How New Graduates Can Develop Their Corporate Skills Before They Join The Organization

What if you don’t have these skills? It’s never too late to develop them. The good news is, you probably already have some and the rest can be learned.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce. The goal of many college graduates is to find a job at a company where they can utilize their hard skills and knowledge. College graduates leave with a degree in their hands and enthusiasm for the career they want to build. But when they start looking for employment, sometimes getting that career started does not go as planned. Many students think that getting a job is all about qualifications and technical skills. Those don’t hurt, but things like how well you work in a team, how well you communicate, and how well you understand other people’s emotions are just as important. And really, this isn’t just a job thing. This is a life thing. You can’t get through life with just book knowledge and technical skills. The real world is all about dealing with people who aren’t rational and just need some kindness or encouragement.  

Modern workplace is all about dealing with other people. It’s an environment of negotiating, compromising and communicating. You still need a certain basis of hard skills, but soft skills are a necessity for getting anything done. We know that different times and different circumstances call for different leadership skills. 

Let’s understand what are Soft Skills? 

Soft skills are skills where the rules change depending on the company culture and people you work with. They are broadly classified as a combination of personality traits, behaviours and social attitudes that allow people to communicate effectively, collaborate and successfully manage conflict.  

Soft skills are critical not only to a person’s success in the workplace but also to the company’s success and increased productivity. According to the American Management Association (AMA), soft skills are often harder to teach and quantify than technical skills, but they are the most important skills when recruiters are assessing college graduates for open positions. Graduates are so involved in developing hard skills that make them more desirable and competitive in the labour market. However, they appear to be neglecting that lack of soft skills can make it difficult to succeed in future positions that require a high degree of emotional intelligence and social interaction.  

What if you don’t have these skills? It’s never too late to develop them. The good news is, you probably already have some and the rest can be learned.  

1. Communication & Public Speaking 

From how your ideas are viewed to your relationship with co-workers, communication skills are essential. Communication, both verbal and non-verbal, affects every aspect of your professional life. Along with Verbal and non-verbal communication, active listening is also considered a key communication soft skill because it helps you listen to and actually hear what others are saying. Without strong listening skills, any communication efforts will be one-way and probably ineffective. 

Similarly, Public speaking skills are crucial to establishing yourself as a competent, likeable, and approachable individual. Whether you’re in front of a large audience or in front of a small team, your ability to communicate your message and your vision clearly is critical. Presentations are a great tool to sharpen public speaking skills. Always remember that you’re the one in control of what you say, how you say it, and how your audience receives the information. 

2. Prior Experience and Knowledge 

College graduates can never get too much experience, and an internship is a great way to get it. These days, many employers require even entry-level employees to have professional experience, such as internships, part-time jobs. Although it can feel like taking a step backwards to do an internship after college, more and more workers are using internships as a way to sharpen their existing skills or learn new ones in order to change careers. This is an especially good idea for graduates who didn’t have an internship while they were in college. 

3. Teamwork 

You may have got used to being the President of Cultural cell in college, but at work, it’s all about being a team player. Teams and groups of workers are becoming increasingly common at workplaces. While you may prefer to work alone, but it’s important to demonstrate that you understand and appreciate the value of joining forces and working in partnership with others to accomplish the company’s goals. This shows that you possess the soft skills necessary to engage in productive collaboration. 

These skills are best learned by watching and learning from role models. Think about people you know who do this well and watch how they navigate relationships and group dynamics. 

4. Interpersonal Skills 

This is a category of 'people skills' and includes the ability to build and maintain relationships, develop rapport, and use diplomacy. It also includes the ability to give and receive constructive criticism, be tolerant and respectful regarding the opinions of others, and empathize with them. The ability to use your knowledge to find answers to pressing problems and formulate workable solutions will demonstrate that you can handle and excel in your job. Discussing mistakes and what you learned from them is an important part of building soft skills resume.  

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house

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