Soft skills are non-technical skills and character traits that help students build relationships and solve problems in and out of the classroom. Used to describe an individual’s personality, soft skills are the transferable skills that help students succeed and eventually land a meaningful career. Employers have placed a premium on soft skills such as interpersonal communication and empathy, as these traits are often needed to lead effective teams. “Even in such technical lines as engineering, about 15% of one’s financial success is due to one’s technical knowledge and about 85% is due to skill in human engineering, to personality and the ability to lead people,” states Dale Carnegie, American author and writer.
Soft skills refer to the personality traits that set students apart from one another. Examples of soft skills include: creative thinking, listening, teamwork, positivity, time management, problem solving and negotiation. Unlike hard skills, which are measurable and generally obtained through formal education, soft skills are acquired through group work, internships and volunteer opportunities.