Employability is a crucial aspect of education that plays a pivotal role in shaping the careers of individuals. In today’s competitive job market, employers are looking for candidates who not only possess academic knowledge but also possess a range of employability skills. Daffodil International University (DIU)  has taken a holistic approach to employability by focusing on various aspects of it. 

Employability 360°: The idea of Employability 360° is to encompass all aspects of employability and provide students with a holistic approach to career preparation. This involves fostering both technical and soft skills, creating opportunities for professional networking, and granting access to industry insights. The ultimate objective of Employability 360° is to equip students with the necessary skills and readiness to thrive in the job market.

DIU and Employability 360°: DIU is dedicated to delivering a well-rounded education that prioritizes employability for its students. To achieve this goal, the university has incorporated Employability 360° into its curriculum, ensuring that students acquire the skills and expertise necessary to excel in the job market. Employability 360° is a course devised by DIU that encompasses all facets of employability, aiming to nurture students’ technical and soft skills, offer them access to industry insights and networking prospects, and support their job market readiness. Employability 360° represents a pioneering educational approach that readies students for a prosperous career.

Soft Skills Development: DIU also places a great emphasis on developing soft skills in its students. Developing soft skills is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market, as employers not only seek candidates with technical expertise, but also those who possess strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively in a team. Communication skills, for instance, are essential in almost every job, whether it involves interacting with customers or collaborating with colleagues. Teamwork is also a critical skill, as most jobs require individuals to work with others towards common goals. Leadership skills are equally important for those looking to advance in their careers or take on managerial positions. Adaptability is another important soft skill, especially in today’s rapidly changing business environment. Being able to adapt to new technologies, processes, or even work environments can make a significant difference in one’s success on the job. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are also highly valued by employers, as they enable individuals to analyze complex situations and come up with effective solutions.

By focusing on developing these soft skills, DIU has designed the course 

Employability 360 and  is helping its students prepare for the demands of the modern workforce, and positioning them for success in their careers. All of these soft skills are taught effectively with practical knowledge under the guidance of expert instructors. 

Professional Networking: DIU acknowledges the significance of professional networking when it comes to employability. To provide students with industry insights and job prospects, the university has formed robust partnerships with various industries and organizations. Such partnerships facilitate students in gaining valuable insights into the job market, as well as making professional connections that could potentially lead to employment opportunities. To follow its consequences, DIU has been hosting the Career Fest (Job Utshaob) for several years now, with the aim of fostering industrial collaboration. This event is a well-known occasion organized by Daffodil International University (DIU) in Bangladesh, which provides students with a chance to meet potential employers, learn about career prospects, and improve their professional skills. The event typically includes a job fair where companies and organizations from various industries set up booths to recruit and network with students. Additionally, workshops, seminars, and panel discussions are conducted on subjects like resume writing, job interview skills, entrepreneurship, and career development. The DIU Career Fest is a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with industry experts, obtain practical knowledge and insights about various career paths, and increase their likelihood of finding a suitable job after graduation. Thus, the Employability 360 course and the DIU Career Fest are complementary initiatives that work together to improve the employability of DIU students. The course helps students to develop the necessary skills and knowledge, while the career fest offers them the opportunity to apply and showcase their skills to potential employers.

Career Services: The instructors of the Employability 360° course offer assistance and direction to students to aid them in navigating the job market. The course provides a variety of services that include preparing resumes, practicing interview skills, and helping students search for employment opportunities by using technology. These opportunities are intended to provide students with an advantage over other candidates in the job market.

Technology Use and Employability 360°: The course incorporates various technology-based tools and platforms, such as online learning platforms like Goedu, IOU, virtual classrooms, Blended Learning Center and e-resources. These tools enable students to access course materials, collaborate with peers, and communicate with instructors remotely. Students learn the theoretical parts by completing a course in Goedu Platform and they practice their soft skills, discuss their learning and question answers in the physical classroom. The Employability 360 course places a significant emphasis on the importance of technology skills in the workplace. Students are provided with opportunities to develop these skills through various activities and projects. This helps students to stay updated with the latest technological advancements in their respective fields and to become proficient in using technology to their advantage. The course ensures that students are equipped with the necessary technology skills that are in high demand by employers in the current job market. For instance, students may learn how to create a personal google site,  digital tools for project management or social media marketing, self branding, and how to prepare a proper video resume. By integrating technology into the Employability 360 course, DIU is ensuring that students are well-prepared for the contemporary job market, where technology is a crucial component in many industries. The course provides students with both technical and soft skills, making them well-rounded professionals who can excel in various work settings. The integration of technology in the Employability 360 course enables students to stay up-to-date with technological advancements in their fields, develop their digital literacy, and utilize technology to their advantage, thereby increasing their chances of employability and success in their careers.

In conclusion, the Employability 360° course offered by DIU is a comprehensive program that provides students with the necessary tools and skills to excel in their careers. Through this course, students develop both technical and soft skills, gain access to industry insights, and networking opportunities, and receive job search assistance. The course helps students navigate the job market and gives them a competitive edge in the current job market, where the demand for well-rounded professionals is high. Employability 360° is an essential course for students who want to be successful in their careers and ensures that they are prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the modern workforce.

Writer’s biography: 

Emran Khan, Lecturer, Department of English, Got Mevlana Scholarship (Turkish fully funded Scholarship), Received Change Maker Award in 2022, Received Certificate from Dr. Dipu Moni, Honorable Education Minister, Ministry of Education, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. 

Mission: To do something good for the society, country and my community by conducting different research activities with the help of the latest technologies.