing soft skills such as creativity and collaboration, among others. Thus, even though candidates are hired for their knowledge and technical abilities, it is their soft skills that is likely to keep them on the hunt for success. So, how do creativity and collaboration help, let us find out in the below segments. Why hire candidates possessing creativity and collaboration? With technological innovations and market dynamics changing faster than expected, employers are looking to hire candidates possessing soft skills such as creativity and collaboration in abundant measure. These skills can make a candidate stand out from his or her peers and help the company attain its stated objectives. Let us understand how creativity and collaboration can be of help. Creativity: Modern workplaces can be fraught with challenges with the need to adapt to new situations, platforms, or paradigms. The challenges are often inevitable and need creative solutions to address. The last thing an employer would want an employee is to throw up his or her hand in despair when faced with a challenge. Instead, he or she should think logically and develop apt solutions to address the problem. Creative solutions lead to innovation and enhancement of the workflow. Employees should not be afraid of tackling challenges but brainstorm and craft effective and out-of-the-box solutions. Besides, fostering creativity in the workplace can accrue benefits such as:
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How has Digitization Helped Companies to Survive in the Pandemic

Since most people have turned to the digital channels to access various products and services, be it in e-commerce, education, skill development, entertainment, or remote working, companies need to rise up to the challenge and digitize their operations to the extent possible. They must allow their critical operations to be executed remotely and sustain in the uncertain times.The COVID-19 pandemic-led disruptions have hit the global economy hard. Business enterprises have been forced to halt their operations to avoid the virus from spreading among the employees through contact. Customers too have been mostly confined to their homes for the  fear of contracting the disease given that lockdowns or severe restrictions on the movement of people have been strictly enforced around the world. To meet the extraordinary situation, most businesses and institutions have gone digital and made “work from home” the norm. Institutions like schools, colleges, universities, or skill development centers, among others, have shifted to online classes and lectures using video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Google Meet, and others and eLearning software solutions. Businesses too have found such tools handy to connect with their employees, clients, and end customers. If companies across the board were reluctantly warming up to the idea of digitization in the pre-pandemic days, the pandemic drove them to embrace digitization on a full scale. So, if on one side, companies in sectors like hospitality, logistics, travel and tourism, manufacturing, and others, had a tough time managing operations and other areas due to the absence of workforce or customers, the ones riding the digital wave not only survived but came out triumphant as well. The companies in the latter category were mainly from the e-commerce or IT sector that did not face any disruptions and could switch to the “work from home” model with ease. Let us understand how digitization can help companies survive the pandemic. How digitization can mitigate the disruptions caused by the pandemic The pandemic has restricted the movement of people where in-house operations became difficult to sustain. This has made employees and other stakeholders from companies or organizations across segments stop going to their their workplaces. This disrupted their operational pipeline or value chain resulting in work stoppages. At the same time, since people stopped travelling for the fear of contracting the virus, companies catering to them in the travel and tourism, entertainment, and hospitality sectors (and many others) faced uncertain times. So, how to manage the situation using digitization? Let us find out with some examples: # Uber happened to be one such company that faced the brunt of the pandemic with people curtailing their commute time drastically. So, Uber drivers were asked to add UberEats food delivery to their services and deliver food items at the doors of their clients. # Companies in the hospitality sector have leveraged the advanced technological tools to offer personalized services to their end-customers. These include biometric-based room access, and mobile check-ins, among others. Also, virtual reality (VR) vacations have been offered to the customers who don’t want to travel, to enjoy sightseeing from the comfort of their homes.

