Domain knowledge is something that refers to the technical areas or hard skills that are gained by a candidate by taking up professional courses. These skills are universal and they are measurable as well. It is not essential that the course takers should modify them with every new situation. On the other hand, soft skills are those that denote the behavior of candidates in everyday life. These skills pertains to how people behave, how they communicate and listen to each other and how they engage and show their cooperation as team members in resolving issues.
What can a business management degree offer in this regard?
The good news is that the Master of Business Administration course can provide the opportunity for students to learn both these skills and the course-takers will be equipped with the concepts that will improve their domain knowledge. Similarly, they will get the opportunity to interact with many people from around different cultures and backgrounds, thereby improving their soft skills. Even though, these skills can be rightly obtained with this course, but some are not able to acquire these skills because of their superiority complex and ego.
In general, corporate world needs a mix of soft skills and domain knowledge. Even though, there was a period when the core job alone was given importance, but this trend is vanishing these days as the ability and behavior of the candidates at the workplace are given utmost importance. Thanks to the tough curriculum of MBA program as this course will take the candidates to face real life situations with courage and confidence. During this course, both these skills will be put to test and here are the situations during and before the course that will be encountered by candidates, such that they can evaluate their own stand:
Group discussion and personal interview:
When you are engaged in group discussion, you will surely encounter one of the candidates to give some statistics. Even though, you might not be aware of the fact whether the stats are right, you will surely feel bad about yourself that the candidate has already impressed the admission panel, while you have not yet. But, in such a situation, you can use your behavior skills to grab the attention of the admission committee, even though, you do not possess domain knowledge. Yes, you can choose any of the two paths, you can either agree with the candidate or even you can show your disagreement to him. Here, boldness is the source and you can put an end to the discussion with an confident remark.
Similarly during personal interview, the admission panel will try to grill your domain knowledge. For instance, on the basis of the content in your application, where you have specified that you have domain knowledge in a particular field, they will test the same and you should be competent enough to give the right answer.
Apart from this situation, these skills will be tested in case studies and group presentations, when sharing a common accommodation and when appearing for personal interview for placement. So, both these skill are highly important and can be gained from the course.