During job interviews of employment applications, employers base their assessment on two sets of skills: Hard Skills and Soft Skills. To be successful in interviewing for a job, you need to show the best of both set of skills. Hard Skills are teachable abilities or skills that are easy to quantify, including degree, certificate, computer, etc. This skill sets can be learned in the classroom, in books or in training’s, or during job experience. Soft skills, on the other hand, are much harder to quantify because are subjective skills, including communication, motivation, flexibility, patience, etc. This set of skills help on relating and interacting with others, facing life’s daily challenges successfully and adapting on it. Last year, World Economic Forum Future of Jobs report suggested that: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, managing people and emotional intelligence would be among the most important skills required in the workplace. For success in the workplace, the contribution of soft skills are 85% and contribution of hard skills are 15%.
The development of Soft Skills will be done by the Guidance Counselor of Your Job project, who will develop bi-monthly plans based on several key themes. The plans will be implemented in youth groups from schools and parishes, with the participation of 10-15 people. The methodology will be based on information, discussion and examples, illustrated by PowerPoint. This plan will be based on the following main themes:
- Communication skills: types and challenges of their barriers.
- Listening skills: the process and its benefits.
- Self-analysis: Who am I?
- Personal qualities: Self-Control and Empathy.
- Career: Based on adaptation to the labor market.
- Conflict Resolution: Methods of dealing with problems.
- Assertiveness: Guidelines.
- Teamwork: Quality and self-assessment in teamwork.