Soft skills

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Soft Skills – Three major barriers to their development

Millions of people across the world will have to make the transition toward becoming a great deal better versed in soft skills. But that’s far from easy. The paradox is that while we understand a lot about how to develop the “hard skills” of analysis, decision-making, and analytical judgment, we know a great deal less … Continue reading

How Soft Skills Are Becoming The Deciding Factor In The Modern Workplace

By Lucy Wyndham – Ninety three percent of employers now regard ‘soft skills’ as either very important or essential in their hiring decisions, according to a 2016 study by Wonderlic. An increasing number of employers and corporations are seeking skills that go beyond the technical qualifications that come with the job. Recognition is being given by businesses … Continue reading

Soft Skills Development in Europe – Different methodologies and approaches

Pushed by current socio-economic projections, a rising number of governments and international institutions are trying to bring closer the world of education and training and the world of work: graduates’ employability, innovation and entrepreneurship, ICT use in tertiary education, are just some of the topics on this agenda. The level of youth unemployment across the … Continue reading

Skills Gap in US – Data from the LinkedIn Economic Graph

Using data from the LinkedIn Economic Graph, our new skills gaps analytics can identify and quantify skills gaps at scale to help professionals and employers plan for the future. So what exactly is the data telling us? This may come as no surprise, but there’s a shortage of professionals with some of the most in-demand … Continue reading

Skills in UK – 94% of employers say that life skills are at least as important as academic results research finds

Schools’ main focus is on developing children’s core academic knowledge and skills in literacy, numeracy, and range of curriculum subjects. But there are other skills that are increasingly seen as important to children’s wider development: ‘essential life skills’ such as confidence, social skills, self-control, motivation, and resilience. These are the attitudes, skills and behaviours that … Continue reading

Soft Skills – Policies aimed at reducing so-called “negative” non-cognitive or behavioral traits, however, could harm children in the long run

There is growing interest in how schools can shape children’s non-cognitive skills (sometimes known as behavioral traits, soft skills, or personality). One reason for this interest is that non-cognitive skills predict a wide range of economic outcomes, such as employment and lifetime earnings, but are also relatively malleable—at least until adulthood. This opens up a … Continue reading

Skills in Australia – The number of jobs in soft-skill intensive occupations will grow at 2.5 times the rate of jobs in other occupations

A workforce with a broad mix of skills is crucial for business success and national prosperity. Businesses with more skilled sta have higher rates of innovation and productivity. And academic literature has found a consistent relationship between human capital and economic growth. But do we fully understand the workforce skills necessary for success? Formal quali … Continue reading

Employability – At least as much about acquiring certain habits as it is about knowledge or skill

How do you actually teach students to be more employable? How do you learn to be employable? What is it that leaders and managers do differently? What do teachers, trainers, coaches, lecturers and facilitators do that is different in the classroom, lecture hall, studio, workshop, training restaurant, etc? Which learning methods seem to work best? Here … Continue reading

Skills Gap – soft skills and the internal work makes them so hard

Here are three categories of soft skills and the internal work which I believe makes them so hard. Self-awareness is hard because it requires courage. Self-awareness is an essential attribute of an effective leader. Self-awareness requires owning personal behavior and accepting responsibility for your role in situations. The self-aware leader is skilled at pausing to … Continue reading

Job Interview – Gauging soft skills

Read on for two questions you can ask in future interviews that will help you sniff out theperfect people to add to your team. 1. “Can you tell me about a time when you worked as part of a group?” To start with, red-flag a candidate who tells a story about how the group was … Continue reading

Job Search – Resume / You need to include soft skills

Incorporating soft skills articulately means describing how you helped tame heated meetings and how your ability to communicate orally or in writing helped forge alliances, influence solidarity and/or move projects so they steamed ahead and achieved bottom-line goals Continue reading

Soft skills tend to differentiate good college graduates from exceptional college graduates

Employers want graduates with so-called soft skills — those who can work well in teams, write and speak with clarity, adapt quickly to changes in technology and business conditions and interact with colleagues from different countries and cultures. “Soft skills tend to differentiate good college graduates from exceptional college graduates,” says Joseph Krok, university research liaison at Britain’s Rolls-Royce. Continue reading

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