BEST Soft Skills Track 2024

DateTrack 1 – Professional DevelopmentTrack 2 – Efficiency Unleashed
13.03.2024Selling yourself and job interviews –
Cyclops
Hacking your way to productivity –
Exellys
20.03.2024How to handle diversity in a team –
Dataroots
Stakeholder management –
Witteveen+Bos
27.03.2024Time management –
Lanark
Sustainability –
Johnson&Johnson

Every evening will last from 19h30 to 22h30, consisting of a workshop (1h30) and reception with free food and drinks (1h+) afterwards with the company representatives. The location is the Quadrivium building on the Arenberg campus.

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We aim for master students, but also welcome bachelors and PhD students. BSST is focused on students from various engineering and science faculties such as the Faculty of Engineering Science, Bioscience Engineering, Engineering Technology and Science.

Each track has a limit of 30 students. If you would like to follow either track, you can register starting from the 12th of December. You will need to answer some study program and motivation questions. We want to know why you want to attend.

During the registration you will be able to give preference ratings for both tracks; that way we can give as many participants as possible their preferred track. You can register until the 9th of March at 23:59h. After that, we will contact every applicant to confirm if they were accepted or not. We expect you to submit a CV before the first evening to distribute to the participating companies.

Upon following all three workshops of your track, you will receive a certificate of participation signed by BEST Leuven, the companies in your track and the KU Leuven.

Track 1 – Professional Development

This track focuses on essential soft skills that will set you apart in the professional world. You will take part in interactive workshops hosted by our guest company representatives in:

  • Self-promotion and acing job interviews, with guidance in effective strategies to showcase your strengths and leave a lasting impression on employers.
  • Collaborating with and understanding diverse perspectives, enhancing your teamwork and communication skills.
  • Practical tips and techniques to manage your time efficiently, boost productivity, and achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Selling yourself and job interviews:

How to handle diversity in a team:

During this workshop focusing on the strength of diverse teams, we will emphasize the importance of engaging with individuals from various backgrounds. To facilitate collaboration, we will provide you with real-life scenarios illustrating diverse personalities and their possible reactions to these situations. This will enable participants to gain insight into their own behavior and communication styles, as well as to better understand others. 

At dataroots, we experience the benefits of working in diverse teams daily. On the one hand, we operate in a collaborative environment, with colleagues representing over 25 nationalities.  On the other hand, we closely collaborate with our clients.

Dataroots is an AI company located in Leuven and Gent, with a strong presence in Belgium and activities in several other European countries. Innovation and return on investment (ROI) are key in our field. We are focused on delivering high quality artificial intelligence (AI) projects, data engineering projects and data infrastructures in order to create solutions for our customers that yield. 

Time Management:

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 workshop Lanark 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.

Lanark is a digital supply chain company developing and continuously re-engineering the supply chains of the future. They inspire companies to develop their full potential through supply chain optimization. They aim for turning traditional cost centres into profit drivers by bridging operations and IT, navigating exciting new technological possibilities.

Track 2 – Efficiency Unleashed

This track focuses on particularly important skills for navigating work efficiently and professionally. You will take part in interactive workshops hosted by our guest company representatives in:

  • Innovative strategies that will boost your productivity, and streamline your workflow to accomplish more with less stress.
  • Building strong connections with stakeholders, and learn effective communication techniques that will elevate your ability to influence and lead with impact.
  • Exploring the intersection of business and sustainability, and gain practical insights to integrate sustainable practices into your professional life.

Hacking your way to productivity:

Stakeholder Management:

To get the right result for every project, good stakeholder management is inevitable. We look at stakeholders as people who have an interest in your project or are directly affected by its results. Proper management of these is the key to success. To get to this success you must try to get to the essence, what drives a stakeholder, how do you approach them and how do you build these relationships?

Communication is very important and often forms a fine line between a success or failure. This does not have to be difficult, there are simple steps to take to make your project a fantastic one too. Using some strategies, by knowing when and how to involve stakeholders in a project. From the stakeholder’s perspective, it is also important to know what he will expect from you and what you can use to get the stakeholder behind you 100%.

Sustainability:

More than 6,000 JnJ employees in the Benelux commit themselves daily to sustainable health care for everyone! JnJ actively participates in the major social and environmental themes such as affordable health care, social inclusion, ecological sustainability, economic prosperity and peace. The SDGs help us to align our business strategy with the sustainable development priorities of the UN for the world such as poverty, health and education. Let’s look at some accomplishments and our goals for the future. And imagine for a moment that you work at JnJ, how would you go about it? 

Caring for the world, one person at a time has inspired and united the people of Johnson & Johnson for over 130 years. We embrace research and science — bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 130 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. Every day, our more than 130,000 employees across the world are blending heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. Thriving on a diverse company culture, celebrating the uniqueness of our employees and committed to inclusion. Proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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