Many graduate students and young professionals are so absorbed in developing expertise in their field that they neglect the importance of skills like communication, time management, or working in teams. These skills are critical in the workplace, and being able to demonstrate them can really help you stand out in today's competitive job market. Employers are looking for the "best of both worlds" in their new hires. They are looking for employees that have more than just the standard repertoire of technical skills; they also want their employees to have the necessary "soft skills", regardless of the field or academic background. Soft skills help us do our jobs. They allow us to effectively and efficiently use our technical skills and knowledge. While your technical skills can land you a job, soft skills will help you grow and enjoy life. Hard skills are the foundation of a successful career, soft skills are the cement.
"These soft skills distinguish us from robots ... for the time being" - Laure, France