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Students urged to sharpen skills to work
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More than technical skills are needed to gain employment in Nigeria.

In order to be successful in any chosen field, it is important for students to develop strong soft skills. This means that they should focus on honing their communication, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. These are all essential skills that will help them face the challenges they will encounter in the workforce. Experts urge students to sharpen these skills so that they are prepared for what lies ahead. With strong soft skills, students will be able to thrive in any chosen career.

At Anchor University’s Accounting and Finance Day 2022, with the theme of “Enhancing employability skills of business graduates in the competitive market”, Oladiji-Wasu Senior Manager of People Performance and Culture (KPMG Nigeria) spoke about the importance of these skills and that the world needs to hone these skills in order to be prepared for the world of work. Just possessing technical skills is no longer enough in today’s workforce. You must be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with others to succeed.

Soft skills are often seen as being more important than hard skills.

A LinkedIn survey from 2019 suggested that over 90 percent of professors agree that these additional soft skills are extremely important to the future recruitment. The skills that professors deem most important are: the ability to think critically, the ability to communicate effectively, the ability to work in a team, the ability to solve problems, and the ability to be adaptable and flexible. These skills are important because they are essential for success in the workplace. Employers are looking for candidates who have these skills and who can demonstrate them. Candidates who have these skills will be able to thrive in the workplace and be successful in their careers.

The majority of respondents believe that soft skills are either just as important as, or more important than, hard skills. This indicates that most people believe that qualities such as interpersonal skills, communication, and adaptability are at least as valuable as technical ability and knowledge. Soft skills are often seen as being more important than hard skills because they are more difficult to teach and quantify. Hard skills can be easily measured and taught, but soft skills are more difficult to pin down. This is why many employers place a high value on soft skills, they are harder to come by. Interpersonal skills are important because they allow people to interact with others effectively. Communication skills are important because they allow people to convey their ideas clearly and concisely.

LinkedIn is one of the most important social media platforms.

Oladiji-Wusu advised students to take advantage of internship opportunities in order to gain valuable work experience, update their resumes frequently to reflect their latest skills and experience, and communicate effectively in order to make a positive impression on potential employers. Internships can provide students with the opportunity to gain these skills and experience that employers are looking for. Effective communication is also essential in the job search process, as it can help students to make a positive impression on potential employers and to stand out from the competition.

There is no doubt that social media plays a pivotal role in today’s world. It has become an integral part of our lives, providing a platform for us to connect with others and share information. When it comes to professional networking, LinkedIn is one of the most important social media platforms. Many people have found opportunities and mentors through LinkedIn. The app provides a great way to connect with other professionals in your field and learn from their experience. By being active on LinkedIn, you can boost your professional journey and take your career to the next level.

If you want to be successful in any field, these skills are important.

When it comes to career development, many people focus on upgrading their hard skills. However, soft skills are just as important, if not more so. Here are some reasons why upgrading your soft skills can be extremely beneficial: First and foremost, soft skills are essential for building strong relationships. If you want to be successful in any field, it’s important to be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with others. Strong soft skills will help you build the trust and respect of your colleagues, which can lead to better working relationships overall. In addition, soft skills can also help you stand out from the competition. With the increasing automation of many jobs, employers are now looking for employees who have strong interpersonal skills and can think creatively.


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Ask Nigeria
1 day ago

Students urged to sharpen employment skillsMore than technical skills are needed to gain employment in Nigeria.Express your point of view.

Iyanu12345ogg
Member
6 seconds ago

It is good for students to have both soft skills and technical skills.Soft skills and technical skills are both useful tools for our youths because it prepares them for the employers looking for recruitments.
It is also important the youth should go for skills that help them in their career path.

Hassan Isa
Member
20 minutes ago

It is crucial for students to develop excellent soft skills in order to be successful in any career they choose to pursue after graduation.

Tolaniiii
Member
23 minutes ago

Candidates with these skills and the ability to demonstrate them are desired by employers. These abilities will enable candidates to succeed in the workplace and in their professions.

Chibuzor
Member
25 minutes ago

This is something that every student and graduate should know, nowadays it’s your soft skills that sells yourself to any company that wants to employ you.

Bola12
Member
27 minutes ago

Soft skills are undoubtedly important to add to your technical knowledge. Technical abilities are crucial as well, and students should be urged to pick up at least one skill to support their independence

Remi1
Member
30 minutes ago

In today’s workforce, having only technical abilities is no longer sufficient. To succeed, you need to be able to communicate clearly and work well with others.

