Transferable skills

As a student, I am sure that almost every body has got accustomed to the phrase “soft skill”. Literally, soft skill is called “transferable skill”. Have you ever wondered why it is called “soft” or “transferable”? Have you ever wondered what kind of skill is “hard” or “untransferable”?

To put it simply, soft skill or transferable skill is easily applied in every field of life, ranging from career to career, from work to work, regardless of any crucial differences they may have. It is not a demanding task to list out some popular soft skills such as time-management skills, leadership skill or teamwork skill, etc. These above-mentioned skills are important for every one who want to  succeed not only in his career path but also in daily life. These skills are “soft” or “transferable” because they can be adapted to every situation of life. Notwithstanding your jobs, your specific works, you still need to learn how to manage your time, how to be a team player, or how to lead your team effectively to yield the best result. It is contrast to hard skill as hard skill or technical skill can be applied to a limited number of field. You can not apply your knowledge obtained in Chemistry to build marketing plan for a company or you are not able to use knowledge of economics to cure diabetes.

We need both soft skills and hard skills to be successful in our career. It is a worrying fact that young people now, especially in Vietnam, do not take heeds of the need of improving their hard skills for their future work. Their awareness of the importance of soft skills has been uplifted, however, this seems to lead to the ignorance of the young to the hard skills. A lot of undergraduates think that the most significant criteria in recruitment are the transferable skills. The hard skills are something left to the training of the employers after recruiting them. This misbelief leads to the fact that almost every student has to undergo retraining after graduating from university.

However, the purpose of today’s post is not to point out this dismerit. The fault does not belong to only the young but also the media, which overrates the importances attached to soft skills. Today witnessed the most terrible teamwork I have experienced since I first known this term at high school. Never have I seen such a bad performance like the stuff my team had done today at class. This fault can be traced from the leader to the memebers of the team. The leader, who is supposed to keep track of the progress that the whole team has made, ensure that the team operates efficiently, is the one, who is too self-righteous, unable to control what team members are doing. And some members terribly ruined all things when failing to meet the deadline, coming up with unduly assignments, and eventually leading to the terrible performance of the team as a whole. One thing that makes me dissatisfied is the lack of attention they pay to the groupwork. They made an excuse that they wanted to fulfil their work at their student-run organization. which is of their preference to coursework  at school. However, it is responsibility that matters here. Despite the hecks they are trying to do, they must know that as a part of a team, they should not let their performance interfere with the performance of the team. Another thing that makes me annoying is the fact that they are usually proud of being members of a professional organization, namely AIESEC, however, their attitude to group work is not palatable. What is their purpose when they attend such kind of organization? We may recite the same boring answer: to develop ourself, to be dynamic, to learn more transferable skills. Once you have learnt transferable skills, why don’t you transfer it to other fields of your life? The purpose of attending the clubs at school is to learn transferable skills in order to apply in your life, isn’t it? Study is boring to some, I must agree to a certain extent, however, it is interesting to find that through group work in studying you can learn much more by applying the transferable skills you gain somewhere.

Just a post to say all the messes that I have to put up with this morning! >”<

For a picture that has nothing to do with this post. I just put it here because its vivid color is really relaxing!

4 thoughts on “Transferable skills

  1. Wow, your writing is really clear and interesting. I love the illustration too.

    Learning soft skill in a club is enjoyable. Club is a special milieu in which activities are more playful, people are more enthusiastic, and jobs are more simple than the reality. Thus, it seems reasonable to start learning soft skills in clubs. However, there is a huge gap between club environment and real life. Some people conceal themselves in club activities for a very long time because they feel their power there meanwhile where they are living is life. I totally agree with you that along with learning skills in clubs, we need to seriously think about applying those skills in reality because sooner or later, we will have to do that.

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