The importance of soft skills training is not being heard. Many graduate students are so focused on developing expertise in their field that they may neglect to realize how important it is to actively work on skills like communication, time management, or conflict resolution. These skills are critical in the workplace, and being able to demonstrate them can really help a student stand out in today’s competitive job market.
Those skills — the ability to communicate well, to adapt to a challenging environment and to present complex information well – are called “soft skills”, and they are particularly lacking in the IT field, where there’s an abundance of technical knowledge but a shortage of enthusiasm and personality. The following are the six most important soft skills that’ll get you noticed at your next IT job interview.
1. Communication Skills
This is one of those skills you hear about all the time, and that’s for a reason. Communication is the key to any human interaction, especially in the workplace.
The ability to take very complex information and explain it in terms that anyone off the street could understand (without patronizing them), is a rare skill which one hash to master.
2. Work With The Team:
You’re not done with group work after graduate school. Working in a team is an essential part of almost every job.
Your ability to stand up in front of a large group of people and speak coherently will go a long way toward establishing your credibility as an IT expert, and it’ll serve as a catalyst for your networking efforts.
The most important soft skill you can have is the ability to innovate. Can you think about problems in a new and interesting way? Show your employer how.
Being dependable means that you do what you say you will, when you say you will. You can be trusted to complete any task, and you will do it well.
You should be able to motivate yourself to get tasks done, and take the initiative to find new ways to improve upon not only yourself and your work, but also your organization.
Employers want to know that you’re not only committed to the company and your job, but to turning out the best work you can, every time