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Essential soft skills for graduates

Most newly employed graduates have the sector-specific knowledge required to hit the ground running, yet many lack the fundamental practical core skills that prevent them actually doing the job and reaching their full potential. These transferable skills, used across the workplace, and throughout their career, include:

  • Thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Clear and accurate communication skills.
  • The ability to build positive working relationships.
  • Being able to get things done.

Thinking, problem-solving and decision-making
Creative thinking and innovation is not just about having ideas, it’s also about improving and refining what you already have – to make effective and informed decisions. Dr Edward de Bono’s range of practical, proven thinking tools give you, your team and your whole organisation the tools to problem-solve, improve and innovate on demand:

Clear and accurate communication
Our range of business communication workshops ensure your graduates are clear, concise and impactful with all stakeholders. Indigo are exclusive UK Distributors for:

  • Think on Your Feet® – Add structure and impact in all formal and informal conversations, when you have little or no time to prepare. Whether dealing with tough questions, handling objections or in crucial conversations you need to be clear, confident and think before you speak. More…
  • Writing Dynamics™ – A proven system, developed by award-winning writers, that helps anyone who has to write at work to be more time-effective, readable and memorable. More…
  • The Skilled Presenter™ – Successful business presentations don’t happen by accident. They are the result of careful planning, using the right techniques and practice. The Skilled Presenter™ provides structured techniques to ensure you deliver polished presentations with impact, every time. More…

Building positive working relationships
It’s important to develop positive working relationships with all stakeholders by understanding them and using practical strategies to communicate with them:

  • Simulation: Managing Stakeholders™ – Bring to life the universal leadership challenge of understanding your stakeholders, gaining buy-in and approval across a range of interested parties, with often different and conflicting interests. More…
  • Think on Your Feet® – Whether dealing with tough questions, handling objections or in crucial conversations you need to be clear, confident and think before you speak. More…

Getting things done
The above skills will go a long way to helping your graduates to become more flexible and agile with their workload and stakeholders. Now you need to provide them with all the tools and techniques they need to get things done and drive results:

Successful graduates and teams
Enhance your graduates, talk to us about our recommended graduate core skills pathway. Contact us to discuss your needs.