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fastcompany:

Careful listening, collaboration, asking good questions—these “soft skills” aren’t always taught in school.

Today’s college graduates need every skill-related edge they can get when it comes to applying for and landing a full-time job.

Numerous surveys and reports indicate that recent U.S. college graduates face a wildly competitive job market along with astronomical student loan debt. More than 40% of recent graduates are underemployed and 16% are working part-time jobs, according to Accenture’s 2013 College Graduate Employment Survey.

One employer survey, conducted by staffing company Adecco, indicates that 44% of responding companies cited “soft skills, such as communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration” as the area with “the biggest gap.”

Additionally, a Talent Shortage Survey from ManpowerGroup discovered that nearly one in five employers worldwide is unable to fill positions because they can’t find people with soft skills.

So what are these soft skills—and other critical workplace skills—that are necessary to join today’s collaborative, fast-moving, real-time workforce? Here are five:

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Source: Fast Company
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letterstosherlock:

Every year at Comic Con I play a little game with the folks called ‘Geeks and Posers.’
Okay. Definitely I’m a poser, hands up.

Benedict being not so very good ;-)

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fastcompany:

“Organs-on-a-chip” don’t look like much: They are very thin clear pieces of plastic, but when they are filled with cells, they take on a life of their own and mimic human systems far more effectively than simple petri dish cell cultures. - The Coming Human Body On A Chip That Will Change How We Make Drugs

No more animal testing and no more guesswork about whether drugs that work on animals might also work on humans. Scientists are making an entire electonic set of organs that can test our drugs quickly and easily.

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youcanbeliberal:

You can be a liberal and…and…sorry, you cannot be a liberal if you do not believe that same-sex couples should have the right to marry.

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edwardspoonhands:

The whole SciShow office is so freaking stoked about this it’s adorable. To be clear, I also have not been this excited about a movie (that wasn’t based on my brother’s book) since Deathly Hallows.

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fastcompany:

You’re probably not getting enough sleep, but you might not be as far off the mark as you think.

Most sleep experts would offer that aiming for between seven to nine hours of snooze time a night is optimal for feeling refreshed and productive the next day. In a new report researchers are closing in on what may just be that magic nightly number—and it’s not nine hours, or even eight as once believed.

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Jelani Cobb on Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing” and the cinematic sense of déjà vu: http://nyr.kr/1nb8qkR

“The images remain familiar twenty-five years later because time has passed but in crucial ways our context has scarcely changed at all.”

Above: A memorial for Eric Garner at the site where he died. Photograph by Mark Peterson/Redux

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fastcompany:

See What I See — African Teenagers Take Their Own Photos To Capture A Different View Of Their Home

No focus on war-torn worlds or endangered wildlife here. Just everyday life, from the viewpoint of 18 Gambian teenagers.

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Source: fastcoexist.com