A Competence is the combination of Knowledge, Ability and Aptitudes. Knowledge is the result of study. Abilities are acquired through on-field experience. Aptitudes include predispositions, personal traits.
The term Soft Skill refers to a competence that is transversal, i.e. non-technical; examples include inter-personal communication, leadership, team working, public speaking.
Soft Skills are an essential asset for professionals.
In the Industry 4.0 society, Soft Skills represent a fundamental asset to achieve professional Success.
According to Manpower, Soft Skills account for 55-70% of Talent (the mix of competencies needed to achieve success). The World Economic Forum also supports the statement that Soft Skills are an essential ingredient for professional success.
Awareness is the key to Success.
Soft Skills require self-awareness to fully exploit their potential. We envision a 3-Step Awareness (3SA) acquisition process.
- Are you aware of what Soft Skills are required for the specific profession/job you are aiming at?
- Are you aware of the role plaid by Knowledge, Abilities, and Aptitudes in those Soft Skills?
- Are you aware of your own Soft Skills?
You need to be aware of your own strengths, to rely on them. You need to be aware of your own weaknesses, to improve. How can you achieve the necessary level of self-awareness? Do you think an online questionnaire is sufficient? We do not think so.
Soft Skills For Success.
SoftSkills4Success (S²4S, read it “es two-four es”) is a project aiming at supporting young professionals and University students to identify their strengths and weaknesses in terms of Soft Skills.
S²4S offers instruments to measure and quantify the level of Soft Skills of individuals, implementing the 3SA process.
It was launched in 2010 by Prof. Roberto Verdone of the University of Bologna. Electronic Engineer, Professor of Telecommunications, he has been giving courses on Soft Skills and collaborates with psychologists and experts of Human Resources, for more than one decade.
S²4S relies on the experiments performed over classes of students attending two courses held at the University of Bologna by Prof. Verdone and his collaborators:
- PMSS – Project Management and Soft Skills
- IPMSS – Introduzione al Project Management e le Soft Skill (in Italian).
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