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Soft skills: Develop interpersonal skills during your bachelor’s degree with these reliable tricks

James Davis

Your bachelor’s degree is a chance to become an exceptional communicator. We’ve got some great ways to leverage the opportunities at your disposal.

We couldn’t live without our phones, but soon they might be able to live without us! The rise of AI and predictive technologies have led to incredible advancements in the realms of manufacturing, learning, software and just about every sector you can think of. From law to commerce; medicine to the arts. This really is an exciting time to be alive, but a scary one too. Even high-skilled work is gradually being replaced by cheaper, more efficient AI substitutes. As someone aspiring to complete a bachelor’s degree and enter the workforce, you’ll need to learn what machines and software can’t. Generally speaking, this means strong soft skills like analytical thinking, compassion, teamwork, attention to detail and adaptability. A recent McKinsey report on automation found an increasing need for graduates with soft skills to meet the growing demands of a 21st-century workplace. Some of the most important skills you’ll need are interpersonal. 

This is exactly what employers are after, not only in Australia but the world. In 2019 alone, China saw 8.3 million fresh graduates, with job vacancies closing rapidly. While students took stacks of resumes to state-run jobs faires, companies complained hires just didn’t have the soft skills they were looking for. Graduates in tech industries like computer science and engineering had an easier time, leaning heavily on technical ability to compensate for soft-skill deficiencies, something the Chinese higher education system struggles with. It’s not just China though. In countries like the US, UK and Australia, record numbers continue graduating ill-equipped for the job market

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