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Academic Call: Greater Focus on ‘Soft Skills’

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

A Bond University lecturer has called for teachers and schools to better prepare students for their future careers and help them develop sought-after skills like critical thinking, collaboration and problem-solving.

Libby Sander, a lecturer at the Bond Business School, said analysis of job ads shows that employers are increasingly seeking applicants with “soft skills” that will help them be successful contributors to their workplace.

Ms Sander, writing on The Conversation, argued that skills like the ability to influence others were once seen as the responsibility of management and marketing teams, but employers want everyone to develop such skills.

“A 2016 report from a joint federal government and OECD workshop underscored the importance of developing adaptability in young people, as well as enterprise skills that can be applied across a wide range of contexts,” Ms Sander wrote.

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