A recent U.S. News & World Report story on “STEM Workers Need Soft Skills Too” highlighted the importance of “soft skills” in today’s workplace. The article addressed the importance of STEM students obtaining a more-well-rounded perspective and skill set that will complement their tech expertise with strong leadership, team work, communications skill, and more.
In today’s global environment, being both tech savvy and business smart goes a long way to career success. The article notes that in addition to STEM individuals learning business skills, the quickly evolving business environment also favors tech workers who are flexible enough to change course when necessary – and persuasive enough to get their colleagues' support.
The story ends with a quote from Scheller College’s Dean Alavi "It requires a lot of soft skills to be able to influence people, motivate people, and manage rapid change processes.”