FDM Group - Soft skills vs Technical Skills
Specialising in technical skills through to certification and academic qualification can be an advantage in the workforce where companies are looking for a high degree of knowledge. However, graduates who progress this way may often find themselves lacking the interpersonal and ‘soft skills’ necessary to communicate and function effectively within a company.
The development of 'soft skills' in the jobs market is important when there is intense competition for an available position. In an interview, it takes approximately 20-30 seconds to make an impression on your employer, so communication is key. In an initial interview assessment most companies will look at your interpersonal skills and how you come across as an individual, rather than your technical knowledge or background.
There is a growing recognition amongst companies to the importance of ‘soft skills’ and businesses like IT graduate employer FDM Group are investing more heavily in teaching interpersonal skills, commercial awareness and working in a team in order further enhance a graduate’s ability to understand company and client requirements.
FDM Group ensures graduates who embark on their two-year Academy programme receive expert training in interview techniques, presentation and communication skills, time management and conflict resolution. They also work closely with over 120 UK universities through ‘soft skills’ workshops and seminars to help increase student employability rates when they graduate.
For individuals who lack confidence in going into a demanding role where they will be dealing with people on a day-to-day basis, companies like FDM recommend further training in ‘soft skills’ to provide the essential qualities to fit in with a company.