The term Soft Skills has been used for decades and there are many definitions in the work world. It comes down to whether a candidate, or employee, has the interpersonal skills and attitude to succeed and work harmoniously in the work environment. One’s technical expertise can get them an interview and even the job; but soft skills will help someone help keep their employment.
There is an exhaustive list of different Soft Skills an employee should have including communication, self-motivation, leadership, responsibility, teamwork, problem solving, decisiveness, ability to work under pressure and time management, flexibility, and negotiation and conflict resolution.
As our young people develop their selves, they need guidance; we can encourage them to work on improving their Soft Skills.
They can take a course at a community college or school, get a mentor who can repeatedly work with them to improve those skills, volunteer and do community service to improve leadership, role play with teachers or join a club where they get to interact with others as a leader and a team player.
The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy created an AWESOME tool that can be used in your programs: SoftSkills to Pay the Bills — Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success. This curriculum focuses on teaching "soft" or workforce readiness skills to youth, youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments, including youth with disabilities. The basic structure of the program is comprised of modular, hands-on, engaging activities that focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism.
Soft Skills are Essential and important