Employability – What’s wrong with Sri Lankan degree?

I will start this blog post with a must read article on employability. 5 steps that could help freshers bag jobs in greater numbers. It focuses on Indian context. If you are lazy to read it, here’s the bombshell. Graduate unemployability: For years, employers used degrees as a lazy filter to shortlist interview candidates. But, now that it is clear a degree is not what it used to be—60% of taxi drivers in Korea, 31% of retail sales clerks in the US, and 15% of high-end security guards in India now have a degree—employers are shifting their focus to employability and skills. This means candidates from outside the top institutions, or those without degrees, can differentiate themselves through certifications, soft skills, apprenticeships, projects, work experience, career growth, and more. Almost all Sri Lankan employers I meet complain about candidates not having right skills and attitude, not just among freshers but also among seniors. Degrees are not relevant, they say. Yet the young

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When to startup

pic credit: Dialog After the #ngage session, after the food ran out, few young people (age 20-30) asked me questions. I could distill them to this question. ” I want to do a startup on something I love, but cannot find time with my current job. Should I quit? “ My answer is A BIG NO. I’m 37.  If you have asked me the same question when I was 30, I’d have said yes. I remember, back then, when a uni undergrad pitched his prototype during a hackathon, I asked him, “are you gonna do a job, or continue this prototype after graduation?” He said he’d do a job, but would improve prototype as a side kick. I laughed saying “you are not serious. Hence you will not make it.’ I don’t know what happened to him or his side kick. But I do know, what I said to him was wrong. I am sorry. I have seen more of

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