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Recognising soft skills

Posted on Thursday, 26 January 2017 at 4pm
by Lifelong Learning Centre Staff.
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The following is a guest post by Roland Maposa, a mature student currently in his second year studying full-time on our BA Professional Studies programme.

Welcome!… three years is not a long time, before you know it, it will be over, so make the most of your time here…

These words from the LLC School Representative Khair Yacob recently struck me; a clarion call to a fully engaged and enjoyable student experience. I realise that due to constraints and circumstances that are perhaps beyond some students’ control, ‘extracurricular’ activities and experiences can be difficult to fit in. However, I would suggest that they can very much deepen a student’s learning experience.

Embracing these activities and experiences will serve you well in your post-university life. Whichever role or career path you are considering they will speak to you and your desired future. Of course, the importance and relevance of these activities and experiences may not be labelled overtly. Be assured however that there is enough research and more to come that confirms their value for your future.

In an interview situation, where the academic achievements of the candidates may be very similar, employers will be asking what makes you stand out? What else did you do during your time at university? In addition, through engaging in extracurricular activities and experiences you will meet people who will share your interests and may well become your friends.

When you engage in these activities and experiences, you are learning or improving on your communication skills, decision-making skills, self-motivation skills, leadership skills, team-working and team-building skills, creativity and solution-based skills and many more. These so-called ‘soft skills’ matter a great deal!

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