Engineers and Accountants Need Soft Skills
As reported by Terrence Belford in the Globe and Mail:
"Professionals lack business basics to be competitive" – survey finds.
The study looked at 69,000 chartered accountants and 160,000 engineers.
"Canadian engineers and chartered accountants may have world-class professional and technical ability, but they lag behind many of their foreign counterparts when it comes to the essential soft skills that business needs", a recent survey confirms.
According to a joint study commissioned by:
The Canadian Council of Engineers,
The Auto21 Network of Centers of Excellence,
and The Aerospace and Automotive Branch of Industry Canada.
"Executives reported that finding technically competent people who can work in teams, communicate effectively and apply their technical knowledge to real world business problems is a significant challenge."
"Canadian engineers and chartered accountants lag behind many of their foreign counterparts when it comes to the essential soft skills"
"The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, CICA, is beginning to stress the soft skills", according to Tim Fristal, Vice President of education at CICA.
"We want to see more of these (soft) skills..." Karen Martinson, Canadian Council of Professional Engineers.
It is one thing to introduce skill training in current and future programs. The challenge is, how to upgrade the skills of those professionals already in the workforce? What will the current professionals do to enhance their communication skills? They need to upgrade their communication skills to survive and thrive. They need to compete on technical and communication skills.
"Business basics such as communications, team building, report writing and preparing presentations are the skills they lack", the study says.
"Professionals lack business basics to be competitive", survey finds.
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