soft skills

5 Tips to Engage Your Introduction to Business Students

  Want to capture the attention of your Introduction to Business students? Check out the following five tips to engage your students and increase success in class — and beyond. Tip 1: Make Content Applicable to Students’ Daily Lives Incorporating hot topics in business from Amazon, to AI, to the #MeToo movement, helps students relate course concepts to their everyday lives.  The Cengage Higher Ed Faculty Community provides articles related to discipline content that you can bring in for classroom discussion.  From reviewing new branding strategies in Marketing Dunkin’ to learning about the Worst Read More…


9 Management Myths, Debunked!

As an instructor, you want your students to gain the skills needed to think and act like successful managers. Unfortunately, it’s easy for new managers to fall for the many myths about what good managers do. Check out these nine management myths, plus discover ways to help your students navigate the management world. MANAGEMENT MYTH #1: There’s only one right way to lead or manage. THE TRUTH: Leadership can be customized for different employees. Hersey and Blanchard argue employees have different levels of readiness for handling different jobs, responsibilities and work assignments. Accordingly, Hersey and Blanchard’s situational theory states that leaders need Read More…


How to Help Business Students Develop Soft Skills

According to Fortune.com, 80 percent of hiring managers surveyed stated that they couldn’t find enough job candidates with strong soft skills such as punctuality, speaking, writing, listening, and collaborating. Moreover, the managers predicted that these soft skills will become increasingly important as the business world becomes more globalized. Recruiters can deal with graduates who have a sparse resume if the candidate can show strong soft skills. How can professors ensure that their students develop these skills?

Aligning experience with skills

Students are inclined to bemoan their lack of job experience as they approach graduation. As instructors, we can help them Read More…


Tips for College Students: Soft Skills for Internship Success

This summer, thousands of students will take the first step in their career and undertake a summer internship in order to develop marketable skills and build their professional network. Internships have become an invaluable step on the journey to career success for many, and while most employers know not to assume a wealth of professional experience from their interns, they will expect their interns to have the soft skills necessary to get along in a professional work environment. “Soft skills” are associated with a person’s emotional intelligence quotient and generally characterize how a person relates to others—essentially, people skills. Read More…


Soft Skills for STEM Success

While there are thousands of STEM positions open and waiting for workers to come and fill them, there is a lack of work-ready STEM professionals graduating from higher education institutions. However, rather than lack the technical skills necessary to complete the work, many of these candidates lack the ability to be an effective employee to the organization because they lack the necessary soft skills for success. Read More…


Communication IS the Conversation: 21st Century Pedagogy That Works

Did you know that of 93% of employers surveyed believe the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems are skills more important than an undergraduate degree? That’s why soft skills are listed as the most sought after skill-set by employers. However, fewer than 3 in 10 employers felt recent college grads were adequately prepared in the area of critical thinking. How can instructors address this skill gap? The answer is easy: with MindTap.

On March 10-11, Cengage Learning hosted the “Communication IS the Conversation: 21st Century Pedagogy That Works” event in San Francisco to highlight MindTap as a learning tool that equips students with transferable communication skills for success in the classroom and beyond. Fourteen Communication educators from across the country came together to learn about the power of MindTap; a unique student-centered, discipline-focused learning solution. Read More…


How Students Can Make the Most of Their Work Experience

It’s no secret that students typically attend college to prepare themselves for a wider range of employment opportunities. As noted in an earlier post, a strong majority of students say that getting a good job is their primary reason for attending college. But it’s also true that many college students are already working as they proceed through their college education. Of the college students who responded to our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, 63% currently have a job. However, 35% of students say that their job directly ties into the careers they hope to have. That’s Read More…


How College Promotes Students’ Personal Development

As college students take their courses, they’ll gain much beyond the academic benefit. Through their courses, and through the guidance of instructors like you, students can develop attitudes and skills that help them gain confidence, work well with others, and better understand themselves and the world around them. We wanted to learn more about students’ opinions on the ways that college has provided them with opportunities to develop the skills, traits, and attitudes that will prove meaningful as they pursue their future goals. So, in our Spring 2015 Student Engagement Insights survey, we asked several questions that gave us Read More…


Tips for Students: Become a Better Listener

Effective listening skills can help you go far in life. People appreciate it when they know you’re listening to them… so it’s an important “soft skill.” And of course, when you listen, you learn! For college students, there’s no better time than the present to build and develop their listening skills. In her book Practicing College Learning Strategies, Seventh Edition, Carolyn H. Hopper offers students several practical strategies that can help them to become better listeners. Share these suggestions with your students, and they may see an improvement not only in their skills, but in their grades and relationships!

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Relating with Students: What Motivates College Students to Succeed?

Diversity among college students is part of what makes learning together so advantageous. From student to student, you are sure to find a wide range of personalities as well as motivators for student success. To better encourage your students to succeed, it’s a good idea to speak to what motivates them most. In a recent survey, we asked hundreds of instructors, “What do you think most motivates students to succeed?”  Read More…