BEST Soft Skills Track 2020

         

 

What is BSST?

A lot of companies expect much of graduates. The hard skills were conceived during the classes they took at university, but what about the soft skills? Those are expected to be known, but are not covered during their studies. For this particular reason, BEST has come with a solution for this problem: the BEST Soft Skills Track! This year we provide you with two different tracks. Each track will provide five sessions from five different companies who will each explain a certain soft skill and on how they apply it within their company. Each session will thus focus on a different soft skill. After each session there will be a small networking event where you can talk with the company representatives. At the end of our track, you will receive a certificate that you achieved these soft skills. On top of a certificate, each participant will also get the chance to use myshortlist.be for free! All these sessions will be given before Easter holidays and after the sessions a small quiz will be given to test your knowledge.  Registration is mandatory and the places are limited. A selection will be made based on your motivation! When you register, you can choose which track you want to follow. All sessions will be held on campus Arenberg in Heverlee from 19:30 to 21:30.

What are Soft Skills?

Soft skills represent your personal attributes and are described as more intangible, general and non-technical. While hard skills are more important in the technical aspect of your job, soft skills can ease them for you. Examples of these skills are communication, teamwork and adaptability. These skills can be used in any situation, but will make any situation hard if not used correctly. These skills might mean the difference between you and the other candidate for the same job application, because companies value these skills more and more.

How do I sign up?

We aim for master students, but are as happy with bachelors and PhD students. This track is meant for students from various engineering and science faculties such as the Faculty of Engineering Science, Bioscience Engineering, Engineering Technology and Science.This year we are back with two different tracks to choose from – Upgrade Yourself and How To Keep Track. During january we will reveal the topic and the partner of one session every couple of days. Each track has  a limit of 30 students and if you would like to follow this track, you can register starting from  the 15th of January. Once the application period starts, you will be able to register via the online form on this website. You will need to write a motivation letter and upload your CV during the registration, so make sure to have those ready. When you register, you will be able to choose which track you would like to follow. Once registered, this does not automatically mean that you will be able to follow this track. You can register until the 19th of February at 22h. Afterwards you will receive a message saying which track you got accepted in.

THE APPLICATION PERIOD HAS FINISHED

 

Overview of the tracks

Track 1: Upgrade Yourself

Kick-off Evening: 24th of February
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Ernst & Young
BASF
Exellys
Lanark
myShortlist
Negotiation Skills Presentation Skills Self-Awareness Time Management Networking & Personal Branding
4th of March 12th of March 18th of March 25th of March 2nd of April

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track 2: How To Keep Track

Kick-off Evening: 24th of February
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Amazon
ExxonMobil
Johnson & Johnson
Cyclops
myShortlist
TBA Team Management Diversity & Inclusion, Thinking Environment Stress Management Networking & Personal Branding
4th of March 12th of March 18th of March 25th of March 2nd of April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kick-off evening

Before the sessions start, everyone is welcome at the Kick-off evening. During this evening, you will be introduced to what’s coming in the five upcoming trainings. Besides, you will get to know your peers through some fun activities!

When?

24th of February, 19h30

Where?

Thermotechnisch Instituut (TTI), Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Leuven

 

Track 1 – Upgrade Yourself:

Negotiation Skills – EY (Ernst & Young)

Negotiations are not as simple and as black and white as agreeing on the price. There are more factors which need to be considered when having negotiations. The workshop talks about this approach through the theory, the concept, examples, exercises and case study. The negotiations key concepts session deals with co-developing expectations while establishing the best (economic) outcome for all parties. It differentiates you from the competition by demonstrating our thorough and flexible approach to expectations.

Objectives of the workshop:

  • Deepen your understanding of the negotiations key concepts
  • Understand key techniques to enhance negotiation strategy and relationships
  • Define and practice BATNA (Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement)
  • Describe and use multiple options

When?                   

4th of March 2019

 

 

Presentation Skills – BASF

Do you get nodding knees and clammy hands when thinking of standing in front of a group? Do you get nauseous when you have to give a presentation? Then our workshop “Presenting” will help you! Our BASF colleagues will provide you with an interactive training to strengthen your presentation skills. We will exchange tips and tricks, so in the future you’ll be able to transform your nervousness into positive stress. During the workshop, you get a sneak peek into our BASF company culture. We are glad to connect with you, and answer all questions during or after the training! See you the 7th of March!

When?                   