Yomii
Member
34 minutes ago

Because they enable people to communicate and connect with others successfully, interpersonal skills are crucial. We as students must understand that communication skills are crucial because they enable people to express their views succinctly and precisely.

theApr
Member
1 hour ago

No doubt, soft skills are crucial to complement your skills. Technical skills are important as well, students should be encouraged to learn a skills at least to help them be independent. However soft skill remains the icing on the cake.

Tonerol10
Member
1 hour ago

Many and a lot of people have skills, different kind of skills and ability to work. The truth is that governments have make life hard for Nigerians. We are hard working people

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
1 hour ago

These are the kinds of skills that need to be developed in order for the students to be ready for the working world, and learning them will help students get ready for work.

Taiwoo
Member
1 hour ago

These are the kinds of abilities that need to be honed by our pupils in order for them to be ready for what is ahead. Students will have the ability to succeed in any field they choose if they have good soft skills.

SarahDiv
Member
1 hour ago

Truly, technical skills are not enough to make you to be gainfully employed in an organization. The soft skills are so important. Where out it how can you manage crises when you’re confronted with one, how can you communicate effectively with a potential client. You need more than technical skills. As a student you need to add value to yourself to be able to be employable.

Kazeem1
Member
1 hour ago

Students have the opportunity to learn the skills and experience that businesses are seeking for by participating in internships, which can be beneficial.

DimOla
Member
2 hours ago

What soft skill does is to make you employable by Organization who are looking for such skills. It enables you to fit and integrate into the company system.It enable you to creative and result oriented. It is always advisable to get training on soft skills because it add value to you and resumes.

Adesanyaj72
Member
2 hours ago

Workplace success depends on a variety of talents, including the capacity for critical thought, effective communication, teamwork, the capacity for problem-solving, and the capacity for flexibility and adaptability.So acquiring them is important

Christiana
Member
2 hours ago

Strong soft skills are crucial for students to develop if they want to succeed in their chosen fields. This implies that they should concentrate on developing their cooperation, communication, and problem-solving abilities. They will be better equipped to handle the difficulties they may confront in the workplace if they possess these vital abilities.

Khalifa001
Member
4 hours ago

Yeah we should be more skilled and learn to do things when there is no job for instance Nigeria lot of graduate graduates every year and there is still low amount of work and the government are not creating job opportunities for them

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
4 hours ago

When students equip themselves with a strong skillset it will be beneficial for them in any part of the world they find themselves.

Dimeji0711
Member
5 hours ago

There is new graduate every year adding to the number of unemployed youths in the country. If at all there is an opportunity it will only goes to those that have special skills. With this youths needs to follow the advice of the proffessors develop themsleve by using LinkedIn and other platform byv acquring these soft skills.

Ultra0711
Member
6 hours ago

Recently it has become more obvious that employers now seek a special attribute from employees. Such skills as team work and mostly interpersonal skills, youths looking for job needs to up there skills and resumes up to this level to survive on the labour market

Okunloye123
Member
9 hours ago

Truly things outside the world are beyond the theory of being though in school.

At this age, if anybody is to become employable soft skill is of higher importance.

The youth should leverage different skill that resonates with their career path.

Adeolastan
Member
10 hours ago

With the daily increament of unemployment across the globe, someone need to have special skill or idea that can make him/she stand out.

jdpumping
Member
11 hours ago

For survival in this world entrepreneurial skills are needed with technological advancement and increase in competition all around one needs to stand out

Haykaylyon26
Member
14 hours ago

Soft skill anf technical skill are both important, they have to be developed so to help them face anything they met in the workforce. They will be well prepare for the recruitment of job and help them think creative which is one of thing employer look for in employee. It build trust and respect also

Abusi
Member
16 hours ago

It is imperative for students to have both soft skills and technical skills. We need to develop these skills and hone them. The Nigeria Employment opportunities is limited, so we need to do more to get into the competitive workspace. Students should be solution provision oriented, communicate distinctively, able to work under pressure etc. These skills will really test if we are prepared to work or not.

Mercy unisex saloon
Member
20 hours ago

This is very encouraging for our youths to grow and thrive. Soft skills and hard skills are both useful tools for our youths and makes them prepared for the employers looking to recruit for job positions.

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