What are soft skills?
If you’re a soon-to-be graduate looking for your first job, soft skills can be the key that gets you through the door.
Problem solving, empathy, creativity, communication and teamwork are examples of soft skills. They're also known as 'employability skills' or 'core competencies'.
While different roles may require different technical skills, soft skills are transferrable across all industries and will always be needed.
Even the world’s best engineers would be unemployed without the ability to collaborate with a team. A brilliant scientist still needs leadership skills to manage their lab assistants, and an expert in psychology won’t find work as a therapist unless they can form relationships with their clients.
How to develop soft skills
Chances are you've already developed some of these skills through school and other life experiences.
To further develop and demonstrate your soft skills, you could consider:
- volunteering in the community
- applying for work experience
- doing an apprenticeship or traineeship
- joining a social group or sports team.
Interacting with different people and experiencing different situations will help you develop core qualities that employers look for.
You can also access a range of training and support resources for school leavers.
Level up with VET
VET courses are great pathways for many people because they teach students both technical and soft skills needed to pursue a range of careers. Visit My Skills to explore your options.
Want to speak to someone about your options?
If you are aged 15 to 24 years old, you can access a free personalised career guidance session with a qualified career practitioner.
- Call 1800 CAREER (1800 227 337) or SMS SLIS2022 to 0429 009 435 to book your free 45-minute session.
- Visit the School Leavers Support page for more information.