The astute transformation of employment opportunities in the innovative and digital era pursue employees with updated professional and self-determination skills set that are indispensable to enrich the productivity of the industrial outcomes in India. However, the insurmountable needs of the industries are unfulfilled due to the inadequate skills set of the engineering graduates constituted by the profound skills gap between the transforming industrial requirements and the outdated engineering curriculum. The 21st Century workplace aspires employees with adaptability, self-development attitude, rapid perceptive skills, etc., to achieve productive success in this competitive world. Despite the skills gap prevailing for years, there have been only a few studies conducted on the significance of Life and Career skills. To address this issue, the present study examines the perceptions of students and teachers on the significance and efficacy of Life and Career skills in the engineering curriculum. As a consequence, an online survey has been conducted among 1048 students of engineering and 34 teachers of English in the engineering institutes of Puducherry between July 2019 and August 2019. The data collected have been statistically investigated using descriptive and correlation analysis. The results exhibit the consensus of teachers and students on the paramount role of Life and Career skills in capacitating the students with flexibility, adaptability, initiative, self-direction, social, cross-cultural, productivity, accountability, leadership, and responsibility skills set. The findings imply the desideratum of integrating the Life and Career skills in the engineering curriculum for eventually preparing the students towards the 21st Century workplace.
Mekala Sethuraman, National Institute of Technology-Tiruchirappalli, India
C Harishree, National Institute of Technology-Tiruchirappalli, India
Geetha Radhakrishnan, National Institute of Technology-Tiruchirappalli, India