BEST Soft Skills Track

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 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 issue your CV. At the end of our track, you will receive a certificate that you achieved these soft skills.

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 the faculties of engineering, bioscience engineering, industrial engineering and sciences. This track has a limit of 25 students and if you would like to follow this track, you can register by clicking on the link below. Once registered, this does not mean that you will be able to follow this track. You can register until the 23rd of February. On Sunday the 25th you will receive an email to tell you if you’ve been allowed or not.

Register here!

What sessions are there?

Presenting – 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 5th of March!

When?                   

5th of March 2018 – 20h00

Where?                 

Aula De Tweede Hoofdwet – Thermotechnisch Instituut
Kasteelpark Arenberg 41 , 3001 Heverlee

Personal Branding – AB Inbev

Strong brands sell better. This is the case for products and services, but is just as applicable to people. Branding on a business-level is common, but today branding is becoming just as important on a personal level. After all, you might work for a company and work with other companies, but in the end, it’s people working with people and that’s what makes business relationships valuable. This is exactly why our principles are based around our people and their talents. Join the AB Inbev workshop and discover how to brand your potential!

When?                   

12th of March 2018 – 20h00

Where?                 

Aula De Tweede Hoofdwet – Thermotechnisch Instituut
Kasteelpark Arenberg 41 , 3001 Heverlee

Project Management – Colruyt

Have you always had trouble with managing your university group projects? Then this workshop is for you! During the session you will learn all about initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team. After a theoretical overview, the practical side of this skill will be handled with cases based on real-life projects.

When?                   

22nd of March 2018 – 20h00

Where?                 

Aula De Tweede Hoofdwet – Thermotechnisch Instituut
Kasteelpark Arenberg 41 , 3001 Heverlee

Negotiation – 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 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?                   

27th of March 2018 – 20h00

Where?                 

Aula De Tweede Hoofdwet – Thermotechnisch Instituut
Kasteelpark Arenberg 41 , 3001 Heverlee

Networking & Personal Branding – Crossbridge

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?                   

28th of March 2018 – 20h00

Where?                 

Aula De Tweede Hoofdwet – Thermotechnisch Instituut
Kasteelpark Arenberg 41 , 3001 Heverlee

Project Management – Colruyt Group

Details TBA!

Our partners

Meet our partners. They made this track possible and will deliver the high-quality sessions.