June '20


The IUP Journal of Soft Skills

ISSN: 0973-8479

A 'peer reviewed' journal indexed on Cabell's Directory,
and also distributed by EBSCO and Proquest Database

It is a quarterly journal focusing on the application of various concepts of communication and behavioral aspects of personal effectiveness including Organizational Communication (Corporate Communication), Interpersonal Communication and Global Communication. It would also address issues on Stress and Attitudes and aims to be a medium of expression and exchange of ideas among soft skills trainers that would be of interest to academicians and industry professionals.

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Focus Areas
  • Business Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Active Listening
  • Role Understanding
  • Leadership
  • Aligning Attitudes to Organizational Culture
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Counseling and Mentoring
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Perceptual Gap Between Different Stakeholders About Management Education: A Challenge for the Employability of Graduates
50
Intercultural Communication Skills and Drawbacks of Bangkok University Graduates Working with Foreigners
50
Remove the Labels
50
Fostering 21st Century Skills in the Students of Engineering in ESL Classroom
50
       
Contents : (June 2020)

Perceptual Gap Between Different Stakeholders About Management Education: A Challenge for the Employability of Graduates
Ekta Sharma and Madhuri Jha

Management education is under scrutiny as competent management graduates are in limited supply and a gap has been experienced between management education and industry expectations. The purpose of the study is to identify the perception of three major stakeholders of the B-schools-faculty, recruiters and the students-in reference to the competencies required by the management graduates. The current study concludes that there is a gap in the understanding and the expectations of certain competencies between students, recruiters and faculty. The gap can be bridged through the combined efforts of the B-school and the industry where both can support and contribute to the development of the industry-ready candidate.


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Intercultural Communication Skills and Drawbacks of Bangkok University Graduates Working with Foreigners
Ali Rahimi and Phil Mathias

Language and culture are inextricably tied up with each other and the nature of this relationship has attracted the attention of EFL teachers, curriculum developers, and assessment specialists. The ways in which speakers of a language think and behave are shaped by their language and it, in turn, constructs their linguistic repertoire. In this paper, the authors clarify the nature of this relationship and manifest the misconceptions and erroneous beliefs held by EFL theorists and practitioners. Various ways in which language and culture influence each other are elucidated through pragmatic communicative examples of genuine linguistic interactions. In this study, Bangkok University students' language and communication problems are depicted with respect to the English education they have received. The extent to which the university courses have fostered their communication are also delineated. Moreover, foreign employers' idea about students' mastery of communication skills are demonstrated. The impediments they have faced in the practical application of the language and familiarity with intercultural sensitivities are illuminated.


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Remove the Labels
Revathi Turaga

In virtually every workplace, some qualities are used to describe employees: Raghu is a hard worker, Mohan is lazy, Anil is very intelligent, and Rita talks a lot. These descriptions often become labels that at best help to generally convey a person's qualities, but at worst put them into a box that does not really fit, leading to a host of problems. Every individual possesses a number of qualities, including many that are thought of as opposites. Many times, we are hardworking, lethargic, brilliant and chatty. In fact, most of these qualities or descriptors can be used to characterize virtually anyone, and they make sense only partly. Yet, we choose to label our colleagues at work and define them to be so and so. We feel it makes it easier for us to understand them and thus make working with them easier. People like to label things and other people. It helps them organize and simplify their worlds. But having a label at work can be damaging. In reality, however, labels are a lot more dangerous than they are useful! This paper talks about the dangers of labeling people at the workplace and how it can become detrimental to employee engagement and organizational productivity.


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Fostering 21st Century Skills in the Students of Engineering in ESL Classroom
C Harishree and S Mekala

21st century skill sets serve to be the requisite tool for professional and career development of incumbents in the globalized era. As the workplace requirements change from knowledge age to information age and progress towards conceptual age, the prospective employees are expected to be equipped with 21st century skills. The reports of NSDC, NASSCOM and Deloitte highlight the prevailing skills gap between the students' skills set and the workplace requirement. To bridge this skills gap, the four Cs of 21st century skills, namely, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Communication Skills, are expected from the employees in an organization. In this regard, the paper focuses on the need for 21st century skills with specific reference to four Cs, in preparing the students of engineering towards their workplace readiness in this competitive world. In addition, it suggests the methods to integrate these skills in the English classroom and equip the students of engineering to meet the workplace challenges. The inculcation of these 21st century skills in the engineering curriculum will equip the students for better career prospects.


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