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 competencies that improve human performance and facilitate effective interactions. They complement and support the technical requirements necessary to acquire and maintain employment.  Soft Skills examples... 

Communications– verbal, written, active listening, netiquettes, body language  

Strategies– decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, ability to locate and use information 

Self-management– professionalism, emotional intelligence, work ethic, time-management, attitude, integrity, resilience, predictability

Team work– collaboration, partnership, ability to operate effectively in a team environment

Leadership– 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.  
Benefits of Soft Skills...  

 • Are highly valuable to employers
• Promote career advancement
• Assist with co-worker and customer  interactions
• Improve relationship building and  networking
• Create a professional workforce  culture
• Are transferable to many jobs  


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 webinars  targeting specific soft skills  
  • Annual Lessons Learned  Workshop providing various opportunities to share experiences and personal and professional skill development  
  • 18-month S3TEM Lab for Success that will provide mentoring, coaching, training and various individual and small group learning experiences  

About National Nuclear Security Administration

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