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A study on how IIUM students perceive the effectiveness of extracurricular activities on building soft skills.

‘Izzati Khairunnisa Binti Nordin
1117368
Imraatul Farihah Binti Bunyamin
1110182
Department on Information Technology
Kulliyyah of Information and Communication Technology
International Islamic University Malaysia

English for Academic Writing
LE4000 Section 12
Supervisor: Madam Alina Fazilah Binti Fazi

A STUDY ON HOW IIUM STUDENTS PERCEIVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ON BUILDING SOFT SKILLS

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A study on how IIUM students perceive the effectiveness of extracurricular activities on building soft skills.
Being students, it is a must for them to take the advantage of all opportunities and experience a university life. Extracurricular activities are the platform for students to gain and sharpen university life. The research is designed to investigate effectiveness of extracurricular activities in building soft skills among IIUM undergraduates. Online questionnaires were used to collect data from 30 respondents who were randomly selected. This questionnaire was distributed to determine the frequency of students participates in extracurricular activities and to know ranking of soft skills acquired. The preliminary results show that about 26 respondents participated in extracurricular activities and all of respondents know the importance of soft skills in future. Moreover, two soft skills; moral and professional ethics and teamwork, were ranked as Level 4 and 5 respectively. The conclusion can be drawn that undergraduates knew variety of soft skills can be acquired and the importance of it for their future. However, university should encourage more entrepreneurship programs since it received the lowest ranked from the findings.

Keywords: extracurricular activities, soft skills, IIUM undergraduates

A STUDY ON HOW IIUM STUDENTS PERCEIVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ON BUILDING SOFT SKILLS

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Life in university should be beyond an academic experience. Students should take the advantage of all opportunities around them to enjoy an extensive experience during their university life. Extracurricular activities are the platform for students to gain and sharpen their soft skills. Sometimes students have limited chances to develop or utilize their soft skills in class. There is wide range of cultural clubs, community services, and leisure clubs available in International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM). Besides the main co-curricular courses which are compulsory for every student like leadership course and parenting course, students can also join other clubs which organize by IIUM students. The issue has grown in importance of extracurricular activities when course grade and course work often inadequate indicators of the skills needed for success in today’s reality. Roselina Shakir (2009) stated that, “employers give criticism that graduates are generally academically proficient but lack of soft skills” (p.309). Other than that, job market demands for more competitive skills on graduates to satisfy the growing of globalization. Globalization refers to integration of several sectors in today’s world leads to a necessity for higher level skills and techniques.

An extracurricular activity is used to describe extra activities that can be done by the students in an institution that can help them enhance their soft skills such as communication skills and teamwork. The Malaysian Institute of Higher Learning interprets soft skills as incorporating aspects of generic skills which include non-academic skills such as leadership, teamwork, communication, and lifelong learning (Roselina Shakir, 2009). Duncan (2010) stated that 86% of employers consider good communication skills and team-working to be important and many of them are not satisfied that graduates...

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