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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 87-88

Unemployed or unemployable? The self-denial syndrome

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Clinical Dental Research Organization, India

Date of Web Publication3-Sep-2015

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Sangeeta Dhir
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DOI: 10.4103/2231-0754.164341

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After spending years in acquiring professional education, there seems to be a very thin line at times between the unemployed and the unemployable. The reasons could range between the quality of education, vocational training (finishing schools or internships), and aspirations vis-a-vis acquired skill set imbalance. An umpteen number of researches and debates in various formats has brought to the forefront the obvious fact, namely, that the quality of the education system in India needs revision. Let us leave aside criticism and ponder on what is germane to the problem. The echelons of history will lucidly point at conditions in the pre-independence era, through the various political dramas and mindless mandates of our policy makers (and it does not seem to cease! eg., the debate on "board exams or no board exams for the 10 th standard" seems to be defeating all perceivable logic and understanding).

Close to 1 million Indians graduate out of college every year. Out of this number, a sizeable lot are "doctors and engineers." All industries (be it medicine, engineering, hospitality, or service, to name a few) have been toiling with the challenge of inducting the "fresh crop" of graduates into their systems. It becomes imperative on the part of these industries to find a way to upgrade the "limited" skill sets of the trainees to suit their needs of employability. Thus, an additional investment is generally required by the industry, by way of a "finishing school," so as to hone the skills and bridge the gap between theory and practice, apart from filtering the unemployable and absorbing the "semi-finished" professionals of the educational institute.

The policy makers do not seem to be willing to break free from the shackles of British India era of the late 19 th century, which introduced reservations for the welfare of the deprived in the erstwhile princely states of our country. In today's times, that reservation system marks the beginning of the decay of our education system, and the admission, selection, and employability involved in it. Reservation has taken the forefront, and irrespective of the skill sets, capabilities, or latent interests of the students, the system has started churning out "fresh crop" from the learning institutes.

This slow decay of our education system has caused the phenomenon of unemployability, which has stemmed from the "loss of merit and efficiency." The following other perils that were avoidable have crept into our education system and weakened its fabric:

  • Unlike in the past, where medicine and engineering were considered as professional courses of first order, in recent times, these have metamorphosed into just another stream to pursue graduation. (This can be blamed on lack of counseling, lack of resources, and perils of reservation, which eat into the opportunities).
  • Theory prevails while practice is dormant - The current education system poses a chasm between theory and practice. Very little of what is learnt at college can be put into practice in everyday life. Hence, the best performers of the system, namely, the students with the best grades, can actually do very little work and need to be separately trained for it. Finishing schools, as described earlier, have come to be an additional expense on the employer.
  • The great "learning by rote" regime - Grades, ranks, and percentiles add to the weak foundations and inadvertently lead students toward running the rat race. However, learning is a continual process, and exams are a way to measure the extent of one's learning. Unfortunately, ranks or grades have become the surrogate index or the preliminary filter for employment and this results in weak fundamentals, industry irrelevance, and thereby unemployability.
  • The other silent killer - Lack of hardships during one's college days, the lure of corporate comfort, boardroom approach to problem-solving, yearning for and seeking nontechnical, less challenging (desk-jobs) jobs, and aspiration for fat salaries, added to the reservation factor (R-factor) lead to the poor quality of professionals whom we generally encounter in our daily lives.
  • Lack of professional counseling and finishing schools result in poor career matching - Until in the recent past, medicine and engineering sciences had been the de facto choice for graduate studies irrespective of aptitude of the student, making their stream of graduation and acquired skill set irrelevant (unemployable) to the industry.

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Until the time policymakers wake up from their slumber and see life beyond their selves and common sense and far-sightedness prevail, self-wisdom and the social and financial pressures, among others should not provoke fresh graduates to jump into the bandwagon of employment, with the sole intention of being independent ("in some cases"), earning to support their families, paying off their debts, etc. Higher education alone is not a panacea to a successful professional career. What is more important is to introspect (with professional counseling, intelligence quotient/emotional quotient (IQ/EQ) tests, etc.) in order to realize one's latent aptitude to hone the skill sets. There is a life beyond conventional medical and engineering professions. Before a student embarks on his/her journey, scouting for his dream job, it is paramount that he/she is practical about his/her aspirations and has a resolved path ahead. It is indeed important to understand the role of internship seriously.[1]

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Figures 1 to 3. Available from: https://www.en.wikipedia.org. [Last accessed on 2015 Aug 9].  Back to cited text no. 1


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