Soft skills, the skills that make the difference - ESAIP

Soft skills, the skills that make the difference

At ESAIP, an institution of higher learning supported by Lasallian values, we train engineers and managers with a heart, endowed with business skills but also with human skills, the soft skills, which are highly prized by companies today.

The notion of soft skills appeared at the same time as the generation of Millennials. Once taught only to managers, these soft skills gained importance in higher education in the early 2000s. While hard skills encompass all knowledge and know-how such as technical and scientific skills, soft skills focus on soft skills, i.e. emotional or human intelligence. Although hard skills remain essential, they do not always allow us to distinguish candidates at the end of their training, as the teachings are sometimes similar. Today, companies attach great importance to the individual in the recruitment process, with key differentiating factors such as adaptability, teamwork skills, interpersonal skills and perseverance. And it is often during the recruitment interview that these behavioral skills make the difference in a professional world where interactions have become daily. While hard skills, including high-level skills, tend to become automated processes, soft skills depend solely on human intervention. After a year of pandemic Covid-19, companies now know how much cooperation, perseverance, empathy, agility and critical thinking are necessary for the development of their activities.

An educational project focused on the individual

For more than 30 years, ESAIP has been training engineers with business skills as well as human skills with an educational project focused on the individual. Engineers who are innovative, capable of taking initiatives, but also concerned about the challenges of our time and attentive to others, especially the most vulnerable. A unique educational model where social openness and diversity of talents are emphasized and where each student is responsible for his or her own learning and personal development. In all its courses, the school emphasizes respect for each person’s convictions, the development of a sense of responsibility and commitment, and prepares students to become active members of our society. This commitment is reflected in the development of a personal project through volunteer work throughout the course. Our student engineers are also made aware of :

  • Learning international languages and cultures through study abroad,
  • The approach to CSR to understand the strategic choices of companies and measure their importance,
  • The teaching of written and oral communication to enhance one’s self-confidence and open up to others,
  • Project management to learn to evolve as a team.

These are key elements that demonstrate ESAIP’s desire to train engineers and managers with a heart, who will guarantee a responsible future