The Adecco group’s ‘experience work day’ guides India’s young job seekers on their ‘way to work’

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New Delhi: The Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of workforce solutions, organised its second edition of ‘Experience Work Day’ on April 24 in Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi. The objective of ‘Experience Work Day’ is to tackle youth unemployment and skills shortages, develop young people’s employability and help them enter the world of work.

This year, The Adecco Group’s global initiative involved more than 4500+ Adecco Group experts across 700 branches in 46 countries, all giving their time to helping young people gain experience and improve their job prospects. The initiative in 2018 alone included 10,000+ students, globally. In India, over 500 Adecco employees were actively involved in this programme, which gave around 500 students an opportunity to visit an Adecco office in Bangalore, Mumbai or Delhi and interact with teams across functions like Human Resources (HR), Finance, Marketing and Communication, IT, Legal and Compliance; to name a few. Through this experience, participants learned more about the career paths and sectors they were interested in. They also gained insights into what employers look for and how to successfully navigate a fast-moving labour market.

The participating millennials included young individuals and students from management schools. The Adecco team provided them with guidance on careers, job hunting, applications and interviews, as well as sessions on CV clinics, social media identity assessment and coaching to master professional interviews. This year The Adecco Group India focused on upscaling and mentoring talent for the job market with a focus on entry-level talent.

Anviti Sangwan, HR Director, The Adecco Group India also conducted a workshop session on ‘Digital presence for youngsters to start their career in the corporate world’. Participants also learnt about the large variety of job opportunities, internships and work-based training opportunities offered by The Adecco Group itself. The workshop also articulated the growing trend of ‘social recruiting’ and offered an outside-in perspective to the participants on how to be job-ready in the era of digital transformation and automation.

Lack of experience is one of the main barriers for young people affecting their employability and access to the world of work – Interactive sessions, workshops, internships and other initiatives help young graduates benefit from hands-on learning and adapt to the corporate world. Education and upskilling are key as there is a need to better equip young people with the right hard (and soft) skills that the market needs. It is important to help to bridge this skills mismatch by providing guidance and training.

Priyanshu Singh, Country Manager & MD, The Adecco Group India added “For many young people, identifying the right professional path is their first crucial career-orieted challenge. Given that the formal education system doesn’t expose the students to an official work environment, through initiatives like ‘Experience Work Day’ we try our bit to help and encourage the youth, or any other interested millennials, to visit us and learn more about us and about what we do to help people find jobs they love. Or just observe a large multi-national company from the inside.”