Why is there a skill gap?

As I check my feed through LinkedIn, I see so many people looking for jobs…and then there are so many job openings for people as I look around. So where is the Gap? In this small world, where we have the view of both sides, is it really so difficult to bridge this gap? What’s the solution?

The number one solution is Learnability and Adaptability!

For the Job seeker:

As an employee if you have been looking for a job for a while and have not been successful yet, it’s time to retrospect! Check for the new specialization skills in demand in your skill area. Maybe its time to look at picking up a totally new in-demand skill. The thought of it – is scary and out of your comfort zone! Trust me- you are only limited by your thoughts!

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ~ Albert Einstein

In the current world of e learning with so much of content available – free as well as paid(even the paid ones are not so high-priced if you really evaluate their worth), there is really no excuse to be stuck with the same situation and complain your stars. Find the skill/technology which has better job openings and into which you are willing to take the plunge.

Buy a paid course so you feel more committed(if you really need this reason), but whatever be the case. To start with, look at some of the You tube videos to reconfirm your selection. Check out the courses in popular educational websites- Udemy, Edx, Coursera, etc. and pick the one you like the most. If online is not compelling enough, join a classroom training( a corporate one, even better!)

Few weeks of training and few more of rigorous effort, with some practice and you should be ready to face the action.

So what are you waiting for?

For the Employer

As an employer, if you are not able to get people with the required skill set, look for people with high learnability and train them. The strong stay in tough times, Stick to the strong!

Look for passion, commitment, integrity and learnability when you hire people.

Train the less experienced ones, as they are usually high on learnability as they are the ones who really deliver outputs, with proper guidance. Also consider the ones who have self-learned skills and faring well, even though they do not have real on the job experience.

Build a strong leadership, which can guide and scale the less experienced to perform to the best of their ability and grow and learn continuously.

If both sides can work together, we can soon bridge the gap and the world will be a Happy Place!

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