Skills You Won’t See on a Test

Talk to any employer, and you will hear the same concerns: graduating students have mastered their hard skills – skills that can be taught through technical topics and academic subject areas. However, the same students are greatly lacking skills they need to interact successfully with co-workers and customers.

It seems hard to believe that we have so many “qualified” young people who are deficient in the fundamental soft skills needed to acquire a job.

What exactly are soft skills? These are skills that do not depend on testable knowledge. They focus on attributes such as social interactions, life management, and employability skills. The job market of today looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago, or even five. Industries of the future rely on robotics and artificial intelligence to perform many routine jobs of our past.

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