Become an Employable Graduate through ODL System

Dr. S. Ganesan

Twenty years ago, an unemployed youth, (Islander) from A & N Islands went to Nagpur, Maharashtra to study M.Com degree. After completing the M.Com in Management degree, he could not able to get job; because of the simple fact that he has not studied ‘accountancy’ subject in his M.Com degree. In order to get job, he again took admission in another M.Com-Accounting & Finance - at Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Later, he  has got many jobs in A & N Islands itself and now placed in officer grade (looking after Accounts & Finance). This real story of A & N Island student motivated me to write this article, to guide the educated youths, to become employable ones.
• What shall I do after my degree?
• Shall I go for PG in the same field (or) take-up job enabling courses?
This kind of questions arises in the mind of many graduates, especially those who are job-seekers. Some of the paths of higher education are:




Education is the tool to get a job and to earn money for lively-hood. This being an accepted practice, the job market requires a wide range of educational qualification(s) in various subject areas. There is a difference between ‘qualified’ person and ‘employable’ person. All qualified persons are not-employable. Similarly, all employable persons need not be qualified. The elevation from ‘qualified’ status to ‘employable’ status needs lot of efforts.

Simple tips to plan for higher education:
• Identity some broad areas of job opportunities (Eg. Food & Industry related)
• Decide the level of specialization education:
6-months /1-yr/2-yr (or)   PG Diploma/Diploma/Certificate
• Enter  as ‘Trainee’ and later to become entrepreneur
• Self-employment approach, (if  it suits you)
• As employee in govt./private sector
• Want to be a job seeker (or) job provider?
Then, align all your qualification(s)/experience(s) to become employable person, with sharp focus on your target job.






To know the multiple paths for job opportunities, deeply analyze the ‘wanted’ columns / ‘Situation Vacant’ appears in national or local news papers and Employment News. Acquiring the knowledge, skills experiences, additional qualifications etc, will take some time to equip you to become potential candidate for any post/group of posts. Therefore, some short-term plan and few long-term plans are to be made to get right jobs as aimed. Following are some of the words appeared in recent Employment News, (27-January to 2-February, 2018):
• 50% marks is also not insisted upon in case of candidates who posses qualifications higher than the essential minimum prescribed qualifications
• Degree in Law will be preferred and considered as an additional qualifications
• Specific skill required:     Good and written communication skills
• Desirable:
• One year experience in the trade
• Knowledge of library automation and networking will be given preference
•  Knowledge in MS Office based applications

You all will agree with me that only rare jobs / ‘wanted columns’ mention ‘Any Degree’ as required qualification for the posts advertised. The essential qualification itself says,  ‘ NET qualified’  or ‘GATE  passed’ or ‘TET qualified’ person with degree in xxxxx subject.  It clearly indicates the requirements of ‘extras’ such as ‘additional qualifications / experiences / skills ‘ etc.  So, try to customize your own degree according to your future job opportunities. For example, you can opt for electives/special papers such as ‘Applied Electronics’ in your B.Sc, Physics major, so as to enter into electronics field. Carefully coin all your activities of the degree /PG as per requirements of job profile (or) recruitment board conditions/recruitment rules. Having studied one ‘maths’ paper in B.Sc, degree as allied subject/ancillary subject, it will fetch you some engineering based jobs also. Similarly, carry out project work / internship etc. related to your choice job(s).
The specific qualification has its own focus as compared to general degrees/PG degrees. For example, BE in Mechanical branch has a wide range of job opportunities as compared to B.E.,  in Automobile engineering degree. Depending upon the aim, one has to select the branch of study, specialization etc. The following table shows some examples of popular general qualifications and specialization qualifications (normally available in Open and Distance Learning System).


General Qualifications Specialized Qualifications

M.Com (Finance & Taxation)
M.Com (Business Policy & Corporate Governance )
M.Com (Management, Accounting & Financial Strategies)
M.Sc, Maths Master of Science (Mathematics with Application in Computer Sciences)
MBA MBA (Banking and Finance)
MA - Distance Education
MA- Adult Education
M.Sc, Home Sciences M.Sc-Dietetics and Food Services Management
MA, Psychology M.Sc- Counselling and Family Therapy
MSW Master of Social Work (Counseling),
PGJMC (Journalism and Mass Communication) PG Diploma in Audio Programme   Production

Just your academic qualifications may not make you as employable person. Blending your degree with experiences, knowledge, skills, training etc. will enable you to become potential candidate for a job. In this highly competitive world, a sharp focus with dedicated approach is required to get good placement; make use of Open and Distance Learning System for the same.
(The author is Regional Director of IGNOU, Regional Centre, Port Blair and can be reached at (M-8900936718)

Monday, 12 February, 2018