On the training of soft skills in a Peruvian University: Strengths and weaknesses

Laberiano Andrade-Arenas, Frank Andrade-Chaico

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Soft skills, which are interpersonal and social skills, are very important in the job market. Skills like teamwork, oral expression and leadership could make a difference when two or more candidates for a job vacancy have similar qualifications. The Peruvian job market is not an exception to this, since research shows that headhunters prioritize soft skills in 9 out of 10 personal selections. Therefore, this work puts forward an analysis to determine in which skills at a Peruvian university students are being trained and which of these skills undergraduate students consider are important for the job market. To obtain this information, 71 undergraduate students from the electronic engineering and computer science programs were surveyed. First, it was found that more than 62% of the participants considered that skills like teamwork and leadership are very important for the job market; however, 12% and 14% states that they are bad-prepared in these skills at university respectively. In addition, 91% participants considered that foreign language skills are important or very important, nevertheless, this stands as the worst skill in which they are being prepared at university among 11 skills listed in the survey. Finally, the Chi-Square Test for Independence was used to determine the dependence between gender and the importance of any listed skill. It is expected that this work serves as a guide to educational authorities from Peru to promote a better preparation in soft skills at universities.
Idioma originalEspañol
Título de la publicación alojadaProceedings of the LACCEI international Multi-conference for Engineering, Education and Technology
EstadoPublicada - 1 ene. 2020
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