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The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
Soft Skills: An Employability Enabler
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The present age of digitization demands dynamism from its workforce. To be able to create, innovate and execute well is expected of the manpower being churned out of the knowledge centers. The freshly turned out professional graduates are put on trial for a job and their knowledge, skills and attitude are gauged to see their industry-readiness. Along with technical or domain knowledge, the graduates are assessed on soft skills. The role of soft skills in service economy has surpassed all the realms of wisdom. The present study, conceptual in nature, is an attempt to understand graduates’ awareness about soft skills, their importance, and the impact soft skills have on building their professional career. A major thrust is put on finding out ways and means to develop soft skills for increasing the employability quotient of graduates.

 
 

In the past few decades, a paradigm shift from production to service driven economy has led to dominance of human attributes in commercial activities. The traditional manufacturing economy has moved to production of products (McDowell, 2009) as compared to the service economy where the focus is on creating information and knowledge for developing management practices to run innovating firms in business (Brinkley, 2006). The service industry is more about people-oriented processes than of mechanical routines of manufacturing age. Everything is around people. In a service-based society, people play a more crucial role than ever before (Wilderom, 2009). Right from entry into the business world to sustenance and further growth, the manpower is required to exhibit a variety of skills along with technical acumen. In order to deliver results, people need to be competent to create and add value to the society. They are required to be aligned and empathetic towards one another. As nation builders, the educational institutions are entrusted with a prime responsibility to produce skilled workforce for industry.

 
 

Soft Skills Journal, Taxonomy of Soft Skills, Means and Ways to Improve Employability Quotient (EQ), An Employability Enabler.