3 rock-solid reasons why soft skills matter (sometimes more than technical skills)

14/07/2020

2 min read

The stereotype of the loner developer sitting in the dark edge of the office and not talking to anybody for a day is long outdated. Companies are looking for programmers with top-notch hard skills and excellent soft skills in order to be able to adapt to the ever-changing company life easily. Being able to learn, collaborate and have a growth mindset probably has never been as important as these days.

“Our partners are constantly looking for technology professionals with interpersonal, leadership and teamwork abilities. This is exactly why they are so eager to employ our Codecool alumni. And this is one of the reasons why they are asking us to improve their employees’ soft skills, which is why we started organising tailor-made training for them. – explains Lea Kalocsai Codecool’s Head of Business Development.

It’s not only Codecool that believes in the power and importance of soft skills. In a study done by LinkedIn in 2019, 92% of surveyed talent professionals and hiring managers said soft skills are more important than technical skills. Here are 3 reasons why.

We live in a more dynamic, people-oriented world.

Even though we might be migrating to the online world, that does not mean collaboration between people is erased; quite the opposite. Without all the non-verbal cues available in an offline setting, the role of effective communication has skyrocketed.

Not to mention the limited amount of time available to consult with different people and solve problems. You’ve probably experienced this.

Recruiters are starting to place a higher value on soft skills when filling technology roles.

“95 percent of HR professionals say the soft skills evaluation is an important component of the technology hiring process” – reported a research done by American management and technology consulting firm, West Monroe. Probably we all had to fill out a personality test or participate in a behavioural interview at some point in our job searches. These are to assess applicants’ soft skills: creativity, adaptability, time management and so on. At Codecool, we place an emphasis on developing our students’ soft skills exactly for this reason: corporations need it and they look for it. We can confidently say it from experience.

Work is more fun in a pleasant company environment.

And how do we achieve that? You know the answer. Think about the last time you felt uneasy about going to work. Was it because you didn’t have enough sleep the night before? Because you weren’t qualified to complete a specific task? Or because of a lengthy meeting with heated arguments?

While it is true that some issues can only be solved with technical skills, arguably, most problems can be addressed using soft skills. Think about the culture of giving feedback, expressing our grievances or facilitating a meeting.

Using effective and transparent communication, you will probably even be able to handle work after sleepless nights.

Interested in improving your soft skills?

Interested in improving your soft skills? Consider applying to Codecool.

We’re keen on helping you develop valuable soft skills, not just the technical hard skills while you learn with us.

Get in touch! We can’t wait to talk to you!

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