Top Digital Skills Tech Companies Are Eyeing

The world of technology is dynamic and requires people to continuously upgrade themselves to keep up with the change and earn digital livelihoods. Thus, enterprises, especially those working in the technology domain, have their tasks cut out. They need to be at the top of their game as far as adapting to the latest digital technology is concerned. Consequently, they look for candidates who have the requisite skills to operate the systems, ideate innovative solutions, and meet the business objectives. As per the report from Quess, a business solutions provider, the demand for tech skills in candidates by companies has grown by 22 percent between the period October 2020 and March 2021. So, let us find out the top digital skills that tech companies usually look for in a candidate. What are the top digital skills sought by tech companies? In addition to the digital skills, candidates aspiring to join tech companies should have strong future learn skills such as problem-solving and decision-making ability, critical thinking, and a cross-cultural understanding. Job aspirants looking to make a career in the digital domain should possess the following skills. #1. Programming for web and mobile app development: Coding is at the heart of the digital world. With digital transformation being adopted by companies to stay competitive and achieve a host of business objectives, candidates with expertise in programming languages stand a good chance of bagging various job opportunities offered by tech companies. These include knowledge in jQuery, JavaScript, PHP, MySQL, Angular, Bootstrap, and Code Igniter. Job positions for such skills find regular mention in LinkedIn and other job portals. Further, coding expertise keeps job aspirants in good stead, especially in emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). #2. Business Analysis: With a plethora of data and information available on the internet, companies need to get insights into business processes, customer preferences, and the latest trends to make decisions in real-time. This is where a business analyst with proven analytical skills can help an organization study data patterns and predict business outcomes. Further, he or she may offer a convincing case for investment by applying analytical skills, objectivity, and proven techniques. A business analyst plays a significant role in guiding an organization in developing or adopting a specific technology to drive business growth. #3. Design with data visualization: Every element of digital technology has one thing in common – a user interface. It is through the interface that users are able to navigate the system and execute desired actions. Thus, designers with experience and expertise in creating great user experiences are in high demand by tech companies. Besides, designers can visualize complex data in real-time to help businesses make critical business decisions. These decisions ultimately determine the competitiveness of the enterprise and its ability to sustain itself in the dynamically changing business environment.
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How Job Aligned Courses can lead to Financial Empowerment

It is a known fact that the genesis of poverty is due to a person’s inaccessibility to financial resources. And financial resources can only be made available if the person seeking them is engaged in some form of economic activity, namely, business (self-employed) or employed in the public or private sector. In a country where demand far outweighs supply, job aspirants need to prepare themselves through skill development training to grab the limited job opportunities. Since most graduates/post-graduates coming out of institutions of higher learning do not have the requisite skills to match the skills needed to land a job, it is time to upgrade themselves in the use of technologies and tools that are prevalent in the industry. Before getting into the details of how job-aligned courses can help people gain employment, let us find out the number of people unemployed in India, both in the rural and urban sectors. As per reports from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), the unemployment rate in India as of 08 May 2021 was 7.95% with 10.49% in the urban and 6.76% in the rural sectors respectively. Sectors where jobs are available: Thanks to digitization and automation the job scenario has changed. The traditional assembly line jobs of yesteryears have given way to digital jobs related to fields such as web designing, digital marketing, hardware and networking, and content marketing, among others. And when it comes to specialization then people with skills in technologies such as AI and ML, blockchain, big data, and data science, among others, are in great demand. The sectors offering the most number of jobs include the services sector comprising education, health, banking and finance, insurance, hospitality, office automation, and others. With the raging pandemic when some sectors have adopted the Work from Home model, those adept in using digital technologies can fit into the new ecosystem. How job-aligned courses can help: Candidates looking to fit into the new job scenario driven by digital technology should pursue job-aligned courses from institutions with credibility. For example, among many institutes, the notable non-profit organization Anudip has been offering such courses to candidates from socially marginalized sections for a long time. To date, the institute has been able to provide aspirational livelihood to more than 85,000 people thanks to its association with many corporates from various sectors. These include Tata Consultancy Services, Hinduja Global Solutions, IIFL, iMerit Technologies, intelenet, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Pantaloons, Big Basket, Westside, Concentrix, and many others. Candidates can learn courses such as web and graphics designing, Accountancy with Tally, digital marketing, hardware and networking, ethical hacking, and others. Since these are the mainstream technologies in use in most companies, candidates with relevant skills can leverage the available opportunities. Financial empowerment for aspirants: When candidates from the socially marginalized background are employed in companies after upskilling themselves their financial status improves drastically. Moreover, when a person gets the right employment opportunity his or her family members too benefit and the family gets financially empowered. Also, for hardworking and enterprising candidates, the jobs can give them growth, which can further enhance their financial position and lead them out of penury and hopelessness. Conclusion
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Skills for the Future: Need to prepare 21st-century

