When choosing electives, should you go for the easy way out or learn new skill sets that can complement your major? Few people will tell you this but the latter can add value to your future job next time as well as your workplace.
Avoid the easy A, here are some electives that equips you with basic skills that you might need in the workforce or at some point in your life.
Besides managing simple department budgeting and cash plans, having some accounting background can help you manage your finances as well. It also teaches you the basics of one of the most widely used software in today’s workplace, Microsoft Excel.
Unlike accounting majors who typically move on to be accountants in the workforce, having basic accounting knowledge will most probably not land you an accounting job. What you will be able to do is evaluate the financial performance of your department and managing monthly cash flows and expenses.
#2 Cyber security
Having knowledge in cyber security helps you prevent potential cyber attack. Not only can a cyber attack disrupt your operations, hackers can retrieve your important data and information. To spare yourself from that trouble, this elective will teach you the basics of how to keep your electronic devices safe from hackers and the solutions in the event of a cyber attack.
Almost every company needs a marketing department. Having knowledge on basic marketing allows you to reach potential customers and sell them your product. Typically, this elective (if offered) requires a final presentation. This allows you to put your creative thinking into use and also hone your PowerPoint slides skills which you could use in the workforce in the future.
#4 Public speaking
When looking for a job, employers do not just look for grades and what hard skills you have. Possessing effective communication skills is one of the key soft skills that employers look out for. Public speaking will train you to be more confident and articulate in front of a crowd. Not only is it beneficial for you when you attend job interviews, it will be advantageous for you when you are giving a sales pitch or a presentation. You will learn how to better engage your audience, giving yourself a chance to show what you can offer.
#5 Foreign Language
Having basic competence in a foreign language will open more opportunities for yourself. Given the increase in opportunities to work abroad, having knowledge in foreign language can be potentially extremely useful especially in demand languages such as Spanish, Chinese and Malay. You might find it easier to break the ice with clients when you can speak their language and it also facilitates discussions and reduces miscommunication due to language differences.
While your graduation certificate shows your academic competence, many employers are looking out for more than just that. With the influx of university graduates, it is vital that you equip yourself with soft skills to set yourself apart from the other graduates and boost your employability.
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