In the final inning of 2016, experts are eagerly predicting the future of education. What are potential jobs looking for in new graduates? What skills should students be building right now? To answer these questions, EdSurge released a fascinating read on the most sought-after skills in the workplace: Rethinking Credentials: The Power of Soft Skills. As it turns out, traditionally “soft skills” are the hot ticket of 2017.
Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, recalled a conversation he had with President Hanlon of Dartmouth College:
I was chatting with President Hanlon about skills we consider to be the “most important,” for students to develop during their time in college to set them up to get a job after graduation. I began to talk about the importance of soft skills, like communications, critical thinking, and teamwork, but President Hanlon stopped me in my tracks saying, “These are not ‘soft’ skills! These are ‘power’ skills.”
In the past, soft skills were seen as less important—“mushy nice to haves” as Agarwal puts it. But in reality these skills are required across nearly every industry. No matter what subject you’re teaching, instilling excellent communication skills in your students is an absolute must. The trouble is that soft skills are also the most difficult to improve. (For some great ideas on how to give your students a leg-up, check out our article: 10 Top-Paying Skills Your Students Need in 2017)
Confident presenters are not made overnight, but what if your students could improve astronomically in just one semester? With 2017 practically upon us, your students need all the power skills they can get, and GoReact software is the fastest way to help them.
GoReact’s entire mission is to help students present themselves well and improve their skills faster. Through a unique combination of video recording and time-stamped feedback, GoReact is the simplest way for your students to show you what they’ve learned—and to boost their presentation skills to the next level. Visit our official homepage to learn more.
Sara is the Sr. Writer for Higher Education at GoReact, the premier video feedback software for teaching skills crazy fast. She has been writing and editing for companies in the tech and financial spaces for over six years and enjoys creating content strategies for professional brands. She has a bachelor’s degree in traditional editing from Brigham Young University. When she’s not working, Sara can be found traveling and writing novels for young adults.