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What are generic or soft skills?
Today, no matter what profession you have, it is not enough to master the necessary highly specialized knowledge once, perfect its application in practice in five years, and then simply build up your reputation. Everything around is rapidly changing: business processes are becoming more complex, the flow of information in any professional environment is growing, the usual approaches to work and communication between people during work are being replaced by new ones, everything that can be automated is being automated.

If earlier it was possible to work according to the same standards for decades, habitually performing the same functions within the framework of their position, now approaches to work can change dramatically more than once a year.

Employers now especially appreciate people who easily and without unnecessary sighs adapt to any changes, quickly master new rules and technologies. Even more valuable are those who are able to notice new useful trends before others and offer to apply them in work, without waiting for such an instruction to come from above.

In conditions when many specialized professional knowledge quickly become obsolete and are replaced by new ones, it is not the possession of this unique knowledge and experience that comes to the fore, but something else. What is this?

These are basic skills that are important for absolutely any field. In English, the term soft skills (“soft skills”) has settled for them, so we also most often call them soft or flexible.

Any modern work function is a set of the most necessary soft skills for it, plus specialized knowledge (“hard” skills or hard skills). Increasingly, soft skills take precedence over specialized knowledge because the latter quickly become outdated and it is easier to teach them from scratch to a person with the right soft skills than to retrain a professional who does not have the right skills.

Soft skills are, for example, logical and critical thinking, creativity, the ability to build relationships with people, adaptability to change, and so on. Trite? Alas, few people have the necessary "banal" set to a sufficient extent.

What soft skills employers value now and will value even more
According to the report of the World Economic Forum (World Economic Forum) "The Future of Jobs", by 2020 the ten most valuable "soft" skills for employers will look like this:

Ability to solve complex problems;
Critical thinking;
Creativity;
People management skills;
Ability to successfully interact with people;
Emotional intellect;
Ability to draw conclusions and make decisions;
Customer focus;
Negotiation skills;
Ability to learn new things quickly and easily.

Flexible skills for specific professions
For marketers: the ability to analyze and interpret large amounts of data, act in multitasking mode, think systematically, possess managerial qualities and creativity, and have developed communication skills.

For HR specialists: the same skills as for marketers (because they need to be able to promote the image of the employer and "sell" vacancies to candidates), and on top of that - the art of networking, the ability to motivate people, involve them in work processes.

For Analysts: accuracy, attentiveness, flexible thinking, ability to work with large amounts of data in a short time, presentation skills and the ability to visualize data, teamwork and adaptability.

For developers: systemic, rational thinking, flexible mind, accuracy, the desire for constant self-learning and the desire to share new knowledge with colleagues, the ability to work in a team and non-conflict, project thinking.

For process engineers: organizational skills and focus on results, skills in working with standards and regulations - which means accuracy and attentiveness, the ability to find and process the necessary information. Communication with customers, internal or external, requires communication skills and the ability to grasp the problem, even if the customer cannot formulate it in technical language.

How to know which soft skills you have developed and which need attention
If you trust the opinion of colleagues and are not afraid to hear the truth about yourself, which may be unexpected and not very pleasant for you, you can ask them how strong or, conversely, how weak you are in certain skills. Another way is to contact a career counseling specialist.

Another option is to get tested. Including detailed, serious career guidance tests are suitable for this. They are usually focused precisely on identifying the most highly developed “soft” skills, and based on this, they select the most appropriate professional area in which these abilities will be most useful.

    What are generic or soft skills?
    Today, no matter what profession you have, it is not enough to master the necessary highly specialized knowledge once, perfect its application in practice in five years, and then simply build up your reputation. Everything around is rapidly changing: business processes are becoming more complex, the flow of information in any professional environment is growing, the usual approaches to work and communication between people during work are being replaced by new ones, everything that can be automated is being automated.

    If earlier it was possible to work according to the same standards for decades, habitually performing the same functions within the framework of their position, now approaches to work can change dramatically more than once a year.

    Employers now especially appreciate people who easily and without unnecessary sighs adapt to any changes, quickly master new rules and technologies. Even more valuable are those who are able to notice new useful trends before others and offer to apply them in work, without waiting for such an instruction to come from above.

    In conditions when many specialized professional knowledge quickly become obsolete and are replaced by new ones, it is not the possession of this unique knowledge and experience that comes to the fore, but something else. What is this?

    These are basic skills that are important for absolutely any field. In English, the term soft skills (“soft skills”) has settled for them, so we also most often call them soft or flexible.

    Any modern work function is a set of the most necessary soft skills for it, plus specialized knowledge (“hard” skills or hard skills). Increasingly, soft skills take precedence over specialized knowledge because the latter quickly become outdated and it is easier to teach them from scratch to a person with the right soft skills than to retrain a professional who does not have the right skills.

    Soft skills are, for example, logical and critical thinking, creativity, the ability to build relationships with people, adaptability to change, and so on. Trite? Alas, few people have the necessary "banal" set to a sufficient extent.

    What soft skills employers value now and will value even more
    According to the report of the World Economic Forum (World Economic Forum) "The Future of Jobs", by 2020 the ten most valuable "soft" skills for employers will look like this:

    Ability to solve complex problems;
    Critical thinking;
    Creativity;
    People management skills;
    Ability to successfully interact with people;
    Emotional intellect;
    Ability to draw conclusions and make decisions;
    Customer focus;
    Negotiation skills;
    Ability to learn new things quickly and easily.

    Flexible skills for specific professions
    For marketers: the ability to analyze and interpret large amounts of data, act in multitasking mode, think systematically, possess managerial qualities and creativity, and have developed communication skills.

    For HR specialists: the same skills as for marketers (because they need to be able to promote the image of the employer and "sell" vacancies to candidates), and on top of that - the art of networking, the ability to motivate people, involve them in work processes.

    For Analysts: accuracy, attentiveness, flexible thinking, ability to work with large amounts of data in a short time, presentation skills and the ability to visualize data, teamwork and adaptability.

    For developers: systemic, rational thinking, flexible mind, accuracy, the desire for constant self-learning and the desire to share new knowledge with colleagues, the ability to work in a team and non-conflict, project thinking.

    For process engineers: organizational skills and focus on results, skills in working with standards and regulations - which means accuracy and attentiveness, the ability to find and process the necessary information. Communication with customers, internal or external, requires communication skills and the ability to grasp the problem, even if the customer cannot formulate it in technical language.

    How to know which soft skills you have developed and which need attention
    If you trust the opinion of colleagues and are not afraid to hear the truth about yourself, which may be unexpected and not very pleasant for you, you can ask them how strong or, conversely, how weak you are in certain skills. Another way is to contact a career counseling specialist.

    Another option is to get tested. Including detailed, serious career guidance tests are suitable for this. They are usually focused precisely on identifying the most highly developed “soft” skills, and based on this, they select the most appropriate professional area in which these abilities will be most useful.

     
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