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.