What Skills Matter in a Job?
1994 AIP study: 1000's of physicists in industry,
government and academe ranked skills used most frequently in
A 1996 NAS report on Careers in Science & Engineering
identified non-technical skills essential to "survival:"
- Communication skills include
clarity of expression
ability to organize thoughts
empathy for & interest in lives/interests of others.
- Communication skills will be used to:
- Find a job; a potential employer wants you to
work effectively with all colleagues;
- Sell your ideas to others, without a technical background;
- Describe projects/ideas to customers, press or public.
- Writing is a subset of communication skills,
- Without the benefit of face-to-face encounter to answer questions
and to use your personality.
- Where ideas must be tailored for specific audience:
in terms of quality/clarity & organization/presentation.
- The other skills -- teaching, mentoring, teamwork and leadership
-- all rely on communication skills.
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