Importance of Soft Skills

In the present scenario it takes more than just technical grades and perseverance to cherry pick your job profile. This is especially true for engineering graduates as is highlighted in the study conducted by Aspiring minds, a leading employability evaluation and certification company.

The report brings to light the dismal picture of employability amongst our job aspirants. As per the study which surveyed 150000 engineering students who graduated in 2015 from over 650 colleges across the country, 80% of the students are unemployable.

The education system does very little to address this pressing issue. Also organisations around the world have found the need to retain smart and productive talent base to retain their leadership in the dynamic and complex business environment. The obvious response from establishments has been to lay emphasis on vital communication and interpersonal skills in job contenders rather than recruiting and training employees in the said area. The onus then shifts to the job seeker himself.

The findings of the report also reveal that focussing on soft skills proficiency combined with academic score is indeed worth its weight in gold in the current conditions.

A key component for workplace success is to collaborate with a wide set of co- workers and diverse clients. Also one must hone language skills to communicate succinctly. Additionally one must strengthen the link of positive self- concept which is an integral contributor to accomplishments.

In many cases complementing problem solving skills with good mix of attitude, motivation, self- control and time management skills enables individuals to present themselves better and progress up the corporate ladder.

Soft skills improvement requires a different matrix and mind-set altogether. One can take up training courses tailored to specific job requirements. A plethora of options exist both in the online and offline space. Individuals keen to build on their soft skills must also be open to new ideas and new approaches to refine themselves and effect a change in their personalities.

Soft skills are undeniably the major master keys to create a worthwhile future. So be the captain of your ship, chart your course, take methodical steps and explore incredible possibilities.

10 important soft skills that you must have to accelerate your career and move up the ladders faster, be it in the industry or in the academia.

 

1.People skills :

The modern work culture has isolated people greatly. Instead of collaborating, more people are competing. However, that isn’t great for the overall efficiency of both the organization and the person.

This is why, having good people skills is very important. People skills include both speaking and listening to others. Make sure you are a good listener, because this helps in a lot of unwanted situations.

And the golden rule of rocking this skill? Have a broad smile on your face, come what may – the best or the worst.

2.Networking :

In your career, you will meet various people. To you, some may seem important and you would want to be in touch with them and some others might seem a bit less important, hence you lose touch with them.

But the reality is, nobody knows who makes it big and when. The person who was a nobody yesterday might be tomorrow’s superstar.

This is why, never forget the golden rule of survival : Every contact in the world is important.
Increase your contacts and have a wide network of people from all disciplines and jobs.

3.Build a Brand:

Having good skills and an excellent CV will only take you to a certain extent, unless you can build a brand for yourself.

The topmost coders in the world are successful, because they have been able to build a brand for themselves.
One of Google’s Chief Engineer, who studied History once, said, “I ensured that if someone searches for my name on Google, the search results would immediately reflect that I am interested in Computer Science.

This is the case for most of the people. So ensure, you build a brand out of your CV and skills.

4.Long-term career perspective :

There are many excellent people whom we meet in our college days, but what happens to most of them? Most of them do not make it big. Do you know why?

This is because they do not have long term career perspectives.

This can be damaging, because not knowing your ultimate goals can hurt a lot, specially in the industry.
Make sure you think about this before it’s too late.

5.Value non-technical courses :

Technical knowledge is important for every discipline, but beyond a certain point, it is no longer the technical knowledge but non-technical parts that determines where you will be and how much you will be earning.

And this is where the importance of the non-technical courses come in.

Make sure you take some online courses on how to negotiate salaries, talk to HR people so that you can make the most out of every opportunity that comes your way.

6.Understand data gathering and analysis :

Most of today’s candidates cannot do data gathering properly in a neat manner, and that boosts your CV greatly if you can be the one who can do this. But along with this, also learn to analyze the collected data and practice making reports having nice presentations with those data.

This skill boosts your CV greatly, and also will increase your confidence when you have to work amidst several over achievers in your field.

7.Presentation skills :

Companies are flooded with CVs and applications for an opening in their portal, but how do they separate and shortlist, say 100, among thousands of applicants?

Simple, they shortlist the ones that can stand out among the rest.But how can you make your CV stand out? Easy, by presenting it properly.

In the corporate world, it is not only about how skilled you are, but also how well you can present and sell those skills to a company. Work hard on your presentation skills, later on they will pay back a lot.

8.Separate personal and professional lives :

Many of us in the initial days stop caring about our families and focus our minds completely on office and other professional activities. While work is important, and so are the related professional activities, but one must remember that nothing is greater than family.

Every successful person knows where to draw the line between personal and professional lives and this is something that everyone must learn as well.

9.Work and personal life balance :

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” ~ The proverb is an age old one, however in the modern life where there is a lot of pressure on everyone to work more and perform better, this has become more contemporary!

Work is important, but not at the cost of severe fits of depression, anxiety, stress and a deteriorating health.

Ensure you get a break from the monotony of everyday life and refresh yourselves every weekend before returning to work on Monday.

10.Prioritizing and executing :

Let’s be honest, not everyone can do everything within a stipulated deadline.If there was an exam the very next day, you would have to skip some chapters. The same is the case for professional life as well.

Prioritize the important tasks first and finish them first up. If there’s more time left, then you can move on to the remainder.

This is something that is missing in most of today’s employees as they try to do everything and in the end, they end up messing with everything.