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By Dawn

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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