Soft skills, more aptly named power skills, are those transferable skills demonstrating potential to succeed and progress in a career and life. Power skills include abilities of critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, and emotional intelligence. In a competitive workforce these aptitudes discern the distinction between a highly regarded, sought-after candidate and one who simply possesses the technical skills needed to satisfy the base requirements of the position. These competencies are not necessarily taught in the classroom, albeit they should, to provide a competitive edge of an education, not basic training or job-specific skills alone.
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