Last month the world was shocked and saddened by the passing of Apple visionary Steve Jobs.
The grief and mourning at such a sad time quickly turned to celebration of his contribution (to the world of technology) in a way that was befitting of the man’s own quest for positive development.
By the time October blew in many of us were scrambling to purchase and then stumbling through the new features on the much awaited iPhone 4S or IOS5.
It made us think that the skills that really separate people, the key elements of our personality and our nature, are just as important as our technical ability/knowledge if not more so. Steve Job’s death gave a stark reminder at how much we depend on technology; and also how much it improves our lives and brings us pleasure. However most of the commentary and tributes offered spoke increasingly of Job’s ‘charisma’ and inspiring public speaking and sense of fun and creativity - carefully balanced with his technical vision.
It should be heartening to know that possibly one of the most technically gifted people the world has ever seen, balanced his technological work with his ‘soft skills’ to achieve his dreams.
Recruiters often talk about ‘soft skills’ being vital to achieving job success, but we feel it necessary to remind ourselves that it is important to achieve a balance between technical ability – in whatever field you’re venturing into – and having the professional, social, personable skills that make you easy to work with.
The good news is that you probably already have these skills, and what’s left to learn (technically) can be easily taught as long as you are motivated, willing and receptive.
This is why Pitman Training have increased their course structure in recent years to include a variety of more technical IT training – from MS Office, to Web Design, HTML and Digital Skills.
Have a look today to see what you can achieve by combining what qualities you already have; with what skills you know you really want.