Two Important Skills Engineering Students Can't Afford to Neglect Anymore (Free Courses Inside!)

Two Important Skills Engineering Students Can't Afford to Neglect Anymore (Free Courses Inside!)
Students, it's time you start taking your career development seriously.
Samata Joshi Freelance Writer/Editor Published on 26 Oct, 2016

Earlier this year, we compiled a story based on Aspiring Minds’ employability report, which states that 80% of engineers that graduate every year in India are unemployable. A shocking statistic yet believable considering there is a serious mismatch with what skills the industry requires you to develop as opposed to what the four walls of your college education prepares you for.

There have been subsequent developments in the analysis of after all which skill sets that will prove to get you hired faster than your peers. Two skills that appear in most employability reports for engineering students are, to be honest, quite basic — communication and leadership skills.

This article sums up a few effective free online courses which will help you develop them by yourself and be prepared for your campus placements.

Free Courses To Develop Communication Skills

This list includes developing effective interpersonal skills, writing skills, emotional intelligence and networking skills —

Far too frequently, the people who have the most to say have the hardest time saying it. Geared toward experts (scientists, engineers, and other technical professionals), this course will help you effectively communicate with non-scientists to inform organizational decision-making. The class is free, but you can add a PurdueX Verified Certificate for $50.
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 20-30 Hours / 5 Lessons

Think networking is more than a little intimidating? This email-based class could change your mind and turn you from a fearful networker to a fearless one. You’ll gain the communication skills crucial to networking, from perfecting your elevator pitch to making (smart) small talk with anyone.
Level: All Levels
Duration: 7 Lessons

Understanding the difference between writing for print and writing for the web starts with reading up on how readers behave differently online. This course teaches you how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, structure, and search engine optimization.
Level: All Levels
Duration: 16 Hours / 4 Lessons

Emotional intelligence is not just useful for your interactions with others, but for yourself as well. This course will teach you how to use EQ to proactively make decisions and confront problems. You’ll be coached on how to manage your emotions, follow your intuitions, and take a realistic, active approach to issues.
Cost: $50
Length: 3 hours/ 46 lectures

Soft skills can be anything from interpersonal skills to self-confidence to EQ—but regardless, they are some of the most important skills you need to make it big in the working world. This course will cover the 10 big ones, plus how you can start improving each one today.
Cost: Free
Length: 1 hour/ 30 lectures

This course uses written and recorded lessons to help engineers identify and use communication tools in the workplace. Engineers will learn how to be effective with their professional correspondence as well as how to contribute to meaningful workplace communication.

Course type: Self-paced
Available Lessons: 40
Average Lesson Length: 8 min
Eligible for Certificate: Yes

Free Courses To Develop Leadership Skills

This list includes developing managerial skills, effective leadership skills, judgment and decision making, coordinating with others and negotiation skills —

A successful leader is not only motivating, but also inclusive. This option will cover the four main skills needed to promote inclusivity—empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility—and how to apply these to everyday work experiences. At the end, you’ll create your own personal plan to continue to practice these skills and awareness of yourself and others.
Cost: Free
Length: 1-1.5 hours per section/ 4 sections

Everyone should know how to negotiate, whether it’s for a business sale or a discussion between you and your landlord. This course will cover all the basics, from deciding whether or not to negotiate to planning your strategy to creating a contract and sealing the deal.

Cost: Free without certificate
Length: 8.5 hours/ 7 lessons

Part of being a great leader is being aware of the emotions in play around you. So, to help you do that more effectively, this class will teach you how to better work with others, manage up, and start practicing self-control, resilience, and empathy every day.

Cost: Free with trial or 9.99/ month for unlimited membership
Length: 1 hour 46 minutes/ 5 lectures

Learn how to effectively lead in a technology-driven world, define your personal leadership journey, and make your career choices.

Length: 5 weeks
Effort: 2 - 4 hours/week
Price: FREE (Add a Verified Certificate for $50)

To help bridge the skill gap, industry professionals are now connecting with college campuses through lectures, workshops and masterclasses — with the aim of increase the employability of students. One such initiative to look forward to is TATA Motors’ ‘Future Ready’ program, which will help you master soft and technical skills, and increase your chances of getting a job at one of India's best automotive companies. Follow the Careers topic on to keep getting updates on the program and receiving career advice, tips and resources to develop your employability skills.



A very useful article for the engineers out there!