Learning the Soft Skills
In a survey of employers conducted by the business school admissions website TopMBA, “soft skills” ranked among the most important attributes recruiters look for in potential employees. The four most valuable soft skills, according to these 5,000 recruiters? Interpersonal skills, communication skills, strategic thinking and leadership.
Because companies are now so heavily structured around teams – whether cross-functional or multi-national – it is no longer enough for employees to merely have all the technical skills. What really helps employees succeed in their jobs, gain promotions and take on greater leadership roles is behavior, communication, and teamwork.
While you may look to a graduate degree to shore up knowledge in a specific discipline, like marketing, finance, or supply chain management, a strong focus on your development as a leader can make a crucial difference for your career, both in the short-and long-term.
At the W. P. Carey School, the soft skills that so often support and enhance leadership are woven into every facet of your MiM experience, from coursework and teamwork. The end result is that you gain so much more than technical skills.
"Success in the business world, if you're going to move beyond being a functional specialist, requires that you work with, lead, inspire, and manage other people," says W. P. Carey Management Professor Gerry Keim. "The MiM develops the core concepts from all the major business disciplines, but in addition to that, it develops interpersonal skills, communication skills, and students will learn to work in diverse teams because a lot of the courses have team activities and team experiences. And I think this will help MiM students get jobs at a much faster rate than someone who just has an architecture degree or engineering degree and doesn't have the business experience."