The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
The Role of HR in the Employability Skills of 21st Century

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Pub. Date : Dec, 2020
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJSS51220
Author Name : Vrajlal Sapovadia
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Subject/Domain : Management
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No. of Pages : 12

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Abstract

The current age changes in business and industry are at a pace which is unimaginable and unprecedented. The changes are fast. The changes in business environment happening in a year now were not even seen a century ago. Technological invasion, globalization, economic upliftment and social expectations are drivers of these changes. The skills required for a job now and tomorrow are unpredictable. To remain employable, one has to master one's ability to visualize and be dynamic, adaptable and self-learning. It is not only the technical and hard skills, but soft skills will also provide you the edge in terms of employability. The dimensions of soft skills are expansive. The ability to recognize and acquire skills that optimally fit in managerial role is the key to succeed. This paper critically analyzes the role of Human Resources (HR) in the employability skills of 21st century.


Introduction

Twenty-first century learning means that employees master content while producing, synthesizing and evaluating information from a wide variety of subjects and sources with an understanding of and respect for diverse cultures. The key to success in the 21st century is to know not only what to learn but also how to learn. The learning responsibility is cast on learner. One cannot ignore the ideation and the relevant content, but equally important is timely acquiring of knowledge and skill to implement those skills to harvest the fruit. Learning builds upon such past conceptions of learning as "core knowledge in subject areas" and recasts them for today's world, where a global perspective and collaboration skills are dynamic, critical and focused. It is no longer enough to "know things." It is even more important to stay curious about finding out things for tomorrow. We have powerful learning tools at our disposal that allow us to locate, acquire and even create knowledge much more quickly than our predecessors. The time is essence. The cycle of knowledge creation and realization is drastically reduced. The ability to recognize and acquire skills to fit in ever-changing environments is sine qua non. No one will tell you what skills are required and the way to acquire it. Self-management is the key to succeed in the 21st century.1


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