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Collaboration and Soft Skills: The Secret Sauce for IoT Careers

Collaboration and Soft Skills: The Secret Sauce for IoT Careers
From Recruiter - September 2, 2017

Organizations like Coroand Service Year exist to create cadres of socially minded, collaborative leaders to lead us into the future. Big brands like Starbucks, LinkedIn, and Airbnb are also investing in similar initiatives.

Todays high school and middle school students are drawn to such programs and organizations. Many of them seek to be high achieversaccomplished athletes as well as student government leaders. Unfortunately, however, groups like chess club and the robotics team have less social standing. There is a record demand for STEM skills in the workforce today, so its curious to see such a disconnect between what the marketdeems valuable and what we perceive to be valuable.

Even more peculiar is thesurprising dearth of programs targeted toward students who are interested in pursuing STEM careers. Girls Who Code is launching a series of books, which is a good start, but certainly not enough in itself.

Communication Is Key for Succeeding in Tech

Northeastern University-Silicon Valley recently conducted a surveyof approximately 600 members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). According to these respondents, communicationthat is, the ability to explain concepts clearly and effectivelyis theskill that can make or break a career in the internet of things (IoT), the new frontier of the tech industry.

It makes sense: Mobile devices have changed the way everyone lives. Most of our daily tasks can more easily be accomplished through the use of some sort of technology. However, working with such technology is about more than just the technology itself; it is about communication, collaboration, and creating things for people.



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