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How Significant are Soft Skills for Business Students?

October 1, 2012 General, Career-Services 0 Comments

Business Skill SetIf you’re pursuing a business administration degree, you’re probably taking business courses that instruct you on business practices, laws, economics, and other crucial topics. But are you also working on your communication and leadership skills?

Learning to be successful in business in the classroom can be tricky because many of the skills you need aren’t taught to you directly. These are typically “soft skills.”

Soft skills are also known as interpersonal skills or your emotional intelligence. Most soft skills involve how you relate to other people. Because being in business relies heavily on how you work with others, soft skills are rather significant in your field.

Unlike hard skills, such as the basic accounting principles and laws you may learn, soft skills aren’t quantifiable. You can measure you math skills, for example, but it’s difficult to measure how well you communicate. Since these skills can’t be tested, they’re only covered indirectly in the classroom through presentations and other assignments that target multiple student capabilities.

For business students who will soon be seeking new opportunities in the business world, soft skills can be difficult to convey on a resume or in an interview—unless your soft skills include making good impressions. Therefore, soft skills materialize more fully in your long-term effectiveness.

Some soft skills that business professionals should have include:

  • Communication
  • Presentation
  • Motivation
  • Delegation
  • Negotiation
  • Organization
  • Patience
  • Networking
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Stress management

While business soft skills are versatile and pervasive, this doesn’t mean that hard skills aren’t just as important in the business field. Hard skills such as proficient grammar and math lay the foundation of your overall business acumen. While pursuing a business degree, make sure you focus on developing both your soft and hard skills to prepare for the new situations you’ll face.


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