Intellectual Output 3: SoftAware Soft Skills Toolkit for University Lecturers in Computer Sciences


There is an increased demand for STEM skills to build new tech ecosystem. An emerging fundamental change in the nature of work is that humans and machines collaborate to make decisions. Uniquely human traits – emotional intelligence, creativity, persuasion, innovation – become more valuable. (Source: Workforce of the future – The competing forces shaping 2030, (2018 PwC Publication)).

Demand for STEM skills is anticipated to increase in the short and medium term. Whilst the numbers of STEM students and graduates are both increasing, many employers report that they are not ‘job ready’ and do not possess the ‘right’ skills, especially soft skills.

The importance of soft skills in technology sector is further supported by a Google study focusing on team dynamics — called Project Aristotle (2017). Their analysts found that the company’s best ideas weren’t coming from the teams with the best scientists, but from teams demonstrating greatest soft skills, incl. equality, generosity, curiosity toward the ideas of other teammates, empathy, and emotional intelligence. The most interesting finding was also the most important feature of a productive team: emotional safety. The teams that produced the best work created an environment where each member felt able to speak up, share ideas, and make mistakes without fear of harsh criticism or bullying.

The SoftAware Soft Skills Toolbox is aimed at academic staff: professors, associate professors, assistants, educational counsellors, career counsellors.

It will compile 3 main segments:

1) E-learning course

2) Practical tools

3) Methodological guidelines for assessment of soft skills improvement

Please click below to download the SoftAware Soft Skills Toolkit for University Lecturers in Computer Sciences:

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