BEST Soft Skills Track 2021

 

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.

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 – Tell Me More! and Let’s Talk About It!. During January and February 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 25th 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 23:59h. Afterwards you will receive a message saying which track you got accepted in.


Track 1 – Tell me more Track 2 – Let’s talk about it
Public Speaking – Amazon Negotiation Skills – Deloitte
Connective Communication & Feedback – Smulders Presentation Skills – BASF
Diversity & Inclusion – Johnson & Johnson Self-Awareness – Exellys
Time Management – Lanark Stress Management – Cyclops

Networking & Personal Branding – myCareerCompanion

Networking & Personal Branding – myCareerCompanion

Track 1 – Tell me more

Public Speaking – Amazon

Do you still remember the last time you had to present face to face to a live audience? Were you able to control your stress levels? Did you know how to start off your presentation the right way? For those who can’t confidently answer yes to those questions, Amazon is offering you a workshop on ‘Public Speaking’ in which they’ll teach you how to face a live audience. 

Amazon, referred to as one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world,  needs no introduction. With more than one million employees in the world, Amazon is always on the lookout for new engineers to strengthen their workforce. Find out more on their website (https://www.amazon.jobs/en).

When?

Wednesday 3rd of March 19h00

Connective Communication & Feedback – Smulders

Communication is unavoidable as an engineer, but knowing how to communicate with everyone and giving the right feedback is crucial for the best results. Being able to transfer your information in the proper format will increase efficiency and avoid conflicts. To showcase this importance, Smulders will be presenting a workshop on ‘Connective communication & feedback’.

Smulders is an international steel construction company with years of experience in engineering, production, delivery and assembly of heavy and technically complex steel structures. With over 1,000 employees, Smulders offers a large dose of fun, adventure and challenge in an international environment where initiative and personal contribution really make a difference. Interested in working for Smulders? Take a look at their website! (https://jobs.smulders.com/front/nl)

When?

Wednesday 10th of March 19h00

Diversity & Inclusion – Johnson & Johnson

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 organizations 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 embrace diversity and to take your thinking to the next level.  

You will learn:

  • About 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 and 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?

Wednesday 17th of March 19h00

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 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. More information about Lanark can be found on their website. (https://lanark.be/careers/)

When?

Wednesday 24th of March 19h00

Networking & Personal Branding – myCareerCompanion

Boost your network & Pitch perfect!

In today’s world, it’s all about networking: did you know that 70% of all vacancies are filled through networking? It is by far the best way to land a new job. By building and maintaining professional relations, you can boost your career, as well as your personal life. Regardless of your experience with networking, this webinar will teach you the ins and outs of becoming a power networker!

Making the right first impression is key. Being it at a job fair, a reception, a job interview, at the coffee corner or…in an elevator. It might have a huge impact on your future career. That’s exactly why you should be aware of the impression you make. To state it boldly: the quality of your pitch defines whether or not you get what you want. Next to networking, you will learn how to create and deliver a strong elevator pitch.

myCareerCompanion

myCareerCompanion is an online career orientation & learning platform for graduates as well as for professionals with experience who want to make the most of their talents. From helping you to “discover what really suits you” till providing you “career related courses” and we might even introduce you to your dream company.

Our goal? Be your companion throughout your entire career! Find out more about myCareerCompanion through the following link. (https://www.mycareercompanion.com/)

When?

Wednesday 31st of March 19h00

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Track 2 – Let’s talk about it

Negotiation Skills – Deloitte

Throughout your career you will have to negotiate with people on many occasions, but the outcome might not always be the one you desire. Negotiating is a big part of your career and having the right skills will allow you to get the better end of the deal. To help you learn how to become a better negotiator, our partner Deloitte will offer a workshop on ‘Negotiation Skills’.

Deloitte is a leading audit and consulting practice in Belgium offering value added services in audit, accounting, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. With more than 4,500 employees in Belgium, Deloitte is one of the largest professional services firms in the world and an expert in negotiation skills. Interested in working as an engineer for Deloitte? Check them out! (https://www2.deloitte.com/be/en/pages/careers/campaigns/do-apply.html)

When?

Wednesday 3rd of March 19h00

Presentation Skills – BASF

Nodding knees, clammy hands, nauseous,… ? Signals that feel familiar when you have to give a presentation? Then sit tight for BASF’s workshop “Presenting”. In an interactive workshop BASF will unravel the art of presenting to make sure you feel well equipped to send out your message clear and powerful, even in those teams or zoom sessions! Backed up with lots of tips & tricks you’ll be able to transform your nervousness into positive stress. Wowing everyone at your thesis presentation or group work presentation? No problem for you anymore after this workshop! BASF looks forward to meeting you during and after the workshop.

BASF is the largest multinational chemical company in the world. With their slogan “We create chemistry” they mean their production of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. For example, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global

challenges such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. Check out BASF’s website. (https://www.basf.com/be/nl/careers/why-join-basf.html)

When?

Wednesday 10th of March 19h00

Self-Awareness – Exellys

Self-leadership through the Insights model

Leadership starts with self-leadership. By better knowing 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 workshop by Exellys, 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.

Exellys, a tech talent incubator, matches your skills and ambitions with the right career opportunities in the company and sector that you want to work in. Furthermore, you will go through a training program that will help you to grow from a graduate into a young professional and from a young professional into a future-fit digital leader. Find out more about Exellys through the following link. (https://www.exellys.com/en-GB/tech-jobs-and-careers)

When?

Wednesday 17th of March 19h00

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. Cyclops will teach you about stress management.

Cyclops is a young, dynamic company specialized in project management for large industrial clients. With their consulting services they guide a project from the idea to the actual start. This ranges from strategic consulting, feasibility studies, preparation and execution to the audit of the project. Interested in working as an engineer for Cyclops? Check them out! (https://www.cyclopscompany.com/)

When?

Wednesday 24th of March 19h00

Networking & Personal Branding – myCareerCompanion

Boost your network & Pitch perfect!

In today’s world, it’s all about networking: did you know that 70% of all vacancies are filled through networking? It is by far the best way to land a new job. By building and maintaining professional relations, you can boost your career, as well as your personal life. Regardless of your experience with networking, this webinar will teach you the ins and outs of becoming a power networker!

Making the right first impression is key. Being it at a job fair, a reception, a job interview, at the coffee corner or…in an elevator. It might have a huge impact on your future career. That’s exactly why you should be aware of the impression you make. To state it boldly: the quality of your pitch defines whether or not you get what you want. Next to networking, you will learn how to create and deliver a strong elevator pitch.

myCareerCompanion

myCareerCompanion is an online career orientation & learning platform for graduates as well as for professionals with experience who want to make the most of their talents. From helping you to “discover what really suits you” till providing you “career related courses” and we might even introduce you to your dream company.

Our goal? Be your companion throughout your entire career! Find out more about myCareerCompanion through the following link. (https://www.mycareercompanion.com/)

When?

Wednesday 31st of March 19h00