Building your “soft skills”

Lauren Celano

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I often advise PhD students on career planning and the many options available to them in and out of academia.  When I ask about specific skills, a lot of them focus only on their research/technical skills, i.e. “hard skills” such as genetics, cell biology, computer science, chemistry or pharmacology.  When I inquire about “soft skills,” I am often met with looks of confusion.  This blog provides a few examples of “soft-skills” to help scientists build and realize these important “other skills.”

Teamwork skills