12th of March 2019

 

 

Self-Awareness – Exellys

Self-leadership through the Insights model

Leadership starts with self-leadership. By knowing better your own strengths and weaknesses you are better able to interact with others. The Insights model provides a pragmatic but scientifically grounded way to analyse what gives you energy and what drains energy. In this session, you will learn to read your own manual and based on that insight, you will also learn to read other people’s manual. This will improve your relationships, your team work and will be the basis to become a future leader.

When?                   

18th of March 2019

 

 

Time Management – Lanark

Time management is a training which is often recommended after you spent a few months at your first job, usually after a conversation with your manager in which you admit that it’s difficult to juggle all the responsibilities coming at you all at once. But why wait until then? Time management is the art of getting to know yourself, to plan things which are expected of you on a regular basis and how to handle distractions. 

In this session we will give you some tips and tricks, tools and processes you can use to feel like you’re more in control of everything. These things can also be used in your student career. 

 

When?                   

25th of March 2019

 

Networking & Personal Branding – myShortlist

 

Did you know that 70% of all vacancies are filled through networking?

Networking is by far the best way to get a new job. By creating and maintaining professional relations both online and offline, you can give a boost to your career as well as your personal life. What are the best ways to put this into practice as a student? Find out all about it in this workshop, where you will learn the ins and outs of building a professional network.

How can you get noticed by prospective employers? Does your body language and appearance match what you say? How do others see you?

In this second part, you will get some hands-on, concrete feedback on the impression you make on others. Together, we will pinpoint your personal areas of growth and draw up a tailor-made action plan. By learning how to translate your desired image into your actual body language, attitude and outfit, you will not only increase your credibility, but also improve your chances of success during your job hunt.

 

When?                   

2nd of April 2020

 


 

Track 2 – How To Keep Track: 

 

Amazon:

We are very proud to announce Amazon as our partner for BSST 2020! They will give a tranining session as part of ‘How to keep track’ and after thay they will happily network with the participants! The topic of the session will be announced soon.

When?                   

4th of March 2020

 

Team management – ExxonMobil:


As a master student you will soon be graduating and looking for a job. There is a high chance of ending up in a manager position. This means that you will have the responsibility to run a team. But how? Learn how to manage a team in one of the sessions in the BEST Soft Skills Track and give yourself a head start in your future career path!”

 

When?                   

12th of March 2020

 

Diversity & Inclusion, Thinking Environment – J&J

Take your thinking to the next level

Being able to leverage diversity and to build an inclusive environment has become more and more important in the workplace as increased diversity of organisations and global virtual collaboration is adding complexity.  An important asset of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) companies is the diversity of thought and the stimulation of an inclusive culture.  Having an open mind is necessary to create leadership, innovation & growth.

During this workshop, the team will introduce you to techniques used in J&J to take your thinking to the next level.  

You will learn:

  • – To know J&J and its company culture
  • – How to benefit from the diversity of thought and to create an inclusive environment
  • – How to produce better ideas with a team in less time to obtain better business outcomes
  • – How to create the max out of a meeting where all team members are actively engaged

 Already curious about J&J: see this video  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daiQw9IcfPs)

Looking forward to connecting with you and to jointly create some Time to Think!

Quotes:

 “Applying Thinking Environment helps you to open your minds on the new culture of working together. It helps in creating a trusting atmosphere.

“J&J People experienced Thinking Environment principles  as an enabler to bring their thinking and trust to the next level.”

When?                   

18th of March 2019

 

 

Stress management – Cyclops

We are all familiar with the word ‘stress’, nowadays it has become a fashionable concept. Most people cannot cope with their stress properly or deal with it sufficiently. Stress is a very high-risk factor we are dealing in our day to day life. So we must have strategies to deflect and reduce our stress so that we can function effectively and stay healthy. In addition, we must find the fortitude to actually employ those strategies when necessary.
In this session, you will learn about stress management.

When?                   

25th of March

 

Networking & Personal Branding – myShortlist:

Did you know that 70% of all vacancies are filled through networking?

Networking is by far the best way to get a new job. By creating and maintaining professional relations both online and offline, you can give a boost to your career as well as your personal life. What are the best ways to put this into practice as a student? Find out all about it in this workshop, where you will learn the ins and outs of building a professional network.

How can you get noticed by prospective employers? Does your body language and appearance match what you say? How do others see you?

In this second part, you will get some hands-on, concrete feedback on the impression you make on others. Together, we will pinpoint your personal areas of growth and draw up a tailor-made action plan. By learning how to translate your desired image into your actual body language, attitude and outfit, you will not only increase your credibility, but also improve your chances of success during your job hunt.

 

When?                   

2nd of April 2020