Learning the soft skills employers value the most

The leap from school to university is often a shock for students used to the comparatively hand-held learning environment experienced at GCSE and A-Level. Going into higher education requires greater levels of independent study, thought and ideas generation, while the leap into the working world now depends on adaptability and other key characteristics as well as technical skill. 

The most sought after skills employers look for

The most sought after attributes that employers look for in an environment of ever changing technology and an intersection between human and machine capabilities, focuses on transferable skills. As technology can be used to make certain tasks more efficient, it is the executive function skills that only humans can provide, that become most valued. Recruitment platform Indeed listed these as:

  • Communication
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Adaptability
  • Self-management
  • Organisational skills
  • Computer skills
  • Problem-solving
  • Open-mindedness 

Developing soft skills for a successful career

While of course certain subjects at university and certain careers require particular qualifications, it’s the addition of these skills that sets one candidate apart from another, and helps to turn that academic knowledge into a successful career. However, soft skills are not always directly taught or nurtured in the academic environment. We have found that students often need support in developing the confidence to use these less tangible assets, which is why we have developed our Research Fundamentals Course.

The course is especially suited to secondary school students, current undergraduates and professionals wishing to pursue a master’s degree. It equips students with the latest research, writing and soft skills that are necessary to succeed at university in the UK and US, helping them to stand out from the crowd. 

Designed for native or advanced English speakers, the six-module online course is based on individual lessons or small classes to encourage collaboration. There are four compulsory modules and two voluntary ones, amounting to a total of 30 sessions, as well as home study to do between lessons.

What you will learn

The course may be tailored to the wants and needs of the individual students, however, the key goals will be for students to learn the following:

  • Identify the benefits to proper cyclical research and knowledge organisation
  • Read and digest sources to the maximum efficiency and usefulness
  • Take effective, impactful notes
  • Design successful research strategies, regardless of subject
  • Identify and use different research sources
  • Organise research into commonly used styles, including bibliographies
  • Reference research properly in academic work

School, university and postgraduate learning is about more than just achieving grades. It’s about developing knowledge and skills that will enhance your achievements and your experiences as you move forward in the world. That’s what we aim to achieve with all of our courses, and in particular our new Research Programmes.

For more information about this and other upcoming courses, contact us any time for a free consultation.