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The right training and good grades are obviously important conditions for finding a fun and challenging job. Some jobs require specific skills. This may vary by occupation. Consider what these are for the profession that you want to exercise and make sure you develop those competences. Besides, these conditions 'general skills' are also moving up on the wishlist of employers. Therefore, we inform you about the skills that are important to you and the way, you can develop them already during your studies So you make sure that you will be the perfect candidate. Deploy therefore next to your study activities where the following issues are addressed:


Communication and interpersonal skills

Organizations want employees who possess good interpersonal skills and be able to communicate orally and in writing to explain, analyze and persuade.

  • Communication
  • Emotional intelligence: moving in the situation of others
  • Recognize Diversity: open to differences
  • Appreciate diversity: differences exploit positive

Cooperate is not just to function well in a team, but also to anticipate on and exploit knowledge and expertise of others so that the client end result is better.

Conditions for good cooperation:

  • Secure Knowledge: Mapping your expertise
  • Knowledge sharing: your expertise with others
  • Thinking: submit ideas    
  • Thinking together: Apply ideas together (co-creation)
  • Being responsible means being loyal to the organization
  • Involved: You identify with the organization

Self-management and lifelong learning skills

For example: be flexible, willing to take responsibility and to improve your own performance based on feedback and reflection.

  • Eager to learn: openness to grow and know what it takes
  • Self-management: you learn to control yourself
  • Show Leadership: show that you can motivate, influence and organize

Planning and organizational skills

These are skills that show that you can properly plan and organize to achieve the long term objectives or a specific deadline. This can be done by: budgeting, time management, multi-tasking and achieve goals. Think of:

  • Be active: focus on what needs to be done
  • Proactively are: focus on what will come
  • Time Management: Set priorities and indicate which tasks you can or can not perform within the time available
  • Project management: create a project schedule and adapt to developments

Take initiative

Taking initiative involves the ability to analyze facts and situations and independent finding creative solutions.

Think of:

  • Taking the initiative: responding to the situation
  • Give and take initiative: Together respond to the situation
  • Recognize change: to deal with change
  • Rate Change: Delivering change

Intercultural competences

The ability to deal in an effective and appropriate manner and to communicate with people from other cultures and in different cultural environments.

Think of:   

  • Knowledge of other cultures
  • Languages

Entrepreneurial skills

Skills from disciplines other than law may also contribute to innovative outcomes:

  • Technology (IT skills): Not just technology plays an increasingly important role in legal matters, but also in your work environment. More and more organizations recognize the importance of work supporting technology.
  • Financial literacy: In many cases money is important. Basic knowledge of accounting, taxation and other financial matters may therefore be useful.
  • Commercial awareness: all employers - including nonprofit - have need employees who understand the key factors that ensure success in a company (inter alia, the importance of innovation, customer satisfaction and relations).
Last modified:07 December 2017 10.07 a.m.
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