Posted on: June 7, 2018

Universal Basic Skills

Universal Basic Skills

Many students in business school are wondering if the information they learned in the classroom are helping them in their professional development. Some are even questioning whether the courses they took are making them skillful or not.  Carter & Izumo (2014) are arguing that the knowledge students acquiring in college are not enough to make them effective and efficient in the workforce unless they augmented by universal work skills. In order to be successful in any professional life, one has to develop universal work skills in emotional intelligence, information, technology, basic knowledge, critical thinking, personal qualities and resources (Carter & Izumo, 2014).


For example, a business manager cannot develop financially feasible business plan without attaining strong information gathering and analytical skills. To coordinate and optimize limited capital and human resources efficiently, basic skills of resource allocation are so crucial. Moreover, to effectively organize and lead business operations, well developed emotional intelligence skills have vital importance.  A manager only with more critical thinking skills can easily solve business problems. Business manager can catch up with dynamically changing business opportunities, challenges and limitations, when creativity and innovation are acquired through efficient reading, listening, writing, speaking and technological skills.


Overall, knowledge and skills learned in college are necessary but not sufficient to make us effective and efficient professionally. To boost our career to a highest and competitive status, continuous development in universal basic skills is decisive at both college and professional level.



Source: Carter, C. & Izumo, G. (2014). Career Tool Kit: Skills for Success (4th ed.).  Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc.