BLOG ON TRAINING

The future belongs not to the skilled people but to those who are constantly up skilling themselves and rediscovering themselves. As Adi Shankara had said once, " the dead people are those who are not indulging in self improvement. None can afford to sit over what one has learnt in the past, the future holds different challenges. Training is different from education. While the later refers to the formal education and the degrees that one acquires, the latter points to the skills that one ought to have. In the current era, the Darwinian ‘fittest’ needs to be skilled in order to survive and a Shavian ‘Superman’ needs to learn skills in order to be distinguished. Mastering a variety of skills can be a distinguishing mark of an individual in this era of competition, multiculturalism and globalisation. Personality, as one describes, is the personal reality. In order to change the personal reality one has to change the personality. That means, the way one appears, thinks and feels has to change. Critical thinking, confidence, effective communication skills, teamwork and creativity are essential in order to rise up the ladder of success. Many other skills such as openness, empathy, linguistic competence, decision-making, public speaking, trustworthiness and management, come under the wider umbrella of the skills formerly mentioned. In the olden days, there was a concept of "gurukula" where the guru and his entire family imbibed a certain set of "sanskaras" in their pupils. The emphasis then was on living but now the emphasis has shifted to ' how to make a living'. The parents at home, both employed, have very little time to bridge the gap. The breaking down of the joint families have added to the problem. Therefore, there is a deficit of sanskaras ( Skills ) in individuals and they are not empowered to the desired degrees.

For many people today, a career for life is no longer an option. Most people will hold jobs with a variety of employers and move across different employment sectors through their working life. We all need to be flexible in our working patterns and be prepared to change jobs and/or sectors if we believe there are better opportunities elsewhere. In order to be flexible we need a set of 'transferable skills' – skills that are not specific to one particular career path but are generic across all employment sectors.Beyond just the economic benefits of skills development (which should not be understated), there are also enormous personal benefits. By helping people to further their education, no matter where they are in life, we can open up many more doors to them. They will be able to consider things that never seemed possible before - new ideas, new job opportunities, the chance to get out of poverty - and achieve new levels of personal success. Skills development is the first step in the journey of further education and training.