In a world that seems completely techno-centric, one could be forgiven for thinking that ‘hard’ skills are what get one ahead at work, and consequently in life.
Technology or techno-enabled objects and activities are our new Gods – omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent!
Writing this article on my laptop, checking spellings, checking the weather, reading the news, ordering anything – from groceries to garbage bags, clothes to cow dung, iPhones to ionizers, and everything in between – learning a language, a skill, getting directions, designing, reading, drawing, painting, teaching – can you think of ANY activity where technology hasn’t changed the paradigm?
On the face of it, appears difficult, doesn’t it? Kids today can’t conceive of a cassette. But kids today, yesterday, and tomorrow can, could, and will understand care, reasoning, and creativity. These qualities are intangible, ineffable, AND make ALL the difference to the child’s upbringing, and contribute to his social integration skills, and his evolution as a human being.
These attributes and many others constitute what is known in the corporate world as “soft” skills. Many people believe that interpersonal or “soft” skills are more important and should be weighted heavier than technical or “hard” skills.
Hard skills are quantifiable knowledge and abilities that can be taught in the classroom or through instruction. Hard skills refer to abilities that are specific to an occupation or industry. They are often described as technical or professional knowledge. They are measurable.
Let’s look at some of the hard skills that are most sought-after in 2022. They include, in alphabetical order:
As you can see, these hard skills are vital to our everyday existence, and the way we interact with the world.
Equally vital, if not more so, are the soft skills that help people interact with one another and respond to the world around them.
In general, soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people. They include:
Communication – the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with others to
Interpersonal – the ability to relate well with others in a variety of situations and interactions, the capacity
Intrapersonal – the capacity
Although hard skills will get a candidate in the door for an interview, soft skills set candidates apart in the workplace.
A hard skill can be turned off and on when needed; a soft skill is continually active at work.
As workers tackle more complex tasks, employers look for hard and soft skill sets that are complementary — that is, one set of skills supports and improves the other.