What soft skills are employers looking for in freshers?
In January-June 2023, 62% of employers across India intend to hire freshers - with certain skills.
The top soft skills that employers are looking for in freshers to are those relating to negotiation and persuasion, cognitive flexibility, curiosity/continual learning, and emotional intelligence.
These are the findings of the latest Career Outlook Report by TeamLease EdTech for Jan - Jun 2023 HY which underlines some critical trends in the Indian job market that will guide freshers in their job hunt for the coming months.
As per the report the overall hiring intent for freshers to experienced professionals has marginally increased to 68% from 61% registered in July-December 2022 HY.
Top job roles in demand
Cloud developer, investment banking associate, cybersecurity engineer, marketing analyst, social media specialist, content writer, campaign associate, microbiologist and biomedical engineer have emerged as top roles that freshers can expect.
Key domain skills in demand
DevOps, corporate finance, artificial intelligence and project management are in demand domain skills, skills that are specific to the technical domain within which a given job role exists and could be a combination of functional and soft skills relevant for a given domain.
Hiring sentiment across industries and cities
The top three industries with the most robust intent to hire freshers are information technology (67%), ecommerce & technology startups (52%) and telecommunications (51%).
Amongst the Tier I cities, Bengaluru comes at the top with maximum openings for freshers at 75%, closely followed by Mumbai (56%) and Delhi (47%).
In-demand courses by industry
Degree and certification in DevOps, supply chain management, data engineering, business and corporate law are a few in-demand courses solicited by prospective employers that freshers can undertake to increase their employability.
“Even in the face of a global muted sentiment around team hiring, a large number of Indian employers have expressed their intention to hire freshers; some to create a long-term supply channel whereas others to replace their expensive resources with fresh trainable talents. Whereas this is good news for fresh graduates coming out from universities, we shall be watchful of the intention translating to actual hiring in the coming months,” said Shantanu Rooj, Founder & CEO TeamLease EdTech.
Neeti Sharma, President & Co-Founder TeamLease Edtech, added that as aspiring graduates and freshers, the key here is to identify the industries that demonstrate an optimistic view and the job skills that would have good demand in the future.
“Now is the time for job seekers to acquaint themselves with current market trends and invest in the right skills and courses to improve their chances of landing their first jobs”.