Industry Loves Happy, All-Rounded Candidates Who Know How to Effectively Work with People from Other Cultures

Besides looking for technical skills, employers across the world look for if the candidates have participated in some co- and extra-curricular activities, as such experience makes the candidates hiring-friendly, agree all HR professionals. Hiring managers strongly believe that candidates with such experiences are well-groomed and happy personalities and they have strong employability quotient, which help their organizations develop and grow constantly.

Socio-cultural activities strengthen the life skills, including leadership and organizational skills, of the participating students, help them in developing interpersonal communication skills and prepare them to face unexpected situations in life. Academia world over has acknowledged the importance of participating in various cultural activities and programs, which are extra-curricular in nature but eventually help in preparing for curricular roles and responsibilities. Studies reveal that students who keep participating in such events are generally good at team skills, meticulousness, enthusiasm, cooperation, sportsmanship and competitiveness.

Through such activities and programs, students get an opportunity to develop a range of skills relevant for existence, survival and growth, through an exposure to the lives of other fellow students coming from other socio-cultural backgrounds. Such opportunities help them in developing aesthetics for life, bring in them a sustained focus on character-building, nurture their social, civic and moral values, while enhancing their psychological health and teaching the joy of co-existence and working together. A Chinese proverb says: I hear I forget, I see I remember, I do I understand. Then somebody confirms the same and says: Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.

Employers and HR professionals love hiring candidates who understand their times, who know how to work with individuals from other cultures, who love working in teams, who are generally happy and enthusiastic about everything around them, who are capable of welcoming the unexpected and unknown, and who love sharing their experiences and knowledge with others. Often, hiring professionals draft their strategy to check the presence Vs absence of community skills in their candidates, which let them nurture their own organizational vision of a sustainable future.

That is why, various institutions and colleges globally have been very keen on organizing such cultural activities in campus in order to provide healthier perspectives in academic learning to their students. Such co- and extra-curricular activities play a vital role in the life of students, while working wonder for overall development including their mental health and creativity. Social fabric of the students gets strengthened through these extracurricular activities, as they get a platform to interact many other students fostering new relationships and networks with those with different knowledge, passions, creativity, preferences and cultures.

Students learn how to work in a team for a set of common goal and objectives, which in fact instills accountability and responsibility in their character. They learn how to cooperate and work with people from other cultural backgrounds. Apart from creating physically and mentally fit individuals, these activities make them happy individuals—quite tolerant and accepting on the one hand and adds to their willingness to take risks and grow on the other.

Recently, FIIB (Fortune Institute of International Business) had hosted a mega cultural event Samavesh 2020 in their campus, where about 1000 students from more than 80 institutions and universities had participated a range of 21 cultural activities, where the cultural activities on the occasion included, and not limited to, solo songs, nukkad natak, rangoli, tattoo-making, face-painting, group dance and music, musical bands, and the games of table tennis, polo, chess and carom. The event made the whole FIIB campus and its atmosphere happy, positive, colorful and vibrant.