Soft Skill Acquisition: Its’ importance and how to meet the growing demand for it
Soft skills, also called people skills, have gained so much acceptance in today’s world. According to indeed.com, soft skills are personality traits and behaviours that will help individuals get hired and succeed in their work. Some of them include communication skills, creativity, teamwork, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and many more.
The demand for employees with soft skills has been on the increase. In recent years, many job descriptions would usually include, “Effective communication skills” or “strong critical thinking skills” alongside the required degree. In other words, employers are looking for people with the technical know-how and the soft skills required for the job. With this recent development, it is very important to acquire these skills.
Why is it important to acquire soft skills?
Undoubtedly, many individuals have the required knowledge but are still unfit for employment. Some job opportunities may not require prior knowledge ( it may be needed sometimes), they just need graduates with great soft skills to train. This is not to say that one shouldn’t be diligent in school, it’s just an emphasis on acquiring soft skills.
Soft skills are important for the following reasons:
- Soft skills ensure great relationships in the workplace
Building great relationships in the workplace is very crucial to achieving the goal of the organization. If employees are not able to work and interact well, there will be little or no progress. There is a level of soft skill needed in presenting your ideas, pointing out issues without lambasting anyone, and knowing how to approach people.
If there is proper communication of ideas and excellent interaction between employers and employees and also amidst employees, the organization will soar high. This is because everyone works together and puts their differences aside to achieve the vision of the organization.
Great relationships require strong communication, emotional intelligence, and good team play.
- Soft skills can be a determinant for promotion
Developing soft skills can make a person stand out, not only in the workplace but also in everyday life.
A creative employee with collaborative skills, leadership skills, and good critical thinking will be valued in an organization. The employer would want to keep such a person and there is a better chance of being promoted.
The owner of an organization won’t want department heads and executive members who can’t lead people and interact well with their subordinates.
Moreover, soft skills can bring promotions outside the workplace. Just being polite, resourceful, and recognizing people’s needs can open doors of elevation that can last a lifetime.
- Soft Skills are needed in dealing with customers
Different types of customers flock to your organization’s buildings and your business settlement. Interacting with them is directly proportional to the success of your business. You want both the easy-going and difficult customers to buy from you. Therefore, good soft skills are needed to keep them, especially the difficult ones. Specific soft skills that are needed here are negotiation skills, bargaining skills, and emotional intelligence.
How to meet the growing demand for soft skills
The youths and the younger generation have to be prepared to catch up with this growing demand. Failure to prepare them would result in having unemployable graduates. So, there’s a need to look into this matter.
Many soft skills training has emerged and is in the business of expatiating the various types of soft skills. Students in higher learning and graduates who have no idea, should take these courses and consciously develop these skills.
These skills need to be developed and learned so that it becomes a behavior.
Younger children shouldn’t be left out in acquiring these skills. Teachers should educate them about soft skills in a way they can understand and engage them in activities that can help them build these skills.
Some of these activities are:
- Organizing them in groups for classwork and assignments
- Bringing up relevant discussion and giving them opportunities to express their views and make presentations.
- It is also necessary to encourage them to listen and accept each other’s views.
- Teaching them to know each other, apologize and put aside their differences.
- Introducing them to self-awareness and self-control
As a teacher, if there is a conscious effort to teach them soft skills while imparting knowledge, they will grow into people who can fit into society.
Written by Iremide Israel
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