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 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 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?

Sign up here 

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 year we are back with even more opportunities for you as we have two different tracks to choose from. Each track has  a limit of 30 students and if you would like to follow this track, you can register starting from  the 17th of January. More information about the specific tracks will be released later. 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.

 

Which sessions are there?

Track 1:

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?                   

28th of February 2019, 19h30

Design Thinking – Comate

Design Thinking is a fashion term of late and has lost some of it meaning over the years. While currently being hailed as the “next best thing” across several industries, Design Thinking is simply another term for long-standing existing methods and processes form the design community and there’s really not much new about it. So who better than a leading engineering & design agency as Comate to take you through the steps. With this crash course we cut through the clutter and take you back to the basics of design thinking. After a refreshing introduction, you will be paired up in teams and get your hands dirty in the world of design. No worries, following our detailed game plan, everyone can be a designer.

You’ll:

• Get a basic understanding of the design methodology and how you can apply it to your own projects
• Be coached by some of our top designers & engineers
• Learn to scope out an assignment quickly
• Learn interview methods to discover the true needs laying dormant within your target user
• Quickly generate multiple design concept
• Efficiently process and apply feedback of your user to your project
• Build physical lo-fi prototypes in less than 10 minutes to quickly gauge your design with the end user before embarking on costly fully functional designs

When?                   

7th of March, 18h30

Stress management – Cyclops

Details TBA

When?                   

26th of March, 19h30

Project Management – DEME

The discipline itself is an organized manner of managing a project from its beginning to a defined ending. The division and attention to certain aspects is key. DEME is by default a project management environment and during this session our experiences and tips and tricks will be shared and explained. It will be an interactive workshop! You’ll get the chance to be your own project manager and compare your approach to the one of the experts.

Take aways of the workshop are:

  • The crucial pillars of good project management organization
  • Division between tasks
  • Key positions
  • Practical insights in Project Management

When?                   

28th of March, 19h30

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?                   

4th of April 2019, 19h30

Track 2: 

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?                   

28th of February 2019, 19h30

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?                   

7th of March 2019, 19h30

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?                   

12th of March 2019, 19h30

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?                   

28th of March 2019, 19h30

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?                   

4th of April 2019, 19h30

Our partners

Meet our partners. They made these tracks possible and will deliver the high-quality sessions. Information on more partners will follow.