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Dedicating entire career for one company: Here's what Indians feel about it?

By Vishal S

New Delhi, Sep 18: Gone are the days when people would pray to get into government service and work there for over three decades. Such was the mindset in the 70s and the 80s that people would opt for government service even if they had better paying private job in hand.

The thinking was that government service is safe, steady and salary assured. The risk appetite of the population was low and people preferred government jobs with all its benefits of LTC, pension and regular pay hikes.

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The times have changed now. over 75 per cent Indians believe that the notion of working for one employer your entire career is "old-fashioned" and so is the traditional retirement, according to a survey. Twenty-five per cent Indians would want a second innings post-retirement in a career they love, it said, as per a PTI report.

The survey also pointed out that 84 per cent Indians ended up choosing a career based on what they majored in but 31 per cent ended up switching careers eventually. According to the survey, 78 per cent Indians believe that students today have technology to support their learning and make it easier and more fun. There is a strong belief (74-79 per cent) that smart devices will play a greater role in learning, virtual learning will become more common, print textbooks will become obsolete and YouTube will become a primary learning tool.

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More than 11,000 people from across 19 countries, including over 1,000 Indians in the age group of 16 to 70, participated in the Pearson Global Survey. At least 22 per cent indicated that a formal education is good, but not necessary; 22 per cent said formal education is not relevant today as one can be successful without it, the survey report said. Of those who went to college, 39 per cent said if they had to choose again, they would get some kind of trade or vocational training instead of going to college while 15 per cent said they would go straight to work after leaving high school, the report stated.

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Fifty-nine per cent Indians believe that the country's education system works well for the current generation, it added. Around 25 per cent said that when they retire, they would want to start their own business. Twenty per cent would like a second innings doing something they love and 15 per cent would like to take up a part-time job, the survey data showed.

The report stated that 76 per cent Indians, in the last two years, found themselves in need of pursuing further education for their jobs. Their jobs have changed and the new skills required involve learning new technology or software (44 per cent) or accounting for skills they did not learn in college (45 per cent), it said.

"This tended to be accomplished by finding things on the Internet and being self-taught (50 per cent), or taking a short course offered by employer, association or boot camp (48 per cent)," the report said. Seventy-eight per cent of the respondents said there was need to do more to develop their soft skills, it said.

OneIndia New with PTI inputs

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