When it comes to skills, we usually think about education and work experience. These skills are called technical skills, and while they are important, there is another category of skills that are less spoken about- Soft Skills.
Soft skills are character traits that determine how well you can interact with others, manage time, approach problems, etc. These skills are often ignored by many of us. However, they play a crucial role in our personal as well as professional lives.
Let’s have a look at some of the top soft skills:
- Creativity: Creativity is the top soft skill required in the workplace according to LinkedIn. It conducted a study in 2019 to find out what companies are looking for the most in their employees, and the number one soft skill was creativity. The reason why this skill is so important is that it helps you to come up withi innovativeand out of the box solutions to problems.
- Communication: If you think communication is all about face to face interaction, think again. With the whopping growth of digital media, there is an increase in written communication, especially emails, like never before. Maintaining a balanceof both is crucial in today’s time. Good communication skills will help you in effectively delivering the message to the people around you. And while we are at it, active listening also comprises an essential part of communication skills. It involves being a good listener and giving others the time to complete what they are saying.
- Adaptability: As students, we need to be flexible and adapt quickly to new situations. This involves taking charge of new responsibilities and learning new skills as and when needed.
- Time Management: Last but not least is time management skills. It goes without saying that managing our time well is one of the most essential skills to develop. This one is also one of the easiest to develop. As students, we already juggle a lot of tasks. Planning the projects and exams beforehand and maintaining a to-do list is quite helpful.
Since we are often not taught these skills in school or college, it becomes a challenge to develop these skills. Taking part in extracurricular activities and internships are some ways to improve your soft skills.