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 growing number of educational institutions, the gap between the skills that are desired by the corporate and the skills possessed by the students is consistently widening. Hardly few employers state that the new hires and students are adequately equipped with both hard and soft skills to excel in a competitive professional environment. The academic world too narrowly focuses on hard skills, thus the students coming out of the college are woefully short of soft skills to perform at work. The lack of proper alignment between the corporate and academic world, as well as the shallow understanding of students about the demands of the job continues to be major obstacles to address the troubling gap. The paper, "The Importance of Soft Skills for Employability and Career Development: Students and Employers' Perspectives" by Shaheen Majid, Chithra Mary Eapen, Ei Mon Aung and Khine Thazin Oo, presents the insights from their study on the perceptions of the students and corporates on the importance of soft skills at workplace

Learning is the prerequisite for any growth and advancement in life. There are many innovative methods to learn. However, a heavy reliance on external methods of learning is not efficacious than self-learning. Self-learning is innate in the DNA of individuals that with certain orientation, preparedness and dedication, anyone can master what they intend to learn. …

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