Making Indian Youth Future Ready
On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day, UNDP India's Chief of Skills and Business Development, Clement Chauvet, provided a comprehensive explanation about the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility. India is in a situation right now, where we have over 600 million young people who can be useful to the country with the necessary skills training. Youth, particularly young women, become more employable and are able to take on the right jobs or even start their own businesses when they acquire the necessary skills. India's development narrative will be significantly influenced by this kind of empowerment through Corporate Social Responsibility.
India is likely to have the largest workforce in the world by 2027. The aspirations and skills of this generation must be taken into consideration if skilling programs are to successfully prepare youth for entry into the workforce of the future. To ensure that the right people with the right skill sets can perform to the best of their abilities, the focus needs to be on whether the youth have access to skills relevant to the current market through Corporate Social Responsibility.
Critical thinking skills: Some people are born with particular abilities, while others need to work hard to develop them. One of these skills is the ability to think critically. In a recently conducted research on LinkedIn, 35% of the voters believe that critical thinking can make youth more corporate-ready and confident.
Leadership: In business, leadership is the ability of a company's management to set and achieve difficult goals, act quickly and decisively when necessary, outperform the competition, and motivate others to perform at their best. 18% of the voters want to see leadership skills as valuable skills in youth to work in a corporate with Corporate Social Responsibility. Compared to quantitative metrics, which are frequently tracked and much simpler to compare between businesses, it can be challenging to value leadership or other qualitative aspects of a company.
Creative thinking: A skill that is becoming increasingly valuable in a world that moves quickly is the ability to discover novel perspectives and invent new ideas. Young minds who think creatively frequently lead the charge in bringing about change, resolving issues, and coming up with novel concepts. Additionally, creative thinkers frequently exhibit higher levels of happiness, productivity, and resilience at work.
Problem-solving skills: 35% of the voters think problem-solving skills instead of being a hard skill that can be learned through education or training, it is regarded as soft skill—personal strength. Getting familiar with common problems in the industry and learning from employees with more experience can help solve problems better.
The above-mentioned skills are the most important skills that employers look for in candidates because youth with these skills tend to be independent and highly employable.
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