Soft Skills Development Program – “College to Corporate”
With the number of college graduates rising every year, employers are becoming critical and strategic in selection of the recruits. The engineering industry nowadays not only looks for technical skills but also the overall personality of its recruits. To bridge the gap between requirements of the industry and the skills of the students, Soft Skills Development Program - "College to Corporate" is being organized for BE second year students by Career Development & Guidance Centre (CDGC), PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh from 06th to 08th March, 2017. It aimed at inculcating and building upon the basic soft skills that are required by every student while appearing for the recruitment process of any company. Soft skills are identified as the most critical skills in the current global job market especially in the fast moving era of technology. These skills include Personal Interviews, SWOT (Strength Weakness Opportunity Threat) Analysis, Writing & Communication skills, Resume Writing, Group Discussions, Report writing and Presentation Skills. This concept received an overwhelming response as the students registered in numbers as high as 500.
Experts were invited from M/s HUM Consulting, Hyderabad to deliver lectures to the students. The session on communication and writing skills enlightened the students about the importance of effective communication and spoken dialect in the corporate filed. SWOT analysis session helped the students to identify their strengths and weaknesses while building the techniques to improve them. An insightful session on group discussions was also conducted. Also, a session on personal interviews was taken up where the students were taught the nuances of how to conduct themselves during an interview. The techniques of resume writing were also discussed to great extent as it gave an introduction on how to build a CV.
When asked the students for their feedback, while they gained knowledge from every session, they overtly enjoyed all the sessions. This Soft Skills Development Workshop gave them the opportunity to explore new ideas and improve their personality.