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Another benefit of soft skills in the workplace

Another benefit of soft skills in the workplace

The benefit of soft skills in the workplace is that they help people to adapt to changing circumstances. Being able to communicate effectively during a time of uncertainty or collaborate with others when solutions aren’t immediately obvious is hugely important whether someone is in a leadership position or not.

Given their many applications, it’s hardly surprising that life science organizations are doing more to assess a candidate’s soft skills when looking to hire. 

A deciding factor for life science employers often comes down to a battle between the hard vs. soft skills of different candidates. A Udemy Workplace Trends 2021 report found that nearly 72% of CEOs believe that soft skills are more important to the success of their business than hard skills.

 Key Traits of Soft Skills

Key Traits of Hard Skills

Useful across all industries

Industry Specific

Natural abilities

Learned through training

Related to emotional intelligence

Based on technical knowledge


The question arises for many people who have the requisite hard skills – can my soft skills and hard skills complement each other to make me the total package an employer wants.

Take for example, a clinical research analyst. Working as an analyst requires a number of key competencies and skills and can be an extremely rewarding and satisfying career.  

A clinical research analyst will have different responsibilities and roles depending on the employer, but they work within a team conducting medical studies, clinical trials, and research.

These professionals conduct research, analyze data, and present their work to help inform decision makers and stakeholders about a situation. Accurate knowledge of situations and circumstances, emerging diseases, and priorities are crucial to examining a project’s parameters, precise goals and project success.

Besides the math and specific computer if not data analyst skills, clinical research analysts will be accurately analyzing and communicating the data and research to management.

Analysts need excellent oral communication and writing skills to inform and update the stakeholders with recommendations and insights. This requires critical thinking, the ability to synthesize data quickly and accurately from a number of different data sources, and the ability to present the information in a public-friendly and non-technical manner.

If you’re an analyst yourself or working in life science, you’re well acquainted with their work. Analysts need to anticipate and be prepared to answer questions about the methodologies conducted and the technical specifications of the statistical analysis performed.

Working in a Validation role or in Regulatory Compliance, as many of our LinkedIn Validation and Regulatory Compliance Professionals do, you have to interact effectively with people such as your supervisor and people above and below you on the work chart, as well as others such as customers, vendors, patients, and most likely clinical internists.

Companies seek candidates with both hard and soft skills when hiring for most positions.

That's because don’t communicate well, don't work well as part of a team, and aren't able to think creatively and critically, it may not matter how well educated and competent you are.

Having some set of S.O.F.T.* skills - Self — Others — Feeling — Thinking- helps you navigate difficult working environments while still producing positive results.

CoursWorx, the leading professional development site for life science professionals, has courses, events, seminars and webinars that can help you incorporate both the hard and soft skills that will make you even more valuable for companies that are looking for the most talented people – and that is you.

1 The difference between soft skills and hard skills | Post by: Bookboon Learning | March 3, 2020

2 The difference between soft skills and hard skills | Post by: Bookboon Learning | March 3, 2020

3 How S.O.F.T. Skills Can Help Close The Talent Gap | Life Science Leader | April,1, 2020.

* How S.O.F.T. Skills Can Help Close The Talent Gap | Life Science Leader | April,1, 2020.


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