Technical and Soft Skills Rarely Go Hand In Hand

14.06.21 03:36 PM By Joshua Morby


"A focus on short-term job placement should not come at the expense of developing capacities, like critical reasoning, that prepare learners for long-run success in careers." 

- Forbes


It all leads back to why America needs a better bridge between school and career. The following Forbes article took a deep dive, revealing various points as to why we need to work to bridge the gap between school and career life. One key point that was made in the article exposes how technical and soft skills rarely go hand in hand. “The future of work, and especially good-paying jobs, will require a combination of foundational, transferable soft skills and job-specific technical skills. However, we found that only 9 percent of organizations in the dataset prioritize both types of skills. A focus on short-term job placement should not come at the expense of developing capacities, like critical reasoning, that prepare learners for long-run success in careers. Work-based learning, especially when combined with mentorship, can foster both skill sets." Employers have more responsibility to workers affected by Covid-19 than ever now. There are various ways that employers can show their support and dedication to their workers with programs like actively supporting and investing in talent pipelines. It needs to be about the big picture and employers utilizing both hard and soft skills simultaneously will improve the job market now and in the future. 

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