The importance of communication skills for students

3 reasons to improve yours

Better communicators tend to make a better impression

Speaking, listening, reading and writing – all vital skills for expressing ourselves and understanding others. Whether you’re having a conversation with friends, a discussion in class or writing a job application: students who are better communicators make a better impression. The importance of communication skills for students cannot be underestimated. The earlier in life these skills are developed, the better. And here’s why:

1) Getting your first job

Communication skills aren’t only about confidently presenting a speech to thousands of people as a future politician or CEO of a multinational corporation. You will need these skills sooner than you think. Nowadays, many interview processes even for junior positions or entry-level graduate schemes involve group activities and discussions, encouraging participants to interact and exchange thoughts. The candidates who stand out will almost always be those taking the lead and expressing their ideas logically and clearly. Whether you’re at school, college or university, practising these skills now will prepare you to get stuck in and excel at such activities when you step into the world of work.

2) Future career progression

No matter what industry you envisage yourself working in later in life, only excellent communicators will be able to progress into managerial positions. Fact. The ability to manage people requires you to express yourself effectively in written form, give crystal-clear spoken instructions, and listen intently to the needs, concerns and ideas of your subordinates. It’s difficult to consider where you might be in 10 or 20 years’ time. But focus on perfecting your communication skills while you’re still young and developing intellectually, and you’ll be better suited to managerial roles in the future. You’ll thank yourself later.

3) Personal development

Not only are communication skills vital for a fruitful professional life, they are also the key to success in your personal life. Any form of human interaction requires communication. For people to get along well and avoid conflict, they need to understand each another’s thoughts, feelings and opinions. As a student, you’ll meet plenty of new people from all walks of life. Seize these opportunities to communicate with a wide range of people and watch your relationships with family and friends grow stronger.

Improve your communication skills while you’re still young and watch your professional and personal life flourish!

Try the links below for some useful tips to start improving your communication skills now: