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Going Into STEM? Start Focusing on the ‘Soft Skills’

U.S. News & World Report – Alan Neuhauser

“Building a lucrative career in science, technology, engineering or math doesn’t mean merely excelling at chemistry or physics – it also demands broader skills, industry executives and education leaders said during a keynote luncheon Thursday at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference. “We’re looking for people who have a good grasp of the basic sciences, but we also look people who have the soft skills as well: people who have the ability to team…the ability to persuade,” said John Tracy, chief technology officer at Boeing. Those abilities, he added, “are just as important as the fundamentals of engineering.” Norman Francis, president emeritus of Xavier University of Louisiana, agreed. “The only thing that’s going to bring us where we need to be,” he said, “is to educate the people in a broad sense.” That education, he and other panelists said, needs to start at a young age, with strong support from parents and teachers.”(more)

Who Are You Calling Soft? The Value Of Soft Skills In A Tech-Obsessed Economy

The Huffington Post – Dennis Yang

“For a while, the tech skills gap has dominated the conversation around the needs of the 21st century workplace. As globalization and labor automation accelerate the growth of a knowledge-based economy, the perceived premium on “hard” skills like programming is reaching an all-time high. But inside of companies, business leaders have long been crying out for something that’s missing from the storyline: the importance of “soft” skills. Mastering hard skills while ignoring the soft ones is a bit like going to the gym every night but being careless about nutrition. You need both elements to find success…We can talk about the value of teaching kids STEM subjects earlier or steering students toward more marketable college majors, but soft skills are the foundation for any successful career, regardless of what field you’re in.”(more)

Eric Migernier: Foreign language study nurtures more than job prospects

The Charleston Gazette-Mail – Eric Migernier

“We have all heard the old refrain: Why should I learn a foreign language? I am never gonna use it. Why is there a foreign language requirement for my son in college? He is never going it to need it. Besides the fact that this premise might not be entirely right in an increasingly multi-lingual global world where, exposure to a foreign language can give anyone competing for a job a shot in the arm, there are other reasons for wanting and needing to learn a foreign language. Think of all the elements that counter learning in a traditional classroom today: the passivity, the yawns, the boredom, the stress, the sheer lack of pleasure that typically engulfs students and erects a wall between them and the teacher.”(more)

Pushing the Multilingual Envelope

Language Magazine – Staff Writer

“Just as the campaign for the White House has stepped into high gear, so has the campaign for foreign languages in the U.S. A 2014 Harvard Business Review article, “What’s Your Language Strategy?,” highlighted the importance of foreign language skills as global talent in multinational organizations. With its origins in the 1979 report of the President’s Commission on Foreign Languages and International Studies, “Strength through Wisdom: A Critique of U.S. Capability,” which was closely followed by Senator Paul Simon’s “The Tongue-Tied American: Confronting the Foreign Language Crisis,” the campaign for foreign languages has been part of the scholarly and public conversation for several decades, albeit to different degrees, referred to in the “Languages for All?” final report as the “roller coaster focus on language in the U.S.” depending on the local, national, and international issues of the moment.”(more)

These Are The Biggest Skills That New Graduates Lack

Fast Company – Lydia Dishman

“Managers and employees don’t always see eye to eye. Fast Company uncovered a wide gap in the way each group thinks about business culture and their radically different ideas about work-life balance. But there’s another disconnect brewing, and this one is between managers and the newest members of the workforce: college graduates. A new report from PayScale, a provider of on-demand compensation data and software, in partnership with Future Workplace, an executive development firm, reveals that while 87% of recent graduates feel well prepared to hit the ground running after earning their diplomas, only half of hiring managers agree with them. This isn’t totally surprising, as Fast Company reported that the class of 2016 is overwhelmingly optimistic about their prospects for getting a job within their field of study. Unfortunately, recent studies reveal that underemployment was the reality for more than half (51%) of those who graduated in the past two years.”(more)

Emerson Electric, Hank Green Join for I Love STEM Campaign

Education News – Jace Harr

“Global manufacturing company Emerson Electric is partnering up with popular YouTube star Hank Green in an initiative called I Love STEM, which aims to encourage more young people to choose STEM-related careers…Kate Maddox of Advertising Age quoted Emerson Chief Marketing Officer Kathy Button Bell, who said: [STEM] is where the money is, it’s where the future is, and it’s one of the most interesting careers, with robotics and other new technologies. By nature, people tend to like science when they start out, so why do people quit? By shedding light on this, we can start to help solve the problem.”(more)