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What are the most important skill we would need for different careers?

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John’s Answer

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HARD SKILLS VS. SOFT SKILLS

In job descriptions, employers often ask for a combination of hard and soft skills. Hard skills are related to specific technical knowledge and training while soft skills are personality traits such as leadership, communication or time management. Both types of skills are necessary to successfully perform and advance in most jobs.

Ana the key differences between hard skills and soft skills are how they are gained and put to use in the workplace. Hard skills are often gained through education or specific training. They include competencies like how to use a certain machine, software or another tool. Soft skills are more often seen as personality traits you may have spent your whole life developing. They are called upon when you manage your time, communicate with other people or confront a difficult situation for the first time. Put another way, hard skills could be defined as your technical knowledge whereas soft skills are your overall habits in the workplace.

HARD SKILLS – Hard skills are teachable abilities or skill sets that are easy to quantify. Typically, you'll learn hard skills in the classroom, through books or other training materials, or on the job. These hard skills are often listed in your cover letter and on your resume and are easy for an employer or recruiter to recognize. Hard skill include:
• Proficiency in a foreign language;
• A degree or certificate;
• Typing speed;
• Machine operation; and
• Computer programming.

SOFT SKILLS – Soft skills, on the other hand, are subjective skills that are much harder to quantify. Also known as "people skills" or "interpersonal skills," soft skills relate to the way you relate to and interact with other people. Soft skills include:
• Flexibility;
• Patience;
• Problem solving abilities;
• Teamwork; and
• Work ethic.

Unlike hard skills, it's hard to point to specific evidence that you possess a soft skill. If an employer is looking for someone who knows a programming language, you can share your grade in a class or point to a program you created using the language. But how can you show that you have a work ethic or any other soft skill?

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Ao’s Answer

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The skills learned in each occupation are different.
If you do some work on word processing, then there are requirements for typing speed/writing requirements.
Hi Ao, are there any skills that you think are important for all occupations? Gurpreet Lally Translate
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Alejandro’s Answer

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Regardless of the career, employers will always like strong work ethics and commitment to your work

Organizations also like innovation, try new things to improve your daily work and make it more efficient. Look for new ideas to address the daily challenges that you will face. That constant look for innovation will require another skill: Resilience.

Resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. And as you try new ideas you will find that some of them won't work as you expect and they will become failures. Failing is not bad because we learn through it, and resilience is the super power that makes us accept our mistakes, learn from then and move on.

Another skill is adaptability, no matter what you do for a job, change is always present (New technologies, World wide current affairs, Market shifts etc.) You will need to adapt to those changes in order to become successful. That means that what you do today in your work will highly probable not be the same as what you will be doing a year from now.
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Christina’s Answer

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Hi Ana, hope you are doing well! While technical skills will differ depending on the career path one chooses, I have found that the soft skills are just as important. One skill that comes to mind is adaptability. You will find that you will work with people with varying backgrounds and work styles. The ability to adapt to changes in working conditions is currently more crucial than ever, considering the changes that the workforce has endured due to COVID-19. While soft skills are often difficult to be taught, I encourage you to practice on a smaller scale by stepping outside your comfort zone and trying something new. Be conscious of how you adapt to those changing conditions.
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Graeme’s Answer

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Assuming the specific qualifications for a job are first met, I'd then look at ADAPTABILITY and INNOVATION. The world has been continuing to change at an increasing rate. Those who don't adapt in their careers will be left behind, and those that innovate will ride the front of the wave of change.

I found this blog to be really helpful in thinking about fundamental skills that will also help - https://www.atlassian.com/blog/technology/job-security-21st-century.
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Latricia’s Answer

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Hi, Ana

If you can narrow the thousands of different careers to 2-5, professionals could answer this question for you.

That being said, being able to communicate your thoughts verbally and in writing is a necessity for every career.

Kind regards,
Latricia

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