There's Nothing Soft about "Soft Skills"
Submitted by Michael Cruse on October 16, 2018 - 11:37am
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Hello, All -
A couple of weeks ago, I attended a conference where my roundtable group had a discussion about what are commonly referred to as "soft skills". Many individuals in the group admitted to using the term, but agreed that it doesn't do a good job of describing the scope of the skills referred to, or their importance, especially in career pathways programs. Soon after this, I read the article, Data Reveals Why The 'Soft' In 'Soft Skills' Is A Major Misnomer, which breaks down the data behind "soft skills" to show just how valuable, and critical they are to an individual's success in the workplace, and other contexts. The piece also refers to these as "power skills".
This leads me to wonder, what other terms are being used to describe these types of skills by adult educators? Recently, there was another discussion on LINCS that mentioned the term "durable human qualities" to describe these skills.
I invite members to share what other terms they use, or have heard used, to describe these misnamed "soft skills". I'd like to compile a list of what is out there, and see if there's a better term for us to adopt as a community. If you're still using "soft skills", that's ok too. What do you think might make a better term moving forward?
Thanks for participating!
Career Pathways Moderator