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The Importance of Soft Skills in the Tech Industry

We all know soft skills are important to learn. You graduate high school or college with excitement to continue your career, or start a new one. You send out what feels like a hundred applications and land a few interviews thanks to all the certificates and job experience you have. You show up to the interviews, but you keep hearing the same thing, “You have wonderful qualifications, but we don’t feel that you would be a good fit here.” So you go back to college looking to earn a few more certificates, or put in a few more years at your current job and hope you get promoted one day. Neither of which are solutions to a problem you’ve had for most of your life. You have little to no soft skills.


During an interview, employers are checking for workplace compatibility. That’s just mumbo jumbo for, “Are you going to work well with the rest of our staff?” If you are a person that is a little shy at first, but tends to be an active part of your work environment after a while, this can be majorly frustrating. Maybe you are someone that always hoped would work from home, because having to speak to people stresses you out. In all cases, interviews are going to happen.


Do you think all of the accomplishments on your resume will be enough to land a job, or get promoted? Consider the following quote from the article, “Getting Hired at Google” from the senior vice president of people operations at Google: “G.P.A.’s are worthless as criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless. ... We found that they don’t predict anything.”


Even beyond the interview, you will need to effectively communicate your ideas and work to coworkers and supervisors. Working to portray yourself at your best will help you get a jumpstart on your future career, or help you stand out when it comes time to fill a higher level position. 


In Computer Programming we push our students not only to understand and use crucial hard skills needed to be innovative and competitive; we also require soft skill growth. Students develop these skills through resume and interview exercises. Then those skills are put to the test during our yearly mock interview days. Students are placed into an interview session with an active professional in the field they are studying. Everything is set up to be as realistic as possible and students are graded on all aspects of their performance: dress, readiness, knowledge, and professionalism. The industry professional gives each student feedback on their interview, and steps to move forward. The entire process is wrapped up with a Q/A between the interviewers and the class.


In a world where robots are doing more and we communicate less, being able to connect and express oneself professionally to others is becoming a major part of the interview process. We pride ourselves in preparing our students to stand out among their peers.

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