Soft skill is an important ingredient for success in every walk of life. The curriculum in schools and colleges focus mainly on building the hard skills (technical skills) and a little on soft skills (people skills). To succeed in both personal and professional life, shouldn’t we spend more time to proactively master the soft skills? Gone are the days where people were selected for job based on their hard skills. In the current scenario of global competition, soft skill is one aspect which every employer looks in for. According to a research conducted by NACE, the most important skill and quality a college graduate can have is effective communication. However, according to a study conducted by them nearly 79% of the college students lack Effective Communication.
Several students don’t have a formal training in these soft skills, and graduate programmes have limited opportunities and resources to help the students develop this skill set, this leads to a critical soft skills gap. Hence proper training is required for the students in this particular field.
Keeping in mind this gap, The Centre for Advanced Studies in Commerce and Management (CASCMa) in collaboration with Youth Red Cross Unit of the college organised a workshop on “Soft Skills Development” on August 30, 2017. The resource person of the Workshop was Dr. A. Siddiq, Associate professor of Commerce, University College, Mangaluru. He focused on Speaking skills, Writing skills, Listening skills, Presentation skills in this very interactive session. The session was very well received by 37 students. The programme was organised by Prof. Seema Prabhu S. (Convener, CASCMa) and Prof. Dhanya Shet (Convener, YRC).
Report by : Prof. Seema Prabhu S.