What skills are employers looking for, and how can international students prove they′ve got them?

Employers often refer to the skills gap when talking about hiring new graduates. This is the difference between the skills employers would like their employees to have and what skills employees have. The way to bridge this gap is to understand not only what graduate employers are looking for, but how your current skills match this and how you can increase your experience to meet their expectations.

International student website Study International highlight the top skills employers are looking for in the graduates they employ. Today we’re looking at how international students and graduates can use their international status to showcase these skills and how to gain further experience that will show employers that you mean business!


By Jen Garmston Published: September 13, 2019

Indian companies 2nd biggest job creators in London

INDIA: Indian companies have become the second biggest job creators in London in 2015.
Latest data released by London and Partners on Tuesday showed that Indian companies have already created 504 new jobs this year in London alone - second only to the Americans who created 1983 jobs.
China which is investing heavily in UK created only 277 jobs so far this year.


By Times of India
Published: May 22, 2015

Global job cuts not to impact India: Sharp Corp

INDIA: Japan′s consumer electronics maker Sharp Corporation′s plan to reduce its global workforce by 10 per cent will not affect the operations in India, the company said today.
Sharp today reported a net loss of 222 billion yen (USD 2.3 billion for the year ended March 2015 and said it planned to reduce employee count by 10 per cent across the globe, including 3,500 in Japan alone.
When asked whether the Indian units of Sharp would also be affected with its drive to trim the global work force, a company spokesperson said: "No".


By Times of India
Published: May 18, 2015

India′s e-learning market second largest after US, says report

INDIA: India has become the largest market for e-learning after the US, and the sector is expected to receive a boost from the government’s Rs.1.13 trillion Digital India initiative, says a recent report by the UK-India Business Council.
While the existing educational infrastructure is inadequate to meet the current and future needs of the country, the Digital India initiative will increase Internet access, which in turn will help take quality education to large parts of the population that have been hitherto neglected, says the report.
India’s e-learning sector is expected to grow at a compounded annual rate of 17.4% between 2013 and 2018, twice as fast as the global average.


By Live Mint
Published: May 08, 2015

Google most attractive employer in India, says Randstad

Google has emerged as the most attractive employer in the country followed by Sony, according to leading human resource consultancy Randstad.
Microsoft India, which topped the list consecutively for the past four years, has been inducted into the ′hall of fame′ category this year.


By Business Today India
Published: April 26, 2015

How safe is your job?

Companies have announced robust hiring plans. Campus placements saw recruiters making eye-popping offers.That apart, surveys by several HR firms indicate that the median salary hike this year will be close to 11%. Star performers can expect even more. According to Aon Hewitt, the top performers are expected to get 1.6 times the hike given to average performers.
Behind these glad tidings is a worrisome reality . In recent months, India Inc has become more conscious of the bottom line. Companies are ruthlessly shedding flab to become more profitable. One estimate says that in Bengaluru alone, some 15,000 techies have been laid off in the past one year. "Organisations are becoming bolder in removing roles or people," says Aditya Narayan Mishra, President-Staffing, Ranstad India.
People are usually shocked when they are told to go. But in many cases, the signs are quite obvious. It is just that employees fail to read these indications.
Will you get fired? Take the short quiz to know how safe your job is.
Here are some of the signs that can tell an employee that his job is in peril and what he could do to avoid getting sacked.
You haven′t learnt any new skill
Just like the software in a computer needs to be updated, an employee needs to constantly upskill himself to stay relevant. The skills that proved useful a few years ago may have become outdated now. People who are not able to adapt in a changing world are vulnerable. They may have sufficient skills to handle the present, but may not be able to handle the future needs of their workplace.
One way to secure your job is by acquiring a niche but useful skill. For instance, if a business development manager learns a foreign language, he will be seen as indispensable. "If an individual′s skillset is easy to find in the market and a possible replacement is within the system, removing him will be easy ," says Mayank Chandra, Managing Partner, Antal International.
Upskilling has become easier now with the launch of massive open online courses (MOOCs). These online courses are cheap (some are even free) and one can study after work. Make sure your boss knows when you sign up for a course to enhance your skills."The very fact that you want to upskill sends the signal of your intent to improve, to do better," says Rituparna Chakraborty, Cofounder and Senior Vice-President, Teamlease Services.
You don′t get along with co-workers
Interpersonal skills are critical at the workplace. Even if you are an above average performer but don′t get along well with your co-workers, your job is in danger. When managers start compiling a list of people to be retrenched, they first want to get rid of difficult employees. Most prefer a friendly, cooperative but incompetent worker over an unpleasant but skilled employee.



By The Times of India
Published: April 17, 2015