Students want to be trained in soft skills while at college itself

A student, whatever course he or she might be doing, finally aims to see his/her career kickstart in a grand way by getting the opportunity to work with a good company. But to get the recruiters’ nod, the biggest test that a student has to pass through is the job interview.

A student may fail in an interview due to small aspects which he/she may tend to overlook. These can be rectified if the student has proper soft skills training. But this is not always provided by colleges.

The Hindu EducationPlus spoke to students about their opinion on the importance of and need for soft-skill training programmes in their colleges to help them present themselves effectively in front of recruiters.

Khyaati Jain, second year B.A. Journalism and Communication, School of Communication, Manipal

I think soft skills are very important for every person, irrespective of what they are studying or doing. Many students, although very bright in their studies, are not very well acquainted with how they must behave during an interview. Every course, irrespective of its nature of study, should have communication and soft skill classes as a separate subject altogether. These classes shouldn't be theoretical in nature, but should help students in their overall personality development through practical sessions.

Kanika Kharbanda, third year BCA, Jyoti Nivas College, Bangalore

I strongly believe that there should be soft skills programmes in colleges so that students can be more prepared while facing interviews. There are many students who need to sharpen their communication skills before the interview and learn the ways of “The Big Bad World” out there. Even the smartest kid in the class sometimes needs to be taught how to be professional during the interview. I agree that soft skills can’t be “taught” but students can be guided on the nuances of how to carry themselves. Not everyone is privileged to have an internship experience to count on.

Colleges must have a placement training team that consists of experienced teachers who can help the students in the right way; this way they even know the weak points of the students they need to work on.

Sabareesh Ramachandran, second year B.Sc, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

I believe training in soft skills is a must in colleges. While facing an interview, it is not just a student’s technical ability that comes under the scanner but also the way he presents himself, his communication capacities and other soft skills. A student’s abilities depend a lot on his exposure and background. Those who have better exposure have better communication skills as well. Thus there needs to be a means to even out all students irrespective of their prior skills.

The programme must ideally be integrated with the college curriculum. Students who are unaware of the importance of such a course can even be forced to take it. It must firstly remove all inhibitions from a student’s mind. It must also enable his presentation and communication skills.

Abhishek H.V., third year B.E., RV College of Engineering, Bangalore

Placement at the end of four years of studying doesn't just depend on the GPA that we have amassed over the years. The personal interview tests how polished and smooth your manners are at the workplace. Thus it is essential to have been given soft skill training at a basic level so that we can have a refined attitude, politeness and manners to face such interviews. Soft skills doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a hardcore course to be studied, it’s just an easy and efficient way to make our recruitment process simple and hassle free. Soft skills need to be part of the curriculum, just like it has been adopted by my college.

Nishit Kunal, second year B.A. Journalism and Communication, School of Communication, Manipal

I feel that a college should introduce soft skill programmes where it should train and prepare students for placement sessions. These programmes must be both practical and theoretical in nature so that a student is properly acquainted with all the experience in regard to approaching an interview.

At the same time, the programme should be conducted by professionals and should make sure that the trainee acquires the decorum and etiquette required to get a job.