Enhancing Your Soft Skills

Hate to break it to you but, a degree is no longer enough to be successful in the real world! Read on as Meenadharshini shares with you some of the ways to develop your soft skills before graduating from college.
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What are soft skills? Well, they are transferable qualities that determine your personal capabilities like – the ability to work well with others, communication skill, and job performance that make you stand out from the rest. Soft skills give you a competitive edge in the job market, not just a college degree. Good news is that you can maximise your time in college to boost your soft skills acquisition while pursuing your degree.

Get involved

Join a club or society in your campus, be a committee, take part in the activities that you’re interested in, or be a leader for a group project in your class. These are some great ways to develop teamwork skills. You will learn how to work well with others to produce the best results.

If you’re a committee, you will be given a role to fulfill and responsibilities to take on by hook or by crook. Through this, you are cultivating a sense of reliability. Being a group leader will also give you the chance to pick up leadership skills along the way. Without you even realising, taking part in these activities opens a lot of opportunities to learn new skills. So what are you waiting for? Get involve and build yourself to be a champ!

Be a volunteer

You might be wondering how does this differ from joining a club or society? Well, volunteering is doing something for the community in the hope of making it better. You will be meeting people from all walks of life, not just of your age. This is a great platform for you to network as well as improve your communication skills. Along your journey, you will learn how to speak to different people and adapt accordingly.

Besides, you will also inculcate a strong time management habit and unfold your multi-tasking skills. Of course, it is not easy to be a volunteer during your college days with a mountain of assignments on your plate and other extracurricular activities that you need to undertake. But it will definitely be worth it in the end.

Level up through internship

An internship is an amazing way to build the soft skills required by the job market. That is why you might want to consider landing an internship during your break. Internships offer you the opportunity to build up dependability, professionalism, information management, multi-tasking, time-management, and adaptability – all while interning in an organisation.

You will get the chance to practice all these skills in the real working environment. You will grasp how things work at an organisation and you will learn to use these skills accordingly whenever necessary. Indirectly, you will be able to pick up a lot of professional skills while working for a company. And these skills will be very beneficial once you’re ready to embark on your first graduate job hunt.

Dear coursies, you will never regret investing time in building up the necessary soft skills during college. The skills you develop today can be very useful not just for the short term but for many years to come.