Their Delhi counterparts, on the other hand, were extremely confident of their ability to woo employers with their attitude, personality and leadership ability.
So reveal the findings of a survey by business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The report, released on Wednesday, included 1,000 students in Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. It shows that while youngsters in Mumbai rate ‘soft skills’ as important, they feel they lack them.
Soft skills for jobs comprise six parameters: communication expertise, presentation skills, leadership and decision-making skills, attitude and personality and motivation levels.
The study included students from streams — other than management — such as arts, commerce, science, engineering and IT.
Fifty per cent of respondents in Mumbai felt that knowledge was the least important skill required for a job and that communication was the clincher.
Headhunters seem to agree with Mumbai students. “Soft skills are more important than what features in your marksheet because hot jobs like sales, customer relation, training, education and health demands them,” said Pandia Rajan, founder of Ma Foi Consultant, an HR service provider.
“While city students agree that they lack soft skills, few actually do anything about it,” said Karen Braganza, a consultant with Frost and Sullivan.