Employers put a lot of focus on soft skills, and as a graduate looking for a job after university, these can help you stand out especially if you have had limited on the job experience. Soft skills are often transferable from job to job and they will be useful throughout your career, so it’s important to start acquiring them as soon as possible. Getting a university degree goes a long way but having a job to back it up is always a positive one for you as a graduate or undergraduate.
1 Time Management
Time management is the process of planning and controlling how much time to spend on specific activities. Good time management allows an individual to complete more in a shorter period of time, lowers the amount of stress, and leads to career success.
Juggling three or four assignments is a common practice in Nigerian Universities, As an undergraduate, if you do this regularly without failing to submit your work, you’re a good time manager. It shows you know how to manage your workload and guess what, there are many employers out here waiting for a good time manager like you.
2. Budget and Money Management
Budgeting is simply balancing your expenses with your income. Creating this spending plan allows you to determine in advance whether you will have enough money to do the things you need to do or would like to do.
One ability you have developed as a student but don’t pay attention to is your money management skill. If you can manage to save from the pocket money you get from home and still pay bills, you’ve got a good money management skill and you deserve to highlight it in your CV.
3. Communication skills
Every day, you engage in the four elements of communication as a university student. You write to people, you express opinions in campus articles, you write exams and assignments, you read and listen to your lecturers, all these have impacts on your communication skills.
Apart from speaking, writing listening and reading, university environment also helps improve your interpersonal communication ability with others. This ability makes it easy for you to socialize anywhere you find yourself.
4. Taking constructive criticisms
Constructive criticism is a good thing … really! Constructive criticism is a valuable tool in the workplace that allows individuals to learn and grow.
You really can’t avoid constructive criticisms from your lecturers and fellow students. There’s always something you’ll have to correct when you submit your project or assignment to your lecturers. Taking these corrections and using it to improve your work is a good soft skill employers want in their staff members.
5. Critical thinking and problem solving
The most successful professionals are able to assess the environment, analyze a situation, design a solution, and ultimately win in a competitive scenario.
One major soft skill the university system instills in undergraduates is critical thinking and problem solving. When your lecturers give you an assignment, they expect you to think outside the box, conduct a research and approach the problem from a new angle.
Start a career today before you get that degree so you can still live up to standard even while searching for your ‘Dream Job’.