EQ4C iPAS Skills Inventory-Know yourself
Globalization has opened doors for lot of new opportunities, but, at the same time the competition has gone up to new high. This has resulted in increased corporate expectancy from existing and new employees. Today the demand for skills has increased and everyone is looking for 21st Century Skills in all potential recruits.
Our educational system is so designed forcing students to concentrate more on rot learning than on developing a spirit of enquiry, which is the most predominant factor to achieve success at work place. During their high school education, many engineers would have neglected studying humanities, languages and arts. In this process, an all-rounded development of complementary human intelligence and faculties like creativity and inter-personal skills is stunted.
A DEGREE IS NOT ENOUGH
You can’t rely on your degree alone to automatically open doors after you graduate. It will certainly unlock doors – in other words it will make you eligible to apply for jobs that specify “must be a graduate” and the subject or class of your degree may also be important to certain employers. But however good your degree class, however relevant your subject to the career that you’ll be applying for, it is likely that you will be competing for this job with a number of other graduates who are equally well-qualified academically.
Once your degree has unlocked the door, you’ll need the right mix of skills, abilities and personal qualities in order to turn the handle and give the door the push that will open it to you.
So, what are these skills?
21st Century Skills:
Life skills or soft skills are increasingly becoming the hard skills of today’s workforce. It’s just not enough to be highly trained in academic skills, without developing the softer, interpersonal and relationship-building skills that help people to communicate and collaborate effectively. With the traditional style of leadership becoming out-dated, professional managers expect their teams to be more proactive and communicate openly.
A distinction is maintained between soft skills and hard skills. While hard skills refer to technical and academic skills, soft skills refer to wide-ranging personal and interpersonal skills. Academic and technical skills can be more easily defined, observed and measured.
Common 21st Century Skills:
- Personal Development and Personal Empowerment
- Self-Motivation and Emotional Intelligence
- Time Management and Removing Distractions to help you achieve more
- Avoiding Stress
- Anger Management
- Relaxation Techniques
- Building Confidence and Self-Esteem
Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Communication Skills and Interpersonal Communication
- Verbal Communication and Effective Speaking
- Non-verbal Communication and Personal Appearance
- Listening Skills including Active Listening
- Decision Making and Problem Solving
- Group Roles and Team Work
- Learn about the Barriers to Effective Communication
- Building Rapport
- What is a Presentation?
- Writing Your Presentation and Preparing Your Presentation
- Working with Visual Aids and Dealing with Questions
- Learn how to cope with and manage Presentation Nerves
Employability or Corporate Skills:
Domain skills and life skills will help to build knowledge and personality and if you utilize this in to practice, you become more employable. But competition requires you to be outstanding hence, these specific skills. Impeccable resume, interview techniques, group discussion, corporate mannerism, innovation and some IT skills will help you to stand apart in crowded job market and will create a pull factor for hiring employer.
When we talk about 21st Century skills, we are talking about sum aggregate of all the above skills. It has become increasingly necessary to audit skills and bridge the gap so that you have a place in new corporate world.
Skills with EQ4C iPAS
- EQ4C iPAS measures 20 skills which are of prime importance and isolate the top three as strengths.
- Skills tests along with Aptitudes, Personality and Interest, in iPAS, is the best synergistic approach and increases the accuracy.
- iPAS is standardized and it is tested on thousands of students
- iPAS has capacity to map more than 350 careers
- iPAS Cronbach’s alpha score is .83 which proves its reliability and consistency