Skill: Public Speaking – the ability to give speeches, talk in front of a large number of peopleWhy You Should Learn it: public speaking is a daunting skill to learn, as the scrutiny of an audience can cause even a well-rehearsed speech to turn into nervous mumbling. By learning public speaking, you can demonstrate that you’re capable of clearly conveying ideas to an audience while having the nerves and confidence in yourself to speak up. Where/How to Learn it: public speaking groups, this skill is quite difficult to learn alone
Skill: Teamworking – the ability to walk as part of a team, foster productive group work, encourage interdependence/independence as neededWhy You Should Learn it: a skill that is becoming essential these days, the ability to effectively work in a team is something that many employers are looking for. Group work is almost expected, and being able to say “I can do that” will make you stand out. Where/How to Learn it: YouTube and Ted(X) Talks are good ways to start off, this is a skill that is learned naturally through other activities
Skill: Communication – the ability to communicate ideas and suggestions clearly and effectivelyWhy You Should Learn it: deceptively simple, communication means having both the clarity and the timing on your messages. You should be able to clearly give feedback or ideas, and ensure that whomever you’re communicating with knows what you’re saying. Where/How to Learn it: similarly to teamwork, this is another skill that is learned in the process of other activities. Becoming aware of communication skills can be done through YouTube, Ted(X) Talks and similar sources
Skill: Cultural Awareness/Adaptability – the ability to adapt to new ways of living, appreciate and understand cultural differences and to draw strength from diversityWhy You Should Learn it: in an era of globalization and foreign exchanges, the ability to quickly adapt to new cultures is paramount. Companies that want to expand will be looking for those who won’t be out of place, and people coming in from overseas should be made to feel welcome. Where/How to Learn it: this skill is best learned by “going in the deep end”: going on exchange is one of the best ways to demonstrate cultural adaptation.
Skill: Leadership – the ability to guide people and groups towards a common purposeWhy You Should Learn it: perhaps the most important skill here, being a “leader” is an incredibly valuable skill to have. It’s very broad, as it has elements of the other skills discussed previously, but by calling yourself a leader, you’ll catch a lot of attention. Where/How to Learn it – depends on what kind of leader you are. Getting involved in internships and exchanges can give you an indication of what skills you’ll need to become a leader. You’ll also need the reminder that anyone can be a leader!