How Hard and Soft Skills Can Make Your Students Better Leaders in the Future Workforce
Hard and soft skills are both important assets for students to have under their belts when they are applying for jobs. Ideally, candidates for a position will meet the hard skills requirements, which are often more specific to the duties of the job in question, and the soft skills requirements, which a person can utilize in essentially any position they hold throughout their life.
Hard And Soft Skills
Hard skills are mastered through technical training, education, life experience, or hardware and software skills programs. No matter what industry a student wants to break into, they all require technical hard skills that are specific to the function of the position. Indeed, one of the top job search websites has listed the most in-demand hard and soft skills.
- Bilingual or multilingual
- Database management
- Adobe software suite
- Network security
- SEO/SEM marketing
- Statistical analysis
- Data mining
- Mobile development
- User interface design
- Marketing campaign management
- Storage systems and management
- Programming languages (such as Perl, Python, Java, and Ruby)
Soft skills, on the other hand, are the characteristics and personality traits that a person has built throughout their life. These skills typically determine the ways a person works and how effective they are in their job.
Possessing strong soft skills can mean that a candidate will help maintain a positive and productive work environment. Someone could be a master at the hard skills necessary for a job, but that isn’t worth much to employers if they don’t have the soft skills that enable them to function with the rest of the team. According to Indeed, the most highly sought-after soft skills are the following.
- Effective communication
- Critical thinking
- Willingness to learn
When students are searching for jobs, it’s important that they try to highlight both their hard and soft skills. They can demonstrate their hard and soft skills by simply listing them on their resumes, but it’s even better if students can put them into context by including them in the descriptions of what duties their previous positions entailed.
Interviews are also ideal times to show off hard and soft skills. Employers will gather an initial impression of the job seeker based on the soft skills that they display in the interview itself, such as the ability to communicate and relate to others. Interviews also give the candidate a chance to elaborate on their past experiences and give specific examples of times they’ve used their hard and soft skills.
But these hard and soft skills both take time to develop. Hardware and software skills programs can help students build their hard and soft skills into assets that they are proud of. Leaders of Evolution offers hardware and software skills programs that are geared towards students aged 16 to 18, right as they are preparing to enter the workforce. The Future Skills of the Workforce courses from Leaders of Evolution focus primarily on fostering soft skills, such as self-awareness, autonomy, grit, emotional intelligence, time management, and of course, leadership.
Leaders of Evolution is here to help your students develop their hard and soft skills. Here are a few examples of what students stand to learn from our hardware and software skills programs.
Hardware and software skills programs
Self-awareness is a life-long skill we develop as we learn about our own behaviour and analyse our interactions with others. As we form new relationships and develop new hard and soft skills, we continually learn new things about ourselves, and this is a powerful skill to have. Being self-aware means we understand our motivations, our strengths, our weaknesses, and how these things influence our behaviour and interactions with others.
Autonomy is the ability to be independent and in control of your own hard and soft skills with little need for management from others. Someone who is autonomous will have skills and behaviours such as effective time management, learning agility, confidence, effective problem solving, good project management skills and ambition.
‘Grit’ is essentially made up of two key ingredients: passion and perseverance. People who have grit are more likely to put in the effort to achieve their goals, even when challenges seem to be insurmountable.
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to recognise and manage our own and others’ emotions. It is a skill that can be worked on and improved over our lives if we are open to paying attention to it.
If you want to achieve your goals and be an effective worker, you will need to have good time management skills. Being organised and able to prioritise important tasks is an essential part of being a successful member of your workplace. Setting priorities and allocating an appropriate amount of time to them is another skill you need to master. Time management is critical and can lead you to deliver excellent outcomes and performance if executed effectively.
Leadership is about service and identifying ways that you can make a positive difference. You do this by understanding yourself, recognising what gets the best out of others and putting your skills into action to achieve common goals. Leadership is about having the mindset that allows you to look for improvements in your own and others’ performance. It can be as simple as asking questions to better understand a task or to get feedback on your performance. It could be showing the courage to offer a suggestion on how the business could do something better. Leadership isn’t about having a title that says you’re a leader. It’s about the actions you take to make yourself better and how you can assist in developing the performance of others.
To learn more about how Leaders of Evolution’s hardware and software skills programs can benefit your students as they build their hard and soft skills, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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