The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Different Perceptions of Teachers and Students Towards Basic and Modern Employability Skills

Article Details
Pub. Date : Sep, 2022
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJSS020922
Author Name :Renu Bala
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Management
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No. of Pages : 12



This paper seeks to examine the viewpoints of teachers and students regarding basic and modern employability skills. For the study purpose, secondary and primary data were gathered. For primary data, two separate questionnaires were framed with a five-point Likert scale, and for secondary data, various websites, blogs, newspapers, journals, reports and research papers, etc. were explored. To collect the viewpoints of teachers and students, data was gathered from various universities in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Chandigarh. From the analysis, it is concluded that for students, gaining marks is the priority, and for teachers, it is not the basis of education. Teachers try to impart multiple skills to the students, but most of the students focus on theoretical knowledge. There is a need for proper training to the students so that they can understand the actual market demand and work on building their personality for better future opportunities.


The term 'employability' has been defined by various psychologists from different streams in different ways (Romgens et al., 2020). Actually, the employability of graduates has become a major issue in the current scenario (Saunders and Zuzel, 2010). Currently, the market demands not only hard skills but also soft skills from the students. And employers think that the students who possess both hard and soft skills have the capabilities to increase the productivity, and hence their value to the industry (Chithra, 2013). Employability skills are of equal significance with subject-specific knowledge (Bala, 2021a). A study of the educational system shows that there exist various gaps in the viewpoints of students and teachers regarding employability skills. While students think that speaking, leadership, presentation and virtual collaboration are the required employability skills (Bala and Singh, 2020a), the teachers consider creativity, decision-making and ICT as the important skills for students (Bala, 2021b). The