Soft Skills: What?
There are hundreds of people in a crowd. 3+ GPAs, excellent technical qualifications, good schools, top universities, highly experienced: how do some people still stand out? The term is soft skills. The qualities excluded from the list of 'qualifications' in a job dejsion; it's the difference between the good and excellent. Simply put, these are the characteristics that enable someone to co-operate and interact easily with others.
Soft Skills: Why?
It’s the soft skill sutra: Success. Progress. More Success.
Having soft skills isn’t an attribute or importance anymore; it’s a necessity. Contrary to hard skills, these are more or less intrinsic in nature and require progressive learning. This makes it an absolute charm and is very much sought after by all industries. Once you begin your work journey, your credentials are of almost no value unless you have the right qualities to apply them effectively! Not just a company or an organization, soft skills are of uttermost importance for your personal growth too.
So, what soft skills do you need? Here is a list of some traits you simply cannot (and shouldn’t) miss.
- Communication: A company is its people, and what binds people is communication. No matter how great your ideas are, they’re almost as good as none if you don’t have the skills to communicate them effectively. This skill begins at a root level. Communicating through your resume, then with interviewers, colleagues, clients - it doesn’t stop. And if you don’t want your success to stop, your skills shouldn’t too.
- Flexibility: It’s very rare that your role in a company ends where it’s supposed to. Once in the industry, you’ll have to learn, grow, do new things, and go out of your comfort zone. If you’re not open to exploring and adapting, you’ll hinder the growth of yourself as well as everyone around you.
- Leadership: The world can never be not in need of leaders. You need to be able to take action on your own, as well as lead a team to success. People who step up are always admired, and they make running and organization look super easy. This skills stands out immediately, giving the kick you need for your career.
- Creativity: You might ask, “Why do I need creativity if my role is completely technical?”. The answer is simple: Without creativity, it’s boring. Whether it is coding, managing building, cooking, or absolutely anything, creativity makes things intriguing. You’ll always be needed to do things differently in every field. So, get thinking outside the box!
- Decision-making: There’ll be a lot of work to be done, no time to waste, and no one to always look after the things you do. You need to make quick, rational and strong decisions. This is a skill that’ll make you dependable and take you to great glory in the long run.
- Self-motivation: You are your biggest strength. But you are also your biggest weakness. If you’re passionate, focused, and self-driven, you become unstoppable. This is a highly cherished trait in the corporate world, and for one simple reason: there's no time for anyone else! You need to have your own back and push forward to make every work pay off.
Whether it's IT, Business, or HM; Whether it's Nepal, America or Australia; there are no places where soft skills don't matter. There are no certificates that prove them or exams that would grade you on this basis. However, when a person has good soft skills, it shows.
There are some people who possess these characteristics naturally, but it can be easily acquired with practice and patience. The best time to learn these is in your college/University days because it's like a trailer to the big world that lies ahead of you.
Now that you know what you need, don't wait. Bag as many of these as you can, and give your career an amazing boost.
We wish you all the best!