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Soft-skills can help your students distinguish themselves against other job candidates

Soft-skills can help your students distinguish themselves against other job candidates

With huge advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence, the World Economic Forum says emotional intelligence is one of the top 10 skills people will need to thrive in the work force in 2020, along with judgment and creativity.

However, these soft-skills such as confidence, communication, and empathy are often less straightforward to teach compared to traditional subjects.

 

What universities are doing about it

Universities in North America are ramping up their efforts to help their students prepare for the future of work.

For example, since 2020, the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary has required students to take a course on resilience. Not only that, but the Haskayne School also offers an elective adventure leadership course that focuses on intangible skills.

And as of last year, the Smith Business School at Queen’s University has a mandatory series of workshops in their MBA program that’s designed to help students with their interpersonal skills.

Another example is at the Rowe School of Business at Dalhousie University, where there is a mandatory personal and professional effectiveness program for MBA students that includes training in skills such as design thinking, navigating complexity, facilitation skills and emotional intelligence.

 

What this mean for high-school students

As more universities incorporate soft-skills into their curriculum, high-school students will benefit tremendously by learning these soft-skills before starting their higher education. Learning these skills early can give students a head start on post-secondary education and their future careers.

 

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Jochen Hsia

I am excited to work with teachers on equipping students with the right skills to succeed in the future.