When technical skills are insufficient

A Wall Street Journal article last week caught my attention.  It cited both surveys and industry discussion groups that have identified “soft skills” as a significant part of the current skills gap that make it difficult for employers to find qualified applicants for jobs.  While science, technology, engineering and math skills are important, it is frequently the soft skills that that are scarce – such as interpersonal skills, enthusiasm/motivation, the ability to pass a drug test, to show up every day on time, simple grammar and spelling, and an elementary command of the English language.  Business and technical schools largely ignore these fundamentals.

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