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and automation seems to be transforming the way we work. There has been a blurring of lines between the physical and digital spheres with technologies enabling enterprises in becoming productive, efficient, competitive, responsive, and cost-effective. In short, the professional world is changing at a rapid pace and is creating demand for a skilled workforce to meet the evolving challenges of the future. The world around us is progressively seeing the incorporation of AI and ML, robots, chatbots, IoT, and other automated technologies. This gives rise to questions such as are we ready for this change and are we preparing the next-gen workforce with the necessary skills, mindset, and education to embrace the tech-driven world of the future? Let us understand if the knowledge and education pursued as of today will be of relevance in the future as well? Type of skills for the future As opposed to common perception, automation or the use of technology does not necessarily throw people out of jobs but rather requires more people with the right technological acumen. To keep up with such a world people should have attributes like critical thinking, creativity, active listening, and others. According to the World Economic Forum, the fourth industrial revolution will need skills that prioritize problem-solving, collaboration, critical thinking, negotiation, and decision making. The fact that automation can do most of the jobs faster and better than humans means the 21st-century workforce should be reoriented towards creativity and emotional skills – skills that are lacked by machines. The in-demand jobs of the future would be for people possessing skills that computers cannot replicate. The skills to equip the workforce and prepare it for the twenty-first century are: Critical Thinking: It is the ability to analyze a situation objectively and find an unbiased and logically sound solution. In the era of fake news and social media manipulation, critical thinking can help the workforce to maintain a healthy skepticism of what it sees, reads, and listens to. Also, critical thinking is about asking the right questions before arriving at a solution based on intuition, creativity, knowledge of human behavior, and experience. This is important as computers driven by advancements in AI, ML, big data, and analytics need to be asked the right questions. Adaptability or Flexibility: The fast-changing world of technology means market dynamics are throwing up new challenges in terms of mergers, acquisitions, and others. And the workforce should be willing to adapt to the new technologies or evolving work environments by upskilling or retraining. The workforce should be committed to lifelong learning and not be complacent about skills acquired at the college or university. Leadership Skills: This is not about holding a leadership position and shouting instructions to one and all but of taking ownership of the job at hand. Even a new joinee can exhibit leadership skills by taking ownership of the job assigned to him or her. Efforts should be made for leading by example and delegating responsibilities optimally rather than managing a team authoritatively. Leadership also demands a person to have great interpersonal skills who can handle transitions, training, and migrations effectively.
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Women Trafficking - The Reality India Lives With

India lives with the dubious distinction of having one of the largest numbers of women trafficked. Directly correlated to the levels of poverty existing in the country, women are trafficked into prostitution or bonded labour through abduction or false promises of jobs. This social evil violates the basic human rights of women and exploits them. The crime has wider dimensions with criminal syndicates and corrupt politicians and law enforcers being complicit. In this cycle of exploitation, girls and women are trafficked to various parts of the country and even abroad. If statistics are to be believed then around 2 million women and children are trafficked into the red-light areas dotting every major city in the country. Traffickers recruit women and children using coercion, lies, manipulation, and threats. Of all states, the highest number of cases have been reported from West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Gujarat. In West Bengal, Murshidabad district is counted as the nerve centre of trafficking and bonded labour. This is due to the district’s proximity with Bangladesh wherein it acts as a transit point for girls and women. Also, since West Bengal shares around 2,217 kilometers of its porous border with Bangladesh, it has become a haven for such types of criminal activities. # Factors responsible for women trafficking: Poverty, deprivation, and lack of education and employment are the primary factors that force women and girls into trafficking. For example, Murshidabad district in West Bengal with a population of 7.1 million and an average literacy rate of 67.53% has abysmal levels of poverty. Such social-economic fault lines are exploited by the traffickers who lure vulnerable women and girls with promises of a better life. # Strategy to counter the social evil: Women and girls trafficking can only be countered with strong administrative measures. These include better policing of the vulnerable segments of the population, identifying the offenders (read traffickers) and punishing them through the judicial process, rehabilitating the victims and giving them dignity, educating the vulnerable population and making them employable. If the women and girls are educated and provided with better livelihood, they will not fall prey to the cons and deceit used by traffickers. # How Anudip empowers rescued women: Continuing with the above-mentioned measures, especially related to their education and empowerment, Anudip, the non-profit organization, helps with its BEST programme. It has been noticed that the victims of trafficking are not fully integrated into the society as the latter shuns them due to the stigma associated with trafficking. Anudip ensures the rescued victims are rehabilitated through its BEST (Building Entrepreneurs To Stop Trafficking) initiative. According to this programme, the victims are counselled, mentored, and trained in digital skills at the various skill development centres run by Anudip. The BEST programme provides three-months IT training to the girls/women and readies them up for jobs. The trained students, on their part, get a secure and dignified life by becoming a part of the gig economy.