There’s no question that possessing the technical, on-paper skills and training necessary to do your job is vital, and usually what lands you an interview in the first place. A dentist must know how to fill a cavity, the same way a designer should know how to use illustrator and Photoshop. However, employers and consumers equally seek out those who carry a strong set of soft skills as well. Soft skills are skills such as creative thinking, work ethic, communication, and emotional intelligence, and they play an equally indelible role in how we succeed in both our personal and professional careers.
Because there is a lack of training for soft skills, it’s important to sharpen yours wherever possible, especially for the more introverted workers. One way to do so is to look to those in more creative fields. Invaluable created a neat visual that explains all the non-technical skills we can adopt from street photographers. Things like relying on intuition and connecting with their subjects are characteristics that not only make them good photographers, but stellar storytellers and communicators. Check out the visual below, and see how you can work on your soft skills throughout your career.