Soft skills are essential in today’s workplace. They are how people interact with one another, with their workspace, and sometimes even with themselves. Personally, I don’t think I have that many “hard skills”, and I have tried very hard to build up my list of soft skill strengths. Some of these include communication, time management, work ethic and a deep willingness to learn. Some of these broad topics, like communication and work ethic, also contain my weaknesses, and they are things I am actively trying to build up. Things like public speaking and procrastination, even working as a team, are constant struggles for me because I prefer to do things in my own time, and my own way. I also tend to be a very logical thinker and try not to let emotions get too much involved when working on projects, even if I am very passionate about the topic. Unfortunately, this has led me down some narrow paths, where I have made the wrong choice for my old company’s perspective, but not for my own. While I was a manager at my last job, I put my staff and my clients first, and myself second or even third. This was not healthy, and I learned quickly that I needed to find a balance between logical and emotional, I am hoping that being back in school as a mature student will help. Some of my other traits that I consider strengths are I am adaptable and flexible; I move with change as it comes. Another couple of traits I would consider weaknesses are negotiation and energy. I realize that was a weird one to include, but I am not a very energetic person, either in attitude or in physical being.
I am trying to improve on my weaknesses and to build on my strengths, to be the best that I can be, and I appreciate my classes giving me the opportunity to do so.
Doyle, A. (2019, August 24). Top Soft Skills Employers Value with Examples. Retrieved from The Balance: Careers: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/list-of-soft-skills-2063770