What do we actually mean when we say 'skills gap'? It is the void between what employers want from their employees, and what the employees are actually capable of doing. Most of the time, a candidate's profile looks very appealing, but it is the attitude in the office or the workplace that truly sets them apart and keeps them going. It's not just about apparent number and quality of achievements, but also the mental health and capacity that goes with it.
Having said that, it's important to know that skills are of two types - soft skills and hard skills. The soft skills make up your personality, while hard skills are technical or the things which you are good at. Hard skills require immense knowledge, while soft skills are all about personality development and grooming. In the modern world, soft skills hold high importance. As knowledge and information become more available thanks to the omnipotence and mass accessibility of the Internet, soft skills have to be achieved on your own. They have more to do with your EQ, rather than your IQ. Creativity, communication, problem solving, critical thinking - all of these and much more can be included in soft skills.
According to the survey below, senior employers think that soft skills is the area in which as many as 44% of Americans lack. Since the world is evolving at such a fast rate, employers mostly look for candidates who are actually able to communicate, as communication remains the most vital factor. Building relationships across organisations, being able to convey thoughts - all this is dependent upon how well an employee can communicate.
Of all the skills, perhaps leadership remains the most difficult to attain. The role of a leader is not everyone's cup of tea. Leadership is one of those soft skills that don't come easily - only people who are good at handling pressure and inspiring others, can be called leaders. It is only through a lot of mental practice and patience, that a person can develop high level soft skills and truly become a leader - if not for their organisation, then for their own self.
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So what is the reason behind the skills gap? We can put it on the education system that the many educational institutions don't provide the training necessary to develop soft skills. Another factor can be that an employee who lacks soft skills, is probably not interested in the job and is doing it by force, and not by choice. To overcome all these reasons, appropriate training is necessary. Moreover, working under an efficient leader, can also help employees get comfortable with their job and develop confidence and interest.
The survey below provides insight into workplaces in the U.S., the various industries facing the gaps, how exactly this skills gap can be removed, and much much more.
Infographic by: Adecco