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Becoming human resource rather than becoming an employee

Education and experience may make a graduate eligible to apply for a job, but to be successful in most roles, one needs to develop some skills over time
Umme Habiba Punna
Becoming human resource rather than becoming an employee

In the current scenario of Bangladesh, a job is a dream for thousands of graduates. Day by day unemployment is becoming a big problem. According to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, the unemployment rate in Bangladesh remained unchanged at 4.20 percent in 2017 from 4.20 percent in 2016. Unemployment rate in Bangladesh averaged 3.85 percent from 1991 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 5.10 percent in 1997 and a record low of 2.20 percent in 1991.

Education and experience may make a graduate eligible to apply for a job, but to be successful in most roles, one needs to develop some skills over time. Employers are often looking for skills that go beyond qualifications and experience. There are some ‘employability skills’ which makes a graduate employable. For this reason employers are not satisfied with the employee they get and the unemployment rate is increasing respectively for this reason.

There is a huge gap between an employee and expectation of the employer and this is the reason the perfect fit for a vacant position is not available. It’s not possible to solve this issue at a time. Employees can be turned into human resources, they will not be counted as a cost for doing business rather than as human capital, a value addition for the organization.

Becoming human resource: Before recruitment

University life is the perfect time to build skills and experience. Extra-curricular activities can complement and enhance academic studies, and give a head start on achieving your future goals. While studying at university, students develop professional or technical skills which refer to specific skills required by field of interest, acquired through study and related work experience and employability skills transferable skills common to all work roles and workplaces, acquired through a range of work and other life experiences.

Employability skills and attributes

Employability skills are viewed by employers as important for success in the workplace as well as for your future employment opportunities. Examples of employability skills and attributes include: communication, teamwork, problem solving, organization, self management, digital literacy, customer service, research, enthusiasm, common sense, sense of humor, honesty, integrity and motivation.

Required employable skills are not developed suddenly, it needs a long time. Practice from a very early life helps students to get some advantage in professional life, even in real life. For this reason students should try to adapt employability skills. The following list provides examples of employability skills, as well as examples of circumstances in which you may have built and developed these skills.

•     Leadership: Sports team captain, organizing an event or a music band, student association’s board member, club treasurer, communications manager, etc.

•     Time management: Casual work and following rosters (retail, hospitality, etc), balancing study and research projects with work or extra-curricular activities.

•     Communication (written and verbal): Communicating effectively with your classmates during group work, engaging presentations, professional email communication, professional reports, casual work (such as customer service), leadership roles or extra-curricular activities (sport, debating, etc), cross-cultural communication in the classroom, study abroad experience, mentoring.

•     Team work: Playing on a sports team, group project work, hobbies such as starting or joining a business or similar interest group, being part of a work team (such as a offices or retail team), participating in internships and work experience that involves working with others.

•     Research: Students at graduation and post graduation level have well-developed academic research skills as a result of their studies, and these skills can be adapted to research activities within the workplace.

Becoming human resource: After recruitment

 Leaving school or university, one may think that exams and assessments would be a thing of the past. It doesn’t take long to realize that the workplace can be an equally intense and competitive learning environment. Here are some other professional development ideas:

•     Reading professional journals, books, research papers, articles, etc

•     Coaching, mentoring, training courses, academic study, conferences and webinars

•     Voluntary work, fundraising and event management

•     Research activities, blogging and publishing articles

•     Training others and giving presentations or speaking at a conference

•     Spending time with other departments, customers, suppliers, trade bodies or stakeholders

•     Joining committees, professional associations, campaign groups and participating in industry forums

•     Applying for industry awards or scholarships

Learning and development takes time and energy, and it will sometimes take out of comfort zone. If an employee can keep the learning habit throughout his career, however, it is far more likely that it will extend your career longevity, mitigate any risks and improve employability.

It’s not possible to become a human resource only by trying from employee side. Organizational sector also needs to take some steps such as proper career development path, requirements and rewards matching, arrangement of relevant training, competitive compensation and benefits package and so on. If the dual match occurs than the graduates can be turned into a valuable human resource and thus they can put a good impact in the development on the nation.

    The writer is a contributor.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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