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Acquiring soft skills important to get relevant job opportunities, say 8 in 10 engineering job seekers

Experts say that having soft skills on the resume is especially gaining importance due to the recent change in the work environment. As companies have transitioned to digital and remote working setups, they prefer employees with skills such as tim...

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Bengaluru: Almost nine in 10 engineering jobseekers think that soft skills such as business communications can prove helpful in getting a job, finds a survey by IP-driven incubation lab BridgeLabz.

Grappling with the pandemic-induced financial crunch, many companies have had to either lay off or furlough thousands of employees. It has also affected hiring across all sectors. This has highlighted the need for an enhanced skill set among the employees and job-seekers to pivot through such unforeseen circumstances.

The survey, titled “Skills Engineers Should Hone to Stay Relevant in the Upcoming Years”, has responses from 1,300+ engineering job seekers, who reveal their inclination towards acquiring a robust, comprehensive skill set.


Experts say that having soft skills on the resume is especially gaining importance due to the recent change in the work environment. As companies have transitioned to digital and remote working setups, they prefer employees with skills such as time management, communication, teamwork, flexibility and adaptability, critical thinking, etc.

Interestingly, 81% of the job seekers view business communication as a requisite in the engineering field, while 16% are indecisive whether or not it is an indispensable part of the discipline, only 2% don't consider it important.

The respondents also revealed the skills they would like to hone to stay job-relevant. Apart from domain knowledge, 33% of job seekers would like to learn about critical thinking. This is followed closely by the urge to refine linguistic and technical flexibility (31%) and business communications skills (29%). Only 8% of respondents sided with developing cognitive skills.
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“The pandemic has not only changed business models but also the hiring and promotion structures. Today, an employee is expected to have multiple skills to guide peers or assume extended responsibilities in times of crisis. Flexibility is the keyword here,” Narayan Mahadevan, founder of BridgeLabz, told ET.

“Be it any field, having additional skills goes a long way. This is what the survey highlights. A majority of the engineering job seekers are looking to acquire soft skills. Live-working environments can help hone job-relevant skills and prepare them for the real world, he added.
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