Soft Skills in Workplace
After reading Hoy’s (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/00048623.2011.10722202) (2011) article regarding internships and volunteering, and visiting the Student Career Center to read the information about Soft Skills, identify an opportunity to volunteer or intern through your current workplace, through an organization connected to your field of study, or one found through the Student Career Center under the Internship link. Keep in mind that volunteering on a workplace committee, as an extension to the community, or working under a mentor’s care are all examples of volunteering or internship, to name a few. Once you have identified your workplace opportunity, choose four soft skills from the list and complete the following: Analyze each of the four chosen soft skills in connection to what skill is important to your chosen volunteer or internship opportunity. Examine each with specifics and details, and offer examples related to your field of study. Conclude with a reflection of how your own soft skills could positively impact the chosen volunteer or internship experience. Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements: 3-4 pages in length Formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA Requirements Cite a minimum of two scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find scholarly sources! Write clearly and logically, as you will be graded on content, analysis, and your adherence to the tenets of good academic writing, which should be succinct where possible while also exploring the topics appropriately. Remember that you can always improve your work by providing support from outside scholarly sources, which help both to bolster your own assertions and supplement your ideas.
Soft skills refer to personal qualities, attitudes, and behaviors that enable an individual to communicate effectively and work well with others. Some examples of important soft skills in the workplace include:
Communication: The ability to communicate clearly and effectively with coworkers, supervisors, and clients is essential for success in any job. This includes both verbal and written communication, as well as the ability to listen actively and understand others’ perspectives.
Teamwork: The ability to work well in a team environment is important in most jobs. This includes being a good team player, being able to collaborate and contribute to group discussions and decision-making, and being able to resolve conflicts effectively.
Adaptability: The ability to adapt to changing circumstances and environments is important in today’s rapidly changing world. This includes the ability to learn new skills and technologies, as well as being open to new ideas and approaches to problem-solving.
Time management: The ability to manage one’s time effectively is essential for productivity and success. This includes being able to prioritize tasks, set and meet deadlines, and avoid procrastination.
Problem-solving: The ability to identify and solve problems is an important skill in any job. This includes being able to gather and analyze information, think critically and creatively, and come up with effective solutions.
Leadership: The ability to lead and motivate others is an important skill in any leadership role. This includes being able to set clear goals and expectations, provide guidance and support, and foster a positive and collaborative team environment.
Interpersonal skills: The ability to interact effectively with others is essential for success in any job. This includes being able to build and maintain positive relationships, communicate effectively, and demonstrate empathy and emotional intelligence.