Everyone will be keen on developing hard skills throughout their schooling and graduation. Technical skills are part and parcel of every academic curriculum, but, how can a student bulge out in this competitive world? Do only hard skills work out for students in excelling in life?
Hard skills might enhance your knowledge of the subject, but soft skills will constructively enchant your career. The ability to solve complex problems, thinking logically, developing good communication skills, leadership, teamwork, etc will propel students in constructing a strong pillar either for the professional front or personal front. Soft skills are neither taught in a day nor learned by mugging up, it takes a lot of time and hard work to carve a proper basement. By a proper and repetitive mode of learning soft skills everyday day will benefit students.
How to Develop Soft Skills From Day One of Schooling or Graduation?
These days, every job recruiter hiring people based on their soft skills. So we can visualize that human resources and management have a prime focus on seeking any type of job. If you think soft skills are just beneficial for affording a job, then you are wrong, these soft skills help in solving day-to-day problems, enriching personal and professional life.
The best way to acquire soft skills from day one of schooling and graduation is to participate in ‘extracurricular activities’. Students need to develop a sweet tooth in engulfing in listening skills, communication skills, logical thinking, decision making, and cultivating Intra and interpersonal skills, etc.
Participating in extracurricular activities like debates, essay writings, taking up projects, involving in group discussions and problem-solving are of utmost importance either at school or at college.
The below-mentioned methods will help students in developing and nurturing soft skills:
Take Charge in Group Discussions and Projects:
Who won’t love to chitchat and gossip with friends? Every one right! But if you chitchat and discuss some useful and valuable topics, then it helps you in figuring out the hidden skills in you. This is meant by ‘Group Discussions’ and it is similar to normal group chats. But, the key line difference is, Group Discussions are a mix of many skills where a student needs to put some effort. Skills like teamwork, problem-solving, leadership, communication skills, logical thinking, and thinking out of the box involved group discussions. When a set of different and like-minded people gather at a place to augment the topic, then different types of answers will come into action. Some people think logically, while some people think laterally, whatever might be, a group discussion involves unleashing many skills in a person.
Taking up projects means taking up a lot of responsibilities on shoulders. While a student involves himself in a project, he needs to manage his team and needs to bring them to one platform which requires lots of hard work. Logical thinking and lateral thinking will solve most of the complex and critical problems that a student faces in a project. A lot of research on a certain topic will guide a student to think innovatively and uniquely.
In a nutshell, both group discussions and projects play a key role in developing and nurturing the soft skills of a student.
Face Challenges Squarely and Setting a Proper Goal:
You might have some specific goal to achieve in life, you might be an expert at the subject too, but you lag and lack in bringing them in the spotlight. To overcome this issue, the student should need to face and accept any single and small challenge that paves him to reach the goal. Challenges are quite intriguing, they bring out a lot of skills that deeply penetrated in the student which needs an immediate lane light.
Facing challenges squarely will develop in improving one’s communication skills, inter, and intrapersonal skills and makes the person fearless.
Everyone often gets a chance to show off their skills but, sometimes we step back in showcasing them. This type of behavior will eventually bring a lot of hitches in life. While you’re positioned in a group of hundred smart cookies, you must and should take a bold initiative to stand in the group. The nature of taking an initiation will reinforce leadership skills and removes fear and nervousness.
Learn and Achieve Something Out of the Classroom:
A classroom is a place where you’re seated in between books and academics and there is a lot to explore out of the classroom. So, before you miss the ship, figure out the skills in you and do internships and part-time jobs. Doing work part-time, freelancing, service to society, voluntary will boost up your resume.
Other Simple Steps to learn New Soft Skills:
- Be open to feedback
- Communicate with Experts
- Emphasize teamwork.
- Build positive relationships.
- Leave your comfort zone.
- Always ready to learn.
- Early adapt to workplace changes.
- Observe others.
- Work through any conflict.
- Be ready to take responsibility.
- Be time Punctual.
Reach Mentors for Proper Feedback and Focus on Long Time Goals:
Sometimes students might be on the right track, but a lack of proper guidance and feedback of the done work will assassinate in developing the skills. So, students need to get motivation from family members, teachers, and elders to set the right track and to move forward.
The entire world is based on technology change, so the academics and the books you refer to today will change tomorrow, but soft skills will be constant. So working more on hard skills is not a proper way, but working hard on soft skills will last long.
When a student follows the above-mentioned methods carefully, he/she will quickly learn soft skills.