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Chopra's soft tips
Vishnu Mohan | 12 Feb 2007

According to Mr Pradip Chopra (he is a founder-director of the PS Group which has built more than 80 landmark buildings in Kolkata and has recently launched their 100th project; he is also the regional chairman of Export Promotion Council for SEZ and is also on the Governing Board member of CREDAI) most of the passing out graduates from different colleges in the country are good in their core skills but may lose out en masse because of lack of confidence, communication skills in English, ability to think rationally and strategically.  Anyone who can impart the required soft skills to these young job seekers would not only be making a great contribution to their lives but also towards country’s economic growth particularly to the growth of IT and ITeS and service sectors of our economy.
Some interesting statistics observed are:
Indian IT and ITeS industry is currently growing at 35 per cent per annum.  Presently, 1.2 million people are employed by this sector.
The top IT companies alone would have added more than 1,00,000 jobs in the bygone year, 2006
 Again, 1,35,000 jobs would be added in the year 2007 for the IT companies
New services have already created 6,00,000 entry level jobs for graduates in 2005.  This sector is growing at the rate of 15 per cent per annum.
 The retail sector would require over 500,000 people every year in the next five years
Other findings indicate, sectors like Airports would be needing about more than 1,00,000 staff in the next 3-5 years
Indian salaries have risen across the board by over 14 per cent per annum.  However, the IT sector has offered over 24 per cent per annum rise during the last three years.
India currently produces 4.5 lakh engineering graduates and over 3.6 million graduates in other fields.
Naascom is still apprehending a shortage of over 5,00,000 people in the IT sector alone by the year 2010 because most of the passing out young graduates lack soft skills required by IT / ITeS units. 
The other sectors like retail, hospitality, entertainment and media will also face acute shortage of manpower for the same reason
On the other hand, India will have over 20 million educated unemployed by the year 2010 - the chief reason again being lack of soft skills
 
Based on the reasoning of Mr Chopra, it could be interpreted that an unemployed graduate has to consider himself/herself a saleable product in the manpower industry and therefore whatever shortfall is in place needs to be sorted out.  According to Mr Chopra success in business and personal life is determined by one’s ability to communicate effectively with others. “Social intelligence” or the ability to interact, converse, negotiate and persuade others, is the respected form of skill one can have, and this can be developed.
 
He further adds, all of us can learn to be a warm, friendly, likable and charming individual just by practising someof the communication methods and techniques used by the most influential and effective people in our world today.  The "secrets" of great communicators are not secrets at all.  They are simply proven methods of interacting with others in a way that makes them open up and receptive to our message. As a result, they are more willing to be influenced by us, to buy from us, to hire or employ us, to enter into business and personal relationships with us and to think of us in positive terms.
The ability to charm people to be a genuinely likable and pleasant person is likely to open more doors for a person than any other quality.  The more you like someone and think of him warmly, the more they will want to see you, listen to you, work with you, be in your presence, and invite you into theirs. 
 
Mr. Chopra's best advice comes in the saying : "One's reputation, i.e. how people think and talk about him when he is not around is the most valuable personal and professional asset one can have."  If such values are taught right from an young age in schools and extended to in the college level as well,  today's children and tomorrow's youth will eventually convert themselves into assets which will augur good for the country.
I am sure with the above message from Mr. Pradip Chopra, both the needy and those who are the right people for filling the existing gap i.e. lack of soft skills will do well for overall development of one another which will result in mutually shared prosperity.