The impact of soft skills and personality development in moulding
the youth of Kerala
- A study with reference to MarThoma Institute of Information Technology, Kollam, Kerala


By

Dr.R.Jubi
Professor  & Head, Department of MBA
Sulfikar Ahammed.N & Sumi.S, S3 MBA
MarThoma Institute of Information Technology
Ayur, Kollam, Kerala
 


Abstract

India is one of the developing country, Kerala being the cent percent literacy state of India, is having a lot of manpower resources, but it is not being properly utilized .The young generation is having enough qualification and an appreciable percentage of the youth are getting good job opportunities also. In this scenario also the category which is on the average level is just having the dream of getting an employment. In this situation it is very interesting to concentrate the study on the effectiveness of soft skills and personality development in making the dream of the youth to a colorful soft skills and personality development one. The main objective behind this article is to highlight the effectiveness of the above said parameters in moulding the youth of Kerala.

Introduction

The study is fully concentrated among the students of MarThoma Institute of Information Technology, Ayur, Kollam, Kerala, which is comparatively a remote college and it is one of the minority institutes of the Kerala state. The study is concentrated in this college since it is remote and the students coming from the remote area is undergoing the course at MIIT.

Marthoma Institute of Information Technology (  Kollam, Self Financing)

Established in 2002, Mar Thoma Institute of information Technology is a pioneering institution started under the management of the Mar Thoma Education Technical Training and Research Centre, owned and managed by a registered society of the Trivandrum - Quilon Diocese of the Mar Thoma Church. The institute is located in Ayur, approximately 53 kms north of Trivandrum and 20 kms south of Kottarakkara with Ithikkara river on the northern side and the Main Central road on the eastern side. Even though this is a new college, the students have secured top ranks in the recent examinations. Committees headed by faculty members lead the activities related to placement, tutorial system, student's welfare, ethics etc. Over 70% of students have found placements.

Soft skills is a sociological term relating to a person's "EQ" (Emotional Intelligence Quotient), the cluster of personality traits, social graces, communication, language, personal habits, friendliness, and optimism that characterize relationships with other people. Soft skills complement hard skills (part of a person's IQ), which are the occupational requirements of a job and many other activities.

Soft skills are personal attributes that enhance an individual's interactions, job performance and career prospects. Unlike hard skills, which are about a person's skill set and ability to perform a certain type of task or activity, soft skills are interpersonal and broadly applicable.

A person's soft skill EQ is an important part of their individual contribution to the success of an organization. Particularly those organizations dealing with customers face-to-face are generally more successful, if they train their staff to use these skills. Screening or training for personal habits or traits such as dependability and conscientiousness can yield significant return on investment for an organization. For this reason, soft skills are increasingly sought out by employers in addition to standard qualifications.

Soft Skills are behavioral competencies. Also known as Interpersonal Skills, or people skills, they include proficiencies such as communication skills, conflict resolution and negotiation, personal effectiveness, creative problem solving, strategic thinking, team building, influencing skills and selling skills, to name a few.

Soft skills play a vital role for professional success; they help one to excel in the workplace and their importance cannot be denied in this age of information and knowledge. Good soft skills -- which are in fact scarce -- in the highly competitive corporate world, will help you stand out in a milieu of routine job seekers with mediocre skills and talent.

Just like soft skills, personality development is also one of the inevitable parts in moluding a good employee. An individual's personality is aggregate conglomerations of decisions we've made throughout our lives. There are inherent natural, genetic, and environmental factors that contribute to the development of our personality. Most of the business leaders observed that they could find workers who have "hard skills" that is  the capability to operate machinery or fulfill other tasks, but many potential hires lack the soft skill as a company need.

Methodology-Universe

The universe of the study includes all the candidates who are professionally qualified and ready for getting employed, but the present study stress on the students who are doing MBA Course in MIIT.

Sampling

Convenient sampling was carried out in this article preparation. Those who are available were approached for discussion. The collected data were analyzed using the specific analytical tools and these were used for getting the inference.

Tools for data collection

Data analysis is an integral part of any research study. The present research also by conducting a survey with the help of a structured questionnaire, data was collected from the students who are doing MBA Course at MIIT.

Analysis

The data, after collection, has to be processed and analyzed in accordance with the outline laid down for the purpose at the time of developing the research plan. This is essential for a scientific study and for ensuring that we have all relevant data for making contemplated comparisons and analysis. Technically speaking, processing or analysis implies editing, coding, classification, and tabulation of collected data so that they are amenable to analysis.

PERCENTAGE ANALYSIS METHOD

In percentage analysis method, classification and tabulation of the result from the questionnaire is done first. Then the percentage of respondents' responds for each question in the questionnaire is found. Then these results are shown by the use of diagram. The diagrams mainly include pie charts. After the analysis the results are interpreted. Simple percentage method = No. of Respondents / Sample Size x 100

From the analysis the following details were collected. The data collected were based on the following facts.

  • Respondent's decision regarding the  academic activities of MIIT
  • Respondent's opinion regarding the commitment of the faculty in providing adequate academic activities at MIIT
  • Respondent's comment regarding over all level of satisfaction towards the soft skills programme at MIIT
  • Respondent's viewpoint regarding contribution of soft skills & personality development training provided in MIIT help to increase the confidence.
  • Respondent's attitude towards placement offers of MIIT
  • Respondent's satisfaction skills training in MIIT.

Respondent's decision regarding the academic activities of MIIT

Group

No. of Samples

Percentage

Yes

70

94

No

5

6

Total   :  75



Inference

Among the total sample 94% is satisfied with the   academic activities of MIIT, only 6% of the students are not satisfied with the activities at MIIT.This shows that an appreciable percentage of the students are satisfied with the soft skills and personality development programme.

Respondent's opinion regarding the commitment of the faculty in providing adequate academic activities at MIIT

Sl.No

Category

No. of samples

Percentage

1

Yes

73

97.3

2

No

2

2.7

 

 Total              75

 


Inference

A major portion of the total population (97.3%) has made clear that they are agreeing to the commitment of the faculty in developing the youth at MIIT.The once again stress on the extent to which the faculty is into the development of the students who are doing the course at MIIT.

Respondent's comment regarding over all level of satisfaction towards the soft skills programme at MIIT

Sl.No

Category

No. of samples

Percentage

1

Yes

72

96

2

No

3

4

 

                Total      75

 



This analysis classifies the entire group into two categories and the major group is thinking they have succeeded in their venture. The 'No category' is very low percentage and they are simply conducting the business. Respondent's comment regarding over all level of satisfaction towards the soft skills programme at MIIT which is given by the "yes "group.

Respondent's attitude towards placement offers of MIIT

Sl.No

Category

No.  of samples

Percentage

1

Yes

45

60

2

No

30

40

 

        Total      75

 


Inference

From the analysis it is clear that nearly 60% of the populations are interested in the placement offers obtained from MIIT.The other category finds a little dissatisfaction in the same. This is because; there are place constraints in certain cases of the samples. Especially in the case of place constraints and other personal constraints.

Respondent's satisfaction skills training in MIIT

Sl.No

Category

No.  of samples

Percentage

1

Satisfied

64

85.3

2

Not satisfied

11

14.7

 

         Total      75

 


Inference 

While analyzing the satisfaction in the business the main category of candidates said," we are satisfied in the soft skill training." This in turn shows that the satisfaction is based not only on the profit; but also on other factors such as job satisfaction, working atmosphere etc.The 'Not satisfied 'group includes 14.7%and here the main reason is place constraints.
 

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Source: E-mail September 29, 2011

          

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