Being human: some hard truths about soft skills

Posted by Chris Kirk on 14 February 2018 09:04:00 GMT

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What are soft skills?

“What powers economic growth? It’s not technology – technology is a raw material. What makes human beings unique is one thing – creativity. All else are subsets.” Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class.


There are many different definitions for soft skills – which is potentially a problem in its own right. But generally they are the skills that fall in the gap between technical skills, experience and academic ability - a combination of creative thinking, interpersonal skills, common sense, attitudes, social intelligence, work ethic and communication skills. 

For some it is about the ability to problem solve and for others, soft skills help employees navigate the grey area that is ‘expected behaviour’ in and beyond the workplace.

One thing that most people will agree on is that they are emerging as one of the critical factors for success in 21st century business in the Middle East. With the backdrop of increasing globalisation and disruption from digital technology, and with the rapid advancement and adoption of AI and automation changing the nature of the workplace, soft skills are under the spotlight more than ever. In fact, calling them ‘soft’ is doing those skills a massive injustice, as they are at the hard edge of business life.

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It’s time to rethink the CV for the digital age

Posted by Chris Kirk on 14 February 2018 09:03:00 GMT

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Traditional CVs obscure candidates’ soft skills; digital badging can give a richer picture of their abilities

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How can digital credentials bridge the human skills gap?

Posted by Chris Kirk on 14 February 2018 09:03:00 GMT

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In a few months, school leavers will be getting their GCSE and A Level results, turning thoughts towards their future careers. Will they continue studying? Or start an apprenticeship? Perhaps some will apply for their first entry-level jobs.

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Innovative duo win award for cooking up the future of skills

Posted by Digitalme on 14 February 2018 08:54:49 GMT
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A journey into the open

Posted by Matt Rogers on 14 February 2018 08:54:31 GMT

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I’ve always been a fan of working in the open and ensuring that the work I do (we do) as an organisation helps as many individuals as possible. But to be honest I’ve never quite understood what is all means.

The term ‘Open Source’ denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. However, its more than just about giving access to the source code, to be truly open source you need to adhere to the following requirements (Open Source Initiative):

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Alternative assessment using digital credentials

Posted by Anna Sheard on 14 February 2018 08:54:13 GMT

 

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Digital Credentials for employability

Posted by Anna Sheard on 14 February 2018 08:53:35 GMT

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Digitalme and Makewaves join City & Guilds Group

Posted by Tim Riches on 14 February 2018 08:52:59 GMT

Digitalme and Makewaves are joining the City & Guilds Group to form a new business unit known simply as Digitalme. We will be working with the City & Guilds Group to combine our expertise around Open Badges with their experience in assessment services.

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Open Badges 2.0

Posted by Tim Riches on 14 February 2018 08:50:03 GMT

 

If design is about predicting the needs of the future then the original Open Badge Specification did a good job. It provided an accessible foundation to drive early adoption of from groups across the world and like all great ideas is simple to communicate.

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Fixing recruitment through digital credentials

Posted by Anna Sheard on 14 February 2018 08:48:06 GMT

 

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