Soft Skills for Post-Secondary Success

Soft skills are character skills and personality traits that reflect how you work in general, with others, and by yourself. Soft skills are often referred to as essential skills, interpersonal skills, and noncognitive skills. Although there are several soft skills, typical example soft skills are communication, teamwork, problem solving, and adaptability.

Hard skills, or technical skills, are those learned through education, training, and life experiences on specific topics. Example hard skills are culinary expertise, computer programming, and proficiency in world languages.

Soft skills are transferrable across education and career, regardless of program of study or place of work.