The Covid-19 pandemic has induced a financial crunch for many companies and the world and they have had to lay off many of their employees. It has also affected hirings across all sectors. This has highlighted the need for an enhanced skill set among the employees and job-seekers to pivot through such unforeseen circumstances.
Taking note of the same, one of India’s largest IP-driven incubation lab, BridgeLabz, surveyed on the theme ‘Skills engineers should hone to stay relevant in the upcoming years’ which found that 90% of engineering job seekers feel that they need good soft skills along with domain knowledge to get good jobs or hold on to jobs if they already have them.
The responses from over 1300 engineering job seekers shows that they want to get a robust, comprehensive skillset that would help solidify their position as an employee in the future.
Speaking on the survey findings, Narayan Mahadevan, Founder, BridgeLabz, said, “The pandemic has not only changed business models but also the hirings and promotion structures. Today, an employee is expected to be multiskilled to guide peers or assume extended responsibilities in times of crisis. flexibility is the keyword here.”
Having soft skills on the resume is especially gaining importance due to the recent change in the work environment.
As companies have transitioned to digital and remote working setups, they prefer employees with skills such as time management, communication, teamwork, flexibility and adaptability, critical thinking, etc.
However, as per the survey, only 10.11% feel that such skills hardly make any difference.
As per the survey, 89.98% of the respondents think that soft skills such as Business Communications can prove helpful in getting a job.
“Be it any field, having additional skills goes a long way. This is what the survey highlighted. A majority of the engineering job seekers are looking to acquire soft skills. Live-working environments can help hone job-relevant skills and prepare them for the real world,” BridgeLabz founder Mahadevan said.
What skills should you improve to stay job-relevant?
Participants in the survey revealed the skills they would like to hone to stay job-relevant.
Interestingly, 81% of the job seekers view Business Communication as a requisite in the engineering field. While 16% are indecisive of whether or not it is an indispensable part of the discipline, only 2% don’t consider it important.
Apart from domain knowledge, 33% of job seekers would like to learn about critical thinking.
The said skill finds its relevance even more in the present era where it is impossible not to come across multiple and contradicting sources of information.
Here, clear and rational thinking can help you navigate to a well-informed decision – a reason it is gaining popularity in recruitments.
The highly coveted skill is followed closely by the urge to refine linguistic and technical flexibility (31%) and business communications skills (29%). Whereas, only 8% of respondents sided with developing cognitive skills.
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