Want to stand out from the crowd and have more fun at university?
University isn’t just a place to learn a subject, it’s a place to find out who you are and to develop key life skills that will make you a successful, happy and more employable graduate.
Developing your people skills and other soft skills like team work, cultural awareness and empathy will get through the challenges of university, will see you grow and will help you to to enter the world of work with confidence.
Tell me more about soft skills…
Soft skills include adaptability, problem solving and cultural sensitivity, and social interaction qualities such as self-awareness and care. They are what make the difference between a good employee and a great employee; an average leader and one that everyone looks up to.
They are essential because they are becoming increasingly valuable to employers and to stand out as a graduate you need to have them. Having the right technical or ‘hard skills’ for the job is not enough…
What industry tell us
- Competitive advantage in the next five to ten years will come from relationship building, cultural sensitivity and social interaction qualities. (Oxford Economics Research, 2015)
- There is progressive development of hard skills over the course of a three year degree, however there is little development of soft skills reported between first and third year students. (Higher Education Academy, 2015)
- 54% of firms believe that graduates are not prepared for work, a key reason being their lack of soft skills (57%). (British Chambers of Commerce, 2014)
How can I improve my soft skills?
With all the time, effort and money that goes into completing a degree, make the most of the opportunity to grow and develop your soft skills as a student. Key to doing this is understanding others and building the right relationships and QuietSphere’s free flagship programme, ‘Soft Skills to Stand Out’ will help you do just this! Find out more here!