What are soft skills?
Soft skills are the more intangible and non-technical abilities that are sought from candidates.
Why are soft skills important?
Every recruiter identifies the candidates as the new leaders and soft skills are expected just as much as technical skills. Employers value soft skills because they enable people to function and thrive in teams and organisations as a whole. A healthy organisation needs space where relationships based on trust can grow and to trust each other, employees need to have good communication, teamwork and leadership skills.
So what are the top soft skills that you will improve during your internship with Pagoda Projects?
Communication is one of the most important soft skills because it is the bridge between a client and a product. No matter which sector you want to become an expert in, if you don’t have clear communication skills, there is a possibility that your achievements will be limited.
The first thing you know is that to communicate, you should always listen first. Good listeners always have better ways of paying attention and reaching the solution faster. With verbal and non-verbal skills, although they are both categorised with the same importance, verbal communication builds more productive relationships. Today’s businesses run online so we also need to work on our non-verbal communication skills, an easy example of this is when we use email marketing, we need to use the right language to attract an audience.
During your internship with Pagoda Projects, you’ll practice communication with your supervisor and teammates as well as your cultural mentor, fellow participants and the Pagoda team! Through this, you’ll improve not only your communication skills but your intercultural communication skills also.
Leadership is a vital skill to have when entering the graduate job market and something all employers will be looking for.
Being a good leader proves that we also have good decision-making skills as well as communication, self-motivation and organisation skills! Remember, you can practice these skills on all projects, however big or small, and all experience is.. experience!
Problem-solving is the process of observing what is going on in your environment, identifying things that could be changed or improved and diagnosing why the current state is the way it is and the factors and forces that influence it.
During an internship, both in-person and remote, you’re sure to come face-to-face with challenges and problems. You’ll be able to improve your problem-solving skills with the support of your supervisor and Pagoda team to practice this is real-time through real business situations.
Decision-making skills show your ability to process information and assess the best option whilst taking responsibility and showing awareness. Overall, it’s important to identify processes that help you make the right decision on behalf of the organisation and make a concerted effort to uncover biases that may affect the outcome of it.
Overall, completing a Pagoda Projects internship will provide you with the soft skills needed to combat all aspects of your life, not only in business. You will be supported throughout your programme and after to ensure you get the most from this amazing opportunity!
“It is not the strongest or most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” – Charles Darwin, scientist