Course Title Industrial Skills Development
Course Level 100
Credit Unit 2

Skills development is the process of identifying your skill gaps, developing and greatly harnessing these skills. This is important because, your skills determine your ability to execute your plans with success. Without the right skills, you will only frustrate yourself, waste your time, and spend a lot of time dealing with basic issues caused by the lack of knowledge or lack of skills, instead of progressing in your goal. While difficulty and struggle are part and parcel of any goal pursuit, without the right skills, you find yourself struggling more than necessary. Worse still, this struggle is unconstructive and doesn’t help you move forward.

MAJOR REASONS WHY SKILL DEVELOPMENT IS IMPORTANT

 1. The world is moving fast and rapidly changing. Students need to make sure that they are skilled and well equipped to deal with the rapid changes happening, and also to compete favorably with the world out there. 

2. Skill developments always lead to competitive advantage. In order for you to be the best out there, you need to have something and do thing that nobody else can easily do. 

3. People are often impressed by what others have accomplished without realizing what they went through to get there. We see their accolades and victories, and make gross assumptions about what it takes to succeed. Then we become disappointed when we attempt to do ours only to find out that it’s not as easy as it seems. 

4. Some of us can be heavily self-critical. We look at how successful others are — the top coaches, internet gurus, award-winning performers, winners of the society, successful bloggers, successful caterers, etc — and conclude that we can never achieve the same. We feel that these people are somehow blessed with some special powers that we don’t have.

All these reasons are wrapped around lack of skill development. We are all blessed with unique individual gifts which we can discover and harness. We all need to seat, and think deeply about what our gifts are, and how they can be further improved. It’s about skills development. When we see others’ successes and victories, what we don’t see are the countless hours they spent behind the scenes, utilizing and exercising their craft, and building their skills. What we see as “talent” in others is the result of their 10,000 hours of hard work where raw passion and human potential are turned into skills. Skills development is where we turn from avid beginners to novices, to intermediate to seniors in the game and probably to expert, hence having the ability to achieve our goals.

In Geoffrey Colvins book ‘’Talent is over rated’’, he talks about what really separates world class performers from everybody else. He says, a person can be very talented, probably having the gift of dancing, while another person may not have the gift but has the passion to learn it. If the one without the gift of dancing sets out to train and work hard at learning how to dance, in no time, he would be able to achieve his goals, because, passion and hard work results into success. This analogy also applies to skills, whether hard or soft skills. You can develop them and greatly exploit its usage.

There are two (2) types of skills: THE HARD SKILLS AND THE SOFT SKILLS. In your first semester, we handled the hard skills acquisition development, but this time around, we would be stepping out from the usual hard skill acquisition into a more modern and progressive study of industrial soft skills acquisition.

The areas we will be working on would be: 1. Problem solving 2. Creative/critical thinking  3. Public speaking  4. Emotional intelligence 5. Interpersonal skills 6. Time management 7. Active listening/communication 8. Negotiation skills and 9. Household and packaging