Evaluating and developing soft skills: the EDHEC experience

Written on 18 September 2012.

More about this programme exclusive to EDHEC, which more than 3,000 students have taken part in.
As the new academic year opens, 840 MSc students from the Lille, Nice, Paris, London, and Singapore campuses will be entering a talent-identification phase. Individual interviews, group interviews, presentations of case studies, and logical reasoning tests will make it possible to evaluate them in ten key managerial competencies. Some thirty international coaches with particular professional specialties will then work with the students to come up with personalised plans for competency workshops in view of the evaluation of each student’s soft skills and his or her professional goals. Companies are involved in this programme by taking part in the evaluation of the students and by leading workshops. They can likewise get involved through personalised mentoring sessions, another of the TI&CD’s strengths. These sessions make it possible for students to “grow more quickly and more effectively, and to develop a personal network,” according to Gautier Villiaume, head of trade marketing at Procter & Gamble in Geneva, and a TI&CD mentor. “There is no doubt that this programme, the only one of its kind, is a career booster for EDHEC students,” adds Gautier. The success of this programme is the result, among other things, of the fact that it was designed in consultation with international employers and after a study of more than 100 graduate programmes.
In addition to this programme, EDHEC continues to innovate around these themes. In a few weeks, the New Gen Talent Centre, a genuine laboratory devoted to the acquisition, retention, and development of talented people from the new generation, is set to open its doors.

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