It’s a challenge to gain soft skills in today’s fast-paced corporate environment because these skills are not typically taught as a hybrid skillset with other “hard” skills. Learners often find themselves on one segmented track or another. For example, computer science disciplines that tend to focus solely on programming and hard skills; or liberal arts curricula that fosters critical thinking and creativity, but often leave graduates with non-linear career-paths.
Soft skills are key to building relations, gaining visibility and creating opportunities. An employee who can communicate their problems, empathise with fellow colleagues and has no issues when working within large groups, tends to move up the corporate ladder faster. Soft skills are necessary for networking and showcasing one’s calibre to progress to the next level in the company.
Soft skills can be taught to an individual, but is not an easy concept to fathom, unlike the hard skills. It is something that is enhanced over a period of time and cannot be defined within a framework nor can it fit a straightjacket, unlike the hard skills.
Regardless of the industry one belongs to, or one’s field of expertise, one requires soft skills to sustain and succeed in the job market.
Recent hiring trends suggest that employers are more focused on the abilities of employees to communicate, work in teams, be accountable for one’s own work, amongst other key soft skills. These skills remain relevant through all job profiles, regardless of the stature or industry.
According to Forbes: Market trends, insights from top business leaders and Industry data all point to one thing: Soft Skills are important and should not be overlooked. The next generation of workers, executives, and leadership will need to have a hybrid skill set balancing and understanding of hard skills, like programming and analytics, with “soft skills”