The extra mile in professionalism – the business & social skills

Many big universities offer in their career centers information about certain business and social skills like networking, presentations skills, negotiation skills, business etiquette. Cambridge Judge Business School, for example, has a special internal page related to networking. It is considered of crucial importance for new entrepreneurs next to the other professional qualities and skills they need to have.

However in most schools this knowledge is offered to the business, political and law majors. Just a few schools with more industrial majors are open enough to organise business skills seminars, lectures, inviting experts in the field to share their knowledge.

Majors like Industrial design, Computer Science, Literature  and linguistics etc. are focused only on the development of knowledge in the main curriculum. The development of their social and business skills is not a priority. And then there is a question popping up – why is this so? These young people can be entrepreneurs too. After graduation they can go to networking events too. They need to negotiate their salaries, their ideas, their projects. These young people can be better communicators and human beings with some more attention to social skills. Whys social and business skills are so often neglected?

The ability to communicate well, to negotiate your interests in the best possible way and to have nice manners in the society is not a privilege only for the  business people and lawyers but to everyone. It is essential to everyone. As soon as the university administrations realises that, many projects can be won and more successful people can be met. Above all the communication on all levels will be improved.

During his speech  at Rudgers University’s amendment of  class 2016, former US president Barak Obama mentioned as well as other important things, the importance of refined social skills and life principles:

” Qualities like kindness and compassion, honesty, hard work — they often matter more than technical skills or know-how.”

It is not a secret to say that for the last 20 years people are 2 times more rude! In their article “The Price of Civility”, Christine Porath and Christine Pearson emphasise how costly actually incivility is for the employers. 66% of the people participated in a survey and being a victim of incivility at their workplace decrease their work performance. 78% declined the commitment to the organisation. It is a very serious alarm not only for the employers and the HR directors but for the education system as a whole.

Investment in civility classes in the universities, educating young professionals how to communicate more effectively and decrease rudeness, organising short workshops during their studies will make huge difference in the society.

There are many other examples, which can be included here however, the message is clear:

Schools, please, invest in your students’ social and business skills and help them to be personalities, not just graduating numbers. This will affect their life and respectfully your ratings.







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