Attaining a good academic performance has been the drive for many undergraduates. While this focus is important, identifying skillsets required for a future job application can be very helpful. A skill is related to a specific ability required in one’s academic journey that will eventually lead to a successful career. For example, having the skill of a creative content writer, while possessing a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication or related disciplines in the humanities, can set a student apart from others.
Students’ academic performance should reflect their skills and values because when an individual is submitting an application for a job or discussing the job with a potential employer in an interview, he or she will frequently be asked about his or her skills and qualifications. For this reason, it is important to spend some time in school, learning specific skills related to the demands in one’s chosen career.
Identifying the difference between the skills required to excel in your chosen career or study, while pursuing academic qualifications will give students a competitive edge. For example, an individual who wants to become a graphics designer for a reputable company might have to possess certain skills in Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, Illustrator, etc, that might make him or her a better candidate. Having the academic qualification is a plus because it will improve the candidates’ communications skills, and the ability to take initiative.
In Skyline University Nigeria, pursuing academic qualifications often involves learning specific skills that will set students apart in their career journey. In the university, there are several ways to improve a student’s skills for a certain job. Completing a training or certification Programme through the Centre for Continuous learning is another way to increase qualifications in a very specific area. Increasing skills, however, might require more dedicated independent work. For instance, through participation in extracurricular activities, student clubs and organizations, voluntary services as well as community services.