Soft Skills for Scientists – On Hiring – The Chronicle of Higher Education

A great article about the “soft skills” scientists need in an industry job—working in teams, responding appropriately to different situations, and explaining technical material to a lay audience—all skills that we teach in our science and technical communication classrooms.

What you may lack or need to improve, however, are “soft skills,” like understanding when to push forward and when to let others lead, how to work nicely with a team, how to analyze the politics of the workplace and respond appropriately, and how to explain technical material to a lay audience. Academe is an insular world, and conducting scientific research can be a relatively solitary endeavor, but in order to succeed in an industry job, you must be able to work and communicate not only with other scientists, but also with nonscientists.

via Soft Skills for Scientists – On Hiring – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Employment Mismatch – Special Reports – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Another reason why our 200=level writing courses matter:

Sine Nomine Associates, Mr. Boyes’s firm, works with high-tech companies like Cisco and IBM. However, it’s fundamental abilities that he says recent graduates lack, like how to analyze large amounts of data or construct a cogent argument. “It’s not a matter of technical skill,” he says, “but of knowing how to think.”

via The Employment Mismatch – Special Reports – The Chronicle of Higher Education.