Soft Skills for Engineers

In the era of globalization, engineering students need to enhance their English communication skills and other soft skills in order to cope with the increasingly tough competition in the job market. Multinational corporations (MNCs) and major information technology (IT) companies in India recruit engineering candidates who have good English communication skills. In this highly competitive world, proficiency in English is considered one of the employability skills. In other words, English communication skills are considered ‘life skills’ or ‘survival skills’ in the twenty-first century.
Varun Aggarwal, Director, Aspiring Minds Computer Adaptive Test (AMCAT) in one of the interviews given to Business Standard said, “Recruiters and HR managers around the world report that candidates with English skills above the local average stand out from the crowd and garner 30-50 per cent higher salaries than similarly-qualified candidates without English skills. The trends in India are no different, with English fluency being one of the key qualities recruiters look for during the interview process.” Thus, good English communication skills have become a sine qua non for professionals to create a successful career. 
We, at Indira College of Engineering and Management (ICEM), understand that it is an era of innovation that our students step into after completing their educational stint with us. Hence we believe in equipping them with all the tools to fight the battle in the professional ground ahead of them & emerge victorious in their fields of choice.
Striking a perfect balance between technical education & soft skills is the need of time. Such skills include communication, cooperation, creativity, leadership, and organization. Keeping this in mind, we have included a course in Soft Skills right from the first year.
First year engineering students are trained in the basics of English communication skills where they are encouraged to speak in English. They are also exposed to other soft skills like team work, politeness principle etc.
The second year engineering students are exposed to the formal register of English language as a part of their soft skills training.  Along with spoken English, they are also trained in formal writing, i.e., formal letters and formal emails. They are given tasks to hone and practice different soft skills.
The third year engineering students receive soft skills training required for placements. The students are exposed to various group discussion topics and personal interview questions.  They are also trained in writing CV and covering letter.
The art of soft skills is what it is- an “ART”! It needs time and practice to be mastered & can be nurtured to mastery with continuous efforts. The engineering students need to be able to think critically, solve problems, communicate clearly, be creative and work in a team in order to get placed in a reputed company. The students should utilize such opportunities available to them on the campus which certainly help them broaden their horizons and have a successful career.
Leena Jadhav Harale
Soft Skills Trainer
ICEM
References
'43% engineers in India can't write correct English'
http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/-43-engineers-in-india-can-t-write-correct-english-112072500034_1.html

English edge: Those who speak the language fluently ‘earn 34% more than others’

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/English-edge-Those-who-speak-the-language-fluently-earn-34-more-than-others/movie-review/28414991.cms

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