Date: To Be Announced
The global pandemic has transformed business models; in a highly digitalized and remote work setting employers have placed emphasis on the importance of what used to be commonly referred to as “soft skills” and are more recently being referred to as “foundational skills”. By this, we mean the non-technical or domain-specific skills that relate to a person’s self-management and behaviour.
McKinsey & Company’s global survey on reskilling reported that the proportion of companies addressing empathy and interpersonal skills doubled in 2020, while Deloitte predicts that soft skill-intensive occupations will account for two-thirds of all jobs by 2030.
Yet soft skills have been undervalued or overlooked, and are still surrounded by myths such as: they are inherent and cannot be learned; they are secondary skills or non-essential; they only matter in customer service or client-facing positions; they are more commonly present in extraverts or certain groups of people; and they are equitable to language and communication skills. So what is the truth behind these myths- how important are “soft skills” and what are we willing to invest in developing them?
Join leaders from North Western Territories as they share their personal and organizational experiences and learnings to shed light on and de-myth soft skills, and provide advice and guidance to organizations and job seekers looking to develop these highly relevant and transferable skills to be successful in the job market:
Introduced by Mark Patterson, Executive Director, Magnet and moderated by Chantal Brine, CEO, EnPoint, we invite you to the fifth installment of the Building Future Ready Communities: Virtual Tour series for community building and an inspirational panel discussion and Q&A!
If you are unable to join us live, sign-up anyways and you’ll receive instructions on how to access the recording afterwards.
About the panelists: