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
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
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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