According to The World Economic Forum 92% said that soft skills matter as much or more than hard skills. Today, soft skills are increasingly becoming important for Organisation or Institution’s success and at the same time, for professionals to be competitive and succeed.
In fact, in the recent past people hear about soft skills and many have asked me what are soft skills, I see hard skills like Technical skills, computer related, or software development or programming, handling machines and so on but I don’t see soft skills!? How can I learn that? How long would that take and so on!!
This made me think and I thought – why not I attempt a blog giving some insights about soft and hard skills and the importance of soft skills. Here we go.
Yes, you are right, soft skills are less tangible!! Hard skills are easy to quantify and on the contrary, soft skills are not. And soft skills are not learnt overnight, it is not a rocket science, you can pick up those essential skills over a period of time.
Why Soft skills are so important for today?
Well-rounded, highly-developed soft skills can be invaluable to business success and professional progression and success of individuals.
Soft skills help you gain confidence; it helps in better negotiation and communication with Vendors, your Colleagues and with your Superiors!
On the other hand, a lack of soft skills can limit your potential, or even be the downfall of your career progression or business. By developing strong leadership, teamwork, and communication abilities, you can run projects more smoothly, deliver results that please everyone, and even positively influence your personal life by improving how you interact with others.
When we talk from Teachers perspective, soft skills are the non-academic skills which are not exactly in the educational platform of the teachers’ profile. Today, teaching has evolved and it is not just the content that is “what to say” but what matters is the “methodology” that is “how you say”. It is a skill that one needs to develop and it is all the more important for today’s classrooms.
We can say Soft skills are personality traits, inherent social cues, and skills needed at work place for success on the job. Whilst hard skills are learned, soft skills are similar to emotions or insights that allow people to “read” others. These are much harder to learn, at least in a traditional classroom. Here I give few examples of hard and soft skills to distinguish.
You enter an organisation or Institution with hard skills and then start learning soft skills or you enter an organisation or Institution with both hard and soft skills and you rock! Either ways, soft skills are utmost important today.
How combination of hard and soft skills can propel your career prospects?
Here is an example.. We had a student who was a Teacher who possessed an excellent knowledge on teaching but lacked methodologies of teaching and facilitating. By developing effective communication skills and different methodologies of presenting, she has become an excellent Teacher who can Facilitate and communicate effectively. With positive feedback from Principal, parents and colleagues, her confidence is sky high now. She is now being promoted.
The hard reality of soft skills
The word “soft skills” barely does any justice to the multifaceted combination of competencies it describes: “Creativity, Being able to collaborate and communicate, empathy, emotional intelligence, creativity, to name but a few.
While they’ve never been the stuff of MBAs and PhDs, soft skills are now more important than ever. So much so that 80% of those surveyed by LinkedIn say they are growing in importance to business success, while 89% highlighted a lack of soft skills among bad hires at their organization.
That’s an approach that relies on the interviewee presenting an authentic version of themselves, unaffected by interview nerves or excitement, and on the interviewer being a reliable interpreter of social cues.
Here are 4 trends transforming your workplace in the future….
Reskilling Revolution… The World Economic Forum further stated that by 2022, everyone will need an extra 101 days of learning to upgrade skills. This would mean one must embrace continuous professional development and also must be ready for “Learn – Unlearn and Relearn”…
Skills such as “analytical thinking, collaborative working innovation or problem solving are all set to grow by 2022. This creates a need to reskill the workforces of today, with 54% of all employees requiring significant re- and up skilling by 2022. Unfortunately, the report expects that those most in need are least likely to receive the necessary training!
Do you feel that you are ready for the future workplace?
Let me end here with a positive thought that “soft skills” cannot be replaced by “Artificial Intelligence”!
Varada Murthy K S, Founder PFLA