What is soft skills?

What is soft skills?

SOFT SKILLS, the word as it sounds, are the skills that enable one to be at ease with oneself, others, and life (Personal & Professional). The broad genre of soft skills primarily includes aspects and ways of communication, management of fields such as time, emotion, people, mind, and goals, creating balance, thinking critically, etc.

The world revolves around technical aspects, hard skills, and their importance for survival, evolution, and mastery. However, when an employer heirs somebody, the question arises, “Do only Hard Skills get one through?”. Attitude overpowers domain knowledge. One can teach or learn technical and core domain knowledge, but one cannot teach or buy Attitude. Perhaps, if the Attitude is on the mark, then technical milestones turn out to be realistic. There are numerous professionals in the market with brilliant domain knowledge but clueless about how to convey or represent it effectively. Professionals are well acquainted with all the equipment, codes, and machinery but find it hard to connect with people and get their jobs done. Lack of leadership, people management, and other aspects lead extraordinarily brainy individuals to be to themselves and not make the best out of what they have due to a lack of soft skills.

According to the research conducted by World Economic Forum in 21 different industries from 7 countries in Asia, more emphasis must be given to soft skills in comparison to hard skills for preparing the government, industries, companies, and employees effectively to produce an increased impact out of Artificial Intelligence, Big data, Automation Robotics, etc.

Research conducted by Harvard University, the Carnegie Foundation, and Stanford Research Center concluded that 85% of job success comes from having well‐developed soft and people skills, and only 15% comes from technical skills and knowledge (hard skills). For the study, they extrapolated data from A Study of Engineering Education, authored by Charles Riborg Mann and published in 1918 by the Carnegie Foundation.

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