Why soft skills are important, even in more technical roles

As a business student, you have already begun to build a variety of skills through your classes and projects. While your degree may be focused on a very technical skillset, you are also subtly gaining “soft” skills from these experiences. Group projects build teamwork and communication skills, while meeting deadlines for assignments builds your time management skills.

 Being able to articulate these “soft” skills to employers is crucial, as 98% of human resource leaders say soft skills are important for technology hires. Here are a few examples of skills that are applicable to almost any role: 

  • Verbal and communication skills- being able to articulate complicated concepts with clarity to those without technical expertise is crucial to keeping projects on track. 
  • Adaptability- many companies value employees who can adapt to working with a new team and hit the ground running in a fast-paced environment.
  • Passion to grow-Technology and data are always evolving, so companies look for candidates who have a desire to learn new skills that enrich themselves and the company.  

Do you have the skills it takes to be successful? If so,  set-up a meeting with your Career Coach to learn how you can best demonstrate them to an employer.  If not, now’s a great time to focus on how you can take steps to differentiate yourself as a top candidate

Take a look at the below resources to learn more. 

How Much Do “Soft Skills” Matter for Technical Hires?

Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: What are They and How Can You Show Them Off in Your Job Search

Transferable Skills Definition and Examples

Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills: What’s the Difference?

Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills

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By W. P. Carey Career Services Center
W. P. Carey Career Services Center