Mix of soft and technical skills is crucial to success in today’s and future careers. Ability to work with those from diverse backgrounds, training in writing and communications, and access to training to update skills are considered critical mixture of technical and “soft skills” that needed by current and future employees. Other skills are also critical including knowing computer programming, mastering social media, and knowing a foreign language.
At the faculty of pharmacy and biotechnology, GUC, we prepare our students to enter the workforce or further their education by providing them with experiences that go beyond knowledge to develop other critical skills necessary for effective and productive professionals. Our strategies to help the students include offering a set of training programs, courses, workshops, and Students Active Work Groups (AWGs) dedicated to student skills development.
Joining AWGs have a great impact on the students’ social life, where they have opportunity to meet colleagues students from other faculties and programs, who share an interest to widen their social network beyond the study programs.