A guide for graduates to become ‘employable’
With over 13 years of enriching corporate and professional experience, Piyush Sandhane has reached out to more than 10,000 individuals through his creative engagement programs, workshops and public speaking events and now the book ‘The Employability Quotient Decoded’ (TEQD) is the outcome of all the initiatives, life experiences and observations over these years. Sandhane says: “For the past 10 years I have also been doing a lot of training programmes especially with students where I interact with them for their life and management skills.”
Interestingly, the cover of the book and its illustrations are done by Goa-based designer Nikita Sinari. Speaking about this debut book of 36 chapters which emphasizes on some approaches and methods of how people can set goals, Sandhane says: “It shares some simple yet powerful practices for students who look forward to their first jobs and want to discover the true meaning of being ‘employable’ to build progressive careers. It follows strong principles of working objectively and making early choices to make a key difference in your professional journey ahead.”
Sandhane further says that the book addresses a major concern in today’s date, especially among the youth who are doing their graduate and post graduate studies. He says: “There is a lot of gap. The corporate world wants some kind of talent but there is a mismatch in terms of how students are ready for that particular job. In the academic journey, students purely focus on learning in terms of theory and academics but the emphasis is very ‘vanilla’ in terms of personality development.”
He feels that a lot of decision making is done based only on external factors or measurable parameters like marks scored in exams. “There is no mechanism where students could go deep diving inside and then think about what they could do in their careers,” says Sandhane while adding that there is no problem for employment in India as there are jobs but the problem is employability; how a person is able to apply any learning is the major problem.
Sandhane who holds a Masters degree in media business management and consults many businesses for their branding strategy & marketing communication believes in designing creative methods to life skills learning and has received the ‘Youth Inspiration and Creative Pedagogy’ Award in 2018. He conducts workshops in Pune, Mumbai and Karnataka and is now planning to do one in Goa too. Sandhane says: “At the workshops my approach is very creative and interactive. Also, I believe that the more you do, the more your doubts will be cleared.”
This year, his mission is to reach to more than five lakh students through his book and interactions in different campuses. Also soon he will be introducing something online. “I am preparing my online content that they can access on mobile phones. So it will be a mix of video, notes and worksheets for which they will have to pay a very nominal fee because something that you get free is not valued,” he concludes.