Students and Soft Skills

10 July 2019

With the changing educational trends, versatility in educational courses, availability of masses of qualified personnel, the competition for job acquisition and job sustainability is becoming more and more tough. To get an edge over the competitors, students are left with no choice but to add values to their hard skills with soft skills to exhibit their true potential. Hard skills are academic skills, experience and level of expertise while soft skills are self-developed, interactive, communication, human and transferable skills. Literature suggests that hard skills contribute to only 15% of one’s success while remaining 85% is made by soft skills.

With less job opportunity and less skills from job seekers, the students in Myanmar need to equip themselves not only with hard skills but also with soft skills. The movement to equip these students with soft skills has been commenced in Yangon University to improve the quality of the students for their future careers. The main aim of the movement is to spread the awareness among the University students that hard skills provided by the class are not enough but soft skills learnt by self-study plays an important role in one’s life career success. Some of the most important skills identified by the students are teamwork, collaboration, decision making, problem solving, time management and critical thinking.

Speaking to MI Radio Ma Suh Pyae Sone, Campus Chapter Director at Yangon University said, “This movement targets to the University students, this skill development workshop is apart from hard skills from the University such as leadership skill, work collaboration and we give training to other interpersonal skills. The students are jobless after they finish their degrees. Besides class lesson, there are skills that we need to acquire by ourselves. Whatever the education system may be, only when we learn by ourselves from our side then we can have guarantee in finding job. Of course all the Universities will look forwards to provide to the students for their career jobs but we have to learn by ourselves most of the things in outside. So to meet these needs of the students, we are providing the workshop to the students.”

Speaking on giving advice to the students, Ma Suh Pyae Sone also said, “I am also one the University students. I do other activities as well in the campus, not just learning by myself, I do share my knowledge to other as well. Sharing is not enough we also need to uphold one another. I want to encourage to all the students that not just in the class, trying to participate in other activities as well.”

Therefore having degree from the Universities is not enough for the students for finding job, the students have to learn by themselves and equip themselves with soft skills as multi-talented workers are demanded.