Event Title

Soft Skills for Career Success: A Workshop Highlighting Why Soft/non-technical Skills Should Complement Hard/Technical Skills for Today's Successful Professionals

Location

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

Start Date

15-4-2015 3:30 PM

Description

PURPOSE: This workshop was developed for a local division of a global nonprofit family preservation and child welfare organization. It provided foundational knowledge on select soft/non-technical skills (interpersonal skills, communication skills, emotional intelligence and attitude) and explanation of how the mastery of these skills is as strong a predictor for career success as the hard/technical skills obtained through education and work experience. PROCEDURES: Online research, conversations with professionals from a variety of industries and previous experience provided the basis for the content. The two-hour interactive workshop was delivered in a large conference room equipped with audio/visual technology and open space for activities. The method of delivery included a 26 slide PowerPoint presentation, YouTube videos, hard-copy handouts, white boarding, individual and group activities, and group discussion. OUTCOME: This opportunity to concentrate on the make-up and importance of soft skills provided participants with information on how soft skills relate to performance, career success, job satisfaction and the leveraging of hard/technical skills. IMPACT: 28 of 30 participants submitted post-workshop evaluations with feedback on the presenter, materials, and method of delivery as well as measurement of new knowledge gained and intention to use information for career development. 96% of respondents indicated soft skills were as important as hard skills for career success. 97% indicated the workshop provided new information and heightened awareness of the importance of soft skills as complements to hard skills. 100% of respondents indicated they would concentrate on further developing soft skills to improve performance and create opportunities for advancement.

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Apr 15th, 3:30 PM

Soft Skills for Career Success: A Workshop Highlighting Why Soft/non-technical Skills Should Complement Hard/Technical Skills for Today's Successful Professionals

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

PURPOSE: This workshop was developed for a local division of a global nonprofit family preservation and child welfare organization. It provided foundational knowledge on select soft/non-technical skills (interpersonal skills, communication skills, emotional intelligence and attitude) and explanation of how the mastery of these skills is as strong a predictor for career success as the hard/technical skills obtained through education and work experience. PROCEDURES: Online research, conversations with professionals from a variety of industries and previous experience provided the basis for the content. The two-hour interactive workshop was delivered in a large conference room equipped with audio/visual technology and open space for activities. The method of delivery included a 26 slide PowerPoint presentation, YouTube videos, hard-copy handouts, white boarding, individual and group activities, and group discussion. OUTCOME: This opportunity to concentrate on the make-up and importance of soft skills provided participants with information on how soft skills relate to performance, career success, job satisfaction and the leveraging of hard/technical skills. IMPACT: 28 of 30 participants submitted post-workshop evaluations with feedback on the presenter, materials, and method of delivery as well as measurement of new knowledge gained and intention to use information for career development. 96% of respondents indicated soft skills were as important as hard skills for career success. 97% indicated the workshop provided new information and heightened awareness of the importance of soft skills as complements to hard skills. 100% of respondents indicated they would concentrate on further developing soft skills to improve performance and create opportunities for advancement.