'Soft' skills are hard: a review of the literature

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Author: Cukier, Wendy; Hodson, Jaigris; Omar, Aisha


In recent years, substantial research and industry attention has been paid to the perceived gap between the skills possessed by new university graduates and the requirements of employers in Canada's fastest growing sectors. Surveys of employers have tended to categorize skills into 'technical skills' and 'soft skills'. However, existing research on these gaps is still lacking, particularly on the nature of required 'soft skills' and how they can best be developed. For example, much of the research on the nature of 'soft skills' has tended to focus on the needs of graduates from Science,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Employment; Labour market

Keywords: Skill needs; Soft skills; Employers; Skill development; Literature review; Skills mismatch

Geographic subjects: Canada; North America

Published: [Toronto, Ontario]: Diversity Institute, University of Ryerson, 2015

Physical description: 47 p.

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Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 139.382

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