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SOFT SKILLS

Soft skills are key to successful careers.

Certain technical skills may be required for specific careers or in particular industries. But there are other skills that are necessary regardless of industry, career or work setting. They’re becoming more important as technology evolves and changes the way people work. These skills are called soft skills and knowing how to recognize and demonstrate them is crucial.

UpSkill Houston and Red & Black have partnered to highlight many of the soft skills that are key to career success, all of which are transferable between industries, as well as in your personal life. Learn what these skills are, how you can develop them, and how to apply them in career settings.

What are Soft Skills?

Employability Skills. 21st Century Skills. Life Skills. Whatever you call them, skills such as problem solving, gratitude and communication are the skills employers continually look for in employees.

SOFT SKILLS: COMMUNICATION SKILLS

Communication affects almost everything and everyone. But do you know what communication really means?

Skills in Action:
Watch as sleep technologist Jonathan Miller and city driver Mary Kelldorf use their communication skills to pass along critical information and build relationships.

SOFT SKILLS: CREATIVE THINKING

Think creativity only applies to areas like writing, music and art? See where creativity really fits within a business, organization or team.

SOFT SKILLS: CRITICAL THINKING

What exactly is critical thinking? Learn how developing critical thinking skills can help you progress in your career.

Skills in Action:
See how pipefitter foreman Michael Reyes Canseco uses critical thinking to schedule projects and manage resources.

SOFT SKILLS: GRATITUDE & APPRECIATION

You might not think expressing gratitude and appreciation are skills that apply in business. But they are skills that can actually drive business success.

SOFT SKILLS: GROWTH MINDSET

The world — and the workplace — are rapidly changing. See what it means to have a growth mindset, and why employers value it.

Skills in Action:
Hear how a growth mindset opened doors for clinic coordinator Cynthia Linares, leadman carpenter Keith McCray, electrician Greg Morales and rigger Matthew Petrou.

SOFT SKILLS: PERSONAL FINANCE

See how learning to manage your personal money can affect your performance at work and, by extension, the performance of your workplace as a whole.

SOFT SKILLS: PROBLEM SOLVING

Problem solving means more than just addressing a challenge after it occurs. Learn what else it means and why employers value problem solvers.

Skills in Action:
Watch as Stephanie Edwards describes her career as an automotive technician and why problem solving skills are important to her work.

SOFT SKILLS: RESEARCH & ANALYTICAL SKILLS

It is more than surfing the internet. Finding accurate and credible information that you can analyze and summarize are highly valuable skills in many jobs and occupations.

SOFT SKILLS: RESUME WRITING

Companies hire people to satisfy a need or help solve a problem, and a resume is a place to highlight the relevant skills you have that meet that need or solve that problem. Learn what to focus on when writing your resume.

SOFT SKILLS: SAFETY MINDSET

Working safely is important regardless of your work environment. Learn why having a safety mindset benefits you, your employer and those around you.

Skills in Action:
See how a safety mindset is cultivated by instrument technician Krystal Garcia, apprentice process technician Steve Reyes, and city driver Jaret Holmes.

SOFT SKILLS: SILO BUSTING

Many companies operate multiple departments, divisions or groups, which may not always collaborate or work together. Learn what it means to break a “silo” in a work setting and how doing it can improve the workflow around you.

SOFT SKILLS: TEAMWORK

Being able to work on a team is as important in a work setting as it is while playing sports. See what skills can help move a project forward and drive success.

Skills in Action:
Hear pharmacy technician Emma Robinson share why her career is critical to patient care and how teamwork is critical in a hospital.