Soft skills

Soft skills or future skills are the skills that enable you to fit in at your work; often referred to as personal, emotional, social and intellectual skills. They include your personality, motivation, attitude and motivation, e.g. time management, teamwork, empathy, … They differ from hard skills (or technical skills) which are directly relevant for the job, easier to learn and quantifiable.

Soft skills however are so important that they are often the reason employers decide to hire a person. Because these skills influence how well a person can work or interact with others they are essential for your success within a company.

In the video to the right (5’13”) Simon Sinek, a visionary, inspirational speaker and author of bestsellers as Start With Why (2009) and The Infinite Game (2019) explains the importance of softs kills very clearly.

Extra information in Dutch (subtitled)

Softskills: Everyone is responsible for his or her own business model

Webinar hosted by Kristof Schurmans (February 2021)

Soft skills for an enterpreneurial mindset

In April 2021 UCLL-graduate and former student-enterpreneur Pieter Seyssens hosted a webinar about the importance of softskills for an enterpreneurial mindset