STEM Career Advice: Soft Skills You Need For Your JobBy Jane Reed, UniversityHerald Reporter
Soft skills are essential in any job. But these are not always being focused on when it comes to technical jobs. But the truth is, when it comes to jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, soft skills are much more important.
Soft skills are important when you want to get hired and when you want to stay longer on the job. Employers do not only base their requirements on the technical skills you bring to the table. They also want to hire someone who have the necessary soft skills that can fit in their environment.
According to Bobby Davis, the Chief Technology Officer of Coder Foundry, there are three soft skills that STEM professionals and majors need to know in order to be successful in their careers:
1. Communication goes beyond the computer screen
Often times, individuals with highly technical backgrounds sometimes speak in slang, acronyms, or other terms that is only known to them, cites Biz Journals. Sometimes, when communicating with people like in senior management, talking in jargon can appear demeaning instead of being impressive. Being able to talk in layman's terms can be difficult to do. But if you are able to explain a project without using jargon can become one of the most valuable skills a STEM professional can have.
2. Paint the picture
Knowing how to present ideas with diagrams can be helpful. They call it "Whiteboarding." If you are able to explain yourself visually and write legibly when you explain your concepts, then you are able to communicate your ideas successfully.
3. Your first impression is not your last impression
Representing your personal self does not stop in the interview. It goes on forever. It starts with how you dress as a professional and how you present yourself. At the same time, nonverbal communication is key when it comes to creating a great first impression. Coupled with a good professional attire, it can make a great everyday impression. So remember, dress neatly, make eye contact and make the right hand shake (and more) can help you succeed.
Here's a Youtube video of a speaker saying you need two more soft skills in your STEM Career, check it out!