IMPORTANT SOFT SKILLS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

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“Soft skills” are the extra or additional intangible skills required by students beyond their academic skills which are generic in nature across the various domains of learning that encompasses character and teamwork. These are crucial to increase employability and also to compete successfully in this dynamic global environment.

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FACULTY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATIONOUMH1103LEARNING SKILLS FOR OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNERSIMPORTANT SOFT SKILLS FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTSName: Md. Mahamudur RahmanE-mail address: sohag@oum.edu.myTable of ContentsAbstract 2Introduction3Discussions4Conclusion 9References 10Abstract "Soft skills" are the extra or additional intangible skills required by students beyond their academic skills which are generic in nature across the various domains of learning that encompasses character and teamwork. These are crucial to increase employability and also to compete successfully in this dynamic global environment. "Soft skills provide students with a strong conceptual and practical framework in building, developing and managing teams. It plays an important role in the overall personality development thereby enhance the student's career prospects". (Balaji & Somashekar, 2009) It ensures securing jobs after completing their study. Due to importance of soft skills, the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has introduced "Malaysian Soft Skills Scale" named My3S, which can effectively be applied to students in institutions of higher learning to equip the students with, for getting a job and for further promotions and progress in the workplace.There are seven main elements introduced in "Malaysian Soft Skills Scale (My3S)" which are communication skills, critical thinking and problem solving skills, teamwork skills, learning and information management

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