Academic journal article IUP Journal of Soft Skills

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Academic journal article IUP Journal of Soft Skills

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Despite the talk on widespread use of automation and technological innovations, the term employability skills or soft skills has attracted the imagination of students, professionals and leaders in all walks of life. Anyone aspiring for a coveted job today cannot merely be complacent with subject knowledge or hard technical skills but demonstrate an array of skills like communication, persuasion, people management, team work, decision making and coping with uncertainty. Managers and recruiters are laying sharp focus on soft skills which are required for success in job. However, it is easy to find a person with the required hard skills to match the job description than a candidate who possesses decisive and intangible soft skills which ensure success in the job.

Samuel Johnson says, "He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts." The perceptions or beliefs or attitudes individuals hold firmly and dearly can largely influence the employee attitudes, behaviors, their accomplishments and failures. In the light of the volatile business environment and escalating demands for performance, personality variables play a key role in determining the success at workplace. The paper, "The Impact of Core Self-Evaluation on Attrition in IT Industry", by M Showry and Kuchi Sayulu, provides unique insights on how emerging personal traits like core self-evaluation can affect job attitudes and attrition.

Feedback is one of the fundamental elements of good communication. It is essential to monitor how well the students are learning and performing by providing effective feedback. Well intended and authentic feedback can incredibly help the learners more than merely saying "wonderful". However, giving feedback is an art which determines the way it is received and nurtures the desire to learn. The immediate and accurate feedback is intended to enhance the skills than the delayed and ambiguous instruction which confuses the learners. Feedback, while learning English, has to provide clear information about the use of language and the ability of the students to grasp the goals of effective communication. …

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