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:
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
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:
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