Ashutosh Gupta, India country manager at LinkedIn, said hiring activity in the country has picked up since May, between 10% and 35%, but it was not uniform across segments. “But 70% of Gen Z Indians had their job applications rejected due to hiring challenges during the pandemic. Skills are the new currency and are a path to recovery. Some of the job opportunities have been disrupted. Digital transformation has accelerated many times over. AI and data science roles are in big demand,” he said.
Asked what they felt was the biggest barrier to get ahead in the pandemic, Gen Z Indians cited ‘fewer opportunities’, followed by ‘slower recruitment’ and ‘higher competition’.
About 85% of Gen Z Indians are willing to take up online learning, despite ‘too many distractions at home’, ‘connectivity issues’, and ‘limited interaction with peers’. When asked how they choose their online courses, more than half of Gen Z Indians said they look for the quality of faculty (58%), affordability (56%), and accessible content (52%).
The top 5 soft skills pursued by Gen Z Indians include creative thinking, problem solving, time management, leadership, and effective communication; while the top 5 hard skills include data science, marketing, engineering, financial management, and AI & automation.
The pandemic has also caused a great shift in employee needs and priorities, as more than half of Gen Z Indians want organisations to offer flexible schedules (52%), more time off for upskilling (48%), and equal access to physical and emotional healthcare provisions (48%).
The second wave of Covid-19 has disrupted the education plans of nearly 75% of Gen Z Indians. In fact, 40% of those with higher academic aspirations have postponed or cancelled their plans due to safety concerns, financial constraints, and travel restrictions. Such is the disruption that every fifth Gen Z Indian is now pivoting to a different learning programme than originally planned.
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