“Soft Skills represent a dynamic combination of cognitive and meta-cognitive skills, interpersonal, intellectual and practical skills. Soft skills help people to adapt and behave positively so that they can deal effectively with the challenges of their professional and everyday life”.
Effective Communication, Flexibility, Creative thinking, Problem solving, self motivation, Leadership, Team Working, Decision making, Time management, adaptability.
Soft skills are an essential part of being able to meet the challenges in everyday life, to deal with stress and frustration. This is why they are required together with the hard skills from the employers at all phase of the careers.
University Colleges are committed to enrich the development of students’ soft skills by organizing different activities that integrate the programmes taught at university.
Soft skills are much more difficult to define and measure. Various forms of assessment are used in halls of residence to evaluate students’ improvements and to define their training paths.
EucA has been partner of Elene4Work, a European project entirely dedicated to Soft Skills (link). The project offers some free online tools as the self assessment for Soft Skills.
“Soft skills in action” published by EucA, is a map of soft skills best practice in European colleges and halls of residence.