About S3TEM

What are Soft Skills?

Pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines requires many years of knowledge and skill acquisition.  To become an effective professional requires time to identify and develop key professional skills for success in any chosen career.  

"Soft skills are personal abilities that improve human performance and facilitate effective interactions amongst people." 

—Al Duncan, Master Soft Skills Trainer

Soft skills complement and support the technical requirements necessary to acquire and maintain employment.  

Some examples of soft skills:


  • Communication Skills – verbal, written, active listening, netiquettes, body language  
  • Decision making & Problem Solving Skills - critical thinking strategies, creativity, ability to locate and use information 
  • Self-management & Professionalism Skills -  Emotional Intelligence, work ethic, time-management, attitude, integrity, resilience, predictability
  • Team Work Skills – collaboration, partnership, ability to operate effectively in a team environment
  • Leadership Skills – negotiation, compromise, conflict management, managing diversity and inclusion, delegation      

Why develop Soft Skills?


Organizational savvy uses soft skills to navigate the general business rules—the unwritten rules as well as the politics of a particular work culture.  Personal effectiveness includes a range of soft skills that if left unpracticed can derail the career of even the most accomplished professional.  

Some Key Benefits of Soft Skills:


 • Highly valuable to employers
• Promote career advancement
• Assist with co-worker and customer interactions
• Improve relationship building and  networking
• Create a professional workforce  culture
• Transferable across jobs and careers


S3TEM Program


Soft Skills for STEM, funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration, infuses students with knowledge, understanding, and skills that will improve their interactions in ever-changing learning institutions, workforce, and society by  sponsoring:


  • Monthly interactive seminars  targeting specific soft skills  
  • Annual Lessons Learned  Workshop providing various opportunities to share experiences and personal and professional skill development  
  • A Success Lab that  provides micro-learning activities for individuals and groups.

Download the Soft Skills For STEM Brochure

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