Combine Soft Skills with Technical Skills, not just formal degrees ( Skills – II )

A learning mind always wins: One requires an analytical mindset to enter the workforce, makes you a winner

Finding a job you love is no easy task — but it’s definitely not impossible. Let’s find out.

“Follow your heart.” The first time Basant heard this advice was from Viv, midway through a demo session at his work place. The idea was so touching and enchanting, Basant repeated it like a mantra for months but he still couldn’t figure out what his heart wanted.  Viv is a motivational speaker and a repair skill trainer.

He loved electronics and repair but was doubtful someone would pay me to do it. Of course he loved a lot of other things too— movies, politics, media, sports. It was his friend Savad, who was running a mobile service center, had a meeting that was a turning point, they both attended Viv ‘s session accidentally on purpose which made him realise what Viv said.

After seeing Savad’s experience and enthusiasm, only then he realised the meaning of “follow your heart”.

Today Basant has a successful repair center.  It oversimplifies a difficult challenge. “Many recent graduates are very confused about how to find work that inspires and satisfies them,” confirms Viv. His own early-career confusion — he tried a lot of things before landing in the startup world — is part of what inspired his business. He was a failure at school, as he could not complete 10th class due to personal reasons.  But that did not stop him, he went ahead with his dreams.

Skills Hierarchy

According to a report by published in 2014, only 27 per cent of the 7,50,00,000 fresh graduates would be employable by 2020.

While education is important, it does not guarantee us a job in our chosen field. One learns a lot of theories during foundational education, but applying them to practical work requires skills which, for the most part, are not taught as part of the degree programme. Viv says,”I may not be wrong when I say that skill development is an area which is highly neglected by most of the students, and in fact, their schools and colleges.” The emphasis on vocational education seems to be lacking when it is one of the most important areas to focus on and will help prepare the youth for jobs.

Acquire soft skills and create right attitude

In a survey, lot of company CEO’s have mentioned that they consider industry specific skills and right attitude more important criterion for hiring. For every job, the main thing is the learning ability. It’s the ability to process on the go. It’s the ability to pull together disparate bits of information.

Applying your mind and logic to come up with a better solution would require the right skill set.

In order to keep moving forward, one will always need to revisit their skill set and keep on reworking as per the requirements.

Formal education sets your mind on a path for ‘how to learn’, while skill development teaches you ‘how to apply’ what you have learnt. If all you know is theory, you are limiting yourself and your opportunity for career growth. In today’s time, soft skills such as language and communication skills, personality development skills, management skills and behavioural skills are some of the essential skills required while applying for a job. Your bio-data (CV) boasting your degrees might get you an interview, but it is your skills that will help you grab the job.

In any job, you can improve on what Viv calls soft skills — writing, public speaking, negotiating, getting comfortable with technology — which are important but not always emphasized in school. Improve your follow-through skills by writing things down in a meeting, not walking away until you know the next steps, and setting deadlines.

Be that person who makes things happen, being a reliable & trustworthy person will help you stand out in a very competitive environment”, Viv says.

Anyone can be a winner, make yourself aware of your dreams!

Hone your Vocational Skills

Don’t just focus on vocations — nurse, teacher, engineer — but also working conditions. Does the prospect of collaborating in teams, working in a small lab, dealing with the public, or enjoying at a company excursion party make you feel excited or depressed? How important is it that you have a short journeys, opportunities to travel, diverse co-workers, prestige, or a cause you care about? “You can be doing something that you like and believe in, but if you have a schedule or a boss that isn’t working for you, then you will be stressed,” Viv says.


Be practical, if a pay or salary is what drives you, there’s no shame in that. Do the things that could earn you money.

Arun’s research found that the money-motivated tend to be happier in their work than those who are mission-driven: They have clear benchmarks for success. That’s not to say you shouldn’t change the world, but being practical about your needs is OK. Arun initially dreamed of being a software developer but, partly on his brother’s advice, decided mobile/ laptop repair was more financially secure and easy to setup . Success at his repair center, Cochin led to opportunities in business & networking, and he is now a successful business owner in his home town. “It’s been an incredible career — I got to sit in my own chamber and lead my own business — but I can’t say that it was, strictly speaking, my first choice,” he says.

Over the years, Arun adds, what you prioritize in a job will ebb and flow. There’s a time to make huge money, a time to win a National Prize, a time when you just want to be home to be with your family & kids to watch “Sultan” and “Kabali”.

NO JOB IS EVER A DEAD END: Slow and steady wins the race

As CEO of the service center chain for smartphones, Arun often mentors young candidates who are questioning if they want to do on their  ”own”.  He advices, “You don’t have to know what you are going to do for the rest of your life. I’m forty five and I’m still not sure,”. He grew up in northeast, his family struggled for his education.

Arun set out to study electronics engineering but struggled. He was working restaurant jobs to cover tuition, away from home for the first time, and earning the worst grades of his life. “I ended up dropping out of college” he says. “I was demoralized and completely depressed. The town I grew up in had just opened a mobile-laptop service center, and my friend helped me get a job there. I thought, “This is it, I’ll work here for the rest of my life.” But slowly, as he leaned into the work, his confidence returned.

Arun and Basant, thank mentors like Viv for the steps they are taking.

Do a daily review, because every day is a new beginning

At the end of each day, review what you did. “Ask yourself, What gave me energy?” suggests Viv.

“Think about those things that bring you joy and energy, and try to do more of those things, with whatever autonomy you have.”   Our students are our testimonials.

The team at the center trained and encourage students to get back in life “What felt like a failure turned out to be one of the best things I could have ever done because I got hands-on experience,” a student says.

 “Look toward the future, give your best effort for job you can do in the position you have right now.”

Govt. Support and Initiatives for skills and e-Waste Management

Today, Viv wants more opportunities for the youth. His startup came up with an eye to help service center with spare parts management.

“Even the Govt. Is supporting us in our effort, lets work hard to earn a better future”, asks Viv.

What are you waiting for? Follow your heart. What are your ideal working conditions? Let start exploring experiences to help you find out — head to be the owner of your destiny. How to Figure Out Exactly What Your Dream Job Should Be.

The tainted Soul – Skill Revolution II


Author: apboss

I love to share and experiment with words, words for me are like olfactory senses, they wake me up in a garden of experiences, SOUL meets me

2 thoughts on “Combine Soft Skills with Technical Skills, not just formal degrees ( Skills – II )”

    1. Thanks da. How far do you think our population is skilled enough even though a huge chunk works for various sectors, MNCs, Govt, Startups. In skills, is it similar to like 120 Crore people and 2 bronze medals from an Olympic event..

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