Why Recent Grads aren’t Soft Enough.

Group work in college can be something that a student despises. This of course can be from a multitude of reasons. These reasons can be that the student is afraid of being stuck with an individual who doesn’t apply his or herself fully into the project. Also there are some students that feel though that they work better on their own rather than in a group. It’s always a stressful situation when being split into groups because you feel that your grade is now being put into the hands of someone else other than your own. But we as millennials are missing the point of what group work is truly teaching us. It’s not supposed to be a huge deal that makes the lone wolf conform and become another member of the pack. Its teaching us the valuable lessons of becoming a team player, being able to problem solve and teaching us how to organize and prioritize our work.

Being able to collaborate with others while working on a project is extremely important in becoming a successful business individual. Employers are looking for individuals who not only have the relevant degree but also have the soft skills to back it up with. In an article written by Time magazine about lack of work place skills, they discovered that “44% of respondents cited soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration, as the area with the biggest gap.” These soft skills are vital to becoming a successful member of your work force. “The annual global Talent Shortage Survey from Manpower Group finds that nearly 1 in 5 employers worldwide can’t fill positions because they can’t find people with soft skills.” This just goes to show how truly important these skills are and why collaboration after college is so essential.

When you find yourself collaborating on a project there are a few important things to remember when trying to foster a collaborative environment. You must set team goals so that through the collaboration process you can determine if you are reaching the desired outcome of the project. You should also build positive cohesion among the different members as well as finding ways to leverage team strengths as well as weaknesses.  Through these objectives you’ll eventually start to know your team members better as well as generating a creative environment. All of these objectives can be met through any way you wish of doing your collaboration. This could be in-person, through social networking sites, or software applications such as Skype or other webcam based platforms.

But the next time you find yourself being placed into a group. Just remember that you’re developing a set of soft skill that is vital in the work place. You’re learning ways of becoming a better and more rounded individual. You’re gaining skills that will set you ahead of others that wish to not participate in these group collaborations. Sometimes it’s important to have someone there to help you with a project. By working side by side with your fellow peers you’re able to gain those soft skills that make you a valuable asset in the office.

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