The Surprising Thing That Google Found Out That Can Help Today’s Students

David H

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These days, students are pressured to master their STEM subjects, such as math, science, technology, engineering, and coding. However, STEM skills are just a piece of the puzzle, and some proof surprisingly comes from the well-known tech firm, Google.

Project Oxygen, a multiyear research initiative launched by Google in early 2009, revealed something shocking: of the 8 most important employee skills at Google, STEM came in last. The top 7 were all soft skills (attributes that allow someone to interact well with others): being a good coach, being able to communicate and listen well, possessing insight into others, being empathetic and supportive for other colleagues, being a good critical thinker and problem solver, and being able to make connections for complex ideas. This proves that the most favorable employees do not have to be the smartest or most knowledgeable, but the employees who know how to interact well with others.

Another study called Project Aristotle, released by Google the spring of 2017, analyzed data on inventive and productive teams. The study demonstrated that the best teams possessed a variety of soft skills, with the most important being emotional safety(providing a friendly work environment). Although STEM skills do play a part in success, they are not enough, as Steve Jobs once said.

In the end, broad learning skills are what lead to a long-term, satisfying career. Sometimes, the key to success comes from the social sciences that not only makes a person workforce ready, but world ready.

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