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Soft Skills for STEM

Soft Skills for STEM

Get competencies to support your success
in today's challenging workplace

What are soft skills?

Pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines requires many years of knowledge and skill acquisition.

The transition to become an effective professional entails much more than academic knowledge and research acquired through higher learning institutions. It requires awareness and an investment of time to identify and to develop key professional skills necessary for success in any chosen career path.

Soft skills are personal competencies that improve human performance, facilitate effective interactions, complement the technical requirements necessary to acquire and maintain employment.

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Examples of soft skills

  • Communications – verbal, written, active listening, netiquettes, body language
  • Strategies – decision making, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, ability to locate and use information
  • Self-management – professionalism, emotional intelligence, work ethic, time-management, attitude, integrity, resilience, predictability
  • Team work – collaboration, ability to operate effectively in a team environment
  • Leadership – negotiation, compromise, conflict management, managing diversity and inclusion, cultural awareness, negotiation, delegation

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Why soft skills?

Organizational savvy is the ability to navigate the general business rules, the unwritten rules, and the politics of a particular work culture.

Personal effectiveness includes a gamut of soft skills that if left unpracticed, can derail the career of even the most accomplished professional.

Soft skills:

  • bridge the skills gap
  • are highly valuable to employers
  • promote career advancement
  • enhance professional development
  • assist with co-worker and customer interactions
  • improve relationship building and networking
  • create a professional workforce culture
  • are transferable to many jobs

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Soft Skills Program

Soft Skills for STEM (S3TEM) instills students with knowledge, understanding and skills that will improve their interactions in ever-changing learning institutions, workforce and society by sponsoring:

  • monthly interactive webinars about specific soft skills
  • annual Lessons Learn Conference providing various opportunities to share experiences and personal and professional skill development
  • eighteen-month Leadership Institute that will provide mentoring, coaching, training and various individual and small group learning experiences

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Events Schedule

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Dr. Michelle B. Lee

RoSES Program Manager 

(505) 667-3624


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