As Rasmussen College’s learning center coordinator, my role involves providing students with academic support and learning experiences outside of the classroom. As a champion of academic success and a facilitator of lifelong learning, I stand tall by the importance of classroom/curriculum intelligence and am a firm believer in (the often more important) soft skills set.
As our students graduate and enter their careers it is vital that they are well versed in their respective field of study and are fluent in soft skills. The term soft skill can be ambiguous; however, I will define it as preferential qualities for employment that do not depend on acquired/learned knowledge.
Soft skills can be viewed as personal attributes that benefit interaction, performance and communication. Examples of soft skills can include but are not limited to: integrity, dependability, self-supervising and willingness to learn. Soft skills are indispensable because they play a vital role in career success; these skills help one to shine in the workplace and the importance of soft skills surely cannot be denied in this day and age of knowledge and information.
Understanding the importance of both hard and soft skills and its role in student holistic development, I have created a Soft Skills Set Series to be held in our New Port Richey West Pasco Campus Learning Center. This series will focus on six soft skills; each of which will be presented to new-start and returning students with the assistance of our program coordinators.
The Soft Skills Set Series is a great opportunity for our students to have conversations and to learn about real world work expectations and demands.
The series will address the following skills:
- Work Ethic – Do you have motivation & dedication to getting the job done?
- Positive Attitude – Are you optimistic and upbeat?
- Communication Skills – Do you have good verbal & listening skills?
- Self-confidence – Do you believe you can do the job?
- Flexibility/Adaptability – How do you react to new situations and challenges?
- Working under Pressure – How well are you at maintaining stress & deadlines?
The series will be held weekly throughout the first six weeks of the quarter. Each session will be no more than an hour long and the format will be discussion/conversational, which allows students to listen to their peers and other campus constituents/community leaders. As we continue to empower Rasmussen students to become educated members of our communities, it is essential that we too are preparing them for real-world expectations – especially in the workplace.